Questions tagged [races]

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What playable races were cut between 4e and 5e?

I'm just starting out with D&D, and while I haven't played yet, I'm in love with all the things in the PHB. But I am a sucker for self-torture/more content, and I was wondering what got left ...
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Is my modified 'Scent' ability balanced?

I am homebrewing a race based on the Skeksis for D&D 5e. The canonical Skeksis have a strong sense of smell, so I am using this as a racial trait. I looked up references but could only find a ...
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Is this homebrew mini-tarrasque race over-(or under-)powered?

Mini-Tarrasque The tarrasque is a fearsome one-of-a-kind monster with a terrifying bite, an impenetrable carapace, and unbeatable regenerative abilities. It's also big, dumb, and ugly. The mini-...
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Would a race with bludgeoning, piercing or slashing resistance be overpowered?

The various subtypes of dragonborn in D&D 5e have different elemental resistances (acid, cold, fire, lightning, poison). Tieflings similarly have fire resistance, and I would estimate that a ...
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Can a changeling be born from a Tiefling parent?

I am considering my next character to be a changeling with a tiefling parent. A child has a 50/50 chance of being either, when born to a human. Is there existing lore where a changeling and tiefling ...
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What mounts are Centaurs capable of using?

While it is understood that a centaur could be used as a mount under certain conditions, such is in this question, I am asking whether or not a Centaur is capable of using a mount for itself. Is there ...
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What monsters and races are from the Shadowfell?

I'm running a campaign where the players have found themselves in the Shadowfell. I have no idea what sorts of monsters or people would be iconic for this realm. Is there a comprehensive list ...
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Where does the Duergar's growth power come from?

Since their introduction in the 1st edition AD&D Monster Manual II, Duergar have had the ability to change their size. It has varied a little from edition to edition, and the ability has altered ...
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How have the Shadar-kai changed over the editions and is there any consistency to be found in the lore between editions?

In D&D 5e, the Shadar-kai are a sub-race of elves. However, it seems that in 4e, the Shadar-kai were humans. In both cases, they lived in the Shadowfell and served the Raven Queen, so it doesn't ...
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Are Valenar elves and Aereni elves different races of elves?

I have been a GM of D&D eberron for around 2 years, and there is something that I always ask myself: Are Valenar elves and Aereni elves different races of elves in terms of gameplay? As I don't ...
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Can a Centaur player character carry a Medium-sized creature?

The Centaur race published in the Mythic Odysseys of Theros and Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica books is considered size Medium. However, due to the Equine Build trait, it counts as one size larger ...
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Is my Fool race balanced?

I want to create a homebrew playable race called Fools. Essentially the idea is court jesters but as a race. They have bright, multicolored skin. I want them to have the abilities of the original Fool ...
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In Pathfinder's Race builder, can you give the race you create two racial qualities? (i.e. Fey and Humanoid.)

I was wondering when creating a race in Pathfinder 1e, are you able to give them two racial type qualities like Fey and Humanoids for example or is it just one type only? I ask because I was looking ...
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Is this Dryad race balanced when compared to officially published races?

In a similar vein to these two questions, I've made my own Dryad race, but without subraces for right now. I based the very basics off of tieflings, but replaced the damage resistance with the Speech ...
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I'm a quarter Draconian, a quarter Dragonborn and half Half-Dragon?

What are the differences between "Dragonborn", "Half-Dragon", and "Draconian" races in D&D? In the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure, for example there is a Half-Dragon npc. I had assumed that ...
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Can Aasimar derive from stock other than human?

Inspired by this question: Can Tieflings derive from stock other than human? Separated out from this question: Can Genasi derive from stock other than human? Crudely speaking, tieflings are half-human,...
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Do you lose racial feats when Reincarnated out of your race?

Xanathar’s Guide to Everything introduces racial feats (ex: Bountiful Luck for halflings). My understanding of the Reincarnate spell is that if you were a variant human and become something else, you ...
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How do Dvati work with Incarnum?

Okay, I love Dvati, because a race that is two bodies with one soul is awesome. But I sure wish they'd clarified how they worked a little more with the non-Vancian magic systems of D&D. This marks ...
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What happens when a wood elf and a dark elf have a child?

In my D&D 5e campaign one of the PCs who's a wood elf started dating a dark elf, and as a result she got pregnant and she is about to give birth. One of the other players had their PC die and he ...
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What is the Level Adjustment of this Gorilla Avatar of Nature template? (Version 2)

I would like to include in my world the ability for a PC to turn into a sort of aspect of nature based on one of several animals in my current campaign. I am using the transformation process for ...
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Is the offspring between a demon and a celestial possible? If so what is it called and is it in a book somewhere?

I have a friend trying to make a hybrid between a celestial and a demon in 5e. I know the Aasimar exists (human/celestial) and I know the Tiefling exists (Human/demon) but what if you cut out the ...
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How do I determine if a Racial Trait applies to Wildshape?

The description for Wild Shape says, "You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race, or other source and can use them if the new form is physically capable of doing so." How do I tell ...
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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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Is letting a player use a Large or larger race a bad idea from the game balance point of view?

