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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If I use my racial archetype can I still use my racial traits?

I wanna play a Vishkanya Deadly Courtesan but my group is telling me that if I choose that archetype I can't use my racial trait because my character might be OP.
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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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Do half-elves trance or sleep? Or both/either? [duplicate]

Basic question from a newb: Do half-elves trance or sleep? Or both/either?
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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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Can you effectively store an Air Genasi in a Bag of Holding?

I know that you can fit creatures inside the bag and that the bag has a limited amount of air, with part of the Bag of Holding's description reading "Breathing creatures inside the bag can survive ...
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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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Darkness Spell for Drow. How many times can I use it before rest?

Because this is an innate spell given, is there a number of times that I can use it before I have to take a short or long rest? Using only once seems a bit odd.
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What are the implications of the UA warforged's “Living Construct” trait? [closed]

This question is about the warforged race presented in Unearthed Arcana: Eberron. Based on this Tweet, by Mike Mearls I understand that a Warforged unit is a 'Living Construct': cure wounds works ...
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What would happen if I removed darkvision?

As part of my ongoing preparations and musings about a possible West Marches style campaign, I began to think about lighting. I really like the idea that adventuers have to rely on a torch or lantern ...
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Undine Weaponshaft and Projectiles

Could I load at least 1 projectile (mostly arrows, bolts) into my Undine Weaponshaft longspear and fire it/them by using my hydraulic push ability?
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Does halfling luck apply to death saving throws?

The rule states that halfling luck applies to saving throws and the death rolls are called "death saving throws." Based on that I decided to allow it. Additionally, I thought allowing halfling luck ...
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What happens if character creation says I gain and lose darkvision simultaneously?

The alternate racial trait Skilled removes my dark vision as a half-orc, but my bloodline arcana gives me darkvision. If I replaced my half-orc darvision with "Skilled", but also am an orc bloodline ...
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Does a new Kobold PC have a −4 or −6 Strength adjustment?

Kobolds in Pathfinder have the "Greater weakness" racial trait which adds the stat modification of −4 Str, +2 Dex and −2 Con. I'm assuming it takes this effect plus the stat adjustment for being size ...
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Does Scion of Humanity allow for Dual Talent?

This may be more specifically a Herolab issue, but I am unclear as to whether the mechanics truly work like this... In trying to build an Aasimar, I added Scion of Humanity. Doing this (in Herolab) ...
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Is the Fey Ancestry racial trait common knowledge?

Last week in our game, my players faced some Drow in a small dungeon encounter. One of my players, playing a 15 year old tiefling Sorceror (level 1) chose not to cast Sleep on the Drow because he (...
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Is the flight that a variant Tiefling (SCAG) has game breaking?

A Tiefling variant (SCAG) gains flight at 1st level. Is this game breaking? What kind of problems could this produce? I know that Fly is a 3rd level spell usually granted at 5th level, and draconic-...
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How far away is the Gnome's “Clockwork Toy” or “Music Box” audible?

Rock Gnomes possess the capability to produce small devices such as the "Clockwork Toy", "Fire Starter" and "Music Box". The book specifically states that they produce sound. My expectation on how I ...
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Can the warforged from UA: Eberron benefit from healing spells and the Medicine skill?

Can "living constructs", such as the warforged from UA: Eberron, benefit from healing spells and the Medicine skill? It's unclear whether they could be affected by healing magic, nor whether medical ...
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Feat Interaction: Does the Magic in the Blood apply to Highborn Drow?

Magic in the Blood1 turns your racial spell-like abilities from 1/day to 3/day. Highborn Drow2 gives you additional spell-like abilities. Would those spell-like abilities count as racial spell-like ...
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How many dice do I get on my Shocking Grasp with Magical Knack and Lore Seeker?

I have a Barbarian 2 / Magus 4 character with Lore seeker and Magical Knack traits. Magical Knack Your caster level gains a +2 trait bonus as long as this bonus doesn’t raise your caster level ...
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Can Half-Orc choose Alternate Racial Traits?

So, according to the official FAQ: half-orcs may select racial favored class options, archetypes, traits, and so on, as if they were a full member of both races Does this mean that I also can ...
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Why can't a Rock Gnome's Tinker-made toys last more than 24 hours?

What is the reasoning for Rock Gnome tinker toys breaking after 24 hours? I'd like mechanical reasons and lore reasons for this. It seems to me that a wind up toy soldier or a wind up music box ought ...
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Reality to Fiction: Powerfully Built Humans?

Hafþór Björnsson is 6' 9" (2.05 m) and 419 lbs. (190.005 kg). That is a pretty good reason he was cast as The Mountain on Game of Thrones - not to mention he is a very popular Strongman. When we look ...
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Can you cast a racial spell if you do not have access to the spell slot required?

For example a Drow has the racial spell Darkness, spell level 2 (gained at player level 5). Can he cast the spell even if he is multiclassed (Eldritch Knight 3; Cleric 2) and only has spell slots up ...
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Can I employ Relentless Endurance while in Wild Shape?

As a Half-Orc I have Relentless Endurance: 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 feature again ...
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How can I add a trait to PCGen?

I'd really like to add a trait to PCGEN that gives your character two primary claw attacks (1d6). Is there any way to do this?
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Does the half orc's Savage Attacks trait work when wild shaped?

Does the half-orc's Savage Attacks trait work while Wild Shaped in beast form? I have a plan for a half-orc Paladin/Druid build, but I want to make sure this aspect of the build works before I play ...
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Does the Powerful Build trait stack with the benefit to carrying capacity from the Totem Warrior Barbarian's Aspect of the Beast (Bear) feature?

