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INDEX OF ARTICLES

Eberron 2
When Armies Class 8
Modifying Classes 17
Waterborne Adventures 26
Variant Rules 31
Psionics and the Mystic 34
Modern Magic 41
Ranger 50
Prestige Classes and Rune Magic 54
Light, Dark, Underdark 60
That Old Black Magic 64
Kits of Old 67
Psionics and the Mystic, Take Two 71
Gothic Heroes 81
Feats 84
Quick Characters 89
The Faithful 92
The Ranger, Revised 95
Encounter Building 103
Barbarian Primal Paths 107
Bard Colleges 110
Cleric Divine Domains 113
Druid 116
Fighter 120
Monk 124
Paladin 126
Artificer 129
Ranger & Rogue 136
Sorcerer 139
Warlock & Wizard 143
Mass Combat 149
Traps Revisited 154
The Mystic Class 167
Wizard Revisited 195
A Trio of Subclasses 197
Starter Spells 201
Downtime 205
Feats for Skills 219
Feats for Races 223
Revised Subclasses 227
Revised Class Options 233
Glossary 240

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Unearthed Arcana: Eberron
Welcome to the first installment of Unearthed Arcana, a monthly workshop where D&D R&D shows off a
variety of new and interesting pieces of RPG design for use at your gaming table. You can think of the
material presented in this series as similar to the first wave of the fifth edition playtest. These game
mechanics are in draft form, usable in your campaign but not fully tempered by playtests and design
iterations. They are highly volatile and might be unstable; if you use them, be ready to rule on any issues
that come up. Theyre written in pencil, not ink.
The material presented in Unearthed Arcana will range from mechanics that we expect one day to
publish in a supplement to house rules from our home campaigns that we want to share, from core
system options such as mass combat to setting-specific material such as the Eberron update included in
this article. Once its out there, you can expect us to check in with you to see how its working out and
what we can do to improve it.
Eberron Update. This months installment is relatively straightforward. Were rolling out some rules to
help you convert your Eberron campaign to fifth edition. The Eberron campaign setting was created by
Keith Baker and first published for D&D in 2004. It combines pulp adventure and intrigue in a world
where magic-driven technology has produced airships, trains, and similar advancements comparable to
early 20th-century Europe. The continent of Khorvaire, the center of Eberrons focus, has recently
emerged from the Last War, a terrible conflict that saw the kingdom of Cyre transformed into a lifeless
gray wasteland called the Mournland. That catastrophe shocked the remaining kingdoms into an uneasy
peace that has held so far.
Full details on the Eberron setting are available in several PDF products available through
dndclassics.com. This article focuses on mechanical conversions for several of the key elements unique
to Eberron.

New Races
Several unique races are featured in the Eberron setting, and each helps shape the campaigns flavor. The
warforged are a living reminder of the Last Wars legacy and the uncertain future that faces Khorvaire.
Changelings are masters of intrigue and deception, the perfect choice for a campaign that runs in the
shadows. Shifters embody the tension between Khorvaires natural world and its future, as growing cities
and magical technology push against the wild.
Youll notice that the kalashtar are not included in this update. The kalashtar are a psionic race, but the
fifth edition of D&D doesnt yet have rules for psionics. Once such rules become availableperhaps in a
future edition of Unearthed Arcanawe can take a pass at them.

Changeling
Changelings are subtle shapeshifters capable of disguising their appearance. Their ability to adopt other
creatures guises makes them consummate spies and criminals.
As a changeling, you have the following racial traits.
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity and Charisma scores increase by 1.
Size. Changelings are built much like humans, but a little leaner. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Duplicity. You gain proficiency in the Deception skill.
Shapechanger. As an action, you can polymorph into any humanoid of your size that you have seen, or
back into your true form. However, your equipment does not change with you. If you die, you revert to
your natural appearance.

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Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and two other languages of your choice.

Shifter Traits
Shifters are descended from humans and lycanthropes. Although they cannot fully change to animal form,
they can take on animalistic features by a process they call shifting.
As a shifter, you have the following racial traits.
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1.
Size. Shifters are about the same size as humans. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Darkvision. Your lycanthropic heritage grants you the ability to see in dark conditions. You can see in
dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You cant
discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
Shifting. On your turn, you can shift as a bonus action. Shifting lasts for 1 minute or until you end it on
your turn as a bonus action.
While shifting, you gain temporary hit points equal to your level + your Constitution bonus (minimum
of 1). You also gain a feature that depends on your shifter subrace, described below.
You must finish a short or long rest before you can shift again.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Sylvan.
Subrace. Several subraces of shifter exist, each with its own animalistic features. Choose one of the
options below.

Beasthide
As a beasthide shifter, you are especially tough and persistent in battle.
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 1.
Shifting Feature. While shifting, you gain a +1 bonus to AC.

Cliffwalk
Your cliffwalk heritage grants you the agility of a mountain goat.
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1.
Shifting Feature. While shifting, you gain a climb speed of 30 feet.

Longstride
Longstride shifters are fleet and elusive.
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1.
Shifting Feature. While shifting, you can use the Dash action as a bonus action.

Longtooth
As a longtooth shifter, you are a ferocious combatant.
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 1.
Shifting Feature. While shifting, you can make a bite attack as an action. This is a melee weapon attack
that uses Strength for its attack roll and damage bonus and deals 1d6 piercing damage. If this attack hits a
target that is your size or smaller, the target is also grappled.

Razorclaw
As a razorclaw shifter, you make swift, slashing strikes in battle.
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1.
Shifting Feature. While shifting, you can make an unarmed strike as a bonus action. You can use your
Dexterity for its attack roll and damage bonus, and this attack deals slashing damage.

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Wildhunt
Your wildhunt heritage makes you a consummate tracker and survivor.
Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 1.
Shifting Feature. While shifting, you gain advantage on all Wisdom-based checks and saving throws.

Warforged
The warforged were made as the ideal soldiers to serve in the devastating Last War. Although they are
constructs, they have much in common with living creatures, including emotions and social bonds, and
perhaps even souls.

Traits
As a warforged, you have the following racial traits.
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength and Constitution scores increase by 1.
Size. Warforged are generally broader and heavier than humans. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Composite Plating. Your construction incorporates wood and metal, granting you a +1 bonus to Armor
Class.
Living Construct. Even though you were constructed, you are a living creature. You are immune to
disease. You do not need to eat or breathe, but you can ingest food and drink if you wish.
Instead of sleeping, you enter an inactive state for 4 hours each day. You do not dream in this state; you
are fully aware of your surroundings and notice approaching enemies and other events as normal.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and one other language of your choice.

New Wizard Tradition: Artificer


Artificers are a key part of the world of Eberron. They illustrate the evolution of magic from a wild,
unpredictable force to one that is becoming available to the masses. Magic items are part of everyday life
in the Five Nations of Khorvaire; with an artificer in your party, they become part of every adventuring
expedition.
The artificer was a separate class in prior editions of the Eberron setting, a melee combatant who
specialized in mystically enhanced arms and armor. The fifth edition rules treat the artificer as a new
wizard tradition that focuses on mystical invention, which you can choose starting at 2nd level.

Artificer Summary
Wizard Level Arcane Tradition Feature
2nd Infuse potions, infuse scrolls
6th Infuse weapons and armor
10th Superior artificer
14th Master artificer

Infuse Potions
Starting at 2nd level, you can produce magic potions. You spend 10 minutes focusing your magic on a vial
of mundane water and expend a spell slot to transform it into a potion. Once you have expended a spell
slot to create a potion, you cannot regain that slot until the potion is consumed or after 1 week, at which
time the potion loses its effectiveness. You can create up to three potions at a time; creating a fourth
potion causes the oldest currently active one to immediately lose its potency. If that potion has been
consumed, its effects immediately end.

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The spell slot you expend determines the type of potion you can create. See chapter 7 of the Dungeon
Masters Guide for complete rules on potions.
Spell Slot Potion Created
1st Climbing, growth, or healing
2nd Mind reading or greater healing
3rd Invisibility, superior healing, or water breathing
4th Resistance

Infuse Scrolls
At 2nd level, you can also tap into your reserves of magical energy to create spell scrolls. You can use your
Arcane Recovery ability to create a scroll instead of regaining expended spell slots.
You must finish a short rest, then spend 10 minutes with parchment, quill, and ink to create a spell scroll
containing one spell chosen from those you know. Subtract the spells level from the total levels worth of
slots you regain using Arcane Recovery. This reduction to your Arcane Recovery applies until you use the
scroll and then finish a long rest.

Infuse Weapons and Armor


Beginning at 6th level, you can produce magic weapons and armor. You spend 10 minutes focusing your
magic on a mundane weapon, suit of armor, shield, or bundle of twenty pieces of ammunition, and expend
a spell slot to infuse it with magical energy. The magic item retains its enhancement for 8 hours or until
used (in the case of magic ammunition). You can infuse only one item at a time; if you infuse a second one,
the first immediately loses its potency. Once you have expended a spell slot to create such an item, you
cannot regain that slot until the item becomes nonmagical.
The spell slot you expend determines the type of weapon, armor, or shield you can create.
Spell Slot Item Created
2nd +1 ammunition (20 pieces)
3rd +1 weapon or +1 shield
4th +1 armor
5th +2 weapon or +2 ammunition (20 pieces)
6th +2 armor

Superior Artificer
Starting at 10th level, you can create a second magic weapon, suit of armor, shield, or bundle of
ammunition using your Infuse Weapons and Armor ability. Attempting to infuse a third item causes the
oldest one to immediately lose its potency.
You can also create one additional potion or scroll using Infuse Potions or Infuse Scrolls.

Master Artificer
On reaching 14th level, your mastery of arcane magic allows you to produce a variety of magic items. You
can create a single item chosen from Magic Item Tables A and B in chapter 7 of the Dungeon Masters
Guide. It takes you 1 week to produce such an item, and you must rest for 1 month before using this ability
to craft another item.

Action Points
The Eberron campaign setting introduced this concept to reflect characters who are larger-than-life
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characters can dodge or at least mitigate the effects of bad luck. This rule inspired the Hero Points
optional rule presented in chapter 9 of the Dungeon Masters Guide.
You start with 5 action points at 1st level. Each time you gain a level, you lose any unspent action points
and gain a new total equal to 5 + half your level.
You can spend an action point whenever you roll a d20 to make an attack roll, an ability check, or a
saving throw. You dont have to decide until after you make the roll and learn if it succeeded or failed. If
you spend an action point, roll a d6 and add it to your d20 result, possibly changing a failure into a
success. You can spend only 1 action point per roll.
In addition, whenever you fail a death saving throw, you can spend an action point to make it a success.

Dragonmarks
Dragonmarks are elaborate skin patterns, similar to tattoos, that grant their bearers innate spellcasting
abilities. Each type of mark is tied to large, extended families that each control a different industry or
trade in Eberron. Not every member of a given family possesses a dragonmark; conversely, merely
possessing a dragonmark does not grant special status within the house.
You must use a feat to gain a dragonmark. You are a member of its corresponding dragonmarked house
(or houses, in the case of the Mark of Shadow) and must belong to its listed race or races.

