Among 5th Edition’s spellcasters who learn their spells, Sorcerers know the fewest:
One fun way to supplement Sorcerer spell progression is to add spell lists to its subclasses, as some other classes do. The D&D design team has also tinkered with adding subclass spell lists to Sorcerers in various Unearthed Arcana installments, including:
- Giant Soul (abandoned)
- Storm (list removed from print version)
- Aberrant Mind (reworked without list)
- Clockwork Soul (still in testing, fate unknown)
For whatever reason, Wizards of the Coast has not yet printed an official Sorcerer with an expanded spell list, but that doesn’t stop us!
As for the Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer, this is also a great opportunity to drive home more draconic flavor. With so many different dragons, we can assign them each different spells based on their color:
Note: If you don’t have access to Acid Stream (currently in Unearthed Arcana), consider Arms of Hadar or Inflict Wounds as substitutes for the black and copper dragon’s 1st level spell. In fact, feel free to swap out any spells to mold this chart for your table!
Keeping these spells in your back pocket really supports the dragon’s innate magical abilities, from their breath weapon to their lair actions. This pushes the Draconic Bloodline’s elemental nature to the narrative forefront. Mechanically, having more elemental spells allows the Sorcerer more reliable use of the Elemental Affinity class feature without compromising their overall utility in spell selection. Having different spell sets for different dragon types makes the subclass itself more replayable, since a different flavor is evoked each time.
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