[RPG] How are ability modifiers affected by leveling


I'm a new player. I've been poring over the 5e player's handbook, and I don't see this explained anywhere in "Beyond 1st Level" or in the details for my class.

I understand when leveling up how hit dice work, how my class features and spells work. I also see that at level 5 my proficiency bonus goes up to +3, but what I don't see anywhere is how my modifiers improve (strength, dexterity, constitution, etc) as I level. I know that they must, but I don't know how to roll it.

Best Answer

One of your class features is called "Ability Score Improvement".

When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th, 12th, 16th, and 19th level, you can increase one ability score of your choice by 2, or you can increase two ability scores of your choice by 1. As normal, you can’t increase an ability score above 20 using this feature.

Note that the levels at which you get an Ability Score Improvement are different for Fighters and Rogues.