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A character race is a fundamental part of the identity and nature of characters in the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.

Key
O "Original" Dungeons & Dragons (1974-1977)
B "Basic" Dungeons & Dragons (1977-1992)
1st Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (1977-1989)
2nd Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989-2000)
3rd Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition (2000-2003)
3.5 Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition (2003-2008)
4th Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008-)
M Playable race entry is contained within a monster entry
T Playable template

Core races[edit]

In each edition, the core player character races are detailed in one of that edition's core rulebooks: Men & Monsters for "original" Dungeons & Dragons, the Basic Set and Rules Cyclopedia for "basic" Dungeons & Dragons and the Player's Handbook for all other editions.

Race Editions as a core race Sourcebooks in other editions
Dragonborn 4th Races of the Dragon(3.5, T)
Dwarf All  
Eladrin 4th
Elf / High Elf All  
Gnome / Rock Gnome 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 3.5 Player's Handbook II(4th)[1]
Half-elf 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 3.5, 4th Greyhawk(O)
Half-orc 1st, 3rd, 3.5 Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Player's Handbook II(4th),[1] Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms(4th)
Halfling All  
Human All  
Tiefling 4th Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Monster Manual(3.5, M), Races of Destiny(3.5), Planar Handbook(3.5)

Races from other sourcebooks[edit]

