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I'm about to start a Dungeons and Dragon 3.5 adventure, and the last time I created a character I didn't feel there were many options to choose from (unlike Dungeons and Dragons, 4th Edition). What playable races and starting classes are available in Dungeons and Dragons 3.5?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ This question is actually quite large. What resources does the game allow? \$\endgroup\$ Aug 23, 2014 at 18:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ Have you looked at the srd? \$\endgroup\$
    – GMNoob
    Aug 23, 2014 at 18:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ This is way too broad, and the only answer to what's written right now is a huge list (or a link to a huge list). \$\endgroup\$
    – Tridus
    Aug 23, 2014 at 20:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ The huge list is hard to find. A question on here with a link to the huge list is better than nothing. \$\endgroup\$
    – user2754
    Aug 23, 2014 at 21:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ I feel like this is an XY Problem. Instead of asking "Are there any more races than the PHB offers?" it asked instead for what they would assume solves their problem: a full list. Edit this to "Are there races other than what's in the PHB" and it's answerable. Trivial, but answerable. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 24, 2014 at 4:01

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There are lots, too many to list here, and it will depend on which books the game has available for use and if things like LA are allowed. There is a (mostly complete, last updated Oct 2007) list of races (PDF) along with book references, collected by Chet Erez.

There is also a similar (to Feb 2007) index of base classes (PDF) that also includes variants, also collected by Chet Erez.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Chet's indices are very useful, but they are missing some notable material from later books. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Aug 23, 2014 at 18:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ Are they? That's unfortunate (at least he lists some of the missing information). Still I'm not sure if there's a more complete list out there. Possibly the ones on the wizards or brilliant gamologists forums, though I haven't looked at them. \$\endgroup\$
    – ltab
    Aug 23, 2014 at 18:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ I dig on Chet's stuff, too, but KRyan's correct that it tapers off about midway through 2007. I can't upvote this answer until the question's updated because even Chet omits things many would include (e.g. psionic classes). \$\endgroup\$ Aug 23, 2014 at 19:16
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Classes

Character Class List on archive.wizards.com

Prestige Class List on archive.wizards.com

Every source for every class. Many classes are listed repeatedly since they can be found in multiple books (Eberron Campaign Setting and Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting each discuss all the core classes and how they exist in those settings, for example), but the list should be absolutely complete. As you can see, there are a lot, and there are several times as many prestige classes as base classes.

Races

There are no official lists of playable races; Wizards only has a more general monster index. Chet’s index is very useful, but not totally complete.

The Master 3.5 Playable Race List should be pretty close to complete, though, being a community effort updated steadily over time. It only lists LA +0 races (i.e. no monstrous or "powerful" races), but links to a pretty good list of LA +1 and +2 races. Races with an actual LA (i.e. not LA –) are playable under the rules, but in practice become increasingly unplayable as more LA is added; even +1 or +2 is extremely problematic.

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