Published on June 10, 2020
What are Aasimar?
Aasimar are humans touched by the divine power of celestials. They are essentially servants of divine beings that have a angel on speed dial.
Ability Score Increase: CHA +2 is fairly common.
Age: Mature the same rate has humans but live to 160.
Speed: 30ft Walking
Languages: Common and Celestial
Darkvision: 60ft Darkvision
Celestial Resistance: Free resistance to Necrotic and Radiant damage will come in handy.
Healing Hands: Not quite as good as a Paladin’s Lay on Hands, but a free healing racial feat is amazing.
Light Bearer: Free, useful Light Cantrip.
Ability Score Increase: One of two classes that have STR + CHA racial bonuses. Great for Paladins.
Necrotic Shroud: A 10′ AoE Frighten spell + extra damage on your turn in an extremely strong racial trait.
Ability Score Increase: WIS + CHA isn’t a great racial bonus distribution
Radiant Soul: Free flight for a minute plus extra radiant damage on an attack or spell on each of your turns is amazing.
Ability Score Increase: One of three classes that have CHA + CON racial bonuses. Great for Paladins.
Radiant Consumption: Constant AoE damage that damages yourself is interesting. It will certainly have applications, they are just less likely to come up than free flight or a Frighten Aoe. Same radiant damage once per turn to a spell or attack is nice.
Ability Score Increase: One of three classes that have WIS + CHA racial bonuses. Not a great array but can be useful for Bards, Warlock, Sorcerers or Paladins that want a small bump to WIS based skills (i.e Perception).
Celestial Legacy: Lesser Restoration is useful, but not critical. Daylight isn’t great.
Which Classes Work With Aasimar?
Barbarian: Nothing for a Barb here. The only exception would be a Totem of the Bear Barb + Radiant Consumption so you can take half damage while everyone else takes full damage. The racial bonuses somewhat line up with a +1 to CON.
Bard: +2 to CHA means the Bard can take their pick of subclasses and it will almost always turn out good.
Cleric: Protector Aasimar would work fairly well because of the +1 to WIS. Radiant Soul isn’t negated by heavy armor like the Aarakocra so it could be a great choice if you want to fly and wear heavy armor.
Druid: Protector is the only subrace that would be worth it and the lack of DEX is tough.
Fighter: Nothing here for a Fighter.
Monk: It will be very hard to be an effective Monk without a +2 DEX racial bonus.
Paladin: This is THE Paladin race. Fallen subrace is the best for Paladins.
Ranger: No DEX will make this tough for Rangers.
Rogue: No DEX will make this tough for Rogues.
Sorcerer: Any of these subraces will work for Sorcerers. Fallen and Protector are the best for sure.
Warlock: Any of these subraces will work for Warlock. Fallen and Protector are the best for sure.
Wizard: Nothing here for Wizards.