DnD Tiefling

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The Infernal Touched

In this quick build guide, we'll show you how to create a Tiefling character and provide valuable insights into playing this stout and steadfast race.

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1. Traits
2. Names
3. Story
5. Expectations
6. Quickbuild
7. Example
8. Resources

Tiefling Traits

Tieflings share certain racial traits as a result of their infernal descent.

Ability Score Increase

Your Intelligence score increases by 1, and your Charisma score increases by 2.


Tieflings mature at the same rate as humans but live a few years longer.


Tieflings are about the same size and build as humans. Your size is Medium.


Your base walking speed is 30 feet.


Thanks to your infernal heritage, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.

Hellish Resistance

You have resistance to fire damage.

Infernal Legacy

You know the thaumaturgy cantrip. When you reach 3rd level, you can cast the hellish rebuke spell as a 2nd-level spell once with this trait and regain the ability to do so when you finish a long rest. When you reach 5th level, you can cast the darkness spell once with this trait and regain the ability to do so when you finish a long rest. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.


You can speak, read, and write Common and Infernal.

Tiefling Names

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Tiefling names fall into three broad categories. Tieflings born into another culture typically have names reflective of that culture. Some have names derived from the Infernal language, passed down through generations, that reflect their fiendish heritage. And some younger tieflings, striving to find a place in the world, adopt a name that signifies a virtue or other concept and then try to embody that concept. For some, the chosen name is a noble quest. For others, it’s a grim destiny.

Male Infernal Names: Akmenos, Amnon, Barakas, Damakos, Ekemon, Iados, Kairon, Leucis, Melech, Mordai, Morthos, Pelaios, Skamos, Therai

Female Infernal Names: Akta, Anakis, Bryseis, Criella, Damaia, Ea, Kallista, Lerissa, Makaria, Nemeia, Orianna, Phelaia, Rieta

“Virtue” Names: Art, Carrion, Chant, Creed, Despair, Excellence, Fear, Glory, Hope, Ideal, Music, Nowhere, Open, Poetry, Quest, Random, Reverence, Sorrow, Temerity, Torment, Weary


Ignorant people tend to be suspicious of tieflings, assuming that their infernal heritage has left its mark on their personality and morality, not just their appearance. The reality is that a tiefling’s bloodline doesn’t affect their personality. They are gifted with magic from the infernal realms but chart their own course in life.

Back story and about

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“But you do see the way people look at you, devil’s child.”

Those black eyes, cold as a winter storm, were staring right into her heart and the sudden seriousness in his voice jolted her.

“What is it they say?” he asked. “One’s a curiosity, two’s a conspiracy—”

“Three’s a curse,” she finished. “You think I haven’t heard that rubbish before?”

“I know you have.” When she glared at him, he added, “It’s not as if I’m plumbing the depths of your mind, dear girl. That is the burden of every tiefling. Some break under it, some make it the millstone around their neck, some revel in it.” He tilted his head again, scrutinizing her, with that wicked glint in his eyes. “You fight it, don’t you? Like a little wildcat, I wager. Every little jab and comment just sharpens your claws.”

— Erin M. Evans, Brimstone Angels

To be greeted with stares and whispers, to suffer violence and insult on the street, to see mistrust and fear in every eye: this is the lot of the tiefling. And to twist the knife, tieflings know that this is because a pact struck generations ago infused the essence of Asmodeus—overlord of the Nine Hells—into their bloodline. Their appearance and their nature are not their fault but the result of an ancient sin, for which they and their children and their children’s children will always be held accountable.

Infernal Bloodline

Tieflings are derived from human bloodlines, and in the broadest possible sense, they still look human. However, their infernal heritage has left a clear imprint on their appearance. Tieflings have large horns that take any of a variety of shapes: some have curling horns like a ram, others have straight and tall horns like a gazelle’s, and some spiral upward like an antelopes’ horns. They have thick tails, four to five feet long, which lash or coil around their legs when they get upset or nervous. Their canine teeth are sharply pointed, and their eyes are solid colors—black, red, white, silver, or gold—with no visible sclera or pupil. Their skin tones cover the full range of human coloration, but also include various shades of red. Their hair, cascading down from behind their horns, is usually dark, from black or brown to dark red, blue, or purple.

