Archives of Nethys

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The Starfinder Roleplaying Game is about more than just meeting aliens—it’s also about playing alien characters. In Starfinder, the word “race” usually refers to an intelligent, selfaware species whose members can be considered characters rather than simple monsters. While not all races are appropriate for player characters, many of them are; any creature with a racial traits entry is a member of a potentially playable race, provided that your GM approves it.


Source Starfinder Alien Character Deck pg. 0
Gnolls are hyena-headed humanoids with a reputation as bloodthirsty raiders, scavengers, and cannibals. They are capable hunters who respect power and strength over station or role, and most gnolls would believe their own survival takes precedence over any kind of morality.

Ability Modifiers +2 Str, +2 Con, –2 Int
Hit Points 6

Size and Type

Gnolls are Humanoids with the gnoll subtype.

Blindsense (scent)

Gnolls have blindsense (scent) with a range of 30 feet.


Gnolls have darkvision with a range of 60 feet.

Natural Weapons

Gnolls can attack with a special unarmed strike that deals lethal damage, doesn’t count as archaic, and threatens squares. Gnolls gain a special version of the Weapon Specialization feat with this unarmed strike at 3rd level, allowing them to add 1-1/2 × their character level TO their damage rolls for this unarmed strike (instead of just adding their character level, as usual).

Rugged Travel

Each time they move, gnolls can move through the first square of nonmagical difficult terrain at their normal speed.


Gnolls gain a +2 racial bonus to Survival checks.