Beginner's Guide to Tritons

Beginner's Guide to Tritons

Beginner's Guide to Tritons

Looking forward to a seafaring adventure? Want an adventurer with a nautical twist? Are you a big fan of Disney's The Little Mermaid? Or are you wanting to play a "fish out of water" and take the idea literally? Then tritons may be the ideal race for you!

The triton race is an aquatic race in the 5th edition of the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. They are known for their affinity with water and their ability to breathe underwater. In this guide, we will explore the lore, abilities, and characteristics of the triton race in D&D 5e!


According to the official D&D 5e lore, tritons are an aquatic race that live in the oceans, seas, and other bodies of water. They a have a  close relationship with the sea, their home, and they are often seen as protectors of the water. In many triton communities, the ruling council is made up of powerful clerics who worship the setting's sea god(s).

Tritons are a proud and noble race that value honor and duty above all else. They are not afraid to fight to defend their homes and their people, and they are skilled in both combat and magic. Tritons often form alliances with other underwater races, such as merfolk and (much more rarely) sahuagin, to protect their territories from common enemies.

Physical Characteristics

Tritons are humanoid in shape, with fish-like features such as gills and webbed hands and feet. They have blue-green skin and hair that ranges from dark blue to green. Their eyes are usually a bright green or blue, and they have pointed ears.

Tritons are physically strong and agile, and they are excellent swimmers. They are also able to breathe underwater, which gives them a distinct advantage over land-dwelling races. Tritons have a natural resistance to cold damage, which reflects their ability to live in the icy depths of the ocean.


Tritons have several unique abilities that set them apart from other races in D&D 5e. Here are some of their key abilities:

1. Amphibious. Tritons can breathe air and water, which makes them equally comfortable in both environments.

2. Control Air and Water. Tritons have the ability to cast the Control Water and Gust cantrips, which allow them to manipulate water and air respectively.

3. Emissary of the Sea. Tritons can communicate with any creature that has a swimming speed, regardless of whether or not they share a language.

4. Gift of the Sea. Tritons can cast the Fog Cloud spell once per day without using a spell slot.

5. Guardian of the Depths. Tritons have a natural resistance to cold damage, which reflects their ability to live in the icy depths of the ocean.

6. Swim Speed. Tritons have a swim speed of 30 feet, which allows them to move quickly and gracefully through water.

7. Weapon Training. Tritons are proficient with tridents, spears, and nets, which reflects their proficiency with underwater weapons.

Culture and Society

Tritons are a communal race, and they have a strong sense of community and shared responsibility. They are often ruled by councils of powerful priests and clerics to their oceanic deities. As guardians of the water, Tritons see it as their duty to protect the ocean and its inhabitants from harm.

Triton communities are usually located in or near bodies of water, such as oceans or large lakes. They build their homes out of coral, shells, and other materials found in the environment, and they often decorate their homes with underwater plants and creatures.

Tritons are skilled craftsmen, and they are known for their expertise in creating weapons and armor that are well-suited to underwater combat. They also have a strong tradition of magic, and many tritons are trained as clerics or druids to harness the power of the sea.

Roleplaying a Triton

If you choose to roleplay a triton effectively in D&D 5e, it's important to understand their culture, abilities, and values. Here are some tips on how to roleplay a triton in a compelling and immersive way:

Embrace their connection to the sea. Tritons are intimately connected to the water, and they see themselves as guardians of the ocean and its inhabitants. Roleplay your triton with a deep reverence for the sea, and use sea-themed language and expressions in your dialogue.

Value duty and honor. Tritons are a communal race, and they believe in the importance of fulfilling their duties and upholding their honor. Roleplay your triton as someone who takes their responsibilities seriously, and who is always looking for ways to serve their community.

Emphasize their physicality. Tritons are physically strong and agile, and they are excellent swimmers. Use body language and gestures to convey your triton's athleticism and grace, and emphasize their webbed hands and feet and gills when describing their appearance.

Be aware of their cultural biases. Tritons are often proud and noble, and they can be dismissive or condescending towards those they see as inferior. Roleplay your triton with a sense of superiority towards land-dwelling races, and be aware of how this might affect your interactions with other players or NPCs. You're also welcome to subvert these biases, but be aware of them all the same!

Use their abilities creatively. Tritons have a number of unique abilities, such as their control over air and water, their gift of the sea, and their resistance to cold damage. Use these abilities creatively in combat and roleplaying situations, and look for ways to leverage them to your advantage.

Explore their magical traditions. Tritons have a strong tradition of magic, and many of them are trained as clerics or druids. Roleplay your triton as someone who is deeply connected to the magical energies of the sea, and who sees magic as a powerful tool for protecting their community.

Consider their backstory. Like any character, your triton should have a backstory that informs their personality, values, and motivations. Think about where your triton came from, what events shaped their life, and what goals they have for the future. Use this backstory to inform your roleplaying decisions, and to create a rich and immersive character.

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Rob Franklin (@thedndwannabe) has been a Dungeon Master for many years, and has a deep passion for roleplaying games. He runs the MistyMountainStreaming channel on Twitch, our Misty Mountain Gaming YouTube channel, and is cohost of the Bardic Twinspiration D&D podcast. He also enjoys bourbon, From Software games, and his dog Bigby.