Dragonmarks
Mark House Race Influence
Detection Medani Half-elf Warning Guild
Finding Tharashk Half-orc, human Finders Guild
Handling Vadalis Human Handlers Guild
Healing Jorasco Halfling Healers Guild
Hospitality Ghallanda Halfling Hostelers Guild
Making Cannith Human Tinkers Guild, Fabricators Guild
Passage Orien Human Couriers Guild, Transportation Guild
Scribing Sivis Gnome Notaries Guild, Speakers Guild
Sentinel Deneith Human Blademarks Guild, Defenders Guild
Shadow Phiarlan Elf Entertainers and Artisans Guild
Shadow Thuranni Elf Shadow Network
Storm Lyrander Half-elf Windwrights Guild, Raincallers Guild
Warding Kundarak Dwarf Banking Guild, Warding Guild

Aberrant dragonmarks occasionally appear, which are not tied to the dragonmarked houses and have a
variety of effects. To represent an aberrant dragonmark for your character, choose the Magic Initiate feat
from the Players Handbook.

New Feat: Dragonmark


You have a magical mark that indicates you are a member of one of the dragonmarked houses. Select one
of the options from the Dragonmarks table.
You gain the ability to innately cast spells and cantrips, as summarized in the Dragonmark Benefits
table, using the spellcasting ability listed under the Ability column. You cast each spell at its lowest level.
Once you cast a given spell this way, you must finish a long rest before you can cast it innately again. You
must still expend any material components. Your dragonmark confers the following benefits:

When you first take this feat, you gain the least dragonmark. You learn the spells listed under the
Least column.

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At 5th level and higher, your mark becomes more potent, improving to lesser dragonmark. You
also learn the spell listed under the Lesser column.
At 9th level and higher, your marks power increases again, becoming a greater dragonmark.
You also learn the spell listed under the Greater column.

Dragonmark Benefits
Mark Ability Least Lesser Greater
Detection Wisdom Detect magic, mage hand Detect thoughts Clairvoyance
Finding Wisdom Identify, mage hand Locate object Clairvoyance
Handling Wisdom Druidcraft, speak with animals Beast sense Conjure animals
Healing Wisdom Cure wounds, spare the dying Lesser restoration Revivify
Hospitality Charisma Friends, unseen servant Rope trick Leomunds tiny hut
Making Intelligence Identify, mending Magic weapon Fabricate
Passage Intelligence Expeditious retreat, light Misty step Teleportation circle
Scribing Intelligence Comprehend languages, message Sending Tongues
Sentinel Wisdom Blade ward, compelled duel Blur Protection from energy
Shadow Charisma Dancing lights, disguise self Darkness Nondetection
Storm Intelligence Fog cloud, shocking grasp Gust of wind Sleet storm
Warding Intelligence Alarm, resistance Arcane lock Magic circle

Mike Mearls is the senior manager for the D&D research and design team. He was one of the lead
designers for the fifth edition of D&D. His other credits include the Castle Ravenloft board game, Monster
Manual 3 for fourth edition, and Players Handbook 2 for third edition.

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Unearthed Arcana: When Armies
Clash
The D&D combat rules in the Players Handbook
are designed to model conflict between small
Miniatures and Scale
groupsan adventuring party of perhaps three For ease of play, clarity, and speed of combat
to six characters against monster groups that resolution, these rules assume the use of
rarely exceed a dozen creatures. Combat on this miniatures and a grid, just as you might use for
scale keeps the focus squarely on the small-scale combat. However, time and distance
adventurers. work a bit differently under these rules.
In some D&D campaigns, though, the story Time. Each round of combat represents 1
might hinge on battles involving dozens or minute.
hundreds of monsters and warriors. The rules Distance. A single square measures 20 feet on
presented here build on the standard combat each side.
rules to model conflict on a much larger scale, Diagonals. Diagonally contiguous squares
while still enabling individual adventurers to (those that touch only at a corner) are not
lead an armys charge against an enemy considered adjacent; each is 1 square away from
regiment, rally dispirited soldiers to rejoin the the other. Stands and solos cannot move
fray, or defeat powerful enemy monsters or diagonally. When determining the distance
leaders. between one square and another, do not count
In most cases, when two armies oppose one squares diagonally.
another, the DM serves as the general for one
side, and one or more players serve as generals
for the opposing force. These leaders direct the
Stands
soldiers that make up their armies, and everyone A stand consists of ten identical creatures that
at the table might also represent individual move and fight as a single entity. Only creatures
champions (such as the player characters and of Huge size or smaller can be formed into
important NPCs) who are capable of turning the stands. Gargantuan creatures always fight as
tide of battle all by themselves. individuals; see Solos later in this section.
Space. A stand of creatures occupies the same
The Combatants space on a 20-foot grid that a single creature
would occupy on a 5-foot grid.
In these rules, the elements of an army are
stands, each of which represents ten creatures Creature Size Space
of the same kind, and solos, which are powerful Medium or smaller 1 square
individuals that can act alone or join an allied Large 2 2 squares
stand. A stand behaves much like a single Huge 3 3 squares
creature in the standard combat rules, with its
own hit points, saving throws, and attacks. Statistics. A stand uses the statistics and
Stands and solos on each side are grouped into special abilities of the creatures within the stand,
units of dozens or even hundreds of creatures. A such as Armor Class, hit points, attack and
unit generally moves and attacks as a single damage capabilities, and so on.
entity, with all of its members using the same Speed. The speed of a stand is measured in
strategy and tactics every round. squares, and is equal to the speed of an
individual creature divided by 5. For example, a

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stand of hobgoblins (individual speed 30 feet) adept at delivering powerful attacks and holding
has a speed of 6 squares. key points on the battlefield.
Configuration. A regiment unit begins a battle
Units in one of three configurations, as chosen by its
general, and it can switch between these
A unit is a group of stands organized into a single, configurations during the fight. See the
cohesive group that fights and acts as one. A unit Configure section below.
can contain stands of different kinds of creatures, A regiment unit has the following
such as orcs and ogres. A unit can have any characteristics:
number of stands.
Stands can be organized into units of two A regiment unit uses the lowest Dexterity
different types: skirmishers and regiments. In modifier from among its component stands to
general, skirmishers have lighter armor and determine initiative.
focus on scouting, while regiments focus on The unit can take the Configure action (see
attacking or defending a point on the battlefield. Battle Actions below).
A units type is designated before the battle An allied stand cannot move into or through
begins and cannot be changed once the fight is in the space of a stand in a regiment unit.
progress. An allied solo can move into the space of a
Skirmishers. Skirmisher units are loosely stand of a regiment unit only if it uses its
organized. They excel at moving quickly, making action to join that stand.
hit-and-run attacks, and scouting ahead of the To keep from becoming isolated (see Unit
main army. Integrity below), each stand in a regiment
A skirmisher unit has the following unit must be adjacent to at least one other
characteristics: stand in that unit at the end of a turn.

All stands in the unit have advantage on


Dexterity saving throws.
Solos
A skirmisher unit uses the highest Dexterity A solo is a significant creature on the
modifier from among its component stands to battlefieldusually a player character or a
determine initiative. powerful NPC or monster.
The unit can take the Hide action (see Battle A solo has the following characteristics:
Actions below).
An allied stand can move through the space of A solo can be unattached, moving and acting
a stand of skirmishers but cant end its turn in on its own on the battlefield, or it can attach
that location. itself to a stand and a unit by taking the Join
An allied solo can move through the space of a action (see Battle Actions below).
stand of skirmishers but cant end its turn in An unattached solo can move through the
that location unless it uses its action to join space of an allied stand of skirmishers, but it
that stand. cant end its turn in that location unless it uses
A skirmisher stand can use part of its move, its action on the same turn to join that stand.
take an action, and then complete its move. An unattached solo can move into the space of
To keep from becoming isolated (see Unit an allied stand of a regiment unit only if it uses
Integrity below), each stand within a its action on the same turn to join that stand.
skirmisher unit must be no more than 1 square A solo that has joined a stand can be, and often
away from another stand in that unit at the is, a commander. (See the next section.)
end of a turn. A solo occupies the same space on the
battlefield as a stand made up of creatures of
Regiments. Regiment units move in strict its size. (A Gargantuan solo has a space of 4 4
ranks, creating a tight formation. Although they squares.)
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To keep from becoming isolated (see Unit become isolated from their allies are in danger of
Integrity below), an unattached solo must be being overwhelmed by their enemies.
no more than 1 square away from any allied An isolated stand or solo has disadvantage on
stand at the end of a turn. attack rolls until it is no longer isolated.
When an isolated stand or solo is attacked, the
Commanders attacker has advantage on its attack roll. If the
attack hits, it deals double damage.
Commanders play a key role in shaping a battle. Regiment. A stand in a regiment unit is
Any player character can serve as a commander, isolated if it is not adjacent to another stand in
as can NPCs that the DM designates. its unit.
Commanders are always solos, and a solo must Skirmisher. A stand in a skirmisher unit is
be joined to a stand to act as a units commander. isolated if it is more than 1 square away from
A unit can have only one commander; before a another stand in its unit.
new commander can take over, the current one Solo. An unattached solo is isolated if it is more
must vacate the post. than 1 square away from any allied stand
A solo can use a bonus action to become regardless of that stands unit.
commander of a unit if it is joined to one of the
units stands. It can use another bonus action to Terrain
cease acting as a commander. It also no longer
serves as commander if it cannot take actions. Terrain is a key part of most large-scale
As a bonus action, a commander can apply one combatsimportant enough to be considered a
of the following benefits to all the stands in its combatant by itself, whether allied with or
unit. working against the soldiers on the field.
Each square on the battlefield can have the
Prepare following terrain traits. A square might also be
A commander can order its unit to be more wary difficult terrain, and some types of terrain are
by making a DC 15 Charisma (Intimidation or always difficult, as noted in their entries. The DM
Persuasion) check. If it succeeds, the unit gains should mark squares of difficult terrain.
advantage on all saving throws until the end of Clear. Clear terrain offers no special benefits
the commanders next turn. or hindrances. Clear squares filled with rubble or
broken ground are difficult terrain.
Incite Road. If the last square of a stands movement
A commander can try to inspire the soldiers of takes it into a road square, the stand can move 1
its unit to greater effort by making a DC 15 more square regardless of its remaining speed.
Charisma (Intimidation or Persuasion) check. If Road squares are never difficult terrain unless
it succeeds, the unit gains advantage on all attack they are successfully targeted with the
rolls it makes on its next turn. Destruction objective (see Creating Objectives
below).
Rally Forest. A stand in a forest square gains half
cover against all attacks. Forest is always
A commander can reverse the effects of a failed
difficult terrain.
morale check by rallying troops so that they are
Water. Water squares are either deep or
willing to resume fighting. See Check Morale
shallow water. Shallow water is difficult terrain.
below.
Only a stand made up of creatures that have a
swimming speed, or a solo that has a swimming
Unit Integrity speed, can enter deep water.
High Ground. Any terrain other than water
If the components of a unit become too widely
can also have this additional trait. An area of
separated during a battle, stands and solos that
high ground is given a number that represents
its relative height (in multiples of 20 feet)