Race Type (3rd and 3.5 editions) Type (4th edition) Sourcebooks
Aarakocra Monstrous Humanoid - Dark Sun Campaign Setting, Expanded and Revised(2nd), Races of Faerûn(3rd), Dark Sun Player's Handbook(3.5), Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerun (3.0)
Aasimar / Deva Outsider (native) Immortal Humanoid Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Races of Faerûn(3rd), Monster Manual(3.5, M), Planar Handbook(3.5), Races of Destiny(3.5), Player's Handbook 2 (4th)
Air Genasi Outsider (Native, Air?) - Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd)
Air Gnome Humanoid (Gnome, Air?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Air Goblin Humanoid (Goblinoid, Air?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, Aquatic?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Elf Humanoid (Elf, Aquatic) - Monster Manual(3rd, M; 3.5, M), Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Gnome Humanoid (Gnome, Aquatic?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Goblin Humanoid (Goblinoid, Aquatic?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Half-Elf Humanoid (Elf, Aquatic?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Half-Orc Humanoid (Orc, Aquatic) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, Aquatic?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Human Humanoid (Human, Aquatic?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Kobold Humanoid (Reptilian, Aquatic) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Arctic Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Arctic Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Arctic Gnome Humanoid (Gnome, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Arctic Half-Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Arctic Half-Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Arctic Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Arctic Kobold Humanoid (Reptilian, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Arctic Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Armand Monstrous Humanoid - Monster Manual III(3.5)
Asherati Humanoid - Sandstorm(3.5)
Aurak Draconian Subtype - Dragonlance Campaign Setting(3.5)
Aventi Humanoid (Human, Aquatic) - Stormwrack(3.5)
Azer Outsider (Extraplanar, Fire) - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Azurin  ? - Magic of Incarnum(3.5)
Baaz  ? - Dragonlance Campaign Setting(3.5)
Badlands Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, ?) - Sandstorm(3.5)
Bariaur  ? - Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Planar Handbook(3.5)
Bhuka Humanoid (Goblinoid) - Sandstorm(3.5)
Bladeling  ? Natural Humanoid Manual of the Planes(4th)
Blue (Goblin) Humanoid (Goblinoid, Psionic) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5, M)
Bozak Draconian Subtype - Dragonlance Campaign Setting(3.5)
Bullywug  ? Natural Humanoid (Aquatic) Monster Manual 2(4th, M)
Bugbear Monstrous Humanoid (Goblinoid) Natural Humanoid Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th)
Buomman Fey - Planar Handbook(3.5)
Catfolk  ? - Races of the Wild(3.5)
Centaur  ? - Races of Faerûn(3rd), Monster Manual(3.5, M), Races of the Wild(3.5)
Changeling  ?  ? Eberron Campaign Setting(3.5), Eberron Player's Guide(4th)
Chaos Gnome Humanoid (Gnome, ?) - Races of Stone(3.5)
Chitine  ? - Underdark(3.5)
Crucian Humanoid - Sandstorm(3.5)
Darfellan  ? - Stormwrack(3.5)
Deep Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf) - Monster Manual(3rd, M; 3.5, M)
Deep Halfling Humanoid (Halfling) - Monster Manual(3rd, M; 3.5, M)
Deep Imaskarri Humanoid (Human, ?) - Underdark(3.5)
Desert Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Desert Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Desert Gnome Humanoid (Gnome, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Desert Goblin Humanoid (Goblinoid, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Desert Half-Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Desert Half-Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Desert Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Desert Kobold Humanoid (Reptilian, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Desert Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Diopsid  ? - The Dragon Compendium, Volume 1(3.5)
Dire Wereboar (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T), Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Doppelganger Monstrous humanoid (shapechanger) Natural Humanoid (Shapechanger) Monster Manual(3.5, M), Races of Destiny(3.5), Monster Manual(4th)
Draconic creature Dragon - Races of the Dragon(3.5, T)
Draotaur Dragon - Monster Manual III(3.5)
Dragonborn of Bahamut Dragon - Races of the Dragon(3.5, T)
Dragonkin Dragon - Draconomnicon(3.5)
Dream Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, ?) - Races of Stone(3.5)
Dromite Monstrous humanoid - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Drow / Dark Elf Humanoid (Elf) Fey Humanoid Monster Manual(3rd, M; 3.5, M; 4th), Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Underdark(3.5), Forgotten Realms Player's Guide(4th), Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms(4th)
Duergar / Gray Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf) Natural Humanoid, Dwarf (Devil) Monster Manual(3rd, M; 3.5, M), Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Underdark(3.5), Monster Manual 2(4th, M)
Duergar, Psionic Humanoid (Dwarf, Psionic) - Expended Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Duskling Fey (Extraplanar) - Magic of Incarnum(3.5)
Dvati  ? - The Dragon Compendium, Volume 1(3.5)
Earth Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, Earth?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Earth Genasi Outsider (Native, Earth?) - Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd)
