Saiyan (3.5e Race)

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Battle-hardened primates from another world, they have the potential to be the world's ultimate fighters.


Saiyans can adapt both physically and mentally to any combat situation. A Saiyan has no fear in combat; in fact fear drives the Saiyan into a rage. Many tend to have a superiority complex, ego padded by their advanced power. They are brash and thick headed. Saiyans tend to jump into the fray before even considering the consequences.

Physical Description[edit]

Saiyans, from the basic outlook, look identical to humans, although they age slower and live up to twice as long. However due to their culture they don't often live to their full age, always in the midsts of combat. They are almost universally buff and strong, men and woman alike, due to this warrior culture. They possess black, green, and brown hair but never natural blond, and their eye colors vary as much as any human. They are born with quite a bit of hair to begin with and it grows slowly, often never changing in maximum length once fully grown. Most notably the Saiyans possess a long monkey tail, a weak sensitive point but useful for balance, and key to triggering the lycanthropic transformation into an Oozaru.


Saiyans are generally of the mindset of the Prideful Warrior, and as such as dominating and overbearing. They do not get along well with others unless they lose a struggle of wills or an actual fight. If such occurs, then they can grow to respect their opponents as strong.


Saiyan life strays to chaotic lifestyles, as the power a saiyan possesses often gets to their heads. However, there is a strong lawful tradition among native saiyans, especially of royal stature.


Saiyans come from the planet Vegeta, Its existance has been terminated. But given the number of saiyans who have escaped to other worlds, and those who survived the destruction there are many possible clans out there.


The saiyans have no known religion, but they do have a belief in a super-being who will be born among their ranks. This "super saiyan" is the basis of the current ruling family's power, as they believe they possess the blood necessary to become one.


Saiyans speak Common, as the original language of the saiyans has vanished over the years. Vast traveling around the stars have forced them to abandon their racial languages.


Saiyans have first names, but are not known to keep last names. Members of the royal family often possess the name of those before them, such as the title and name of Vegeta.

Racial Traits[edit]

  • +2 Strength, +2 Dexterity, +2 Constitution, -2 Intelligence, +2 Wisdom: Saiyans excel in all physical arts and sensitivity to the power of ki, yet their society of battle has left their minds something to be desired.
  • Monstrous Humanoid (Shapechanger): Saiyans are humanoid in shape, but hold a monster inside of them.
  • Medium: As a medium creature saiyans gain no bonuses due to size
  • Saiyan base land speed is 30 feet.
  • Tail (Ex): The saiyan's tail is typically attached and provides a +2 bonus on Balance checks. It also triggers Oozaru form. If the tail is ever severed by some means, the Saiyan loses the ability to become an Oozaru, and takes -4 to Balance checks and -10 speed for 3d4 days. After this, they no longer take penalties, but do not regain their powers unless it is regenerated. The tail has 4 hp per HD of the saiyan. The tail can also be grappled, as it is a weak spot. The first round on a successful grapple the saiyan must succeed on a DC 20 Fort save or be dazed for 1 round.
  • Ki Sensitive (Su): Saiyans gain 2 bonus power points (such as psionic classes) and 2 bonus ki points (such as ninja or monk) at 1st level. This benefit does not grant them the ability to manifest powers or employ these ki points unless they gain that ability through another source, such as levels in a psionic class, monk, ninja, or similar.
  • Oozaru (Ex): Saiyans have an innate, were-ape-like transformation which is triggered by the presence of a full moon. The Saiyan goes into a rage, increasing in size by two steps (which does not stack with size-altering effects), becomes covered in hair, and takes the form of an ape. He gains +4 Str, -4 Dex, +4 Con, a -2 size penalty on attack rolls, and a -2 size penalty to Armor Class due to his increased size. He gains two primary slam attacks dealing 1d8 + Str damage, and a secondary bite attack for 1d8 + 1/2 Str. This form can last up to 2 + 2 rounds/HD + their newly improved Constitution modifier rounds per day, and during this frenzy, they are unable to tell friend from foe, or perform any tasks requiring thinking, similar to a barbarian's rage. Like a barbarian rage, they are rendered exhausted for twice the time they spent in a oozaru form, and oozaru will remain in their berserk form for 1d4 rounds after losing sight of their last opponent.
  • Saiyans always have control shape as a class skill. If attempting to use Control Shape to either force a change into oozaru or to stop their rampage, they may make a check as a free action on their turn, but only once per encounter.
  • Automatic Languages: Common.
  • Bonus Languages: Any.
  • Favored Class: Ki Master
  • Level Adjustment: +1
  • Effective Character Level: 2

Vital Statistics[edit]

Table: Saiyan Random Starting Ages
Adulthood Simple Moderate Complex
14 years +1d4 +1d6 +2d6
Table: Aging Effects
Middle Age1 Old2 Venerable3 Maximum Age
80 years 120 years 160 years +2d20 years
  1. At middle age, −1 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  2. At old age, −2 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  3. At venerable age, −3 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
Table: Saiyan Random Height and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 5' 6" +2d6 180 lb. × (1d6) lb.
Female 5' 4" +2d6 170 lb. × (1d6) lb.

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Facts about "Saiyan (3.5e Race)"
AuthorEiji-kun +
Effective Character Level2 +
Favored ClassKi Master +
Identifier3.5e Race +
Level Adjustment1 +
Racial Ability Adjustments+2 Strength +, +2 Dexterity +, +2 Constitution +, -2 Intelligence + and +2 Wisdom +
RatingUnrated +
SizeMedium +
SubtypeShapechanger +
SummaryBattle-hardened primates from another world, they have the potential to be the world's ultimate fighters. +
TitleSaiyan +
TypeMonstrous Humanoid +