The Gods and Deities in DnD are not that difficult to understand, and neither what their functions are. In D&D, gods are real beings who exist rather than mythical beings. What’s more, is that the inhabitants are aware of their existence and how they use their powers to interact with the world of which they are a part of. These include divine punishments or even the creation of various races. They even function indirectly by lending power to Paladins and Clerics or simply influencing the normal inhabitants.
They are super-beings with almost limitless power, influence, and knowledge, with different portfolios covering each aspect of reality. Therefore, it can be observed that many people worship the D&D Deities of their world under different situations and times, while some people assume their existence to be for a single true god and dedicate all their prayers for them.
Remember that it is your Dungeon Master that determines which gods are worshipped in their campaign. The Dungeon Master can even choose to pick no gods for the campaign. Once chosen, you can select the gods or god you want to worship from it. You can learn more about the details and various Gods from this D&D Gods list.
1. D&D Pantheons
D&D gods are often unique in each of the worlds. These range from the Pantheons of the Forgotten Realms and Greyhawk that are big due to teeming with DnD deities to the comparatively more focused religion type Pantheons such as Eberron.
You’ll notice that even the non-human races seem to worship the same D&D gods but on different worlds, just like how the dwarves revere Moradin from the Forgotten Realms and many other worlds.
Here’s more about the DnD Pantheons.
I. Forgotten Realms Deities
D&D gods in the Forgotten Realms are bound to be unique from one another. This means that every DnD god has a portfolio of their own such as war, death, peace, etc. Since two gods cannot have the same portfolio, often there might be a conflict. This can be overcome by:
- One of them changes their portfolio
- Put an end to their existence completely
- Both gods must merge into a single deity
All of the gods are bestowed with their portfolios by Ao, the overgod who holds never-ending power over all within the crystal sphere where the Forgotten Realms exists.
Note that you are well-versed with the Handbook and aware of the edition you are playing since the rules of the world change with every edition. If any doubt, make sure to get them clear from your Dungeon Master (DM) or look at one of the D&D books you are referring to.
Now let’s take a look at the Gods of the Forgotten Realms.
|Auril: Goddess Of Winter||NE||Tempest, Nature||Six-pointed snowflake|
|Azuth: God Of Wizards||LN||Knowledge||Left hand pointing upward, outlined in fire|
|Bane: Tyranny God||LE||War||A black upright hand with the thumb and fingers together|
|Beshaba: Goddess Of Misfortune||CE||Trickery||Black colored antlers|
|Bhaal: God Of Murder||NE||Death||Drops of blood forming a ring around a skull|
|Chauntea: Agriculture Goddess||NG||Life||A blooming rose over grain or a sheaf of grain|
|Cyric: God Of Lies||CE||Trickery||White jawless skull on black or purple sunburst|
|Deneir: God Of Writing||NG||Knowledge||An open eye with a lit candle above it|
|Eldath: Goddess Of Peace||NG||Nature, Life||Still pool with a waterfall plunging into it|
|Gond: Craft God||N||Knowledge||Four spokes on a toothed cog|
|Helm: God Of Protection||LN||Light, Life||An upright left-handed gauntlet with a staring eye on it|
|Ilmater: God Of Endurance||LG||Life||Hands bound at the wrist with red cord|
|Kelemvor: God Who Overlooks The Dead||LN||Death||Balanced scales held by an upright arm of a skeleton|
|Lathander: God Of Renewal And Birth||NG||Light, Life||Road going into the sunrise|
|Leira: Goddess Of Illusions||CN||Trickery||Point-down triangle containing a swirl of mist|
|Lliira: Goddess Of Joy||CG||Life||Triangle of three six-pointed stars|
|Loviatar: Goddess Of Pain||LE||Death||Nine-tailed barbed scourge|
|Malar: God Of The Hunt||CE||Nature||Clawed paw|
|Mask: God Of Thieves||CN||Trickery||Black colored mask|
|Mielikki: Goddess Of Forests||NG||Nature||Head of a unicorn|
|Milil: God Of Song And Poetry||NG||Light||Five-stringed harp made of leaves|
|Myrkul: God Of Death||NE||Death||White colored human skull|
|Mystra: Goddess Of Magic||NG||Knowledge||Seven stars forming a circle, or a flowing red mist encircled by nine stars, or a single star|
