Questions tagged [races]

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What is included with a character's proficiencies when they become a dhampir or other legacy races?

Recently, I have been studying the dhampir's description in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft, and the other legacy races (reborn and Hexblood) (having tried to create something similar before it was ...
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Is this second version of my “Fehl-her” homebrew race balanced?

This is a follow up to my previous homebrew question, in which the answers explained that, overall, my race was underpowered, prone to overspecialization and fairly contradictory in certain aspects (...
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Does Kitsune Hybrid Form affect Rampaging Form?

Does Hybrid Form allow you to speak when using the abilities listed in the Rampaging Form (5th-level animal form, a Polymorph Battle Form, and 7th level fiery body)? Hybrid: When you Change Shape, ...
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Is this “Fehl-her” homebrew race balanced?

I'm still relatively new to dnd, and was trying to build a homebrew race for the first time. I tried basing myself mostly on orcs and lizardfolk at first, but the race I was making took quite a turn ...
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When homebrewing Warforged, is Integrated Protection more of a benefit or a drawback?

Warforged have a lot of cool, useful abilities that would be nice to have for creatures that aren't strictly "warforged". But one thing I've never been a fan of is their Integrated ...
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How can I limit (but not outright ban) exotic races? [closed]

Systems which offer a race/ancestry/lineage choice for character generation often feature both ordinary races (human, dwarf, elf, etc.) and exotic races (tiefling, shardmind, genasi, etc.). As should ...
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Does Catfolk's ancestry feat Lucky Break work with the Grapple action?

For reference: Grapple action Lucky Break feat I argue that when grappling with the Lucky Break feat, you are able to reroll the Grapple attack action (when failing or critical failing), because the ...
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Can a former Aarakocra turned lineage fly while wearing armor?

The ancestral legacy trait states: If you replace a race with this lineage, you can keep the following elements of that race: any skill proficiencies you gained from it and any climbing, flying, or ...
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Yet Another Dragonborn Variant: Is this fiery homebrew race balanced?

Preamble I love the concept of the dragonborn generally, but it seems to be that the common consensus around the dragonborn as they stand in the 5th edition of D&D is that they're a bit lacklustre ...
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Does the Duergar race have racial feats available in D&D 4th edition?

Duergar has been introduced as a PC race in Monster's Manual 3 if I'm correct. I have found no sight of additional Duergar rules if any other book for D&D 4th edition. I was wondering if Duergar ...
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Is this Human Rebuild balanced?

I feel like the Human Race in the PHB is full of flaws. The original race does not give space for choice or specialization, and the Variant Human is too easy to optimize or abuse. I feel like the ...
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Is this Medusa homebrew race balanced?

I've been wondering if this homebrew Medusa race me and my friends thought up was balanced compared to official races. Here are the stats: +2 Dex, +1 Cha Darkvision: Not all the medusa’s curse offers ...
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Where are aquatic elves defined?

Aquatic elves are mentioned under the sahuagin entry in the Monster Manual, and also in Ghosts of Saltmarsh, but I don't see them defined anywhere. Is there a stat block or other description of them ...
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Can a loxodon trunk be used to reload a sling, blowgun, or hand crossbow?

A player with a loxodon artificer wants to wield a shield and use a sling, blowgun, or hand crossbow, where the loxodon's trunk grasps the weapon and frees one hand to load the ammunition. Is this ...
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Is this homebrew Legend of Zelda Rito race balanced?

I recently made a homebrew race based on the Legend of Zelda Rito for Dungeons and Dragons 5E, and I was wondering how balanced it is. The Rito are bird like creatures, similar to the Aarakocra but a ...
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Are there any races that follow the God Nerull in D&D?

I have found many a wiki that talk about the god Nerull from Greyhawk in D&D, and they all talk about how his followers are necromancers and murderers. I feel like I'm missing something though in ...
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What are the rules for mixing races?

As a DM I want to build an immersive and memorable, but also logically coherent world. I have a question about races. What are the rules for mixing races? For example, is it possible to be half elf ...
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Do leshies need to sleep?

Pathfinder 2e introduced leshies, spirits inhabiting plant-based host bodies, as a player race, found here in the SRD: https://2e.aonprd.com/Ancestries.aspx?ID=14 Our group has been having a ...
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Is my Chaos Genasi subrace balanced?

I recently created a Chaos Genasi subrace that has origins in the elemental chaos. They are meant to have a small amount of power from each of the elemental planes. I made them to be flexible and able ...
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Do Elves reach social maturity later than humans?

In most long-lived player character races' descriptions I see comments about how fast they physically mature and when they're considered adults. What I am wondering is how fast they socially mature. ...
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Do Genasi tolerate low temperatures better than humans?

one of my D&D players just created the new character - The Fire Genasi Warrior. Our story probably will be placed in the Icewind Dale. I'm new in the D&D and you know - still learning and ...
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Is a humanoid mimic race overpowered?

I am currently working on a Homebrew D&D 5e race and one of the ability's I am working on is the power to mimic any object that you are familiar with unless is's a gadget like a magic orb or such (...
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Can disguise self hide an Aarakocra's wings?

Can disguise self hide an Aarakocra's natural wings because they are hiding as a "different race"? Would this allow a creature to create wings to become an Aarakocra? If a creature has wings ...
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What is the relationship between Hobgoblins and Goblins?

I am nearly starting a new campaign. I want to have every race a cool backstory to build on it, and I am wondering, what is the relationship between Goblins and Hobgoblins? Is the Hobgoblin just an ...
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Is it possible to turn a monster into a humanoid without giving them average physical ability scores?

Savage Species lists some rituals through which a creature can--in one example given--transform from an ogre into an elf. If nothing else, it's an interesting and evocative idea: a 6th level ogre ...
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Is this Hemokatín Bloodline (Human-Human or Human-Lesser Vampire) Subrace Balanced?

Parent Race: Hemokatín Vampire I am going to use all of the traits as if I were following the traits for a Hemokatín of each of the 6 subraces. Please note that I will not be putting Age or Alignment ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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 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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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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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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