Earth Kobold Humanoid (Reptilian, Earth) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Elan Aberration (Psionic) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Feral Gargun  ? - Races of Stone(3.5)
Fey'ri  ? - Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Fire Elf Humanoid (Elf, Fire?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Fire Genasi Outsider (Native, Fire?) - Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd)
Fire Half-Elf Humanoid (Elf, Fire?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Fire Hobgoblin Humanoid (Goblinoid, Fire?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Forest Gnome Humanoid (Gnome) - Monster Manual(3rd, M; 3.5, M)
Frost Giant Giant (Cold) - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Gargoyle  ? - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Genasi - Elemental Humanoid (Air, Earth, Fire, Water) Forgotten Realms Player's Guide(4th)
Ghost  ? - Ghostwalk(3.5, T)
Ghostwise Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, ?) - Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd)
Githyanki Humanoid (Extraplanar) Natural Humanoid A Guide to the Astral Plane(2nd), Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th)
Githyanki, Psionic Humanoid (Extraplanar, Psionic) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Githzerai Humanoid (Extraplanar) Natural Humanoid Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Player's Handbook 3(4th)
Githzerai, Psionic Humanoid (Extraplanar, Psionic) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Glacier Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, ?) - Frostburn(3.5)
Gloaming  ? - Underdark(3.5)
Gnoll Humanoid (Gnoll) Natural Humanoid Unapproachable East(3rd), Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Races of the Wild(3.5)
Goblin Humanoid (Goblinoid) Natural Humanoid Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th)
Goblinoid  ? - Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Gold Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, ?)  ? Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Neverwinter Campaign Setting(4th)
Goliath  ? Natural Humanoid Races of Stone(3.5), Player's Handbook 2(4th)
Gray Elf Humanoid (Elf) - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Grimlock Monstrous Humanoid - Monster Manual(3.5, M), Underdark(3.5)
Hadozee  ? - Stormwrack(3.5)
Hagspawn  ? - Unapproachable East(3rd)
Half-Celestial Outsider (Native) - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T)
Half-Dragon Dragon - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T), Races of the Dragon(3.5)
Half-Fiend Outsider (Native) - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Half-Giant Giant (Psionic) - Dark Sun Boxed Set(2nd), Dark Sun Campaign Setting Expanded and Revised(2nd), Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Half-Ogre  ? - Savage Species(3rd), Races of Destiny(3.5)
Hamadryad  ?  ? Heroes of the Feywild(4th)
Hellbred Humanoid (Hellbred) - Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells(3.5)
Hengeyokai  ? - Oriental Adventures(3rd)
Hill Giant Giant - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Hobgoblin Humanoid (Goblinoid) Natural Humanoid Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th)
Ice Gnome Humanoid (Gnome, ?) - Frostburn(3.5)
Illumian Humanoid (Human, ?) - Races of Destiny(3.5)
Jaebrin Fey - Monster Manual V(3.5)
Janni (Genie) Outsider (Native) - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Jungle Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Jungle Gnome Humanoid (Gnome, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Jungle Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Jungle Goblin Humanoid (Goblinoid, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Jungle Half-Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Jungle Half-Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Jungle Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Jungle Kobold Humanoid (Reptilian, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Jungle Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Kalashtar  ?  ? Race of Eberron(3.5), Eberron Player's Guide(4th)
Kapak  ? - Dragonlance Campaign Setting(3.5)
Kender  ? - Dragonlance Campaign Setting(3.5)
Kenku  ? Natural Humanoid Monster Manual 2(4th, M)
Killoren Fey - Races of the Wild(3.5)
Kir-Lanan  ? - Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Kobold Humanoid (Reptilian) Natural Humanoid Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Races of the Dragon(3.5)
Korobokuru  ? - Oriental Adventures(3rd)
Kuo-toa  ? - Underdark(3.5)
Lich Undead - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T)
Lightfoot Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, ?) - Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd)
Lizardfolk / Lizardman Humanoid (Reptilian) - Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Loxo Monstrous Humanoid - Shining South(3.5)
Lupin  ? - The Dragon Compendium, Volume 1(3.5)
Lythari (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Maenad Humanoid (Maenad, Psionic) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Mephling Outsider (Air or Earth or Fire or Water, Native) - Planar Handbook(3.5)
Mind Flayer / Illithid Aberration - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Mind Flayer / Illithid, Psionic Aberration (Psionic) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5, M)
Minotaur Monstrous Humanoid Natural Humanoid, Minotaur Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Player's Handbook 3(4th)
Modron, Rogue - - Planewalker's Handbook(2nd)
Mongrelfolk / Mongrelman Humanoid (?) - Races of Destiny(3.5)
Moon Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?)  ? Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Neverwinter Campaign Setting(4th)
Mul Humanoid (?) Natural Humanoid Dark Sun Boxed Set(2nd), Dark Sun Campaign Setting Expanded and Revised(2nd), Dark Sun Campaign Setting(4th)
Neanderthal Humanoid (Human, ?) - Frostburn(3.5)
Neraphim Outsider (Extraplanar when not on Limbo) - Planar Handbook(3.5)
Nezumi  ? - Oriental Adventures(3rd)
Ogre Giant - Monster Manual(3.5)
Ogre Mage Giant - Monster Manual(3.5)
Orc Humanoid (Orc) Natural Humanoid Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Painted Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Sandstorm(3.5)
Phrenic creature As base creature plus Psionic subtype - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5, T)
Pixie Fey  ? Monster Manual(3.5, M), Heroes of the Feywild(4th)
Pterran - - Dark Sun Campaign Setting Expanded and Revised(2nd)
Rakshasa Outsider (Native) - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Raptoran  ? - Races of the Wild(3.5)
Revenant  ?  ? Heroes of Shadow(4th)
Rilkan  ? - Magic of Incarnum(3.5)
Satyr Fey Fey Humanoid Monster Manual(3.5, M), Heroes of the Feywild(4th)
Scablands Half-Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Sandstorm(3.5)
Sea Kin  ? - Races of Destiny(3.5)
Shadar-Kai  ? Shadow Humanoid Monster Manual(4th)
Shade  ?  ? Races of Faerûn(3rd), Heroes of Shadow(4th)
Shadowswyft  ? - Planar Handbook(3.5)
Sharakim  ? - Cityscape(3.5), Races of Destiny(3.5)
Shardmind  ? Immortal Humanoid (Living Construct) Player's Handbook 3(4th)
Shield Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, ?)  ? Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Neverwinter Campaign Setting(4th)
Shifter  ? Natural Humanoid, Shifter Eberron Campaign Setting(3.5), Monster Manual(4th), Player's Handbook 2(4th)[1]
Sivak  ? - Dragonlance Campaign Setting(3.5)
Skarn  ? - Magic of Incarnum(3.5)
Skulk  ? - Races of Destiny(3.5)
Slyth  ? - Underdark(3.5)
Snow Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Frostburn(3.5)
Spellscale Humanoid (Dragonblood) - Races of the Dragon(3.5, T)
Spiker  ? - Planar Handbook(3.5)
Spirit Folk  ? - Oriental Adventures(3rd), Unapproachable East(3rd)
Stonechild Outsider (Earth, Extraplanar) - Races of Stone(3.5)
Strongheart Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, ?) - Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd)
Sun Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?)  ? Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Neverwinter Campaign Setting(4th)
Svirfneblin / Deep Gnome Humanoid (Gnome) - Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Monster Manual(3rd, M; 3.5, M), Underdark(3.5)
Synad Aberration - Complete Psionic(3.5)
Taer  ? - Unapproachable East(3rd)
Tallfellow Halfling Humanoid (Halfling) - Monster Manual(3rd, M; 3.5, M)
Tanarukk  ? - Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Thri-Kreen Monstrous Humanoid (Psionic) Natural Humanoid Dark Sun Boxed Set(2nd), Dark Sun Campaign Setting Expanded and Revised(2nd), Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5, M), Shining South(3.5), Dark Sun Campaign Setting(4th)
Tibbit Monstrous Humanoid - The Dragon Compendium, Volume 1(3.5)
Troglodyte Humanoid (Reptilian) - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Troll Giant - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Tundra Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, ?) - Frostburn(3.5)
Uldra  ? - Frostburn(3.5)
Unbodied Monstrous Humanoid (Incorporeal, Psionic) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5, M)
Underfolk  ? - Races of Destiny(3.5)
Vampire Undead - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T)
Vanara  ? - Oriental Adventures(3rd)
Volodni  ? - Unapproachable East(3rd)
Vryloka  ?  ? Heroes of Shadow(4th)
Warforged Construct (Living Construct) Natural Humanoid (Living Construct) Eberron Campaign Setting(3.5), Eberron Players Guide(4th)
Water Genasi Outsider (Native, Cold?) - Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd)
Water Half-Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Water Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Water Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Wemic  ? - Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Werebat (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Werebear (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T), Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Wereboar (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T), Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Werecrocodile (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Wererat (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T), Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Wereshark (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Weretiger (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T), Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Werewolf (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T), Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Whisper Gnome Humanoid (Gnome, ?) - Races of Stone(3.5)
Wild Elf / Green Elf Humanoid (Elf)  ? Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Monster Manual(3.5, M), Neverwinter Campaign Setting(4th)
Wood Elf / Copper Elf Humanoid (Elf)  ? Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Monster Manual(3.5, M), Neverwinter Campaign Setting(4th)
Wilden  ? Fey Humanoid Player's Handbook 3(4th)
Wildren  ? - Planar Handbook(3.5)
Xeph Humanoid (Psionic, Xeph) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Yuan-ti Pureblood Monstrous Humanoid - Races of Faerûn(3rd), Monster Manual(3.5)
Yuan-ti Pureblood, Psionic Monstrous Humanoid (Psionic) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Yuan-ti Tainted One Monstrous Humanoid - Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)

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