Can a ranger pick two humanoid races as their favored enemy at level 1, and then two more humanoid races at level 6?

Can a ranger pick two humanoid races as their favored enemy at level 1, and then two more humanoid races at level 6 or level 14?

My reading of the Favored Foe feature is that any time the ranger chooses a favored enemy, be it at Level 1, 6 or 14, the ranger may alternately choose two humanoid races instead of one non-humanoid creature type. However, D&D Beyond does not allow a player to choose two more humanoid races at level 6 or 14 if they have previously chosen two humanoid races at level 1 or 6.

Is my interpretation of the Favored Foe feature incorrect, or is D&D Beyond’s implementation incorrect?

Note: My question is similar, but not a duplicate, to this one. That question is about a scenario where a ranger chooses a non-humanoid creature type as their favored enemy at level 1, and then wants to choose two humanoid races at level 6. My question is about a ranger who chooses two humanoid races at level 1, and wants to choose two more humanoid races at level 6.

Part Two: Is this (Revised) Hemokatín (Lesser Vampire) balanced against all official races?

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According to someone here, my original subraces were gonna be WAY too OP. So, I changed them, as below:

(No Age or AL, or specific Size). Also, this is for D&D 5e.

Hemokatín

Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma increases by 2.

Age. Hemokatín mature faster than humans until adulthood, at 14 for them. They then age slowly, living up to 750 years old.

Alignment. Most Hemokatín tend toward chaos and good, despite their rigid hierarchical society. They love their hierarchy but also love the good and beautiful things of the world, and hate to see self-expression oppressed. Bloodlines tend to be neutral, reflecting their human nature.

Size. Hemokatín are the exact same size as humans. Your size is Medium.

Speed. You have a base walking speed of 30 feet.

Bite. You can bite living creatures to siphon blood from them. As an unarmed strike, you can bite a creature you are grappling. On a hit, you deal 1 piercing damage. When you deal the piercing damage, you also deal 1d4 necrotic damage to the target if it is not undead or construct. If you can not inflict the piercing damage, you do not deal the necrotic damage. When you deal the necrotic damage, you regain hit points equal to that damage.

If you do not perform this bite attack every 3 weeks, you go insane; You gain the poisoned condition.

Darkvision. You have superior vision in dark and dim conditions, due to your relationship with undead. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of yourself as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You cannot discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.

Sunlight Sensitivity. You have disadvantage on all attack rolls and Wisdom (Perception) checks depending on sight when you, the target of your attack, or whatever you are trying to perceive is in direct sunlight.

Advanced Grappler. When you make checks while grappling creatures, you are considered to be proficient with the Athletics skill.

Undead Resilience. You are resistant to poison damage, and you have advantage on saving throws against poison and disease.

Light Sleeper. You only need to sleep for four hours during a long rest. You still need to perform light activity during the other four hours.

Keen Senses. You are proficient with the Perception skill.

Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Hemokatín. Hemokatín is a secret jargon code for the Hemokatín race remarkably like thieves’ cant.

Subrace. Six subraces of Hemokatín exist, based on their parentage: Purebloods, Bloodlines (Or Halfbloods), Elfbloods, Orcbloods, Fiendbloods, and Angelbloods. Choose one for your vampire character.

Purebloods:

Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 1.

Chilling Grasp. You know the chill touch cantrip.

Bloodline/Halfblood

Ability Score Increase. Any one ability of your choice, other than Charisma, increases by 1.

Magic Hand. You know the mage hand cantrip.

Elfblood

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1.

Toxic Cloud. You know the poison spray cantrip.

Orcblood

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength increases by 1.

Hard Striker. You know the true strike cantrip.

Fiendblood

Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence increases by 1.

Hellfire Orb. You know the fire bolt cantrip.

Angelblood

Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom increases by 1.

Light Herald. You know the light cantrip.

What I changed:

  1. I deleted much of the abilities of the subraces.
  2. I weakened the necrotic damage of the Bite from 1d8 to 1d4, and changed some of the exact abilities of the Bite targeting.
  3. Reduced Darkvision to 60 feet (From 120 feet).

If these races are in anyway still too powerful, please let me know what is still too powerful so I can change it for a round 3.

Is this Hemokatín (Vampire) race (Including all 6 Subraces) balanced with official races?

I want to see if this race is balanced in comparison to the Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition official races.

Hemokatín Racial Traits

Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma increases by 2.

