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O "Original" Dungeons & Dragons (1974-1977)
B "Basic" Dungeons & Dragons (1977-1992)
1st Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (1977-1989)
2nd Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989-2000)
3rd Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition (2000-2003)
3.5 Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition (2003-2008)
4th Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008-2014)
5th Dungeons& Dragons 5th edition (2014-)
M Playable race entry is contained within a monster entry
T Playable template

Core racesEdit

In each edition, the core 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  
Drow (Dark Elf) 5th
Dwarf All  
Eladrin 4th  Dungeon Masters Guide(5th)
Elf / High Elf All  
Forest Gnome 5th
Gnome / Rock Gnome 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 3.5,5th Monsters & Treasure(O, M), Monster Manual(4th), Player's Handbook II(4th)[1]
Half-Elf 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 3.5, 4th,5th  
Half-Orc 1st, 3rd, 3.5,5th Complete Book of Humanoids(2nd), Player's Handbook II(4th)[2]
Halfling All  
Hill Dwarf 5th
Human All  
Lightfood Halfling 5th
Stout Halfling 5th
Tiefling 4th,5th Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Monster Manual(3.5, M), Races of Destiny(3.5), Planar Handbook(3.5)
Wood Elf 5th

Races from other sourcebooksEdit

Race Type (3rd and 3.5 editions) Type (4th edition) Type (5th edition) Sourcebooks
Aarakocra  ? - Dark Sun Campaign Setting Expanded and Revised(2nd), Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Aasimar Outsider (native)  ? Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Monster Manual(3.5, M), Planar Handbook(3.5), Races of Destiny(3.5), Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Air Genasi Outsider (Native, Air?) - ? Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Elemental Evil(5nd)
Air Gnome Humanoid (Gnome, Air?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Air Goblin Humanoid (Goblinoid, Air?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, Aquatic?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Elf Humanoid (Elf, Aquatic) - Monster Manual(3rd, M; 3.5, M), Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Gnome Humanoid (Gnome, Aquatic?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Goblin Humanoid (Goblinoid, Aquatic?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Half-Elf Humanoid (Elf, Aquatic?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Half-Orc Humanoid (Orc, Aquatic) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, Aquatic?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Human Humanoid (Human, Aquatic?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Aquatic Kobold Humanoid (Reptilian, Aquatic) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Arctic Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Arctic Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Arctic Gnome Humanoid (Gnome, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Arctic Half-Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Arctic Half-Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Arctic Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Arctic Kobold Humanoid (Reptilian, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Arctic Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Asherati  ? - Sandstorm(3.5)
Aventi  ? - Stormwrack(3.5)
Azer Outsider (Extraplanar, Fire) - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Azurin  ? - Magic of Incarnum(3.5)
Badlands Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, ?) - Sandstorm(3.5)
Bariaur  ? - Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Planar Handbook(3.5)
Bhuka  ? - Sandstorm(3.5)
Blue (Goblin) Humanoid (Goblinoid, Psionic) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5, M)
Bugbear Monstrous Humanoid (Goblinoid)  ? 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)
Chaos Gnome Humanoid (Gnome, ?) - Races of Stone(3.5)
Chitine  ? - Underdark(3.5)
Darfellan  ? - Stormwrack(3.5)
Deep Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf) - Monster Manual(3rd, M; 3.5, M)
Deep Halfling Humanoid (Halfling) - Monster Manual(3rd, M; 3.5, M)
Deep Imaskarri Humanoid (Human, ?) - Underdark(3.5)
Desert Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Desert Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Desert Gnome Humanoid (Gnome, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Desert Goblin Humanoid (Goblinoid, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Desert Half-Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Desert Half-Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Desert Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Desert Kobold Humanoid (Reptilian, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Desert Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Diopsid  ? - The Dragon Compendium, Volume 1(3.5)
Dire Wereboar (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T), Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Doppelganger Monstrous humanoid (shapechanger)  ? Monster Manual(3.5, M), Races of Destiny(3.5), Monster Manual(4th)
Draconic creature Dragon - Races of the Dragon(3.5, T)
Dragonborn of Bahamut Dragon - Races of the Dragon(3.5, T)
Dragonkin Dragon - Draconomnicon(3.5)
Dream Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, ?) - Races of Stone(3.5)
