Questions tagged [races]

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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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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Is this a balanced homebrew race? [closed]

Me and my friend made a race with these traits: They do not regain hitpoints through resting. As an action, they can deal necrotic damage to a target within 10 meters and heal as much damage as they ...
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What is Detect Balance?

In a lot of homebrew reviews and discussions, I keep seeing something called Detect Balance employed. Often with little to no context despite it and its points being the core of the response. So I'd ...
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Is this Half-Ogre race balanced?

None of the race options published so far is Large, not even the Centaur, Goliath, or Firbolg. I'd like a Large option, to see how that plays. Half-Ogre When an ogre mates with a human, hobgoblin, ...
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Is this Huu-kikra bird race balanced?

I have figured out that making homebrew races is rather fun and lets my creativity flow free. Any suggestions for fixes or suggestions, for this Homebrew race of bird like people. To make it balanced ...
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Is this homebrew Leafling race unbalanced?

Leaflings are a small race of fey creatures, resembling human children with pointed ears and green tinged skin, that inhabit idyllic places of natural beauty in proximity to humanoid settlements. ...
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Is this True Orc variant a good option to use?

I have made 2 orc races (Feral-orc and True-orc) and I recently got the Feral variant looked at and now I am wondering about the other variant, I updated it together with the feral variant after ...
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Is the homebrew Feral Orc race balanced?

I asked a while back about a homebrew orc race for my campaign. And after my 2 players playing it for a few sessions, and getting feedback on the post as well, I have tweaked it so I feel it still ...
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Can you be a Reborn Dhampir?

Can you combine Reborn with Dhampir? Both are "lineages" that combine with another race and keep certain things such as climbing speed (which dhampirs get), so could you have both or is ...
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What are the repercussions for continuous usage of polymorph spells?

There are several items that allow for continuous duration alter self such as the FleshShifter Armor (Book of Vile Darkness) and the Skin of Proteus (SRD). Using these allows a character to act as a ...
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What implications would a monstrosity as a player character entail?

Travelers of the Multiverse Unearthed Arcana lists the Thri-kreen race, and its type is monstrosity. I am wondering what playing as a monstrosity would entail. All things that come to my mind are ...
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Why can't flying races fly while wearing armor?

No flying race has the ability to fly while wearing any armor other than light armor. Is there a balance issue that this causes? If there is, then what is the difference between a flying race in plate ...
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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 balanced 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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