Questions tagged [racial-traits]

For questions primarily about racial traits, the quantifiable capabilities or limitations specific to a race or species in tabletop RPGs, such as Dwarves, Orcs, Romulans, etc. (See also: the [races] tag.)

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How to play Armorer artificer as a Frontliner and infiltrator

I am planning on playing a armorer artificer warforged front liner in a game with some friends of mine. I want to be able to shift between being a front liner in the guardian mode of armorer, with ...
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Zeal cleric capstone and the Dhampir bite

The Zeal cleric capstone Blaze of Glory reads as follows: When you are reduced to 0 hit points by an attacker you can see, even if you would be killed outright, you can use your reaction to move up ...
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Replacing one of multiple instances of innate damage resistance in 5e? [closed]

Since damage resistance doesn't stack in D&D 5e, is there a consistent ruling or general consensus for replacing one damage resistance with another in the event that multiple instances of the same ...
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If a Goliath is hit by an attack, they have resistance to its damage type, and they also use Stone's Endurance, in what order is the damage reduced?

Let's suppose we have a raging Goliath Barbarian. They are hit by an attack that deals 36 slashing damage, and then, as a reaction, they use Stone's Endurance. Since they are raging, they have ...
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Do boots of striding and springing work with Harengon's Rabbit Hop?

By now, it's been clarified by Jeremy Crawford in his Sage Advice column that the Harengon trait "Rabbit Hop" is a bonus action that doesn't consume movement, and that it gains the bonuses ...
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Is is balanced to swap "Built for Success" for "Fey Ancestry"?

I am looking to create a homebrew race for a Quadrone, and the best place to start is with an existing race. With that in mind I have found the Autognome (Astral Adventurer's Guide) and it has several ...
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Does Halfling's Brave trait grant advantage on Bodak's Death Gaze?

The Halfling's Brave trait states: You have advantage on saving throws against being frightened. But in the statblock the Death Gaze trait does not impose the condition frightened, it refers only to ...
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What is the nature of a hexblood's "irremovable living crown"?

I have a question about the appearance of hexbloods in D&D 5E. In their description, it reads Some who enter into bargains with hags gain their deepest wishes but eventually find themselves ...
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Does a hexblood have all of the stated physical properties that evidence a hag's influence?

I have a question about the appearance of hexbloods in D&D 5E. In their description, it reads: Some who enter into bargains with hags gain their deepest wishes but eventually find themselves ...
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Intercepting a grappled Bite Swallow attack in place of an ally with Vigilant Guardian: What happens?

Let's use a Giant Toad as an example: Bite. The target is grappled, escape dc 13 Until this grapple ends, the target is restrained, and the toad can't bite another target Swallow. The toad makes one ...
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Does a Swords Bard's extra damage count as damage that the original attack inflicts for Vampiric Bite's HP gain and roll bonus?

I know that Slashing Flourish, and the rest of the options, deal extra damage to the original target, but I'm asking if the damage it deals to creatures of your choice within 5 feet of you counts as ...
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Does the Bugbear Surprise Attack require surprise according to current (2023) rules?

I have seen different written rules as well as interpretations regarding whether or not a bugbear's Surprise Attack requires surprise and would like to receive guidance based on the latest rules-as-...
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Does being a Fey creature type offer any advantages? [duplicate]

In the book Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse (MPMM), many creatures are classed as Fey, some that were not classed as fey now are, namely the Changeling. However with things like ...
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I need advice on the ability of my subrace of Zantan Elves

This is my second homebrew race ever and while I’ve watched a myriad of YouTube videos about it, all of them seem unhelpful in racial trait creation. I’m questioning about a certain racial trait I ...
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Can a Firbolg standing behind a wall see without being seen?

The Firbolg Magic trait says: Firbolg Magic. You can cast detect magic and disguise self spells with this trait. When you use this version of disguise self, you can seem up to 3 feet shorter or ...
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What do I do if my character has two spell-casting abilities?

I am playing a character with two spell-casting abilities: one is from their class, the other from their race. The race is a fae dragon (created from the monster manual) and the class is Wizard. The ...
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Does the rogue's Reliable Talent feature apply to a harengon's initiative checks (thanks to the Hare-Trigger trait)?

