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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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What are the playable D&D races in 5e?

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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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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How do you make new playable races?

I would like to create a new race which you can play as a PC without it being too overpowered for normal game settings. I would like one with wings, but are wings (even wings with clumsy ...
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Are there Race/Alignment restrictions for classes in the PHB?

I'm looking through the PHB and I notice that none of the Classes explicitly state an Alignment or Race limitation. There is flavor text, but there is nothing that looks like a rule. I see some stuff ...
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What is considered an enemy for an Orc's Aggressive trait?

Volo's Guide to Monsters says that you may play an Orc character, which gives you the following trait amongst other things: Aggressive. As a bonus action, you can move up to your speed toward an ...
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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 are the mechanical consequences of a Centaur's Fey trait?

Centaurs have the Fey trait (Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica, pg. 16): Fey. Your creature type is fey, rather than humanoid. What does this mean in terms of gameplay? I know that certain spells, ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing a player to play a large creature?

We're playing 4e Thunderspire Labyrinth and we've decided to let the tank play a large (2x2) Minotaur. He has all of the stats from the Minotaur player character in the Players Handbook 3, but he's a ...
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Compatibility of races

Two of the races you're allowed to use in D&D are half-elf and half-orc. My first character was a half-elf. Usually the other half is human but is it possible to have a character who is half-elf ...
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Can sub-races breed and produce half-subraces? [closed]

Can the different sub-races of a particular race interbreed, like a drow with a wood elf, or a hill dwarf with a mountain dwarf? If so, would the child be a half-subrace from each parent? Is this ...
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Does a dwarf take only a -2 penalty to disguise himself as a dragon?

A creature who wants to masquerade as a creature of a different race takes a -2 penalty to Disguise skill checks according to the skill Disguise (PH 72-3). I know that kind and type (and subtype) have ...
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With the lifespan of elves, would you ever encounter a low-level elf?

Elves and other races have hundreds of years to get good at what they do — is the expectation that NPCs of these races would mostly be of high level? How do I build a campaign setting that makes ...
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Which Dragon Magazine issue did this unusual rat-like race appear in?

A letter written to Dragon by a player/Dungeon Master sometime in the mid-to-late 1990s described a homebrewed race. There are three details that stuck with me: the name of their people began with ...
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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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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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Can you play a kitsune or nekomata?

Can you play a kitsune or nekomata (fox or cat beings, respectively) in D&D 5th edition? I have never played, but wanted to use one of my RP characters for D&D. If not, are there any ...
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Is this “Faetouched” homebrew race balanced?

I have here attempted to create a race that is to humans and half-humans like Eladrin is to elves. I am slightly worried that it is overpowered and if it is, please let me know how I can fix it. ...
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How do Dvati work with Maneuvers?

So Dvati may be my new favorite race. One character with two bodies poses a number of interesting questions, and while the rules are pretty clear on how that works with spellcasting, nothing is said ...
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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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What does a Kenku's speech sound like?

Introduced in Volo's Guide to Monsters, Kenku can only speak by imitating sounds they've heard — they're unable to speak with their own voices (p. 110): Although unable to speak in their own voices,...
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Is playing an Aarakocra player character currently legal in Adventurers League?

I'd like to know if playing an Aarakocra character is currently legal in the D&D 5e Adventurers League. The Aarakocra race has been in D&D for a while, but is described in detail in 5e in the ...
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Are there any rules or guidelines for large character races?

I'm designing some custom races for my campaign and I'd like to allow large size characters. It seems that large characters are discouraged for some reason and although I'd like to know why what's ...
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Who was this character from the Tomb of Annihilation adventure before they became a monster?

I have found a lot of information that this character is a tabaxi and speaks tabaxi language. Who he is exactly? Was he tabaxi or human or something else?
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Can negative levels get rid of racial HD?

What happens when one is affected by something such as energy drain, and permanently loses levels when one only has racial HD? Does the victim of the spell die? Or do they permanently lose racial HD?
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Do the Elf Blood racial trait allow you to fulfil “being an elf” prerequisites?

In Pathfinder, half-elves have the following racial trait: Elf Blood: Half-elves count as both elves and humans for any effect related to race. Since now I always considered that it meant that a ...
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Feat or minimal LA template to gain Aberration type

I’m looking for a way to give a 1st-level character the Aberration type, without simply being an Aberration because the race is already fixed (non-psionic thri-kreen, i.e. Monstrous Humanoid ...
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How should a substitution level be read?