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compared to nearby squares of a lower elevation.
A stand or solo on high ground has advantage on
Initiative
melee attack rolls made against targets that are Each unit rolls for initiative using the highest or
at a lower elevation. lowest Dexterity modifier among its stands
Moving into higher ground costs 1 square of (depending on whether the unit is a skirmisher
movement for each 20 feet of difference in or a regiment). This includes solos that are
elevation between the stand or solos current attached to a unit at the start of the turn (see
location and its destination square. Join below).
If the higher ground is also difficult terrain, the The DM might also rule that some units or
cost of entering it is doubled. unattached solos are surprised, based on the
situation at the start of the battle.
Combat Procedure
The combat procedure in a mass battle is very Movement
similar to that outlined in the standard rules,
On a units turn, each stand in the unit can move
except that the activity in a round is
a number of squares according to its speed,
simultaneous rather than sequential. Other
following the rules for the unit type. A unit of
differences are outlined in this section. Also,
skirmishers can use part of its move, take an
units in a mass battle have access to the new
action, and then complete its move.
action types described below.
Adjacent to Other Stands. There are no
opportunity attacks in these rules. Instead, a
Setting up the Fight stand cannot move once it becomes adjacent to
an enemy stand, unless its unit takes the Retreat
Naturally, before the action can start, the
action. This restriction does not prevent other
opposing armies must be positioned on the
stands in the unit from moving normallyonly
battlefield. Before and during this activity, a few
those stands that are adjacent to enemy stands.
determinations need to be made:
Fleeing the Field. If a stand willingly or
Stands must be organized into units, and those unwillingly moves off the area covered by the
units designated as skirmishers or regiments. grid, it is considered to have fled the battlefield
Each regiment must begin in one of three and is eliminated.
configurations (see the Configure section
below). Battle Actions
Each solo must begin either as unattached or
joined to a stand. A solo that is joined to a One round of combat in these rules represents
stand is considered to have taken the Join the aggregate results of 1 minute of fighting.
action before combat starts, so that it can take On a units turn, choose one action for the unit.
another action on its first turn. Each stand in the unit individually takes that
action or takes no action. Except when otherwise
A solo that is joined to a stand is eligible to be
noted (see Cast a Spell below), stands in the
designated as a commander.
same unit cant take different actions.
A bit of bookkeeping on the side is also
recommended. Make a list of which stands Attack
belong to which units, so that you can tell when a Attacks between units work the same as in the
stand becomes isolated or when a unit might standard combat rules, except as described here.
become broken (see Check Morale below). A unit that takes the Attack action fights one or
After all these tasks are taken care of, its time more other units, with each stand attacking
to start the fight. individually. Each stand in a unit directs its
attack against another target stand. A stand
attacks just like its component creatures. For

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instance, if a creature has the Multiattack ability, Targeted Spells. If a spell requires a target, a
a stand composed of those creatures has that stand of casters can target another stand within
ability as well. Different stands can choose range. A spell that targets multiple creatures can
different forms of attack, according to their affect one stand or unattached solo per creature
capabilities. For instance, one stand of orcs can it can target.
make a melee attack with greataxes, while For spells requiring an attack roll by a stand
another stand of orcs in the same unit makes against an isolated solo, the stand has advantage
ranged attacks with javelins. on the attack roll and the spell deals double
For monster abilities that create a distance damage. If the spell allows a saving throw, the
effect measured in feet, convert that distance to solo has disadvantage on the saving throw and
squares by dividing by 5, using the same rules takes double damage if the saving throw fails.
for calculating the speed of a stand. For example, A solo can cast a targeted spell against another
a minotaurs charge allows it to push a target up solo, following the normal rules for the spell.
to 10 feet. A stand of minotaurs would thus be Such a spell is effective against a stand only if the
able to push an enemy stand 2 squares. spell normally targets five or more creatures.
Roll the stands attack and damage as in the Areas of Effect. A spell that covers an area
standard combat rules, applying damage against affects all the stands in its area. If the area does
the target stands hit points. not include all of the squares a stand occupies,
Melee Attacks. A stand that makes a melee the spell either deals half damage to that stand
attack must be able to target a stand or a solo in (if it deals damage) or has no effect.
an adjacent square. If a stand casts such a spell, assume all the
Reach. A stand that has a reach of 10 feet or casters use the same area of effect. Targets make
greater with its melee attack makes a bonus saving throws as normal but take double damage
attack as part of its Attack action. This benefit from the spell. Solos cast area spells as normal
represents the stands ability to bring more of its against solos or stands within the area.
members to bear when making an attack. If an area spell has a range of Self, its point of
Ranged Attacks. Determine range as normal origin is the midpoint of one of the sides of the
(and remember that each square is 20 feet on a casters space. If the spell has any other range,
side). If the range of an attack extends at least 10 the distance to its point of origin is measured
feet into a square, the attack affects that square starting at the midpoint of one of the sides of the
in its entirety. Similarly, even if an attacks range casters space.
is less than 20 feet, the attack can still target a Cone. The length of a cone on the battlefield is
stand or a solo in an adjacent square. 1 square for every 20 feet. Each square of the
area beyond the first one must be adjacent to the
Cast a Spell square that is closer to the point of origin. A cone
Determining the effect of a spell in these rules is wider the farther it extends from the point of
depends on whether the spell requires targets or origin. The cones width at any place along its
covers an area of effect, and whether a stand or a length equals the number of squares between
solo casts it. that square and the point of origin. Add squares
If a unit has some stands that can cast spells of length as evenly as possible to both sides of
and others that cannot, the stands that cannot the cone.
cast spells can instead take any action they are Cube, Cylinder, Sphere. The size of a cube or
normally allowed to choose. the radius of a cylinder or a sphere on the
Range. Determine the range of a spell the battlefield is 1 square for every 20 feet. Any
same as for a ranged attack with a weapon (see square in the area beyond the one that contains
above). If the range of a spell extends at least 10 the point of origin must be within 1 square of the
feet into a square, the attack affects that square origin square. If the area extends beyond those
in its entirety. Similarly, even if a spells range is squares, each additional square must be within 2
less than 20 feet, the spell can still target a stand squares of the origin square.
or a solo in an adjacent square.

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Line. The length of a line on the battlefield is 1 Taking this action follows the standard combat
square for every 20 feet. Each square of the area rules. Make a Dexterity (Stealth) check for each
beyond the first one must be adjacent to the stand in a unit that attempts to hide. Conditions
square that is closer to the point of origin. such as obscuring terrain and lack of
illumination might mean that some stands in a
Configure unit can attempt to hide while others cant.
(Regiments only) A stand that cannot hide (or that chooses not
A regiment begins the battle in one of the to make the attempt) cannot take any other
following configurations. It remains in the action during the units current turn.
chosen configuration until it takes this action
again. Join
Aid. When a unit in the aid configuration uses (Solos only)
the Attack action to make a melee attack, Joining a stand grants a measure of protection to
individual stands in the unit can forgo their a solo creature, so that it does not risk taking the
attacks to support the melee attacks of other penalties for becoming isolated.
stands. A stand that does so grants advantage on To take the Join action, a solo must first move
melee attack rolls made by an adjacent stand in into the space of an allied stand. Its move ceases
its unit. A stand can grant advantage in this at that point. Then, with its action on that turn,
manner even if it has no legal target for an attack the solo takes the Join action and becomes part
of its own (representing soldiers pushing of the stand.
forward to replace casualties, covering an A solo cannot join a stand if the solo is more
exposed flank against a counterattack, or than one size category larger than the stand.
distracting the enemy with ranged fire). Within that limitation, any number of solos can
A unit in the aid configuration moves at half join a stand.
speed (rounding down if necessary) to reflect Remove the solo from the battlefield and mark
the fact that some of its members are moving the stand in some way to note that the solo is
around within the ranks instead of pressing part of it.
forward. When a solo is joined with a stand, it is
Defend. When a unit is in the defend considered part of that stand for the purpose of
configuration, all stands in the regiment gain a being targeted by a spell, though it continues to
+2 bonus to AC. The unit cant use the Attack use its own AC and saving throws against the
action while it remains in this configuration. spell.
A unit in the defend configuration moves at When the stand moves, the solo automatically
half speed (rounding down if necessary) to moves with it. On its turn, the solo takes its
reflect the fact that its members are focusing on action as normal but does not take its own move.
protecting themselves instead of pressing In place of its move, it can either leave the stand
forward. (entering an empty adjacent space) or
March. A regiment in the march configuration immediately join another adjacent stand in its
moves at its full speed. unit.
If the stand is eliminated (see Eliminate
Dash Casualties below), any solos that were joined
A unit that takes the Dash action gains a bonus to with the stand remain in play. A newly
its speed equal to its normal speed. unattached solo can immediately join an
A regiment that is configured to aid or defend adjacent stand in its unit or remain unattached
and takes the Dash action can move at its full and occupy one or more of the squares the stand
speed (not half speed) on that turn. formerly occupied.