Self-Reliant and Suspicious

Tieflings subsist in small minorities found mostly in human cities or towns, often in the roughest quarters of those places, where they grow up to be swindlers, thieves, or crime lords. Sometimes they live among other minority populations in enclaves where they are treated with more respect.

Lacking a homeland, tieflings know that they have to make their own way in the world and that they have to be strong to survive. They are not quick to trust anyone who claims to be a friend, but when a tiefling’s companions demonstrate that they trust him or her, the tiefling learns to extend the same trust to them. And once a tiefling gives someone loyalty, the tiefling is a firm friend or ally for life.

What to Expect as a Tiefling

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Tieflings are humanoids whose ancestry includes a fiendish being, often a devil or demon. This infernal heritage grants them distinctive physical features, such as horns, tails, and exotic skin tones, but it also gifts them with innate magical abilities. As a Tiefling, you can expect:

Infernal Legacy
You possess natural spellcasting abilities, such as the ability to cast Thaumaturgy and Hellish Rebuke.

Fiendish Resistance
You have resistance to fire damage, thanks to your fiendish ancestry.

Unique Appearance
Your character's appearance sets them apart, with traits like horns, tails, or unusual eyes. Embrace these features as part of your character's story.

Quick Build Steps for a Tiefling

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Creating a Tiefling character involves selecting a character class, distributing your ability scores to suit your role, and choosing equipment. Follow these steps:

Choose a Character Class: Select a character class that aligns with your desired playstyle. Classes like Warlock, Sorcerer, or Bard often complement Tiefling abilities.

Distribute Ability Scores: Prioritize Charisma for spellcasting classes or choose a class that aligns with your desired primary ability score (e.g., Dexterity for Rogues, Strength for Fighters).

Select a Subrace: Tieflings come in various subraces, each with unique abilities. Choose the subrace that best suits your character concept. Some popular subraces include the Infernal Tiefling, Abyssal Tiefling, and Devil's Tongue Tiefling.

Choose Skills and Background: Select skills and a background that match your character's story and class. Tieflings often make persuasive diplomats or mysterious spies.

Select Equipment: Pick starting equipment based on your chosen class. Consider items that enhance your character's strengths and abilities.

Plan Your Backstory: Develop a backstory that explains your character's infernal heritage, their connection to the mortal world, and their goals in the campaign.

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To ensure your Tiefling can attend sessions and coordinate with your party, use a shared calendar. This can help schedule game nights and ensure everyone's availability. Here's a guide on creating events in Discord.

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Meet Varis, the Infernal Tiefling Warlock

Character Class: Warlock - Varis has made a pact with a fiendish entity, granting him infernal powers in exchange for service.

Ability Scores: Varis prioritizes Charisma for spellcasting, as his power comes from his infernal patron. He also values Dexterity for agility.

Subrace: Infernal Tiefling - Varis bears the marks of a devilish ancestor, with deep red skin, small horns, and a tail. His appearance reflects his infernal lineage.

Skills and Background: Varis chooses Persuasion and Deception, skills that serve him well as a Warlock. His background as a Courtier grants him insights into noble circles and political intrigue.

Equipment: Varis carries an arcane focus, a component pouch, and a dagger, tools necessary for his spellcasting and clandestine activities.

Backstory: Varis was born into a noble family with a dark secret—a pact with a powerful devil. He inherited his fiendish powers and now seeks to uncover the mysteries of his infernal lineage.

External Resources

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For more in-depth information on playing a Tiefling in D&D, check out these external resources:

D&D Beyond - Tiefling Race Guide: A comprehensive guide to the Tiefling race, including subrace options and role-playing tips. Read the Guide

How to Roleplay a Tiefling: An article that explores the unique challenges and opportunities of playing a Tiefling character. Read the Article

Warlock Class Guide: If you've chosen the Warlock class, this guide provides insights into Warlock spellcasting and gameplay. Read the Guide

Now, embrace your infernal heritage and embark on a captivating adventure as a Tiefling in the world of Dungeons & Dragons!

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