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Questions tagged [races]

A term used to delineate creatures encountered in a game world, often but not always sentient. Examples: Humans, orcs, green dragons, kzinti, griffins.

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Is this homebrew Dryad Sapling race (including its subraces) balanced compared to the official published races? (version 2)

I've done my best to address the concerns from the answers to my original question about my homebrew dryad sapling race. How does this look? What I'm looking for is whether this is balanced vs the ...
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Is this homebrew Dryad Sapling race (including its subraces) balanced compared to the official published races?

This race is part of a conversion of a race I built for a 3.5e campaign years ago, and I want to start a new campaign in the same setting, so I need to have the same races available for the new ...
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How can my campaign continue amicably despite an indestructible nymph PC?

I've been GMing a Pathfinder campaign that uses the monsters as PCs rules. It's been an blast, but recently things have been unbalanced. The party's equivalent to level 12 right now, and the PC ...
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Are racial stat bonuses every level or just once at creation?

Me and a few of my group members came to a disagreement about when racial stat bonuses apply. I believe that your racial ability score increases are only applied once at character creation. However, ...
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How can a lawful good Paladin help a lawful evil Giant? [closed]

The story: The Fire giant King has a daughter who was possessed by a powerful Demon. The Daughter is also a powerful evil Cleric with a hundred followers. Under the influence of the Demon she and her ...
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I am confused about making a half-elf that is a drow [duplicate]

I am thinking about making a new character and was wondering what would a half-elf with a drow history act like and if it would have something new. For example, would it have the drow magic trait? Or ...
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Can changelings change shape to look identical to a specific person?

Could a changeling (from the Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron) become a copy of a specific person, or can they only change to be a generic member of that race? A player asked if they could play a ...
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Is this homebrew Olympian race (including its subraces) balanced compared to the official published races?

Is this homebrew 5e race (including its subraces) balanced compared to the official published races? Olympian Size: Medium Speed: 30 feet You gain proficiency in death saving throws. ...
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What creature type are dragonborn?

In 3.5e, dragonborn were of the Humanoid (dragonblood) creature type and subtype. In 5e, I haven't been able to find this info — the creature entry (dndbeyond link) doesn't have any mention of ...
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Can non-human fantasy races be vampires in D&D?

I don't recall ever hearing about dwarven, elven or halfling vampires in D&D. Is the vampirism curse something that is only human specific? I'm planning to introduce dwarven vampire lord to my ...
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Is this homebrew Liscem race balanced compared to the official races? [closed]

Are this homebrew Liscem race and its subraces balanced compared to the official races? Liscem Alignment: Liscem tend towards Chaotic. Type: Humanoid. Size: Small. Ability score improvement: Your ...
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Can a skeleton be a good paladin that serves a good god?

In the Monster Manual on page 272 it says that skeletons are lawful evil and in the passage of info it gives on them it says Skeletons arise when animated by dark magic. They heed the summons of ...
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Is there an official skeleton player race?

In my game one of my players said he wanted to make a new character and get him prepared so he can switch out characters soon. I asked him what he wanted to play and he asked if he could have his race ...
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How do dwarves get their food?

The Basic Rules says, "Dwarven kingdoms stretch deep beneath the mountains", and various other sources give a similar picture, of dwarves living in subterranean communities. Does the 5E source ...
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What are the mechanical and role-playing advantages of playing a human?

I'm a DM for a bunch of new players who are going through the Lost Mines of Phandelver starter set with the pre-generated characters. This campaign will be over fairly soon and I need to get the group ...
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Are bugbears a playable PC race in Adventurers League?

I am a new D&D player and my DM wants to know if bugbears are playable in Adventurers League. We only have the core rule books. Before this point my DM hadn't even heard of a bugbear PC. The only ...
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Are Gundren Rockseeker and his brothers Mountain Dwarves or Hill Dwarves?

The adventure introduces Gundren Rockseeker simply as a "dwarf" and doesn't seem to mention what kind of dwarf he is. I've also tried to look for information about his brothers and it describes each ...
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Is the Elan Resilience, Enhanced feat unbalanced?

I don't believe Elan Resilience is unbalanced due to this Jeremy Smith (Dreamscarred Press) quote: Actually, resilience has no limit. It is not a power, it's a supernatural ability, and thus not ...
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If Drow and Duergar are allowed as monsters in the D&D 5e SRD, are they allowed as subraces as well?

I'm developing a campaign setting with my S.O. which we intend to publish. (We're uncertain of exactly where we'll publish yet.) I was reading through the D&D 5e SRD released under OGL to see what ...
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Do the Zariel tiefling's subrace bonuses stack with the tiefling's regular racial bonuses?

I'm rather new to D&D and I've been trying to create a Tiefling Paladin. When I looked through the subraces, I saw the Zariel tiefling and thought it to be a good idea, which my friends agreed to. ...
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How do Fire Genasi with burning hair sleep?

I'm currently developing a character concept for a Moon Druid I'll be playing in Storm King's Thunder soon, and I've been thinking about going with a Water Genasi. So far, so good, until I googled ...
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What's the point of a “once per combat” and a “on your first turn” clauses in the same feature?

Volo's Guide to Monsters p. 119 lists Bugbears as a playable race, with the Surprise Attack trait: If you surprise a creature and hit it with an attack on your first turn in combat, the attack ...
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How do I evaluate whether my homebrew race is balanced?

