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Elf is a playable race in 5th edtion. A subrace should also be selected.

Elf Traits

Your elf character has a variety of natural abilities, the result of thousands of years of elven refinement.


Creature Type. Humanoid
Ability Score Increase. Dexterity +2
Age. Although elves reach physical maturity at about the same age as humans, the elven understanding of adulthood goes beyond physical growth to encompass worldly experience. An elf typically claims adulthood and an adult name around the age of 100 and can live to be 750 years old.
Alignment. Elves love freedom, variety, and self-­expression, so they lean strongly toward the gentler aspects of chaos. They value and protect others’ freedom as well as their own, and they are more often good than not.
Size. Elves range from under 5 to over 6 feet tall and have slender builds. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base speed is 30 feet.  
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.
Keen Senses. You have proficiency in the Perception skill.
Fey Ancestry. You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can’t put you to sleep.
Trance. Elves don’t need to sleep. Instead, they meditate deeply, remaining semiconscious, for 4 hours a day. (The Common word for such meditation is “trance.”) While meditating, you can dream after a fashion; such dreams are actually mental exercises that have become reflexive through years of practice. After resting in this way, you gain the same benefit that a human does from 8 hours of sleep.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Elvish. Elvish is fluid, with subtle intonations and intricate grammar. Elven literature is rich and varied, and their songs and poems are famous among other races. Many bards learn their language so they can add Elvish ballads to their repertoires.

End of the SRD5 material


8 official and unofficial races.

Subrace Abilities Size
(if change)
Features Source Notes Source
Drow Charisma +1 120 ft. Superior Darkvision, Sunlight Sensitivity, Drow Magic, Drow Weapon Training Canon, Pointer Player's Handbook (5e)
Eladrin Charisma +1 Fey Step Canon, Pointer Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes
High Elf Intelligence +1 Elf Weapon Training, Cantrip Canon SRD-OGL v5.1
Lythari Wisdom +1 Lycan Polymorph User Creation Rlyehable
Sea Elf Constitution +1 30 feet. swim 30 ft. ft. Sea Elf Training, Child of the Sea, Friend of the Sea, Extra Language Canon, Pointer Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes
Shadar-kai Constitution +1 Necrotic Resistance, Blessing of the Raven Queen Canon, Pointer Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes
T'killi Strength +1 T'killi Martial Training, Skillful, Dry Lands Adapted, Languages User Creation Rlyehable
Wood Elf Wisdom +1 35 ft. ft. Elf Weapon Training, Fleet of Foot, Mask of the Wild Canon, Pointer Player's Handbook (5e)


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