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D&D 5E Which "iconic" racial trait for the PHB races would you pick? (+)

DND_Reborn

Legend
The thread about how many traits you needed for a race got me wondering what people feel is the most "iconic" feature for the core PHB race?

I've added subrace traits as well, but I am more curious about the overall race:
  • Dwarf - Speed, Darkvision, Dwarven Resilience, Dwarven Combat Training, Tool Proficiency, Stonecunning, Dwarven Toughness, Dwarven Armor Training
  • Elf - Darkvision, Keen Senses, Fey Ancestry, Trance, Elf Weapon Training, Cantrip, Extra Language, Fleet of Foot, Mask of the Wild
  • Halfling - Speed, Lucky, Brave, Halfling Nimbleness, Naturally Stealthy, Stout Resilience
  • Human (Variant) - Skills, Feat
  • Dragonborn - Breath Weapon, Damage Resistance
  • Gnome - Darkvision, Gnome Cunning, Natural Illusionist, Speak with Small Beasts, Artificer's Lore, Tinker
  • Half-Elf - Darkvision, Fey Ancestry, Skill Versatility, Extra Language
  • Half-Orc - Darkvision, Menacing, Relentless Endurance, Savage Attacks
  • Tiefling - Darkvision, Hellish Resistance, Infernal Legacy
If you had to pick only one racial trait for each PHB race from the above list, which would you choose? Please either bold your one choice for each race, delete the traits that you wouldn't choose, or do both if you feel like it. :)

Finally, I certainly feel many racial traits could be improved, but I am interested in the options available RAW. If you have suggestions, please include those if you want, but pick from the options presented. Obviously, there is no "right" or "wrong" choices, so choose what you feel is most iconic for each race.

Thanks for responding! :)

  • Dwarf - Speed, Darkvision, Dwarven Resilience, Dwarven Combat Training, Tool Proficiency, Stonecunning, Dwarven Toughness, Dwarven Armor Training
  • Elf - Darkvision, Keen Senses, Fey Ancestry, Trance, Elf Weapon Training, Cantrip, Extra Language, Fleet of Foot, Mask of the Wild
  • Halfling - Speed, Lucky, Brave, Halfling Nimbleness, Naturally Stealthy, Stout Resilience
  • Human (Variant) - Skills, Feat
  • Dragonborn - Breath Weapon, Damage Resistance
  • Gnome - Darkvision, Gnome Cunning, Natural Illusionist, Speak with Small Beasts, Artificer's Lore, Tinker
  • Half-Elf - Darkvision, Fey Ancestry, Skill Versatility, Extra Language
  • Half-Orc - Darkvision, Menacing, Relentless Endurance, Savage Attacks
  • Tiefling - Darkvision, Hellish Resistance, Infernal Legacy
 

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Cadence

Legend
Supporter
  • Dwarf - Speed, Darkvision, Dwarven Resilience, Dwarven Combat Training, Tool Proficiency, Stonecunning, Dwarven Toughness, Dwarven Armor Training
  • Elf - Darkvision, Keen Senses, Fey Ancestry, Trance, Elf Weapon Training, Cantrip, Extra Language, Fleet of Foot, Mask of the Wild
  • Halfling - Speed, Lucky, Brave, Halfling Nimbleness, Naturally Stealthy, Stout Resilience
  • Human (Variant) - Skills, Feat
  • Dragonborn - Breath Weapon, Damage Resistance
  • Gnome - Darkvision, Gnome Cunning, Natural Illusionist, Speak with Small Beasts, Artificer's Lore, Tinker
  • Half-Elf - Darkvision, Fey Ancestry, Skill Versatility, Extra Language
  • Half-Orc - Darkvision, Menacing, Relentless Endurance, Savage Attacks
  • Tiefling - Darkvision, Hellish Resistance, Infernal Legacy
 

  • Dwarf - Speed, Darkvision, Dwarven Resilience, Dwarven Combat Training, Tool Proficiency, Stonecunning, Dwarven Toughness, Dwarven Armor Training
  • Elf - Darkvision, Keen Senses, Fey Ancestry, Trance, Elf Weapon Training, Cantrip, Extra Language, Fleet of Foot, Mask of the Wild
  • Halfling - Speed, Lucky, Brave, Halfling Nimbleness, Naturally Stealthy, Stout Resilience
  • Human (Variant) - Skills, Feat
  • Dragonborn - Breath Weapon, Damage Resistance
  • Gnome - Darkvision, Gnome Cunning, Natural Illusionist, Speak with Small Beasts, Artificer's Lore, Tinker
  • Half-Elf - Darkvision, Fey Ancestry, Skill Versatility, Extra Language
  • Half-Orc - Darkvision, Menacing, Relentless Endurance, Savage Attacks
  • Tiefling - Darkvision, Hellish Resistance, Infernal Legacy
 

Kobold Stew

Last Guy in the Airlock
Supporter
What a cool question. My answers:

