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Dwarves, elves, halflings and humans are all labeled as "common" races who will be seen practically everywhere save the drow subrace for elves , whilst the others are labeled as being "uncommon" races. Many races have subraces; they must choose to be a specific kind of that race for further added bonuses.
Race design is similar to 4e, minus the "racial powers" setup due to the loss of that mechanic; all bonuses, no penalties - with a few subrace exceptions. This carries over the 4e philosophy of not completely screwing players who want to build something unconventional, like a halfling barbarian or a half-orc wizard. The first DMG includes rules for custom-building subraces and whole races, with the Eladrin and Aasimar used to demonstrate the rules.
It got an alternative write-up in Volo's Guide to Monsters that shares some, but not most, of the base race's traits.
Dragonborn Essentially, they are their 4e counterparts with vaguer backgrounds, dragonborn are still pretty close to what they were. Not terrible, even if laughably outclassed in almost every way by other races with similar stat bonuses. Dwarf Your standard issue dwarf. Short and stout, grumpy but loyal, love digging, and tough as a hammer sammich. They get two subraces; Hill and Mountain.
However, it's a good choice for a squishy character who wants melee a bit, like a blade-pact warlock. They also get Sunlight Sensitivity, though tweaked slightly; in addition to taking disadvantage to attack rolls and Perception checks when they or their target is in direct sunlight, they can't use their spell-like abilities if they're in direct sunlight. Elf Still pretty standard; graceful, eerie, beautiful, mary-sueish bastards.
They get three subraces; high, wood and dark. High elves are the magically adept elite. Wood elves are the iconic forest-dwelling primal elves. Strangely, although the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide contains rules for Half-Elves of Aquatic Elf ancestry, there are no rules for a pure-blooded Aquatic Elf, but it's only logical that it'll come out in a following supplement or Unearthed Arcana.
If it does, we at least know, from the way the other half-elf subraces worked, that it'll include a ft swim speed. The Sea Elf comes with the above mentioned ft swim speed as well as the ability to breathe under water as part of the "Child of the Sea" racial feature.
Your Constitution score increases by 1, you know Aquan, and you have proficiency with the trident as if you weren't already like Aquaman , the spear pretty much a stand-in for a harpoon , light crossbow like a harpoon gun , and the net going with the fisherman theme. Avariel are the winged elves of the Forgotten Realms, nearly driven to extinction by dragons. You have a flying speed of 30 feet while not wearing heavy or medium armor, and know Auran.
And that's about it. Unless you are in it for the flavor, there is really no reason to pick them, seeing how there are plenty of better races with flight out there.
The Grugach of the Greyhawk setting are xenophobic, isolationist forest dwellers, known to massacre anyone unfortunate enough to stumble into their realm. They get a Strength score increase of 1, a proficiency with the spear, shortbow, longbow, and net going with their savage theme.
They can choose a single cantrip from the druid spell list, using Wisdom as their spellcasting ability. Their xenophobic nature also manifests itself by having their ability to speak Common replaced by Sylvan, so you better use a background feature to learn it.
Shadar-kai have returned as an elf dub-race, being now a hybrid between their 3rd edition lore of being fae dwelling on the Plane of Shadow, and their 4th edition lore that presented them as humanoids from Shadowfell. Ironically, the fact that they are now basically insane BDSM eleves from a different plane makes them seem allot like a certain other type of Dark Elf.
They get a Charisma score increase of 1, and the choice between chill touch, spare the dying, or thaumaturgy, with Charisma as their spellcasting ability.
Once per short rest, they can also teleport up to 15 feet to an unoccupied space they can see, and gain resistance to all damage until the start of their next turn. Gnome Crazy, hyper-energetic and insatiably curious, gnomes are also the only uncommon race in the corebook with full subraces, assuming the dragonborn's choice of dragon doesn't count.
With Dragonlance supported, but the Kender race thankfully missing after playtest, these seem to hold up as the Kender replacement. In the corebook, it's explicitly stated that these should be used for playing Tinker Gnomes if you're running a Dragonlance game. There was a printed reveal in the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, but the versions are absolutely identical.
These are the " svirfneblin ", the Underdark-dwelling gnomes mentioned but mostly ignored in editions past. They can also grow beards, something that may have been in previous editions, but is directly addressed in this one. The best PHB race for any Cha-based class, due to their tremendous versatility, and easily has the most raw power.
It might not be the optimal feat for your build, no, but can you easily deny that it beats out any other feat in the game for raw power? Well, a half-elf is essentially a variant human who gets a feat like that. The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide includes rules for half-elf racial variants, allowing them to have sub-races like several other races.
Basically, they can trade out their bonus skill proficiencies for the other elf races' bonuses. Any kind of half-elf can trade for an upgrade to darkvision and proficiency in perception, half-high elves can gain a wizard cantrip, half-wood elves can gain a five-foot speed boost or an improved ability to hide in the wild, and both of the above can gain elf weapon training.
