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)
Drow 5th 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)
Dwarf All  
Eladrin 4th Dungeon Master's Guide(5th)
Elf / High Elf All  
Gnome / Rock Gnome 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 3.5, 5th Player's Handbook II(4th)[1]
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),[1] Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms(4th)
Halfling / Hobbit 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), 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)
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 Monster Manual 2(4th, M)
Bugbear Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th)
Buomman 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 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)
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)
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 Unapproachable East(3rd), Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Races of the Wild(3.5)
Goblin Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th)
Goblinoid Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Goliath Races of Stone(3.5), Player's Handbook 2(4th), Elemental Evil Players' Companion(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 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(3rd)
Hill Giant Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Hobgoblin Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th)
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)
Killoren Races of the Wild(3.5)
Kir-Lanan Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Kobold Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Races of the Dragon(3.5)
Korobokuru Oriental Adventures(3rd)
Kuo-toa Underdark(3.5)
Lich Monster Manual(3.5, M, T)
Lizardfolk / Lizardman Races of Faerûn(3rd)
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 Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Player's Handbook 3(4th)
Modron, Rogue Planewalker's Handbook(2nd)
Mongrelfolk 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 Monster Manual(3.5)
Orc Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Phrenic creature Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5, T)
Pixie Monster Manual(3.5, M), Heroes of the Feywild(4th)
Pterran Dark Sun Campaign Setting Expanded and Revised(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 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)[1]
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(3rd), Unapproachable East(3rd)
Stonechild Races of Stone(3.5)
Synad Complete Psionic(3.5)
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 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)

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 3.5 edition
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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