Rogues gain the Reliable Talent feature at level 11: By 11th level, you have refined your chosen skills until they approach perfection. Whenever you make an ability check that lets you add your ...
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Does Trox Grappling Appendages stack damage?

I am in a campaign with a trox brawler and am wondering about clarification for the trox ability grabbing appendages. If the trox can maintain grapple and still make an attack roll, does that mean ...
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How do the Wizard's racial bonuses affect the number of spells and cantrips known?

In Dungeon World, the "Spellbook" section of the Wizard's playbook explicitly says: You start out with three first level spells in your spellbook However, when creating a Wizard, one of ...
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Can a Harengon take a grappled creature with them when they use Rabbit Hop?

If a Harengon character grapples a target and then uses Rabbit Hop, can they drag/carry the target with them? If they can, is the distance of the hop halved like regular movement would be?
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Shifters: which natural weapon is the primary one?

Building a shifter character. Razorclaw, so they start with two claw attacks, both primary. Later, they take levels in Weretouched Master (wolverine) and get a bite attack as well. Is the bite also a ...
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What bard spells work well with the minotaur's racial traits?

I'm going to be playing a level 3 Minotaur Valor bard in a future campaign. I will be the 2nd front liner of the party and want to optimize usage of Minotaur traits in combat. Are there any bard ...
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Does the Protector Aasimar's transformation work while Wild Shaped? [duplicate]

Does the Protector Aasimar's Radiant Soul feature work if they are a wildshaped druid?
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Is there a way for a human barbarian to acquire the cold-honed half-elf racial trait?

Question is as the title says, "Is there a way for a human barbarian to acquire the cold-honed half-elf racial trait?" Maybe through feats or traits? Something adopted? (The racial trait is ...
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Would Advantage on Strength Checks and/or Strength Saving Throws as part of Powerful Build be in line with base races point-wise?

I'm trying to homebrew the goliath and orc because Powerful Build is really lackluster in its current iteration. I would like to make these large und muscly races feel more powerful than a gnome of ...
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Best methods for Handling the Dragonmark of Handling?

Mark of Handling The Mark of Handling gives its bearer a primal connection to beasts and the natural world, granting the power to calm and coax. This extends beyond purely natural animals; the mark ...
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Is a Plasmoid's Shape Self similar to a Changeling's Mask?

The Plasmoid's Shape Self states: As an action, you can reshape your body to give yourself a head, one or two arms, one or two legs, and makeshift hands and feet, or you can revert to a limbless blob....
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Create the most broken race that is 'balanced' according to Detect Balance

Any discussion for a homebrew race will always have Detect Balance used to calculate how balanced the race is. I'm curious to see how much the tool can be abused. Thus my challenge is to create a ...
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In Starfinder if I'm playing a Species with a vulnerability to an element what happens if I take a feat to overcome it?

If a player's species starts with a vulnerability to an elemental damage, or light blindness. What happens if the character is able to overcome that detriment. Do they "return the ability bought&...
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Does the Yuan-Ti playable race have legs or a snake tail?

The Yuan-Ti excerpt in Monsters of the Multiverse states (p. 36; emphasis my own): Blessed with resistance to magical and poisonous effects by the rituals that created them, each of these yuan-ti ...
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What would be a good way to allow Eladrins to change season once per long rest?

I enjoy the roleplay potential offered by the Eladrin's season mechanics, so I'm considering letting Eladrin characters change season once per long rest (instead of only when finishing the rest), so ...
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If you're Githzerai or have the Telepathy feat, are spell components required for the spell-slot-powered castings?

The typical concept of innate telepathy is that you just have to "think at something" in a certain way and it happens. You're not casting a spell and using magic, so you don't expect the ...
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Is this Leshen homebrew race balanced?

The Leshen are a race of plant-like fey, born from places over flowing with druidic magic. It is said that when the elves came to the Material Plane from the Feywild, they planted a sacred grove for ...
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Can a Thri-kreen character make a bonus action attack through two weapon fighting using their secondary arms?

