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I'm about to start a Dungeons and Dragon 3.5 adventure, and the last time I created a character I didn't feel there were many options to choose from (unlike Dungeons and Dragons, 4th Edition). What playable races and starting classes are available in Dungeons and Dragons 3.5?

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closed as too broad by Tridus, mxyzplk Aug 23 '14 at 23:37

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This question is actually quite large. What resources does the game allow? – Hey I Can Chan Aug 23 '14 at 18:22
Have you looked at the srd? – GMNoob Aug 23 '14 at 18:23
This is way too broad, and the only answer to what's written right now is a huge list (or a link to a huge list). – Tridus Aug 23 '14 at 20:55
The huge list is hard to find. A question on here with a link to the huge list is better than nothing. – user2754 Aug 23 '14 at 21:15
I feel like this is an XY Problem. Instead of asking "Are there any more races than the PHB offers?" it asked instead for what they would assume solves their problem: a full list. Edit this to "Are there races other than what's in the PHB" and it's answerable. Trivial, but answerable. – SevenSidedDie Aug 24 '14 at 4:01

There are lots, too many to list here, and it will depend on which books the game has available for use and if things like LA are allowed. There is a (mostly complete) list or races available here (pdf) along with book references.

There is also a similar index available for base classes here that also includes variants.

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Chet's indices are very useful, but they are missing some notable material from later books. – KRyan Aug 23 '14 at 18:43
Are they? That's unfortunate (at least he lists some of the missing information). Still I'm not sure if there's a more complete list out there. Possibly the ones on the wizards or brilliant gamologists forums, though I haven't looked at them. – ltab Aug 23 '14 at 18:50
I dig on Chet's stuff, too, but KRyan's correct that it tapers off about midway through 2007. I can't upvote this answer until the question's updated because even Chet omits things many would include (e.g. psionic classes). – Hey I Can Chan Aug 23 '14 at 19:16
While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – Rob Lang Aug 23 '14 at 19:18


Character Class List on

Prestige Class List on

Every source for every class. Many classes are listed repeatedly since they can be found in multiple books (Eberron Campaign Setting and Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting each discuss all the core classes and how they exist in those settings, for example), but the list should be absolutely complete. As you can see, there are a lot, and there are several times as many prestige classes as base classes.


There are no official lists of playable races; Wizards only has a more general monster index. Chet’s index is very useful, but not totally complete.

The Master 3.5 Playable Race List should be pretty close to complete, though, being a community effort updated steadily over time. It only lists LA +0 races (i.e. no monstrous or "powerful" races), but links to a pretty good list of LA +1 and +2 races. Races with an actual LA (i.e. not LA –) are playable under the rules, but in practice become increasingly unplayable as more LA is added; even +1 or +2 is extremely problematic.

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