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Does a character being a race that is described as a sub-variant of another - for example, Svirfneblin to Gnome - qualify said character to take feats that are restricted to members of the super-race (for want of a better term) - for example, Earth Child Style - due to sharing a sub-type?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Although it's for 3.5 you may nonetheless be interested in this question. \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Nov 13 at 19:13
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No.

You only qualify as a member of that "super-race" for purposes of taking race-based options if you have an ability that says so (like a half-elf's Elf Blood trait or the Racial Heritage feat).

Note that you do still qualify as a member of that "super-race" for effects that care about type and subtype, like a ranger's Favored Enemy.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Does there exist rules text that explicitly states that prerequisites such as ”be a Gnome” are satisfied by having the gnome subtype? \$\endgroup\$ – royalmurder Nov 13 at 19:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ @royalmurder Good question! In fact, turns out I've been playing it wrong for quite some time-- have edited my answer accordingly. \$\endgroup\$ – PlutoThePlanet Nov 13 at 21:46

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