Age. Most Hemokatín mature slightly faster than humans, though Bloodlines are simply seen as early bloomers. They then age much slower than humans, living up to 750 years old.

Alignment. Most Hemokatín born to Hemokatín are good aligned, hating to see others suffer and only drinking blood directly from humanoids when desperate. They also love self-expression, and tend to be chaotic in alignment. Bloodlines are often neutral, reflecting their human sides.

Size. Hemokatín are the exact same size as humans. Your size is Medium.

Speed. You have a base walking speed of 30 feet.

Bite. You can bite creatures as an unarmed strike. If you hit an undead or construct, you deal 1 piercing damage, rather than bludgeoning damage. If you grapple any other creature as an action on your turn, you can immediately use this attack as a bonus action. If you hit, you deal 1 piercing damage, plus 1d8 necrotic damage, and you regain hit points equal to the damage dealt. If the humanoid’s hit point total reaches 0, they fall unconscious but are stable for 1d12 days, rising on the night after the last day as a Hemokatín. They gain the Hemokatín racial traits, except for speed and size, and lose any racial traits they had before, and regain all of their hit points.

If you do not use this attack against a living creature as described above for 3 weeks in game-time, you go insane: You gain the poisoned condition, and when you take an action in combat, you must make a DC 20 Constitution saving throw or lose the action (And waste the effect being used) and roll a d4, becoming paralyzed for 2 rounds on an odd roll and becoming stunned for 2 rounds on an even roll. This effect does not extend to your Bite attack or grappling, as long as you use the bonus action allowed after a grapple, and persists until you use the Bite attack three times in combat.

Darkvision. Due to your relationship with vampires, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. You can see in dim light within 120 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness in the same radius as if it were dim light. You can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.

Advanced Grappler. Your abilities enable you to grapple much better, to enable you to obtain the blood you need. You are considered proficient in the Athletics skill when you use it to grapple, and can double your proficiency bonus with it when your proficiency applies. You also have advantage when you attempt to grapple a living creature.

Keen Senses. You are proficient with the Perception skill.

Light Sleeper. You do not need as much sleep as other humanoids, due to your near undeath status. Magic and chemicals, including poison, cannot put you to sleep, and you only need to sleep 4 hours to gain the benefits of a long rest. You still need to perform only light activity for the rest of the long rest.

Undead Fortitude. You have resistance to poison damage, and you have advantage on saving throws against poison and magic. You also cannot be infected with disease.

Sunlight Sensitivity. You have disadvantage on attack rolls and Wisdom (Perception) checks when you, your target, or whatever you are trying to perceive is in direct sunlight.

Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common, Hemokatín, and two other languages of your choice. Hemokatín is a language full of jargon, to be used among Hemokatín as a sort of thieves’ cant.

Subrace. Hemokatín are slightly different from each other, depending on ancestry. Choose one of six ancestries for your character: Pureblood, Elfblood, Bloodline, Orcblood, Fiendblood, and Angelblood.

Subraces:

Pureblood Purebloods are Hemokatín descended from two Hemokatín parents.

Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 3, rather than 2.

Musician. You are proficient with one musical instrument of your choice.

Charmer. You gain proficiency in Deception, Persuasion, or Intimidation.

Friends. You know the friends cantrip.

Misty Step. You know the misty step spell and can cast it once using this trait. You regain the ability to do so when you finish a short or long rest.

Language. You can read, speak, and write one additional language from these choices: Celestial, Elvish, Infernal, or Orc. Purebloods try to establish equality in the Hemokatín society, and thus learn new languages based on choice.

Elfblood Descended from a half-elven parent, Elfbloods are more flexible and slim than other Hemokatín.

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity increases by 1.

Herbalist. You are proficient in the Herbalism Kit.

Stealthy. You are proficient in the Stealth skill.

Thorn Whip. You know the thorn whip cantrip.

Fey Ancestry. You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can’t age you.

Elvish. You can speak, read, and write Elvish.

Bloodline Bloodlines are Hemokatín with two human parents. These traits also serve as the traits for Halfbloods, Hemokatín who have a human parent and a Hemokatín parent.

Ability Score Increase. Any ability score of your choice, except Charisma, increases by 1.

Tool. You are proficient with any one tool of your choice.

Skill. You are proficient in any two skills of your choice.

Minor Illusion. You know the minor illusion cantrip.

