Aasimar Guide 5e
Published on June 10, 2020, Last modified on November 7th, 2022
What is this guide?
This guide is meant to give you an idea of whether or not the aasimar will be right for your 5e character build.
The color code below has been implemented to help you identify, at a glance, how good that option will be for your aasimar. This color coding isn’t a hard and fast rule; there are plenty of sub-optimized options out there that will be viable to your party and will be fun to play.
- Black is a trait shared by many races and or will not impact the effectiveness of your character build
- Red isn’t going to contribute to the effectiveness of your character build at all
- Orange Situationally good, but a below-average option otherwise
- Green is a good option
- Blue is a great option, you should strongly consider this option for your character
- Sky Blue is an amazing option. If you do not take this option your character would not be optimized
Tasha's Cauldron of Everything Update
Tasha's Cauldron of Everything has added the "Customizing Your Origin" option that may affect the ability score increases, languages, and proficiencies in this guide. To read more about this, visit our D&D Race Guide.
What are Aasimar in 5e?
Source: Volo's Guide to Monsters
Aasimar are humans touched by the divine power of celestials. They are essentially servants of divine beings that have an angel on speed dial.
Aasimar 5e Traits
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.
Aasimar 5e Subraces
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.
Sources Used in This Guide
- BR: Basic Rules
- : Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants
- SotDQ: Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen
- ERLW: Eberron: Rising from the Last War
- EEPC: Elemental Evil Player’s Companion
- EGtW: Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount
- FToD: Fizban's Treasury of Dragon
- GGtR: Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica
- MotM: Monsters of the Multiverse
- MToF: Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes
- MOoT: Mythic Odyessys of Theros
- PAitM: Planescape: Adventures in the Multiverse
- PHB: Player's Handbook
- SAiS: Spelljammer: Adventures in Space
- SCoC: Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos
- SCAG: Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide
- TCoE: Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything
- TTP: The Tortle Package
- WBtW: The Wild Beyond The Witchlight
- VRGtR: Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft
- VGtM: Volo's Guide to Monsters
- XGtE: Xanathar’s Guide to Everything