Hide
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Retreat Check Morale
Any stand in a unit that takes this action can Few soldiers want to die. After a unit suffers
move even if it begins its turn adjacent to an significant losses, the survivors might lose their
enemy stand or becomes adjacent to an enemy nerve for battle. Rather than stay and fight, the
stand during movement. rest of the unit tries to run away.
If any surviving unit has lost more than half
Damage the stands it started with, the unit must
immediately check morale. A morale check is a
Apply damage to a stands hit points as though it DC 10 Wisdom saving throw, using the highest
were an individual creature. If a stand takes Wisdom modifier from among the units
damage in excess of its current hit points, apply component stands (including any solos that are
the excess damage to an adjacent identical stand joined with surviving stands in the unit).
in its unit, if there is one. On a failed morale check, the unit becomes
Because the action in a round is considered to broken. For the rest of the battle, a broken unit
be simultaneous, a stand is not immediately can take only the Retreat action. The DM
destroyed when it is reduced to 0 hit points. The determines where the unit moves, but it must
stand becomes a casualty but remains in play seek a safe path away from enemy units.
until the end of the round, taking actions A solo, whether joined with a stand or
(including attacks) and moving as normal if it unattached, is never broken. It can decide to
had not already taken its turn in the current move with a broken unit or immediately leave
round. Treat the stand as if it had 1 hit point the unit at the start of any of its turns.
remaining. You can push the stands miniature Rally. If a broken unit has a commander, the
onto its side or otherwise mark it to represent unit has a chance to rally at the start of its turn.
that it is a casualty. The unit makes another DC 10 Wisdom saving
throw, with a bonus equal to the commanders
End of Round Charisma modifier. If the save succeeds, the unit
is no longer broken. It takes its turn as normal.
Unlike the standard D&D combat rules, these
rules require you to take a few specific steps at
the end of each combat round.
Objectives and Victory
Once everyone involved in a battle has taken a
turn, you must first assess casualties and then
Points
check morale before everyone gets to take A battle rarely lasts until one army massacres
another turn. the other. Once one side has achieved its goals,
its opponent usually concedes the field, knowing
Eliminate Casualties that further combat is fruitless. The rules in this
At the end of the round, all casualties are section are designed to help the DM integrate a
eliminated (removed from the battlefield). mass battle into the campaign by giving each
When a stand is eliminated, the person army an appropriate goal, and to provide a way
controlling its unit has the option of immediately of figuring out who wins.
moving an adjacent allied stand into the vacated Objectives define why two armies clash and
space. (Troops can move over to hold the line, the victory conditions for the battle. Just like the
but they create another opening elsewhere in encounter objectives described in chapter 3 of
doing so.) the Dungeon Masters Guide, a battles objective
Eliminating a Solo. Solos use all of the roots it in the story by grounding it in the past,
standard combat rules for damage, death, and giving it a purpose, and making its outcome
dying (in the case of player characters). A dying significant.
solo makes up to ten death saves at the end of While objectives provide the goals for a battle,
the round, one at a time, to determine its fate. victory points (VP) allow you to measure
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achieving its objectives. An army wins a battle Custom Objectives. To create a unique
when it scores 10 or more victory points. objective, simply assign a VP value, generally
from 1 to 5, to a specific action or condition that
Creating Objectives an army must fulfill to achieve its goal.
A unique objective might involve killing or
Objectives represent the basic goals of an army. disabling a commander, forcing an opposing
Two opposing forces might have the same army into a specific confined area, or occupying
objective (capture a bridge) or conflicting ones and holding a particular location.
(destroy the bridge or save it). In some cases,
two armies might pursue unrelated objectives Assigning Objectives Evenly
(rescue a captured commander or defend a Once you have established objectives for the
stronghold). battle, check to ensure that both armies have the
When setting up a battle, consider the opportunity to score roughly equal numbers of
following ways to define objectives. victory points. Its okay if there is a slight
Attrition. One side simply seeks to wear down disparity (not all battles are fair), but keep in
the other. For each enemy unit eliminated, the mind that the army with more ways to score
army with this objective earns a number of victory points has a much better chance of
victory points, as determined by the DM and emerging the overall victor. If you want to
based on the number of units in the battle. ensure an even match, try to give both sides an
Destruction. An army seeks to deny the enemy equal number of opportunities.
a valuable resource, such as by destroying a In a battle where each army has a single
bridge over a river or laying waste to crops that specific objective, this job is easy. For example,
could otherwise sustain an invading force. destroying a bridge is worth 10 VP, while
If this objective is in play, the DM chooses a keeping it from being destroyed is worth 10 VP.
number of squares on the battlefield that In a more fluid situation with multiple
represent the valuable resource and assigns each objectives in play, give each side at least five
square a hit point value from 10 to 100. A stand opportunities to score victory points, and assign
or a solo can attack an objective square the same VP values that add up to more than 10 per side
way it attacks an enemy. A square is (say, 12 to 15). Spreading out the objectives and
automatically hit by any melee attacks against it their rewards in this way gives commanders a
and automatically fails all saving throws. The few options for victory and keeps battles flexible.
square takes damage from spells whose area of
effect completely covers it. Targeted spells cast
by stands can damage a square, but not those
Ending a Battle
cast by solos. A battle ends when one side has amassed at least
An army with this objective scores victory 10 VP at the end of a round. At that time,
points for reducing a designated square to 0 hit determine each sides victory point total.
points. The DM assigns each square a VP point If one side has at least 3 VP more than the
value from 1 to 5, depending on the objectives other, it has achieved a total victory. Roll a d20
importance. for each of the losers units that survived the
Protection. This objective involves defending a battle. On a 10 or higher, treat the unit as
key position or resource from an attacker. It is eliminated; its survivors flee and desert the
always used in conjunction with the Destruction cause.
objective above. If one side has 1 or 2 VP more than the other,
At the end of each round, an army with this the winner has scored a tactical victory. The
objective scores 1 victory point if it has two or loser withdraws from the field with its
more stands adjacent to an objective that has not remaining forces, while both sides tend to their
been reduced to 0 hit points, and if no enemy wounded . . . and perhaps make plans to meet
stands or solos are within 2 squares of the again.
objective.

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If both sides have an equal number of victory
points at the battles end, the DM can declare the
battle a draw, or the armies can fight one more
round to try to determine a winner.
Because of how objectives inform the action of
a conflict, the army that loses the battle can still
come away with positive results. Even if the
player characters fought on the losing side, they
and their army might have achieved the
objectives necessary to fulfill some of their
strategic goals in the campaign.

Mike Mearls is the senior manager for the D&D


research and design team. He was one of the lead
designers for the fifth edition of D&D. His other
credits include the Castle Ravenloft board game,
Monster Manual 3 for fourth edition, and Players
Handbook 2 for third edition.

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Sometimes a campaign will have special needs for archetypes or character options not found in the
existing official material. If youre in this situation, you might want to modify one or more of the classes
in the game in order to provide options for players looking for a unique twist on their characters
abilities. However, modifying a class is not something that should be undertaken lightly, and the job
requires some serious effort, playtesting, and revision to get it right. The two best ways to modify a class
are to swap out some class features for different ones, and to add new to an existing class. These
methods allow you to use existing mechanics as a model, while drawing upon features of other classes
for inspiration.

Creating New Class Options


Each class contains at least one major decision point, referred to here as a class option. Clerics choose a
divine domain, fighters choose a martial archetype, rogues choose a roguish archetype, wizards choose
an arcane tradition, and so forth. If you want to create a different version of one of these major decision
points (such as a new primal path for the barbarian), examine the existing examples to see how they are
built. As with anything in class design, be prepared to playtest your ideas and then make changes if
things arent turning out the way you want them to.

The first thing to do when creating a new class option is to figure out what that options unique
aspect is, both in terms of the classs underlying story and the options place in the campaign world.
Figuring out the story behind the class option, and what kinds of characters you want to enable your
players to create with it, is the most critical step in the process because it will serve as a guiding example
for you.

Once you have a unique concept for your class option in mind, its time to get down to the
design process. Take a look at the classs existing options and see what they provide, and then use those
as examples or building blocks for the features that your class option will provide. Its perfectly fine for
two class options in the same class to share some mechanics, and its also appropriate to examine other
classes for mechanics you can draw upon for inspiration. At every step along the way, you can compare
what you are designing with your original concept, and, if the design is helping to define and establish
that concept, you know youre on the right path. On the other hand, if your design for a mechanic isnt
somehow helping to reinforce the theme of the new class option, it might be worthwhile to reconsider
that mechanic.

As you consider which class features to include in your new class option, address the following
questions:

What kinds of abilities do the other options for this class provide at comparable levels?
Do the features improve a characters combat ability directly, make the character better at
exploration or interaction, or provide alternatives that arent about a pure increase in power?
How do the features at a given level reinforce the story of that class option?
Does an existing mechanic already accomplish something that the new class option also needs to do?

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Class-Specific Guidelines
As it says in the Dungeon Masters Guide, no formula exists that can be used to perfectly design a new or
replacement class feature, but some guidelines do apply for each of the eleven classes. While this advice
is by no means comprehensive, it should provide a few points to ponder and get you thinking about how
a classs features should work together.
Often, as youll see, the best advice is to leave things as they are. Many classes have deeply ingrained
qualities, such as how they receive and cast spells, that dont lend themselves to being tinkered with.
Even if some parts of the class descriptions are off limits for our purposes here, there are still plenty of
opportunities for you to develop variant features within each class.

Barbarian
Though the barbarians Rage class feature grants the class a significant increase in defensive strength,
be aware of how other class features interact with Rage to boost the characters offensive potency.
For example, the primary drawback of Reckless Attack is largely offset by the damage resistance
provided by Rage, and the berserkers Frenzy feature gives the barbarian a lot of attack power for at
least one combat.
Note that Fast Movement serves three important purposes: getting the barbarian to the front line of a
battle quickly, preventing the barbarians rage from ending because an enemy is not nearby, and
encouraging the barbarian to stay out of heavy armor.
The 10th-level features of both Primal Paths speaks more to the interaction pillar of the game than to
combat; be wary of replacing or altering them to add combat potency.
The 6th-level benefit of the Path of the Totem Warrior generally speaks to the exploration pillar of the
game, so think twice before changing it, for the same reason as above.

Bard
Bards have the full spellcasting progression; any changes to the Spellcasting feature will have a big
impact on the class.
Bards know a limited number of spells, which is a restriction on their versatility that should be
modified with care when making changes to the class. Bards of the College of Lore receive an
expansion of their number of spells known as a full class feature.
Font of Inspiration, gained at 5th level, helps encourage the bard to continue along the classs path for
at least five more levels in order to make better use of Bardic Inspiration. Be wary of developing
similar mechanics for other classes, because a feature that hands out a true increase to a numerical
result (instead of advantage and disadvantage) should be rare.

Cleric
Clerics have the full spellcasting progression; any changes to the Spellcasting feature will have a big
impact on the class.
A cleric domain has a strong, defining class feature that fundamentally affects the way that character
plays. The 1st-level feature in a domain, whether the domain is one youre creating or one youre
modifying, should be something that really makes clerics of that domain stand out.
Domain spells were typically chosen to expand the clerics options, while the base spell list of the
cleric was kept relatively short. Look to other classes spell lists when searching for spells to add to a
new domain. For instance, the Light domain offers a number of spells that arent on the clerics list.

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Druid
Druids have the full spellcasting progression; any changes to the Spellcasting feature will have a big
impact on the class.
Wild Shape is used largely for exploration purposes by Circle of the Land druids. For Circle of the Moon
druids, Wild Shape offers significant defensive advantages, making such characters very durable.
As with cleric domain spells, Circle of the Land druids circle spells are frequently drawn from the spell
lists of other classes to increase those characters versatility.

Fighter
Fighters gain most of their combat prowess from three characteristics of the class: being able to make
up to four attacks per round; using Action Surge to grant quick bursts of combat potency; and having
the highest number of Ability Score Improvement features, which allows fighters to strengthen their
attacks and saving throws, or, if the DM allows it, select feats.
The fighter archetypes are largely meant to be different flavors of the base class, in which most of the
fighters combat strength lies. The Champion gains some versatility and a better chance of scoring
critical hits. The Battle Master specializes in maneuvers that arent available to other fighters. The
Eldritch Knights ability to cast spells sets that archetype apart, while being limited enough so that the
character still feels like a fighter.
Note that the 7th-level features for the Champion and the Battle Master lean heavily on the
exploration and interaction pillars of the game; the Eldritch Knight gains spells, which contribute to
the fighters competence in the exploration and interaction pillars, and so its 7th-level feature is
geared to blending spells and attacks.

Monk
The monk is one of the most complex classes, with the highest number of unique class features. Be
wary of replacing a single feature with more than one new feature, since the class already has a lot of
capability.
The monks Martial Arts feature was carefully worded to prevent unintended combinations; this is
why the feature does not treat unarmed strikes as a finesse weapon, since that could have unforeseen
consequences in future material about finesse weapons that is appropriate for, say, a rapier or a
dagger but not an unarmed strike.
Ki points have some subtle guidelines in how they are expended; features that cost 1 ki point usually
focus on utility, or are the equivalent of a single unarmed strike. Features that cost 2 ki points should
be on par with a 1st-level spell, while a feature that costs 3 ki points should be on par with a 2nd-level
spell. Examine the elemental disciplines of the Way of the Four Elements monk for further examples
of how to match ki points to spell levels.

Paladin
Paladins have a spellcasting progression that is half as vigorous as the normal progression. The
Spellcasting feature can be tinkered with a bit, but it still needs to be a significant portion of what the
class can do.
Paladins derive a large amount of their combat potency from the Divine Smite class feature. Since the
paladin can wait until after determining if an attack hits (or is a critical hit) to use the smite, the
character is capable of intense bursts of damage. Be wary of tinkering with this feature, because it is
fundamental to the paladins combat strength.
Many of the paladins class features are defensive in nature, protecting both the paladin and his or her
allies from harm. Swapping out defensive class features for offensive ones starts to alter the feel of
the paladin, perhaps in ways you did not intend.

