Simic Hybrid Guide 5e
Published on July 6, 2021, Last modified on May 5th, 2022
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What is this guide?
This guide is meant to give you an idea of whether or not the simic hybrid 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 simic hybrid. 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 is an OK option
- 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 Simic Hybrids in 5e?
Source: Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica
Simic hybrids are the product of experiments conducted by the Simic Combine on the plane of Ravnica. The magic used to fuse different life forms together has resulted in extensive and varied biological enhancements found in the test subjects. The Simic Combine now also creates humanoid hybrid subjects which they hope to use as an army. Although humanoid hybrids have been known to leave, they are then considered an outcast from the Combine and will have difficulty gaining the trust of the other guilds of Ravnica.
Simic hybrids are a playable character race found in Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica.
Simic Hybrid 5e Traits
Ability Score Increase: +2 CON and +1 of your choice is amazingly versatile. Every class is happy with this stat line, although some builds prefer +2 in their main stat.
Size: Medium is the typical size of most races, and is neither good nor bad.
Speed: Simic hybrids have a standard walking speed of 30 feet.
Darkvision: Darkvision is always great, but its advantage can be ruined if your party members do not also have it.
Animal Enhancement: Simic hybrids get one Animal Enhancement at 1st level and one at 5th level, offering even more versatility to this race. Some of these options also change your physical appearance. The options are as follows:
1st Level: Three good options for three different situations. Take whichever one you think is more likely to come up: falling, climbing, or swimming. In all likelihood, having a climb speed will prove more useful than the other two.
- Manta Glide: Similar to the feather fall spell but you get some horizontal movement as you fall (or rather, glide). As a caster, this is near useless because you can pick up the feather fall spell at level 1, but non-casters may find this useful, especially if they want to engage in some daring manoeuvers.
- Nimble Climber: Climb speed is useful for sneaky characters like rogues. Once players in your party can fly and teleport around Nimble Climber becomes less exciting, but it’s still nice utility nonetheless.
- Underwater Adaptation: Someone in your party is bound to have a water breathing spell or potion at some point, but you never know when you will find yourself in the situation where you suddenly need to be able to swim fast and breathe underwater.
5th Level: The 5th level Animal Enhancements are more varied than the 1st level ones and provide more opportunity for your to customize your character.
- Grappling Appendages: Melee builds can have a field day with this enhancement. The damage isn’t bad and you get to try to grapple as a bonus action on a hit. This is a good way to get in some damage and keep your enemy in place while your allies pummel them on their turn.
- Carapace: Free AC is one of the best things you could hope for in a racial trait. This doesn’t work with heavy armor users, but they usually aren’t struggling for AC anyways.
- Acid Spit: The damage isn’t bad and it scales as you level up. The main issue here is that the save DC uses your CON modifier. Your CON won’t be terrible because simic hybrids get +2 CON, but Acid Spit’s save DC will still likely be lower than it could be.
Sources Used in This Guide
- Basic Rules
- Eberron: Rising from the Last War
- Elemental Evil Player’s Companion
- Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount
- Fizban's Treasury of Dragon
- Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica
- Monsters of the Multiverse
- Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes
- Mythic Odyessys of Theros
- Player's Handbook
- Spelljammer: Adventures in Space
- Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos
- Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide
- Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything
- The Tortle Package
- The Wild Beyond The Witchlight
- Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft
- Volo's Guide to Monsters
- Xanathar’s Guide to Everything