Questions tagged [races]

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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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Looking for a cool underground race [closed]

I'm a young DM and the course of events will most likely lead my players to an underground region (unexplored caves in which they ran to escape a prison). At first my thought was to lead them in the ...
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Are Shadar-Kai official in D&D 5e and which supplement can they be found in?

I saw this post which states that the Shadar-Kai are now an official elf subrace in 5e, but all the online references I could find were for previous editions, UA, or homebrew. Can anyone tell me if ...
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Are Shadar-Kai and Shadow Elves the same?

Now that Shadar-Kai are officially elves in 5e D&D, is there an official source or even semi-official (WOTC tweets, Designer blogs / podcasts / videos, Unearthed Arcana, etc.) that links these ...
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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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Are these variant Sun Elf traits appropriately balanced?

My campaign setting currently requires a High Elf variant with three major caveats: It cannot have darkvision (all permitted races must have human-level vision). It lacks the flexibility to choose ...
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Is this “Powertouched” Homebrew Race Balanced?

This is my first time homebrewing a race, and I'd like some feedback on balance. The question here is whether this race is overpowered, underpowered, or roughly balanced when compared the playable ...
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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 the ...
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What does “dislike the result” mean in Memory of a Thousand Lifetimes?

Pardon if this is a basic question; there are only 5 threads on this forum regarding the ability in mind, and none of them actually explain how it works. Looking through the PHB2, I see the Deva ...
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Does a (homebrewed) Tortle's Natural AC stack with worn armor?

The tortle race on dandwiki has a feature called Shell which states that it has 14 + your constitution modifier natural AC. It doesn't stack with unarmored defense but if I were, for example, wearing ...
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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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In Tier 1, can you change your character’s race after being Reincarnated?

In Adventurers League, you can change your character’s race at will as long as he is Tier 1 (levels 1 to 4). Can you still change your character’s race after he gets Reincarnated (possible with a ...
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What's the percentage population of non-human races in D&D 5e's Forgotten Realms?

I am sure I remember reading that non-human races in the Forgotten Realms were less common than humans in one of the rule books. Is there an official percentage value for the populations of non-humans ...
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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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Do you have to be at least a certain level to use racial hit dice?

I was reading on the race Tabaxi and i found out that there were certain races that start with hit dice and i wanted to ask. Do you start as your class and simply not level up until you reach a level ...
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Are Kitsune a playable race?

Searches here and elsewhere has convinced me that while kitsune do exist, there's no baseline mechanics for creating PCs or NPCs. I am hoping I am wrong, as one of my players has her heart set on a ...
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If alter self is used to assume aquatic elf form, does the form get functioning gills?

The spell alter self says You acquire the physical qualities of the new form while retaining your own mind. Physical qualities include natural size, mundane movement capabilities (such as burrowing,...
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Are there specific rules about which races can mate with each other? [duplicate]

Is mixing races allowed? How would you choose which perks to take from each race? For example: There are Half elves and half orcs but what about a half dwarf? or a half gnome? or even a half-Elf Half-...
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Player Character Urog Diet

I have a few questions regarding the diets of urog player characters. The book (Alien Archive, page 116-117) does not list any unusual dietary requirements under the Racial Traits block, but their ...
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When a PC deep one hybrid undergoes the final change, does the GM control it?

Due to the extraordinary ability final change, a deep one hybrid turns into an actual deep one a few months after reaching venerable age. The text says nothing about this real deep one then becoming a ...
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Is there a playable githyanki available? [duplicate]

Are Githyanki a playable race in D&D 5e?
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Can carnivorous races survive on Goodberries?

I'm playing a Tabaxi in my latest 5e campaign and so far I don't think we've touched our rations once, since we've always had a Druid with us to give us Goodberries basically every day. I just ...
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Where are the stats for gearforged and warforged?

I am playing 5e. I want to make a gearforged or warforged damage dealing character, probably fighter or paladin. Where would I look to find the stats or race page for the gearforged or warforged races?...
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Would you allow 4e races and classes into 5e games? [closed]

I have a person in my group that wants to be an insect-like 4e race in my campaign. I don't know if I should allow it, because it may disturb the party balance.
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Are goliaths Adventurers League legal?

I am going to be playing for the first time and was wondering, are goliaths playable in Adventurers League?
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Is there a way to identify a target's ancestry?

D&D 3.5 has many ways of being a creature that's not a full-blooded member of any one race. From Half-X templates, to X-blooded feats, to Planetouched races and many more. Many of these creatures ...
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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 post ...
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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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