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D&D 5E What Races for the 5E PHB

What Races for the 5E PHB

  • Aarakocra

    Votes: 5 3.0%
  • Aasimar

    Votes: 19 11.2%
  • Bugbear

    Votes: 6 3.6%
  • Catfolk

    Votes: 23 13.6%
  • Centaur

    Votes: 10 5.9%
  • Changling

    Votes: 17 10.1%
  • Deva

    Votes: 14 8.3%
  • Dragonborn

    Votes: 74 43.8%
  • Drow

    Votes: 39 23.1%
  • Eladrin

    Votes: 69 40.8%
  • Elf (High/Gray/Wild)

    Votes: 156 92.3%
  • Gith (yanki/zeri)

    Votes: 12 7.1%
  • Gnoll

    Votes: 8 4.7%
  • Gnome

    Votes: 104 61.5%
  • Goblin

    Votes: 21 12.4%
  • Goliath

    Votes: 28 16.6%
  • Hadozee

    Votes: 3 1.8%
  • Half-Giant/Half-Ogre

    Votes: 19 11.2%
  • Halfling

    Votes: 146 86.4%
  • Half-Orc/Orc

    Votes: 112 66.3%
  • Human

    Votes: 164 97.0%
  • Illumian

    Votes: 2 1.2%
  • Kalshaltar

    Votes: 2 1.2%
  • Kobold

    Votes: 18 10.7%
  • Lizardman

    Votes: 21 12.4%
  • Minotaur

    Votes: 20 11.8%
  • Pixie

    Votes: 16 9.5%
  • Raptorian

    Votes: 2 1.2%
  • Saurial

    Votes: 2 1.2%
  • Shardmind

    Votes: 4 2.4%
  • Shifter

    Votes: 31 18.3%
  • Spellscale

    Votes: 3 1.8%
  • Tiefling

    Votes: 67 39.6%
  • Vampire

    Votes: 8 4.7%
  • Warforged

    Votes: 30 17.8%
  • Wilden

    Votes: 7 4.1%
  • Other

    Votes: 104 61.5%

  • Poll closed .


Okay, so it's been getting hot and heavy over in Tiefling and Half-Orc should not be in the PHB. I don't think I've seen a poll for this, so I think it's time to draw one out and get a sense where EnWorld stands on this issue.

I've tried to include as many races as I can think of that either appeared in more than one edition, got a full racial write-up as a playable race or made it directly into the PHB, but I'm sure I'll miss a few. If there's any I left out, just put 'em in here.

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You left out dwarves. Not a small omission.

I'll be here all night, folks. (Ninja'd)

That aside, Human, Elf, Dwarf, Halfling. Anything else can get reduced writeups in the PHB, or be detailed in the monster manual or a supplement, or ignored. Let's get the basics right before throwing any of this other stuff in.

the Jester

You missed dwarves and half-elves, and grey elves and eladrin are the same thing.

I'd also kind of favor either thri-kreen or dromites.


First Post
I voted for both Dragonborn and Lizardman, simply to reinforce my vote for at least one race with scales. Ditto for Shifters and Catfolk. I also voted for all three forms of Elf, but I wouldn't mind collapsing them all into a single Elf race.

I didn't even notice that Dwarves were missing... I would have voted for them if they were on the poll.


I voted for the "old four", but I really mean that for the "basic" or "core" rules. I'd be perfectly happy seeing a crowd of races. However, given that the stranger races rarely, if ever, get played, I'd be disappointed if we devoted too many pages of the core books to the people... scratch that... the guy who desperately wants to play bullywug. Perhaps a decent crowd of around ten in the PHB/DMG. Then a separate "weird races" book.


My first instinct would probably be to go for Dwarf, Elf, Gnome, Half-Elf, Half-Orc, Halfling, Human . Those are, as far as I am concerned, the classic races. If I were going to make one addition to this, I think I would prefer Changeling. Perhaps I am biased though; I always liked Eberron's Changelings.

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