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Owlin 5e Race

What is an Owlin? You would be right if you think an Owlin has something to do with owls! Owlins are a race you can choose for your player in Dungeons and Dragons fifth edition. Distantly related to the Great Owls of the Feywild, Owlins are a combination of birds and humans.

What are Owlins in 5e?

In 5e, Owlins are considered humanoid, but their look varies widely. It is up to the player to put the finishing touches on their character’s appearance. They can be cute, cuddly, wide-eyed forest friends or scary, mysterious hunters in the night. 

Owlin Stats

From Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos, Owlins have the following stats and abilities:

  • Ability Score Increase. Increase one ability score by 2, and increase a different one by 1.
  • Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and one other language that you and your DM agree is appropriate for the character.
  • Creature Type. You are a Humanoid.
  • Size. You are Medium or Small. You choose the size when you select this race.
  • Speed. Your walking speed is 30 feet.
  • Darkvision. You can see in dim light within 120 feet of yourself as if it were bright light and in darkness as if it were dim light. You discern colors in that darkness only as shades of gray.
  • Flight. Thanks to your wings, you have a flying speed equal to your walking speed. You can’t use this flying speed if you wear medium or heavy armor.
  • Silent Feathers. You have proficiency in the Stealth skill.

Owlin Features

In Dnd 5e, Owlins share a few common characteristics.  They tend to have two wings extending from their back and arms hanging by their sides, like the average human. Their size can range from small to medium in size. You can be a hulking six-foot 5 creature of nightmares or a three-foot-tall little birdie buddy. Either way, Owlins will make a noble addition to any campaign. 


Their owl ancestry comes with some perks as well. Owlins can fly. Flight gives them a clear advantage over their earthbound companions. Owlins also have the benefit of sneaking. Their soft feathers make their flight almost silent, a definite advantage to any stealthy adventurer. 

Flight is not only a means of momentum. The ability to fly also includes hovering for over one hour. Combined with stealth the Owlin build can be a super powerful advantage. Owlins can sneakily glide upon a target or situation without triggering passive perception, perfect for surprise attacks and surveillance. 

Ability Score Bonuses

In addition to stealth and flight, 5e Owlins also have an extra three points to add to their ability scores. Players can divide up these bonuses how they will. They are limited to 2 additional points in any one score. Players can choose to add 2 to one ability scores or add one point to three ability scores. 

On top of all that, Owlins have darkvision. Every DM will tell you the importance of dark vision to any character build. 

Playing an Owlin in 5e

While the DnD books don’t give a ton of information about Owlin as a race (it’s actually more of a lineage), overall, the Owlin is an exciting addition to 5e DnD. Owlin characters can be both cute and deadly. They offer ariel an advantage and give rage to the player. 

Best Classes for Owlin

Any of the DEX-heavy ranged martial classes like Ranger or Fighter would make terrific Owlin characters. Also, if you lean more toward the magic user side of things, Sorcerers and Wizards (with their ranged attacks) would make great use of Owlin traits.

It should go without saying that a sneaky, stealthy, silent Owlin Rogue with darkvision would be an absolutely ideal pairing as well.

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If you possess owl-like qualities, like the tendency to rise late, the desire to sneak up on friends, or a taste for mice, the 5e Owlin might be your choice. Give the Owlin race a try in your next adventure! 


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