Back when a friend asked me what class I wanted to play in what was to be our first session (and my first DnD game), I immediately picked Wizard. Who doesn’t want to be a badass mage throwing all sorts of hurt in the battlefield, right? Maybe people who hate being literal glass cannons at low level, but that’s not the point.
The point is that I unknowingly picked one of the more complex classes to play and manage for someone who was playing for the first time. We were already three sessions in and I still didn’t know how spell slots worked. I basically had to spam cantrips up until 3rd level because I didn’t know if my intended way of casting spells was legal. Let it be known that I have really bad memory and have no love for things that need more than one read through to properly absorb (I’m an idiot).
The Player’s Handbook is not a novel, it’s an instruction manual. I made the error of reading the Wizard class guide mainly for the lore and world building (which it only had snippets of), but not with the intention of figuring out the provided character progression and stats. It’s nice to be invested in the setting, but it also pays to make sense of a system’s mechanics.
With that said, the PHB doesn’t exactly hold your hand when it comes to incremental improvements. Players often need to jump from one section of the book to another when outlining the things they need to add or change such as class features, hit point increases, and hit dice.
To make things less confusing for myself (and hopefully others as well), I came up with the idea of making outlines of what a characters can add or change whenever they gain a level in a particular class. These outlines will show the flow of leveling for classes from 1st to 20th Level. Additional bonuses from Racial feats and backgrounds were excluded to keep things simple.
Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition – Class Level Up Guides
If any part of the guides linked here has errors or is missing relevant information, please feel free to let me know so I can make the necessary changes.