Saiyan (5e Race)

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Author: Iskerbabble (talk)
Co-Authors: The-Marksman
Date Created: 11/15/19
Status: Complete
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This class is a port of The-Marksman's 3.5 Saiyan Race. I've had a lot fun with that race, so I'm attempting to port it to the 5e rule set. Most of these changes are small, and a lot of the info is from his class. The-Marksman should be understood to be the main writer of this, even if it isn't his exact wording, since all of it is off the based off the 3.5 Saiyan class with obvious changes for it to work in 5e. This class is made with his express permission.


Strength is the Only thing that Matters in this world. Everything else is just a delusion for the Weak

—Vegeta, Prince of all Saiyans

Battle Hungry and Proud[edit]

The Saiyans (sometimes referred to as Saiya-jin) are a somewhat primitive, but brutal and powerful warrior race. They aspire to bring chaos, competition, and violence into the universe instinctively. They display an enjoyment for fighting and challenging opponents during battle, generally against anyone who wants to fight them; the stronger their opponent, the more excited the Saiyan is to fight. Saiyans are always happiest when training or in combat. The average Saiyan is mostly only interested in their own physical prowess in combat. But other Saiyans who are not as physically inclined instead have interests in being in political power, or maybe in control of an army. Saiyans love the thrill of battle and are very aggressive with generally short tempers. Saiyans that were raised by their own generally act as outlined above and are very, very prideful, some so much so that it blinds them to accepting help or even helping others.

They also tend to completely lack any sympathetic emotions, even towards each other and sometimes even their offspring or family. If a Saiyan shows weakness, his or her comrades will show no remorse in disposing of the weakling. However, this is generally not the case with Saiyans raised outside of the Saiyan society. Saiyans do sometimes end up being close to team members, since they have proven their strength to one another in battle, an almost brothers-in-arms relationship. Most all Saiyans believe the 'weak' should rightfully perish while the strong survive. Sometimes Saiyans that are raised with a race other than their own can be more like the race they grew up with and have only minor personality traits of their heratige.

Saiyans are an extremly competitve militant race that lives for war, fighting, and power. As such, Saiyans may want to fight particularly powerful monsters that they come across or are exposed to, in order to test their own strength. This does not dictate that the Saiyan insists on fighting alone or is suicidal, merely that the strong desire exists within the character to want to fight the strong creature to see how strong it is and if he can beat it. Beating the monster as a party still counts as the Saiyan having successfully conquered the opponent for this purpose, though it is not unheard of or even uncommon for some more prideful Saiyans to want to fight alone.

Physical Description[edit]

For the most part, Saiyans look frighteningly human, and are unable to be distinguished from humans except by their wild hair and tails. They also have a larger, more muscular build than most humans. Saiyans generally stand between 5 and 6 feet tall and weigh between 110 to 225 pounds, with males typically taller and heavier than females. A Saiyan's hair never changes length or style once it has fully grown, although this is not the case with Saiyan hybrids like Half-Saiyans.

Two of the most prominent physical features on a Saiyan are their wild and tall jet-black hair, and their brown furry monkey-like tail. Their black hair spikes out in numerous random directions, and while it is astronomically rare for two unrelated Saiyans to randomly have the same hair style, the child of a Saiyan may on occasion have a hair pattern that resembles or is identical to one of the parents. Saiyans have predominately black eyes with dark black hair and eye brows. A Saiyans skin is any range of pale to olive brown.

All Saiyans possess a monkey-like tail in appearance which is covered in exclusively brownish fur. A Saiyan's tail is packed full of sensitive nerves and connects directly to the spinal column. and is a particularly sensitive area for Saiyans; because of this, Saiyans are extremely protective of their tails, and it is usually kept around the waist in a belt-like position to make it harder to grab. The tail is fully prehensile, meaning that it can be used to grasp, hold, and manipulate small or smaller objects. So a Saiyan could, for example, wrap the middle of their tail around the neck of a potion bottle and then use the remainder of the tip of the tail to uncork the bottle. The tail could even be used to lift up a person weighing no more than their tail's maximum load by the wrist or scruff of their clothing, or even for pick-pocketing.

The tail is also the exclusive location in a Saiyan's body for a gland that allows for the use of the Oozaru form. Blutz waves are an energy source emitted by large celestial bodies such as a full-moon when they reflect rays of sunlight. When a Saiyan absorbs at least 17 million zenos (a unit used to measure waves of full celestial light) of blutz waves through the retina (which takes 2 full rounds), a bio-chemical reaction occurs in the Saiyan's tail that causes them to transform.

