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This PDF contains traits and lore for a new player race for Dungeons & Dragons 5e; the sharkfolk.

Calling themselves the Carchari, sharkfolk spend much of their lives as lonars.  They rarely come together in groups, usually only to tackle obstacles too large for a single individual to overcome.  The other races of the world consider them to be pirates and raiders, violent beasts who kill on sight and come onto land only to plunder.  While many Carchari do find themselves venturing down this path, the race as a whole simply yearns for adventure and excitement, and pirating often provides those in spades.

Sharkfolk make great barbarians; their increased strength and constitution lend to the class well, and their blood frenzy ability is not only flavorful (BLOOD RAGE), but mechanically useful for any kind of striker class such as fighter or monk.  Assassin rogue sharkfolk are also a bit of a mechanical niche, owing again to their blood frenzy which can give them much-needed advantage for a single attack.

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Version 3.0 02Feb2019


  • Document has been updated with the new formatting that all of my works will follow from now on, meaning a majority of art assets have been removed.
  • A new racial feat has been added; Sharkskin armor.  It's always bugged me that I couldn't properly fit the "chainmail-like armor" sharks are pretty famous for into the race without unbalancing it.  But, a feat option helps fill in that gap really nicely.  Now you can choose to make your skin more like the rough, sandpaper-like tough leather that real sharks have.  This feat is also particularly useful for anyone who wants to play their Sharkfolk as a grappling fighter, such as through Sterling Vermin's Pugilist class (which I highly recommend, btw).

Version 2.0 13Nov2017


  • With the release of Xanathar's, the PDF has been updated with a sharkfolk racial feat.  The aim is to make the sharkfolk even more of a watery predator, adding an increased swimming speed, blindsight while underwater, and an increased use of Blood Frenzy (which is something you may want even while landlocked).  These new traits are based on earlier designs for the race that were cut or removed, but felt appropriately sharky.

Version 1.2 31Oct2017


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Josh G March 15, 2022 4:01 am UTC
Much like the Treant PR, quite enjoying this one too. Been wanting to talk someone in my group into playing an amphibious character, but the "need water" drawback on the Locathah & Grung makes people shy away from it. Love that there's a semi-aquatic option here that doesn't have the "must dunk yourself for 20 minutes a day" kind of function here. Well done.
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J&D´s B May 30, 2019 4:57 pm UTC
4/5 it was excellent. The only reason i didn't give you 5/5 is because i wanted to see some art of this race.
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Jeff V May 31, 2019 12:23 pm UTC
Yeah, I had some art which the artist gave me permission to use, but since I decided to try and utilize my own assets and such and changed to an optional pay method I had to remove it. I'm hoping if I can see some more success I'll have the spare coin to hire an artist for this and the rest of my works.
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Tyrell H November 21, 2017 4:19 pm UTC
and here i was thinking my high-seas adventure was going to have lizardfolk
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Josh B November 05, 2017 3:27 pm UTC
Is this meant for 5e? It doesn't say anywhere but the mechanics seems to be 5e's.
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Jeff V November 08, 2017 3:23 pm UTC
Yes it is, I'll make sure that's properly referenced in the description.
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Kay H November 01, 2017 2:03 am UTC
It looks great but there is no file to download.
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Jeff V November 01, 2017 2:43 pm UTC
That's very odd; I see a download in my creator page and also when I attempt to "purchase" it as a customer. Can you attempt to "purchase" again and see if a download becomes available? You have to go through a few pages before it'll show up.
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Kay H November 01, 2017 9:01 pm UTC
I got it now. Thank you
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