D&D 5e: Tabaxi Sorcerer Guide

D&D 5e: Tabaxi Sorcerer Guide

Sorcerers are well defined by the fact that their magical abilities were usually the results of an event beyond their control, normally by chance, but other times through intent. The methods through which sorcerers gain their power are inconsistent and varying, working for some but not for others. 

There’s an old saying that curiosity killed the cat, and it’s a fitting one to be applied to the tabaxi, an anthropomorphic cat-like race, full of curiosity. It should come as no surprise that members of a race possessing such curiosity might come across those strange touches of magic within the world that might leave their mark on them, the mark of a sorcerer. Let’s figure out the best way to make that happen.

The Tabaxi race can be found in Volo’s Guide to Monsters. Click here to pick up your own copy of Volo’s Guide to Monsters!

The Sorcerer class can be found in the Player’s Handbook. Click here to pick up your own copy of The Player’s Handbook!

How to Make a Tabaxi Sorcerer

Charisma is the most important stat of a sorcerer, powering their spells and class features. Dexterity and constitution share a spot as your second most important stat. Constitution is important for spell concentration and for bonus HP, however, it has been my experience that dexterity can serve the sorcerer (especially the draconic sorcerer) just as well by boosting initiative, armor class, and ability with the few weapons they can use. I would recommend higher dexterity than constitution. After that, I’d prioritize wisdom, intelligence, and strength in order.

Sorcerer subclasses (Sorcerous Origins) all tweak your playstyle in small, but significant ways. Divine Soul, Draconic Bloodlines, and Shadow Magic are the recommended options for a tabaxi sorcerer, however, Shadow Magic ranks last among those because it offers dark vision as a subclass feature that you already receive from being tabaxi.

How to Play a Tabaxi Sorcerer

It can be tempting to quickly burn through your spells, either by casting them with different metamagics using your sorcery points or in order to bring a target down quickly. 

When conserving your spell slots, consider that most damaging cantrips, like firebolt, get no bonus to the damage roll. A light crossbow on the other hand, which sorcerers are proficient with, deals 1d8+dex modifier, meaning that this is a viable option if you focus on your dexterity at all. The draconic bloodline subclass won’t need this much after 6th level, however, as you can then add your charisma bonus to one of your damage rolls, such as the firebolt. 

Use your agility in combat to your advantage as a tabaxi and position yourself wherever you can cause the most harm to the enemy team while staying away from harm. Try and pick metamagics that combo well with your spells, using them sparingly and strategically. 

How to Roleplay as a Tabaxi Sorcerer

As mentioned in the introduction, it’s quite possible that rather than being born with your sorcerer abilities, you acquired them after an, especially mystical event. 

Consider the triggering event that gave you your powers, but more importantly not what it was but how you got there, how you found it, and why. What became of that journey? Is it a tale you still tell? Does it tie into your current adventure? How has it changed the life of your tabaxi?

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