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Questions tagged [elf]

Questions about the Elf as a species or race within fantasy or folklore.

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What are Faerunian elven bonding (marriage) rites like?

Is there any Forgotten Realms lore (3e/3.5e era preferred, but 2e sources could work as well) that describes or shows the basic flow of an Elven bonding (marriage) rite, or provides clues as to what ...
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How does the Wood Elf's Mask of the Wild trait work, in terms of flavor?

Just a flavor question (with perhaps slight gameplay influence): How does a wood elf use the Mask of the Wild trait to hide? The wood elf's Mask of the Wild trait says: You can attempt to hide ...
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Are eladrin celestial or fey?

This question was sparked by looking into the lore about eladrin after reading the comments under this question. According to this wiki page, Celestial eladrin [...] were fey celestials native ...
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Can there be two high elves in Dungeons & Dragons? [closed]

I'm trying to make my own character sheet but I'm lost. One of the main characters is already a high elf; does that mean I can't be one?
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Can an elf warlock with the Aspect of the Moon eldritch invocation still trance?

The Eldritch Invocation "Aspect of the Moon" from Xanathar's Guide to Everything (pg. 56) provides you with the benefit of no longer needing to sleep: Aspect of the Moon Prerequisite: Pact of ...
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Can an elf be magically put to sleep using a Wish spell?

A defining characteristic of elves is that they cannot be put to sleep by magical means. Fey Ancestry You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can’t put you to ...
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Fey Ancestry says “Magic can't put you to sleep” and Brass Dragon has the ability to “exhales sleep gas”. Does the breath weapon affect elves?

I always assumed that elves/half elves were just immune to sleep effects, but re-reading Fey Ancestry, it says "magic can't put you to sleep". Brass Dragons and Kamadans (Tomb of Annihilation p225) ...
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Can an Elf grow a beard?

Can an Elf player character grow a beard? I would love to plant a cursed Belt of Dwarvenkind in a campaign for an unsuspecting and unwitting Elf (or Half-Elf) PC to promote a memorable role-play ...
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Does having the “elf” subtype qualify you for character options which require you to be an elf?

Can any creature with the "elf" subtype (such as the third-party race Houri) qualify for character options which require the character to be an elf (such as the Breadth of Experience feat), or are ...
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How long is an Elvish generation?

I can't seem to find any good resources on this. How old is the typical elf when they first have children? How many generations would typically be alive at one time from a single family? Is it in the ...
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History and Lore of Elves

My son has recently started playing D&D 5e and he asked me to play. I played back in the early to mid 80's with the 1st edition. I am really excited to play again but wanted to find out about ...
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Can Different Elf Subraces Produce Offspring? [duplicate]

We're playing a homebrew D&D 5e game in which the players will all be from an elven kingdom and I'm curious if different subraces of elf are capable of having children together. For example: ...
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Are Shadar-Kai official in D&D 5e and which supplement can they be found in?

I saw this post which states that the Shadar-Kai are now an official elf subrace in 5e, but all the online references I could find were for previous editions, UA, or homebrew. Can anyone tell me if ...
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Are these variant Sun Elf traits appropriately balanced?

My campaign setting currently requires a High Elf variant with three major caveats: It cannot have darkvision (all permitted races must have human-level vision). It lacks the flexibility to choose ...
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Is my homebrew elf subrace feature balanced?

For my 5e homebrew setting, I'm making an elf subrace that's supposed to be able to turn into a tiny animal (like a squirrel, raccoon, wildcat etc) once per long rest, for a number of hours equal to ...
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Does an elf's daily trance require 4 consecutive hours?

Elves need to meditate 4 hours a day to be in shape according to the PHB. Trance: Elves do not need to sleep. Instead, they meditate deeply for 4 hours a day. (The Common word for such meditation ...
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How does forgoing advantage interact with Elven Accuracy?

Can an Elven Samurai still benefit from Elven Accuracy if it uses Rapid Strike? Elven Accuracy [...] Whenever you have advantage on an attack roll using Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom, ...
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What happens when a wood elf and a dark elf have a child?

In my D&D 5e campaign one of the PCs who's a wood elf started dating a dark elf, and as a result she got pregnant and she is about to give birth. One of the other players had their PC die and he ...
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How does elves' trance affect time spent for XGE's long rest crafting rules?

XGE gave us the option of having tool proficiencies (e.g., alchemist's supplies) enable a character to craft an item "as part of a long rest." For races that need 8 hours for a long rest but only 6 ...
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What does “dreaming after a fashion” imply?

Trance. Elves don’t need to sleep. Instead, they meditate deeply, remaining semiconscious, for 4 hours a day. (The Common word for such meditation is “trance.”) While meditating, you can dream ...
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Is there a way to make the Elven Accuracy feat work with the second benefit of Great Weapon Master?

Is there a way to make the Elven Accuracy feat work with the second benefit of Great Weapon Master? Elven Accuracy (XGtE, p. 74) says: Whenever you have advantage on an attack roll using Dexterity,...
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Can the spell Catnap affect elves?

Elves cannot be magically put to sleep, according to their Fey Ancestry trait. The catnap spell (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 151) can make up to three willing creatures fall unconscious (and ...
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Do High Elves have the “Keen Mind” feat naturally?

In the PHB about the High Elf it says: As a high elf, you have a keen mind and a mastery of at least the basics of magic. Just to make sure, but they don't mean the Keen Mind feat right?
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Can a human assist on darkness perception checks?

Let's say an elf is making a perception check at night. A human decides to try and assist the elf. The elf has dark vision, while the human does not. Can the human even help the elf? Because if the ...
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Can a Level 20 Barbarian Elf rage when in his Trance?

