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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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Does supplemental Crucian information exist, and if so, where is it?

As part of a new campaign, the table has decided to challenge itself by having a world populated with somewhat more non-traditional races. To that end, I am trying to find and use races which have ...
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Darkvision sunlight penalty house rule? [closed]

In a game I am preparing to DM, the party will contain a halfling rogue. The other 3 PCs are all fey types, so he will be the only PC without darkvision. I am thinking of partially removing or ...
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Wood Elf starting stats [duplicate]

I'm starting a new campaign and have decided on a Monk. I know that chossing to be an Elf gives me a +2 Dex. For the Wood Elf subclass does that give you an additional +1 Wisdom or does that take ...
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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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Can casting granted by racial HD be progressed with corresponding class levels? [duplicate]

When a race grants a character casting 'as a third lvl sorcerer' (For example), and that caracter later takes a lvl in sorcerer- Can it now cast spells as a fourth level sorcerer? Or does it casting ...
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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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How to make odd couple pairings viable? [closed]

FiveThirtyEight has a fun little article about the frequency of race/class combos. You can see which are the most popular (human fighters) and which are the least (aasimar ranger). This got me ...
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Can metahumans in Shadowrun interbreed?

In the world of Shadowrun, can metahumans (i.e. non-humans, such as elves or dwarves) interbreed with each other or with humans? For instance, can a half-elf, half-human exist? Or a half-ork, half-...
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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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Can Tortles use an action after they use a bonus action to emerge from their shells?

The phrasing on the Shell Defense ability for Tortles in the new Extra Life Tortle Package is slightly vague. The relevant parts are... While in your shell... (bonuses)... the only action you can ...
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What is the best “core” race for DCFS abuse?

Some races grant racial feats as bonuses. These could be DCFS'd into any other feat of interest to the character. Limiting the scope to the races in the 3.5 PHB what is the race with the most bonus ...
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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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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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Do races suitable for PCs that have racial bonuses on skills have those skills as class skills?

The Monster Manual on Class Skills, in part, says Any skill in which a monster has acquired at least one rank or in which the creature has a racial bonus is considered a class skill for that kind ...
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Does a tibbit possess the type animal when in house cat form?

A tibbit (Dragon Compendium Volume 1 21–25) possesses the natural ability feline transformation that "is similar to the spell polymorph but with a number of key changes" that allows a tibbit to assume ...
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How can I figure out a jermlaine's racial bonuses to skills?

The jermlaine from the Monster Manual II were given a non-cohort LA of +0 by the 3.5 revision, making the jermlaine an appropriate race for a PC. Using the standard array, a jermlaine's ability ...
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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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Compared to the other PHB races, where does Mousemen homebrew race stand, in terms of balance?

Short story, we are trying to port mouse-guard characters into a dnd-5e game. There is no official mouse/rat humanoid race, so we are going to homebrew it. Googling around, I've found this reddit ...
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What is the life expectancy of different Races?

How well defined are the boundaries and how many years does a Human Elf Half-Elf Halfling Dwarf Gnome Ogre Orc Half-Orc Golem Giants normally, in average, have in DSA5?
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Can non-Wayang races uses Shadow Stencils?

(Per the Paizo web site) Wayang Equipment: Wayangs have access to the following equipment. Shadow Stencils: This set of 10 elaborate metal stencils are used in shadow puppetry to cast shadows of ...
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Can an Elf take cover behind a 3-foot square wall?

Given a three-foot square wall produced by a conjuration wizard's minor conjuration feature, what PC races, including those in SCAG, EE, and Volo's, can duck behind it and gain total cover? ...
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Do Yuan-Ti Purebloods lay eggs?

The Yuan-Ti are an odd race. They come in a variety of different physiological shapes (pureblood, halfblood, abomination, and anathema), but are all (theoretically?) biologically compatible. Serpent ...
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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 is the lifespan of the Changeling race from UA: Eberron?

I'm going to be playing a changeling (from UA: Eberron) soon, and my DM is excited to have this unique race as a PC, but I was wondering if there was some form of RAW on this sort of thing. The ...
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Can a half-elf take human traits?

