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I like dragonborn, but I don’t really like the breath weapon that much. You can’t use it very often, and it doesn’t seem to scale very well at all, so it’s hard to imagine it having much relevance to a character after the first few levels. (And since I’m looking to play a warlock, eldritch blast says “why bother?”)

But I note a sidebar on page 34 of Player’s Handbook (or this section of the basic rules) about the draconians of Dragonlance, and it includes this tempting note:

In place of their draconic breath weapons, [draconians] have unique magical abilities.

What are those abilities? Where are they detailed? Certainly doesn’t seem to be in Player’s Handbook.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Are you only looking for 5e RAW? Because nothing official's been printed yet that focuses that deeply on DL, so my first instinct would be to reach back to older draconians... but I'm not sure if that would answer your question. (I've been running DL1-12 converting-on-the-fly to 5e, so I've certainly thought about it.) \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 Jul 26 '18 at 3:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ @nitsua60 Correct, I want the unique magic abilities that the 5e Player’s Handbook is referring to, as 5e abilities. If it hasn’t been printed yet, confirmation of that is also a good answer. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Jul 26 '18 at 3:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan: Regarding your edit note that book titles don't get articles, even the intro to the PHB mentions that "The Player's Handbook is divided into three parts." Not a big deal, but I've just never seen it written without the word "the" before it. It looks weird to see it written without it. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Jul 26 '18 at 3:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KorvinStarmast No, but that shouldn’t stop you from answering based on it—I already have some reasons to want to pick up XGtE, more would’t hurt. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Jul 26 '18 at 13:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KorvinStarmast My DM isn’t currently using it, but is amenable to starting to if there’s interest. I’ll likely be using the Hexblade patron, for instance. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Jul 26 '18 at 13:52
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They have not been officially specified.

D&D Beyond's character race section for dragonborn doesn't list any variants other than the content in the Player's Handbook, when viewed from an account that owns all of the available supplements. These sections aggregate all of the officially published race variants, so it can be inferred that there are no official draconian traits specified for 5e.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ It could be worth worth mentioning the Dragon Fear feat from Xanathar's as an option to increase the viability of this racial trait. Although it doesn't answer the question it does deal with the underlying issue a little. \$\endgroup\$ – Baergren Jul 26 '18 at 12:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Baergren It's a substitute for, not an addition to, the breath weapon (In terms of uses per rest) so I don't think adding that helps this particular question .... though it is certainly related. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Jul 27 '18 at 15:07
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One place it isn’t: this D&D Beyond page labeled “Draconian,” but note the little blue house icon: this is homebrew. Found on D&D Beyond and aside from that little icon, completely indistinguishable from official content. Wizards desperately needs to reconsider the design here, because this is a thousand times worse than D&D Wiki.

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    \$\begingroup\$ @NathanS Well that’s atrociously inconspicuous and undiscoverable. The entire page design should be strikingly different, to make it impossible to confuse the two. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Jul 26 '18 at 14:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ Providing links and traffic to something that you don't want people to use may not be the best idea :) \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Jul 26 '18 at 15:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ @NautArch I have nothing against the author, the homebrew, or the page’s existence. I only have an objection to the entirely-insufficient design details, that make it all-too-easy to mistake homebrew for official content. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Jul 26 '18 at 15:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Marq I did not use the search functionality on DNDBeyond.com; I used Google. Which is precisely why the poor design is such a massive problem: I am not familiar with the site, I didn’t come from within the site, I just used a search engine and this page came up. With absolutely nothing obviously indicating it was homebrew. I had assumed the house icon was a “home” button, like go back to the root page or whatever. I didn’t hover it or click it (since I didn’t want those things), but I note that it doesn’t even have a tooltip explaining what it means. It also lacks ARIA for accessibility \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Jul 26 '18 at 15:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ @V2Blast Partial answers, particularly answers that point out pitfalls or where things are not, have value. I’m not particularly concerned by the actual rating of this answer, and I’m certainly not going to accept it, but it seems more valuable than just a comment, and it is directly related to answering the question, so it shouldn’t be a comment. Also, about the breadcrumb—good point. That disappears when your browser window is narrow enough. As mine is, because I don’t generally need 2000 pixels worth of web page. As anyone on a phone also would be. So that’s no saving grace. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Jul 26 '18 at 18:32

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