Language. You can speak, read, and write one additional language from one of these choices: Celestial, Elvish, Infernal, or Orc. In addition to having an ear for languages, Bloodlines find they know a language they never learned perfectly. Half human Hemokatín follow their vampire parents and learn languages.

Orcblood Orcbloods have a half-orc as a parent. Orcbloods tend to be stronger, tougher, and larger than other Hemokatín.

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 1.

Herbalist. You are proficient in the Herbalism Kit.

Menacing. You are proficient in the Intimidation skill.

True Strike. You know the true strike cantrip.

Relentless Endurance. When you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can drop to 1 hit point instead. You can’t use this feature again until you finish a long rest.

Fiendblood Descended from a tiefling parent, Fiendbloods are usually more intelligent than other Hemokatín.

Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 1.

Poisoner. You are proficient in the Poisoner’s Kit.

Deceiver. You are proficient in the Deception skill.

Thaumaturgy. You know the thaumaturgy cantrip.

Hellish Rebuke. You know the hellish rebuke spell and can cast it once as a 2nd-level spell using this trait. You regain the ability to do so when you finish a short or long rest. Infernal. You can speak, read, and write Infernal.

Angelblood One of your parents was an aasimar, which blesses you with natural wisdom and the ability to create magical light.

Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom increases by 1.

Artisan. You are proficient with one Artisan’s Tools of your choice.

Religious Sage. You are proficient in the Religion skill.

Light. You know the light cantrip.

Radiant Soul. Your aasimar parent grants you resistance to radiant damage. Celestial. You can speak, read, and write Celestial.

Okay, is this race balanced? If it’s not, please tell me what I need to change.

Is this Mitarn (Raptor) race balanced when compared to officially published races?

I would like to make a race of raptor people for my world: The Mitarn.

Mitarn

Your are a member of the Mitarn race, a species of sapient maniraptorans (Raptors). Mitarn seek to live in harmony with nature, using tooth and claw to survive.

Racial Traits

You have a number of traits stemming from your status as a raptor.

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity increases by 2, & your Wisdom increases by 1.

Age. Mitarn mature and age similar to humans.

Alignment. Mitarn are normally neutral good, tending to seek to protect nature.

Size. Mitarn are 4 to 5 feet long and 8 to 10 feet long, and weigh 50 to 100 pounds. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 40 feet, and you also have a climbing speed of 30 feet.

Claws. Your middle two toes have wickedly sharp curved claws, which are natural weapons, usable to make unarmed strikes. If you hit with them, you deal slashing damage equal to 1d6 + your Strength modifier, rather than the bludgeoning damage typical for an unarmed strike.

Bite. Your maw is lined with sharp teeth, and is a natural weapon, usable for unarmed strikes. If you hit with them, you deal piercing damage equal to 1d4 + your Strength modifier, rather than the bludgeoning damage typical for an unarmed strike.

Pounce. If you move at least 20 feet on a turn in combat and hit a creature with your claws with an attack, you can make an attack with your bite attack.

Survivalist. You are proficient with Stealth and either Perception or Survival.

Primeval Surge. You can fill your body with a surge of the speed of the wild for a moment. As a bonus action, you can double your movement for the entire turn. Once you do so, you can’t use this trait until you move 0 feet on a turn.

When compared to official races (In the Player’s HandBook, Volo’s Guide to Monsters, and Guildmaster’s Guide to Ravnica), is this race balanced?

Are there any monsters or races that can cast spells without verbal components

So a while back I saw the piper race in their list of racial traits they have the following

Mystic Voice (Su): Piper spellcasters have a natural magic in their voice and must use it as an element of all their spellcasting. The additional magic imbued in their voice means a spellcasting piper never has to worry about somatic components, and ignores the somatic component of any spell. However, pipers cannot cast spells without singing out verbal components. Even spells that normally do not have verbal components gain them when cast by a piper, and pipers cannot use the Silent Spell feat. Further, a piper cannot cast such spells quietly. It is not possible for a piper to make a Stealth check when casting.

I was wondering if there was a race or monster that can do that but with verbal components. We have the obvious silent spell metamagic but I’m looking for something innate. My DM approves 3PP as well as Paizo products. Homebrew is on a case by case basis, and I don’t want to bother him over something that won’t come up right away since I don’t plan to use this character immediately unless I really have to. I can use characters that are half-monster allowing them to access 1 or 2 of their monster parent’s abilities as long as I’m not doing something like claiming they inherited the power of Cthulhu or something. Let’s say CR 4 max to give a hard limit, probably a bit low but better safe than sorry.

