5E Half Feat List & Guide

The term half feat, sometimes also called a hybrid feat, is a 5th edition feat where a +1 ability stat is granted in addition to another bonus. This is called a half feat because half of it is the normal ability score improvement while the other half are benefits the feat grants. These are found in various feats in The Player’s Handbook, Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, and Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything.

This isn’t an official term in 5th Edition, but it is a description that many players use just to group a certain number of feats when comparing them to another.

wizard spellcaster
Plenty of half feats for spellcasters, plenty of half feats for other classes, as well.

What Is a Half Feat?

A half feat refers to any feat that gives a +1 to an ability score in addition to other benefits. Normally, the other benefits are something niche or special but not enough to justify giving up an entire ability score improvement, so the +1 is to mitigate losing the regular level up of two ability score boosts.

Sometimes this is because the rest of the benefits of the feat aren’t good enough to stand on their own. Sometimes it really does just blend in well with what the feat is supposed to represent.

After all, why wouldn’t an athlete have more strength or dexterity? Why wouldn’t a keen mind have more intelligence? These make a lot of sense and many of the 5E feats are designed with these types of mechanics in mind.

Why Are Only Some Feats Half Feats in 5E?

One major reason some feats are half feats is because some feats are extremely strong without the ability score boost. Look at feats like Lucky, Sharpshooter, or Alert and it becomes obvious those don’t need any more boosts to be three of the strongest feats in the entire game. In fact, doing so would make them outright broken.

On the other hand some feats would just be too weak compared to an ability score improvement on their own. These feats need a +1 ability score boost to make them worth consideration.

Full List of Half Feats 5E

Here’s a full up to date list of half feats currently available in 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons. I linked to the full in-depth feat guide where applicable.

If the name of the feat is hyperlinked, that link goes to the full in-depth guide I’ve written on the feat, in case you wanted to study it in more depth. If you’re looking for a breakdown of the half feats by which ability score they improve, here it is.

If you wanted more in-depth guides, check out out Full List of 5E Feats as well as our Full 5E Racial Feat Guide.

There will be repeats as some of these have 2/3 options for an ability score boost, but if you wanted the 5E hybrid feats sorted by what they boost, here they are:

List of 5E +1 Strength Feats

  • Athlete
  • Crusher
  • Dragon Fear
  • Dragon Hide
  • Heavily Armored
  • Heavy Armor Master
  • Lightly Armored
  • Moderately Armored
  • Orcish Fury
  • Piercer
  • Resilient
  • Skill Expert
  • Slasher
  • Squat Nimbleness
  • Tavern Brawler
  • Weapon Master

There are 16 total half feats that give the option of adding a +1 to the strength ability score, the most of any ability that gets boosted by various half feats.

List of 5E +1 Dexterity Feats

  • Athlete
  • Elven Accuracy
  • Fade Away
  • Gunner
  • Lightly Armored
  • Moderately Armored
  • Piercer
  • Resilient
  • Second Chance
  • Skill Expert
  • Slasher
  • Squat Nimbleness
  • Tavern Brawler
  • Weapon Master

There are 14 total half feats that provide a potential +1 dexterity ability score increase. These usually are with a half feat that gives the choice between strength or dexterity, but not always.

List of 5E +1 Constitution Feats

  • Chef
  • Crusher
  • Dragon Fear
  • Dragon Hide
  • Durable
  • Infernal Constitution
  • Orcish Fury
  • Resilient
  • Second Chance
  • Skill Expert

Ten total half feats can give that all-coveted and rare Constitution boost that is generally welcome no matter what class build you go with.

List of 5E +1 Intelligence Feats

  • Elven Accuracy
  • Fade Away
  • Fey Teleportation
  • Fey Touched
  • Flames of Phlegethos
  • Keen Mind
  • Linguist
  • Observant
  • Resilient
  • Shadow Touched
  • Skill Expert
  • Telekinetic
  • Telepathic

Thirteen half feats offer an intelligence boost, or the option for choosing a +1 intelligence over a similar +1 improvement to the other two casting stats.

compass in the wilderness
If you have keen mind you won’t need a compass ever…just sayin’.

List of 5E +1 Wisdom Feats

  • Chef
  • Elven Accuracy
  • Fey Touched
  • Observant
  • Resilient
  • Shadow Touched
  • Skill Expert
  • Telekinetic
  • Telepathic

There are only 9 half feats that offer a +1 wisdom boost, the least of all the half feats, even Constitution!

List of 5E +1 Charisma Feats

  • Actor
  • Dragon Fear
  • Dragon Hide
  • Elven Accuracy
  • Fey Teleportation
  • Fey Touched
  • Flames of Phlegethos
  • Resilient
  • Second Chance
  • Shadow Touched
  • Skill Expert
  • Telekinetic
  • Telepathic

There are 13 half-feats that offer a potential +1 charisma boost.

In Conclusion

There are many feats that technically qualify as half feats, and many others that don’t, but even with a new that seems to imply weakness, the truth is that many of these half feats stand up to any of the “full feats” and indeed a few of them are among the strongest in the entire system. The variance is pretty remarkable, and most players have taken a 5E hybrid feat at one time or another.

The movement towards more versatility with half feats that later books seem to be leaning towards is a good one and is going to make it more likely that future 5E half feats will be more popular with players and more likely to find a place in future character builds and 5th Edition games.

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