All Saiyans love to eat, and will regularly consume more than their own body weight in food in just one sitting whenever possible. Despite this fact, an overweight Saiyan is an obscurely rare sight indeed. Saiyans are more then averagely strong and very tough and healthy. Saiyans can reach their physical adulthood as early as 10 years old and typically they can live up to 200 years old. Some Saiyans speculate that the reason for a Saiyan's decelerated aging is due to their continuous evolution; the warrior blood in their bodies keeps them younger and fit so they can fight longer.

Power and Wealth[edit]

The Saiyans usually get along best with any member of any race that can appreciate their fighting abilities or their love of war. But when that isn't the case, the most often friends of a Saiyan are Dwarves or Half-orcs, but rarely both. Ones who enjoy the company of Half-Orcs tend to like them because they like to test their strength and skills against Half-Orcs who are both big, strong, and more than willing to go outside for a scuffle. Those who get along better with Dwarves are usually those who seek power or riches, because the enjoyment of gems and riches is something that they and a Dwarf have in common. Some Saiyans also like Dwarves because of their love of warfare and find that as a common interest to start a friendship as well. They get along well with any Gnome, Halfling, or Human that can prove themselves to be strong. Saiyans feel mixed about Elves; although they admire the Elves' skills with sword and bow, and are not hostile to Elves, things that Elves tend to enjoy, such as fine art, poetry, and games of intelligence or swordplay, are generally lost on the mostly uncultured Saiyans.


Because Saiyans value freedom and don't like to be chained down by either rules or traditions, they more often than not are chaotic. Saiyans are rarely good, more often seeking neutrality, doing whatever suits them best in a given situation. An evil Saiyan is a dime-a-dozen. Rarely, however, some do favor good, and chaotic good Saiyans are not at all unheard of. These Saiyans are often ridiculed on their home world and are considered 'weak' for having kindness and compassion. Other alignments, while rare, are possible for Saiyans. Saiyans in general that are raised on their home world and with their people have a tendency to lean away from good alignments, usually being chaotic neutral or chaotic evil. Any Saiyan raised outside of Saiyan society is more likely to have a variation in alignment, although this variation comes on the good-evil axis more often than the law-chaos axis.

The Illustrious Planet Vegeta[edit]

The planet Vegeta is the homeworld of the Saiyans, and this is where the bulk of their race lives, this planet has very little to offer in terms of natural resources. This causes Saiyans to branch out of their homeworld , mostly as a mercenary force for anyone willing to pay. In terms of infrastructure, most Saiyans live in unassuming huts with little fluff and are considered low-class. The few high class Saiyans that dominate usually live in immaculate mansions with every amenity, especially the King of all Saiyans. Outside of the planet they have no specific lands of their own on the material plane, but are most commonly found on the outskirts of Human lands and settlements. On other occasions, some Saiyans much more rarely will settle in a Dwarven or Half-orc community. Other Saiyans just stay on the move and have no connection to a home of any type.


A Saiyan has no chief racial deity, but many revere the Legend of their race that says that once every one thousand years, a Super Saiyan is born. The story goes that one day a Saiyan Warrior would push the physical limits and transform into a superior individual. This fearsome being, a Super Saiyan, would wield exceptionally colossal power. It is a legend that is handed down from generation to generation, but no one knows for sure. As far as worshiping actual deities, many who want to worship a deity find themselves drawn to the more war- or conflict-oriented dieties of their alignment. Some examples include; Kord (god of strength), Erythnul (god of slaughter), Heironeous (god of valor), St. Cuthbert (god of retribution), or even Hextor (god of tyranny).


Saiyans have no language of their own. Instead, all Saiyans learn Common or whatever language they are brought up with.


Male Names: Kakkarot, Vegeta, Broly, Turles, Bardock, Shugesh, Cabba, Nappa, Beets, Leek

Female Names: Fasha, Kale, Caulifla, Gine

Family Names:



