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 .

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Human, Elf, Eladrin, Drow, Half-Elf, Dwarf, Gnome, Halfling, Half-Orc, Goliath, Dragonborn, Tiefling, Aasimar. Describe their culture in generic terms, not specific places like 4e tried to do for some races with its PoL setting.

Keep the strong half-elf of 4e too, please.

Once you start moving away from small- or medium-sized humanoids, I think it gets a little too "out there" for the core.


Victoria Rules
Human (Normal-Barbarian), Dwarf (Hill-Mountain), Elf (High-Wood-Fair-Arctic), Gnome, Hobbit, Half-Elf (or Part-Elf), Half-Orc (or Part-Orc). Stop there.

Annoying that Part-Orc and Orc are the same selection; I voted for it for Part-Orc but I don't want full Orc as a core race.


Dwarf, elf, half-elf, gnome, halfling, human, half-orc. Anything else can be optional.

This (although I am quite keen on the elf/eladrin split, if not the name), won't bother voting co you missed a fair bit, I think try again:
half elves
half orcs (on their own, orcs are different)


First Post
My choices are: Human, Drow, Dragonborn, Dwarf, Eladrin, Elf, Gnome, Half Elf, Half Orc, Halfling and Tiefling.

However, I wouldn't mind it if eladrin, drow and "elf" were all collapsed into the "elf" category, as an example of a race with subraces. I like how the elf was separated into two distinct races in 4E. It made a lot of sense to me, as I had come to the same conclusion as the devs on my own. I do not want to see them mashed back together into a single, general, bland elf race.

I am firmly in the "if it's been core, it needs to remain core" camp.


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.

That only sounds like the Red Starter Box. I concede that the Starter Box should be simple and Old School.

The Players' Handbook however should be released almost simultaneously and should be more like an Advanced Players' Handbook with about a dozen races and classes.

Then right from the beginning, the reductionists, children, new players and Old Schoolers can have their simple Red Box of four races, four classes and few options; while the experienced players, teenagers, the 4thers and 3rders, and the lovers of variety can have some interesting options from the beginning without needing to wait six months for a Supplement. The Advanced Book can be 500 pages like Pathfinder, because people who only want a slim book can buy the 60 page Starter Book.


Jack of all Trades: Humans as the mundane, adaptable race

Glass Cannon: Elves
as the fragile speedy accurate race (Speed+Offense)

Mighty Glacier: Dwarves
as the slow, tough, and powerful race (Offense+Defense)

Brick Wall: Halflings
as the weak but evasive race (Speed+Defense)

Lightning Bruiser: Orcs or Half Orcs
as the strong but dumb race (Offense+Defense+Speed- Versatility)

Special: Dragonborns
are the fire breathers (Breath weapon)

Lethal Joke: Gnomes
as the magical race(natural illuionists)

The Ken Masters/Luigi: Half-Elves/Changeling are average but different than humans (Alternate Jack of all Tades)


First Post
Half elf
Eldarin (I thought the split made sense)
Tiefling/Aasimar (would not object to see these made into a single 'planetouched' race)

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