July 30, 2021 10 min read
Players who want another take on Dragonborn can play a Yuan-Tiin Dungeons & Dragons 5e. While Dragonborn descend from dragons, Yuan-Ti come from serpents. They have a natural affinity with snakes, with most Yuan-Ti even adopting their physical characteristics. As one of the more obscure ancestries in D&D 5e, playing a Yuan-Ti definitely adds a flair of mystery to any campaign setting. Likewise, the lack of data on Yuan-Ti in the 5e Player’s Handbook can make them a rather difficult ancestry to get into.
This quick guide will help curious players create a Yuan-Ti from an exotic and foreign land. We’ll explore their origins, culture, and special traits in order to play a Yuan-Ti character that will spice up your adventure.
Thanks to their foreign nature, not much is known about Yuan-Ti save for the fact that they have multiple variants depending on how “close” they are to their serpentine connection. As such, some Yuan-Ti appear extremely human-like save for some serpentine characteristics, while others adopt a fully snake humanoid appearance complete with a long tail for a bottom. In this article, we’ll talk about Yuan-Ti Purebloods, which appear similar to Humans save for scales and some special traits:
A Yuan-Ti’s ancestral connection with serpents can immediately add a lot of flair to both their character origins and their Class options. After all, a serpentine humanoid can have an innate appeal that makes them fit Charisma-based classes. Likewise, their snake-like agility may motivate Yuan-Ti to get into Classes that fully explore their potential in combat. Here are some of the Classes a Yuan-Ti can explore and take full advantage of given their special traits:
As one of the more mysterious ancestries in the game, Dungeon Masters and Players can actually work together to create a compelling backstory that can make the Yuan-Ti just as compelling a culture compared to common ancestries in any game world. Moreover, their foreign and exotic nature makes any Yuan-Ti both a mystery and a threat to people they meet, which Players can take full advantage of when choosing a Background for them. Here are some Yuan-Ti Backgrounds a Player can choose for their character: