I'm rather new to D&D and I've been trying to create a Tiefling Paladin. When I looked through the subraces, I saw the Zariel tiefling and thought it to be a good idea, which my friends agreed to.

When I saw it, though, it seems unfair to have +1 Strength, +1 Intellect and +4 Charisma. I asked my friends and they didn't know.

Am I calculating the ability score increases for the Zariel tiefling wrong?


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Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes introduces tiefling subraces which have a special link to one of the Lords of the Nine Hells, one of which is Zariel. Below the Subrace Traits heading (MToF, p. 21), it states:

The traits of the chosen subrace replace the tiefling's Ability Score Increase and Infernal Legacy traits given in the Player's Handbook. (emphasis mine)

Thus, the Zariel tiefling subrace will only get a total racial ability score increase of +1 Str and +2 Cha.


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