Humans and Variant Humans in DnD 5E explained

A mainstay in every DnD setting, and in real life, humans are renowned for their adaptability, perseverance, and just how much they get done in such a relatively short lifespan. In 5E humans, as well as the most popular variant, were included in the Player’s Handbook and have seen many character sheets in the following years. Whilst a variety of human variants exist in the Eberron setting to represent Dragonmarks, this article will focus on the PHB variety of humans found in all settings.

Unparalleled Variety

Unlike other races presented in the game, there is no ‘typical’ depiction of a human, with height, weight, skin tone, and more varying so greatly between different peoples within the same race. In settings like the Forgotten Realms, humans of similar characteristics are often found as part of certain regions of the world, although individuals from those places travel and adventure across the land.

Humans mix well with all races, often serving as ambassadors, merchants, and diplomats and picking up the native languages of the races they deal with most. This trait means humans are found all over the world, and often have the blood of other races in their lineage. The lifespan of the typical human may be short compared to many other races, but their societies, kingdoms, and cities are built to endure the test of time.

All Rounders: Playing a Human

Playing a human gives you the following traits:

Ability Scores – Str +1, Dex +1, Con +1, Int +1, Wis +1, Cha +1

Size – Medium

Creature Type – Humanoid

Speed – 30 ft.

Age – Humans reach adulthood in their late teenage years and live up to a century.

Languages – You can speak, read, and write Common and one language of your choice.

A Bit Special: Playing a Variant Human

Playing a variant human gives you the following traits:

Ability Scores – +1 to two different stats of your choice

Size – Medium

Creature Type – Humanoid

Speed – 30 ft.

Age – Humans reach adulthood in their late teenage years and live up to a century.

Skills – You gain one skill proficiency of your choice.

Feat – At 1st level, you gain a feat of your choice.

Languages – You can speak, read, and write Common and one language of your choice.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed this article and found it informative, have you traveled the lands as a human in DnD? If you want to learn more about other race options, check out our races section, or if you want to understand the world’s greatest roleplaying game better, then check out our how to play section. Good luck out there adventurers and until next time, remember, learning the local language can lead to long-lasting friendships!

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