Alternate Goliath Race Details

Until recent years ago, the only Goliath known were those who hailed from the hills and mountains. Fierce warriors and dedicated tribesmen, these Goliath could trace their ancestry back at some point to either Hill or Stone Giants. However, in recent years it has come to light that there are small groups of other Goliath, previous assumed to be small Giants, that are in fact sub races of Goliath who can trace their ancestry back to other types of Giants.


Alternate Goliath Traits

Goliaths share a number of traits in common with each other.

Ability Score Increase

Your Strength score increases by 2.


Goliaths have lifespans comparable to humans. They enter adulthood in their late teens and usually live less than a century.


Goliath society, with its clear roles and tasks, has a strong lawful bent. The goliath sense of fairness, balanced with an emphasis on self- sufficiency and personal accountability, pushes them toward neutrality.


Goliaths are between 7 and 8 feet tall and weigh between 280 and 340 pounds. Your size is Medium.


Your base walking speed is 30 feet.

Natural Athlete

You have proficiency in the Athletics skill.

Powerful Build

You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.


You can speak, read, and write Common and Giant.


Living in the hottest areas of the world, Goliath descended from Fire Giants are a stout and short tempered bunch. Many are held as captive workers for their Giant kin, but those who are desire nothing more than to kill their captors. They are often devious, and make long term plans that they will do all in their power to accomplish. Fireborn Goliath are roughly the same size as their Mountain brethren. Their hair ranges from red to orange to light brown, often reflecting the colors seen in the flames themselves. Males do not have facial hair, but some do grow their hair long. Skin tones are light brown to rusty, sometimes with hints of red.


Ability Score Increase

Fireborn gain an increase to their Charisma score by 1.

Hot Tempered

You are very quick to anger. When you are hit with a critical attack, as a reaction you can make a melee attack against the creature that hit you, with advantage. After you use this trait, you can’t use it again until you finish a short or long rest


Fire in the Veins

You are born of the heat of volcanoes and lava. You have resistance to fire damage.



Called Shepherds of the Snow, Frostborn Goliath were the last of the sub races to be found. Living almost exclusively in the deep polar climates, these Goliath maintain small familial groups that tend to follow game. Almost impossible to see against the snow, Frostborn Goliath have skin that is pale white to light blue, with hair colors to match and eyes that are icy blue. They stand over 7 ½ feet to just over 8 feet tall, and weight between 400 and 600 pounds. Females have high status in the familial groups, often acting as the leader.


Ability Score Increase

Frostborn gain an increase to their Intelligence score by 1.


You have advantage on [skill] Stealth ]/skill] checks in areas that are snow or ice covered.


Glacial Endurance

Your birthplace in the most frigid of lands has tempered your body against the cold. You have resistance to cold damage.


The most widely known type of Goliath. They are hearty, strong creatures normally seen in and around hilly or mountainous areas. Males are generally devoid of hair, while females have long hair that is dark brown or black, usually braided. Skin tones range from pale white to light brown, often with darker brown or blue markings across their body. Many are said to look as though they were carved from stone. They are the shortest of Goliath, and stand from just under 7 feet to near 8 feet tall, and weight up to 400 pounds.


Ability Score Increase

Mountainborn gain an increase to their Constitution score by 1.

Stone's Endurance

You can focus yourself to occasionally shrug off injury. When you take damage, you can use your reaction to roll a d12. Add your Constitution modifier to the number rolled, and reduce the damage by that total. After you use this trait, you can’t use it again until you finish a short or long rest.


Child of the Mountains

You’re acclimated to high altitude, including elevations above 20,000 feet. You’re also naturally adapted to cold climates, as described in chapter 5 of the Dungeon Master’s Guide.



Few things in the world are more fearsome to see than a Cloud or Storm Giant. The tallest of Giants, standing near 25 feet tall, their blood has lent itself to very powerful Goliath, but ones that are mindful of their surroundings and that are slower to act. Stormborn Goliath stand almost exclusively over 8 feet tall, weigh over 500 pounds, and have skin that ranges in color from light blue to light purple to blue-green. They have piercing green or violet eyes, and have long hair that varies in color from silver to faint blue or purple. Males often have facial hair, though it is not uncommon to see them without. Most grow up in coastal regions, and can often be found working on ships, where they tend to feel very at home


Ability Score Increase

Stormborn gain an increase to their Wisdom score by 1.

Water Child

Your life around the water gives you advantage on any Athletics checks for swimming, holding your breath, or Nature checks when identifying aquatic creatures.


Lightning and Thunder

You have electricity in your blood. You have advantage on any save when taking damage from lightning or thunder, and are immune to spell effects that would push you backwards.



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