|Oghma: God Of Knowledge||N||Knowledge||Empty/blank scroll|
|Savras is the god of fate and divination||LN||Knowledge||All sorts of eyes inside a crystal ball|
|Selune is the goddess of the moon||CG||Life, Knowledge||Seven stars surrounding a pair of eyes|
|Shar is the goddess of loss and darkness||NE||Trickery, Death||Black disk encircled with a border|
|Silvanus is the god of wild nature||N||Nature||Oak leaf|
|Sune is the goddess of beauty and love||CG||Light, Life||Face of a woman with beautiful red hair|
|Talona is the goddess of poison and disease||CE||Death||Three teardrops on a triangle|
|Talos is the storm god||CE||Tempest||Three lightning strikes coming out from a single point|
|Tempus is the god of war||N||War||Upright flaming sword|
|Torm is the god of self-sacrifice and courage||LG||War||White right gauntlet|
|Tymora is the goddess of good fortune||CG||Trickery||Coin facing up|
|Tyr is the god of justice||LG||War||Balanced scales resting on a warhammer|
|Umberlee is the goddess of the sea||CE||Tempest||Wave curling right and left|
|Waukeen is the trade goddess||N||Trickery, Knowledge||Waukeen’s profile facing left on an upright coin|
II. Greyhawk Deities
Unlike the D&D Gods of the Forgotten Realms, there is a lot of overlap observed in the portfolios of the Gods of Greyhawk. The reason is that the Gods were greatly influenced by the faith of the ethnic groups living within the continent of Oerik over the years. Thus, many gods with similar or the exact same portfolios can be found between the gods of Greyhawk, like Beory, the goddess of nature, and Obad-Hai, the god of nature.
|Beory is the goddess of nature||N||Nature||Green disk|
|Boccob is the god of magic||N||Knowledge||Pentagram with an eye inside|
|Celestian is the god of wanderers and stars||N||Knowledge||Arc of seven stars inside a circle|
|Ehlonna is the goddess of woodlands||NG||Nature, Life||Horn of a unicorn|
|Erythnul is the god of slaughter and envy||CE||War||Drop of blood|
|Fharlanghn is the god of travel and horizons||NG||Trickery, Knowledge||Circle crossed by a curved horizon line|
|Heironeous is the god of valor and chivalry||LG||War||Bolt of lightning|
|Hextor is the god of war and discord||LE||War||Six arrows facing downward in a fan|
|Kord is the god of sport and athletics||CG||War, Tempest||Four maces and spears striking out from a single point|
|Incabulos is the god of famine and plague||NE||Death||Reptilian eye with a horizontal diamond|
|Istus is the goddess of destiny and fate||N||Knowledge||Weaver’s spindle with three strands|
|Luz is the god of oppression and pain||CE||Death||Grinning skull of a human|
|Nerull is the god of death||NE||Death||Skull with either a sickle or a scythe|
|Obad-Hai is the god of nature||N||Nature||Acorn and oak leaf|
|Olidammara is the god of revelry||CN||Trickery||Laughing mask|
|Pelor is the god of healing and the sun||NG||Light, Life||Sun|
|Pholtus is the god of law and light||LG||Light||A smaller crescent moon partially eclipsing a full moon or a silver sun|
|Ralishaz is the god of insanity and ill-luck||CN||Trickery||Three bone fate-casting sticks|
|Rao is the god of reason and peace||LG||Knowledge||White heart|
|St. Cuthbert is the god of zeal and common sense||LN||Knowledge||Starburst of lines with a circle at the center of it|
|Tharizdun is the eternal darkness god||CE||Trickery||Inverted ziggurat or dark spiral|
|Trithereon is the god of retribution and liberty||CG||War||Triskelion|
|Ulaa is the mountains and hills goddess||LG||War, Life||A circle at the heart of a mountain|
|Vecna is the god of evil secrets||NE||Knowledge||A palm holding an eye|
|Wee Jas is the goddess of death and magic||LN||Knowledge, Death||Fireball with a red skull in front of it|
III. Eberron Deities
In the world of Eberron, there is not a definitive system of gods. Rather, the population seems to decide things for themselves. There is a story that is believed to be the planet’s origin. The three Dragons Siberys, Eberron, and Khyber together formed the planes. However, when Khyber turned against the two, Siberys and Eberron fought them, during which Siberys died, and their body turned into the dragonshard ring around the planet. Since Eberron was not strong enough to defeat Khyber, they turned into a living cage to trap Khyber, thus becoming the planet of Eberron. This is why the planet goes by the name of Eberron.
