Fairies in DnD 5E guide

Step into the enchanting world of Faeries 5E, where magic meets mystery.

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With the release of The Wild Beyond the Witchlight, Dungeons and Dragons 5E has received some new character options for players to give their PCs some far out Feywild twists. One of these options is the Fairy, the winged and small, though not as tiny as you might think, folk native to the Feywild, and popular in folk stories and modern series the world over.

Natives of the Feywild

Fairies are wee folk of the Feywild, though they are not as small as the other wee folk such as the sprites and pixies. Their bodies are suffused with the very magic of the Feywild itself, giving them their unique appearances as well as their magical powers. 

Whilst fairies usually look like miniature elves with insect-like wings, the effects of their fantastical home give each fairy a special physical trait that makes them visually distinct from each other. You can determine this trait by rolling on the table below, replicated from TWBtW for ease of reference.

1Your wings are like those of a bird.
2You have shimmering, multicolored skin.
3You have exceptionally large ears.
4A glittering mist constantly surrounds you.
5You have a small spectral horn on your forehead, like a little unicorn horn.
6Your legs are insectile.
7You smell like fresh brownies.
8A noticeable, harmless chill surrounds you.

Fluttering on: Playing a Fairy

Playing a fairy gives you the following traits:

Ability Scores – You can increase one ability score by 2 and a different score by 1, alternatively you can increase three different ability scores by 1.

Size – Small.

Creature Type – Fey.

Speed – 30ft.

Age – Fairies live for around a century.

Fairy Magic – You know the Druidcraft cantrip, at 3rd level you can cast the Faerie Fire spell, and at 5th level you can also cast Enlarge/Reduce. You can cast each leveled spell once per long rest, if you have spell slots you can cast them again using a spell slot of the appropriate level. Your spellcasting modifier for these spells is either Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma, which you choose when you select this race.

Flight – You have a flying speed equal to your walking speed as long as you are not wearing medium or heavy armor.

Languages – You can read and write Common and one other language of your choice your DM deems appropriate, such as Elven, Goblin, or Sylvan.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this flight with the fairy. Are you thinking about playing a fairy in your next campaign? If so, what trait would you want to score? Is it the insect legs? I bet it’s the insect legs. If you enjoyed this article, check out the Harengon race here. Until next time, try and stay out of jar-jail!

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