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For questions about the half-orc, a fictional race found in some fantasy settings. Half-orcs are typically descended from both humans and orcs. They are frequently depicted as bearing traits from both sides of their ancestry, including large teeth and their hulking build. They often experience social stigma associated with their heritage.

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What was the status of Half-Orcs as playable characters in 2e?

The AD&D 2e Player's Handbook did not list half-orc as a playable race, unlike 1e. However, half-orcs in the Monstrous Compendium are listed under orcs with class and levels limits if players want ...
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How do you pronounce "Mhurren"?

It's listed as a male half-orc name in 5e PHB. The question review process is telling me this question is "subjective and... likely to be closed", but the "similar question's list" ...
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I'm building a cannibal barbarian. With a natural bite attack, will I only be able to use one attack with bite or weapons?

So I'm building an evil half-orc barbarian with a rage tree on biting and eating an opponent still alive. When I get multiple iterative attacks from a high BAB, will I only be able to make a single ...
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Can a Half-Orc's Relentless Endurance trait save it from its soul being stolen when it dies?

Half-Orcs have the Relentless Endurance racial trait: Relentless Endurance. When you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can drop to 1 hit point instead. You can't use this ...
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Can the extra die from Orcish Fury be re-rolled with Great Weapon Fighting?

For things like Sneak Attack and Orcish Fury I know that they can be doubled on Crits per Crawford here. We also know that only Weapon Damage dice can be rerolled with GWF. So, Sneak Attack or Smite ...
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Half-orc subraces?

I am interested in finding alternative subraces for half-orcs, especially those with less-terrible ability scores. I am aware of the Unearthed Arcana environmental variants (aquatic, arctic, desert, ...
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What would be a "good" build for a dual weapon battlemaster half-orc? [closed]

I've started playing DnD for the first time two months ago (hey, coronavirus). My character is a half-orc fighter, currently level 3. His attributes are STR 19, DEX 14, CON 16, INT 9, WISDOM 10, CHA ...
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Is half-orc and half-elf a possiblity?

I'm involved in a home brew where my DM has allowed me to play as a combination of half-orc and half-elf. My character has the stats of a half-orc that simply has a slightly increased lifespan and ...
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Can the Half-Orc's Relentless Endurance trait protect them from things that would normally kill someone instantly?

In our campaign, we have a Half-Orc Barbarian. Very original. We are going along this cliff-side fortress and are worried about falling off. The Half-Orc's player jokingly says that he'll be fine, due ...
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Does the race of half-orcs on Khorvaire in Eberron have its own name?

I recall that the half-elves of the continent of Khorvaire in the world of Eberron have their own name, the Khoravar. Is there a similar special name for the half-orcs of the continent of Khorvaire?
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Can a Half-Orcs have only one Orc grandparent?

Can a Half-Orcs have only one Orc grandparent? Does a Half-Orc need to have one human parent and one orc? Or could it be 25% human 75% Orc for instance, or the other way round? I am thinking about ...
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How far can a half-orc monk with 18 STR throw a pig?

In 3/3.5e D&D, how far can a half-orc monk with 18 strength throw a pig? We shall assume the pig is a domestic pig weighing 200 pounds who looks like Wilbur from Charlotte's Web. The pig will ...
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Do the Shadow Magic sorcerer's Strength of the Grave feature and the half-orc's Relentless Endurance trait work together?

I have a player that wants to create a character that is a Half-Orc Shadow Sorcerer; specifically they want to use the combination of the Shadow Sorcerer's Strength of the Grave feature and the Half-...
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Does increasing your ability score affect your main stat?

The title might be confusing, I’m not really sure how to word it... I’m making a half orc character. It says that he gets ability score increases on Strength and Constitution. Does that just mean ...
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What makes Half-Orcs stronger than full Orcs?

This is something that's been bothering me for quite a bit now. If you take a look at the description of the Orc race in Volo's Guide to Monsters, it states: Orcs are vicious raiders, who believe ...
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What feats and class features can grant a half-orc monk natural attacks?

I want to play a half-orc monk who specializes in combining unarmed strikes with natural attacks. By monk, I mean I'd at least like the character to be enough of a monk so that he benefits from the ...
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Half-orc cavalier, A lance seems rather un-orcish, Alternate item? [closed]

Currently a half-orc fighter 4 (Cavalier) and my DM told me i'll finally be getting a mount in the next module. From what i've read, a lance is basically the best weapon on a mount. But i feel it ...
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To what extent are half-breeds treated as humans?

