5e Aarakocra Race Guide

5e Aarakocra Race Guide

What are Aarakocra?

As an Aarakocra, you hail from the Elemental Plane of Air. You resemble a giant bird, both in your appearance and your avian mannerisms. This makes you somewhat alien to other races and can be a frequent cause of miscommunication and conflict. And yet, your tribal background makes you a fiercely loyal companion. While the Elemental Evil Player’s Companion notes that most Aarakocra are good, they also have a love of trinkets and do not understand the concept of ownership, lending them a chaotic slant to their character.

Here are some questions to get you started in creating your Aarakocra adventurer: 

  1. How did you get to the Material Plane? 
    1. Aarakocra hail from the Elemental Plane of Air. Your campaign most likely takes place in the Material Plane, so it’s worth considering how you got there in the first place.
  2. How old are you? 
    1. Aarakocra have a significantly shorter lifespan than most other races in 5e. They only live to be about 30 years old and reach maturity by age 3. This gives you the unique opportunity to play a character that is either significantly younger or older (relatively) than your companions.
  3. How were you separated from your tribe? 
    1. Most Aarakocra hail from a tribe, so consider how it is that you came to be a lone adventurer. This goes hand-in-hand with the first question; answering one may well resolve the other.  

Popular Aarakocra Builds

Bluejay Aarakocra monk in a battle stance with brass knuckles on his waist.

Aarakocra possess a natural +2 to Dexterity and +1 to Wisdom. This makes them naturally suited to the Druid and Ranger classes, pairings especially complemented by Aarakocra’s innate connection to the natural world. They also make excellent Monks, a class which relies on agility and speed perhaps more than any other. A slightly less popular but no less intuitive pairing is the Aarakocra Rogue. Aarakocra have the Dexterity that is so crucial to a Rogue’s skillset, and that 50 foot flying speed won’t hurt either the next time you find yourself breaking into a fortified castle.

My Favorite Aarakocra Build

My favorite Aarakocra class combo is the Aarakocra sorcerer. Their stats might not line up, but if you’re trying to create a truly unique character, stat compatibility is honestly the last thing you should consider. Sorcerers, of course, boast powerful destructive magic. Envision yourself swooping over the heads of cowering enemies as you reign fire and lightning down upon them. The Aarakocra Sorcerer is basically the closest thing to an F-16 in the 5e Multiverse. 

Moreover, the powerful magic coursing through your veins gives you the perfect basis with which to explain your presence in the Multiverse. It weaves your character’s backstory right into your class!

I hope you enjoyed my Aarakocra race guide! You can always find more information about Aarakocra in the Elemental Evil Player’s Companion, or on the D&D Beyond Website. If you don’t have access to the Aarakocra race on the website, you can check out this video breakdown:


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