Questions tagged [racial-traits]

For questions primarily about racial traits, the quantifiable capabilities or limitations specific to a race, such as Dwarves, Orcs, Romulans, et. al.

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How does doubling tool proficiencies work?

Recently I have reviewed the Aereni Wood Elf stat and found an entry modifying their elven training: Aereni Training. Choose one skill or tool proficiency. Your proficiency bonus is doubled for any ...
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What is included with a character's proficiencies when they become a dhampir or other legacy races?

Recently, I have been studying the dhampir's description in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft, and the other legacy races (reborn and Hexblood) (having tried to create something similar before it was ...
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How does the “Grovel, Cower, and Beg” action work?

The Kobold PC race (from Volo's Guide to Monsters) includes this racial trait: Grovel, Cower, and BegAs an action on your turn, you can cower pathetically to distract nearby foes. Until the end of ...
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Is this 'Vila Solus' homebrew balanced compared to officially published DND5e races?

These beautiful, slim women ride on large deer, their hair the color of spring grass, skin like polished wood, and eyes as gray as a coming storm. Every once in a while a vila is born different than ...
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Can dim light be used to activate the wood elf's Mask of the Wild trait?

Because of a dispute with our DM, I'd like to confirm the following. The wood elf's Mask of the Wild trait says: You can attempt to hide even when you are only lightly obscured by foliage, heavy rain,...
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After a Mark of Detection half-elf casts a spell using the Magical Detection trait, can they cast the trait's other spells before taking a long rest?

The Variant Half-Elf: Mark of Detection, from Eberron: Rising from the Last War p. 40, replaces the PHB half-elf's Skill Versatility trait with several new traits, one of which is the Magical ...
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Are there official items for incompletely mitigating light sensitivity?

Are there official items for incompletely mitigating light sensitivity? The reason I ask is that I do not want to get rid of the disadvantage completely, but given there are mundane, historic ...
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What is the Aasimar Trait?

I make my first PF2e character and choose an Aasimar Heritage. Now they write in the description: You gain the aasimar trait, in addition to the traits from your ancestry. But I cannot find an ...
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Does the “Cantrip Formulas” optional Wizard feature allow a racial cantrip to be swapped for another?

The Tasha's Cauldron of Everything optional level 3 Wizard feature Cantrip Formulas does the following: You have scribed a set of arcane formulas in your spellbook that you can use to formulate a ...
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is it possible for the special effects of ores such as admantium be infused scales of a creature

I have a lizardfolk character that just got adamantine plate armour. I wondered whether my adamantine armour could be melted down and infused with my scales due to having naturally scaly and tough ...
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Can a Dhampir bite themselves to get the benefits of their Vampiric Bite?

The Dhampir lineage from Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft has the following Vampiric Bite feature: Your fanged bite is a natural weapon, which counts as a simple melee weapon with which you are ...
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What happens when a dragon tries to become a Warshaper?

Warshaper is a prestige class from Complete Warrior, published a few months after 3.5e. I don't know about the rest of the book, but this prestige class in particular doesn't really seem to take the 3....
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Frontline satyr bard – better to be from Theros or from Thylea?

I plan to make a frontline bard – high AC, mostly melee attacks with a bit of magic (war caster feat), who also has nice social skills. I will take college of valour. We are starting at 1st level and ...
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What is the interaction between Gift of the Ever-living Ones and Dhampir Vampiric Bite ability

The Dhampir Trait (P17 of VRGTR) Says: Your fanged bite....add your Constitution modifier....deals 1d4 Piercing damage..... You regain hit points equal to the piercing damage dealt by the bite. The ...
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Can a Half-Orc's Relentless Endurance trait save it from its soul being stolen when it dies?

Half-Orcs have the Relentless Endurance racial trait: Relentless Endurance. When you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can drop to 1 hit point instead. You can't use this ...
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When replacing the Variant Human race with a lineage, do you keep the skill proficiency gained through the Prodigy feat?

Each of the lineages from Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft has a feature called Ancestral Legacy, which states: If you replace a race with this lineage, you can keep the following elements of that ...
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Do the new lineages in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft work with Variant Human?

