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Basic Undead Benefits & Vision

For the purposes of establishing a character's vision capabilities, does an undead character's low-light vision come from its ancestry or the Basic Undead Benefits feat? For example, would a character ...
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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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Is this "Parrotfolk" Homebrew race balanced?

As per title, searching for second opinion on the race's balance. Racial fluff: here Racial traits Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 2 and your Dexterity score increases by ...
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What is the rule with Locathahs and Dhampirs? Can it bypass the water breathing?

I am planning on making a Locathah, and I found the Dhampir subrace/liniage. And by default, and Dhampir has "Deathless Nature. You don't need to breathe." But Locathahs have the trait of &...
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Best way to play a magical cat who can shapeshift into human form

I'll start with a bit of context - my friends and I are playing a 5e campaign with a Backrooms inspiration where characters from different sections of the infinite multiverse are being pulled into ...
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Favored Class Bonus & Custom Race

Do Custom Races made with RP Race Builder get Favored Class Bonuses? And if yes, how does one design them? I can't find anything in that regard and even something as basic as +1 HP per level would be ...
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Can Leshys have the Dhampir heritage?

Leshys have the Plant trait instead of Humanoid. Dhampirs do not explicitly require Humanoid, but the text talks about things plants usually do not have: Some dhampirs are the child of one mortal and ...
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What happens when an ancestry with low-light vision is aiurvaran or dromaar heritage?

With the Pathfinder 2e Remaster, all ancestries can be Aiuvarin or Dromaar (mixed elven or orcish heritage). Aiuvaran says, You have elves, or possibly other aiuvarins, in your family tree. You have ...
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Do Skeletons need to breathe?

Cloudkill says only breathing creatures are hurt: You deal 6d8 poison damage to each breathing creature that starts its turn in the spell's area. Do characters with the Skeleton ancestry need to ...
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Does the Leshy Ancestry Feat Grasping Reach reduce Deadly/Fatal damage dice?

The Leshy ancestry feat Grasping Reach allows the Leshy to use most two handed weapons as Reach weapons, in exchange for reducing the weapons damage die by one step. Does this reduction apply to the ...
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Automaton Energy Beam on an Investigator

The Definitive Investigator Build Guide by GazeboMimic states that: Energy Beam allows you to use Devise a Stratagem to deal fire precision damage, which is helpful when you need to avoid physical ...
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Can Paragon Surge be cast on a familiar?

Familiars have the Share Spells ability, allowing spells with special targeting rules to be cast on them: Share Spells: The wizard may cast a spell with a target of “You” on his familiar (as a touch ...
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How are Ajaba Metis being "hermaphrodites"?

I have not played W:TA before (but have been playing other systems since ~2009, mostly DnD variants and DSA 5). I will not have access to source books before session 1, where the group will create ...
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Is this sporeborn homebrew race balanced compared to other races?

It's basically a spore-infested nature-related horrific kind of being, a regular individual of pretty much any race that got infested and biologically changed, linking themselves with nature in the ...
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What is the nature of a hexblood's "irremovable living crown"?

I have a question about the appearance of hexbloods in D&D 5E. In their description, it reads Some who enter into bargains with hags gain their deepest wishes but eventually find themselves ...
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Does a hexblood have all of the stated physical properties that evidence a hag's influence?

I have a question about the appearance of hexbloods in D&D 5E. In their description, it reads: Some who enter into bargains with hags gain their deepest wishes but eventually find themselves ...
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Is the forest gnome's "Speak With Small Beasts" feature definitively bi-directional in 5e?

Forest gnomes have the following racial feature: Speak with Small Beasts. Through sound and gestures, you may communicate simple ideas with Small or smaller beasts. Like many words in English, "...
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Book like 'Ancestry and Culture' but with a lot more races included

I remember encountering a D&D book online as a pdf, which offered rules to create characters belonging to multiple races/cultures, similar to 'Ancestry and Culture'. Unlike 'Ancestry and Culture', ...
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Is this Changeling homebrew race balanced?

The objective of this presentation is to provide a buffed yet balanced and more setting-encompassing alternative to the already introduced Changeling race. Ability Score Increase. When determining ...
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Is this "Mentar" homebrew race balanced?

I come here with a homebrew race for 5e D&D, its history, physical and mental description as well as racial features. I would like to know your take on the racial bonuses, if they are balanced ...
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Can I put all points in one ability with customized origins?

I was making a mountain dwarf monk in dnd beyond and was able to get my dex up to 19 at level one, using point buy and customized origins (it allowed me to put both initial ASIs on dex). This seems ...
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Does being a Fey creature type offer any advantages? [duplicate]

In the book Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse (MPMM), many creatures are classed as Fey, some that were not classed as fey now are, namely the Changeling. However with things like ...
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Can you build a lineage from a lineage?

While searching for more details on the limitations imposed on ancestral lineages, I came across this answer from Thomas Markov where he included Fairies and Dhampirs as possible sources for flight ...
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What constitute as mechanics as opposed to lore information when it comes to races?

A bit of a while back, I asked a question about certain shadar-kai in printed material, which suggested to me that Mr. Witch and Mr. Light are not beholden to the Raven Queen as others of their race ...
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Where can I find the Drink Blood ability?

The Taste Blood feat has a prerequisite: Cel Rau, Straveika, Svetocher, or another lineage from a vampire with the Drink Blood ability However, when I check these lineages, there is no mention of ...
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Is this Ellayn race balanced?

The Ellayn are a falcon-winged fey creatures that dwell in the skies of Faerie, the ellayn are relatives of the elves and their long-standing allies. They live in tight-knit family units consisting of ...
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Is this homebrew Flower/Plant race balanced?

