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I'm about to start a campaign that I suspect will be filled with poisonous & necrotic monsters due to the setting. I have been thinking of playing a stout halfling, but would prefer to play one with a wisdom bonus. Are there any other ways to gain resistance to at least one of these types?

I will likely be a squishy cleric in a caster role, so I should be able to avoid most of it - but I'm wondering if there's anything else I can do.

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Backgrounds don't grant that kind of feature

Backgrounds grant two proficiencies (generally two skills and two of languages, tools, instruments, etc.) and a story/worldinteraction type feature, not something like a damage resistance.

Feats

The feat Infernal Constitution (Xanathar's page 75) grants you resistance against poison damage (and advantage on saves against being poisoned). It does, however, require you to be a tiefling who don't get bonuses to wisdom.

Races

All dwarves (PHB pages 18-20) get resistance to poison and hill dwarves get a bonus to their wisdom.

Aasimar (Volo's pages 104-105) get resistance to necrotic damage and protector assimars get a bonus to wisdom.

Dragonborn (PHB pages 32-33) get resistance to one damage type which for green ones is poison damage. They do however not get bonuses to their wisdom.

Warforged (E:RftLW page 36) from Eberron get resistance to poison damage and advantage on saves against poison, and can choose to get a bonus to wisdom. Ask your DM whether Eberron content is right for you.

Yuan-Ti (Volo's page 120) get immunity to poison damage, but no bonus to their wisdom and as a monstrous adventurer you will especially need to talk with your DM about availability and what place the race has in that world.

Low level spells

In part mentioned because it is not available to magic initiate as protection from poison is a 2nd level spell. It is however a spell on the cleric list which grants resistance to poison damage and advantage on saves against the poisoned condition, in addition to neutralising an extant poisons.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ As a bonus, if you were set on playing a halfling, an Aasimar can be a celestial/just-about-anything crossbreed. So halfling is on, as is everything else. \$\endgroup\$ – MegaCrow Apr 4 at 22:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Someone_Evil The tiefling subcare Fierna Tiefling from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes gets +1 wisdom \$\endgroup\$ – Urknecht Apr 6 at 6:38
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For that combination, play a Hill Dwarf

Your specifications include:

Are there any other ways to gain resistance to at least one of these types? I will likely be a squishy cleric in a caster role

  1. All dwarves have Dwarven Resilience

    Dwarven Resilience. You have advantage on saving throws against poison, and you have resistance against poison damage (PHB, Ch 3)

  2. Hill Dwarf has +1 Wisdom, +2 Constitution.
    Both will help your cleric.

    {Dwarf} Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2.
    {Hill Dwarf} Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 1.
    Dwarven Toughness. Your hit point maximum increases by 1, and it increases by 1 every time you gain a level. (PHB, Ch 3)

    The +1 HP per level is icing on the cake insofar as survivability.

Protector Aasimar ... might fulfill your needs

That race grants +1 to wisdom and resistance to necrotic damage, if you want to get resistance to that rather than to poison. (VGtM, p. 105). That will also get you a free Light cantrip, some free healing once per day, and a minute of flying once per day. However, that may not fit your theme as well as the Hill Dwarf.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for the advice. I was hoping to play a halfling, but I'll take it as a maybe. \$\endgroup\$ – Tiggy Apr 4 at 13:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Tiggy Halfling (stout) will work fine, but if you are doing point buy your wisdom will take a while to catch up. You could also consider taking Water Genasi (+1 Wisdom) and some other neat features, but that's straying from your general plan. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Apr 4 at 17:35

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