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Ranger
Rangers have a spellcasting progression that is half as vigorous as the normal progression. The
Spellcasting feature can be tinkered with a bit, but it still needs to be a significant portion of what the
class can do.
Much of the rangers extra potency in combat comes from spells such as hunters mark and from the
class features granted by the ranger archetypes. The 3rd-level feature in each archetype usually either
provides a raw increase in combat power, or grants the ranger greater combat versatility.
Favored Enemy was intentionally designed to provide no combat bonus, because the rangers strength
in combat should not rely solely on the discretion of the Dungeon Master or the circumstances of the
adventure. Although the Hunter archetypes 3rd-level ability does rely somewhat on the nature of the
foes being fought, Favored Enemy is generally useful in the interaction and exploration pillars of the
game.

Rogue
Rogues rely chiefly on two features for both the classs feel and its strength in combat: Sneak Attack
and Cunning Action. These are fundamental to the rogue, and Uncanny Dodge at 5th level is almost
their equal in importance to the class. Leave these features as is, unless you have a powerful reason
for changing anything.
The class features granted by the roguish archetypes at 3rd level should fundamentally alter the way
the class plays, just as the clerics Divine Domain features do.
Rogues are the masters of skills, and the class already pushes the boundaries of what we (and our
playtesters) consider to be acceptable in terms of game balance. Giving them more skill potency could
push rogues over the line.

Sorcerer
Sorcerers have the full spellcasting progression; any changes to the Spellcasting feature will have a big
impact on the class.
Like bards, sorcerers have a limitation on the number of spells they can choose from, which is a major
restriction on the class.
The sorcerer does not get many metamagic choices. When you create a new metamagic option, be
sure that it is useful enough that a sorcerer could justify using one of his or her precious choices on it.
Sorcery points and Flexible Casting were intentionally designed so that a sorcerer who does nothing
but convert spell slots to sorcery points in order to cast higher-level spells does so at the cost of
overall output. Be cautious when altering this balance.

Warlock
Warlocks have a unique spellcasting method, and they rely on being able to cast a smaller number of
spells more frequently. Remember that a warlock automatically increases the spell slot level of spells
he or she casts, meaning that even lower-level spells gain potency when cast by a warlock.
The warlock spell list was carefully cultivated to avoid including spells that might become annoying if
cast too often at the table. If you want to grant a warlock access to a new spell, but are concerned
that its frequent casting could be disruptive to the game, consider creating an eldritch invocation that
enables the use of the same magic on a more limited basis (by requiring a rest between uses, for
instance).
Warlocks derive a lot of their combat potency from the eldritch blast cantrip, and already have a lot of
invocations to choose from to increase that reliance. Be wary of creating new invocations that make
eldritch blast even more powerful.

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Wizard
Wizards have the full spellcasting progression; any changes to the Spellcasting feature will have a big
impact on the class.
Wizards have the longest spell list and the broadest selection of spells to choose from each day,
thanks to their spellbooks. Anything that further increases their versatility in this respect should be
approached with caution.
The Arcane Traditions serve three purposes, which you should consider when creating new ones:
encouraging the casting of certain kinds of spells, providing utility that is unique to specialists of a
particular kind of magic and that cannot be found within spells, and subtly altering the play style of
the wizard without fundamentally drawing the thrust of the class away from spellcasting.

Example: Rangers with No Spells


As an example of what the class feature replacement process might be like, we will remove spellcasting
from the ranger class. Lets say that in your campaign you want rangers to be a little bit more like Strider
from the Lord of the Rings, and less overtly magical from the outset.

The Spellcasting class feature has a big impact on the ranger class, so this is no small project.
Start by evaluating what the Spellcasting feature is contributing to the class. In general, rangers have a
more limited spell list (and know only a relatively small number of spells), and operate on the same half-
speed progression for spellcasting as the paladin does. Looking over the rangers spells, you might come
to the following conclusions about what the Spellcasting feature contributes to the class:

Rangers have a lot of exploration utility in their spells, with access to magic such as detect poison and
disease, beast sense, and conjure animals.
Rangers gain a lot of their combat potency from spells, especially hunters mark.
Rangers get some healing and restoration ability from spells such as cure wounds, lesser restoration,
and protection from poison, which stave off the harm an adventurer might suffer while exploring in
the wilderness.
Rangers get some combat control effects from their spells such as ensnaring strike, spike growth, and
conjure barrage, all of which give the ranger a magical edge in combat.
At some levels at which the ranger gains access to new spell levels, this is the only class feature the
character receives. As a result, the ranger will need additional class features at those levels to prevent
them from providing nothing to the ranger aside from increased hit points.

Given the usefulness of the cure wounds spell, and the greater need for healing at lower levels, lets
create a healing class feature that allows the ranger to create and apply herbal poulticesan
improvement that is on par with drinking a potion at first, but one that will scale up as the ranger gains
levels.

Additionally, since the ranger is likely to need some extra combat utility that spells would
normally provide, lets add a version of the Combat Superiority class feature drawn from the Battle
Master fighter. The maneuvers that Combat Superiority grants can provide a nice boost in combat,
especially in matters of battlefield control. Looking at the fighter class, we can see that the Battle Master
fighters Combat Superiority is sitting in a similar space as the spellcasting progression of the Eldritch
Knight. We dont want the ranger to outshine the Battle Master fighter, so were going to start the

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ranger with fewer maneuvers, scaling up as the ranger gains levels. Since were going to be replacing a
one-half spellcasting progression, this means that well need a few other features to bring this ranger up
to par.

At 9th and 13th levels are gaps where we can place some exploration-focused mechanics. Lets
model the first one on the protection from poison spell, and also give the poultice-creating class feature
an improved effect. The second one we can model on the conjure animals spell, which can be useful
both in exploration scenes and in combat scenes.

At 17th level is another gap, which we can fix with an improvement on Combat Superiority.
Fortunately, the Battle Master has a class feature that would fit in well in the concept of this ranger, so
we can swap in the Relentless feature to make sure the ranger always has at least some ability to
exercise control over the battlefield, even in the later part of an adventuring day.

Finally, we need to consider the impact of these changes on other class features, and make
adjustments as necessary. For example, the Beast Master archetype for the ranger has a Share Spells
class feature at 15th level that will no longer work without a Spellcasting feature. If your non-
spellcasting ranger decides to play a Beast Master, you will need to create a substitute class feature for
Share Spells as well, perhaps something to help keep the rangers beast companion alive longer.
Additionally, since Primeval Awareness requires the ranger to expend spell slots to activate the class
feature, we can modify that feature to allow the ranger to use it once and regain its use after finishing a
short or long rest.

Here are the full descriptions of the new class features for our spell-less ranger:

Combat Superiority
At 2nd level, you learn maneuvers that are fueled by special dice called superiority dice.

Maneuvers. You learn two maneuvers of your choice, which are chosen from the list of
maneuvers available to fighters with the Battle Master archetype. Many maneuvers enhance an attack
in some way. You can use only one maneuver per attack.

You learn one additional maneuver of your choice at 5th, 9th, 13th, and 17th levels. Each time
you learn a new maneuver, you can also replace one maneuver you know with a different one.

Superiority Dice. You have four superiority dice, which are d8s. A superiority die is expended
when you use it. You regain all of your expended superiority dice when you finish a short or long rest.

You gain another superiority die at 9th level and one more at 17th level.

Saving Throws. Some of your maneuvers require your target to make a saving throw to resist
the maneuvers effects. The saving throw DC is calculated as follows:

Maneuver save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Strength or Dexterity modifier (your choice)

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Poultices
At 3rd level, you can create special herbal poultices that have healing power comparable to some
potions. You can spend 1 hour gathering herbs and preparing herbal poultices using treated bandages to
create a number of such poultices equal to your Wisdom modifier (minimum 1). You can carry a number
of poultices at one time equal to your Wisdom modifier (minimum 1). The poultices you create cannot
be applied by anyone but you. After 24 hours, any poultices that you have not used lose their potency.

If you spend 1 minute applying one of your poultices to a wounded humanoid creature, thereby
expending its use, that creature regains 1d6 hit points for every two ranger levels you have (rounded
up).

Natural Antivenom
Starting at 9th level, you have advantage on saving throws against poison and have resistance to poison
damage. Additionally, you can use one of your poultices to cure one poison effect on the creature you
are applying it to, in addition to restoring hit points.

Call Natural Allies


Starting at 13th level, when you are in an area of your favored terrain, you can call natural creatures
from that terrain to fight on your behalf, using your attunement to the natural world to convince them
to aid you. The DM chooses beasts appropriate to the terrain to come to your aid from among those
that could hear you and that are within 1 mile of you, in one of the following groups:

One beast of challenge rating 2 or lower


Two beasts of challenge rating 1 or lower
Four beasts of challenge rating 1/2 or lower
Eight beasts of challenge rating 1/4 or lower

These beasts approach you from their current location, and will fight alongside you, attacking any
creatures that are hostile to you. They are friendly to you and your comrades, and you roll initiative for
the called creatures as a group, which takes its own turns. The DM has the creatures statistics.
After 1 hour, these beasts return to their previous location. Once you use this feature, you cannot use
it again in the same general area for 24 hours, since the same animals will not repeatedly heed your call.

Relentless
Starting at 17th level, when you roll initiative and have no superiority dice remaining, you regain 1
superiority die.

As a replacement for Share Spells, we could also consider the following feature:

Beastly Coordination
Beginning at 15th level, when an attacker that you can see hits your beast companion with an attack,
you can call out a warning. If your beast companion can hear you, it can use its reaction to halve the
attacks damage against it.

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Example: Favored Soul
As an example of how creating a new class option could work, lets examine a design that was a full-
fledged class in the third edition supplement Complete Divine: the favored soul. This might be an
appealing archetype if you are running a game where the gods are going to have a big impact on the
world, and where the Chosen of those gods (individuals bestowed with a fragment of a gods divine
power) are prominent players in the campaign. To reflect this tone, lets create the Favored Soul as a
new origin for the sorcerer class. This decision reflects the idea that the character is someone who is
fundamentally changed by the touch of his or her deity, which awakens powerful magical abilities.

Looking at the existing sorcerous origins, we can determine that, at 1st level, an origin provides
not only the explanation for the source of the sorcerers power, but also a flourish on the way that
character plays. Since this sorcerer is going to be gaining its magic by being imbued with divine power,
we decide to give the Favored Soul access to some spells normally gained by the cleric. Any time we
expand the known spells of the sorcerer, we run the risk of overshadowing the other sorcerous origins,
since the limitation on the number of spells the sorcerer knows has a big impact on how the class plays.
This indicates that the other class features probably shouldnt all tie closely to the sorcerers
spellcasting, since that aspect of the sorcerer is already getting quite a boost. Since the favored soul
class was a little more martial in its previous incarnation, we decide to give our sorcerer some better
armor and access to simple weapons, similar to the defensive bonuses gained by the Draconic Bloodline
sorcerer at 1st level.

At 6th level, the other sorcerous origins provide features that have an impact on the characters
combat abilities. Looking at the bard class, we can see that the College of Valor gains the Extra Attack
class feature at the same level, and we decide to give that to the Favored Soul to further enhance its
martial bent.

At 14th level, the sorcerous origins provide some measure of utility, with little direct impact on
spellcasting or combat capabilities. Here, we choose to model the Favored Souls feature after the
Draconic Bloodlines feature at the same level, reflecting the touch of the divine with some imagery
typically associated with divinity: wings.