Does the Goliath's carrying capacity increase from its Powerful Build feature stack with the Barbarian's carrying capacity doubling from its Bear Totem feature? For example, would those two together ...
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Is the High Elf's extra cantrip in addition to cantrips from your class?

I read that High Elves could chose a cantrip from the wizard spells, but is it additional to your own class cantrips, or is it counted as one of them? For this instance, I want to make a Cleric which ...
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Does the Natural Armor Bonus from the Draconic Bloodline stack with Racial Bonuses?

At level 3, the Sorcerer's Draconic Bloodline grants the Dragon Resistances ability, which gives the following benefits: Dragon Resistances (Ex): At 3rd level, you gain resist 5 against your energy ...
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When a racial trait grants me use of a spell, does it have to also become a spell I know?

Infernal Legacy. You know the thaumaturgy cantrip. Once you reach 3rd level, you can cast the hellish rebuke spell once per day as a 2nd-level spell. Once your reach 5th level, you can also cast the ...
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How do Deathward and the half-orc's Relentless Endurance racial feature interact?

What happens when you cast Death Ward on a half-orc? Do the effects of the spell and the half-orc's Relentless Endurance racial feature stack? If so and you get reduced to 0 HP more than once, can ...
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Fey Ancestry - What spells and effects are covered by 'advantage against being charmed'

Elves and Half-Elves have Fey Ancestry, which states You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed. What spells and effects are covered by this? Only Charm Person? Enchantment spells ...
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What does getting 'killed outright' mean for Relentless Endurance?

The Half-Orc class on PHB page 41 has a trait which states the following: Relentless Endurance. When you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can drop to 1 hit point instead. ...
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Will I lose my undead traits when I'm resurrected?

I have a ghost template in our new horror adventure. If I die (as a ghost) and after that am resurrected, I will return to being human (my race before becoming a ghost). Will I also lose all of the ...
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How perceptive are trancing elves?

The description of Elves' Trance racial trait says (emphasis mine): Elves don’t need to sleep. Instead, they meditate deeply, remaining semiconscious, for 4 hours a day. (The Common word for such ...
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What feats, traits or equipment can increase the use of Aid Another or its bonuses?

I have been working on a build that optimizes granting AC bonuses to allies using actions that are not used often like AOO and immediate actions. I have been looking for non-class ways of increasing ...
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When does the Charisma bonus from Fire Affinity apply?

Per the SRD: Fire Affinity: Ifrit sorcerers with the elemental (fire) bloodline treat their Charisma score as 2 points higher for all sorcerer spells and class abilities... When does that +2 ...
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Can elves sleep / dream?

The PHB of D&D 5e says that elves can't be put to sleep by magic (see under "Fey Ancestry"), and that they "don't need to sleep" (under "Trance".) Note that neither of these statements deny their ...
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How to handle Sunlight Sensitivity (of Drow, etc.), especially for casters?

Sunlight Sensitivity looks pretty bad — Disadvantage to attack rolls and Perception checks whenever you, your target, or what you're trying to perceive are in direct sunlight. I hope I'm missing ...
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As a Gnome Bard in a Pathfinder Campaign, is there any way to obtain the Fire Music Feat without Multi-Classing?

I am in a campaign where I want to be a Gnome Bard that can use the Fire Descriptor for the Music Damage, but my GM will only allow me to Multi-class into either Druid or Cleric For campaign purposes. ...
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What is the “Reconstruction” trait in reference to Pathfinder Elans?

While reading the GitP Vitalist Handbook, I came across the following line in the Elans entry in the Races section: The Reconstruction trait is golden for Elan Vitalists, allowing you to continue ...
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Kobold Barbarian and Rage Drake’s Frenzy

We have a Kobold Barbarian, with Shifty from Monster Manual 1 p278. If he activates Rage Drake’s Frenzy (Level 1 Daily, PHB2) and reduces a unit to 0 HP, he is granted a MBA as a free action. Can he ...
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Can Kobolds count as tiny for sharing a square with a teammate?

I'm playing a Dragon Fire Adept Kobold, and the Slight Build feature made it seem like I could share a space with a party member. Slight Build: The physical stature of kobolds lets them function in ...
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Can a Shardmind use Warforged Components?

In the Eberron Player's Guide there is a section called Warforged Components, containing components that are said to be for the Warforged. However, the items themselves say: Requirement: You must ...
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Do Dragonborns get resistance?

Do Dragonborn get resists based on what element they choose as their breath weapon? I know there are some paragon paths that give something close to this but I'm wondering if they get it as a racial ...
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Is a Racial hatred to all Humans enough for an evil alignment?

I have a Strix Character that I am building. In Pathfinder, all Strixes HATE Humans, and even get a racial attack bonus against them. Since they hate humans so much, they see no issue with harming ...
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Trying to understand stacking defense bonuses from Racial / Feat / Items in DND4e?

I am a relatively new player to DND (4e). I've tried to look this information up and have found tidbits but I am still unclear. This is a multi-part question though the core of it is understanding if ...
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Do you need to take a feat to get the background?

I'm currently running a D&D 3.5e game for The Shackled City Adventure Path and have allowed my players to use backgrounds provided for it to fit their character's in a little better if they so ...
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Should a Spellscale caster bother with metamagic feats?

I know the Spellscale's Blood Quickening ability can grant you temporary feats for a day, including limited-use metamagic feats, but would this make it worth forgoing the actual feats themselves?

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