Kobold

+2 Dex
Small sized.
Speed. 30 feet
Darkvision 60ft.
Pack Tactics. You have advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of your allies is within 5 feet of the creature and the ally isn’t incapacitated.
Weak Build. You are physically weak. Your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift is 75% the normal for your size.
Language. Draconic, Common

Subraces.
Tunnel Rat.
+1 Con
Culture of Utility. You are proficient with your choice of either Miner’s Tools, Trapmaker’s Tools, or Blacksmith’s Tools.
Small build. You can move through the space of any creature that is of a size larger than yours and not consider it difficult terrain.

Dragonwrought.
+1 Con
Wings and Tail. As Aarakocra. You also have a tail.

Spellscale.
+1 Cha
Dragonblooded. You know one cantrip from the Sorcerer’s spell list. In addition, you can cast Magic Missile and Detect Magic as first-level spells once per long rest each. Charisma is your spellcasting ability.

Homebrew Reasoning. The Volo’s Guide to Monstes’ Kobold racial traits present an ability score penalty as well as Sunlight Sensitivity for the Kobold. While these penalties might help present a feeling for how kobolds feel, I don’t like the penalties on the race, especially considering further that they are small sized.

This homebrew exists to present an alternative Kobold with subraces to try and reach the various factors of kobolds. This rework adds Subraces, the Pack Tactics quality, and Weak Build and removes the Sunlight Sensitivity, Strength Penalty, and the Grovel, Cower, and Beg ability.

The previous Homebrew provided different traits for the kobolds which have been altered in this rewrite.
Pack Tactics gives the overall main benefit of being a kobold. Weak Build represents what the Strength penalty in Volo’s originally did; this penalty effects Strength-based kobolds as well simply because they are less likely to be able to carry Heavy Armor, rather than affecting their ability to use it.

These changes are far less penalizing on player characters while also giving them the wide range of Kobolds possible.


[details=Old]+2 Dex
Small sized.
Speed. 30 feet
Darkvision 60ft.
Trapsmiths. You proficient with trapmaking tools.
Language. Draconic

Subraces.
Tunnel Rat.
+1 Con
Tough Scales. +1 AC
Mining tools. You are proficient with Miner’s Tools.
Small build. You can move through the space of any creature that is of a size larger than yours and not consider it difficult terrain.

Dragonwrought.
+1 Con
Wings and Tail. As Aarakocra. You also have a tail.

Spellscale.
+1 Cha
Dragonblooded. You know one cantrip from the Sorcerer’s spell list. In addition, you can cast Magic Missile and Detect Magic as first-level spells once per long rest. Charisma is your spellcasting ability.[/details]