At 18th level, the sorcerous origins provide options that are both potent and strongly linked to
the origins central theme. Since the sorcerer will have access to higher-level spells at this level, and the
feature we gave it at 1st level to provide some cleric spells wont have as much of an impact, we decide
to tie this class feature to those cleric spells, both to incentivize the continued use of those spells, and to
give the Favored Soul a little more resilience in the face of high-level threats.

When we are done with this initial design, heres what the Favored Soul sorcerous origin looks
like:

Chosen of the Gods


At 1st level, you choose one of the cleric classs divine domains. You add that domains spells for 1st-
level clerics to your known spells. These spells do not count against the number of spells you can know,

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and they are considered to be sorcerer spells for you. When you reach 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th levels in the
sorcerer class, you likewise learn your domains spells that become available at those levels.

Bonus Proficiencies
At 1st level, you gain proficiency in light armor, medium armor, shields, and simple weapons.

Extra Attack
Starting at 6th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your
turn.

Divine Wings
At 14th level, you gain the ability to sprout a pair of wings from your back (feathered or bat-like, your
choice), gaining a flying speed equal to your current walking speed. You can create these wings as a
bonus action on your turn. They last until you dismiss them as a bonus action on your turn.

You cant manifest your wings while wearing armor unless the armor is made to accommodate
them, and clothing not made to accommodate your wings might be destroyed when you manifest them.

Power of the Chosen


Starting at 18th level, when you cast one of the spells you learned from your Chosen of the Gods class
feature, you regain hit points equal to your Charisma modifier (minimum +1) + the spells level.

In the end, the capabilities of our Favored Soul sorcerer are quite close to those of the spontaneous-
casting favored soul class from long ago!

About the Author:

Rodney Thompson is a senior designer for the Dungeons & Dragons game. In addition to serving as a
designer on the fifth edition of D&D, he is the co-designer of the Lords of Waterdeep board game and its
expansion. Rodney is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has worked at Wizards of the Coast
since 2007, when he joined the company as the lead designer of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game Saga
Edition.

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Unearthed Arcana:
Waterborne Adventures
Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing most powerful race on Krynn. They believe their
absolutely nothinghalf so much worth doing as destiny is to rule the world, and that their
simply messing about in boats. dominion will be one of conquest and military
might. To that end, all minotaurs are trained in
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows weapons, armor, and tactics from a young age.
The minotaurs arrogance stems from a
The following new character options showcase a combination of strength, cunning, and intellect
simple design approach to adventure on the high three virtues they hold dear, and which they
seas. These rules were created to be specifically deem the foundation of their greatness. They
useful for nautical D&D campaigns, but they are believe that this combination of traits is what
general enough that they can be useful in any sets them apart from their rivals.
campaign.
The Dungeon Masters Guide contains the rules
for managing ships at sea, along with encounter
Trial by Combat
tables, rules for weather, and other useful tools. Minotaur society is built on the principle that
By combining those rules with these new might makes right, and that considerations of
options, your campaign will be ready to set sail. justice are unnecessary. The minotaurs are led
What Is Unearthed Arcana? You can think of by an emperor served by a council of eight
the material presented in Unearthed Arcana as minotaurs called the Supreme Circle. All posts
similar to the first wave of the fifth edition D&D within the government, including the emperors,
playtest. These game mechanics are in draft are won by the strongest and cleverest
form, usable in your campaign but not fully minotaurs, as proved by combat in the Circus.
tempered by playtests and design iterations. The Circus is the only means by which a
They are highly volatile and might be unstable; if minotaur can rise in society. It is a grand, annual
you use them, be ready to rule on any issues that display of single combat in which minotaurs
come up. Theyre written in pencil, not ink. For battle each other for supremacy. Minotaur
these reasons, material in this column is not youths must prove themselves in the Circus to
legal in D&D Organized Play events. earn their passage to adulthood.
Participation in the Circus is yet another
Minotaur (Krynn) reason why minotaurs look down on other folk.
To the minotaurs, death and glory in battle are a
In the world of Krynn, the setting of the
natural process. Combat is the key to ensuring
Dragonlance saga, minotaurs live in an honor
that the strong survive, and that the weak are set
based society where strength determines power
aside before they can undermine their superiors
in both the gladiatorial arenas and in daily life.
grand schemes of conquest.
At home on both land and sea, the minotaurs of
Krynn are ferocious sea raiders who rank as the
ablest and most dangerous sailors in the world. Honor above All
For all their cruelty, minotaurs are bound by a
Arrogant Conquerors powerful sense of honor. Each victory brings
greater honor to both individual minotaurs and
Minotaurs embrace the notion that the weak
their families. Defeat invokes a stain that only
should perish and that the strong must rule
death can fully wash away.
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Honor demands that minotaurs keep their Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score
word once it is offered, and each minotaur increases by 1.
remains faithful to friends and clan above all Conquerors Virtue. From a young age, you
else. Minotaurs rarely befriend folk of other focused on one of the three virtues of strength,
races, as they all too often encounter them only cunning, or intellect. Your choice of your
in battle. If a minotaur does strike up a Strength, Intelligence, or Wisdom score
friendship, it is typically with other creatures increases by 1.
that display the minotaurs virtues and love of Age. Minotaurs enter adulthood at around the
battle. To such friends, a minotaur becomes an age of 17 and can live up to 150 years.
ally whose support will never waver. Alignment. Minotaurs believe in a strict code
of honor, and thus tend toward law. They are
Sea Reavers loyal to the death and make implacable enemies,
even as their brutal culture and disdain for
In the world of Krynn, the minotaurs rule a chain weakness push them toward evil.
of islands dominated by the isles of Mithas and Size. Minotaurs typically stand well over 6 feet
Kothas. Bound by the sea on all sides, the tall and weigh an average of 300 pounds. Your
minotaurs focused their tenacity, strength, and size is Medium.
cunning to become some of the most skilled and Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
ferocious mariners in the world. They range Horns. You are never unarmed. You are
across the water in their ships, raiding and proficient with your horns, which are a melee
pillaging as they wish. Minotaurs sometimes weapon that deals 1d10 piercing damage. Your
engage in trade, but they much prefer to take horns grant you advantage on all checks made to
what they want by force. After all, as the shove a creature, but not to avoid being shoved
strongest of all folk, they deserve the treasures yourself.
and goods that lesser creatures have gathered. Goring Rush. When you use the Dash action
during your turn, you can make a melee attack
Minotaur Names with your horns as a bonus action.
Hammering Horns. When you use the Attack
Minotaur clan names originate with a great hero action during your turn to make a melee attack,
whose descendants take on that name as their you can attempt to shove a creature with your
own, doing their best to live up to the ideals of horns as a bonus action. You cannot use this
their ancestor. On Krynn, clan names are always shove attempt to knock a creature prone.
preceded by the prefix es for minotaurs from Labyrinthine Recall. You can perfectly recall
lands controlled by the island of Mithas, or de any path you have traveled.
for minotaurs from areas under the sway of Sea Reaver. You gain proficiency with
Kothas. navigators tools and vehicles (water).
Male Names: Beliminorgath, Cinmac, Dastrun, Languages. You can speak, read, and write
Edder, Galdar, Ganthirogani, Hecariverani, Kyris, Common.
Tosher, Zurgas
Female Names: Ayasha, Calina, Fliara, Helati, Minotaur Bonds
Keeli, Kyri, Mogara, Sekra, Tariki, Telia
Clan Names: Athak, Bregan, Entragath, When creating a minotaur character rooted in
Kaziganthi, Lagrangli, Mascun, Orilg, Sumarr, Krynn (or in any campaign that draws on the
Teskos, Zhakan backstory presented here), you can use the
following table of bonds to help flesh out your
Minotaur Traits character. Use this table in addition to or in place
of your backgrounds bond or a bond of your
Your minotaur character possesses a number of creation.
traits that reflect the power and superiority of
your kind.

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d6 Bond Rememberthatthestoryweprovideisonlyastarting
1 MyopponentintheCircusformytrialof point.Modifyingthisminotaurtomoveitawayfromits
adulthoodwaschosenyearsago.Thoughwe rootsinKrynnisaseasyasswappingtheproficiencies
sparredonlyonce,Ifelldeeplyinlove.Ratherthan providedbySeaReaverforsomeotheroptionthat
fightmybelovedtothedeath,Ifledfromhome betterreflectsyoursetting.Asaguideline,consider
andhavebeenbrandedacoward. swappingthetoolproficienciesforproficiencyinany
2 Imthelastofmyclan.IfIdiewithoutachieving oneskill,forproficiencywiththievestools,orfor
greatdeeds,theherowhoismyclanspatronwill proficiencywithtwotoolsotherthanthievestools.
beforgotten.
3 Iwaspartofaraidingpartythatwasdefeatedand Fighting Style: Mariner
enslaved.Iveescapedandswornrevenge.
4 Ineversharedmypeoplesloveofviolence.Im The following new option can be selected by
partofaconspiracytotoppletheemperors fighters, paladins, and rangers for the Fighting
violentregime. Style class feature.
5 IclaimthatIamanexilefrommypeople,butin Whether a buccaneer, an experienced sailor, or
truthIhavebeensenttoserveasaspy.Im a specially trained marine, a mariner can scale a
expectedtoleavesecretmessagestellingmyfolk ships rigging and swim through choppy water
ofvillagesandtownsthatareripetargetsfor with ease. Adapted to wearing light and medium
conquest. armor, mariners can defend themselves without
6 Imthelastsurvivorofashipwreckedinastorm. relying on heavy armor or bulky shields. Most of
Occasionally,thespiritsofmyshipmatesappearin
them thus wield twohanded weapons or fight
mydreamsandaskmetocompletetaskstheyleft
with a pair of blades.
unfinishedinlife.

