Last Updated on January 10, 2023
Firbolgs are fey-oriented half-giants. Their tribes cloister in remote forest strongholds, preferring to spend their days in quiet harmony with the woods. When provoked, firbolgs demonstrate formidable skills with weapons and druidic magic.—Volo’s Guide to Monsters
When people think of giants in DnD, they typically think of monstrous creatures that can wreak havoc on the surrounding areas. Firbolgs, on the other hand, are the definition of gentle giants.
What are Firbolgs in 5e?
The Firbolg are known as a reclusive race that lives in the forests and communes with nature. They rarely leave their established circles and make lifelong friends. If ever someone manages to anger a Firbolg, they’ll soon realize their mistake. They have innate spellcasting abilities and a giant’s strength.
This makes the Firbolgs incredible allies or monstrous foes, depending upon your interactions with them.
Description of Firbolgs in 5e
Firbolgs have giant ancestry and are quite tall. In the standard DnD setting of Faerun, they’re taller than the average human at 7 to 8 ft tall. There have been Firbolgs known to be taller at 10+ feet, but the Firbolgs of Faerun and the Forgotten Realms setting tend to be smaller.
They are covered in fur that typically ranges from brown to red and has brownish skin. Firbolgs tend to have large ears and snouts and have similarly been described as having bovine features.
They tend to keep to themselves and their allies. They don’t make friends outside of their inner circles often, but when they do they are fiercely loyal creatures.
Firbolg Racial Stats 5e
Ability Score Increase. Wisdom is increased by 2 and Strength is increased by 1.
Languages. Firbolgs can speak, read, and write Common, Elvish, and Giant.
Creature Type. Firbolgs are medium Humanoid creatures. They are mixtures of fey and giant ancestry that have bovine-like features including floppy ears. They are covered in fur that typically ranges in earth-tone colors.
Life Span. Firbolgs reach maturity at age 30 and can live up to 500 years.
Size. Firbolgs are medium-sized creatures that average 7-8ft tall.
Speed. Your walking speed is 30 feet.
Firbolg Magic. Firbolgs can naturally cast Detect Magic and Disguise Self. These spells use the Firbolgs Wisdom modifier as their casting ability and can be done once per long or short rest. This version additionally allows them to alter their size and appearance to blend in with humans and elves.
Hidden Step. Firbolgs can turn invisible as a bonus action until the start of their next turn. It can be done once per long or short rest. Attacking, rolling for damage, or forcing someone to make a save breaks the effect prematurely.
Powerful Build. Firbolgs are supernaturally strong and count as one size larger when determining the carrying capacity and weight that they can push, drag, or lift.
Speech of Beast and Leaf. The Firbolg’s attunement to nature allows them to speak to all beasts and plants. They can make the meaning of their words understood to them and have Advantage on all Charisma checks to influence them.
What are the best classes for the Firbolg race?
There are a few classes that work really well with the Firbolg.
As a Druid, the Firbolg gains access to some of their natural spellcasting, and thematically the class and race work well together.
The ability score improvements will help the Druid by giving them access to more spells and a nice Wisdom bonus.
If players want to use the custom background features that alter the bonus ability scores of a race, changing Wisdom to Charisma would be a good choice for these character classes.
Once again, thematically, these would all align with the Firbolg race.
Paladins would gain extra spells and abilities as well as a nice strength bonus in combat.
Bards would be able to use Hidden Step and Speech of Beast and Leaf with the Charisma bonus and would be much more versatile on and off the battlefield.
Finally, for a Spellcaster option, the Warlock would gain the standard bonuses from Charisma and the added natural spells and abilities are much more useful to the Warlock since they have limited spell slots, to begin with.
What class are Firbolgs good for?
Firbolgs make excellent Druids and Rangers using their standard ability score modifiers. If you use the custom background features in Tasha’s Cauldron, however, they also make excellent Bards, Paladins, and Warlocks with their natural racial features.
Are Firbolgs cow people?
Firbolgs are Giants that have Fey ancestry. They are not cow people but have cow-like physical features. They tend to have large floppy ears, a snout, and are covered in fur. Although not cow people they share some physical characteristics.
Does Firbolg have Darkvision?
In DnD 5e Firbolgs do not have Darkvision. In their first appearance in DnD 3e, they had Darkvision, but it has since been removed in newer versions.