Give Giff Guns

ThinkDM

It’s finally here. On October 8, 2021, D&D released the Travelers of the Multiverse Unearthed Arcana (UA), heralding the long (and often humorously) anticipated Spelljammer setting’s arrival in 5th Edition D&D. This UA features six new ancestries for D&D 5e:

  • Astral Elf
  • Autognome
  • Giff
  • Hadozee
  • Plasmoid
  • Thri-Kreen

Let’s focus on Spelljammer’s hipponynmous creature: the Giff.

The Giff

Giff, the famous bipedal hippo race, hail from Spelljammer. The Giff’s first 5e appearance was in Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes (MTF) as a monster. MTF’s entry emphasized the Giff’s role as a mercenary military culture, with a penchant for gunpowder and a distaste for magic:

It’s not just flavor text–MTF’s mechanics enforce Giff’s cultural association with modern warfare. They have a musket and a pistol, supplemented by a 1/day grenade. Giff features drive this further, allowing them to ignore weapon loading due to firearms knowledge, and granting multiattack for their pistol (but not…

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