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For questions about races, a term used to delineate creatures encountered in a game world, often but not always sentient. Examples include humans, orcs, green dragons, kzinti, and griffins.

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Would it be balanced to use the Starfinder system for races with more than 2 arms in Pathfinder 1e?

In Starfinder creatures with more than 2 arms have a feature where they can hold more items but not take extra actions with those arms. Would it be balance if a race in Pathfinder 1e had this feature? ...
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Now that Monsters of the Multiverse is out, are variant Humans still relevant?

I understand that an extra Feat is a big deal, but it seems to me that given the attributes changes put everything in line with V. Humans now, that feat isn't a big deal any more since most of the new ...
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Is this homebrew orc race close to balanced?

I am a brand new DM and I was asked if I allowed orc races, but my 2 players both wanted to play dumb brutish orcs, and so I homebrewed a race for them, but I am unsure whether it is balanced in any ...
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How unbalanced is this 3 Kobolds in a Trenchcoat Player Race?

A player wants to try to play the 3 Kobolds in a Trenchcoat meme. I'm inclined to allow it to add some lighthearted content to our next campaign (Curse of Strahd). I came up with this, based largely ...
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Do Owlin have feet or talons?

I do not currently own the Strixhaven book and one of the players in my new group is playing an Owlin (I am not DMing this one.) From the description I found online, the Owlin have hands and feet like ...
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Did Shadowrun ever have a halfling equivalent?

As far as I can remember, and have been able to research, no Shadowrun setting has a halfling equivalent. The pseudo-prequel setting earthdawn is also missing this equivalent. Has this always been the ...
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Is this Cervitaur race unbalanced?

Cervitaurs are a race of fey beings born from the breath of Succelos, The Oak Father. They resemble centaurs, but have the lower bodies of deer instead of horses. Possessing an innate druidic gift, ...
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Is this Bo'tirnan homebrew race balanced?

The Bo'tirnan are a race born from the fallen branches and fruit of the tree of life. At the beginning of their lives, the Bo'tirnan resemble humans with tough, bark-like skin and wild leafy hair. As ...
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Can NPCs detect that a PC is hiding/dissimulating their race? If so, how? [closed]

I'm working on a campaign (DnD, 5e-based, Forgotten Realms with some customizations) in which my party would go through a land in which one of my players is not welcome, because of her race. She's an ...
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Is my revised Cynocephali race balanced?

The race of dog men returns for a version two that aims to have more interesting abilities that don't skew to paladins or rogues that much! Ability Scores: Your Dexterity score increases by 2 and ...
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How overpowered is this Dhampir / Changeling?

I am going to be running a game for a new player, and they want to play a Dhampir Changeling. I don’t want to use the Dhampir as written, because removing the Changeling's shapechanger feature feels ...
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How do you play a LA+1 race at level 1?

How do you play a LA+1 race at level 1? I have a group starting, and want to keep things equal with the players. I have one player who would like to play a LA+1 race. How do I balance all of this to ...
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Is this homebrew monkey race overpowered?

The hozu are a race of humanoid monkeys who live in dense forests and jungles of high elevation. They're a resourceful and cunning folk who lack a concept of fair play and have developed ways and ...
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What flying races are there?

As we're getting to higher levels I think a flying race may no longer be as much of an issue, of course I'll double check with my DM before using one. I was unable to find a list of the flying-capable ...
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Is this Ursine player race balanced?

I'm mostly concerned about the balance of Frenzy and Shaman's Sense. Using detect balance though, the race seems balanced. Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2, and your Wisdom ...
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Is this draenei homebrew race balanced?

I've been a big fan of World of Warcraft for some time and even though I no longer play or interact much with the community, I do have a soft spot for some of the races and lore. So I made a draenei ...
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Is this Grovekeeper homebrew race balanced?

Grovekeepers are a race of treefolk in my own homebrew setting. They were created by the god of nature to shepherd animals and plants. I'm somewhat worried that the race might be a touch too strong. ...
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Can a Kenku that becomes a Hexblood speak normally?

The Kenku race's Languages trait states: Languages. You can read and write Common and Auran, but you can speak only by using your Mimicry trait. The features of the Hexblood lineage state: ...
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Is this cynocephali race balanced?

Cynocephali are a race of dog men that appear in many real world sources. They're intelligent, have their own language and trade, but eat their prisoners of war. I tried capturing the canine feel ...
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Vryloka Race for 5e v2 [duplicate]

So after getting responses and suggestions about the previous version of my vryloka homebrew race, I decided to rework it. So here's version two! Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases ...
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Is this Vryloka homebrew race balanced?

They're based on the 4e race of the same name though with my own spin on it. Wondering if it's balanced or not. Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2 and either your Strength or ...
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Can a tortle become proficient with thieves’ tools if they have large fingers and long claws?

I'm a new DM and I'm helping two members of my party create their first characters. One wants to be a tortle druid. Their chosen background is Far Traveler but they also want to be proficient with ...
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Is this homebrew gnoll race balanced?

I've been tinkering with a gnoll race and I've been wondering whether it's balanced or not. I want to hear your thoughts on so I can possible revise it in the future. The traits are mainly based on ...
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Lizardfolk Ranger Spell Attribute for Innate Cantrip

A Lizardfolk Ranger with the Ancestry Feat Bone Magic. He has +2 Wisdom and +0 Charisma modifier. He chooses Puff of Poison as his innate cantrip granted by Bone Magic. Bone Magic does not mention any ...
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Is it appropriate to address characters by their race in D&D?

Simply, calling an elf an elf or a dwarf a dwarf in a non-defamatory, non-insulting way: is it justified to call this out as racist language in a D&D game? More specifically, we have a player, ...
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Are half-Hobgoblins canon or even possible?