Dromite Monstrous humanoid - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Drow / Dark Elf Humanoid (Elf)  ? Monster Manual(3rd, M; 3.5, M; 4th), Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Underdark(3.5), Forgotten Realms Player's Guide(4th)
Duergar / Gray Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf) - Monster Manual(3rd, M; 3.5, M), Forgetten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Underdark(3.5)
Duergar, Psionic Humanoid (Dwarf, Psionic) - Expended Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Dvati  ? - The Dragon Compendium, Volume 1(3.5)
Earth Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, Earth?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Earth Genasi Outsider (Native, Earth?) - Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Elemental Evil(5nd)
Earth Kobold Humanoid (Reptilian, Earth) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Elan Aberration (Psionic) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Feral Gargun  ? - Races of Stone(3.5)
Fey'ri  ? - Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Fire Elf Humanoid (Elf, Fire?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Fire Genasi Outsider (Native, Fire?) - Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), , Elemental Evil(5nd)
Fire Half-Elf Humanoid (Elf, Fire?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Fire Hobgoblin Humanoid (Goblinoid, Fire?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Forest Gnome Humanoid (Gnome) - Monster Manual(3rd, M; 3.5, M)
Frost Giant Giant (Cold) - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Gargoyle  ? - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Genasi -  ? Forgotten Realms Player's Guide(4th)
Ghost  ? - Ghostwalk(3.5, T)
Ghostwise Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, ?) - Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd)
Githyanki Humanoid (Extraplanar)  ? A Guide to the Astral Plane(2nd), Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th)
Githyanki, Psionic Humanoid (Extraplanar, Psionic) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Githzerai Humanoid (Extraplanar)  ? Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th)
Githzerai, Psionic Humanoid (Extraplanar, Psionic) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Glacier Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, ?) - Frostburn(3.5)
Gloaming  ? - Underdark(3.5)
Gnoll Humanoid (Gnoll)  ? Unapproachable East(3rd), Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Races of the Wild(3.5)
Goblin Humanoid (Goblinoid)  ? Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th)
Goblinoid  ? - Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Gold Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, ?) - Forgetten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd)
Goliath Monstrous Humanoid - Races of Stone(3.5), Elemental Evil(5nd)
Gray Elf Humanoid (Elf) - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Grimlock Monstrous Humanoid - Monster Manual(3.5, M), Underdark(3.5)
Hadozee  ? - Stormwrack(3.5)
Hagspawn  ? - Unapproachable East(3rd)
Half-Celestial Outsider (Native) - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T)
Half-Dragon Dragon - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T), Races of the Dragon(3.5)
Half-Fiend Outsider (Native) - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Half-Giant Giant (Psionic) - 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)
Hengeyokai  ? - Oriental Adventures(3rd)
Hill Giant Giant - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Hobgoblin Humanoid (Goblinoid)  ? Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th)
Ice Gnome Humanoid (Gnome, ?) - Frostburn(3.5)
Illumian Humanoid (Human, ?) - Races of Destiny(3.5)
Jaebrin  ? - Monster Manual V(3.5)
Janni (Genie) Outsider (Native) - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Jungle Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Jungle Gnome Humanoid (Gnome, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Jungle Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Jungle Goblin Humanoid (Goblinoid, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Jungle Half-Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Jungle Half-Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Jungle Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Jungle Kobold Humanoid (Reptilian, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Jungle Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Kalashtar  ? - Race of Eberron(3.5)
Killoren  ? - Races of the Wild(3.5)
Kir-Lanan  ? - Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Kobold Humanoid (Reptilian)  ? Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Races of the Dragon(3.5)
Korobokuru  ? - Oriental Adventures(3rd)
Kuo-toa  ? - Underdark(3.5)
Lich Undead - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T)
Lightfoot Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, ?) - Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd)
Lizardfolk / Lizardman Humanoid (Reptilian) - Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Loxo  ? - Shining South(3.5)
Lupin  ? - The Dragon Compendium, Volume 1(3.5)
Lythari (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Maenad Humanoid (Maenad, Psionic) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Mephling  ? - Planar Handbook(3.5)
