SCAG offers Tiefling Variant traits and appearances and MTOF offers Diabolic Bloodline Subraces for Tiefling for the D&D 5e PHB Tiefling race. The gist is that time has passed since Asmodeus made all al existing Tiefling bloodlines his own and Tieflings are being born with other fiendish bloodlines. Although SCAG offers alt appearance options, I was wondering if there was a way to tell what appearances are for which fiendish bloodline as MTOF does not provide appearance information. The appearance in PHB is based on Asmodeus. Also the Variant options in SCAG are for various fiendish bloodlines like cat eyes for Rakshasa etc.

Is there a way to determine what physical traits your character could have based on their Diabolic bloodline?

Sources: PHB (Players handbook); SCAG (Swordcoast Adventurers Guide); MTOF (Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes)

TIEFLING VARIANTS ... Rather than having the physical characteristics described in the Player's Handbook, choose 1d4+1 following features: small horns; fangs or sharp teeth; a forked tongue; catlike eyes; six fingers on each hand; goatlike legs ; cloven hoofs; a forked tail; leathery or scaly skin; red or dark blue skin; cast no shadow or reflection; exude a smell of brimstone. (SCAG, p. 118)

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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to the site. Take the tour. When asking a rules question, it is important to specify the roleplaying game system. For example, here I assume you’re talking about D&D 5e, but I could be wrong, and I won’t know unless you tag this question with the system you’re playing with. \$\endgroup\$ – MrHiTech Apr 7 '19 at 3:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ In addition, it’s unclear if you’re asking for an existing complete list, or to make one. If the latter, your question may be better suited to a discussion forum (see this post for some good places to go. \$\endgroup\$ – MrHiTech Apr 7 '19 at 3:38
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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to RPG.SE! Take the tour if you haven't already, and check out the help center for more guidance. It's still not clear to me what you're asking here. Are you asking about the variant tiefling's different appearance options (SCAG, p. 118), and what non-Asmodeus descent each option is associated with? And are you asking what's written in the 5e rules, asking what's written in lore in any D&D edition about it, or asking others to come up with their own ideas on it? \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Apr 7 '19 at 4:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ I removed the image, as I am not sure that it is fair use. I have condensed what was in that box to focus on the physical characteristics you ask about. I hope that is what your question is. If not, please clarify. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Apr 7 '19 at 16:44

Although, in SCAG they list traits for the Tiefling Variant, there is no clear distinction for what bloodline each trait would derive from. Further, the instruction in SCAG is to take 1d4 +1 of the traits listed, in no particular order. This means that the traits listed could be combined at random and could apply to various types of bloodlines. For the MTOF Diabolic Tiefling Subraces, there is no descriptions provided, though there is an image for two of the Subraces. So there is no official way to determine physical traits for characters for 5e. There are descriptions of Tiefling bloodlines given for 4e if one is inclined to use them.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ This is incorrect. The "Feral" tiefling is a variant listed in SCAG with specific changes to the racial ASIs obtained. You can take the variant appearance changes without your tiefling be "Feral". \$\endgroup\$ – illustro Apr 8 '19 at 7:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ I’ve corrected the use of “feral”, and further clarified the my answer. \$\endgroup\$ – Jedyst Apr 8 '19 at 15:41

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