Therefore, there are different types of religions within the Eberron world, such as The Sovereign Host and The Dark Six, along with some other faiths.
The details of these religions and their gods and the faiths of Eberron are mentioned below.
|The Sovereign Host||Alignment||Suggested Domains||Symbol|
|Arawai is the goddess of fertility||NG||Nature, Life||Green ribbon tied on a sheaf of wheat|
|Aureon is the god of knowledge and law||LN||Knowledge||Open book|
|Balinor is the god of hunting and beasts||N||Nature, Life||Pair of antlers|
|Boldrei is the home and community goddess||LG||Life||Stone hearth on fire|
|Dol Arrah is the goddess of honor and sunlight||LG||War, Light||Sunrise|
|Dol Dorn is the god of strength at arms||CG||War||Long sword crossed over a shield|
|Kol Korran is the god of wealth and trade||N||Trickery||Gold coin with nine sides|
|Olladra is the goddess of good fortune||NG||Trickery, Life||Domino|
|Onatar is the god of craft||NG||Knowledge||Tongs and hammer crossing each other|
|The Dark Six||Alignment||Suggested Domains||Symbol|
|The Devourer is the god of the wrath of nature||NE||Tempest||Five sharpened bones in a bundle|
|The Fury is the goddess of madness and wrath||NE||War||Winged wyrm with woman’s head and upper body|
|The Keeper is the god of death and greed||NE||Death||Dragonshard stone in the shape of a fang|
|The Mockery is the god of treachery and violence||NE||War||Five blood-spattered tools|
|The Shadow is the dark magic god||CE||Knowledge||Tower of Obsidian|
|The Traveler is the deity of change and chaos||CN||Trickery, Knowledge||Four crossed, rune-inscribed bones|
|Various Faiths of Eberron||Alignment||Suggested Domains||Symbol|
|The Silver Flame is the god of good and protection||LG||War, Life, Light||Silver colored flame/fire|
|The Blood of Vol is the philosophy undead and immortality||LN||Life, Death||Red teardrop gem with a stylized dragon skull on it|
|Cults of the Dragon Below that are the deities of madness||NE||Trickery||Varies|
|The Path of Light is the philosophy of light and self-improvement||LN||Light, Life||Brilliant crystal|
|The Undying Court of the elves ancestors||NG||Life, Knowledge||Varies|
|The Spirits of the Past that are the elves ancestors||CG||War||Varies|
IV. Non Human Deities
The Non Human D&D Deities refer to specific Gods associated with all the non-human races across all the different worlds in unique ways. The non-human races of the Forgotten Realms and the Greyhawk are observed to share these deities.
The non-human races can be observed to be a mixture of monster-like races such as the Kuo-toa and player races similar to elves and Halfling included.
However, Kingdoms or individual clans of dwarves can be observed to revere either some, all, or none of these DnD deities. Some other DnD 5E gods that are maybe known by different names amongst outsiders or those that are unknown, maybe revered by dwarves.
|Bahamut is the dragon god of good||LG||War, Life||Dragon’s head in profile|
|Blibdoolpoolp is the kuo-toa goddess||NE||Death||Black pearl or lobster head|
|Corellon Larethian is the elf deity of magic and art||CG||Light||Starburst or quarter moon|
|Deep Sashelas is the elf god of the sea||CG||Tempest, Nature||Dolphin|
|Eadro is the merfolk deity of the sea||N||Tempest, Nature||Spiral Design|
|Garl Glittergold is the gnome god of wiles and trickery||LG||Trickery||Gold nugget|
|Grolantor is the hill giant god of war||CE||War||Wooden club|
|Gruumsh is the orc god of war and storms||CE||War, Tempest||Unblinking eye|
|Hruggek is the bugbear god of violence||CE||War||Morningstar|
|Kurtulmak is the kobold god of mining and war||LE||War||Skull of a Gnome|
|Laogzed is the troglodyte god of hunger||CE||Death||Lizard/Toad God’s image|
|Lolth is the drow goddess of spiders||CE||Trickery||Spider|
|Maglubiyet is the goblinoid god of war||LE||War||Axe covered in blood|
|Moradin is the dwarf god of creation||LG||Knowledge||Anvil and hammer|
|Rillifane Rallathil is the wood elf god of nature||CG||Nature||Oak|
|Sehanine Moonbow is the elf goddess of the moon||CG||Knowledge||Crescent moon|
|Sekolah is the Sahuagin god of the hunt||LE||Tempest, Nature||Shark|
|Semuanya is the lizardfolk deity of survival||N||Life||Egg|
|Skerrit is the centaur and satyr god of nature||N||Nature||Acorn with a growing oak|
|Skoraeus Stonebones is the god of art and stone giants||N||Knowledge||Stalactite|
|Surtur is the god of craft and fire giants||LE||War, Knowledge||Flaming sword|
|Thyrm is the god of strength and frost giants||CE||War||double-bladed axe that is white in color|
|Tiamat is the dragon goddess of evil||LE||Trickery||Five claw marks on a dragon’s head|
|Yondalla is the halfling goddess of protection and fertility||LG||Life||Shield|
These D&D 5E Gods and Deities are the fantasy and mythical gods in the DnD game. The Norse, Greek, Egyptian and Celtic Pantheons are inspired by our real worlds and interpreted with the game as DnD Gods and Deities. So who are these DnD Gods, you ask? Well, see for yourself.
