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For questions primarily about the Elf as a species or race within tabletop role-playing games, typically those based on fantasy or folklore. (If your question relates to dark elves/drow in particular, you may want to use the [drow] tag in addition to or instead of this one.)

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According to Rules As Written, At what age would Half-elves enter Menopause?

There is a running joke in a campaign I play in that a female Half-elf member of the party is in menopause (She is 37 years old). However, looking at the rules, I cannot find any concrete reference to ...
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Does a wood elf's Mask of the Wild feature allow hiding in plain sight in dim light/darkness? [duplicate]

Can a wood elf hide in plain sight in dim light/darkness? Why I believe this could be the case: The wood elf Mask of the Wild description says: You can attempt to hide even when you are only lightly ...
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In terms of mental age/status as a young teenager, what would be an appropriate chronological age for a high elf?

I'm in a campaign where all the players are supposed to be the human equivalent of young teenagers from their villages. In terms of mental age/status as a young teenager, what would be an appropriate ...
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Why do Elves, who can see in starlight, have a lifepath called Chandler (candle-maker)?

BWGR p. 131: Chandler, 50 yrs, 15 rp, +1 M, (Citadel, Protector) Skills: 5 pts: Chant of Offering‡, Haggling, Conspicuous, Appraisal Traits: 1 pt: — Wikipedia: A chandlery (/ˈtʃændləri/ or /ˈtʃɑːnd-...
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What offspring would result from a high elf mother and a shadar-kai elf father?

I got into a debate with one of my players. They claimed that their character having a (full) high elf mother and a (full) shadar-kai elf father would be considered a high half-elf, and should use the ...
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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 Shadar-Kai and Shadow Elves the same?

Now that Shadar-Kai are officially elves in 5e D&D, is there an official source or even semi-official (WOTC tweets, Designer blogs / podcasts / videos, Unearthed Arcana, etc.) that links these ...
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Is 4 hours long enough for a long rest for Elves?

The Long Rest rules read: A long rest is a period of extended downtime, at least 8 hours long, during which you sleep or perform light activity: reading, talking, eating, or standing watch for ...
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I need advice on the ability of my subrace of Zantan Elves

This is my second homebrew race ever and while I’ve watched a myriad of YouTube videos about it, all of them seem unhelpful in racial trait creation. I’m questioning about a certain racial trait I ...
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Can dim light be used to activate the wood elf's Mask of the Wild trait?

Because of a dispute with our DM, I'd like to confirm the following. The wood elf's Mask of the Wild trait says: You can attempt to hide even when you are only lightly obscured by foliage, heavy rain,...
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If an elf is stable with 0 HP, do they regain all hit points after a long rest of 8 hours or 4?

In my most recent session, the entire party except one character was downed (reduced to 0 HP), but they were all stabilised by the cleric (the only member that was left standing). One of the downed ...
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Does an age of an elf equal that of a human?

I'm trying to make an elf barbarian and I'm having trouble figuring out her age, in human years she's 30 but I don't know if that would be the same in elven years (in the default 5e setting of the ...
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How to optimise an elven melee bard?

The challenge here is creating a bard character that has to be some flavor of pure blooded elf and utilises that to help in its melee abilities. I was thinking Valor with maybe High Elf for booming ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Should a high elf wizard use weapons instead of cantrips?

As a new DM I'm running my first adventure for my kids (Lost Mine of Phandelver). My daughter took the high elf wizard and she was wondering whether she should use weapons instead of her cantrips when ...
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How do elves, or other long lived races, act when confronted with much more potent members of the short-lived races? [closed]

Example situations: An adventuring party at the 3rd tier, mostly made of humans in their 20s, and plenty of raw power at their disposal. The Elves are interacting with dangerous individuals several ...
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Are the elf races really so bad?

Every popular charop class handbook I read seems to indicate that Elf is a terrible race choice, or at best "okay" (but sub-optimal) for some of the sub-types of elf. It seems to me that they actually ...
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Why do hobgoblins hate elves?

The section of the Monster Manual on hobgoblins (page 185) says under the "Strategic Thinkers" section that hobgoblins: hate elves and attack them first in battle over any other opponents, ...
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Could an elf PC start adventuring at the age of 20?

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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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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Is there any disadvantage to playing an adolescent elf?

According to the chapter on elves in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, as children, elves explore memories of previous lives during their trances, and as adolescents, these memories begin to appear during ...
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How perceptive are trancing elves?

The description of Elves' Trance racial trait says (emphasis mine): Elves don’t need to sleep. Instead, they meditate deeply, remaining semiconscious, for 4 hours a day. (The Common word for such ...
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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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Long Rest interrupted AFTER 4 hour Trance

Now that there has been strict errata saying an Elf DOES indeed finish a Long Rest after 4 hours if they decide to meditate through Trance, I assume this also means they are forced to gain the ...
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Can elves sleep / dream?

The PHB of D&D 5e says that elves can't be put to sleep by magic (see under "Fey Ancestry"), and that they "don't need to sleep" (under "Trance".) Note that neither of these statements deny their ...
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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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Where are aquatic elves defined?

Aquatic elves are mentioned under the sahuagin entry in the Monster Manual, and also in Ghosts of Saltmarsh, but I don't see them defined anywhere. Is there a stat block or other description of them ...
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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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Can elves, half-elves, warforged, and/or kalashtar be affected by Dream of the Blue Veil?

The Fey Ancestry racial trait shared by elves (Player’s Handbook, p. 23) and half-elves (p. 39) states “magic can’t put you to sleep.” Warforged’s Constructed Resilience trait is similar: “You don’t ...
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What is the origin of Faerûn's languages?

I'm not a D&D pro but I'm writing a thesis about how Tolkien created his languages and which was/is their following influence. A friend of mine told me that the languages of Faerûn are inspired by ...
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Are Valenar elves and Aereni elves different races of elves?

I have been a GM of D&D eberron for around 2 years, and there is something that I always ask myself: Are Valenar elves and Aereni elves different races of elves in terms of gameplay? As I don't ...
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Does the wood elf's Mask of the Wild trait allow them to basically "disappear" in front of their opponent if in an area lightly obscured by foliage?

The rules on hiding state, in part (PHB, p. 177): You can't hide from a creature that can see you clearly, [...] The description of the wood elf's Mask of the Wild trait says (PHB, p. 24): You can ...
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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 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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What is the relationship between dwarves and elves in the Forgotten Realms?

It is common knowledge that elves and dwarves don't like each other. But I'm curious if there were historical events which forged their views on each other in the lore of Forgotten Realms, or any ...
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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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Sleep's hp total and (half-) elf targets

Situation: A Gnome Bard sits in a prison cell, next to her in another cell sits a half-elf Ranger. There is one guard with them in the room, with two or three more in the next room. The Bard casts ...
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Do elves sleep instead of trance in Pathfinder?

On the Common Terms page of the d20PFSRD website, the "Rest" section says: The Pathfinder Core Rulebook is somewhat vague on the requirements of resting and sleeping [...] I found that ...
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What happens to a Bladesinger reincarnated as a Human?

The Bladesinging subclass (Sword Coast Adventurer Guide, p. 141) of the Wizard class is restricted to Elves. If a High-Elf with 4 levels in the Wizard (Bladesinging) class dies and is reincarnated in ...
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Wood elf initiative

I am playing a Wood Elf Monk. I have a 20 dex, so my initiative is +5. Do wood elves gain any other pluses to initiative?
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Is there any info on cavern elf names?

Are the cavern elves using normal elven names or did they take on the names of the other races from their new home like they took on the samurai profession? Is there any info on this?
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Is the offspring of an elf and a half-elf an elf or a half-elf?

If an elf and a half-elf (let's assume the elf and the half-elf's elven parent are of the same subrace, to exclude that complication) were to have a child, would the child be an elf or a half-elf? I ...
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Is there any major mechanical advantage to playing a Drow Elf (full) rather than a Drow Half-Elf?

Looking at racial features, half-elf Drow seem to have all the "best" features of full drow, with none of the downsides. Past the "Drow Weapon Training" trait, is there any major benefit to playing ...
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Is Elven High Magic an official source of information, or a 3rd Party Unofficial idea?

I have been working on making Shadow Monk character who's clan specializes in improving the world's Ki from the shadows (via guarding key players, gathering incriminating evidence, or eliminating ...
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How do the Elven Sub-races work? [closed]

Though I have approached this in a few ways before, I am left confused on the sub-races elves have. Referencing The PHB (P.23/24), DndBeyond, SCAG (P.106) and an Unearthed Arcana from WotC (Knowing it'...
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What or where is the 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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Do elves of Evermeet use money?

Evermeet was created as elven heaven. So, do they use money or gold there? If so, do they trade with other Arvandor or Feywild cities with money or something? Where I can read about such things? ...
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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 ...