DM’s Quick Guide to Deities in 5e

Each time you start a campaign, you have an amazing opportunity to tell a story. Religion can be a huge part of that story, should you and your players choose to include it. Choosing a patron god for each player based on alignment, domains, and character race can be extremely important for your role-playing journey.

To choose a deity for your adventures, first consider their alignment. Each character in your campaign has a spot on a moral scale that runs from lawful to chaotic on one axis, and good to evil on a second. There are 9 possible alignments to choose that can influence your deity’s motivations: 

  • Lawful good, neutral good, chaotic good are ‘good’ alignments. 
  • Lawful neutral, true neutral, and chaotic neutral are ‘neutral’ alignments
  • Lawful evil, neutral evil, and chaotic evil are ‘evil’ alignments.

Here, we’ve sorted the gods by pantheon, alignment, and even race when applicable. This quick reference can help you choose a deity for an NPC at a glance, and help your players decide who their character is.

The Forgotten Realms Pantheon

Forgotten Realms is one of the most popular campaign settings from editions past. The world of Faerûn is rich with deities (over 30 of them), and you may recognize deities and settings from the novels of RA Salvatore and video games like Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights. 

While most major deities are worshiped all over the world of Faerûn, many are local deities or tribal deities that seem to favor smaller groups and are not as widely known. 

Good Deities

Ilmater, god of enduranceLG (Lawful Good)Life
Torm, god of courage and self-sacrificeLGWar
Tyr, god of justiceLGWar
Chauntea, goddess of agricultureNG (Neutral Good)Life
Deneir, god of writingNGKnowledge
Eldath, goddess of peaceNGLife, nature
Lathander, god of birth and renewalNGLife, light
Mielikki, goddess of forestsNGNature
Milil, god of poetry and songNGLight
Mystra, goddess of magicNGKnowledge
Lliira, goddess of joyCG (Chaotic Good)Life
Selune, goddess of the moonCGKnowledge, life
Sune, goddess of love and beautyCGLife, light
Tymora, goddess of good fortuneCGTrickery

Neutral Deities

Azuth, god of wizardsLN (Lawful Neutral)Knowledge
Helm, god of protectionLNLife, light
Kelemvor, god of the deadLNDeath
Savras, god of divination and fateLNKnowledge
Gond, god of craftN (True Neutral)Knowledge
Oghma, god of knowledgeNKnowledge
Silvanus, god of wild natureNKnowledge
Tempus, god of warNWar
Waukeen, goddess of tradeNKnowledge, trickery
Leira, goddess of illusionsCN (Chaotic Neutral)Trickery
Mask, god of ThievesCNTrickery

Evil Deities

Bane, god of tyrannyLE (Lawful Evil)War
Loviatar, goddess of painLEDeath
Auril, goddess of winterNE (Neutral Evil)Nature, tempest
Bhaal, god of murderNEDeath
Myrkul, god of deathNEDeath
Shar, goddess of darkness and lossNEDeath, trickery
Beshaba, goddess of misfortuneCE (Chaotic Evil)Trickery
Cyric, god of liesCETrickery
Malar, god of the huntCENature
Talona, goddess of disease and poisonCEDeath
Talos, god of stormsCETempest
Umberlee, goddess of the seaCETempest

The Greyhawk Pantheon

The Greyhawk Pantheon has a lot of overlapping deities, as they are pulled from the religions of various ethnic groups across the continent of Oerik. While this setting was most popular in 3e, it continues to provide a wondrous backdrop for many campaign settings in 5e.

Good Deities

Heironeous, god of chivalry and valarLG (Lawful Good)War
Pholtus, god of light and lawLGLight
Rao, god of peace and reasonLGKnowledge
Ulaa, goddess of hills and mountainsLGLife, war
Ehlonna, goddess of woodlandsNG (Neutral Good)Life, nature
Fharlanghn, god of horizons and travelNGKnowledge, trickery
Pelor, god of the sun and healingNGLife, light
Kord, god of athletics and sportCGTempest, war
Trithereron, god of liberty and retributionCGWar

Neutral Deities

St. Cuthbert, god of common sense and zealLN (Lawful Neutral)Knowledge
Wee Jas, goddess of magic and deathLNDeath, knowledge
Beory, goddess of natureN (True Neutral)Nature
Boccob, god of magicNKnowledge
Celestian, god of stars and wanderersNKnowledge
Istus, goddess of fate and destinyNKnowledge
Obad-Hai, god of natureNNature
Olidammara, god of revelryCN (Chaotic Neutral)Trickery
Relishaz, god of ill luck and insanityCNTrickery

Evil Deities

Hextor, god of war and discordLE (Lawful Evil)War
Incabulos, god of plague and famineNE (Neutral Evil)Death
Nerull, god of deathNEDeath
Vecna, god of evil secretsNEKnowledge
Erythnul, god of envy and slaughterCE (Chaotic Evil)War
Luz, god of pain and oppressionCEDeath
Tharizdun, god of eternal darknessCETrickery

The Dragonlance Pantheon

Dragonlance’s world of Krynn started as a popular campaign setting that innovated on the offerings of other settings at the time. Backed by an extensive series of novels and other media, it remains a popular (if less-used) setting. 

