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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'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 ...
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Is there a way to ignore racial and regional prerequisites for feats and/or classes?

Is there a way to ignore racial prerequisites for feats and/or classes? A few examples: Shiba protector (Oriental Adventures p. 222) needs you to be Human (Phoenix). Darkwood Stalker (Complete ...
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Where does the Duergar's growth power come from?

Since their introduction in the 1st edition AD&D Monster Manual II, Duergar have had the ability to change their size. It has varied a little from edition to edition, and the ability has altered ...
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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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Why can only humans dual-class and only demihumans multiclass?

Is there an in-game explanation as to why some races can multi-class and others can dual-class? For example, is there an explanation in an article or book somewhere saying that It's the will of the ...
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Play-By-Post - On Races and joining [closed]

I’m pretty new to PbP so please bear with me if I screw up in what I wish to ask. I am wondering if someone could help/advise me on a few questions I have. Though I am relatively experienced at PbP ...
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Can an enlarged Goliath grapple without movement penalty?

PHB pg 195 states Moving a Grappled Creature. When you move, you can drag or carry the grappled creature with you, but your speed is halved, unless the creature is two or more sizes smaller than ...
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How can you convert a monster into a playable race in Pathfinder? [duplicate]

Alright, I know it's within the rules to create a monster into a playable race. However the method to do so seems to be vague and not well explained. So while previously I asked if it was possible to ...
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How would I turn a 4 legged character into a playable race? [closed]

To elaborate on this topic.This is for a 5E campaign. I own a art piece that is a 4 legged animal.I want to work with my DM to turn it into a playable race. We, (the DM and I) have attempted this ...
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Can a monster race become playable race in Pathfinder?

I've been wonder and haven't been able to get a clear answer to the question before and I've asked my GM about and received the response, "Look it up yourself." I wanted to know if it was within the ...
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Does a whisper gnome count as a gnome for meeting feats' prerequisites?

Two feats in Races of Stone have as one of their prerequisites being a whisper gnome. This made me wonder: Does a whisper gnome count as a (generic, untyped) gnome for meeting prerequisites or is ...
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Does a healing spell count as doing damage for the purposes of a custom race's at-will spell-like ability?

I'm trying to create a race for Pathfinder and decided to give them an at-will spell-like ability. Now, it says that you cannot choose a spell that deals damage, but would a healing spell count as a ...
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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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How often can I do a Minor Action to activate a Goliath's racial power?

I am new to 5th edition D&D. I got ahold of the Player's Handbook 2, and I'm trying to figure out how often I can activate the Goliath racial power on page 12. Most of the other powers in the ...
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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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Gnoll character creation clarification

Races of the Wild presents gnolls as an option for PC race. I find its description a bit confusing. First, there are gnoll racial traits on page 99 pointing out that A gnoll begins with two ...
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What benefit would races with extra hands have?

So what, exactly, are the mechanical benefits of a PC race having extra hands in 5e without houseruling anything? Would a house rule be necessary to even make the extra hands make sense in combat, or ...
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Is a Dragonwrought Kobold's offspring a Dragonwrought, a Half-Dragon, or a normal Kobold?

Is a Dragonwrought Kobold a True Dragon? gives arguments for and against dragonwrought kobold being a "True Dragon". For this question, I assume that dragonwrought kobold is a dragon as stated in one ...
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Does a Monstrous Humanoid or a Fey count as Humanoid for armor costs and spell effects?

A question for two friends playing custom made races. One is a Monstrous Humanoid physically similar to a Lamia but with a larger bust and a less ridiculously long snake tail, the other is a Fey of ...
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Nature vs nuture: How much of a race's abilities and stats are genetics vs. upbringing? [closed]

If a person of X race were raised in Y (different) race's culture, would they "pick up" the stat bonuses, penalties and racial abilities of Y race? If so, how would one determine which bonuses, ...
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Is Goliath weight range reasonable?

While this may be opinion-based, this question is specific enough to produce well-argued and specific answers. The weight range for Goliaths is 280-340 lbs, or 127-154kg. Their height is between 7 ...
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Attempting to Replace Darkvision

After receiving answers on this question, reading forums, and talking to my current players, I have come up with a few replacements to darkvision: Removing the section on darkness (becoming dim light)...
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Are there any playable races that are Fine?

I was watching a live party when it suddenly occured to me that a never saw a fine playable creature. But now that I'm thinking about it, I kinda fancy the idea to play Tinkerbell's male counterpart. ...
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What's the rate of maturity for gnomes?

I'm trying to create a gnome character. The 5e player handbook states that gnomes can live to 350-400 years, and I columbused a Wikipedia article that states gnomes start school at age 30. But what ...
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How does one gain vampiric powers without becoming a vampire?

For example: a vampire feeds their blood a human in order to give them some of the vampires' powers. one gains some of the vampires' powers after surviving a fight with them one get cursed and ...
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How does Undine weaponshaft resolve?

