D&D 5E Preview Witchlight's New Rabbit People

You can take a look at the harengons, a rabbit-themed race in the upcoming Wild Beyond the Witchlight, over at D&D Beyond.


Harengons are medium or small humanoids with a bonus to initiative, Dexterity saving throws, and a 'rabbit hop' which lets them jump up to five times their proficiency bonus without provoking opportunity attacks.

Creature Type. You are a Humanoid.

Size. You are Medium or Small. You choose the size when you select this race.

Speed. Your walking speed is 30 feet.

Hare-Trigger. You can add your proficiency bonus to your initiative rolls.

Leporine Senses. You have proficiency in the Perception skill.

Lucky Footwork. When you fail a Dexterity saving throw, you can use your reaction to roll a d4 and add it to the save, potentially turning the failure into a success. You can’t use this reaction if you’re prone or your speed is 0.

Rabbit Hop. As a bonus action, you can jump a number of feet equal to five times your proficiency bonus, without provoking opportunity attacks. You can use this trait only if your speed is greater than 0. You can use it a number of times equal to your proficiency bonus, and you regain all expended uses when you finish a long rest.

When you create a harengon or fairy using the rules from The Wild Beyond the Witchlight, you can choose to increase one ability score by 2 and another by 1, or choose to increase three different scores by 1. Further, you know Common and will choose one other language to learn.
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If I feel the urge to play Bugs Bunny, Roger Rabbit or Peter Cottontail now I can. And why is the one in the picture carrying a red hot branding iron, going to take revenge on Jay & Silent Bob for beating up the mall Easter Bunny? If I played a harengon I'm pretty sure I'd be dead in about 15 minutes from annoying everyone else at the table. As a DM I don't think I could take them seriously, but it seems thats kind of the point if the book is aiming for a whimsical feel to the adventure.

I like the art direction, but I don't think it fits D&D very well. The clash in imagery between plate-clad warrior trading blows with dragons and demons and floppy bunny ears doesn't work for me.
Make them Bards!


Look if everybody just doesn't want to deal with Rabbit Girls in DND constantly, just pull a Blazblu: You have the females look like Bunny Girls/whatever with the animal ears and human faces, and make all the male Haregon exactly look like their official 5E Wild Beyond the Witchlight art work.
Doesn't that just mean that you'd have all rabbit girls, all the time?


now this is ridiculous, why must it be a thing?
It dates back to MMORPGs, particularly World of Warcraft, in which the female versions of some of the more monstrous playable races were originally built similarly to their male counterparts, but this got very negative feedback from the players - both male and female.

The upshot was that the female versions of those races were redesigned to look both more human and more appealing, and for future playable races they just follow that aesthetic from the start.

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