Mariner
MinotaursinYourCampaign As long as you are not wearing heavy armor or
WechosetheminotaursofKrynnasthemodelforour using a shield, you have a swimming speed and a
depictionofthisraceforaveryspecificreason.Tying
climbing speed equal to your normal speed, and
themtotheseaandadistinctculturehelpsgive
you gain a +1 bonus to AC.
minotaursmoreflavorthanservingasjustanotherbig,
brutishmonsterrace.Afterall,wealreadyhavehalf
orcsinthePlayersHandbookandthegoliathinour MarinerDesignNotes
ElementalEvilPlayersCompanion.Asanaddedbonus, FightingStyleisagoodwaytointroduceaspecificflavor
theseminotaursareMedium(asopposedtoLargefor ofgameplayformultiplecharactersatonce.Inasea
themonstrousversion)andarethusmucheasierto basedcampaign,youcanexpectlotsofbattlesinthe
balanceagainstthePlayersHandbookraces. waterandonboardships.Swimmingandclimbing
Castingminotaursasconquestminded,honorable speedsareveryhandyinsuchenvironments,butthey
piratesgivesthemadistinctflavorwhileprovidingmany canalsoproveusefulinotherareas.
roleplayinghooksforplayers.Whenaddinganewrace ThemarinersACbonuscomeswithconditions,butit
toyourowncampaign,itsalwaysagoodideatothink playsintotherestrictionsamarinermustobserveto
aboutitsculture,itsrelationshiptootherfolk,andhow gainaswimmingorclimbingspeed.Inaddition,aship
thetwocancombinetogiveitauniqueplaceinyour basedcampaignlendsitselftofighterswhowield
world.Creatingatableofbondssuchastheone scimitars(representingacutlass)andadagger,andwho
providedforminotaurscanbeagoodplacetostart. wearlightarmor.ThisspecificACbonushelpssupport
Castingminotaursasmarinershassomeinteresting thatcharacteroption.
implicationsforasetting.TheLabyrinthineRecallability
makesminotaursperfectsailors,astheycantravelthe Roguish Archetype:
seaswithlittlefearofbecominglostorlosingtheirway.
Aminotaurnavigatorisanunmatchedmasterofthe Swashbuckler
sea.Whenadaptingracestoyourcampaign,lookfor
You focus your training on the art of the blade,
similarhooksthatmightbeburiedinspecialabilitiesor
elementsofacreaturesstorythatyoumightotherwise
relying on speed, elegance, and charisma in
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in heavy armor, your method of fighting looks (Acrobatics) or Strength (Athletics) check you
more like performance. Rakes, duelists, and make on your turn.
pirates typically follow this archetype.
A swashbuckler excels in single combat, and Master Duelist
can fight with two weapons while safely darting At 17th level your mastery of the blade lets you
away from an opponent. Swashbucklers are turn failure to success in combat. If you miss
especially talented at making difficult maneuvers with an attack, you can choose to roll the attack
to escape enemies or attack from an unexpected again with advantage. Once you use this ability,
direction. you cannot use it again until you finish a short or
long rest.
Fancy Footwork
Starting at 3rd level, you are a continuous blur of SwashbucklersandTwoWeapon
motion in battle as you dart in, attack, and slip
away to safety. During your turn, if you make a
Fighting
Theswashbucklerreliesonagoodunderstandingofthe
melee attack against a creature, that creature
D&Drulestorealizeitspotential,specificallywhenit
cannot make opportunity attacks against you for
comestofightingwithtwoweapons.Othercharacters
the rest of your turn. mustuseabonusactiontoDisengageiftheywantto
escapeamelee,butaswashbucklersFancyFootwork
Toujours lAudace abilitybundlesamorelimitedversionofDisengage
At 3rd level, your unmistakable confidence withinyourattack.Thisallowsyoutouseyourbonus
propels you into battle. You add your Charisma actiontofightwithtwoweapons,andthensafelyevade
modifier to your initiative rolls. eachfoeyouattacked.
In addition, you can use Sneak Attack with any
melee attack made against a target that has none Sorcerous Origin: Storm
of your allies adjacent to it.
Your innate magic comes from the power of
Panache elemental air. Perhaps you were born during a
At 9th level, your charm becomes as sharp and howling gale so powerful that folk still tell
dangerous as your blade. As an action, you can stories of it. Your lineage might include the
make a Charisma (Persuasion) check contested influence of potent air creatures such as vaati or
by a creatures Wisdom (Insight) check. The djinni. Whatever the case, the magic of the storm
creature must be able to hear you, and the two of permeates your soul.
you must share a language. Storm sorcerers are invaluable members of a
If you succeed on the check and the creature is ships crew. Their magic allows them to exert
hostile, it must target you with any attacks it control over wind and weather in their
makes and cannot willingly move farther away immediate area. Their abilities also prove useful
from you. This effect lasts for 1 minute or until in repelling attacks by sahuagin, pirates, and
you move more than 60 feet away from the other waterborne threats.
target.
If you succeed on the check and the creature is Stormborn
not hostile, it is charmed by you for 1 minute. The arcane magic you command is infused with
While charmed, it regards you as a friendly elemental air. You can speak, read, and write
acquaintance. Primordial. In addition, you gain the following
spells at the listed sorcerer level. These spells do
Elegant Maneuver not count against the number of sorcerer spells
You complete difficult maneuvers with practiced you know.
ease. Starting at 13th level, you can use a bonus
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StormSorcererBonusSpells agreatexampleofaribbonability,andStormGuide
Sorcerer alsofallsintothiscategory.
Level Spells Wedontweighribbonswhenbalancingoneclassor
1st Fogcloud,thunderwave optionagainstanother.Forexample,HeartoftheStorm
3rd Gustofwind,levitate carriesthepowerloadat6thlevelforthestorm
5th Calllightning,sleetstorm sorcerer,whileStormGuideishereonlytoshowhow
7th Conjureminorelementals,*icestorm thesesorcererscanexcelassailors.Itisntmeantto
9th Conjureelemental** helpincombat,butitspotentiallyveryusefulin
*Unlessyougainthisspellfromanothersource,you maneuveringaship.
cansummononlysmokemephits,steammephits,ice
mephits,ordustmephitswithit. Storms Fury
**Unlessyougainthisspellfromanothersource,you At 14th level, the storm energy you channel
cansummononlyairelementalswithit. through your magic seethes within your soul.
When you are hit by a melee attack, you can use
Tempestuous Magic your reaction to deal lightning damage to the
attacker equal to your sorcerer level. The
At 1st level, you are attuned to elemental air
attacker must also make a Strength saving
magic. Whenever you cast a spell other than a
throw, with a DC equal to 8 + your Charisma
cantrip during your turn, whirling gusts of
bonus + your proficiency bonus. On a failed save,
elemental air surround you. You can use a bonus
the attacker is pushed in a straight line 20 feet
action to fly 10 feet without provoking
away from you.
opportunity attacks.

Heart of the Storm Wind Soul


At 18th level, you gain a flying speed of 60 feet
At 6th level, you gain resistance to lightning and
and immunity to lightning and thunder damage.
thunder damage. Whenever you cast a spell
As an action, you can reduce your flying speed
other than a cantrip that deals lightning or
to 30 feet for one hour and choose a number of
thunder damage, a stormy aura surrounds you.
creatures within 30 feet of you equal to 3 + your
In addition to the spells effects, creatures of
Charisma modifier. The chosen creatures gain a
your choice within 10 feet of you take lightning
flying speed of 30 feet for 1 hour.
or thunder damage (choose each time this ability

activates) equal to half your sorcerer level.

Storm Guide
At 6th level, you gain the ability to subtly control
the weather around you.
If it is raining, you can use an action to cause
the rain to stop falling in a 20foot radius
centered on you. You can end this effect as a
bonus action.
If it is windy, you can use a bonus action each
round to choose the direction that the wind
blows in a 100foot radius around you. The wind
blows in that direction until the end of your next
turn. You have no ability to alter the speed of the
wind.

Ribbons
OntheR&Dteam,anyabilitymeanttoconveyflavor
ratherthanamechanicaladvantageisreferredtoasa
ribbonathingthatsmostlyforshow.ThievesCantis

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Unearthed Arcana: Variant Rules


For this months Unearthed Arcana, were
showing off a few variant rules that you can use
Saving Throws
in your campaigns. A few of these options should When a character forces an opponent to make a
look familiar to players of earlier editions of the saving throw, that player instead makes a saving
D&D game, as some have been presented as throw check. The bonus to the d20 roll for a
variants in those prior editions. saving throw check equals the effects save DC
8.
The DC for this check equals 11 + the targets
Rules Variant: Players saving throw modifier. On a successful check, the
character overcomes the targets resistance and
Make All Rolls treats the target as if it failed its saving throw.
This variant has the players roll dice for all parts On a failed check, the target is treated as if it
of combat, including such things as monster succeeded on its save.
attack rolls and saving throws. By moving die As with attacks, the saving throw check has
rolls to the players side of the table, this option advantage if the target would have disadvantage
keeps things simpler for you as the DM. In on its saving throw, and vice versa.
addition, the more active you can keep the
players in your game, the more engaged theyll Contests and Checks
be.
This is a good option if your players like rolling Whenever an NPC or monster would normally
the dice, and if you dont mind doing a little work make an ability check, roll initiative, or take part
up front to make that happen. in a contest, neither you nor the players roll the
d20. Instead, use the rules for passive checks to
Attacking and Defending determine the result. See chapter 7, Using
Ability Scores, of the Players Handbook for
The players roll their characters attacks as more information on passive checks.
normal, but you dont roll for their opponents.
Instead, when a character is targeted by an
attack, the player makes a defense roll. Optional Rule: Vitality
A defense roll has a bonus equal to the Some DMs find hit points bothersome. A fighter
characters AC 10. The DC for the roll equals can survive a fireball, a trolls rending claws, and
the attackers attack bonus + 11. a onehundredfoot fall, only to crumple in a
On a successful defense roll, the attack misses heap due to a kobolds dagger slash. This
because it was dodged, absorbed by the optional rule more realistically reflects the wear
characters armor, and so on. If a character fails a and tear a character suffers from wounds.
defense roll, the attack hits. Each character has a pool of vitality in addition
If the attacker would normally have advantage to hit points. A characters maximum vitality
on the attack roll, you instead apply equals the characters Constitution score.
disadvantage to the defense roll, and vice versa if Whenever a character takes 10 or more damage
the attacker would have disadvantage. from an attack or effect, the character loses
If the defense roll comes up as a 1 on the d20, vitality. Divide the damage by 10 and round
then the attack is a critical hit. If the attacker down. The result is how much vitality a
would normally score a critical hit on a roll of 19 character loses. In other words, a character loses
or 20, then the attack is a critical hit on a 1 or 2, 1 vitality for every 10 points of damage dealt by
and so forth for broader critical ranges. an attack or effect.

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If a character suffers a critical hit, double the You might find that the alignment choices of
vitality lost, so that the character loses 2 vitality good and evil, law and chaos are too abstract for
for every 10 points of damage. If a critical hit your campaign. You might prefer attitudes that
deals less than 10 damage, it still reduces vitality are more nuanced, without the implicit
by 1. demarcation of heroes as goodaligned creatures
Losing vitality causes a characters hit point and villains as evilaligned ones. A simple
maximum to drop. Calculate the characters solution is to discard alignment in favor of an
current maximum using vitality instead of alternative system that brings the key conflicts
Constitution. Thus, as vitality drops, a in your campaign to the forefront.
characters Constitution modifier for Identify the Conflict. Think about the
determining hit points also drops. important opposing forces in your campaign by
A character reduced to 0 vitality is asking the following questions. Can you place
immediately reduced to 0 hit points. If a them on opposite ends of a continuum? Are
character is reduced to 0 hit points but his or her there multiple conflicts? What are the key
vitality remains above 0, any additional damage conflicts, and how do all the separate conflicts
is applied instead to the characters vitality. A interact?
character is not unconscious until both hit points For your own alignment system, try to create
and vitality reach 0. at least two paths, one of which allows a range of
Completing a long rest increases a characters options for the player characters. The other
vitality by 1 + the characters Constitution paths can divide the world between the
modifier, up to the characters maximum vitality. characters (including their allies) and their
Effects that restore hit points have no effect on enemies.
vitality. However, a character with maximum hit For example, imagine a campaign setting
points who receives healing instead restores 1 where an ecological crisis engineered by a cabal
vitality for every 10 points of healing. of necromancers threatens to transform the
world into a dead wasteland. Forming one
alignment path are the opposing forces of life
Rules Variant: Custom and death. Like the choice of good or evil, this
conflict defines the setting, and you would
Alignments expect most player characters to be aligned to
life or at least neutral with respect to their
Alignment serves as a handy label for the general
attitudes of characters and monsters alike. It support for the necromancers plans.
works as a sorting mechanism, providing a big The second conflict path might be preservation
picture assessment of which creatures, factions, versus destruction. People who have gathered to
and NPCs make natural allies or enemies. protect the land might disagree on whether to
The standard alignment system embraces the attack and destroy the necromancers, or to work
fundamental points of tension in D&D: the instead at strengthening the natural order so
struggle between good and evil on the one hand, that not even the necromancers power can
and the conflict between law and chaos on the overwhelm it.
other. The nice thing about this arrangement is Multiple Choices. For grittier games that avoid
that it allows for tension even within a good obvious classifications of good versus bad, you
aligned party. The lawchaos divide means that might create alignment paths with more than
characters can still disagree on how to promote two choices. In a game that focuses on intrigue
good in the world. and power struggles, for example, alignment
Alignment is meant to serve only as a quick might be a quick reference for which factions a
summary of a character, not a rigid definition. character supports. One element of a characters
Its a starting point, but elements such as flaws alignment might indicate his or her affiliation
and bonds paint a much more detailed picture of with a noble house or guild. A second element
a characters identity. could call out which deity or pantheon the
character is tied to.

