Last Updated: April 25, 2022
This guide is for the updated version of the Eladrin published in Monsters of the Multiverse. For previous versions of the Eladrin, see our Elf Handbook.
The Eladrin is arguably the “original” version of the elf in DnD lore, reflecting elves who never left the Feywild. Mechanically, their history in 5th edition has been long and complex, but the current version of the Eladrin is a lot of fun.
The updated version of the Eladrin published in Monsters of the Multiverse is very similar to the version in Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes. Fey Ancestry and Trance were both updated to the new versions, and Fey Step was updated to not lock you into Charisma, but their theme and defining traits weren’t changed conceptually.
The Eladrin’s defining trait is Fey Step, which provides teleportation similar to Misty Step several times per day. It also provides a rider effect based on your chosen season, which you can change every long rest. The Autumn and Winter options both call for a saving throws, and since the DC is based on your mental ability scores, those options will naturally appeal more to spellcasters. Summer is the go-to option for melee martial characters. Spring allows you to give your teleportation to someone else, but you likely aren’t playing an eladrin so that other people can teleport.
Fey Step is notably not a spell, which means that it can’t be counterspelled, works for characters who have trouble casting spells like barbarians, and won’t prevent you from casting a leveled spell as an action.
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Artificers can’t cast Misty Step, so access to teleportation is very helpful. But artificers also tend to lean heavily on their Bonus Action, so any turn in which you use Fey Step means giving up whatever you normally do with your Bonus Action (command your homunculus, etc.) for that turn. Trance also gets you an extra tool, which is great for artificers.
Teleportation is a huge asset for front-line martial characters like the Barbarian. Some barbarian subclasses use their Bonus Action every round while raging, but many don’t, so it’s easy to find a build that makes Fey Step easy to use without cutting into your normal activities. Summer is likely your best season option, but consider the Shadar-Kai if you plan to repeatedly teleport into crowds of enemies.
Fey Ancestry’s provides Advantage on saves against common charm effects which can often take barbarians out of a fighter, and Perception is one of the Barbarian’s best skill options.
Bards don’t have Misty Step on their spell list, so access to teleportation is fantastic. Trance can get you a better weapon option if you need a weapon, but more likely you’ll use it to get proficiency in something like Thieves’ Tools.
Clerics don’t have access to short-range teleportation, and they have a lot of good spells with touch range. You won’t be able to use Spiritual Weapon the same turn that you teleport, but sometimes that’s a sacrifice that you need to make. Trance can get you a martial weapon if you insist on using them for some reason, and Perception is a great skill for the Cleric.
Druids don’t get access to short-range teleportation, but can often rely on Wild Shape to solve the same problems. Trance offers access to more weapons, but druids basically never use weapons, so you’ll probably use a tool instead. Perception is a great skill for the Druid.
For Circle of the Moon, the Eladrin’s traits are very appealing since Fey Step works while using Wild Shape.
Most fighters don’t have a use for their Bonus Action every round, so Fey Step is easy to add to their collection of options which you can sometimes use your Bonus Action to activate. Fey Ancestry protects you from common charm effects which can often take the Fighter out of a fight, and free proficiency in Perception is always nice.
Monks lean heavily on their Bonus Action, and options like Step of the Wind make Fey Step’s short-range teleportation less useful. Charm effects are less threatening for the Monk than for most martial characters due to the Monk’s unusually high Wisdom, so Fey Ancestry isn’t huge. Trance offers access to a weapon, but since it won’t be a monk weapon you’ll want to pick a tool instead. That means that the most impactful things that the Eladrin brings to the Monk are proficiency in Perception and in one tool, and that’s just not enough.
Most paladins don’t get access to Misty Step, and paladins are generally locked into melee, so Fey Step is a huge asset. Between Fey Ancestry, immunity to fear, and Aura of Protection, paladins can generally afford to dump Wisdom. Of course, that makes Perception less useful, but on a MAD class like the Paladin that’s still a good trade. Summer is likely your best season option, but also consider the Shadar-Kai as an alternative for their durability.
Most rangers don’t get access to Misty Step, and the ones that do need to spend their limited number of spell slots to do so, so Fey Step is great for the Ranger. But rangers also tend to be less durable than other front-line martial characters, so for melee builds you might consider the Shadar-Kai as an alternative.
Trance can get you proficiency in a tool like Thieves’ Tools, and Perception is among the Ranger’s best skill choices.
You can typically rely on Cunning Action to safely move through melee, so Fey Step is really only useful for getting out of grapples. Trance gets you access to a tool or a weapon (whips are great), and free proficiency in Perception adds to the Rogue’s already excellent skill capabilities.
Sorcerers get access to Misty Step, but with such a limited number of spells known, Fey Step is a great replacement. Unfortunately, most sorcerers can’t do much with Trance or with proficiency in Perception.
Warlocks get access to Misty Step, but with extremely limited spell slots, Fey Step is a great replacement. Unfortunately, most warlocks can’t do much with Trance or with proficiency in Perception.
The fact that Fey Step is a Bonus Action and not a spell means that you can use it in the same turn that you cast a leveled spell, which is huge for the Wizard. Trance and Perception aren’t great for the Wizard, unfortunately.