I. The Celtic Pantheon
The Tuatha De Danann, currently known as the Celtic Pantheon, was one with the most flexible, adaptable, and influential gods compared to others in the Outer Plane. The members mostly resembled the human species. However, they had a dark and brooding reputation despite being carefree, loving beauty, knowledge, and life, even more so than any other gods.
Overall, the members were decently tolerant of others. So much so that they would not even demand complete loyalty from their followers and worshippers while willing to welcome almost any deity into their patheon as long as they shared similar beliefs.
Here are some of the Celtic gods.
|The Daghdha is the god of crops and weather||CG||Trickery, Nature||Shield or bubbling cauldron|
|Arawn is the god of death and life||NE||Life, Death||Gray background with a black star|
|Belenus is the god of warmth, sun and light||NG||Light||Standing stones and solar disk|
|Briganlia is the goddess of livestock and rivers||NG||Life||Footbridge|
|Diancecht is the god of healing and medicine||LG||Life||Mistletoe branches and crossed oak|
|Dunatis is the god of peaks and mountains||N||Nature||Red sun-capped peak of a mountain|
|Goibhniu is the god of healing and smiths||NG||Life, Knowledge||Giant mallet over sword|
|Lugh is the god of commerce, arts and travel||CN||Life, Knowledge||Two long hands|
|Manannan mac Lir is the god of sea creatures and ocean||LN||Tempest, Nature||Wave of white water on green|
|Math Mathonwy is the god of magic||NE||Knowledge||Staff|
|Morrigan is the goddess of battle||CE||War||Two crossed spears|
|Nuada is the god of warriors and war||N||War||Black background with silver hand|
|Oghma is the god of writing and speech||NG||Knowledge||A scroll that is unfurled|
|Silvanus is the god of forests and nature||N||Nature||Summer oak tree|
II. The Greek Pantheon
These Gods belong to the Greek Pantheon of Earth and have immigrated themselves into the Forgotten Realms. These Gods are the very representation of every aspect of nature. From the skies, to the oceans and winds, they are omnipresent in every one of those possible gifts of nature that the earth holds.
|Zeus is the god of the sky and ruler of the gods||N||Tempest||Lightning fist|
|Aphrodite is the goddess of beauty and love||CG||Light||Sea shell|
|Apollo is the god of healing, light and music||CG||Light, Knowledge, Life||Lyre|
|Ares is the god of strife and war||CE||War||Spear|
|Artemis is the childbirth and hunting goddess||NG||Nature, Life||Lunar disk with Bow and Arrow|
|Athena is the civilization and wisdom goddess||LG||War, Knowledge||Owl|
|Demeter is the goddess of agriculture||NG||Life||Mare’s head|
|Dionysus is the god of wine and mirth||CN||Life||Thyrsus (staff with pine cone on the tip)|
|Hades is the god of the underworld||LE||Death||Black ram|
|Hecate is the goddess of the moon and magic||CE||Trickery, Knowledge||Setting moon|
|Hephaestus is the god of craft and smithing||NG||Knowledge||Anvil and hammer|
|Hera is the goddess of intrigue and marriage||CN||Trickery||Peacock feathers forming a fan|
|Hercules is the god of adventure and strength||CG||War, Tempest||Head of a lion|
|Hermes is the god of commerce and travel||CG||Trickery||Caduceus (serpents and winged staff)|
|Hestia is the goddess of family and home||NG||Life||Hearth|
|Nike is the goddess of victory||LN||War||Woman with wings|
|Pan is the god of nature||CN||Nature||Syrinx (pan pipes)|
|Poseidon is the earthquakes and sea god||CN||Tempest||Trident|
|Tyche is the goddess of good fortune||N||Trickery||Red pentagram|
III. Egyptian Pantheon
The Egyptian Pantheon includes Gods from a young dynasty that comes from an ancient divine family. These gods hold the fundamental orders of justice, law and truth that bind all Gods, mortal pharaohs, and even ordinary men and women in their rightful and logical place in the cosmos.
