Gnolls are hyena-like humanoids who originated in savanna and desert regions. Gnolls typically have a matriarchal society and are usually scavengers, known for incessant laughing and voracious hunger.

Unlike other races, who have a singular origin, different groups of gnolls were created by different means. Some are hyenas that were exposed to Goo; others were elevated by otherworldly beings. Regardless of their origin, their differences do not affect their interactions.


Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2, and your Dexterity or Wisdom score (your choice) increases by 1.

Age. Gnolls age much like humans, maturing and dying a little earlier. Most are adults by 15 and few live to be older than 70.

Alignment. Culturally, gnolls are devious, always on the lookout for personal gain and an edge over any competition. Most gnolls take any opportunity to harm their foes and are neutral evil.

Rarity. Common.

Size. A gnoll is as tall as a dwarf, standing somewhere between 4 and 5 feet tall, and weighing around 150 pounds. 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 within the same range as if it were dim light. Absent even dim light, this vision is monochromatic.

Bite. You have fangs and strong jaws, and so your unarmed strikes deal ld4 piercing damage. Your bite has the light and finesse weapon properties, and you have proficiency with it.

Rampage. When you drop a creature to 0 hit points with a melee attack on your turn, you can take a bonus action to move up to half your speed and make a bite attack.

Unnerving. With your feral looks and bizarre cackling, you have proficiency in the Intimidation skill.

Wily. Always looking for an edge, you have proficiency in the Deception and Insight skills.

Languages. You speak, read, and write Common.

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