Creature Type. Humanoid
Ability Score Increase. 1 to either Dex, Con, or Wis Strength 2
Age. Technical adulthood for a Saiyan can be reached as early as 10, and live to be at least 80 years of age. Maximum being 200.
Alignment. Saiyans are typically a mixed bunch when it comes to good and evil, but mostly tend to lean towards chaotic evil.
Size. Saiyans are usually on the smaller side of 5"10. But taller ones are possible Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base speed is 30 feet.  
Tail. Saiyans have a fully prehensile tail which grants them proficiency in the Acrobatics skill, and is the source of their Oozaru transformation. The tail has 4 hp per HD of the Saiyan and can lift a number of pounds equal to five times the Saiyan's Strength score. The Saiyan can use it to do the following simple tasks: lift, drop, hold, push, or pull an object, or open or close a door or a container. Your DM might allow other simple tasks to be added to that list of options.
A Saiyan's tail can be removed by anyone with a slashing weapon making an attack roll against the tail. Saiyans may wear the tail around their waist for an additional +5 bonus to AC against attack rolls made against their tails. Saiyans who lose their tail immediately lose their racial proficiency to acrobatics checks, and have disadvantage on all Acrobatics checks for the day. Tails can be restored by Regenerate, Limited Wish, Wish, or Miracle spells, or they can regrow naturally. See the regrowth table below. 
Tail Weakness. A Saiyan's tail is packed full of sensitive nerves; because of this, if the tail is grabbed and squeezed hard enough, it causes the Saiyan to become stunned. An opponent may make a grapple check at a DC equal to 8 + the Saiyan's proficiency modifier + the Saiyan's Dexterity modifier. The DC is increased by 5 if the Saiyan's tail is around their waist like a belt.
If the attacker is successful, the Saiyan is rendered Stunned. For each following round that the attacker wants to maintain the stun they must make another grapple check (as though grappling the Saiyan again) and the DC for the grapple increases by +1 each round. If the attacker fails the grapple check, then the Saiyan immediately breaks free and may act normally on its next turn. 
Zenkai Bonus. What doesn't kill a Saiyan, only makes them stronger, literally! When a Saiyan is reduced to 0 and is healed to 1 or above, the Saiyan has the option in that moment to spend a reaction and immediately expend a number of hit dice equal to half his proficiency modifier to heal himself. They also gain advantage on their next attack against whoever or whatever downed them. This ability recharges at the end of a short or long rest. 
Lycanthropic Empathy. When a Saiyan is interacting with an Oozaru, they can influence an Oozaru's attitude and communicate simple concepts such as "friend", "foe", "flee", and "attack". When doing so, the Saiyan is considered to have proficiency in the Animal Handling skill, and may use it to influence the Oozaru.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common

Why no Oozaru Form?
You may notice there is no ability for the Oozaru Form in this race. This is because, in my opinion, while it is a staple of the race and the races abilities, it can never be truly balanced enough for gameplay. If you make the form true to the Dragon Ball cannon, it would be way too much power for a single character to have, especially for the character to have access to it at 1st level. If you take the other route, and try to balance it, it would most likely be so weak or overly complicated that it would just bog down the race and be no fun. I might make it as a monster, as it still could be an interesting tool for a DM to use as an encounter or plot device. In short, my personal recommendation is don't allow your players to use Oozaru form. If you still wish to do so, please understand that it could easily break the game.

Table: Saiyan Tail Regrowth

Age at the
time of
tail loss
in 1d4
in 2d4
in 3d4
Birth - 14 years 01 - 80 81 - 90 91 - 98 99 - 00
15 - 20 years 01 - 75 76 - 80 81 - 90 91 - 00
21 - 28 years 01 - 50 51 - 75 76 - 80 81 - 00
29 - 40 years 01 - 25 26 - 50 51 - 75 76 - 00
40+ years 01 - 04 05 - 25 26 - 50 51 - 00
Table: Race Random Height and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 4' 10" +2d8 110 lb. × (2d4) lb.
Female 4' 5" +2d8 80 lb. × (2d4) lb.

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5e Races Namekian, Saiyan
5e Feats Master Craftsman, Mending Spirit, Saiyan Rage, Super Warrior, Warped Blood
5e Monsters Wild Oozaru
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3.5 Other Class Features Mutated Frost Demon, Mystic Form
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3.5 Feats Frieza Clan, Full Power Form
3.5 Invocations Four Witches, Greater Ki Transmutation, Ki Transmutation, Lesser Electrical Transmutation, Lesser Fire Transmuation, Lesser Frost Transmutation, Master Ki Transmutation, Neo Tri Beam, Nova Chariot, Thunder Shock Surprise, Tri Beam

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Facts about "Saiyan (5e Race)"
Ability Mods1 to either Dex, Con, or Wis + and Str 2 +
AuthorIskerbabble + and The-Marksman +
FeaturesAge +, Alignment +, Size +, Speed +, Tail +, Tail Weakness +, Zenkai Bonus +, Lycanthropic Empathy + and Languages +
Identifier5e Race +
Is Racetrue +
Race NameSaiyan (5e Race) +
RatingUnrated +
SizeMedium +
Strength2 +
SummaryAn extraterrestrial race of primates. Saiyans are a naturally ruthless and aggressive warrior race who strive to be the strongest in the universe, and who have a lycanthropic-like transformation. +
TitleSaiyan +
TypeHumanoid +