To be greeted with stares and whispers, to suffer violence and insult on the street, to see mistrust and fear in every eye: this is the lot of the tiefling. And to twist the knife, tieflings know that this is because a pact struck generations ago infused the essence of Asmodeus, overlord of the Nine Hells (and many of the other powerful devils serving under him) into their bloodline. Their appearance and their nature are not their fault but the result of an ancient sin, for which they and their children and their children's children will always be held accountable.

Tiefling Features

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2.
  • Age. Tieflings mature at the same rate as humans but live a few years longer.
  • Alignment. Tieflings might not have an innate tendency toward evil, but many of them end up there. Evil or not, an independent nature inclines many tieflings toward a chaotic alignment.
  • Size. Tieflings are about the same size and build as humans. Your size is Medium.
  • Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
  • Dimvision. Thanks to your infernal heritage, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. Light sources provide 60ft. of additional dim light. You can't discern color in dim light, only shades of gray, but it does not impose disadvantage on perception checks.
  • Hellish Resistance. You have resistance to fire damage.
  • Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Infernal.

Bloodline of Asmodeus

Source: Player's Handbook

The tieflings connected to Nessus command the power of fire and darkness, guided by a keener than normal intellect, as befits those linked to Asmodeus himself.

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 1.
  • Infernal Legacy. You know the Thaumaturgy cantrip. Once you reach 3rd level, you can cast the Hellish Rebuke spell once as a 2nd-level spell. Once you reach 5th level, you can also cast the Darkness spell once. You must finish a long rest to cast these spells again with this trait. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.

Bloodline of Baalzebul

Source: Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

The crumbling realm of Maladomini is ruled by Baalzebul, who excels at corrupting those whose minor sins can be transformed into acts of damnation. Tieflings linked to this archdevil can corrupt others both physically and psychically.

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 1.
  • Legacy of Maladomini. You know the Thaumaturgy cantrip. Once you reach 3rd level, you can cast the Ray of Sickness spell once as a 2nd-level spell. Once you reach 5th level, you can also cast the Crown of Madness spell once. You must finish a long rest to cast these spells again with this trait. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.

Bloodline of Dispater

Source: Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

The great city of Dis occupies most of Hell's second layer. It is a place where secrets are uncovered and shared with the highest bidder, making tieflings tied to Dispater excellent spies and infiltrators.

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1.
  • Legacy of Dis. You know the Thaumaturgy cantrip. Once you reach 3rd level, you can cast the Disguise Self spell once as a 2nd-level spell. Once you reach 5th level, you can also cast the Detect Thoughts spell once. You must finish a long rest to cast these spells again with this trait. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.

Bloodline of Fierna

Source: Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

A master manipulator, Fierna grants tieftings tied to her forceful personalities.

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 1.
  • Legacy of Phlegethos. You know the Friends cantrip. Once you reach 3rd level, you can cast the Charm Person spell once as a 2nd-level spell. Once you reach 5th level, you can also cast the Suggestion spell once. You must finish a long rest to cast these spells again with this trait. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.

Bloodline of Glasya

Source: Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

Glasya, Hell's criminal mastermind, grants her tiefiings magic that is useful for committing heists.

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1.
  • Legacy of Malbolge. You know the Minor Illusion cantrip. Once you reach 3rd level, you can cast the Disguise Self spell once as a 2nd-level spell. Once you reach 5th level, you can also cast the Invisibility spell once as a 2nd-level spell. You must finish a long rest to cast these spells again with this trait. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.

Bloodline of Levistus

Source: Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

Frozen Stygia is ruled by Levistus, an archdevil known for offering bargains to those who face an inescapable doom.

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 1.
  • Legacy of Stygia. You know the Ray of Frost cantrip. Once you reach 3rd level, you can cast the Armor of Agathys spell once as a 2nd-level spell. Once you reach 5th level, you can also cast the Darkness spell once. You must finish a long rest to cast these spells again with this trait. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.

Bloodline of Mammon

Source: Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

The great miser Mammon loves coins above all else. Tieflings tied to him excel at gathering and safeguarding wealth.

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 1.
  • Legacy of Minauros. You know the Mage Hand cantrip. Once you reach 3rd level, you can cast the Tenser's Floating Disk spell once as a 2nd-level spell. Once you reach 5th level, you can also cast the Arcane Lock spell once. You must finish a long rest to cast these spells again with this trait. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.