Half-orcs, half-elves, and even half-ogres abound in nearly all editions of D&D. However, I cannot recall any instances of half-hobgoblins in the source books or even canon literature. They are ...
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List of ancestry ability bonuses

What are the ability bonuses for each ancestry? This might be very useful in picking the right ancestry for a build.
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What variants/alternative options are there for half-elves?

The 3.5e half-elf is underpowered; even WotC admits it. The issue is, I want the Mark of Storm, which is exclusive to the half-elven d’Lyrandar family, one of Eberron’s Dragonmarked Houses. The Least ...
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Does Racial Emulation grant you the traits of the emulated subtype?

I have a changeling character with the Racial Emulation (Races of Eberron 110) feat, whose benefit says: When you use your minor change shape ability to assume the form of a humanoid creature, you ...
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What is a dhampir's max lifespan?

What is the maximum lifespan of dhampirs? Are they semi-immortal like undead creatures, do they have lifespans similar to those of humans, or are their lifespans in between these extremes?
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Can I take Kobold Breath with Adapted Ancestry?

Kobold Breath does not list any prerequisites, but it talks about your draconic exemplar: You channel your draconic exemplar's power into a gout of energy that manifests as a 30-foot line or a 15-...
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Are there any classes or prestige classes in Pathfinder 1e that alter or change the characters base type permanently?

In Dungeons & Dragons 3.X, there are a number of classes and prestige classes, like Dragon Disciple, and Green Star Adept, that permanently alters the characters base type... I was wondering if ...
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Are Aarakocra and Kenku related?

As far as I can read, the oldest lore on Kenku states that they are avian humanoids who lost their wings and speech when they defied their god. However, I can't help draw striking, yet vague links ...
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Can the "Reborn" race (race template ?) be applied to other creatures?

Can the "Reborn" race (race template ?) from Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft be applied to other creatures? My sister asked if you can use the "Reborn" race (racial template?) to ...
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How does Simic Hybrid's Manta Glide work?

Simic Hybrid's Manta Glide (GGR p. 20) states the following: You have ray-like fins that you can use as wings to slow your fall or allow you to glide. When you fall and aren't incapacitated, you can ...
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Have oozes ever been a playable race?

I would like to play as a gelatinous cube with class levels. The game is 5e and I know no such option is available in 5e but in previous editions lots of things were possible. Has there at any time in ...
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If I allowed a player to play a Large-size character, what advantages and disadvantages would they have compared to a typical character?

My group is interested in playing a campaign in the Theros setting with PCs being a bunch of mythological creatures. The Minotaur and Centaur playable races have the size set as Medium for player ...
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To what extent is a Dragonborn of Bahamut considered a dragon?

In the Races of the Dragon book it says: Dragonborn Racial Traits [RotD, pg.8] Humanoid (dragonblood): Dragonborn are humanoids with the dragonblood subtype and any other subtypes they had before ...
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What is included with a character's proficiencies when they become a dhampir or other legacy races?

Recently, I have been studying the dhampir's description in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft, and the other legacy races (reborn and Hexblood) (having tried to create something similar before it was ...
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Is this second version of my “Fehl-her” homebrew race balanced?

This is a follow up to my previous homebrew question, in which the answers explained that, overall, my race was underpowered, prone to overspecialization and fairly contradictory in certain aspects (...
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Does Kitsune Hybrid Form affect Rampaging Form?

Does Hybrid Form allow you to speak when using the abilities listed in the Rampaging Form (5th-level animal form, a Polymorph Battle Form, and 7th level fiery body)? Hybrid: When you Change Shape, ...
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Is this "Fehl-her" homebrew race balanced?

I'm still relatively new to dnd, and was trying to build a homebrew race for the first time. I tried basing myself mostly on orcs and lizardfolk at first, but the race I was making took quite a turn ...
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When homebrewing Warforged, is Integrated Protection more of a benefit or a drawback?

Warforged have a lot of cool, useful abilities that would be nice to have for creatures that aren't strictly "warforged". But one thing I've never been a fan of is their Integrated ...
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How can we play different types of animals?

Mouse Guard only lets you create mice as player characters, but we want to tell a story about all manner of woodland creatures living, working, and fighting together. How can we do that with the Mouse ...
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How can I limit (but not outright ban) exotic races? [closed]

Systems which offer a race/ancestry/lineage choice for character generation often feature both ordinary races (human, dwarf, elf, etc.) and exotic races (tiefling, shardmind, genasi, etc.). As should ...
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Does Catfolk's ancestry feat Lucky Break work with the Grapple action?

For reference: Grapple action Lucky Break feat I argue that when grappling with the Lucky Break feat, you are able to reroll the Grapple attack action (when failing or critical failing), because the ...
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Can a former Aarakocra turned lineage fly while wearing armor?

The ancestral legacy trait states: If you replace a race with this lineage, you can keep the following elements of that race: any skill proficiencies you gained from it and any climbing, flying, or ...
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Yet Another Dragonborn Variant: Is this fiery homebrew race balanced?

Preamble I love the concept of the dragonborn generally, but it seems to be that the common consensus around the dragonborn as they stand in the 5th edition of D&D is that they're a bit lacklustre ...
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Is this Human Rebuild balanced?

I feel like the Human Race in the PHB is full of flaws. The original race does not give space for choice or specialization, and the Variant Human is too easy to optimize or abuse. I feel like the ...
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Is this Medusa homebrew race balanced?

I've been wondering if this homebrew Medusa race me and my friends thought up was balanced compared to official races. Here are the stats: +2 Dex, +1 Cha Darkvision: Not all the medusa’s curse offers ...
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