D&D 5E Favorite Unusual Races/Lineages

BookTenTiger

He / Him
And for those saying that Tasha did not implement power creep and that Floating ASIs are not a powergamer option: "1) Tortle - Mechanically robust (17 AC to start is excellent for spellcasters)..." But at least, it's clear and assumed.
Why are you dragging that conversation into this one? Do you really want this thread to devolve into the same arguments?

Anyways...

My favorites:

Minotaur: I've always loved the crazy, convoluted myth of the Greek Minotaur, so playing one in a game is a real treat.

Goblin: I'm playing a cowardly Goblin Paladin right now, which is a lot of fun! I'm enjoying playing a creature that is usually easily defeated by 1st Level Characters.

Warforged: Just so many cool character concepts! I like to come up with narratives of how a Warforged would become a Warlock, or a Druid, or a Barbarian... This is a race that really tells a story.
 

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Lyxen

Great Old One
Why are you dragging that conversation into this one? Do you really want this thread to devolve into the same arguments?

Consider it a side note if you will, but it's such an obvious, undisputable example of the case, seeing how some races which were not even talked about before crop up now for purely technical reasons right at the top of the list. :p
 

Azzy

KMF DM
Consider it a side note if you will, but it's such an obvious, undisputable example of the case, seeing how some races which were not even talked about before crop up now for purely technical reasons right at the top of the list. :p
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BookTenTiger

He / Him
Consider it a side note if you will, but it's such an obvious, undisputable example of the case, seeing how some races which were not even talked about before crop up now for purely technical reasons right at the top of the list. :p
1) I think this thread proves that people choose races for a variety of reasons, not just one.

2) Dragging a contentious argument into a different thread just to say "See? I win!" seems like poor form.
 

Lyxen

Great Old One
Insulting other members
1) I think this thread proves that people choose races for a variety of reasons, not just one.

Amd still, some races are at the top of the list for significant technical advantage granted by the purely power option from Tasha. Quite significant, that's all.

2) Dragging a contentious argument into a different thread just to say "See? I win!" seems like poor form.

Well, at least some people are honest about their choices and the reasons for them, which is something that is also worth pointing out.
 


Paul Smart

Explorer
2) Changeling - Look like anyone or anything, just filled with roleplaying hooks.
Changeling. I mean, what's not to love? Pick whatever aesthetic you want, make a very versatile character, go man go.
Changeling: Had a lot of fun with my Changeling in Eberron. They had three distinct forms and personalities they took on from their rogue class: a writer of pulp fiction, a detective and a "new age" healer type.
Changelings are fantastic. Right now they would be #6 on my list, but depending on the day they can go right up to #2. For a spy-type game, there is no better race. I also love them as assassins. A changeling Soul Knife is scary good.
 


Changelings are fantastic. Right now they would be #6 on my list, but depending on the day they can go right up to #2. For a spy-type game, there is no better race. I also love them as assassins. A changeling Soul Knife is scary good.
honestly, I would rather have changelings to half-elves as hybrids always make it more complicated and then you get like a half orc, half man half vampire and that is just super difficult to make sense of.
 





doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Changelings are fantastic. Right now they would be #6 on my list, but depending on the day they can go right up to #2. For a spy-type game, there is no better race. I also love them as assassins. A changeling Soul Knife is scary good.
For some reason I really want to play a changeling artificer.
 



Vael

Hero
In no particular order:

Changelings - I keep playing them, despite everytime I end up wearing the same face most of the time. But I still love them.
Warforged - As you can probably guess, Eberron is my favourite DnD campaign setting. And I quite like the warforged.
Eladrin - I prefer a more fey elf, and I like the otherworldly nature of the Eladrin
Thri-Kreen - I'm not sure how much I like gritty, dark games, but I do like Dark Sun and 4-armed Mantis hunter people.
Pixie - I get that flying can be problematic for DMs, which is why my preferred flying lineage is a tiny fey spirit.
 

AcererakTriple6

Autistic DM (he/him)
All of my 3 favorite races are weird:
  • Gnomes are possibly the weirdest race in the PHB, with their strange quirks and eccentric behavior.
  • Warforged are the only official "construct" race in D&D 5e (unless you include the Reborn lineage), and their story is a really interesting one (being created for a war, eventually being given freedom, and having an extremist group trying to retake a fallen kingdom as their new homeland).
  • Lizardfolk have weird mannerisms, kind of like the Gnomes, but are especially strange due to their reptilian nature. They don't understand human emotions, how to laugh, and see dead bodies as food to be eaten. They can be really fun to roleplay, and are pretty solid mechanically, too.
  • (Honorable Mention: The Autognome from the most recent Unearthed Arcana, which combines some of the main aspects of the Gnome race with the Warforged, which, once it becomes official, may surpass the Lizardfolk to be my 3rd favorite race in the game. They're great mechanically, can have really interesting themes and characters, and would add a lot to any campaign, IMO.)
 

Wemic's are great. What book are they published in? I have not seen them on D&D Beyond, and I own everything there.
They and the Hybsil are still absent from 5e (though a Leonin and Satyr probably get you rather close).


My favorite "unusual" are Goblins, which i expect to be core in the 2024 version of 5e, and Kobolds. i enjoy being underestimated.
 


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