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I'm starting a new campaign and have decided on a Monk. I know that chossing to be an Elf gives me a +2 Dex. For the Wood Elf subclass does that give you an additional +1 Wisdom or does that take the place of the +2 Dex? What I'm understanding so far is that creating a Wood Elf Monk would give me a +2 to Dex and a +1 to Wisdom.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Just needed the information. You can delete as needed thanks. \$\endgroup\$ – Fogcutter Oct 26 '17 at 19:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ No worries! Duplicates are actually desired, rather than deleted. They help other readers with the same problem find the answer quicker. Thanks for improving our web of questions! \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Oct 26 '17 at 20:53
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You are correct

The subclass states that the bonus and other traits are in addition to the baseclass.

A Wood Elf gives you +2 Dex from the Elf base class and +1 Wis from the Wood Elf subclass and your Wood Elf Monk therefore starts with +2 Dex and +1 Wis.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I guess the exception would be speed. A wood elf doesn't have a speed of 30+35 :-) \$\endgroup\$ – Wyrmwood Oct 26 '17 at 19:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ I've read this for the Wood Elf - Fleet of Foot: Your base walking speed increases to 35 feet. Is that not right? \$\endgroup\$ – Fogcutter Oct 26 '17 at 19:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Fogcutter The subclasses trait overwrites what is written in the base class. Your Wood Elf has a base walking speed of 35 feet. Other Elf subclasses do not change the speed and retain the 30 feet base walking speed from the Elf base class. \$\endgroup\$ – Sec SE - clear Monica's name Oct 26 '17 at 19:53

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