D&D 5 Homebrew: PC Kobold

Fifth edition has been occupying my thoughts lately. I've been putting together races and backgrounds. Here's my first effort: 


Kobolds are the underdogs of the world. All over the world, kobolds are under the rule of other creatures, whether slaves of gnolls or supplicants to a fickle dragon. They fatalistically accept their lot in life, content to be under the protection or a powerful master. Or so it seems. You never know if a kobold is sincere, or simply waiting for the right time to stab his former master in the back.

In the few cases where kobolds are autonomous, they are nearly always forced into the most desolate and unforgiving places. They live in played-out mines, long-abandoned ruins, and other places deemed unfit for habitation by other races. The cling to these enclaves with ruthless tenacity, and they do not appreciate intruders.

Ability Score Increase. +2 Dexterity.

Alignment. Tends toward law and evil.

Size. Small.

Speed. 30 ft

Darkvision: 60 ft.

Pack Tactics: Whenever you miss an attack, the next attack an ally makes against that target has advantage. This effect only lasts until your next turn.

Light Sensitivity: You have disadvantage on attack rolls and perception checks that rely on sight when you or the target is in bright light.

Cave Adaptation: You have advantage on intelligence and wisdom checks for survival underground, and knowledge of cave-dwelling creatures.

Applied Cowardice: You can attempt to hide when obscured by a creature at least one category larger than you.

Languages: Draconic and Common.

Sub-races: Choose one sub-race: common or wild.

Common Kobold

  • +1 Charisma
  • Natural Sycophant: You have advantage on any deception or persuasion check to convince others of your harmlessness.
  • Extra Language: You know one extra language.

Wild (Tucker's) Kobold

  • +1 Intelligence
  • Murderous Ingenuity: Gain proficiency in one of the following: Alchemist's supplies, carpenter's tools, mason's tools, smith's tools, poisoner's kit, thieves' tools, tinker's tools.
  • Kobold Weapon Training: You are proficient in the light crossbow and the blowgun.


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