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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What are the options for a PC with cold resistance and darkvision?

Here's what doesn't seem to work: Goliath (does not have darkvision) Mountain Dwarf (does not have cold resistance) The only race that seems to have both is the Triton. Any other options for a race /...
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If a character gains the Telekinetic feat from their race, does that mean they can't get the feat's extended range for the Mage Hand cantrip?

Choosing either the Variant Human (PHB, p. 31) or Custom Lineage (TCoE, p. 9) racial options allows you to take a feat during character creation. The relevant portion of the Telekinetic feat's ...
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Does a a Bullywug Croaker's Glaar-pat song count as magic for the purposes of the Gnome Cunning racial trait? [duplicate]

The Bullywug Croaker has an action: Glaaar-pat (3/Day). The croaker sings a song of marshy doom. Each chosen creature within 30 feet of the croaker that can hear the song must make a DC 12 Wisdom ...
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Does the Blind Fighting fighting style mitigate the disadvantage on attacks caused by Sunlight Sensitivity?

I'm making a Duergar fighter character and am wondering if the Blind Fighting fighting style could cancel out Sunlight Sensitivity. The Duergar's Sunlight Sensitivity states You have disadvantage on ...
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Can a Thri-Kreen character use the Dual Wielder feat's first benefit with a shield?

The Thri-Kreen playable race from Unearthed Arcana 2021: Travelers of the Multiverse has the following property: Secondary Arms. You have two slightly smaller secondary arms below your primary pair ...
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What player options, or monster traits, can/can not affect the Multiverse UA races, due to different creature type?

In Unearthed Arcana 2021: Travelers of the Multiverse, a few of the races are singularly a type other than Humanoid. Specifically, Construct, Ooze, and Monstrosity. What are the mechanical ...
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Does the Magic Weapon spell, cast by a Mark of Making Human Barbarian, continue to function while Raging?

The Barbarian 1st level ability Rage states: If you are able to cast spells, you can’t cast them or concentrate on them while raging. And the Variant Human: Mark of Making innate ability Spellsmith ...
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Can a Dhampir Sword Bard use their fangs as a spellcasting focus? [duplicate]

A Dhampir's fanged bite is considered a simple melee weapon, Vampiric Bite. Your fanged bite is a natural weapon, which counts as a simple melee weapon with which you are proficient. At level 3, the ...
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List of abilities that let you squeeze through a 1-inch gap

According to rumors, the Fairy race will no longer have the ability to squeeze through gaps that are 1-inch across, so basically I’m looking for other ways to achieve the same effect through items, ...
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How does Breath Weapon work while blind?

Blind characters have disadvantage on attack rolls, however breath weapon does not require the attacker to roll dice. Should I assume, then, that there is not penalty for attacking with a breath ...
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Can a Dhampir echo knight's echo use vampiric bite to restore hit points to the echo knight?

The Vampiric Bite ability of the Dhampir race can be used as an attack, so RAW the Dhampir Echo Knight's Echo can bite. But would this be able to Empower the Echo Knight?
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Does the Simic Hybrid's Manta Glide let them glide after a high jump to double their movement and avoid opportunity attacks?

The Simic Hybrid's Manta Glide feature (GGR p. 20) does the following: You have ray-like fins that you can use as wings to slow your fall or allow you to glide. When you fall and aren't incapacitated,...
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How does Simic Hybrid's Manta Glide work?

Simic Hybrid's Manta Glide (GGR p. 20) states the following: You have ray-like fins that you can use as wings to slow your fall or allow you to glide. When you fall and aren't incapacitated, you can ...
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Racial Traits for a Shackleborn/Kyton-Spawn Tiefling?

In my Pathfinder 1e campaign, one of my players is playing a shackleborn/Kyton-Spawn Tiefling from the "Blood of Fiends" Player companion. We're a bit confused as to what the exact racial ...
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What happens when a rock gnome’s tinker is destroyed?

A rock gnome can create a clockwork device with 1hp. The ability states that it takes 1 hour to build or repair the device. However, there is no clear rule as to what happens when the device is “...
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Can I change my choices for racial ability scores after play has started?

I'm still fairly new to the game, and I'm working out the schematics of my character. I play a half-elf character, and I was wondering: can racial bonuses be changed once the characters been made, or ...
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What happens after a green dragonborn uses their breath weapon?

When a green dragonborn uses its breath weapon, which is a 15 ft. cone of poison gas, what are the lingering effects that would happen? Since the elemental damage of the breath weapon is based on ...
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What rules apply when Saving Throw proficiencies overlap?

I'm a playing in a custom setting. The DM says all races are allowed, including the Human (Keldon) variant, from the Plane Shift: Dominaria handbook. One of the traits of the race is this: Keldon ...
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How does the Grung playable race's Poisonous Skin ability interact with unarmed strikes?

The relevant text of the ability in question is as follows: Poisonous Skin. Any creature that grapples you or otherwise comes into direct contact with your skin must succeed on a DC 12 Constitution ...
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Long Rest interrupted AFTER 4 hour Trance

Now that there has been strict errata saying an Elf DOES indeed finish a Long Rest after 4 hours if they decide to meditate through Trance, I assume this also means they are forced to gain the ...
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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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