Gnomes at first glance are believed to be the descents of Dwarves, but apart from their stature, there a few similarities. A continual need to keep busy pervades a gnome community. Boundless energy and enthusiasm for living shine from every inch of their being. When meeting a Gnome, one should expect a larger than life personality, a love of jokes, and a dedication to completing any task they undertake.
Eager to see what the world has to offer and willing to be inspired by its wonder, gnomes greet adventuring with gleeful curiosity. They are inventive and resourceful, each in their way. Innate talents are first seen in a gnomes youth and fostered by parents. A gnome may show an appreciation in the arts and take up music, poetry, storytelling, or writing. Others will follow the path of science, creation, tinkering, or craftsmanship. Whichever talent is discovered will be meticulously groomed at a young age until retirement.   Gnomes also value a quick mind and the ability to find solutions to any problem cleverly. They appreciate witty conversation and intelligent debate, especially rapid-fire wordplay. Many Gnome idioms make their way into conversations.

Gnome Idiom Examples

"As the Hawk flies" - Travel and ignore distractions.
"Footpatch" - Hair on top of a gnomes foot.
"I'm thinking in knots" - Confused.
"Longer than a gnome wedding" - Very lengthy affair.
"Pitching a Tent in the Rain" - Waited too long to begin.
"Quit braiding my beard!" - Stop teasing me.
"You've carrots in your ears" - Insulting your intelligence. Dumb.

Basic Information


Short in stature, Gnomes average slightly over 3 feet in height, rarely exceeding 4 feet. Their skin ranges from dark tan to a woody brown, with fair hair and eyes that can be any shade. Gnome males prefer carefully trimmed beards or long sideburns. Both genders are fond of complicated hairstyles, which often feature complex braiding and weaving with gems and jewels.   Lightfoot and Tinker gnomes rarely wear shoes or boots. Their large feet are covered in curly fur resembling the hair on their heads with leathery soles. Deep gnomes stand apart from their gnome cousins with gray, mostly hairless skin and excellent dark vision.

Civilization and Culture

Naming Traditions

Gnomes love names, and most adopt many of their life. Many Gnome names come from accomplishments or variations on the names of ancestors or distant relatives (if the relative is famous).
  Male Names: Alston, Eldon, Nim, Pock, Sindri, Warryn
Female Name: Breena, Donella, Lilli, Nyx, Roswyn, Tanni
Nicknames: Badger, Double Barrel, One Shoe, Sparkle Belt

Culture and Cultural Heritage

Gnomes aren't prone to devoted worship; some even doubt that deities are worth devotion, seeing deities as tyrants stopping freedom of creativity. Gnome clerics and paladins are rare but possible, and never elected to hold any leadership role in the gnome community. Gnomes do celebrate the Harvest Festival and Winter's Crest, mainly for a reason to celebrate and drink.


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Lightfoot Gnome

by pathfinder absalom
Gnomes reach adulthood at 50 years old and can live to almost 250 years old.
Average Height
3ft - 4ft
Average Weight
40 - 50 pounds

Tinker Gnome

by Forrest Imel

Gnome Traits

Your Gnome character has a variety of natural abilities common with your ancestry. You will also pick one of the available sub races below.
Gnome 5E Racial Traits


Ability Score Increase Intelligence +2
Size Small
Speed 25 ft


You can see in dim light within 60 ft as if it were bright, and can see in darkness as if it were dim light. You cannot see color, only shades of grey.  


You can move through the space of any creature that is of a size larger than yours. This does not protect you from attacks of opportunity.  

Tether Cunning

You have advantage on all Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma saving throws against magic.

Languages. Common, Gnomish


Sub Races

Gnomes are divided into three main subraces. Deep, Lightfoot and Tinkerer. Choose one of the sub races presented below.

Deep Gnome

Building communities underground, a deep gnomes humor and enthusiasm is often oppressed by their environment. However, they can be just as kind-hearted, loyal, and compassionate as their surface cousins.

Deep Gnome 5E Racial Traits

Deep Gnome

Ability Score Increase Dexterity +1
Size Small
Speed 25 ft.

Superior Darkvision

Accustomed to life underground, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. You can see in dim light within 120 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.  

Survival Instinct

You gain proficiency in the Survival skill. Deep Gnomes have finely honed survival instincts from living underground.

Languages. Undercommon

Lightfoot Gnome

Prone to wanderlust, and often traveling alongside other intelligent races in Erenel, lightfoot gnomes often take up a nomadic lifestyle. The call of the open road outweighs the comforts of home to "footpatch" gnomes.

Lightfoot Gnome 5E Racial Traits

Lightfoot Gnome

Ability Score Increase Charisma +1
Size Small
Speed 25 ft

Positive Outlook

Your love of life and upbeat attitude positively effects those you meet on your travels. You have proficiency in the Persuasion skill.  

Spreading Joy

You know the cantrip message. Intelligence is your spellcasting ability when casting it.

Languages. One language of your choice

Tinker Gnome

Tinkers tend to design impressive mechanical gadgets and find themselves labeled as great inventors. They are often falsely renowned, thanks to other famous Tinker Gnome, for their knowledge and eccentric nature.

Tinker Gnome 5E Racial Traits

Tinker Gnome

Ability Score Increase Dexterity +1
Size Small
Speed 25 ft

Artificer Curiosity

When you make an Intelligence (History) check related to alchemical, magical or technological items, you can add twice your proficiency bonus to the check.  

Clockwork Engineer

You have proficiency with two artisan’s tools of your choice: alchemist’s supplies, mason’s tools, smith’s tools, or tinker’s tools.

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