• You start at 1st level knowing one or two languages (based on your race), plus an additional number of languages equal to your starting Intelligence bonus.
  • It costs two skill points to learn a new language.
  • A literate character (anyone but a barbarian who has not spent skill points to become literate) can read and write any language she speaks. Each language has an alphabet, though sometimes several spoken languages share a single alphabet.


Common Languages and Their Alphabets
Language Typical Speakers Alphabet
Abyssal Demons, chaotic evil outsiders Infernal
Celestial Angels, archons, good outsiders Celestial
Common Humans, halflings, half-elves, half-orcs, changelings, warforged, shifters Common
Draconic Kobolds, troglodytes, lizardfolk, dragons Draconic
Druidic Druids Druidic
Dwarven Dwarves, gnomes Dwarven
Elven Elves Elven
Giant Giants, ogres Dwarven
Goblin Goblins, Hobgoblins, Bugbears Dwarven
Infernal Devils, lawful evil outsiders Infernal
Orc Orcs Dwarven
Primordial Elementals  
Sylvan Dryads, fairies, leprechauns Elven
Undercommon Drow Elven

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