Questions tagged [dragonborn]

For questions about the dragonborn, a fictional species found in some form in many fantasy settings. Dragonborn are typically reptilian humanoids descended from dragons. They are frequently depicted as being large, scaly, and having some sort of breath weapon inherited from their dragon ancestors.

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Do Dragonborn come from eggs?

We have been adventuring, and in our latest quest, we came upon a witch that had a couple of Draconic eggs in a cooking pot. They seemed intact, and a blue one even gave off an electrical sensation. ...
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Can my Dragonborn Druid use their breath weapon in wild shape?

I have a Dragonborn Druid character in the works, and I was wondering if I can use my breath weapon while transformed by Wild Shape. Like, if I'm in the shape of a dire wolf, can I still shoot a 15 ...
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Optimal Dragonborn Warlock for DPR/AC with Blade pact and Fiend patron

How can I get the highest Damage-Per-Round (both melee and ranged using pact weapon and Eldritch Blast) and AC possible (with DPR being more important than AC) with a Dragonborn Warlock taking the ...
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Do dragons (and dragonborn) naturally shed or molt scales?

Is there any official reference inside a 5e book that makes specific note of any dragon (or dragonborn) shedding or molting their scales naturally? The Dragon Scale mail is the closest thing I can ...
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Can a dragonborn bite enemies?

One of my players is a dragonborn and wants to know if he can bite enemies. I didn't see anything in the rules about this, does anyone know how it works?
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What creature type are dragonborn?

In 3.5e, dragonborn were of the Humanoid (dragonblood) creature type and subtype. In 5e, I haven't been able to find this info — the creature entry (dndbeyond link) doesn't have any mention of ...
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Can a Dragonborn Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer choose different draconic ancestors for their race and class?

So, this came up in a few of the campaigns I have been part of, and I am unsure of how this should be resolved. Within the rules of the game would say a Silver Dragonborn Sorcerer with the Dragon ...
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Would it be unbalanced to allow a Dragonborn access to both Breath Weapon AOE types?

Depending on the draconic ancestry of a dragonborn, their breath weapon either deals damage in a 5 by 30 ft. line or a 15 ft. cone. Would there be any unbalancing if the character were allowed to ...
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Can a black dragonborn's acid breath weapon destroy objects?

For example, is a Black Dragonborn able to use its Breath Weapon, in this case, of acid type, to corrode walls, doors, objects, etc? I'm asking this because when it comes to spells, they don't affect ...
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Can a dragonborn use his breath weapon as a weapon attack if he is hasted?

Let's say im a level 5 fighter dragonborn, and I have the potion of haste. Then I have one extra attack, action surge, and a breath weapon. Under the description of the potion of haste, it says you ...
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How would adding a darkvision racial trait to Dragonborn affect balance?

Dragonborn, as I understand it, are considered to be one of the weakest, if not the weakest, playable race. Their flavour is cool, especially for people who like dragons, but their being sub-par in ...
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What are the “unique magic abilities” that draconians get instead of a breath weapon?

I like dragonborn, but I don’t really like the breath weapon that much. You can’t use it very often, and it doesn’t seem to scale very well at all, so it’s hard to imagine it having much relevance to ...
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Do Dragonborn get tails/wings?

I have heard along the grapevine that at some point, Dragonborn can get wings and/or a tail. But I haven't been able to find anything on it. I have looked through the Player's Handbook, and I couldn't ...
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Can my Dragonborn gain more breath weapon uses per short rest?

Even though the Player's Handbook says a dragonborn only gets one breath weapon per short rest, is there any way outside of rule 0 for a dragonborn to gain multiple uses per short rest, like by using ...
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Are there any official rules for Dragonborn in Pathfinder?

We are currently converting a 4E game to Pathfinder and one of the current PCs is a Dragonborn. Does the race (or an equivalent) exist as a player race in any official supplement / product? Google ...
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What the difference between Dragonborn with tails and those with stumps?

For a Dragonborn, what is the difference between a tail and a stump? I’m in a new campaign and my DM asked me if I had a tail, then proceeded to ask if I knew the difference with a smile on her face. ...
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Do Dragonborns get unarmored defense?

Now, I might just be stupid or not have seen it but, I’ve been looking and saw that draconic bloodline sorcerers get unarmored defense for “draconic bloodline”. But, do Dragonborns get this for being ...
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How can I increase the range of a Dragonborn's breath weapon?

Is it possible to increase the range/area of a Dragonborn's breath weapon? If yes, how?
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How to make a dragonborn sorcerer appear to be human for 8 to 16 hours?

