[RPG] Is There A Non-Homebrew Way To Add Proficiency to Initiative

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I know in some homebrew classes, such as Matt Mercer's Gunslinger Archetype, you can add your proficiency bonus to your initiative modifier. Are there any ways of doing this in the official rulebooks?

Unearthed Arcana are not an acceptable source for this.

Best Answer

No. There are a number of abilities that come close, but there is currently no official method to add your proficiency bonus to the Dexterity check you make for initiative.

  • The Barbarian gains advantage on initiative checks with Feral Instinct
  • The Bard adds half their proficiency bonus to initiative with Jack of All Trades
  • The Fighter (Champion) adds half their proficiency bonus to initiative with Remarkable Athlete
  • The Rogue (Swashbuckler) adds their Charisma modifier to initiative
  • The Ranger (Gloom Stalker) adds the Wisdom modifier to initiative
  • The Wizard (War magic or Chronurgy magic) adds the Intelligence modifier to initiative
  • The Enhance Ability spell can give advantage on initiative with the Cat's Grace option
  • The Alert feat gives a +5 bonus to initiative (note that this is as good as or better than proficiency at all levels before 17)
  • The Rod of Alertness gives advantage on initiative checks
  • The Sentinel Shield gives advantage on initiative checks
  • The Weapon of Warning gives advantage on initiative checks