  • Dwarf - Speed, Darkvision, Dwarven Resilience, Dwarven Combat Training, Tool Proficiency, Stonecunning, Dwarven Toughness, Dwarven Armor Training
  • Elf - Darkvision, Keen Senses, Fey Ancestry, Trance, Elf Weapon Training, Cantrip, Extra Language, Fleet of Foot, Mask of the Wild
  • Halfling - Speed, Lucky, Brave, Halfling Nimbleness, Naturally Stealthy, Stout Resilience
  • Human (Variant) - Skills, Feat
  • Dragonborn - Breath Weapon, Damage Resistance
  • Gnome - Darkvision, Gnome Cunning, Natural Illusionist, Speak with Small Beasts, Artificer's Lore, Tinker
  • Half-Elf - Darkvision, Fey Ancestry, Skill Versatility, Extra Language
  • Half-Orc - Darkvision, Menacing, Relentless Endurance, Savage Attacks
  • Tiefling - Darkvision, Hellish Resistance, Infernal Legacy
 


vincegetorix

Jewel of the North
  • Dwarf - Speed, Darkvision, Dwarven Resilience, Dwarven Combat Training, Tool Proficiency, Stonecunning, Dwarven Toughness, Dwarven Armor Training
  • Elf - Darkvision, Keen Senses, Fey Ancestry, Trance, Elf Weapon Training, Cantrip, Extra Language, Fleet of Foot, Mask of the Wild
  • Halfling - Speed, Lucky, Brave, Halfling Nimbleness, Naturally Stealthy, Stout Resilience
  • Human (Variant) - Skills, Feat
  • Dragonborn - Breath Weapon, Damage Resistance
  • Gnome - Darkvision, Gnome Cunning, Natural Illusionist, Speak with Small Beasts, Artificer's Lore, Tinker
  • Half-Elf - Darkvision, Fey Ancestry, Skill Versatility, Extra Language
  • Half-Orc - Darkvision, Menacing, Relentless Endurance, Savage Attacks
  • Tiefling - Darkvision, Hellish Resistance, Infernal Legacy
 

Faolyn

(she/her)
Elf: Trance.
Halfling:
Lucky.
Human: Honestly don't know.
Dragonborn: Breath weapon.
Gnome: Natural illusionist.
Half-Elf: Skill Versatility.
Half-Orc: Relentless Endurance.
Tiefling: Infernal Legacy... ish. With different options for different legacies.
 

Minigiant

Legend
Supporter
  • Dwarf - Speed, Darkvision, Dwarven Resilience, Dwarven Combat Training, Tool Proficiency, Stonecunning, Dwarven Toughness, Dwarven Armor Training
  • Elf - Darkvision, Keen Senses, Fey Ancestry, Trance, Elf Weapon Training, Cantrip, Extra Language, Fleet of Foot, Mask of the Wild
  • Halfling - Speed, Lucky, Brave, Halfling Nimbleness, Naturally Stealthy, Stout Resilience
  • Human (Variant) - Skills, Feat
  • Dragonborn - Breath Weapon, Damage Resistance
  • Gnome - Darkvision, Gnome Cunning, Natural Illusionist, Speak with Small Beasts, Artificer's Lore, Tinker
  • Half-Elf - Darkvision, Fey Ancestry, Skill Versatility, Extra Language
  • Half-Orc - Darkvision, Menacing, Relentless Endurance, Savage Attacks
  • Tiefling - Darkvision, Hellish Resistance, Infernal Legacy
 

Stormonu

Legend
  • Dwarf - Dwarven Resilience
  • Elf - Fey Ancestry
  • Halfling - Lucky
  • Human (Variant) - Feat
  • Dragonborn - Breath Weapon
  • Gnome - Natural Illusionist
  • Half-Elf - Skill Versatility
  • Half-Orc - Savage Attacks
  • Tiefling - Infernal Legacy
Wouldn't this be better as a multi-select poll?
 

DND_Reborn

Legend
  • Dwarf - Dwarven Resilience
  • Elf - Fey Ancestry
  • Halfling - Lucky
  • Human (Variant) - Feat
  • Dragonborn - Breath Weapon
  • Gnome - Natural Illusionist
  • Half-Elf - Skill Versatility
  • Half-Orc - Savage Attacks
  • Tiefling - Infernal Legacy
Wouldn't this be better as a multi-select poll?
Probably, but I didn't think you could split a poll up into "groups"???
 

ART!