The lineages in Van Richten's Guide (Dhampir, Hexblood and Reborn) all can now carry over certain aspects of their race (Swimming and Climbing speeds as well as any proficiencies). What I am curious ...
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Mythic Racial Ability

In PathFinder-1e by RAW, a Devil with See In Darkness (Su), who also has levels in a mythic class, still seems to be hindered by a mythic darkness spell. Is there a way to be able to make race or ...
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Does the Fey Passage trait enable a (UA) Fairy character to escape restraints (the restrained condition)?

In UA 2021: Folk of the Feywild, the description of the Fairy race's Fey Passage trait says: You can squeeze through a space as narrow as 1 inch wide. And the basic rules provide the following rules ...
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Can a Warforged's Integrated Protection feature be bypassed by some magical means?

DM is saying that the armor my Warforged is "wearing" can be removed using magic spells. My question is, what spells would remove armor and would they remove the armor on a warforged with ...
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How would taking an “X raised by Y” trait via the Adopted trait work?

Let's say I'm a non Half-Orc and I use Adopted take Iron Control (Half-Orc raised by Humans). Would I have to be adopted by Half-Orcs, get disowned or otherwise lose my Half-Orc parents, then get re-...
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Does a Firbolg lose their invisibility granted by the Hidden Step trait if a creature they summon attacks or deals damage?

The description of the firbolg trait Hidden Step states (VGtM, p. 107): As a bonus action, you can magically turn invisible until the start of your next turn or until you attack, make a damage roll, ...
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Can you choose same spell twice from different sources?

I am optimizing my Warlock character now and wanted to pick new UA (for now) Hexblood race (detailed in this Unearthed Arcana article). I will get a free hex once per long rest as racial trait. I'm ...
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Can the Hexblood's token be used for rudimentary two-way communication?

In the recent Gothic Lineage UA, the Hexblood race was introduced. One of their abilities is Magic Token: Magic Token. As an action, you can harmlessly pull out one of your nails, a tooth, or a lock ...
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Customizing Your Origin and Reincarnate

The druid spell Reincarnate says "The reincarnated creature recalls its former life and experiences. It retains the capabilities it had in its original form, except it exchanges its original race ...
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Dhampir bite attack, does it add both STR and CON?

The Vampiric Bite, from the new Dhampir lineage race, says as follow (emphasis mine): Vampiric Bite "Your fanged bite is a natural weapon, which counts as a simple melee weapon with which you ...
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Can Tortles receive the non-AC benefits from magic armor?

The Tortle's Natural Armor trait says: Due to your shell and the shape of your body, you are ill-suited to wearing armor. Your shell provides ample protection, however; it gives you a base AC of 17 (...
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Can a half-elf taking Elf Atavism select a versatile heritage?

As title. Consider Halledon Felf, a half-elf. At first level, Hal takes Human ancestry, and selects Half-elf as a heritage. He then has an ancestry feat, which he uses to take Elf Atavism, allowing ...
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What weapons are subject to ancestries' weapon familiarity proficiency changes?

Consider Dwarven Weapon Familiarity. A dwarf that takes it becomes trained in the battleaxe, pick and warhammer. Also from this feat: You also gain access to all uncommon dwarf weapons. For the ...
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How does a Cloak of Displacement interact with a tortle's Shell Defense?

The cloak has a property that causes creatures to have disadvantage on attack rolls against the one wearing it (emphasis mine): While you wear this cloak, it projects an illusion that makes you ...
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Is there a way (and if so how) to add a conditional trait into PCGen?

Pathfinder Specifically what I am trying to do is add a racial trait to the Kitsune race that will replace two of the normal racial traits. I have successfully added a trait called "Naturally ...
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Mixed race from half-elf and half-dwarf

I'm creating a character and looking for help on how to go about applying racial traits. My character's father is half human, half dwarf and her mother is half-elf. I've only been playing for maybe ...
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Can elves, half-elves, warforged, and/or kalashtar be affected by Dream of the Blue Veil?

The Fey Ancestry racial trait shared by elves (Player’s Handbook, p. 23) and half-elves (p. 39) states “magic can’t put you to sleep.” Warforged’s Constructed Resilience trait is similar: “You don’t ...
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What is the comparative value of armor proficiencies?