As it is my first time making a homebrew race, I'd like to know if this race is somewhat balanced. I've used Detect Balance to try and achieve this purpose, but I would like to see what others think ...
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If I play as a Faerie Dragon can I use dragon-born feats or Fey Touched?

I want to have a feat, but most feats either are unusable (e.g. weapon feats (can only use undersized weapons plus only one-handed, I use the tail to wield them) offer no benefit (armor feats, I have ...
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Is this Lunarri race balanced?

The Lunarri are an enlightened race of being, born from the celestial spark of the moon goddess. Blessed with a long life and an innate power, they were a peaceful and contemplative, who mastered ...
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Illithid PC idea-OP or balanced?

I had a really interesting idea for a character for D&D 5e-an Illithid PC. They're a rogue who, at first, prefers to work alone like your stereotypical edgelord and just kill bad people and ...
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How does the Shifting Faces feat interact with worn equipment?

The Kitsune feat shifting faces lets you, once per day You wear many faces, even those that don't belong to you. When you Change Shape into your tailless form, you gain the effects of 3rd-level ...
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What happens to gear and clothing when you use the Kitsune’s Change Shape ability? (Or other polymorph effects in general)

I was trying to search on the Archives of Nethys for what happens to a character's clothing/gear when they use change shape . I couldn't find anything on the specific ability or even polymorph rules ...
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Is this Alquir race balanced?

The Alquir are a race of semi-aquatic creatures that resemble newts and salamanders. They possess a potent regenerative ability and an affinity for watery magics. My main balance concern is the ...
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Is this revised Hamadryad race balanced?

Original race: Is this homebrew hamadryad race unbalanced? Hamadryads are creatures born of the forest, connected to the wild lands and the very lifeblood of the world itself. They are liminal beings -...
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Just how good is Grovel, actually?

The Kobold 5th level ancestry feat Grovel has two key benefits. The first of these is straightforward enough - it allows the Kobold to feint from a 30 foot range - an unambiguous and clear advantage. ...
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Is there a correct way to transfer the gloaming race from 3rd edition to 5th edition?

I've been playing in a 3rd edition campaign for quite a long time and the DM has recently decided that they would like to continue in 5th edition. My character in this campaign is a gloaming which is ...
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Is there a way for a human barbarian to acquire the cold-honed half-elf racial trait?

Question is as the title says, "Is there a way for a human barbarian to acquire the cold-honed half-elf racial trait?" Maybe through feats or traits? Something adopted? (The racial trait is ...
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Is this Ainher race balanced?

The Ainher are a race of humanoids, crafted by the ancient giants with a spark of divine flames. They were like men, but greater in skill, passion and stature. They were left to live a harsh life in ...
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Is my Shroomlib homebrew race balanced?

For this race I used Detect Balance to try and figure out how balanced it is (I got around 25-26), and before I try to playtest it, I would appreciate some feedback. Ability Score Increase: You gain a ...
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Is this homebrew hamadryad race unbalanced?

A player of mine wanted to play a hamadryad based on the old 4e version and this is what I came up with. The lore is that they're dryads who, through falling in love with a mortal or some other means, ...
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Is this Tirnani homebrew race balanced?

In ages past, a vast empire of beast folk ruled the lands after driving destructive elementals from it. In time, they grew corrupt and enslaved a race of druidic fae folk to their service, so they ...
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Would a monster trait-based Kobold race be balanced?

There are playable races for a number of monsters, for example you can play a Bugbear, Duergar, Goblin, Goblin, Hobgoblin, Kenku, Kobold, Lizardfolk, or Orc, and Satyr all of which are directly ...
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Can a player's damage immunity be balanced out when paired with a vulnerability?

Would it be balanced to allow a player to be a race which from 1st level had immunity to an elemental damage type (example: fire), but was paired with a vulnerability to another damage type (example: ...
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Can Anadi walk on walls?

After a discussion with a player of mine about Anadi I noticed, that contrary to what my instincts said (because they are spiders) I saw nothing about them able to crawl up walls in any other way than ...
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Could a plasmoid gain a 10-foot range for touch spells by using the Shape Self trait?

The Plasmoid's Shape Self ability reads, in part: As a bonus action, you can extrude a pseudopod that is up to 6 inches wide and 10 feet long or reabsorb it into your body. As part of the same bonus ...
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Is this Cambion race balanced?

A Cambion is a half-fiend - an offspring of the lilu or lilith demons (known commonly as incubi and succubi respectively) and a mortal. Beings with hollow souls and endless desire for pleasure, ...
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What playable races are there with insect-like features besides Thri-Kreen?

In the recent Spelljammer book releases for D&D 5e, there is the option of playing a race with "insectile features", i.e. Thri-Kreen. (AAG, p.15) I want to know what - if any - other ...
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Is this homebrew Rhynkos race balanced?

While playing The Quiet Year as set up, a race of platypus-like people were encountered by the seaside settlers. This homebrew race is intended for the players in the following 5e game as a new race ...
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How can I allow my player to be a Doppelganger without excessive HD/LA?

A player character who is a Doppelganger has four levels of Monstrous Humanoid and LA +4: Racial Hit Dice: A doppelganger begins with four levels of monstrous humanoid, which provide 4d8 Hit Dice, a ...
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Is it balanced with other races to give Dragonborn short-range blindsight as an additional racial trait?

I use this homebrew rule for darkvision and add a new racial trait called low-light vision in my games: Darkvision: The following player races have darkvision to a range of 60ft; Drow, Half-Drow, ...
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