So my question is are there any monsters (max CR 4) or races (including 3pp) that can cast spells without verbal components.

Can the Suggestion spell from the Yuan-Ti Pureblood playable race’s Innate Spellcasting trait only be used to target snakes?

The Yuan-Ti Pureblood playable race has the Innate Spellcasting trait, whose description states (VGtM, p. 120; emphasis mine):

You know the poison spray cantrip. You can cast animal friendship an unlimited number of times with this trait, but you can target only snakes with it. Starting at 3rd level, you can also cast suggestion with this trait. Once you cast it, you can’t do so again until you finish a long rest. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.

Can the Yuan-Ti Pureblood’s suggestion spell from this trait only be used to target snakes?

I was under the impression that only the animal friendship spell from this trait was limited to only being able to target snakes, while poison spray and suggestion could be used as stated with no such targeting restrictions.

However, I’ve run into a DM in organized play who is arguing that suggestion is limited to snakes only, and I cannot find any official text anywhere clarifying this.

It doesn’t make much sense to me that suggestion would only work on snakes when suggestion requires the target to understand you. Outside of special circumstances, most snakes would not be able to understand you as a Yuan-Ti… The animal friendship part of this ability is the only part that lists this restriction, and it seems to only restrict that spell rather than the entire trait. Otherwise, it would also imply poison spray could only be cast on snakes, which is just silly from both a canon and utility sense.

Despite my arguments against it, this DM seems set on his ruling unless I can find something official stating otherwise. Anyone know of any references to this ability I can show him?

How to roleplay historical antipathy between character races

Traditionally, many character races in D&D have been defined to have a race with whom they share a mutual hatred: elves and orcs, dwarves and goblins, and gnomes and kobolds, for example. With Volo’s Guide, however, orcs, goblins, and kobolds are all playable races. How do we reconcile this in-story racial hatred with the meta requirement for characters in a party to support one another?

What playable races are new as official published races for DND, starting in 5e?

I have not played any previous editions and am curious what is new to DND 5e from previous additions. From this list – which I do not know if it is conclusive – I can see the following from 5e that are not in 4e:

  • Aasimar (similar to the Deva, though)
  • Aarokocra
  • Centaur
  • Firbolg
  • Grung
  • Leonin
  • Lizardfolk
  • Loxodon
  • Simic Hybrid
  • Tabaxi
  • Tortle
  • Triton
  • Vedalken
  • Verdan

Are any of these races overlapping with official material from previous editions? Are any of these from 4e that I mistook?

Is this Dryad race balanced when compared to officially published races?

In a similar vein to these two questions, I’ve made my own Dryad race, but without subraces for right now. I based the very basics off of tieflings, but replaced the damage resistance with the Speech of Beast and Leaf and Fey traits, as well as modifying the spells gotten in the tiefling three-tier spell progression; finally, I modified the languages known, and the +1 to Int went to Wis instead.

Is this race balanced when compared to officially published races?

If it is too weak, I was considering making the Speech of Beast and Leaf trait just make the dryad always under the effect of Speak with Animals spell, and grant a similar effect for plants. If they were still too weak, I was also considering adding either Charm Person or some other charm effect. If they were too strong, I’d get rid of one or two of the Forest Legacy spells.

Sapling Dryad

Speed. 30 ft.
Ability Bonuses. CHA 2, WIS 1
Age. Dryads mature much slower than most other races, and live much longer. They achieve maturity at age 100 and may live indefinitely if they are not killed. Most Saplings are between 50 and 200 years old.
Alignment. Dryads generally do not care for much outside their forests, but those that do are usually Good aligned.
Size. Dryads are usually slightly shorter than most humans. Your size is medium.
Darkvision. Accustomed to twilit forests and the night sky, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
Speech of Beast and Leaf. You have the ability to communicate in a limited manner with beasts and plants. They can understand the meaning of your words, and can respond by communicating simple ideas.
Forest Legacy. You know the Druidcraft cantrip. Once you reach 3rd level, you can cast the entangle spell as a 2nd-level spell; you must finish a long rest in order to cast the spell again using this trait. Once you reach 5th level, you can also cast the pass without trace spell; you must finish a long rest in order to cast the spell again using this trait. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.
Fey. You have two creature types: humanoid and fey. Because of this, you have advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can’t put you to sleep.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common, Elvish, and Sylvan.