I am DMing a game in which the king's son is a dragonborn, born from the human king and a female shadow dragon. I need the dragonborn prince to appear human for periods of 8 to 16 hours. He has to ...
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Can a Dragonborn with an Extra Attack use both their breath weapon and their melee attack?

My Dragonborn character is about to get the Extra Attack ability and I'm curious if it can be used with the breath attack. Since a Dragonborn can only use the attack once per short rest I know he can'...
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Would increasing a Dragonborn's breath weapon damage help to balance them?

Dragonborn are arguably considered one of the weakest playable races, as supported by the answers to my other recent question: How would adding a darkvision racial trait to Dragonborn affect balance? ...
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What dragon is most likely to take in and raise other races?

My character is a folk hero. My plan is already approved by my DM. When my character was young(barely old enoigh to remember his village), his village was destroyed by forces unknown to him (Raiders, ...
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Can one use a breath weapon and a melee attack in the same turn?

My character is Dragonborn, and has a breath weapon. Making a breath weapon attack is a standard action. I am wondering if I can make a breath weapon and also make one attack with my weapon? I know ...
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Is this version of the dragonborn race unbalanced?

When comparing the dragonborns with the other races of the Player's Handbook, it is pretty clear they are a bit underpowered. A quick search in google shows many people also think so. Besides their ...
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Is this alternate Draconic Ancestry trait (that grants flight) a balanced replacement for the dragonborn's Breath Weapon trait? [closed]

A player with a Dragonborn PC recently requested that he be allowed to grow wings and gain a fly speed in our game. I didn't really like any of the alternate Dragonborn options that allow flight, so ...
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Is a 2d4 natural attack broken at level 1?

For a setting I'm creating, I have an optional rule where dragonborn may possess claw attacks in addition to their breath attack. To wit: This attack does 1d4 slashing damage as an attack action. ...
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What effects does Ancestry have on a Dragonborn?

During character creation, Dragonborn characters can choose an "Ancestry". This mainly determines the colour of their scales, and the breath weapon they get. Does Ancestry affect anything else? I ...
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Can you block an attack that an ally is trying to make?

My dragonborn friend keeps (accidentally) downing half the party with his poisonous Breath Weapon. I'd like to know if I can block his poisonous breath so that the party doesn't go down anymore due ...
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What exactly is the Dragonborn template?

I'm completely unfamiliar with the Dragonborn template, as I've never read the sourcebook it has come from, could someone enlighten me as to what it means to be a dragonborn character? Can you ...
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How would a Quickbeam Staff +3 affect a Dragonborn's Close Blast 3 breath attack?

I am currently playing fourth edition Dungeons and Dragons and am a level 19 sorcerer. I have a quickbeam staff but am not sure how it should work. I am dragonborn and using my Dragon Breath as a ...
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Dragonborn transformation

Looking at the dragonborn transformation I have a question regarding what happens to a human fighter's feats when transforming into a dragonborn. Let us assume that before transformation the human ...
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Is it possible for a dragonborn to have 2 different breath weapons [closed]

I just found this site while searching for an answer to my question. While I haven't played D&D yet, I am extremely interested in trying. I know a lot of DMs do things differently and are ...
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Can Dragonborn use Breath Weapon more than once per rest? [duplicate]

In the Unearthed Arcana "Feats for Races", the Dragonborn feat "Dragon Fear" states (emphasis mine): Instead of exhaling destructive energy, you can roar and expend a use of your breath weapon to ...
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What's the physical appearance of Dragonborns? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a miniature for my Dragonborn fighter. I know the basics but I haven't really find anything definite about the the little details, like the shape of the legs and if they have tails.
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When I choose a scale colour, am I a more “pure” breed of Dragonborn? [closed]

Are the physical features of a Dragon species also the same in Dragonborn and Half-dragon species? Because (obviously, apart from colour) the description of a Dragonborn suggest that they are somewhat ...
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Is there any way to block an imprisoned Dragonborn's breath weapon?

Is there any way to block a Dragonborn's breath, to make the escape from in Out of the Abyss moderately hard for a player who chooses to be a Dragonborn? If they can use their breath easily then they ...
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Would the Spell Sniper feat add to the range of a Dragonborn's breath weapon?

I was looking at feats for my backup character, and was wondering: Would the Spell Sniper feat affect the range of a Dragonborn's racial breath weapon?
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D&D 5e races Dragonborn and Tieflings? [closed]

I've recently started playing a play by post campaign as a player. It has occurred to me that Dragonborn Paladins are popular characters and so are a Tiefling Warlocks.What kind of challenges would I ...