The Egyptian Pantheon is also known for its odd way of having three Gods that fall within the domain of Death. Going from good to bad, we have Nephthys, the good god of mourning; then Anubis, the lawful god who judges the souls of the dead in the afterlife; and finally Set, the evil god of murder.
|Re-Horakhty is the god of the sun and ruler of the gods||LG||Light, Life||Serpent encircling a solar disk|
|Anubis is the god of death and judgement||LN||Death||Black jackal|
|Apep is the god of serpents, evil and fire||NE||Trickery||Snake on fire|
|Bast is the goddess of vengeance and cats||CG||War||Cat|
|Bes is the god of music and luck||CN||Trickery||Misshapen deity’s image|
|Hathor is the goddess of motherhood, love and music||NG||Light, Life||Horned cow’s head with lunar disk|
|Imhotep is the god of medicine and crafts||NG||Knowledge||Step pyramid|
|Isis is the goddess of magic and fertility||NG||Life, Knowledge||Star and Ankh|
|Nephthys is the goddess of grief and death||CG||Death||Lunar disk with horns around it|
|Osiris is the god of the underworld and nature||LG||Nature, Life||Flail and crook|
|Ptah is the god of secrets, crafts and knowledge||LN||Knowledge||Bull|
|Set is the god of desert storms and darkness||CE||Trickery, Death, Tempest||Coiled cobra|
|Sobek is the god of crocodiles and water||LE||Tempest, Nature||Head of a crocodile with horns and plumes|
|Thoth is the god of wisdom and knowledge||N||Knowledge||Ibis|
IV. Norse Pantheon
The home of the Norse Pantheon is within the land of the Vikings. Warriors who have adapted to the harsh environment and conditions to survive found their Gods in every way for their lives. When raiding for food and wealth to survive, they saw their gods in the dark smoke from the fires, the thunder in the sky during the deadly wars, and the rivers they traveled to and escaped to.
The Norse Pantheon comes from two families that were initially enemies; however, now in alliance against their common foe, the god of giants, Surtur and Thrym. These families are the Aesir, deities of destiny and war, and the Vanir, gods of prosperity and fertility. Together, they overlook all that is required for the welfare of the population, both in terms of conflict and basic survival needs.
Like the Greyhawk Gods, they too often have overlapping portfolios.
|Odin: God Of War And Knowledge||NG||War, Knowledge||A blue eye watching|
|Aegir: God Of Storms And The Sea||NE||Tempest||Ferocious ocean waves|
|Balder: God Of Poetry And Beauty||NG||Light, Life||Gem-encrusted silver chalice|
|Forseti: God Of Law And Justice||N||Light||Head of a man with a beard|
|Frey: God Of Sun And Fertility||NG||Light, Life||Great sword that is ice-blue|
|Freya: God Of Love And Fertility||NG||Life||Falcon|
|Frigga: Goddess Of Fertility And Birth||N||Light, Life||Cat|
|Heimdall: God Of Loyalty And Watchfulness||LG||War, Light||Musical curling horn|
|Hel: Goddess Of The Underworld||NE||Death||Woman’s face with one side rotting|
|Hermod: God Of Luck||CN||Trickery||Scroll with wings|
|Loki: God Of Trickery And Thieves||CE||Trickery||Flames|
|Njord: God Of Wind And Sea||NG||Tempest, Nature||Gold coin|
|Odur: God Of Light And Sun||CG||Light||A solar disk|
|Sif: Goddess Of War||CG||War||Sword that is upraised|
|Skadi: God Of Mountain And Earth||N||Nature||Peak of a mountain|
|Surtur: God Of War And Fire Giants||LE||War||Sword on fire|
|Thor: God Of Thunder And Storms||CG||War, Tempest||Hammer|
|Thrym: God Of Cold And Fire Giants||CE||War||Double-bladed axe that is white In color|
|Tyr: God Of Strategy And Courage||LN||War, Knowledge||Sword|
|Uller: God Of Winter And Hunting||CN||Nature||Longbow|