The Races of Stone dwarf cleric substitution level at 1st level grants the dwarf cleric the supernatural ability smite giants, yet the ability's description concludes with this sentence: "This ...
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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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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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Do half-elves get the abilities of both their races?

In 5e D&D, do half-elves get elf abilities as well as those listed under parent races abilities? For example, elves get +2 Dex, keen senses (proficiency in perception), and trance, dark vision, ...
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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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Strategies for handling age of maturity dissonance for Aasimar (or other plane-touched) born to humans?

I find the fact that elves don’t reach adulthood until they are 110 relatively straightforward to work with, since the children and parents are aging at the same rate and their cultures are built ...
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What do a minotaur's rations consist of, and can a dragonborn eat them?

I'm playing a game of 5e, and our dragonborn lost all of his rations from a magical key. He was given rations by our minotaur. What do those rations consist of? Would the dragonborn face any issues ...
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What races can gnomes interbreed with?

I know that Tieflings and Aasimar can mate and have offspring with Gnomes. I know that most races native to Golarion (human, elf, dwarf, etc.) can't. Purely for flavor, I'm creating a Gnome academic ...
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Inter-planar Merchants of D&D [closed]

What race best fills this role? I'm mostly looking for someone who does this in a Planescape-style setting. Neogi kinda do this, but they're a little too specialized for what I'm looking for. Ditto ...
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How can I design a balanced hybrid race as the offspring of a gnome and halfling?

Assuming a gnome and a halfling could interbreed, what race would the child be? If a half-gnome/half-halfling instead of just one or the other, what traits would the child have? Are there any ...
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Would it hurt racial balance if every PC gets a bonus feat at level 1?

I am thinking of giving the PCs of my new campaign a bonus feat at level 1, to allow some more customization and to reflect the fact that they are graduating from a very stellar college of... ...
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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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Do subrace benefits add to or replace base race benefits?

If I pick wood elf as my race do I also get the other benefits from just the elf race? Like the wood elf gets +1 wisdom but does that mean I also mean I get the +2 dex from the non subrace elf?
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How could I play a Half-Dwarf Half-Elf?

Half-human half-elf is a race mentioned in the D&D handbook. Is there also a half-dwarf half-elf combination? And would that be common? If it doesn't exist, how could I create the stats for it ...
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How are 4e elves different from 3.5e elves?

I was looking into how to roleplay an elf in D&D 4e, when the kind folks in one of the chatrooms on this site informed me that elves in 4e are very different from those in 3.5e, which sparked my ...
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Are eladrin celestial or fey?

This question was sparked by looking into the lore about eladrin after reading the comments under this question. According to this wiki page, Celestial eladrin [...] were fey celestials native ...
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Are there any non-humanoid elves?

Is there any race which, without applying any external option (e.g. feat, template, spell), qualifies as an elf for prerequisites (read: is named as some kind of elf, has the elf subtype, and/or has ...
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Is this homebrew Eir 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. At a glance, is this race overpowered compared to ...
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Is this Kuo-toa homebrew race balanced?

On D&DBeyond, I've found this homebrew Kuo-toa race. There are others, even on D&DByeond, but this is the one that seems to most closely adhere to how the Kuo-toa appear in the Monster Manual (...
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Is there a way to change my race? Do I get the bonuses of that race?

Right now I'm playing as a Gnome. Right now it's alright, but for the most part I don't have any use for the illusion bonuses or +1 AC or anything that comes with being a Gnome. I really just wanted ...
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Is this “Shadetouched” homebrew race balanced?

Designed to be a Shadowfell counterpart to the Faetouched race, this race is humans/half-humans or descendants of humans/half-humans who stayed in the Shadowfell to long. Shadetouched Ability ...
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Is my Homebrew Necrolyte Race Balanced?

I want to know whether this is balanced compared to the other race options. If not, what can be changed? Necrolyte A race of Humans transformed into semi-undead beings long ago by their own ...
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If a race grants “spellcasting as a 1st level sorcerer” would a prestige class that advances spellcasting classes advance these spells? [duplicate]

The racial ability in question is from the Dragonspawn. "All spawn gain the ability to cast spells as 1st-level Sorcerers. If the base creature already possessed levels in Sorcerer, then the ...
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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 ...