In Krynn, deities meddle in the lives of the people who worship them. They are more than distant gods. There are three distinct categories of deities in the Dragonlance pantheon, divided by alignment.

Good Deities (The Gods of Good)

Paladine, god of rulers and guardiansLG (Lawful Good)War
Mishakal, goddess of healingLGKnowledge, life
Kiri-Jolith, god of honor and warLGWar
Majere, god of meditation and orderLGKnowledge
Solinari, god of good magicLGNone
Branchala, god of musicNGLight
Habbakuk, god of animal life and the seaNGNature, tempest

Neutral Deities (The Gods of Neutrality)

Gilean, god of knowledgeN (True Neutral)Knowledge
Chislev, goddess of natureNNature
Reorx, god of craftNKnowledge
Shinare, goddess of wealth and tradeKnowledge, trickery
Sirrion, god of fire and changeNNature
Zivilyn, god of wisdomNKnowledge
Lunitary, goddess of neutral magicNNone

Evil Deities (The Gods of Evil)

Takhisis, goddesss of night and hatredLE (Lawful Evil)Death
Sargonnas, god of vengeance and fireLEWar
Chemosh, god of the undeadLEDeath
Nuitari, god of evil magicLENone
Morgion, god of disease and secrecyNE (Neutral Evil)Death
Hiddukel, god of lies and greedCE (Chaotic Evil)Trickery
Zeboim, goddess of the sea and stormsCETempest

The Eberron Pantheon

Eberron works differently than the other available pantheons. There are various religions, mainly The Sovereign Host and their worshippers and The Dark Six who directly oppose them. Various other deities exist in other faiths, but comprehensive lists of their deities are not available.

The Sovereign Host

Boldrei, goddess of community and homeLG (Lawful Good)Life
Dol Arrah, goddess of sunlight and honorLGLight, war
Arawai, goddess of fertilityNG (Neutral Good)Life, nature
Ollandra, goddess of good fortuneNGLife, trickery
Onatar, god of craftNGKnowledge
Dol Dorn, god of strength at armsCG (Chaotic Good)War
Aureon, god of law and knowledgeLN (Lawful Neutral)Knowledge
Balinor, god of beasts and the huntN (True Neutral)Life, nature
Kol Korran, god of trade and wealthNTrickery

Nonhuman Deities

Finally, we come to the nonhuman deities. Other races worship different deities than the ones listed above, as they are mostly human deities (depending on the setting). They are arranged here by race.

Bahamut, god of goodDragonLGLife, War
Tiamat, goddess of evilDragonLETrickery
Corellon Larethian, deity of art and magicElfCGLight
Deep Sashelas, god of the seaElfCGNature, tempest
Sehanine Moonbow, goddess of the moonElfCGKnowledge
Eadro, deity of the seaMerfolkNNature, Tempest
Garl Glittergold, god of trickery and wilesGnomeLGTrickery
Grolantor, god of warHill giantCEWar
Gruumsh, god of storms and warOrcCEWar
Hruggek, god of violenceBugbearCEWar
Kurtulmak, god of war and miningKoboldLEWar
Laogzed, god of hungerTroglodyteCEDeath
Lolth, goddess of spidersDrowCETrickery
Maglubiyet, god of warGoblinoidLEWar
Moradin, god of creationDwarfLGKnowledge
Rillifane Rallathil, god of natureWood elfCGNature
Sekolah, god of the huntSahuaginLENature, tempest
Semuanya, deity of survivalLizardfolkNLife
Skerrit, god of natureCentaurs and satyrsNNature
Skoraeus Stonebones, god of artStone giantsNKnowledge
Surtur, god of craftFire giantsLEKnowledge, war
Thyrm, god of strengthFrost giantsCEWar
Yondalla, goddess of fertility and protectionHalflingLGLife


Choosing the right deity for a character (and for NPCs) can be extremely important for the course of your DnD campaign. This quick look at each pantheon available in 5e can help shape the way you and your players enjoy whichever setting you choose. 

Until next time,

May your game, have advantage my friends!

-Halfling Hannah


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