Bloodline of Mephistopheles

Source: Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

In the frozen realm of Cania, Mephistopheles offers arcane power to those who entreat with him. Tieflings linked to him master some arcane magic.

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 1.
  • Legacy of Cania. You know the Mage Hand cantrip. Once you reach 3rd level, you can cast the Burning Hands spell once as a 2nd-level spell. Once you reach 5th level, you can also cast the Flame Blade spell once as a 3rd-level spell. You must finish a long rest to cast these spells again with this trait. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.

Bloodline of Zariel

Source: Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

Tieflings with a blood tie to Zariel are stronger than the typical tiefling and receive magical abilities that aid them in battle.

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 1.
  • Legacy of Avernus. You know the Thaumaturgy cantrip. Once you reach 3rd level, you can cast the Searing Smite spell once as a 2nd-level spell. Once you reach 5th level, you can also cast the Branding Smite spell once as a 3rd-level spell. You must finish a long rest to cast these spells again with this trait. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.

Tiefling Variants

Source: Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide

Since not all tieflings are of the blood of Asmodeus, some have traits that differ from those in the Player's Handbook. The Dungeon Master may permit the following variants for your tiefling character, although Devil's Tongue, Hellfire, and Winged are mutually exclusive.

  • Appearance. Your tiefling might not look like other tieflings. Rather than having the physical characteristics described in the Player's Handbook, choose 1d4 + 1 of the following features: small horns; fangs or sharp teeth; a forked tongue; catlike eyes; six fingers on each hand; goat-like legs; cloven hoofs; a forked tail; leathery or scaly skin; red or dark blue skin; cast no shadow or reflection; exude a smell of brimstone.
  • Feral. Your Intelligence score increases by 1, and your Dexterity score increases by 2. This trait replaces the Ability Score Increase trait
  • Devil's Tongue. You know the Vicious Mockery cantrip. Once you reach 3rd level, you can cast the Charm Person spell once as a 2nd-level spell. Once you reach 5th level, you can also cast the Enthrall spell once. You must finish a long rest to cast these spells again with this trait. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells. This trait replaces the Infernal Legacy trait
  • Hellfire. Once you reach 3rd level, you can cast the Burning Hands spell once as a 2nd-level spell. This trait replaces the Hellish Rebuke spell of the Infernal Legacy trait.
  • Winged. You have bat-like wings sprouting from your shoulders. You have a flying speed of 30 feet while you aren’t wearing heavy armor. This trait replaces the Infernal Legacy trait.

Abyssal Tiefling (UA)

Source: Unearthed Arcana 11 - That Old Black Magic

All abyssal tieflings trace their bloodline to the demons of the Abyss. These tieflings have the following additional features.

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 1.
  • Abyssal Arcana. Each time you finish a long rest, you gain the ability to cast cantrips and spells randomly determined from a short list. At 1st level, you can cast a cantrip. When you reach 3rd level, you can also cast a 1st-level spell. At 5th level, you can cast a 2nd-level spell.
    • You can cast a spell gained from this trait only once until you complete your next long rest. You can cast a cantrip gained from this trait at will, as normal. For 1st-level spells whose effect changes if cast using a spell slot of 2nd level or higher, you cast the spell as if using a 2nd-level slot. Spells of 2nd level are cast as if using a 2nd-level slot.
    • At the end of each long rest, you lose the cantrips and spells previously granted by this feature, even if you did not cast them. You replace those cantrips and spells by rolling for new ones on the Abyssal Arcana Spells table. Roll separately for each cantrip and spell. If you roll the same spell or cantrip you gained at the end of your previous long rest, roll again until you get a different result.
  • Abyssal Fortitude. Your hit point maximum increases by half your level (minimum 1).
  • Languages. You can speak, read, and write Abyssal.
Abyssal Arcana Spells
d6 1st Level 3rd Level 5th Level
1 Dancing Lights Burning Hands Alter Self
2 True Strike Charm Person Darkness
3 Light Magic Missile Invisibility
4 Message Cure Wounds Levitate
5 Spare the Dying Tasha's Hideous Laughter Mirror Image
6 Prestidigitation Thunderwave Spider Climb