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Your character's name and physical description might be the first things that the other players at the table learn about you. It's worth thinking about how these characteristics reflect the character you have in mind.

Name

Your character's race description includes sample names for members of that race. Put some thought into your name even if you're just picking one from a list.

Gender

You can play a male, female, or other character without gaining any special benefits or hindrances. Think about how your character does or does not conform to the broader culture's expectations of sex, gender, and sexual behavior. For example, a male drow cleric defies the traditional gender divisions of drow society, which could be a reason for your character to leave that society and come to the surface.

You don't need to be confined to binary notions of sex and gender. The elf god Corellon Larethian is often seen as androgynous or hermaphroditic, for example, and some elves in the multiverse are made in Corellon's image. You could also play a female character who presents herself as a man, a man who feels trapped in a female body, or a bearded female dwarf who hates being mistaken for a male.

Likewise, your character's sexual orientation is for you to decide.

Height and Weight

You can decide your character's height and weight, using the information provided in your race description or on the Random Height and Weight table. Think about what your character's ability scores might say about his or her height and weight. A weak but agile character might be thin. A strong and tough character might be tall or just heavy.

If you want to, you can roll randomly for your character's height and weight using the Random Height and Weight table. The dice roll given in the Height Modifier column determines the character's extra height (in inches) beyond the base height. That same number multiplied by the dice roll or quantity given in the Weight Modifier column determines the character's extra weight (in pounds) beyond the base weight.

Race Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Aasimar 4'8" +2d10 110 lbs. x 2d4
Bugbear 6'0" +2d12 200 lbs. x 2d6
Dragonborn 5'6" +2d8 175 lbs. x 2d6
Dwarf, Hill 3'8" +2d4 115 lbs. x 2d6
Dwarf, Mountain 4' +2d4 130 lbs. x 2d6
Elf, High 4'6" +2d10 90 lbs. x 1d4
Elf, Wood 4'6" +2d10 100 lbs. x 1d4
Elf, Drow 4'5" +2d6 75 lbs. x 1d6
Elf, Eladrin 4'6" +2d12 90 lbs. x 1d4
Elf, Sea 4'6" +2d8 90 lbs. x 1d4
Elf, Shadar-kai 4'8" +2d8 90 lbs. x 1d4
Firbolg 6'2" +2d12 175 lbs. x 2d6
Gith, Githyanki 5'0" +2d12 100 lbs. x 2d4
Gith, Githzerai 4'11" +2d12 90 lbs. x 1d4
Gnome 2'11" +2d4 35 lbs. x 1
Goblin 3'5" +2d4 35 lbs. x 1
Goliath 6'2" +2d10 200 lbs. x 2d6
Half-elf 4'9" +2d8 110 lbs. x 2d4
Half-orc 4'10" +2d10 140 lbs. x 2d6
Halfling 2'7" +2d4 35 lbs. x 1
Hobgoblin 4'8" +2d10 110 lbs. x 2d4
Human 4'8" +2d10 110 lbs. x 2d4
Kenku 4'4" +2d8 50 lbs. x 1d6
Kobold 2'1" +2d4 25 lbs. x 1
Lizardfolk 4'9" +2d10 120 lbs. x 2d6
Orc 5'4" +2d8 175 lbs. x 2d6
Tabaxi 4'10" +2d10 90 lbs. x 2d4
Tiefling 4'9" +2d8 110 lbs. x 2d4
Triton 4'6" +2d10 90 lbs. x 2d4
Yuan-Ti Pureblood 4'8" +2d10 110 lbs. x 2d4

Other Physical Characteristics

You choose your character's age and the color of their hair, eyes, and skin. To add a touch of distinctiveness, you might want to give your character an unusual or memorable physical characteristic, such as a scar, a limp, or a tattoo.