I've just created a couple of homebrew races for my players to potentially choose from for an upcoming campaign. The problem is, I have no idea how well they stack up against the official races when ...
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Is this homebrew “marble” race balanced?

Is the following homebrew race balanced? Marble Physical appearance: milky orb with 4 smooth tentacles. Absorbs food and water through its skin. Ability score increase: +1 to Dexterity and +2 to ...
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Is this homebrew terran race balanced?

Is the following homebrew race balanced? Terran Ability score increase: +4 to Constitution but -2 to Dexterity Age: Terrans live 300 years. Size: Large. You are 14 feet tall and weight 700 ...
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Is this homebrew mechanoid race balanced?

Is the following homebrew race balanced? Mechanoid Ability score increase: +2 to Intelligence and +2 to Wisdom Age: Mechanoids live an average of 40 years, but can live much longer. Size: Medium ...
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Is this homebrew sentient armour race balanced? [closed]

I am writing up a custom race for one of my players and just want to check its not too over powered. Ability Score Increase: Your Strength score increases by 2, and your Constitution score increases ...
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Is there a way for a gnome to grab the Favored Class Options from an aasimar instead of itself?

I am looking into building a Gnome bard. I prefer the alternate favored bonus from the Aasimar race. Is there a way for a gnome to grab the Favored Class Options from an aasimar instead of itself? ...
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D&D 3.5e Equivalent of Pathfinder Suli Race [closed]

Is there a race in D&D 3.5e that is mechanically equivalent to the Suli from Pathfinder?
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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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Is my Florith Homebrew Race Balanced?

Second time asking about a homebrew race, so hopefully it is a bit more balanced than my previous one originally was. Florith Florith are nocturnal plant people who dwell in swamps, hunting ...
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Is my D&D 5e Homebrew Necrolyte Race Balanced?

I want to know this. If not, what can be changed? Necrolyte A race of Humans transformed into semi-undead beings long ago by their own profane rituals. They combine Spells with Armor to great ...
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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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Is there an official Centaur race for PCs in Pathfinder?

Is there a Centaur race in Pathfinder? If so, please leave a link. If not how do I get around constructing one?
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Do racial natural attacks matter for a Synthesist's attack limit?

Synthesists are a unique summoner archetype that combines with the eidolon, which can range from a Hulk or werewolf relationship to powered-up final forms, to a super-suit. The eidolon is a separate ...
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How do dwarves interact with other races?

I am currently playing a Lawful Good Hill Dwarf Cleric in a DnD 5e campaign. The campaign is Princes of Apocalypse and I do not find information about how they interact with other races. They seem to ...
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Is this homebrew Winged Tiefling balanced?

I’ve been working on making a homebrew winged tiefling subrace in the hopes that it would be more balanced than the one in SCAG, as many people are against players having flight speeds at first level. ...
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Can any attack be used with bloodthirst?

Plane Shift: Ixalan includes the race vampire that possesses the trait bloodthirst that, in part, says You can drain blood and life energy from a willing creature, or one that is grappled by you, ...
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Is there an official book about the different races and classes of the realm of Faerun? [closed]

Is there an official book made by wizards of the coast that discusses the different races and classes of the realm of Faerun?
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Does the bugbear's long-limbed ability apply to melee spell attacks like shocking grasp?

In Volo's Guide to Monsters, bugbears have the ability Long-Limbed: Long-Limbed. When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach for it is 5 feet greater than normal. This ability doesn't ...
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Looking for a cool underground race [closed]

I'm a young DM and the course of events will most likely lead my players to an underground region (unexplored caves in which they ran to escape a prison). At first my thought was to lead them in 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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Do I have to keep track of what I've heard as a Kenku?

Kenku can only speak using their mimicry trait but that means you have to have heard someone speak a phrase or word in order to speak it. Do I need to write down and keep track of all the phrases that ...
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Are these variant Sun Elf traits appropriately balanced?

My campaign setting currently requires a High Elf variant with three major caveats: It cannot have darkvision (all permitted races must have human-level vision). It lacks the flexibility to choose ...
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Is this “Powertouched” Homebrew Race Balanced?

This is my first time homebrewing a race, and I'd like some feedback on balance. The question here is whether this race is overpowered, underpowered, or roughly balanced when compared the playable ...
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Is this homebrew race balanced?

This is my first attempt at a homebrew, and I've never DMed before so my knowledge of the Player's Handbook is what I've managed to find online. My question is this: at a glance is this race ...
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What does “dislike the result” mean in Memory of a Thousand Lifetimes?

Pardon if this is a basic question; there are only 5 threads on this forum regarding the ability in mind, and none of them actually explain how it works. Looking through the PHB2, I see the Deva ...
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Does a (homebrewed) Tortle's Natural AC stack with worn armor?

The tortle race on dandwiki has a feature called Shell which states that it has 14 + your constitution modifier natural AC. It doesn't stack with unarmored defense but if I were, for example, wearing ...
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In Tier 1, can you change your character’s race after being Reincarnated?

In Adventurers League, you can change your character’s race at will as long as he is Tier 1 (levels 1 to 4). Can you still change your character’s race after he gets Reincarnated (possible with a ...