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The Gnome


A constant hum of busy activity pervades the warrens and neighbourhoods where Gnomes form their close-knit communities. Louder sounds punctuate the hum: a crunch of grinding gears here, a minor explosion there, a yelp of surprise or triumph, and especially bursts of laughter. Gnomes take delight in life, enjoying every moment of invention, exploration, investigation, creation, and play.

Vibrant Expression


A Gnome's energy and enthusiasm for living shines through every inch of his or her tiny body. Gnomes average slightly over 3 feet tall and weigh 40 to 45 pounds. Their faces are usually adorned with broad smiles (beneath their prodigious noses), and their bright eyes shine with mischief and excitement. Many have hair that sticks out in every direction, as if expressing the Gnome's insatiable interest in everything around.


A Gnome's personality is writ large in his or her appearance. A male Gnome's beard, in contrast to his wild hair, is kept carefully trimmed but often styled into curious forks or neat points. A Gnome's clothing, though usually made in modest earth tones, is elaborately decorated with embroidery, embossing, or gleaming jewels.



Delighted Dedication


As far as Gnomes are concerned, being alive is a wonderful thing, and they squeeze every ounce of enjoyment out of their three to five centuries of live. Humans might wonder about getting bored over the course of such a long life, and Elves take plenty of time to savour the beauties of the world in their long years, but Gnomes seem to worry that even with all that time, they can't get in enough of the things they want to do and see.

Gnomes speak as if they can't get the thoughts out of their heads fast enough. Even as they offer ideas and opinions on a range of subjects, they still manage to listen carefully to others, adding the appropriate exclamations of surprise and appreciation along the way.

Though Gnomes love jokes of all kinds, particularly puns and pranks, they're just as dedicated to the more serious tasks they undertake. Many Gnomes are skilled engineers, alchemists, tinkers, and inventors. They're willing to make mistakes and laugh at themselves in the process of perfecting what they do, taking bold (sometimes foolhardy) risks and dreaming large.

Bright Burrows


Gnomes make their homes in hilly, wooded lands. They live underground but get more fresh air than Dwarves do, enjoying the natural, living world on the surface whenever they can. Their homes are well hidden by both clever construction and simple illusions. Welcome visitors are quickly ushered into the bright, warm burrows. Those who are not welcome are unlikely to find the burrows in the first place.


Gnomes who settle in Human lands are commonly gemcutters, engineers, sages, or tinkers. Some Human families retain Gnome tutors, ensuring that their pupils enjoy a mix of serious learning and delighted enjoyment. A Gnome might tutor several generations of a single Human family over the course of his or her long life.


Seeing The World


Curious and impulsive, Gnomes might take up adventuring as a way to see the world or for the love of exploring. As lovers of gems and other fine items, some Gnomes take to adventuring as a quick, if dangerous, path to wealth. Regardless of what spurs them to adventure, Gnomes who adopt this way of life eke as much enjoyment out of it as they do out of any other activity they undertake, sometimes to the great annoyance of their adventuring companions.

Gnome Traits


Ability Score Increase:



40 (Adult), 300 (Average), 400-500 (Old).    


GOOD, Those Gnomes who are Minstrels (Bards), Tricksters (Rogues) or Wanderers tend towards CHAOS.    


3-4ft, weight 40lbs (Average), Size SMALL.    






You have ADVANTAGE on all INTELLIGENCE, WISDOM and CHARISMA Saving throws against MAGIC.    


you can Speak Gnomish, and Kelldorian (Common), or Amorian (Northern Common). Gnomes read & write in Common and Dwarvish. Gnomes have no written script of their own.   High INTELLIGENCE allows extra Languages: INT 15-1 extra, INT: 16-2 extra, INT: 17-3 extra, INT: 18-4 extra, INT: 19-6 extra, and INT: 20-8 extra.    

Gnome Subraces

Deep Gnome, Forest Gnome and Rock Gnome.

Basic Information


Humanoid, Gnome: Head,Torso,Two Arms and Two Legs.

Dietary Needs and Habits


Additional Information

Social Structure


Facial characteristics

Gnomes vary in looks between Elven, Fey, Dwarven and Halfling. Not all have pointed ears, Faces are Round or Slanted and are pale or even a Yellowish hue. They all have one thing in common, Bright Eyes, of Blues, Greens and Greys.

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

Darkvision 60ft

Civilization and Culture

Naming Traditions

Male Names:

Alston, Alvyn, Brocc, Burgell, Eldon, Erky, Gerbo, Gimble, Glim, Jebeddo,

  Kellen, Orryn, Roondar, Seebo, Sindri, Warryn, Wrenn and Zook.    

Female Names:

Breena, Cara, Carli, Donella, Duva, Ella, Elly, Ellyjobell, Ellywick, Lilli, Lorilla,

  Nissa, Nyx, Oda, Orla, Rowyn, Shamila, Tana, Waya, and Zanna.  


Aleslosh, Ashhearth, Badgercloak, Doublelock, Filchbatter, Fnipper,

  Ku, Nim, Oneshoe, Pock, Sparklegem, and Stumbleduck.

Major Language Groups and Dialects

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Always Appreciative

It's rare for a Gnome to be hostile or malicious unless he or she has suffered a grevious injury. Gnomes know that most races don't share their sense of humour, but they enjoy anyone's company just as they enjoy everything else they set out to do.

Humanoid (Gnome)
250 To 500 Years Old (300 Average)
Average Height
3ft To 4ft Tall (Averaging 3ft 6")
Average Weight
35lbs To 60lbs (40lbs Average)
Average Physique
Varied,Some can be Small and Slim others Short and Stocky
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Hair Colours of Browns, Black or White, and Skin tones of Pale to a Yellowish hue.

Gnomes Names


Gnomes love names, and most have half a dozen or so. A Gnome's mother, father, Clan Elder, aunts, and uncles each give the Gnome a name, and various nicknames from just about everyone else might or might not stick over time. Gnome names are typically variants on the names of ancestors or distant relatives, though some are purely new inventions. When dealing with Humans and others who are "stuffy" about names, a Gnome learns to use no more than three names: a personal name, a Clan name, and a nickname, choosing the one in each category that's the most fun to say.

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Gnome (Standard)

Ability Score Increase INTELLIGENCE +2
Size Small
Speed 25ft


GOOD, Those Gnomes who are Minstrels (Bards), Tricksters (Rogues) or Wanderers tend towards CHAOS.    




You have ADVANTAGE on all INTELLIGENCE,WISDOM and CHARISMA Saving throws against MAGIC.

Languages. Gnomish and Kelldorian (Common)


Author's Notes

Original Article written for D&D Player’s Handbook 5e by Wizards of the Coast (WotC)

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