Plasmoid Guide 5e
Published on November 14, 2022, Last modified on November 21st, 2022
Introduced in Spelljammer: Adventures in Space, these far-out creatures from deep space are as weird as they sound.
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What is this guide?
This guide is meant to give you an idea of whether or not the plasmoid 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 plasmoid. 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 Plasmoids in 5e?
Source: Spelljammer: Adventures in Space
Plasmoids are sentient ooze creatures that exist out in the depths of Wildspace. These creatures can mold their amorphous bodies into various shapes, allowing them to appear almost humanoid, create tentacles, or appear as a limbless blob.
Appearing as the first playable Ooze character type in Spelljammer: Adventures in Space, plasmoids are a very unique character race as not many spells and effects are meant to target Oozes. This combined with their ability to squeeze through small holes, hold their breath, and shape their bodies can result in a distinct playstyle not found in any fifth edition race.
Plasmoid 5e Traits
Ability Score Increase: Being able to choose between +2 ASI, +1 ASI, or +1, +1, +1 ASI means that you can pick exactly what your build will need.
Creature Type: Oozes cannot be targeted by spells that normally target Humanoids, like hold person, nor spells like normally target Fey, like protection from good and evil. This can innately allow plasmoids to avoid some spell effects, even if magical resistance isn’t included as a racial ability.
Size: Being able to choose between Small and Medium allows you to fine-tune your build. Looking to go for a heavy weapon-weilding barbarian? Medium is the way to go. Wanting to lean a bit more to the stealthy side of things? Small size might be right for you.
Speed: 30ft is the standard walking speed for most races.
Amorphous: Being able to fit through 1 inch gaps is surprisingly useful for any number of scenarios but the caveat of wearing and carrying nothing takes away from the efficiency of this ability. Luckily, you get advantage on grappling and escaping grapples whether you’re wearing armor or not.
Darkvision: Darkvision is always great, but its advantage can be ruined if your party members do not also have it.
Hold Breath: Not nearly as long-lasting as a water breathing spell, but Hold Breath can still come in handy. One hour isn’t very long if you are doing a whole underwater adventure, but this trait can also be used in other situations.
Natural Resilience: Free resistance to poison and acid, along with advantage against being poisoned are solid defensive traits that will certainly come in handy over the course of a campaign.
Shape Self: Being able to alternate between a humanoid and shapeless blob can be useful for stealth. As for the pseudopod, it’s essentially a mage hand that’s attached to your body. You can use your pseudopod to open doors and move Tiny objects, but it can’t attack. Unfortunately, a big bonus of mage hand is that it’s meant to interact with dangerous objects so you don’t get hurt, which, because it’s attached to your body, the pseudopod lacks.
Sources Used in This Guide
- BR: Basic Rules
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- SotDQ: Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen
- ERLW: Eberron: Rising from the Last War
- EEPC: Elemental Evil Player’s Companion
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- GGtR: Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica
- MotM: Monsters of the Multiverse
- MToF: Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes
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- 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
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- VGtM: Volo's Guide to Monsters
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