Pathfinder ruleset assumes PCs to be Medium or Small humanoids. Not so many rules exist for non-standard characters. The only "official" way to play as a bigger dude that I know of is using ...
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Balance implications of +3 racial bonuses

Many races have a +2 bonus to one ability and a +1 bonus to another ability. They do not usually have +3 to a single ability. I am wondering about the implications of having races with such bonuses in ...
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Making Race Traits independent of race

I'm preparing my new campaign for my group of players and I was wondering if the following ruling would unbalance the table. What will be the effects, balancing-wise, if I let players choose a race ...
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Are the Githyanki and the Githzerai a single race with two subraces, or two separate races?

In Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, the introduction to "Chapter 4: Gith and Their Endless War" states (p. 85; emphasis mine): If the two races were ever to team up against the illithids, [...] ...
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What RAW weirdness would arise from a PC being permanently Tiny?

Background Every official playable race in D&D, to the best of my knowledge, is either Medium or Small. Even for creatures that should be Large (meaning where the "monster" versions of ...
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What would happen if a Centaur Oath of the Ancients Paladin used Turn the Faithless?

Centaurs have the Fey trait (Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica, pg. 16): Fey. Your creature type is fey, rather than humanoid. Since Centaurs are Fey, if a Centaur was also a Oath of the Ancients ...
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Can a Tiefling be born from two human parents?

Background of my Tiefling So I made a pretty in-depth background for my warlock that intertwines deeply with the bard in the party. Their family has a long-running pact with Graz'zt and due to this, ...
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How can a Hobgoblin Captain be used as a player character?

On my last session as DM, a party of five level 3 players managed to make a Hobgoblin Captain become friendly with them and ultimately join them. There's a new player who'd love to take the ...
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Where can I find official lore information on Saurials?

In D&D 5e, Tomb of Annihilation includes Dragonbait, a saurial. This is a race that I have gathered in my online research existed in previous editions of D&D, but besides the slivers of ...
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Is this (slightly revised) conversion of a 5e homebrew race in line with the power of “strong” (but still LA+0) 3.5e races?

I found a 5e "Anime Girl" race on dandwiki.com. Realistically most "anime girls" are just humans with plenty of class levels, but for the sake of general memery with some friends, ...
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What are the playable D&D races in 5e, and where can I find them?

There's not a lot of material published by WotC for 5e (relative to previous editions), nor is there planned to be. However, there are playable races for D&D scattered around in a few different ...
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Is there an official description of the appearance and culture of tribal orcs?

I play on a Neverwinter Nights persistent world module that uses the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 rules. The module is not using the Forgotten realms setting. I'm editing and updating the module's ...
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What is the description and information for the Deep Orc race in 3.5 D&D?

I need a physical description and information on the Deep Orc race from 3.5 D&D. Can someone give me information or direct me to a source that can help me? I tried searching, but the problem is ...
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What are the default subraces in the D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook?

I am having difficulty finding information on the default subraces offered in the D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook: What is the default elf subrace? What is the default gnome subrace? What is the ...
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I am looking for information and the physical description of Deep Halflings

I am looking for the physical description and information on the Deep Halflings race in 3.5 D&D. Can anyone fill me in or direct me to a source?
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How can I play a Sprite-Genie Hybrid character?

I am brand new to D&D (5e), and am starting to build my character. Is there a way to be a sprite-genie hybrid PC? If so, how would that work, and could I grant wishes?
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How do i create a Plant Human character with at most LA+2?

Is it any legal way from the official books, to add a Plant type to Human race, or make a Humanoid Plant, with minimal influence and big LA growing? It may be useful to know how to slightly modify ...
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Are there female minotaurs?

I wonder... Do the minotaurs in 4e have females of the species? Or do they just use humans to reproduce themselves? Or are they born in the void and come out of nowhere? I've never seen any female ...
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Is this “Cuetzpali” homebrew race balanced relative to the PHB races?

To give a little background on this race, I wanted to create something akin to the Lizardmen from Warhammer Age of Sigmar. They're different from the Lizardfolk race in Volo's Guide to Monsters in ...
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How can non-humanoids benefit from enlarge person?

I am playing a tiefling who is a native outsider. During play it has come to my attention that enlarge person will not work for me because I am not a humanoid. This seems like a silly restriction ...
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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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Can Dvati bards/war chanters sing multiple songs at once?

So I just found a fascinating race called Dvati, where each member is a single soul sharing two bodies. Each one shares the same build, they split their hitpoints between them, and they have several ...
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Can there be more than 67 kalashtar in existence at once?

Kalashtar were originally formed when 67 adaran monks fused their being with quori spirits from Dal Quor. All descriptions of the race, as well as their naming convention suggests a 1:1 ratio of human:...
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Is there a way to add both Knowledge (religion) and Knowledge (the planes) to the Spellthief skill list?

... Other than taking Skill Knowledge twice? (or Skill Knowledge + Apprentice) I'd like this character to enter Ur Priest at level 6, so he needs max ranks in Knowledge (religion) and 5 in Knowledge (...
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What's the closest-to-legal way to make this semi-homebrew savage succubus have LA+0 and a low level?

I wanted to make a weaker succubus character, so I didn't need all the features of the ECL 12 version in the Monster Manual. Savage Species offers a progression on pages 195-197 that gives everything ...
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What are the features of a Dragonborn Warforged and why is it considered overpowered?

On more than one occasion, I've seen the (RAW-legal) option of stacking the Warforged race with the Dragonborn subtype listed as being very overpowered. It's clear to me that going down this path has ...
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How do you pronounce Firbolg?

This has really been bugging me. I have always pronounced Firbolg as Fur-bolg, but I have heard other people pronounce it like Fear-bolg. What is the official pronunciation?

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