Legend
  • Dwarf - Speed, Darkvision, Dwarven Resilience, Dwarven Combat Training, Tool Proficiency, Stonecunning, Dwarven Toughness, Dwarven Armor Training
  • Elf - Darkvision, Keen Senses, Fey Ancestry, Trance, Elf Weapon Training, Cantrip, Extra Language, Fleet of Foot, Mask of the Wild
  • Halfling - Speed, Lucky, Brave, Halfling Nimbleness, Naturally Stealthy, Stout Resilience
  • Human (Variant) - Skills, Feat
  • Dragonborn - Breath Weapon, Damage Resistance
  • Gnome - Darkvision, Gnome Cunning, Natural Illusionist, Speak with Small Beasts, Artificer's Lore, Tinker
  • Half-Elf - Darkvision, Fey Ancestry, Skill Versatility, Extra Language
  • Half-Orc - Darkvision, Menacing, Relentless Endurance, Savage Attacks
  • Tiefling - Darkvision, Hellish Resistance, Infernal Legacy
I like the "one feature and that's it" approach, but I would also give each race a simple numerical bonus to either a particular save, to AC, or [there's lots of similar options, but it's late and I'm tired]. Also, I would lean toward just giving all the fey races innate spellcasting, but able to choose from a few cantrips/spells at each level that innate spellcasting gives you a new one.
 

Stormonu

Legend
Probably, but I didn't think you could split a poll up into "groups"???
I don't think so, but with explicit instructions, you should minimize folks selecting more than one option per race.

Ex. "Choose one trait per race, select the most iconic trait for each race"
[ ] Dwarf, Darkvision
[ ] Dwarf, Dwarven Resilience
[ ] Dwarf, etc.

or
[ ] (choose one per race) Dwarf - Darkvision
[ ] (choose one per race) Dwarf - Dwarven Resilience
[ ] (choose one per race) Dwarf - etc.
 

DND_Reborn

Legend
I don't think so, but with explicit instructions, you should minimize folks selecting more than one option per race.

Ex. "Choose one trait per race, select the most iconic trait for each race"
[ ] Dwarf, Darkvision
[ ] Dwarf, Dwarven Resilience
[ ] Dwarf, etc.

or
[ ] (choose one per race) Dwarf - Darkvision
[ ] (choose one per race) Dwarf - Dwarven Resilience
[ ] (choose one per race) Dwarf - etc.
I thought about it, but since I couldn't actually stop people from voting for more than one trait, which could lead to screwing things up, I decided against it.
 

Davies

Hero
  • Dwarf - Speed, Darkvision, Dwarven Resilience, Dwarven Combat Training, Tool Proficiency, Stonecunning, Dwarven Toughness, Dwarven Armor Training
  • Elf - Darkvision, Keen Senses, Fey Ancestry, Trance, Elf Weapon Training, Cantrip, Extra Language, Fleet of Foot, Mask of the Wild
  • Halfling - Speed, Lucky, Brave, Halfling Nimbleness, Naturally Stealthy, Stout Resilience
  • Human (Variant) - Skills, Feat
  • Dragonborn - Breath Weapon, Damage Resistance
  • Gnome - Darkvision, Gnome Cunning, Natural Illusionist, Speak with Small Beasts, Artificer's Lore, Tinker
  • Half-Elf - Darkvision, Fey Ancestry, Skill Versatility, Extra Language
  • Half-Orc - Darkvision, Menacing, Relentless Endurance, Savage Attacks
  • Tiefling - Darkvision, Hellish Resistance, Infernal Legacy
 

DND_Reborn

Legend
I like the "one feature and that's it" approach, but I would also give each race a simple numerical bonus to either a particular save, to AC, or [there's lots of similar options, but it's late and I'm tired]. Also, I would lean toward just giving all the fey races innate spellcasting, but able to choose from a few cantrips/spells at each level that innate spellcasting gives you a new one.
I am just using this as a starting point if I get enough responses (which was why omitted ASIs).
 

Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/They)
Going solely by “most iconic feature” with no concerns for balance, I would say…

Dwarf: Stonecunning
Elf: Trance
Halfling: Lucky
Human: Feat
Dragonborn: Breath weapon
Gnome: toss-up between Tinker and Speak with Small Beasts, depending on whether you favor dwarfier or elfier gnomes.
Half-Elf: Skill Versatility, I guess?
Half-Orc: Relentless Endurance
Tiefling: Infernal Legacy (and Hellish Rebuke in particular).
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
  • Dwarf - Speed, Darkvision, Dwarven Resilience, Dwarven Combat Training, Tool Proficiency, Stonecunning, Dwarven Toughness, Dwarven Armor Training
  • Elf - Darkvision, Keen Senses, Fey Ancestry, Trance, Elf Weapon Training, Cantrip, Extra Language, Fleet of Foot, Mask of the Wild
  • Halfling - Speed, Lucky, Brave (very close second place), Halfling Nimbleness, Naturally Stealthy, Stout Resilience
  • Human (Variant) - Skills, Feat
  • Dragonborn - Breath Weapon, Damage Resistance
  • Gnome - Darkvision, Gnome Cunning, Natural Illusionist, Speak with Small Beasts, Artificer's Lore, Tinker
  • Half-Elf - Darkvision, Fey Ancestry, Skill Versatility, Extra Language
  • Half-Orc - Darkvision, Menacing, Relentless Endurance, Savage Attacks
  • Tiefling - Darkvision, Hellish Resistance, Infernal Legacy
 



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