Mind Flayer / Illithid Aberration - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Mind Flayer / Illithid, Psionic Aberration (Psionic) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5, M)
Minotaur Monstrous Humanoid  ? Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th)
Modron, Rogue - - Planewalker's Handbook(2nd)
Mongrelfolk / Mongrelman Humanoid (?) - Races of Destiny(3.5)
Moon Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Forgetten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd)
Mul Humanoid (?) - Dark Sun Boxed Set(2nd), Dark Sun Campaign Setting Expanded and Revised(2nd)
Neanderthal Humanoid (Human, ?) - Frostburn(3.5)
Neraphim Outsider (Extraplanar when not on Limbo) - Planar Handbook(3.5)
Nezumi  ? - Oriental Adventures(3rd)
Ogre Giant - Monster Manual(3.5)
Ogre Mage Giant - Monster Manual(3.5)
Orc Humanoid (Orc)  ? Monster Manual(3.5, M; 4th), Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Painted Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Sandstorm(3.5)
Phrenic creature As base creature plus Psionic subtype - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5, T)
Pixie Fey - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Pterran - - Dark Sun Campaign Setting Expanded and Revised(2nd)
Rakshasa Outsider (Native) - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Raptoran  ? - Races of the Wild(3.5)
Rilkan  ? - Magic of Incarnum(3.5)
Satyr Fey - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Scablands Half-Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Sandstorm(3.5)
Sea Kin  ? - Races of Destiny(3.5)
Shadar-Kai  ?  ? Monster Manual(4th)
Shade  ? - Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Shadowswyft  ? - Planar Handbook(3.5)
Sharakim  ? - Cityscape(3.5), Races of Destiny(3.5)
Shield Dwarf Humanoid (Dwarf, ?) - Forgetten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd)
Shifter  ?  ? Eberron Campaign Setting(3.5), Monster Manual(4th), Player's Handbook II(4th)[3]
Skarn  ? - Magic of Incarnum(3.5)
Skulk  ? - Races of Destiny(3.5)
Slyth  ? - Underdark(3.5)
Snow Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Frostburn(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)
Strongheart Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, ?) - Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd)
Sun Elf Humanoid (Elf, ?) - Forgetten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd)
Svirfneblin / Deep Gnome Humanoid (Gnome) - Forgetten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Monster Manual(3rd, M; 3.5, M), Underdark(3.5), Elemental Evil(5nd)
Synad  ? - Complete Psionic(3.5)
Taer  ? - Unapproachable East(3rd)
Tallfellow Halfling Humanoid (Halfling) - Monster Manual(3rd, M; 3.5, M)
Tanarukk  ? - Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Thri-Kreen Monstrous Humanoid (Psionic) - Dark Sun Boxed Set(2nd), Dark Sun Campaign Setting Expanded and Revised(2nd), Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5, M), Shining South(3.5)
Tibbit  ? - The Dragon Compendium, Volume 1(3.5)
Troglodyte Humanoid (Reptilian) - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Troll Giant - Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Tundra Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, ?) - Frostburn(3.5)
Uldra  ? - Frostburn(3.5)
Unbodied Monstrous Humanoid (Incorporeal, Psionic) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5, M)
Underfolk  ? - Races of Destiny(3.5)
Vampire Undead - Monstr Manual(3.5, M, T)
Vanara  ? - Oriental Adventures(3rd)
Volodni  ? - Unapproachable East(3rd)
Warforged Construct (Living Construct)  ? Eberron Campaign Setting(3.5), Monster Manual(4th)
Water Genasi Outsider (Native, Cold?) - Planewalker's Handbook(2nd), Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Elemental Evil(5nd)
Water Half-Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Water Halfling Humanoid (Halfling, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Water Orc Humanoid (Orc, ?) - Unearthed Arcana(3.5)
Wemic  ? - Races of Faerûn(3rd)
Werebat (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Werebear (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T), Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Wereboar (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T), Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Werecrocodile (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Wererat (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T), Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Wereshark (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Weretiger (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T), Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Werewolf (Lycanthrope) As base creature plus Shapechanger subtype - Monster Manual(3.5, M, T), Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)
Whisper Gnome Humanoid (Gnome, ?) - Races of Stone(3.5)
Wild Elf / Green Elf Humanoid (Elf) - Forgetten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Wood Elf / Copper Elf Humanoid (Elf) - Forgetten Realms Campaign Setting(3rd), Monster Manual(3.5, M)
Wildren  ? - Planar Handbook(3.5)
Xeph Humanoid (Psionic, Xeph) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Yuan-ti Pureblood Monstrous Humanoid - Races of Faerûn(3rd), Monster Manual(3.5)
Yuan-ti Pureblood, Psionic Monstrous Humanoid (Psionic) - Expanded Psionics Handbook(3.5)
Yuan-ti Tainted One Monstrous Humanoid - Races of Faerûn(3rd, T)

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