Tiefling Skin Color


People love making Tieflings with all arrays of skin color. What do the rules say about that? And should you listen? Let’s scope out some infernal bloodlines.

Red Devils

The D&D Player’s Handbook has the following to say about Tiefling skin color:

“Their skin tones cover the full range of human coloration, but also include various shades of red.”

D&D Player’s Handbook, p. 42

Sure, devils are red. There’s plenty of classic examples, from the mighty Pit Fiend to the lowly Imp, or the lanky Chain Devil to the chonky Moloch.

We get an idea where this came from in Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide, which basically explains that Asmodeus took over all the Warlocks:

“Asmodeus and a coven of warlocks, the Toril Thirteen, performed a rite wherein the archdevil claimed all tieflings in the world as his own, cursing them to bear “the blood of…

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