At level 20, a Barbarian has an unlimited number of rages per long rest, meaning he can rage non-stop until he wants to sleep. Elves can Trance instead of sleeping. Can an elf barbarian continue his ...
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Since which edition is the origin story of the elves told by Mearls canon?

Mike Mearls details "The Origin of Elves in Dungeons & Dragons" in a short video published on D&D Beyond's Facebook account. Since which edition is the information he shares considered canon, ...
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Are there volcanic forest elves in Golarion?

I am creating an elf character and want to take the alternate racial feature that gives Fire Resistance 5. It says it is a product of the environment where the elf lived. Are there any forests on ...
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Is a High Elf's cantrip innate or is it learned?

Where does a High Elf get their Wizard cantrip? Is it innate? If innate, is it hereditary (so that an Elf would have the same cantrip as one of its parents, and share it with siblings)? Or is just the ...
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How would giving elves flavorful resistance to nonmagical weapons not made of iron or steel change the game balance? [closed]

Iron and steel weapons are fairly common, I would hope, and as such most weapons would ignore this resistance. How would this affect the game balance, given the following trait? I am aware this would ...
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Does a Wood Elf still receive the benefits of Fleet of Foot while in Wild Shape?

The Wood Elf gets the 'Fleet of Foot' racial ability which states: "Your base walking speed increases to 35 feet." Does this +5' increase in land speed carry over to any Wild Shapes?
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Are there any non-humanoid elves?

Is there any race which, without applying any external option (e.g. feat, template, spell), qualifies as an elf for prerequisites (read: is named as some kind of elf, has the elf subtype, and/or has ...
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Elven Afterlife

My first D&D 5e character will be a Sun Elf. I hope he won’t die any time soon, but I would like to know what would happen to my character if he bites the dust. Or at least what he thinks would ...
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Are elves native to Faerun/Toril, or are they immigrants from elsewhere (like the Feywild)

Where did the D&D 5e elves come from? (In-universe sense). Based on some comments under this answer, this map of the Feywild, the fact that elves have Fey Ancestry (see PHB), and the following ...
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Can elves have ADHD? [closed]

I know its a strange question but it would work great with my wood elf character. His playstyle is basically dance in and out of combat while his backstory is getting his sister killed by running ...
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Could an elf PC start adventuring at the age of 20? [closed]

I'm helping my friend make an Elf to play in a campaign I'm making. We wanted him be around the same age as the other player's characters, which is early-mid twenties, so that he is not far more ...
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Do Elves lose sleep immunity when under a polymorph effect?

http://www.d20pfsrd.com/magic#TOC-Transmutation While under the effects of a polymorph spell, you lose all extraordinary and supernatural abilities that depend on your original form (such as keen ...
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How can the Starter Set's pre-made elf have 5 languages?

So I'm not sure if I'm just missing something but the premade elf in lost mine of Phandelver should only have 4 languages (two from race and two from background) but for one reason it has 5. Can ...
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How effectively can a trancing Elf serve night watch?

Experienced DM, new to 5e. Dealing with a party that includes two Elves. Party did not establish a night watch. Dice dictated an overnight raid of the party's provisions. Seems fair to give the Elves ...
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Did the events in Spider Queen turmoil cross over to 5e?

I read all of the Spider Queen books including the fall of most of the Pantheon for deities for drow. Since Vhaeraun and the other drow deities met their demise. Can males that were clerics to the ...
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Must 5e elves take a long rest?

If an elf uses their trance regularly, takes short rests periodically, and is willing to forego the benefits of long rests (hit points and dice restored, spell slots and abilities restored, etc), is ...
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Is the Fey Ancestry racial trait common knowledge?

Last week in our game, my players faced some Drow in a small dungeon encounter. One of my players, playing a 15 year old tiefling Sorceror (level 1) chose not to cast Sleep on the Drow because he (...
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How would elves’ advanced starting age affect my new character?

After a long break of play DnD my group wanted to start up a campaign again. We start making characters. My character is going to be an Elf that grew up as an orphan in this the large capital city ...
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Half Dragon applied to Elf - is it a half-elf or an elf?

3.5 - the half dragon template which grants the cool shindigs, applied to an elf. Do I get the racial benefits of being the base elf race, or the half-elf race?
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Mitigating drow light sensitivity on Perception to avoid getting ambushed [duplicate]

I created a Drow rogue and my Roguish Archetype is an assassin for 5e. I have been running into the problem of disadvantage rolls on Perception. This wouldn't bug me as much, but since there's only ...
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Does a Drow character know Undercommon?

I was just creating a Drow Rogue in 5e and I noticed that they know very few languages. With some backgrounds, I have been able to create characters that know as many as 6 languages at level one. ...
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How do elves develop as they get older, and could an elven child be a PC?

Some time ago one of my player asked me if she can play and "elven child" (an Asrai, or Wood Elf). Something comparable to human 12 years old girl. The more I think about elven childs/elders the ...
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Does Fey Ancestry grant advantage on the save against Otto's Irresistible Dance?

My first instinct is to say no, Fey Ancestry does not grant an elf advantage on the save against this spell, because the spell does not say that it bestows the charmed condition upon its target; ...
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Why are elves immune to a ghoul's paralyzing touch?

I was reading Are Half-Elves immune to the paralyzing property of a Ghoul's Claw action? and it struck me that I have no idea as to why elves would be immune to the paralyzing touch of a ghoul, ...
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With the lifespan of elves, would you ever encounter a low-level elf?

Elves and other races have hundreds of years to get good at what they do — is the expectation that NPCs of these races would mostly be of high level? How do I build a campaign setting that makes ...
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How to optimize a TWF Barbarian Elf

A little backstory: One of my earliest DnD characters was a Two-Weapon-Fighting Purple-haired Barbarian Elf. He was immensely popular due to his unorthadox nature as a war-loving elf that embraced ...