Decades of D&D fans repeating the old adage "Friends don't let friends play half-orcs" may have had some tangible effects. Yesterday, FiveThirtyEight published data on the most D&D popular classes and races and well, half-orcs only make up about five per cent of all D&D characters played between August 15 and September 15.
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For comparison, more than 50 per cent of players were either human, elf, or half-elf.
To figure out the most popular race and class combinations, FiveThirtyEight asked the makers of the online tool D&D Beyond for data. Their chart, which is based on over 100,000 characters registered on D&D Beyond, confirms what longtime fans already knew: No one wants to play half-orc sorcerers.
Just 126 characters (0.1 per cent) were half-orc sorcerers, while the most popular class-race combination, human fighter, had 4888 (4.8 per cent) characters. 14 per cent of all characters are human. Also, people love elf rangers — hello, Legolas — and tiefling warlocks.
I was surprised to see that people love dwarf clerics, a combination I'd never really thought of. You can check out the data here.