When a character activates the undine weaponshaft how does the order of actions play out between the successful melee attack and the activation of hydraulic push? As a full round action would the ...
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Is this a balanced dhampir PC race for Curse of Strahd?

As a new DM to D&D, one of my players came up to me and said, "I want to play a vampire." Alarm bells went off from the research I did. However, skipping past the whole vampires being a disaster ...
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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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What's the Spirit Point cost of Shapeshift: Spirit?

Fortunes and Winds (2002) for Legend of the Five Rings, Second Edition and Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition presents the new race Shapeshifter, each subrace of which gains a handful of Spirit ...
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Why were gnomes left out of the 4e Player's Handbook? [closed]

I'm told that two particular races, gnomes and half-orcs were deliberately excluded as player races from D&D's 4th Edition at launch. I understand the certain 'controversy' regarding half-orcs (...
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What can I get for my Infernal Legacy?

(Related to this question) I am working on selecting all the available races/subraces for my 5th Edition campaign. Because I don't like the way that WoTC has laid out the race/subrace info, I'm ...
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Do minotaurs from Dragonlance eat human flesh?

Do minotaurs from Dragonlance eat human flesh? I am interested in running one from that setting who ended up in a different realm (through Spelljammer shenanigans) and I was wondering what their views ...
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How do I create a custom playable race?

My friends and I just bought the D&D Starter Set and it only came with a set of pre-created characters. I did a little research (Wikipedia) and found out that in the core books come a larger set ...
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What are the Rebirth races?

The semi-official Life-shaping Handbook includes the feat Rhulisti Heritage which has as a prerequisite Any Rebirth race. Trying to research Dark Sun and Rebirth yields so many results I don't know ...
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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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What race are aasimar or tiefling and how to create them?

I want to play an aasimar and was wondering why they always look like a human. An aasimar or a tiefling can also be a halfing or a gnome or whatever. My question is, are there any rules how to create ...
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Do Elans get the same bonus feat & skill points as humans?

I'm starting to play a Elan like described in the Expanded Psionics Handbook. In the description there is this part that says that Elans were humans that got crafted into an Elan at a later point. ...
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Do racial bonuses to skills count toward ranks for synergy?

Page 61 of The Players Handbook says (emphasis mine): Skill Ranks: A character’s number of ranks in a skill is based on how many skill points a character has invested in a skill. Many skills ...
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Which races existed before the gods?

The D&D 5e Monster Manual says this in the aboleth section: ABOLETH: Before the coming of the gods, aboleths lurked in primordial oceans and underground lakes. They reached out with ...
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Can a Half-Elf pass for a Full Human, or a Full Elf, using a disguise kit?

If a half-elf where to disguise himself with a disguise kit, would he be able to change his appearance enough to pass as a full human among humans, or as a full elf among elves? I'm assuming the ...
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Can a Pixie float over the middle of a pit?

Pixies have an altitude limit of one, meaning they can only ever be one square high when they end their turn. But if the party comes upon something like a chasm or a large pit, can the Pixie end ...
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Can a Stone Child, Half Dragon, or Killoren be infected with lycanthropy?

My campaign is eldritch and fantasy and there is a werewolf clan currently near the party. My players have said that they're immune to lycanthropy because of their PCs' races: A Stone Child. He says ...
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Why do many guides say that a dwarf makes a lousy druid?

I made a dwarf druid for a campaign. It seems really good. The extra Constitution is awesome, and I don't need the Charisma, leaving the social interaction to other party members. Even the darkvision ...
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Can I have a character that's a soul bound onto a construct, without homebrew?

Is there a way to have a character who's a living construct, coming from a soul bound into a suit or a non-living construct? I'd like to use this as a player character. If there's a process by which ...
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What is an appropriate RP value for this Flight modification?

I'm currently working on a bit of a custom pathfinder world built from the ground up. First step is the races and I really wanted to try and balance the three core races in terms of power. All in ...
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Is a custom race with an armour bonus based on two ability score modifiers imbalanced?

I'm rolling my own races in D&D 5th Edition. As part of that I was thinking of introducing a racial trait modeled after the Monk's Unarmored Defense trait (with no shield bonus). The race is ...
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Is a dragonborn arctic half-minotaur half-ogre water orc possible?

I am new to D&D and I am reading about races and templates. I read on reddit someone suggested a dragonborn arctic half-minotaur half-ogre water orc. I was wondering whether that could be a ...
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Where can I find NPC statistics for dragonborn and half elves?

I swear I've seen it in the Monster Manual, but I can't seem to find it anymore. Where can I find statistics for dragonborn and half elf NPCs?
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How could an elf PC disguise themselves as a human?

I am going to be playing in a Castlevania-based D&D 5e game. In this world there is strong racism against elves and a general fear of magic. I want to be an elf, but I think in this world I would ...