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Abilities Constitution; and either
Strength or Wisdom
Skills +2 Dungeoneering
+2 Endurance
Size Medium
Speed Low average
Vision low-light
Languages Common
Traits Cast-Iron Stomach
Dwarven Resilience
Dwarven Weapon Proficiency
Encumbered Speed
Stand Your Ground
Avg. height 4'3"–4'9"
130–145 cm
Avg. weight 160–180 lbs.
73–100 kg
Subraces gold dwarf
shield dwarf

Dwarf is a player character race in Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition as part of the core races in the Player's Handbook.[PH:36][HotFL:248]

Racial traits[]

Dwarves have the following racial traits.

Cast-Iron Stomach
High racial bonus to saving throws against poison.
Dwarven Resilience
You can use your second wind as a minor action instead of a standard action.
Dwarven Weapon Proficiency
You gain proficiency with the throwing hammer and the warhammer.
Encumbered Speed
You move at your normal speed even when it would normally be reduced by armor or a heavy load. Other effects that limit speed (such as difficult terrain or magical effects) affect you normally.
Stand Your Ground
When an effect forces you to move—through a pull, a push, or a slide—you can move a square less than the effect specifies. This means an effect that normally pulls, pushes, or slides a target a square does not force you to move unless you want to.
In addition, when an attack would knock you prone, you can immediately make a saving throw to avoid falling prone.

Dwarf feats[]

The following feats have the dwarf (or mul) race as a prerequisite. Other prerequisites are noted.

Dwarf paragon paths[]

The following paragon paths have the dwarf (or mul) race as a prerequisite. Other prerequisites are noted.

Favored classes[]


The dwarf ability bonus was originally a moderate bonus to both Constitution and Wisdom.[PH:36] The Essentials update and subsequent books changed the bonus to Constitution, and either Strength or Wisdom.[U :E]

The Neverwinter Campaign Setting introduced the concept of subraces, as well as the dwarf subraces gold dwarf[NCS:49] and shield dwarf.[NCS:50]