Tortle D&D 5th Edition (5E)

d&d 5eTortle’s live a very simple life as peaceful farmers on the Savage Coast of Mystara. It is a region which is expanded as the mini-setting of Red Steel. By nature, they are inoffensive. But they will fight to defend their homes and naturally, they are very good at tanking. They have never managed to get any semi-official update to later editions like their fellow Red-Steel introduces the Aranea.

Tortle 5e

Most of the Tortles consider a simple life and others might call it a life of adventure. Most of them are born near sandy coastlines and as soon as they are able to walk, they become nomad survivalists eager to explore the wilderness.

Tortle Statistics

Size Medium
Type Humanoid
Tag’s tortle

Tortle General Info

Activity Cycle Day
Average Lifespan 50 years
Favored Climate Temperate, warm
Language’s Aquan, Common
Favored Terrain Swamps, forests

Tortle Appearance

Average Height 5-6 ft (1.52-1.82 m)
Average Weight 450 lb (204 kg)
Distinctions Shell, back darker, front lighter and more yellowish than skin

D&D 5e Tortle Traits

Ability Score Increase–Strength score increases by 2 and the wisdom score increase by 1

Age – After birth, your’s young tortle character crawls for a few weeks before learning to walk on two legs. By the age of 15 they do reach the adulthood Tortles reach adulthood and at the age of 50 and live for around 365 years.

Size – Adult tortles stand 5 to 6 feet tall and weigh around 350 pounds. One-third weight is of their shells. Size of your tortle character is medium.

Alignment–Tortels lead ritualistic and orderly lives. As they age, they become more set in their ways by developing customs and routines. A few of them are selfish and greedy and tend more toward evil but most are lawful good. For a tortle it is unusual to shuck off the order in the favor of chaos.

Speed–30 feet is your base walking speed

Shell Defense–You can withdraw into your shell as an action. You gain a +4 bonus to AC until you emerge. Here you have an advantage on constitution and strength saving throws. You are prone while you are in your shell. Your speed is 0 and it can’t increase. You have disadvantage on Dexterity saving throws. You cannot take and action, the only action you can take is a bonus action to emerge from the shell.

Claws–Your claws are natural weapons. You can use these to make unarmed strikes. If you smash with them, you deal slashing damage equal to 1d4 + your Strength modifier, instead of the bludgeoning damage normal for an unarmed strike.

NaturalArmor– You are ill-suited to wearing armor due to the shape of your body and shell. Your shell provides ample protection and it gives you a base AC of 17. Youcannot gain any benefit from wearing armor. You can apply the shield’s bonus if you are using a shield.

HoldBreath–Tortles can hold their breath for up to 1 hour. They are not natural swimmers but they can remain underwater for some time before needing to come up for air.

Languages–You can write, read and speak Common and Aquan

SurvivalInstinct–You gain proficiency in Survival Skill. Tortles have finely honed survival instincts.

BiteAttack–Whenever you hit a creature with a melee attack on your tum, you can make a melee attack against the same enemy as a bonus. The target takes 1d4 + your strength modifier piercing damage on a hit. You are always considered proficient with this bonus attack.

Subraces – Razorback, Desert and Softshell

D&D 5e Tortle 5e Names

Names of the tortles are as follows:

Female:Kuwanyamtiaw, Macawi, Mituna, Talulah, Sikya, Sokow,Abetzi, Anna, Doya, Ehawee

Male:Dustu, Gad, Kanuna, Lanu, Mahkah, Nastas, Taheton, Grok,Aranck, Arre-Catte, Beshiltheeni

Family Names:Mwala, Mwezi, Nyanja, Tengo, Thanthwe,Anthu, Chilan, Dzuwa, Galu, Lanpansi

Physical Description of Tortle 5e

Tortles are the humanoid tortoises. These tortles walk upright with a ponderous and rolling gait. The creature have the leathery, reptilian skin and shells that cover their backs and bellies. The tortle grow up to 6 feet tall and more than 750 pounds is its weight.

Totles doesn’t have hair. The color of their skin is blue-green or olive. Their back shells are shiner and usually darker than their skin color and their front shells are lighter and have a yellowish cast. Tortles have a beak-like and toothless mouth and able to deliver a vicious bite.

They are stocky. Most of their weight comes from their shells so they tend to remain the same weight throughout their adult lives. They never grow fat or this. The shape of the hands and arms of the tortles is similar to the shape of human’s hands and arms. The only difference is that tortles arms and hands are thicker. Most of the tortles wear no clothing, though some may wear belts, cloaks,and harnesses for carrying supplies and tools. They can wield most weapons as easily as humans.

Society of D&D Tortle

Tortles tend to get along well with the other races that have similar personalities and habits as tortles are reclusive and peaceful. They walk and spoke in a lower and milder fashion than the other dwellers of the material plane. They are ignorant of technology and live in hunter style tribes. Normally tortles live in straw huts and mud.

Tortles live under the servitude of the chief of the Tribe who rules like a king. Tortles are very friendly to most of the other races especially; they are friendlier toward peaceful Lizardfolk. There are only a few races that are able to look past the reptilian aspects of both their species and because of this, they get along. Tortles generally live in harmony with nature, other than using the slash and burn farming method.

For the first two weeks of life, tortles crawls and after that, they learn to walk on two legs. They are expected to fend for themselves. They mature at the age of forty and live for about 365 years.Tortles don’t mate until they approach the final years of their lives. After mating, they die within a year. All the females who are ready to produce eggs are gathered in a specially prepared compound. Males guard that compound against all attacks. The eggs of the tortles are considered as delicacies, so the locations of the egg-laying ground are always defended. Each female lays 4-24 eggs. These eggs hatch about 6 months later. This is the reason that tribes are often massive, spanning miles upon miles of land. Practicing a modest lifestyle for totsals is not uncommon. This is because the tortels consider their homes to be the shells behind them.

Tortles who are clerics, monks or paladins worship one of four deities. This is the belief of the tortles that these four gods work together in harmony and keep the balance of nature intact and sharing the prosperity of those who worship them.


These tribes can be found in marshland and swamps areas. Among the all tortle kinds, they are the most untrusting. Their shells are covered with sharp ridges and barbs and usually painted in paints.

Ability Score Increase–Strength score increases by 1

Razor FistA razorback can perform an unarmed strike as an action. This strike does 1d4 + your strength modifier of piercing damage. It is not a bonus action.

Razorback–You can use your reaction to cause a melee attacker to take 1d4 piercing damage from the barbs on your shell.


These tribes can be found in the desert and also in the other arid and mountainous areas. Usually, these tortles can be described as almost apathetic. They don’t care much for the affairs of other races. But this doesn’t make them rude or unfriendly. The shells of these tortles are like hard round domes and are polished by the sands picked up by the winds.

Ability Score Increase–Your constitution score increases by 1

Nomad–You are proficient in survival skill.

Shell Master–A desert monster can use their shell to block attacks and saving throws.


These tribes can be found by Riverside or near the coast. These tortles are the friendliest of all three type of tortles. They are always ready to help. Shells of these tortles are flat and fleshy and they don’t offer much protection.

Ability Score Increase–Your Wisdom score increases by 1

Tortle Agility–Tortles gain unarmored movement. Your walking and swimming speeds increase by 15 and 5 feet respectively. Unless you gain the ability from a class, this doesn’t increase with your Level.

Softshell–Nature Armor of a softshelltortle is 13 + your Dexterity Modifier.

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