I went through the first page of an extensive forum from 2010 that asks a similar question and doesn't get an answer. Now that there is more information on the subject, I'd like to know for a build I'...
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Can a Half Orc Barbarian use Relentless Endurance after failing to use Relentless Rage? [duplicate]

Relentless Rage allows you to avoid passing out with a successful Constitution saving throw. Starting at 11th level, your rage can keep you fighting despite grievous wounds. If you drop to 0 hit ...
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How does instant death work while wild shaped and using Orc's relentless endurance?

I'm playing a half orc druid, level 4, and I got knocked down a 250 ft pit. I was at full health and have a max HP is 34 life. My first thought was to transform into a Dire Wolf and hopefully mitigate ...
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What primal path should I take at 3rd level as a Half-Orc Barbarian? [closed]

I really can't decide what primal path to take. I hesitate between Path of the Totem Warrior and Path of the Ancestral Guardian. And I would be really happy if you can give me advice because I am ...
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Can I apply Expertise to a skill proficiency granted by background or racial?

Specifically related to 5E, can I use the Expertise ability granted by Rogue class ability to increase my proficiency in a skill that is granted by racial or background? Specifically, I am making a ...
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How does the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style interact with critical hits and the half-orc's Savage Attacks trait?

We know that the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style allows the rerolling of all 1 and 2s that come from a weapon taking the new roll. If a player using a Greatsword gets a critical hit and rolls ...
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What relationship do dwarves and half-orcs have in Golarion?

I am just writing an adventure around the dwarven and orc history. In my party I have a dwarf and a half-orc (we have not played yet). Reading the Pathfinder Handbook Dwarfes of Golarion it is quite ...
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Compatibility of races

Two of the races you're allowed to use in D&D are half-elf and half-orc. My first character was a half-elf. Usually the other half is human but is it possible to have a character who is half-elf ...
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Can a half-orc's Savage Attacks and a monk's unarmed strike work together?

I want to make a half-orc monk and I was wondering if the racial feature Savage Attacks from the half-orc race and unarmed strikes from the monk's Martial Arts feature work together. Or, is there some ...
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Half Orc Rogue sneak attack calculation

As a half-orc Fighter, I multi classed to rogue. At first rogue level with a rapier and shield, when applying the Savage Attack feature of a half orc, should do additional damage. Normal damage <...
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Feat planning breakdown for Half - Orc fighter. balance of damage and AC tank for Sword and Board Champion Fighter

Im new to D&D (just started 2 weeks ago) playing Curse of Strahd tier 1 I'm going to be hitting level 4 soon on Half-Orc Champion with Soldier background. my stats currently are: (orc racial ...
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How does the Half-Orc/Tiefling Favored Class Option for the Inquisitor interact with the Stern Gaze class feature?

First, the relevant rule excerpts. Favored Class Options Some of these alternate class rewards only add +1/2, +1/3, +1/4, or +1/6 on a roll (rather than +1) each time the reward is selected. When ...
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Can I use Relentless Endurance after failing the Relentless Rage Constitution saving throw?

Can I make the saving throw from Relentless Rage (PHB p.49, Barbarian) and use my Relentless Endurance (PHB p.41, Half-Orc) if I fail it? Is there anything that would suggest this is not possible?
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Can Half-Orc choose Alternate Racial Traits?

So, according to the official FAQ: half-orcs may select racial favored class options, archetypes, traits, and so on, as if they were a full member of both races Does this mean that I also can ...
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Does the half orc's Savage Attacks trait work when wild shaped?

Does the half-orc's Savage Attacks trait work while Wild Shaped in beast form? I have a plan for a half-orc Paladin/Druid build, but I want to make sure this aspect of the build works before I play ...
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How do the Death Ward spell and the half-orc's Relentless Endurance racial trait interact?

What happens when you cast Death Ward on a half-orc? Do the effects of the spell and the half-orc's Relentless Endurance racial trait stack? If so, and you get reduced to 0 HP more than once, can you ...
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What does getting 'killed outright' mean for Relentless Endurance?

The Half-Orc race (PHB, page 41) has the Relentless Endurance trait, whose description states: When you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can drop to 1 hit point instead. You ...
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