5e Tiefling Race Guide
What are Teiflings?
Tieflings are natural outsiders. Between their lack of a native homeland and their historical involvement with devils, it is natural for most inhabitants of the Multiverse to harbor an innate distrust of the Tiefling race. The good news is that these characteristics create a built-in foundation of conflict for anyone playing a Tiefling character. Whether you choose to make your isolation the forefront of your character’s arc, or simply let it exist as a backdrop, the natural conflicts that arise from being a Tiefling can make for some great roleplaying.
Popular Tiefling Builds
Boasting a +1 to Intelligence and a +2 to Charisma, Tieflings are most naturally suited for magical builds. By far the most popular class choice for Tieflings is the Warlock. And while it is a common pairing, you shouldn’t let that stop you from giving it some serious consideration. Not only does the most important stat for the Warlock (Charisma) pair perfectly with the Tiefling bonuses, but a Warlock’s relationship with his or her Otherworldly Patron adds a whole other layer of character backstory that will intertwine and conflict very nicely with your Tiefling’s built-in relationship to the Infernal.
That being said, it never hurts to consider some less traditional Tiefling class pairings, many of which can lead to even more interesting characters.
My Favorite Build
If you’re someone who likes to have your race stat bonuses align with the ability scores most important for your class, you might want to look into playing a Sorcerer. Sorcerers require a high Charisma, so you’ll benefit from that Tiefling +2. Not to mention a demon-person wielding the fury of the elements makes a pretty sweet image. Tieflings can also make decent Rogues, assuming you want to be the kind of sneakthief who uses his or her charm and/or deception to thwart your enemies and achieve your goals.
But for me, creating a character is all about how much conflict (internal and external) I can build into them. Therefore, my personal favorite Tiefling class combo is the Tiefling Paladin. Paladins, as you probably know, serve a divine power, typically a god. Now take that and combine it with a Tiefling’s Infernal heritage (the deal their ancestors struck with Asmodeus), and the result is a character with the everlasting conflict between good and evil built directly into their bloodline. As you might imagine, this can make for some amazing story opportunities.
You can find more information about Tieflings in your Player’s Handbook, or on the D&D Beyond Website. If you don’t have access to the Tiefling race on the website, you can check out this video breakdown.