Yuan-Ti Pureblood (5e Race Variant)

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Design Note: There was an official Yuan-Ti race for 5e, released in Volo's Guide to Monsters. It is commonly thought of as being overpowered and too strong in comparison to other races. This race is intended to be more reasonably powered compared to the races in the SRD. It's still powerful, but not unduly so. This race has a Musicus score of 6.

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Yuan Ti Pureblood

As seen in Volo's Guide to Monsters

These half-serpent-half-human creatures were just part of a cult, but they became so much more.

Physical Description

There are multiple types of Yuan-Ti. To put it plainly, these creatures are a mix of a serpent and a human. Some of the Yuan-Ti look more like snakes than others do, and some look more like humans, being nearly indistinguishable. There are three main types of Yuan-Ti the Abominations, the Malisons, and the Pure Bloods. The Abominations pretty much look like giant snakes with arms. These are the strongest of all of the Yuan-Ti, and some might think that they are the most gifted and devoted to the serpent gods. The next type are the Malisons, who have the head of snake, arms that are snakes, or a serpent bottom instead of legs. These Yuan-Ti are typically more dexterous ones. Lastly, the Purebloods are the most cunning and human-like of the Yuan-Ti, often looking exactly like humans except for slits for eyes and occasional scales.


A long time ago, there was a tribe that went by the name of Yuan-Ti, they were a human tribe that worshiped serpent gods. As time went on and the tribe became more devoted to their faith, they turned to cannibalism and humanoid sacrifice. The gods looked upon the Yuan-Ti with pleasure. Eventually, the Yuan-Ti wished to be so much like the serpent gods that they mated with snakes through terrible sorcery. And thus was born the race of Yuan-Ti as we know them today. They look upon their transformation as a gift from the gods and feel as if they are more like them now that they have transformed. The Yuan-Ti typically only worship the gods they do so that they might gain power through, and are willing to do whatever it takes to become even more powerful.


The Yuan-Ti are creatures without honor or remorse. They will fool outsiders, typically humanoids, into their tribes so that they might be able to sacrifice them to the serpent gods. The serpent gods they worship include Dendar, who feeds on fears and nightmares that her people instill into others, Merrshaulk, who has been dormant for a while and might come back if enough horrific acts are done, and Sseth, who created a divide between those who worship Merrshaulk and those who turned to him believing that he is a messenger of Merrshaulk.

Yuan-Ti Pureblood Traits

The product of a cult that mated serpents with humans.
Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2, and your Intelligence score increases by 1.
Age. A yuan-ti matures at the same rate as humans and have lifespans similar in length to theirs.
Alignment. The yuan-ti are almost always evil, but of course, there are always those who stray from the path.
Size. Yuan-Ti are the same size as humans. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Darkvision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
Poison Resistance. You have resistance to poison damage, and you have advantage on saving throws against becoming poisoned.
Serpentine Empathy. You can communicate simple ideas with snakes.
Snake's Cunning. You have advantage on all Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma saving throws against magic.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common, Abyssal, and Draconic.

Random Height and Weight

Table: Yuan-Ti Random Height and Weight
Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
4'8" +2d10 inches 110 lb. +2d4 lbs.

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