This effectively makes them the best barbarians in the game and gives barbarian-lite abilities to any other classes. This new design eliminates the culturally awkward standard of male orcs forcing themselves on human women, to the point of actually raising the idea that the race could be used for playing a half-dwarf, half-orc. Halfling Small, cheerful, practical creatures, halflings try to make friends with anybody.
They usually don't have any greater goal beyond a simple, pleasant life. Their two subraces are Lightfoot and Stout. The playtest release featured the infamous Kender of Dragonlance as yet another halfling subrace. Of course, if an official Dragonlance playbook ever comes out doubtful, at this point, given the lackluster success of it in 3. Human Humans are the versatile race once again. The feat option, given how strong feats are in 5th, can actually make it very hard to choose any other race, even ones that specialize in a specific area, over humans for a build given the sheer rapidity of power the variant human allows.
Tiefling Following in the footsteps of 4e, with a unified if still very variable appearance and a tiefling racial backlore as "descendants of a cursed empire" rather than "spawn of a human and a fiend". Like half-elves, they got upgraded with subrace options in the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. Hellfire simply replaces their Hellish Rebuke spell-like ability with Burning Hands, the Devil's Tongue option alters their list completely, trading in all their spells for mind-affecting choices, and choosing Winged means giving up all spells in exchange for a ft fly speed, which is kickass.
Pretty much all of the 3e variants made it through as sub-types. Boring, but hey. Nice utility, as all alternative movements are. Good for other Dex-based classes, completely redundant for a rogue or high-level ranger. Good for a control fighter and the like. Unarmed strikes may only deal a single point damage, but the real power of this ability is essentially two-weapon fighting without needing the fighting style to add the ability score modifier to the damage roll.
Good for mage-hunting and utility. Warforged Same old magic robots. They don't need to eat or breathe, trance for 4 hours per day instead of sleeping for 8 hours, and immune to disease. All of these are somewhat abusable, so your DM might tone them down. Get too much wrong, and your character will be completely unplayable. As mentioned, picking the wrong class or specialization can ruin your character right from the start.
There are six saves, but only three of them matter. Anyone who invests in Strength, Intelligence, or Charisma saves will be sorely disappointed. Many of the base stats themselves are now traps. For example, sorcerers have no reason to raise Intelligence. Now, all Intelligence does is give you a small bonus on some skills. By the same token, armor class AC is way more important than it used to be. Many spells and other effects target AC, so being easy to hit is a death sentence.
There were rules for exactly how many feet a person could jump based on their height and rules for what happened when you put a one dimensional folding device inside another.
This led to some… interesting results. Fourth Edition was much more abstract, with most of its rules only pertaining to the exchange of damage in combat. Fifth Edition tries to walk a middle ground, not having rules for every little thing but also being more than a white room in which fights take place. Unfortunately, it does not always succeed. One is the Sleep spell. It will typically knock out a low-level target with a single casting.
To balance this, the spell states that any damage immediately wakes the target up. But what about snapping a pair of manacles on them while they sleep? Does that count as an attack, and if so, do they wake up before or after the manacles are on?
The game gives no indication. For that matter, what about lifting a really big rock over the target and dropping it on them? Invisibility is another problem. An invisible character should be, by definition, invisible. But by a strict reading of the rules, they are only a bit harder to hit. Then there are owls. The spell is powerful enough at face value, as the critters it summons are quite strong.
But giant owls are the worst, thanks to the grapple rules. While grapple has been simplified, it still allows you to drag enemies across the map. Giant owls can drag enemies straight up and then drop them, doing a disproportionately high amount of damage in any battle with an open ceiling, to say nothing of those bottomless caverns GMs are so fond of.
Owls can lift quite a lot, it turns out. Up to lb, and any creature Huge sized or smaller.
Dungeons and Dragons, no matter what the edition, is all about the encounter. Balancing difficulty so a fight is challenging but not impossible is a lot of work for the GM.
That means death is likely for at least one character. In one game run by a friend of the blog, a group of four level 13 PCs defeated a ,XP encounter without a single fatality. It has to do with how optimized the characters are for their level, and these were some damn optimized characters. A more casual group might indeed have been threatened by a 20,XP encounter.
A group of beast master rangers would have been wiped out. Because character ability varies so wildly, following the encounter builder will get you nowhere. That sums up Fifth Edition pretty well: disappointing. A few improvements have been made, but in general it has all the same problems 3. At least Fourth Edition was willing to try something new , for all its flaws. Treat your friends to an evening of dark ritual murder.
In a fictional game scenario, of course. Although recent developments show the bard pulling a surprise comeback. Except the Wizard, which has one for each school of magic.
Because putting it in the gear section would have made way too much sense. Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, etc.