July 14, 2021 9 min read
Author:Rhenn Anthony Taguiam
Meta Description:Elves in D&D 5e make their presence known for their grace and longevity. However, players don't need to settle for stereotypes for their D&D 5e characters.
An Elfin most stereotypes are graceful, mystical, and ever-so-beautiful creatures in societies as old as time, with mysteries no other mortals can dare to understand. In Dungeons & Dragons 5e, Elves have the same characteristics. Elves in any D&D 5ecampaign setting are almost ageless, refined in their selected crafts, and have an intricate connection with the arcane and the life around them. Players interested in making Elves might find it difficult to make a unique character, as they tend to be “locked” in stereotypes concerning their grace and splendor. However, Elves don’t always have to be Rangers, Druids, or even Wizards.
In this guide, we’ll take a look into the innate characteristics that make Elves wondrous and mysterious at the same time. However, we’ll peek past the stereotypes and use what the sourcebooks offer and create an Elven character that can add an element of excitement to your adventuring party.
Thanks to their keen senses and grace, Elves can take advantage of their innate Dexterity to serve as nature’s guardians or a stalwart presence in the realms. Unlike other races, Elves show affinity to magic and the mysteries that lie in nature. They have these traits:
Players can choose to be High Elves, which demonstrate an Elf’s attachment to their magical roots and mastery of martial movement. They gain these additional benefits:
Moreover, players can have their Elves defend their homes in the forest with Wood Elves, who appear wild and connected to the flora and fauna in their realms. Their skin appears copperish with hints of green. They have these benefits:
Lastly, players who want their Elves to have a deeper connection to the Feywild can make Eladrin, whose nature as Elves make them both a part of the Material Plane and the twilight realm. They have these additional benefits:
As beings with long lives and natural Dexterity, Elves tend to showcase innate mastery of whatever craft they choose. Technicalities-wise, Elves make great Rangers and Druids that guard the forests and their homes, with their Dexterity providing ample ways for them to skillfully navigate difficult terrain and avoiding traps.
However, Elves reliant on flavor show more variety in terms of classes, all of which try to show their grace and natural abilities. These include skillful Wizards and Warlocks tapping into unknown power.
If you’re looking into classes that benefits from both the Elves’ natural traits and their potential for flavor, here are some that might fit your fancy:
Most Elves in popular fantasy fiction live long lives, often showcasing their mastery (and often corruption) of the mystic arts and their skill in combat. They tend to be reclusive, alienating, and afraid of intermingling with other races - which makes sense, having lived very long lives. As such, Elves tend to be the most graceful, most beautiful, and the most talented people others may encounter in their lives.
However, players who want to take a spin to the Elven concept may do so gracefully, thanks in part to these interesting character backgrounds: