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Long ago, mind flayers conquered the strongholds of clan Duergar of the dwarven kingdom of Shanatar. After generations of enslavement and cruel experimentation at the hands of the illithids, the duergar (or gray dwarves) rose up against their masters and regained their freedom. They emerged as a new subrace of dwarf with limited mental powers. The gray dwarves are an evil and bitter race, but retain the superior skill and workmanship of dwarvenkind. They have found themselves a niche in the Underdark, creating armor and weapons to trade with the warring races of that realm.

Duergar on the whole are evil, but some turn their backs on their fellows and seek a different sort of life. Male and female duergar are bald, and women do not grow beards. They are much thinner than other dwarves, with severe facial expressions, gray hair, and gray skin.

Ability adjustmentEdit

+2 Constitution, -4 Charisma

Racial featuresEdit

Icon graydwarf

Level adjustment: +1. Duergar are more powerful and gain levels more slowly than other races. It will take more experience for a duergar to reach level 2 than it would for normal races, for example.

Size: Medium

Favored class: Fighter. A multiclass dwarf's fighter class does not count when determining whether he takes an experience point penalty for multiclassing. Dwarven culture extols the virtues of battle, and the vocation comes easily to dwarves.

  • Darkvision: Gray dwarves can see in the dark up to 120 feet.
  • Stonecunning: This ability grants a dwarf a +2 racial bonus on Search checks when inside.


  • Duergar make arguably better rogues than Halflings, due to Move Silently being harder to come by than Hide as well as possessing full carrying capacity, invisibility as a racial spell, darkvision, and their immunity to poison.

DnD 3.5 comparisonEdit

  • Dwarven urgroshes are not included in NWN2 and are therefore not included in a dwarf's weapon familiarity.
  • The racial feat Stability has been excluded: A dwarf gains a +4 bonus on ability checks made to resist being bull rushed or tripped (see

knockdown) when standing on the ground (but not when climbing, flying, riding, or otherwise not standing firmly on the ground).

  • Instead of full immunity to poison, a duergar normally receives +2 racial bonus on saving throws against poison and immunity to alchemical poisons (not normal poisons).
  • The +2 racial bonus on appraise and craft checks that are related to stone or metal items has been excluded.

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