So I tried making my own homebrew variant of the Dragonborn race. Any suggestions or changes you want to add are welcome, but if you think something is overpowered or just plain bad I would appreciate you explaining to me why. I’ll put my reasoning for each part at the bottom. It uses the core racial traits in the PHB along with my changes below:
Ability Score Increase: Con+2, +1 to one other stat
Darkvision: range of 60 feet. You can see in dim light as if it were bright, and grayscale in darkness.
Breath Weapon: you have an elemental breath attack depending on your dragon ancestry. You can use a Bonus Action to make a ranged attack roll, using your Constitution, against 1 creature you can see within 30 feet of you. The damage is 1d10 + your constitution modifier. You can make this attack a number of times equal to your constitution modifier per every long rest.
Developing Wings: you have a pair of wings on your back. Your wings are not fully developed and therefore not strong enough to grant you flight yet. At 10th level you have resistance to bludgeoning damage from falling. At 20th level you have a flying speed of 30 feet. Your clothes or armor must accommodate your wings.
- I chose this for the ASI as it better reflects a Dragonborn’s desire to excel at their given talent and to fulfill any role in their clan. Con+2 because of their strong build and a flexible +1 to better assimilate into any class
- Dragonborn were born from dragon eggs and dragons have darkvision. Also the Wildemount variants have darkvision. Not sure why the base class doesn’t have it.
- The original breath weapon isn’t very practical for the action economy in battle, the damage is not great, and it has extremely limited use.
- I know a flying speed is very overpowered on a player race, so I made the benefits very gradual. Tempest Clerics get flying (outdoors) at 17th level, Draconic & Divine Sorcerers get it at 14th, and Storm Sorcerers get a shareable flying speed at 18th level. I feel like this wouldn’t be considered broken.