[RPG] How many languages is it possible to learn


If I want to roleplay an interpreter, is there a max number of languages I can learn? Standard human, plan to get 18 INT.

Best Answer

There is no limit, because languages can be learned during downtime

From the SRD section on Downtime Activities, under Training:

You can spend time between adventures learning a new language or training with a set of tools. Your GM might allow additional training options. First, you must find an instructor willing to teach you. The GM determines how long it takes, and whether one or more ability checks are required. The training lasts for 250 days and costs 1 gp per day. After you spend the requisite amount of time and money, you learn the new language or gain proficiency with the new tool.

Given the extensive amount of downtime involved, you may want to know how many languages you can gain from your race, class, and background features. Assuming multiclassing and feats are allowed, a Character that is a:

Players Handbook

  • Half-Elf (3 languages)
  • Acolyte (2 languages)
  • Ranger 14 (3 languages)
  • Knowledge Cleric 1 (2 languages)
  • Mastermind Rogue 3 (3 language)
  • Druid 1 (1 language)
  • Linguist feat (3 languages)

Xanathar's Guide to Everything

  • Prodigy feat (1 language)

should know 18 different languages at level 19.