Aarakocra, Variant (5e Race Variant)

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Aarakocra Traits[edit]

A Raptor aarakocra looming over the city.

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2.
Age. Aarakocra reach maturity by age 15. Their average lifespan is entirely dependent on how long they're exposed to fresh air. Because of this, aarakocra accustomed to life in the Material Plane tend to live much shorter lives than their Elemental Plane counterparts, usually only living for about 40 years. However, a large majority of aarakocra share the lifespan of humans, or about 80-90 years.
Alignment. Most aarakocra are good and rarely choose sides when it comes to law and chaos. Tribal leaders and warriors might be lawful, while explorers and adventurers might tend toward chaotic.
Size. The height of aarakocra vary slightly, but most are about 6-7 feet tall, regardless of subrace. They have thin, lightweight bodies that weigh between 80 and 140 pounds. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 20 feet. You have a flying speed of 50 feet.
Wings. All aarakocra are born with a strong pair of wings on their backs, allowing them to travel through the skies at high speeds. You have a flying speed of 50 feet. To use this flying speed, you can’t be wearing medium or heavy armor. In addition, where you fly must be at least 10 feet wide to accommodate your wingspan.
Talons. In addition to the ability of flight, aarakocra are also blessed with sharp talons on their feet, allowing them to grab onto objects more easily and have a means to defend themselves without a dependency for weapons. You are proficient with unarmed strikes, which deal 1d4 slashing damage on a hit.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Auran.
Subrace. The different kinds of aarakocra vary greatly in appearance and ability, ranging from mighty eagles to wise owls. Choose one of the three subraces below.



Generally resembling jays, cardinals, finches, or other small birds in physical appearance, this species of aarakocra sacrifice power for utility, often finding other ways to support their party rather than attacking.

Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma or Wisdom score increases by 1.
Melodic Voice. You are proficient in the Persuasion skill and may double your proficiency bonus when making Persuasion skill checks that involve speaking, singing, or using your voice in any other way.


Generally resembling hawks, falcons, eagles, and other large birds in physical appearance, this stoic species of aarakocra focus on thriving in combat, always putting priority on the protection of their party or their people.

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength or Wisdom score increases by 1.
Keen Sight. You are proficient in the Perception skill and may double your proficiency bonus when making Perception skill checks that involve sight.


Resembling owls in physical appearance, this species of aarakocra are wiser and more tranquil than the others, focusing on the pursuit of knowledge rather than fighting. They use spellcasting as a means of defense.

Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence or Wisdom score increases by 1.
Magically Inclined. You are proficient in the Arcana skill and may double your proficiency bonus when making Arcana skill checks that involve the Elemental Plane of Air or creatures that reside there.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

5′ 8″ +3d4 120 lb. × 1 lb.

*Height = base height + height modifier
**Weight = base weight + (height modifier × weight modifier)

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