List of character races in Dungeons & Dragons

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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.

Each race has a distinct appearance, behavior and often range of statistics associated with it. The following races have appeared in D&D throughout its history.

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, 5th Races of the Dragon(3.5, T)
Dwarf All  
Eladrin 4th Dungeon Master's Guide(5th)
Elf All  
Gnome 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 3.5, 5th Player's Handbook II(4th)
Half-elf 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 3.5, 4th, 5th Greyhawk(O)
Half-orc 1st, 3rd, 3.5, 5th Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Player's Handbook II(4th), Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms(4th)
Halfling All  
Human All  
Tiefling 4th, 5th The 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 Sourcebooks
Aarakocra Dark Sun Campaign Setting, Expanded and Revised(2nd), Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Races of Faerûn(3rd), Dark Sun Player's Handbook(3.5), Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerun(3rd) , Elemental Evil Players' Companion(5th)
Aasimar / Deva 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), Dungeon Master's Guide(5th), Volo's Guide to Monsters(5th)
Armand Monster Manual III(3.5)
Asherati Sandstorm(3.5)
Aurak Dragonlance Campaign Setting(3.5)
Aventi Stormwrack(3.5)
Azer Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Azurin Magic of Incarnum(3.5)
Baaz Dragonlance Campaign Setting(3.5)
Bariaur Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Planar Handbook(3.5)
Bhuka Sandstorm(3.5)
Bladeling Manual of the Planes(4th)
Blue (Goblin) Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5, M)
Bozak Dragonlance Campaign Setting(3.5)
Bullywug Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Monster Manual 2(4th, M)
Bugbear Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Volo's Guide to Monsters(5th)
Buomman Planar Handbook(3.5)
Catfolk Races of the Wild(3.5)
Centaur Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), 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 Races of Stone(3.5)
Chitine Underdark(3.5)
Crucian Sandstorm(3.5)
Darfellan Stormwrack(3.5)
Deep Imaskarri Underdark(3.5)
Diopsid The Dragon Compendium, Volume 1(3.5)
Drow Complete Book of Elves(2nd), 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), Player's Handbook, as Elf subrace(5th)
Dire Wereboar (Lycanthrope) Monster Manual(3.5, M, T), Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Doppelganger Monster Manual(3.5, M), Races of Destiny(3.5), Monster Manual(4th)
Draconic creature Races of the Dragon(3.5, T)
Draotaur Monster Manual III(3.5)
Dragonkin Draconomnicon(3.5)
Dromite Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Duergar / Gray Dwarf Monster Manual(3rd, M; 3.5, M), Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Underdark(3.5), Monster Manual 2(4th, M), Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide(5th)
Duskling Magic of Incarnum(3.5)
Dvati The Dragon Compendium, Volume 1(3.5)
Elan Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Feral Gargun Races of Stone(3.5)
Fey'ri Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Frost Giant Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Gargoyle Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Genasi Forgotten Realms Player's Guide(4th), Elemental Evil Players' Companion(5th)
Ghost Ghostwalk(3.5, T)
Githyanki A Guide to the Astral Plane(2nd), Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th)
Githzerai Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Player's Handbook 3(4th)
Gloaming Underdark(3.5)
Gnoll Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Unapproachable East(3rd), Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Races of the Wild(3.5)
Goblin Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Volo's Guide to Monsters(5th)
Goblinoid Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Goliath Races of Stone(3.5), Player's Handbook 2(4th), Elemental Evil Players' Companion(5th), Volo's Guide to Monsters(5th)
Grimlock Monster Manual(3.5, M), Underdark(3.5)
Hadozee Stormwrack(3.5)
Hagspawn Unapproachable East(3rd)
Half-Celestial Monster Manual(3.5, M, T)
Half-Dragon Monster Manual(3.5, M, T), Races of the Dragon(3.5)
Half-Fiend Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Half-Giant Dark Sun Boxed Set(2nd), Dark Sun Campaign Setting Expanded and Revised(2nd), Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Half-Ogre Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Savage Species(3rd), Races of Destiny(3.5)
