D&D General What Do Tabaxi Look Like in Your Games? (A Poll)

What Do Tabaxi Look Like at Your Table?

  • Type 1

    Votes: 3 3.3%
  • Type 2

    Votes: 8 8.9%
  • Type 3

    Votes: 40 44.4%
  • Type 4

    Votes: 55 61.1%
  • Type 5

    Votes: 18 20.0%
  • Type 6

    Votes: 9 10.0%
  • Type 0

    Votes: 8 8.9%
  • Something else (post a picture)

    Votes: 5 5.6%

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In my mind's eye, they look like the rakasta (so around a 3.5) that were in the Isle of Dread module (as I didn't like the illustration for tabaxi in the 1e Fiend Folio). Interesting enough, both the rakasta and tabaxi were based on Larry Niven's Kzinti.


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Whenever I include anthro PC races in my campaigns, there’s not usually ONE visual aesthetic. In this case, I would have used anything from 3-5, and other anthro races would have a similar range.

I recently designed a PC for 3.5 who was a 2-headed dog Hengeyokai- he looked like a bipedal Samoyed.

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Morrowind Khajiit, with the digitigrade legs. They're very rare though- I only include the PHB and a few eberron folk in my setting (and exclude one or two PHBs).
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We rarely play tabaxi, but when we do, they're based on small cats, so I voted 3. However, they're not always based on housecats. I ran a game a few months ago with twin tabaxi rogues based on manuls (Pallas' cats). They're loosely inspired by the twins in How to Train Your Dragon.


I voted for type 4, as that's how I view the species as standard, but I'd have a range of options for all types. Type 3 seems the same to me as type 4 except for size. In some settings you might need to separate the two as different species, but in standard D&D where every species can interbreed, I'd say they're the same species. Similar to how the Elder Scrolls Khajiit species is has 16 variations, but they're still the same species. Type 1&2 are perfect for having one Tabaxi ancestor or being planetouched, and 5 would just be a rare variation. Type 6 is the only one I don't like. If it's just an intelligent animal you have problems with tools and weapons, and if they have human like hands, then they're type 3 but cuter.

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