Deep Gnome Guide 5e
Published on December 22, 2022, Last modified on December 26th, 2022
If you’re looking for a mysterious and secretive race of deep-dwelling beings for your character, deep gnomes may be the right race for you.
David Sladek - Wizards of the Coast - Deep Gnome Terramancer
What is this guide?
This guide is meant to give you an idea of whether or not the deep gnome 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 deep gnome. 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 Deep Gnome in 5e?
Source: Monsters of the Multiverse
Deep gnomes, also known as svirfneblin, are a rare and secretive race of gnome in D&D 5e. With their tough, wiry frames and innate cunning, deep gnomes are well equipped to survive in the dangerous depths of the Underdark.
Unlike other races of gnomes, deep gnomes tend to be more cautious and reserved. The secrets of their underground homes are closely guarded, and they prefer to keep to themselves. Despite this reserved nature, deep gnomes can be a fun-loving and hospitable people, especially when it comes to those who have proven their trustworthiness.
In Monsters of the Multiverse, deep gnomes are considered an entirely separate race, rather than a subrace like they were in the Player’s Handbook.
Deep Gnome 5e Traits
Darkvision: Typical Darkvision is only 60 feet. So, having 120 feet of vision dark environments can give you a massive tactical advantage. Especially for ranged martials, spellcasters, and stealth-based builds.
Gift of the Svirfneblin: Disguise self is a useful enough spell, but nondetection is situational at best.
Gnomish Magic Resistance: Advantage on INT, WIS, and CHA saves against spells is normally extremely beneficial. Unfortunately, D&D 5e is trending towards removing spells from monster stat blocks and moving towards ‘spell-like abilities.’ This means you’ll be able to use this less, but it’ll be extremely useful when you’re able to use it.
Svirfneblin Camouflage: Choosing to make Stealth checks with advantage up to prof. modifier times per day can be helpful for all kinds of builds. Stealth-based builds can use it to ensure they remain undetected, heavy armor-builds can use it to negate disadvantage. Keep in mind, you must declare you’re using this advantage before the roll is made.
Sources Used in This Guide
- BR: Basic Rules
- 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
- 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