Is medium or heavy armor proficiency as racial feature more powerful (in general) than light armor, or is it just favoring different kinds of builds? The intent is that I want to playtest some racial ...
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Does the Invisibility spell end on a mystic if they use their abilities? [closed]

It's specifically stated that psionic abilities do not count as spells (thus, it's possible to use one as an action and another as a bonus action in the same turn). A duergar (dwarf subrace) player ...
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Is a racial feature balanced that lets you chose any low-level spell to learn

Many races give certain low-level spells on a once-per-day basis and there is the high elf who can learn any wizard cantrip. Now consider the following racial feature: Chose any spell of spell level ...
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Does the updated Integrated Protection feature of the Warforged mean that they count as “wearing” armor when using armor?

The updated Warforged's Integrated Protection trait, as detailed in Eberron: Rising from the Last War (p. 36), now states: Your body has built-in defensive layers, which can be enhanced with armor. [...
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Understanding the mechanics of a satyr's Mirthful Leaps trait

I am having an issue calculating how to utilize a Satyr's Mirthful Leaps trait, and how it would affect the character moving forward, focusing on the math and stats. For this question, I'll use the ...
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How does the Dissonant Whispers spell interact with advantage from the halfling's Brave trait?

If someone casts the dissonant whispers spell on my halfling, how does it interact with the halfling's Brave trait? I roll 2d20 for the advantage, and this "succeed or fail the save" result ...
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Can magic tattoos be used by warforged, or other constructs such as the battle smith artificer's steel defender?

Magic tattoos all say things akin to the following: To attune to this item, you hold the needle to your skin where you want the tattoo to appear, pressing the needle there throughout the attunement ...
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Does a Character with a Custom Lineage belong to a race, for the purposes of racial requirements?

Tasha's Cauldron of Everything introduces new character options. In the Customizing Your Origin subsection, there is a side panel that details the Custom Lineage options. This option allows you to, &...
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Does the envoy warforged's Ability Score Increase trait give you a +1 to Con and +1 to two other ability scores? Or just +1 to two ability scores?

Does the envoy warforged (from UA: Eberron Races) get a +1 to Con and +1 to two other ability scores (e.g. Dex and Wis)? Or only +1 to two ability scores total (e.g. Dex and Wis, or Dex and Con)?
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Does the Orc's 'Aggressive' racial trait allow you to move with a grappled target as long as you move toward it?

Aggressive. As a bonus action, you can move up to your movement speed toward a hostile creature you can see or hear. You must end this move closer to the enemy than you started. That last clause ...
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Is a lightfoot halfling obscured for the purposes of hiding while in the space of another creature?

Can a lightfoot halfling hide while in the space of some creature (like a Medium-sized or larger ally), and be hidden from an adjacent creature? The halfling is not trying to hide from the creature ...
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Can Minotaur Players be targeted by Hold Person and other similar spells?

Hold person specifies that it can only target humanoids: Choose a humanoid that you can see within range[...] The Minotaur creature stat block from the Monster Manual lists them as monstrosities, ...
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Does a Tortle's Natural Armor interfere with the Monk's Unarmored Movement ability?

The Tortle's Natural Armor ability says: Due to your shell and the shape of your body, you are ill-suited to wearing armor. Your shell provides ample protection, however; it gives you a base AC of 17 ...
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When a ysoki is holding items in his cheek pouches, can others tell if they have something in there?

The rules on ysoki cheek pouches are rather vague on whether objects held inside them are actually concealed. It seems possible that someone else would be able to determine that the ysoki was ...
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Does the Air Genasi's Unending Breath trait affect their ability to resist a dragon's poison breath?

I play a 3rd-level Air Genasi Monk. My party will be fighting a Green Dragon soon. Can a Green Dragon's Poison Breath affect me if I'm not breathing due to the Air Genasi's Unending Breath trait?
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Is this modified version of the changeling's “Shapechanger” trait fair?

For context: In a new campaign, the DM accepted my request to play a changeling, but wants to limit its "Shapechanger" trait (E:RftLW, p. 18). His idea was to allow only one change a day, ...
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Do Goliaths get cold resistance from the Mountain Born trait?

There seems to be a discrepancy between sources for the Goliath's 'Mountain Born' racial trait. Volo's Guide to Monsters (p. 109) includes the following description for the trait: You're acclimated ...

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