D&D 5e: Tabaxi Wizard Guide
Tabaxi that end up adventuring with others are said to have been given the feline trait of curiosity by their divine Cat Lord.
The Tabaxi are a race not normally known for academics, but equally interested in stories and lore, and there can be great power in lore. What then would be the best way to put together a tabaxi wizard? Let’s find out.
How to Make a Tabaxi Wizard
Wizards require intelligence in order to be effective, so this should be your primary stat. Before continuing here, it’s time to pick your School (subclass) of wizardry. While you won’t find yourself locked out of certain spell schools as a wizard, it is easier to work within your chosen spell school.
I bring this up here, because the spells you choose may well be determined by your subclass, and your stat priority will change as a factor of both of those things. Enchantment wizards for example will frequently be working with enchantment spells and in social settings, and should thus prioritize charisma after intelligence.
A great percentile of conjuration, evocation, and transmutation spells require concentration, so wizards following those schools might want to prioritize constitution secondly. War Magic wizards and Bladesingers might prioritize higher dexterity for weapons or armor class. Prioritize according to your class, and if need be allow your strength to be your lowest score.
How to Play a Tabaxi Wizard
Tabaxi in particular are especially mobile, thanks to their Feline Agility trait. With this and darkvision, you already possess buffs to your character that might otherwise require spells to bring about, freeing you to choose a wider variety of spells.
Note that the mobility your heritage grants you should not be taken for granted, and may mean that in combat you will be able to more easily move in or out of cover. Try to stay in cover when you can and use this advantage to its fullest, unless your DM has allowed you to play a Bladesinger, in which case consider taking the Mobile feat at 4th level, as this will grant you the power to perform hit-and-run attacks, keeping yourself safe while still able to dish out damage.
How to Roleplay as a Tabaxi Wizard
Wizards are often seen either as staunch academics or crazed madmen, but in either case observation is equally important. The curiosity the tabaxi share is what inspires them to adventure out into the world, and the wizardly among them would be journaling and chronicling their adventures as they travel. Consider how your tabaxi goes about this, and also what they use for a “spellbook”, as it doesn’t necessarily need to be an actual book, but could function in a similar manner.
Why did your tabaxi choose to specialize in the field of magic they chose and did they study? If so, where?