Can a half-elf raised by Varisian nomads take the trait Varisian Tattoo?
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How to balance a dragonborn breath for a mountain dwarf?

One of my players would like his mountain dwarf to get a fire breath attack, like the one of the dragonborn. Which dwarf trait(s) should I remove to add the fire breath trait from the dragonborn and ...
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How many anthropomorphic animal races are there? [closed]

I am world building for a Pathfinder campaign. In the world I'm building, I'm thinking about there being a continent extremely linked to nature — most civilizations being primitive, with the landscape ...
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How does the rider's shape affect the ride skill?

The ride skill mentions that a creature ill-suited to be a mount imposes a -5 penalty to any ride checks while riding it, but what about the rider's suitability to ride a creature? For example, what ...
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What relationship do dwarves and half-orcs have in Golarion?

I am just writing an adventure around the dwarven and orc history. In my party I have a dwarf and a half-orc (we have not played yet). Reading the Pathfinder Handbook Dwarfes of Golarion it is quite ...
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Are racial senses Extraordinary Abilities (Ex)?

I am trying to decide if racial senses are considered Ex for the purposes of wild shaping. I had previously asked if ability scores are lost when under polymorph, and the answer was no. These ability ...
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Is this werewolf homebrew race balanced?

Can you please tell me if this character is balanced? It is a werewolf race: too OP? Here are the racial traits: Ability Score Increases. Your Strength score increases by 2, and your Dexterity ...
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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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Why did the designers choose to include the Goliath as a PC race in Volo's Guide to Monsters?

I was looking through the new race options for PCs in Volo's Guide to Monsters and noticed they included the Goliath. About 2 years ago the Goliath was also published in the Elemental Evil Player's ...
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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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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 there something better than low light vision - namely an improved low-light vision of some type?

Most races or monsters I've researched all have x2 for low light vision. So I'm wondering if there is an improved version, specifically meaning x3, x4 or greater. A single example is sufficient, ...
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Are racial ability score adjustments lost when polymorphed?

When you gain a ability score adjustment from a race, when you polymorph do you lose it since you lose abilities that are dependent on your form?
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Kenku's curse of creativity, the soul, and reincarnation

Now, of the Kenku's three curses, the first and last are straight forward, they don't grow wings and they have no voice. However, the second one says Second, because their ingenuity and skill had ...
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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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Do skinwalkers get more spells per day from their skinwalking increased stat?

I want to play a coldborn (werebear-kin skinwalker) hunter and need some clarification on one of the rules. The way I understand the racial bonuses for skinwalkers is that one of their stats is ...
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Is choosing an Elf subrace needed for making a Half-Elf?

When making a Half-Elf character, do I have to choose an elf subrace? If so, do I get any of the benefits of that subrace, or is it just for cosmetic purposes?
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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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How can I convert races from 3.5e to 5e?

Since there is no actual set equation to convert a race from one version to 5e, wouldn't it just be easier to use the same race stat bonuses and transfer it over? For example, I want to have all the ...
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When polymorphed, how do racial feats and traits work?

My human cleric just failed a save against polymorph any object. I am now a squirrel for most likely a week in game time (I was told that duration by the DM). Do I temporarily lose the feat I gained ...
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Way for tengu to pounce with a sword

I have heard of some way for a tengu to pounce (or at least move+full attack) with a sword, but i can't find anything on it.
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How broad is my fire cone breath?

What is the width of the cone fire breath of the Drakin (a homebrewed race)? I know it's however long, but how wide is it at the end of the cone? Is it wide enough to maybe hit multiple targets?
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How to roleplay an incredibly old being [closed]

I am planning a setting where elves live for up to 5,000 years, and where dragons simply do not die unless something actively kills them. The intent is that they will act as sort of "elder races" who ...
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What's a Hengeyokai's 'natural form'?

With the humanoid (shapechanger) type, I believe their natural form would be either the Human form or the Hybrid form, but there are reasonable arguments to be made for either option. Is there a rule ...
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Do racial spell-like abilities need a minimun ability score to cast?

Lets take Drow since they are well know. They are able to cast the spell darkness as a racial trait. Since it does not specific that any ability score is required for the casting (but might affect a ...