Available Races

Race Ability Scores Size Description Source
Bladeling 1 +2 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom Medium N/A MotP
Changeling 1 +2 Charisma, +2 Dexterity or +2 Intelligence Medium Anyone, anywhere, hidden in plain sight EPG
Deva 1 +2 Intelligence, +2 Wisdom Medium Immortal spirits who embody virtue, born and reborn to mortal life in the world PHB2
Dragonborn +2 Strength, +2 Charisma Medium Proud, honorable warriors, born from the blood of an ancient dragon god. PHB1
Drow 1 +2 Charisma, +2 Dexterity Medium Graceful and deadly, at home in the depths of darkness FRPG
Duergar 1 +2 Constitution, +2 Wisdom Medium N/A MM2
Dwarf +2 Constitution, +2 Wisdom Medium Masters of stone and iron, dauntless and unyielding in the face of adversity PHB1
Eladrin +2 Dexterity, +2 Intelligence Medium Graceful warriors and wizards at home in the eldritch twilight of the Feywild. PHB1
Elf +2 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom Medium Quick, wary archers who roam the forests and wilds. PHB1
Genasi 1 +2 Strength, +2 Intelligence Medium Energy embodied, chaos and order united—a race of inherent flexibility, passion, and diversity FRPG
Githyanki 1 +2 Constitution, +2 Intelligence Medium N/A MM1
Githzerai 1 +2 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom Medium Ascetic and disciplined, masters of body and mind PHB3 Debut
Gnoll +2 Constitution, +2 Dexterity Medium N/A Dr364
Gnome 1 +2 Charisma, +2 Intelligence Small Slight, sly tricksters of the Feywild who excel at avoiding notice PHB2
Goblin +2 Dexterity, +2 Charisma Small N/A MM1
Goliath +2 Constitution, +2 Strength Medium Tribal nomads of the mountains, strong as the rock and proud as the peak PHB2
Half-Elf +2 Charisma, +2 Constitution Medium Born heroes and leaders who combine the best features of both humans and elves. PHB1
Half-Orc +2 Dexterity, +2 Strength Medium Fierce warriors who combine human resolve with orc savagery PHB2
Halfling +2 Dexterity, +2 Charisma Small Quick and resourceful wanderers, small in stature but great in courage. PHB1
Hobgoblin +2 Constitution, +2 Charisma Medium N/A MM1
Human +2 Any One Medium Ambitious, driven, pragmatic—a race of heroes, and also a race of villains. PHB1
Kalashtar 1 +2 Charisma, +2 Wisdom Medium Refugees from the realm of dreams whose minds are as sharp as their swords EPG
Kenku 1 +2 Charisma, +2 Dexterity Medium N/A MM2
Kobold 1 +2 Constitution, +2 Dexterity Small N/A MM1
Longtooth Shifter +2 Strength, +2 Wisdom Medium Ferocious heirs of the wild, the perfect fusion of civilized race and wild beast PHB2
Minotaur 1 +2 Strength, +2 Constitution Medium N/A Dr369
Orc +2 Strength, +2 Constitution Medium N/A MM1
Shadar-kai 1 +2 Dexterity, +2 Intelligence Medium Cold of heart and dark of eye, passion burns still within these people of shadow and deep winter. Dr372
Razorclaw Shifter +2 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom Medium Ferocious heirs of the wild, the perfect fusion of civilized race and wild beast PHB2
Revenant 1 +2 Constitution, +2 Dexterity Medium Resilient souls returned from death to do the work of fate Dr376
Tiefling +2 Charisma, +2 Intelligence Medium Cursed heirs of a shattered empire who live in the shadows, but do not fear the dark. PHB1
Warforged 1 +2 Constitution, +2 Strength Medium The triumph of magic, the mystery of life, and the horror of war personified. EPG
Wilden 1 +2 Constitution, +2 Wisdom Medium Nature’s guardians – hunters and destroyers, keepers of ancient knowledge PHB3 Playtest in Dr374

1 This race, though playable, is not common to the area of Legion’s Vale. Any character of this race is an outsider or other type of anomaly and should not expect to find many other characters of the same race in the region.


Shorthand Description
PHB# Player’s Handbook
MM# Monster Manual
FRPG Forgotten Realms Player’s Guide
EPG Eberron Player’s Guide
MotP Manual of the Planes
Dr# Dragon Magazine issue
X Playtest in Y Race from source X presented as a playtest in source Y
X Preview Race from source X presented as an online preview before the source’s official release
X Debut Race from a preview of source X available only to D&D Insider Subscribers


All races presented explicitly for player use in books or online material officially produced by Wizards of the Coast for the Fourth Edition of Dungeons and Dragons are available when they are added to the Compendium, whether they are explicitly presented here as available or not.

If there is more than one version of the same race (such as is the case with the Warforged being published in the Monster Manual I, Dragon Magazine, and Eberron Player’s Guide), then the version most recently published in the Compendium is the one in use, even if it conflicts with what is presented on this page.

Should a character be of a race at such time that a new or updated version of that race is released in the Compendium, the player will be expected to make any changes to update the character to the newly official version. If a newer version of a race has been published in printed or online material but has not yet been updated to the Compendium, the player may choose which version to use until the race is updated to the Compendium.

Some races presented in Monster Manuals have been deliberately omitted due to mechanical balance issues or thematic inappropriateness. Races presented in Monster Manuals have no feats, paragon paths, or other racial options.

Be aware that races presented in playtests and previews may have a limited amount of feats and other options until their official release.

See Also

Character Creation

Available Classes

Available Races

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