[RPG] Human variant: Can I Choose a +2 ability improvement instead of a feat


Can I, when creating a human variant character, choose a +2 ability improvement instead of a feat?
In the end I will have a +2 to one ability and two +1 to two other abilities.

Best Answer

No, you cannot choose to get a +2 ability improvement instead of a feat

No rule exists allowing a feat to be replaced with an ability score improvement. Instead, the opposite is true:

At certain levels, your class gives you the Ability Score Improvement feature. Using the optional feats rule, you can forgo taking that feature to take a feat of your choice instead.

Page 165 PHB, Feats

Thus, the class feature Ability Score Improvement can be replaced with a feat and feats cannot be traded for ability score improvements. It should also be noted that this rule specifies that the trade can only be done with the specific feature provided by your class only, making ability score improvements from racial traits ineligible for trade.