Available Races

Race:

Race describes a character’s physical features as a result of its species or heritage.

Bladeling – Manual of the Planes, page 117
Changeling – Eberron Player’s Guide, page 28
Deva – Player’s Handbook 2, page 8
Dragonborn – Player’s Handbook, page 34/Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, page 240
Drow – Forgotten Realms Player’s Guide, page 8/Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, page 246
Dwarf – Player’s Handbook, page 36/Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, page 248
Eladrin – Player’s Handbook, page 38/Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, page 254
Elf – Player’s Handbook, page 40/Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, page 260
Genasi – Forgotten Realms Player’s Guide, page 10
Githzerai – Player’s Handbook 3, page 8
Gnome – Player’s Handbook 2, page 10
Goliath – Player’s Handbook 2, page 12
Half-Elf – Player’s Handbook, page 42/Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, page 252
Half-Orc – Player’s Handbook 2, page 14/Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, page 258
Halfling – Player’s Handbook, page 44/Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, page 266
Human – Player’s Handbook, page 46/Heroes of the Fallen Lands, page 272/Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, page 264
Kalashtar – Eberron Player’s Guide, page 30
Minotaur – Player’s Handbook 3, page 10
Mul – Dark Sun Campaign Setting, page 20 Half Dwarf/Half Human
Revenant – Heroes of Shadow, page 116
Shade – Heroes of Shadow, page 121
Shardmind – Player’s Handbook 3, page 12
Shifter – Player’s Handbook 2, page 16
Thri-kreen – Dark Sun Campaign Setting, page 22
Tiefling – Player’s Handbook, page 48/Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, page 270
Vryloka – Heroes of Shadow, page 126
Warforged – Eberron Player’s Guide, page 32
Wilden – Player’s Handbook 3, page 14

Mechanically, a.k.a. gamewise, your character’s race is one of the most important things about them. Your character’s race determines their physical dimensions and traits, such as height weight, musculature, and other aspects of their physical appearance. Your character’s race does more than tell what they look like however, it also gives people a basic idea of what your character’s personality is like. Many races (like Dragonborn or Goliaths) have certain characteristics drilled into them all their life, which means that they are almost guaranteed to act in a certain way, either because of a racial reputation that needs to be upheld, or a cultural responsibility. Often however, the “average” example of a race is only useful as a basic blueprint or starting point of a character. Remember, the most fun and memorable characters are usually unique in some way. For instance, the player’s handbook 2 says that Dragonborn are best suited for heroic, leader-like Thaneborn Barbarian builds, but in reality, they are just as well suited to the bloodthirsty Rageblood Barbarian builds, and since the average Dragonborn is an honorable warrior, a Dragonborn who is a savage brute is much harder to forget, and much more interesting to play.

In the end though, personality and physical description aside, the most important aspects of a character’s race are probably the things that are only mentioned while out of character. In other words, things like ability scores, size and speed, vision, language, skills, and special abilities. For instance, some feats are only accessible to certain races; While certain races get bonuses to different ability scores, which often makes them better suited for a certain class than other races. This doesn’t mean, for example, that Eladrin Fighters are impossible, it just means they are much rarer than, say, Eladrin Wizards or Rogues, and that they probably have more difficult time adventuring than other characters who have picked a class better suited to their race. In the end, a character’s race is one of the most defining aspects of a character, and often times one of the only differences between a Zero, and a Hero.

Race comparative table

Available Races

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