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What weapons are subject to ancestries' weapon familiarity proficiency changes?

Consider Dwarven Weapon Familiarity. A dwarf that takes it becomes trained in the battleaxe, pick and warhammer. Also from this feat: You also gain access to all uncommon dwarf weapons. For the ...
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Why do elves suffer aging effects in 3.5E? [closed]

D&D 3.5 rules specify the effects of aging when reaching middle, old, and venerable age. These effects are the same for all races, with only the age at which they’re reached changing. Forgotten ...
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Are monsters with Sunlight Sensitivity supposed to have disadvantage when attacking or perceiving a target that is in direct sunlight? [closed]

Certain subterranean-dwelling monsters, such as drow and duergar, have the Sunlight Sensitivity trait, which is consistently worded as follows: While in sunlight, the [monster] has disadvantage on ...
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Is this Mitarn (Raptor) race balanced when compared to officially published races?

I would like to make a race of raptor people for my world: The Mitarn. Mitarn Your are a member of the Mitarn race, a species of sapient maniraptorans (Raptors). Mitarn seek to live in harmony with ...
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Does a dark tiefling need to eat?

Tieflings are Outsider (Native), which means they're native to the Material Plane. ToM's Dark Creature template makes a creature extraplanar when not on the Plane of Shadow. To me, this seems to imply ...
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What element would Genasi children of mixed element parentage have?

Two of the players in my campaign are Genasi, who are expecting a child. I'm doing research into Genasi's for this new side plot. Although I'm not sure what element(s) they would have. One parent is ...
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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 this homebrewed four-armed race balanced?

My table likes to theorycraft and make builds that are then playtested via PvP. We generally run fairly strict RAW and don't allow homebrew, but we have allowed Unearthed Arcana in the past. I'm ...
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Is this homebrewed The Chosen One race balanced?

This is my first time homebrewing a race. I want to know that if it is balance or not. Also, if not, what should I change to balance it. Race: The Chosen One The Chosen One Traits Ability Score ...
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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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What is the relation between Tabaxi and ordinary cats?

I'm currently playing a Tabaxi Swashbuckler/Battlemaster (and I love it). I'm thinking of taking the Magic Initiate feat and thus gain access to the Find Familiar spell. I thought it would be funny to ...
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Are there any monsters or races that can cast spells without verbal components

So a while back I saw the piper race in their list of racial traits they have the following Mystic Voice (Su): Piper spellcasters have a natural magic in their voice and must use it as an element of ...
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Is this hagspawn homebrew race balanced?

I recently got the idea of hagspawn race. Hags generally reproduce by eating children and getting pregnant with a child. If that child is a girl, then when she reaches 13 years of age, she becomes a ...
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Is my Homebrew Born-Lycanthrope Race balanced with other playable races?

*I've built a homebrew race for born lycanthropes of different varieties. I've referenced the Order of the Lycan Blood Hunter class and NPC Werewolves while I was building it and used my imagination ...
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Elves and Orcs canonically hate each other, but the table wants the party to stay together. What official guidance exists for handling this conflict?

Traditionally, many character races in D&D have been defined to have a race with whom they share a mutual hatred: elves and orcs, dwarves and goblins, and gnomes and kobolds, for example. With ...
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Can magic tattoos be used by warforged, or other constructs such as the battle smith artificer's steel defender?

Magic tattoos all say things akin to the following: To attune to this item, you hold the needle to your skin where you want the tattoo to appear, pressing the needle there throughout the attunement ...
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Is this Leanan sídhe homebrew race balanced?

Leanan sídhe are fae in Irish myth that gave inspiration to artists, poets and writers. Those gifted by her became famous and renowned. The caveat was that they were often driven to fall madly in love ...
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Does a Character with a Custom Lineage belong to a race, for the purposes of racial requirements?

Tasha's Cauldron of Everything introduces new character options. In the Customizing Your Origin subsection, there is a side panel that details the Custom Lineage options. This option allows you to, &...
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How can I get around the drow's light sensitivity?

My friends and I are trying to come up with ways to get around the drow's sunlight limitations. We thought of using spells, but Darkness makes it impossible to see, which would defeat the purpose. ...
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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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How does the Dhampir heritage interact with features from the tyrant champion cause?

A character that selects the Dhampir versatile heritage gains the Dhampir trait, and gains negative healing "as if you were undead." The tyrant's focus ability Touch of Corruption states the ...
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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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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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