Can a PC of the thri-kreen race make a bonus action attack through two weapon fighting? Example: A thri-kreen fighter holding a shield and scimitar in their main hands, and a dagger in their smaller ...
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Is disadvantage resolved before or after the bonus is applied from the Reborn lineage's Knowledge from a Past Life trait?

The Reborn lineage in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft includes a racial trait called Knowledge from a Past Life that says, among other things: When you make an ability check that uses a skill, you ...
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Who/what can see in the dark?

This question is for the first edition since the site tags do not yet differentiate between the two. I am running a game, and part of it will take place underground. I can only find one reference in ...
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Shifters and druids, how do they interact?

If a Longtooth shifter changed into a werewolf and then wild shaped into a bear, would it become a werebear or do I need to do it the other way around?
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Do creatures need to make a Saving Throw every turn they start in the range of the Aasimar's Necrotic Shroud, or only once?

In the Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse, the Aasimar's Celestial Revelation ability lasts for 1 minute, but does that apply to the Frightened part of the Necrotic Shroud?
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Polymorphing back to original race. Do I get my racial bonuses back?

My character started out as a dwarf cleric, but he died a couple of times. He was brought back to life each time via reincarnation which changed his race. He was an Orc, then became a human, and is ...
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Can autognomes be put to sleep by magic?

So far, playable races that don't sleep explicitly also can't be put to sleep by magic: Warforged Constructed Resilience: "You don't need to sleep, and magic can't put you to sleep." Elf ...
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What is "Hadozee wavedashing"?

When talking about the recently released Spelljammer supplement (Spelljammer: Adventures in Space), some people mention "Hadozee wavedashing". What is that?
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Does the plasmoid's Amorphous trait grant advantage on ability checks made to avoid being grappled?

The Plasmoid's Amorphous trait (from Ch. 1 of the Astral Adventurer's Guide in Spelljammer: Adventures in Space) says, in part: [...] You have advantage on ability checks you make to initiate or ...
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Does the Feral Tiefling still use Charisma as its spellcasting ability for the Infernal Legacy trait?

I'm new in this world of D&D. I was reading through the Player's Handbook and decided to create a character following the process in Chapter 1 (Step-by-Step Characters). The Tiefling caught my ...
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How much of a firbolg's Speech of Beast and Leaf replaces Speak with Animals/Plants?

I am simply having a hard time wrapping my head around the versatility of this feature, and the meaning of the last aspect: (emphasis my own) You have the ability to communicate in a limited manner ...
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Gnome's Vivacious Trait and Fast Healing

The gnome's Alternate Racial trait states Vivacious: Some gnomes recover 50% more hit points (minimum 1) whenever they recover hit points from rest. Whenever they are healed of hit point damage by a ...
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Does antimagic field affect Gem Flight?

Gem Flight, Fizban's Treasure of Dragons, pg. 11 You can use a bonus action to manifest spectral wings for 1 minute. For the duration, you gain a flying speed equal to your walking speed and can ...
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How does the Firbolg’s Speech of Beast and Leaf trait interact with the Telepathic feat?

The Telepathic feat (TCoE, p. 81) gives you the ability to: [...] speak telepathically to any creature you can see within 60 feet of you. Your telepathic utterances are in a language you know, and ...
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Do bonuses to AC stack?

The Warforged get +1 to AC from their Integrated Protection feature. The forge domain cleric can use the feature Blessing of the Forge to enchant their armor for another +1 to AC. The Soul of the ...
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What kinds of attacks can the dhampir lineage's Vampire Bite trait empower?

I am playing a dhampir Grave cleric for an upcoming campaign. The description for the dhampir lineage's Vampire Bite trait says, in part (VRGtR, p. 16): When you attack with this bite and hit a ...
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Can a Leonin avoid targeting allies with the Daunting Roar ability if the Leonin is blinded?

I saw an interesting interaction today about the Leonin Daunting Roar ability. There was a blinded Leonin adjacent to allies and enemies. He wanted to use the Daunting Roar ability. The relevant text ...
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