Hamadryad Heroes of the Feywild(4th)
Hellbred Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells(3.5)
Hengeyokai Oriental Adventures(1st; 3rd)
Hill Giant Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Hobgoblin Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Volo's Guide to Monsters(5th)
Illumian Races of Destiny(3.5)
Jaebrin Monster Manual V(3.5)
Janni (Genie) Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Kalashtar Races of Eberron(3.5), Eberron Player's Guide(4th)
Kapak Dragonlance Campaign Setting(3.5)
Kender Dragonlance Campaign Setting(3.5)
Kenku Monster Manual 2(4th, M), Volo's Guide to Monsters(5th)
Killoren Races of the Wild(3.5)
Kir-Lanan Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Kobold Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Races of the Dragon(3.5), Volo's Guide to Monsters(5th)
Korobokuru Oriental Adventures(1st; 3rd)
Kuo-toa Underdark(3.5)
Lich Monster Manual(3.5, M, T)
Lizardfolk / Lizardman Races of Faerûn(3rd), Volo's Guide to Monsters(5th)
Loxo Shining South(3.5)
Lupin The Dragon Compendium, Volume 1(3.5)
Maenad Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Mephling Planar Handbook(3.5)
Illithid Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Minotaur Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Player's Handbook 3(4th)
Modron, Rogue Planewalker's Handbook(2nd)
Mongrelfolk Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Races of Destiny(3.5)
Mul Dark Sun Boxed Set(2nd), Dark Sun Campaign Setting Expanded and Revised(2nd), Dark Sun Campaign Setting(4th)
Neanderthal Frostburn(3.5)
Neraphim Planar Handbook(3.5)
Nezumi Oriental Adventures(3rd)
Ogre Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Monster Manual(3.5)
Orc Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Races of Faerûn(3rd), Volo's Guide to Monsters(5th)
Phrenic creature Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5, T)
Pixie Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Monster Manual(3.5, M), Heroes of the Feywild(4th)
Pterran Dark Sun Campaign Setting Expanded and Revised(2nd)
Rakasta Rage of the Rakasta(2nd)
Rakshasa Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Raptoran Races of the Wild(3.5)
Revenant Heroes of Shadow(4th)
Rilkan Magic of Incarnum(3.5)
Satyr Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Monster Manual(3.5, M), Heroes of the Feywild(4th)
Sea Kin Races of Destiny(3.5)
Shadar-kai 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 Player's Handbook 3(4th)
Shifter Eberron Campaign Setting(3.5), Monster Manual(4th), Player's Handbook 2(4th)
Sivak Dragonlance Campaign Setting(3.5)
Skarn Magic of Incarnum(3.5)
Skulk Races of Destiny(3.5)
Slyth Underdark(3.5)
Spellscale Races of the Dragon(3.5, T)
Spiker Planar Handbook(3.5)
Spirit Folk Oriental Adventures(1st; 3rd), Unapproachable East(3rd)
Stonechild Races of Stone(3.5)
Synad Complete Psionic(3.5)
Tabaxi Volo's Guide to Monsters(5th)
Taer Unapproachable East(3rd)
Tanarukk Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Thri-Kreen 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 The Dragon Compendium, Volume 1(3.5)
Troglodyte Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Troll Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Uldra Frostburn(3.5)
Unbodied Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5, M)
Underfolk Races of Destiny(3.5)
Vampire Monster Manual(3.5, M, T)
Vanara Oriental Adventures(3rd)
Volodni Unapproachable East(3rd)
Vryloka Heroes of Shadow(4th)
Warforged Eberron Campaign Setting(3.5), Eberron Players Guide(4th)
Wemic Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Races of Faerûn(3rd), The Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd)
Wilden Player's Handbook 3(4th)
Wildren Planar Handbook(3.5)
Xeph Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Yuan-ti Races of Faerûn(3rd), Monster Manual(3.5), Volo's Guide to Monsters(5th)

Key[edit]

Key
O "Original" Dungeons & Dragons
B "Basic" Dungeons & Dragons
1st Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
2nd Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition
3rd Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition
3.5 Dungeons & Dragons v. 3.5
4th Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition
5th Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition
M Playable race entry is contained within a monster entry
T Playable template

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