Questions tagged [races]

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Is my “Tree Person” homebrew race balanced?

I have created a homebrew race, of a 'tree person' (pretty much a tree-humanoid) (a better name will come later). Is this race balanced in proportion to other official 5e races? Tree Person ...
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Can you have a multi-race character?

Can you even mix races in D&D 3.5e? Is it allowed to have a multi-race character?
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Does the race of half-elves on Khorvaire in Eberron have its own name?

In Eberron, specifically on the continent of Khorvaire, the half-elves have lived on the continent for centuries, to the extent that the majority of half-elves are descended from half-elven parents, ...
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What problems might be caused by a PC having the Ooze type?

I am trying to make a homebrew slime race, and I'd like to know what complications might arise from a PC having the Ooze type, including ones caused by having Ooze AND Humanoid.
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Is my homebrew “Created Human” race balanced?

I have been thinking about this race as being like Frankenstein's monster (or at least the popular interpretation of it including it being unintelligent), and modeled the racial traits after the Orc ...
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Were the subraces of orcs discarded in 5E?

Looking at the lore of the Orcs presented in the 5E (Monster Manual, pgs. 244–245 & Volo's Guide to Monsters, pgs. 82–91), it seems clear to me that there isn't different subraces among orcs in D&...
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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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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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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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Is this homebrew 'Outsider' race balanced?

I am currently editing a homebrew race that I have created, and after a good few versions, I believe I am coming to some semblance of a decent homebrew race. However, I fear that it may be unbalanced ...
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Is this homebrew Awakened Monkey race balanced?

I have a homebrew race I would like evaluated, for overall balance. Awakened Monkey You were once an ordinary monkey, just wandering with your monkey friends, and one day you were awakened. ...
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How to Reduce Anthropomorphism When Roleplaying Uplifts?

A handful of science fiction and even some fantasy settings include animal uplifts. However, there's often a problem with roleplaying members of such species: excessive1 anthropomorphism. This is a ...
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Is there anything in the rules giving Loxodons disadvantage on Stealth checks?

I'm curious if there is a ruling on this topic. Specifically the debate was over whether a Loxodon Way of the Shadow Monk could benefit from the massive stealth advantages and ninja-teleportation. ...
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How do the rules work for a centaur being a mount?

In most places online I have found that centaurs act as a mount. Though I can't find text that directly confirms this in Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica I tend to agree. However this raises 2 ...
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Can Reincarnate extend the life span of a target by reincarnating as a longer-lived race?

When using resurrection spells like Revivify or Raise Dead, it's obvious that you return to life as you were before you died - as in, same body, same age, etc. However, Reincarnate, the druid's ...
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How old does a Dragonlance kender have to be, to be an “adult”?

I haven't been able to find any information on this. How old does a kender have to be, to be considered as much of an "adult" as their kind ever gets?
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About Half-Dragon mate and lifespan

Is Half-Dragon able to mate with the parent race who is not Dragon? If so, what kind of race will the child have? What is the lifespan of Half-Dragon Human and Half-Dragon Kobold and so on?
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How can I compensate for replacing darkvision with low-light vision for playable races?

I am homebrewing a post-apocalypse style world for D&D 5E, intended to be a mashup of Mutant Year Zero and D&D 5E. Thematically, one major point is that the world has been thrown into a ...
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Can I play as a Changeling?

I will be playing my first D&D-campaign soon and I want to play as a changeling. Is this possible?
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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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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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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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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-...
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Can Genasi derive from stock other than human?

Inspired by this question: Can Tieflings derive from stock other than human? Crudely speaking, tieflings are half-human, half-devil. However, as the answer to the other question points out, non-human ...
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What are racial bonus feats that are gained from polymorph?

I am trying to determine what exactly constitutes a racial feat for the polymorph spell. The spell states that in many ways it functions like alter self, which states You acquire the physical ...
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Homebrewing a Naga: Is this option a balanced substitute for Magical Resistance?

I am homebrewing a Naga PC and using the Yuan-Ti Pureblood (Volo's Guide to Monsters, Page 120), but I felt that Magical Resistance (below quote) was a little too strong and didn't fit what I was ...
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Do alternate class skills granted by racial substitution levels stay class skills for later (non-substitution) levels?

I'm trying to make an NPC that's a Fighter(5)/Knight Protector (6). According to the Complete Warrior sourcebook, the requirements for the Knight Protector prestige class are: Base Attack Bonus: +5 ...
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Is this wolf DMPC overpowered or underpowered?

I am new to being a DM and soon will have my first session. Since we are with three players total (me as a DM plus two PC characters) I want to help them out a little. The players are a Dwarf Cleric ...
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Can there be two high elves in Dungeons & Dragons? [closed]

I'm trying to make my own character sheet but I'm lost. One of the main characters is already a high elf; does that mean I can't be one?
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Can a Tiefling Subrace be Feral?

Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes offers the option to select a different heritage for a Tiefling by replacing the default Ability Score Increase with its own (as well as by replacing the Infernal Legacy ...
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What's the difference among Feral Tiefling, Variant Tiefling, and Variant Feral Tiefling on D&D Beyond?

In the D&D Beyond marketplace for Sword Coast Adventurers Guide, there is a Feral Tiefling race for purchase, but there are separate Variant Tiefling and Variant Feral Tiefling subraces for ...
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Can a tortle character use the extra action from the Haste spell to withdraw into their shell?

Can the extra action from the haste spell be used by a tortle (from The Tortle Package) to withdraw into their shell?
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Can a kenku split a phrase and only use a part?

The idea that I got is for my kenku character to split phrases and use two or more to make a sentence about what I want to say. Is this possible?
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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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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 in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure?

The Lost Mine of Phandelver 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 ...
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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 ...