Designed to be a Shadowfell counterpart to the Faetouched race, this race is humans/half-humans or descendants of humans/half-humans who stayed in the Shadowfell to long.


Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity, Constitution, and Charisma scores all increase by 1.

Age. Shadetouched show no physical signs of aging, but usually live around 200 years.

Alignment. Shadetouched are usually neutral.

Size. Shadetouched are about the same size as humans. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.

Darkvision. Used to the gloomy darkness of the Shadowfell, you have darkvision with a range of 120 feet.

Dark Resilience. You have resistance to necrotic and psychic damage.

Shadow Stealth. You are proficient in Stealth. In addition you have advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks when in dim light or darkness.

Shadow Weaver. You know the Toll the Dead cantrip. When you reach 3rd level, you can cast the Shadow Blade spell once with this trait and regain the ability to do so when you finish a long rest. When you reach 5th level, you can cast the Darkness spell once with this trait and regain the ability to do so when you finish a long rest. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.

Sunlight Sensitivity. You have disadvantage on attack rolls and on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight when you, the target of your attack, or whatever you are trying to perceive is in direct sunlight.

Languages. you can speak, read, and write Common and one language of your choice.

Is this homebrew race balanced?


1 Answer 1


On the stronger side but fairly balanced

I'm going to use Detect Balance to assess how powerful this race is. This tool assigns scores to various racial features based on how useful they are. A good homebrew race should score between 24 and 27 and should never exceed 30. Here's how the calculation comes out for your race:

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With a score of 29 your race is among the strongest of the existing races but certainly not overpowered.

There is one issue with this calculation however. I used "Standard Delayed Magic" to estimate the power of your Shadow Weaver ability, normally this would be a cantrip at first level, a 1st level spell at third level and a 2nd level spell at fifth level. Shadow Blade is a 2nd level spell which makes this slightly stronger than it should be. You should likely replace this with a first level spell, though I can understand the desire to use this one.

This race seems to have strong thematics and abilities that work well together. It has a lot of similarities to the Elf (Drow) race and is fairly balanced with it (Drow scores 27 on detect balance). I commend you for such a well thought out class. Go ahead and playtest this.


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