Kingmaker Character Building Guide

Recommendation LevelAlignmentsAncestriesClassesLanguagesSkillsBackgroundsScore
PreferredNoneHumanNoneCommon (Taldane)Diplomacy, SocietyBrevic Noble, Sword Scion+5
Strongly RecommendedLawful Good, Neutral Good, Chaotic Good, or Lawful NeutralDwarf, Elf, Gnome, Goblin, HalflingBarbarian, Bard, Champion, Cleric, Druid, Fighter, Ranger, Rogue, Sorcerer, Swashbuckler, Witch, WizardHallit, SylvanAcrobatics, Arcana, Athletics, Crafting, Deception, Intimidation, Nature, Religion, Stealth, Survival, ThieveryBorderlands Pioneer, Brevic Outcast, Issian Patriot, Local Brigand, Rostlander+3
RecommendedNeutralAasimar (Heritage), Beastkin (Heritage), Changeling (Heritage), Half-Elf (Heritage), Half-Orc (Heritage), Hobgoblin, Kobold, Leshy, Lizardfolk, Orc, Tiefling (Heritage)Alchemist, Investigator, Magus, Monk, Oracle, Summoner, ThaumaturgeCyclops, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Gnomish, Goblin, IruxiBoggard Lore, Brevoy Lore, Dragon Lore, Eldest Lore, Erastil Lore, Fey Lore, Kobold Lore, Lizardfolk Lore, Medicine, Performance, Pitax Lore, Occultisim, Troll Lore, Warfare LoreAmnesiac, Animal Whisperer, Aspiring River Monarch, Blessed, Bounty Hunter, Chosen One, Cursed, Emissary, Farmhand, Herbalist, Hunter, Issian Partisan, Noble, Outrider, Rostland Partisan, Royalty, Scout, Warrior+2
AppropriateChaotic NeutralAndroid, Aphorite (Heritage), Azarketi, Catfolk, Dhampir (Heritage), Duskwalker (Heritage), Ganzi (Heritage), Gnoll, Ifrit (Heritage), Kitsune, Oread (Heritage), Poppet, Ratfolk, Reflection (Heritage), Shoony, Skeleton, Sprite, Strix, Suli (Heritage), Sylph (Heritage), Undine (Heritage)Gunslinger, Inventor, PsychicAklo, Boggard, Jotun, NecrilArchitecture Lore, Desna Lore, Farming Lore, First World Lore, Fishing Lore, Forest Lore, Heraldry Lore, Herbalism Lore, Hills Lore, Hunting Lore, Iobaria Lore, Labor Lore, Mercantile Lore, Mining Lore, Mountains Lore, Legal Lore, Plains Lore, Politics Lore, River Lore, Scouting Lore, Shelyn Lore, Swamp LoreAcademy Dropout, Acolyte, Archaeologist, Artisan, Artist, Bandit, Cook, Courier, Criminal, Feybound, Field Medic, Gambler, Guard, Hermit, Laborer, Merchant, Miner, Nomad, Pilgrim, Refugee, Scavenger, Spell Seeker, Squire, Tax Collector+1
Not RecommendedLawful Evil, Neutral Evil, Chaotic EvilAnadi, Automaton, Conrasu, Fetchling, Fleshwarp, Ghoran, Goloma, Grippli, Kashrishi, Nagaji, Shisk, Tengu, Vanara, VishkanyaNoneNoneNoneAny background not listed above.-3

Kingmaker Character Starting Bonuses

Making a character appropriate to the adventure is important. Based on the choices you make in character creation, your character compiles a “Kingmaker Score” that determines some additional starting benefits. Add together the score indicated in the right-hand column of the above chart to determine your total score and then compare it to the chart below to determine what additional starting benefits you accrue. Note that for Skills and Languages, you acquire all of the points for those items. This means that having both Diplomacy and Society is worth +10!

Kingmaker Character ScoreStarting Character Bonuses (Inclusive)
-10 to 0Congratulations, your character is an extremely special snowflake!
1 to 5Add 5 gold pieces to your starting wealth.
6 to 10Add 2 Healing Potions (Minor) to your starting equipment.
11 to 15Add 1 Oil of Potency to your starting equipment.
16 to 18Add 2 Healing Potions (Lesser) to your starting equipment.
19 to 20Add 2 vials of Alchemist’s Fire (Lesser) to your starting equipment.
21 to 25Add 5 gold pieces to your starting wealth.
26 and aboveBegin play with 1 relic determined by the GM.

Official Kingmaker Player’s Guide

While the character building information presented above supersedes the details presented in the official Kingmaker player’s guide, there is nevertheless a lot of great information presented in that player’s guide that makes for useful reading, including the kingdom rules that play in important part in the adventure path (even if not in the beginning!).

Official Kingmaker’s Player’s Guide (pdf)