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Neutral Alignment. When creating your


alignment system, think about the role of
neutrality, and decide whether theres a
midpoint for any alignment path. Neutral
creatures might choose to sit out a struggle (as is
often the case in good versus evil) or see
strengths in both approaches (as in law versus
chaos). The role of this choice in your campaign
should make sense in terms of your central
conflict.

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Psionics and the Mystic
Welcome to Unearthed Arcana, a monthly workshop gauge where we should start and what kind of
where D&D R&D shows off a variety of new and approach to psionics in fifth edition will work best.
interesting pieces of RPG design for use at your Read on and enjoy.
gaming table.
You can think of the material presented in this
series as similar to the first wave of the fifth edition Psionics
playtest. These game mechanics are in draft form, The following rules cover the basics of psionic power,
usable in your campaign but not fully tempered by its application, and its relationship to magic.
playtests and design iterations. They are highly
volatile and might be unstable; if you use them, be What is Psionics?
ready to rule on any issues that come up. Theyre
written in pencil, not ink. Psionics is a source of power that originates from
The material presented in Unearthed Arcana will within a creatures mind, allowing it to augment its
range from mechanics that we expect one day to physical abilities and affect the minds of other
publish in a supplement to house rules from our home creatures. Psionic abilities are called disciplines,
campaigns that we want to share, from core system since each one consists of a set of specific, rigid
options to material designed for specific campaign mental exercises needed to place a creature in the
settings. Once its out there, you can expect us to correct mindset to wield psionic power.
check in with you to see how its working out and A creature wielding psionic power focuses its
what we can do to improve it. concentration on a discipline, and in doing so,
manifests a minor psionic effect. Once a creature has

Introduction concentrated on a discipline, it can then tap into its


reservoir of inner energy to create even greater effects.
This month, Unearthed Arcana goes big with a look at The basics of a discipline are always within a
the first draft of psionics rules for fifth edition D&D. mystics grasp, but the energies needed to create more
This article provides a quick overview of how potent effects tap into a limited reservoir of power.
psionics works and presents a new classthe mystic.
Similar to how the cleric represents a wide variety of Otherworldly Power
divine magic users, the mystic encapsulates a variety Not every D&D world features psionic power to the
of characters who wield psionic power. same extent. Psionics indirectly originates from the
Using the options presented in this article, you can Far Realm, a dimension outside the bounds of the
play a mystic to 5th level, following one of two known multiverse. The Far Realm has its own alien
psionic orders and training in that orders unique laws of physics and magic. When its influence
disciplines. Following the Order of the Awakened extends to a world, the Far Realm invariably spawns
allows you to create a mystic who manipulates the horrific monsters and madness as it bends reality to its
minds and awareness of other creatures, and who can own rules.
tap into unseen psionic power both in and out of As the laws of reality twist and turn, individual
combat. Following the Order of the Immortal allows minds can be awakened to the cosmic underpinnings
you to create a mystic who focuses psionic power in that dictate the form and nature of reality. The tumult
combat, similar to the battlemind or psychic warrior caused by the Far Realm creates echoes that can
of previous editions. Other options for the mystic will disturb and awaken minds that would otherwise
appear as the playtest progresses and we gain slumber. Such awakened creatures look upon the
valuable feedback about the class s mechanics in play. world in the same way that creatures existing in three
As usual, you can expect a survey asking for dimensions might look upon a two-dimensional realm.
feedback on these draft rules in about a month or so. They see possibilities, options, and connections that
At this point, were not necessarily tied to any of are unfathomable to those with a more limited view of
these options. This effort is merely a first draft to reality.

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In worlds that are relatively stable and hew close to A mystics psi points cannot be reduced below 0. A
the archetypal D&D setting presented in the core mystics psi point total returns to its maximum after
rulebooks, psionics is rareor might not exist at all. the character finishes a long rest.
The cosmic bindings that define the multiverse are
strong in such places, making it unlikely that an
individual mind can perceive the possibilities offered
Psionics and Magic
by psionics. Mystics in such worlds might be so Psionics and magic are two distinct forces. In general,
scarce that an active mystic never meets another an effect that alters or affects a spell has no effect on
living practitioner of the psionic arts. Characters a psionic effect. There is one important exception to
might unlock their psionic potential by pure random this rule. A psionic effect that reproduces a spell is
chance, and ancient tomes, journals, and other treated as magic. A psionic effect reproduces a spell
accounts of mystics might serve as the only guide to when it allows a psionic creature or character to cast a
mastering this form of power. spell. In this case, psionic energy taps into magic and
Psionics is more common in worlds where the manipulates it to cast the spell.
bounds of reality have been twisted and warped to For example, the mind flayer as presented in the
stray far from the baseline D&D setting. The realm of Monster Manual has the Innate Spellcasting
Athas in the Dark Sun campaign setting is the iconic (Psionics) feature. This feature allows the mind flayer
example of a world where psionics is common. The to cast a set of spells using psionic energy. These
gods are absent, magic has been twisted into an spells can be countered with dispel magic and similar
ecological scourge, and the common threads that bind effects.
many worlds of D&D have been sundered. By
contrast, the world of Eberron is a setting where the
bounds of reality have been tested but not fully
Using a Discipline
broken. Psionics is not as pervasive in Eberron as in When a mystic uses a discipline, the same basic rules
Athas, but the influence of the otherworldly realm of are followed, regardless of the mystics level or the
Xoriat makes it a known and studied art. disciplines effects.

Disciplines Activation and Concentration


A mystic activates a discipline as a bonus action.
A psionic discipline is a rigid set of mental exercises. Once a discipline is activated, it remains active as
A mystic must devote concentration to a discipline to long as the mystic maintains concentration on it.
use it. Psionics is powerful enough that concentration Concentrating on a discipline uses the same rules as
alone can create psionic effects, though such effects concentrating on a spell. Among other things, this
are subtle or limited. means that a mystic can maintain concentration only
Once a mystic learns a discipline, the character on one discipline at a time, and that any effect that
knows that discipline until he or she chooses to purge causes a mystic to lose concentration causes the
it. A discipline requires exhaustive study and constant discipline to end. Ending concentration on a
practice to maintain its use. A mystic masters only a discipline immediately ends all the disciplines effects,
few disciplines at a time. unless the disciplines description says otherwise.
Disciplines have no level. Their effect is instead Once a discipline is active, it remains active as long
determined by the psionic energy devoted to them. as a mystic can maintain concentration on the
discipline. Certain disciplines have effects that can
Psi Points occur before combat starts, so its important for those
disciplines to be active beforehand.
A mystic has an internal reservoir of energy that can
be devoted to the disciplines he or she knows, Spending Psi Points
allowing those disciplines to create more powerful Each discipline features options that can create
effects. This energy is represented by psi points. additional effects if a mystic spends an indicated
Each discipline describes additional optional effects a number of psi points. (A discipline option that has an
mystic can create with that discipline by spending psi asterisk to indicate the number of psi points that must
points.

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be spent on it can be used with a varying number of discipline does not combine with itself if that option
psi points, as indicated in the options text.) Each is used multiple times. Instead, the most potent
option notes specific information about its effect, effectusually dependent on how many psi points
including the action required to use it (if any), its were used to create the effectapplies while the
range, and other details. If an option does not state durations of the effects overlap.
that it is used as an action, a bonus action, or a Psionics and magic are separate effects, and
reaction, using it requires no action. therefore their benefits and drawbacks overlap. A
The maximum number of psi points a mystic can psionic effect that reproduces a spell is an exception
spend on a single discipline option is based on class to this rule (see Psionics and Magic, above, and
level. A mystics skill increases both the total amount Combining Magical Effects in chapter 10,
of energy the character can channel and determines Spellcasting, of the Players Handbook).
how much power can be manipulated at once. As a
result, a lower-level mystic might not be able to use
all the options available for a specific discipline. Mystic
A mystic draws upon the power of psionicsthe
Components energy of the mindto create powerful effects.
Disciplines do not require the components that many
spells require. Using a discipline requires no spoken
words, gestures, or materials. The power of psionics
Class Features
As a mystic, you gain the following class features.
comes entirely from within the mind.

Duration Hit Points


Hit Dice: 1d8 per mystic level
Each option for a discipline specifies how long its Hit Points at 1st Level: 8 + your Constitution
effect lasts. If an option does not specify a duration,
modifier
its effect lasts until the mystic no longer concentrates
Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d8 (or 5) + your
on the discipline. Constitution modifier per mystic level after 1st
Targets and Areas of Effect Proficiencies
Psionic disciplines use the same rules as magic spells
Armor: Light armor, medium armor
for determining targets and areas of effect. See Weapons: Simple weapons
chapter 10, Spellcasting, of the Players Handbook.
Tools: None
Saving Throws and Attack Rolls Saving Throws: Wisdom
If a discipline requires a saving throw, it specifies the Skills: Choose two skills from Arcana, History,
type of save and the results of a successful or failed Insight, Medicine, Nature, Perception, and Religion
saving throw. Some disciplines require the mystic to
make an attack roll to determine whether the Equipment
disciplines effect hits the intended target. See You start with the following equipment, in addition to
Psionic Ability, below, for more information.
the equipment granted by your background:
Combining Psionic Effects (a) a spear or (b) a mace
The effects of different psionic disciplines add (a) leather armor or (b) scale mail
together while the durations of those disciplines (a) a light crossbow and 20 bolts or (b) any simple
overlap. Likewise, different options from a single weapon
psionic discipline combine if they are active at the (a) a scholars pack or (b) an explorers pack
same time. However, a specific option from a psionic

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The Mystic
Proficiency Disciplines Psi Psi
Level Bonus Features Known Points Maximum
1st +2 Psionics, Psionic Order, Strength of Mind 1 4 2
2nd +2 2 6 2
3rd +2 Psionic Order feature 2 14 3
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement 2 17 3
5th +3 3 27 5

its other effects, you can end a specific effect as a


Psionics bonus action.
As a student of psionics, you can master and use
psionic disciplines. Psionic Ability
Intelligence is your psionic ability for your mystic
Disciplines disciplines. Your intellect determines the strength of
At 1st level, you know one discipline of your choice. the psionic effects you manifest. In addition, you use
You choose disciplines from the list included in your your Intelligence modifier when setting the saving
chosen order (see below). You learn additional throw DC for a mystic discipline or when making an
disciplines of your choice at higher levels, as shown attack roll with one.
in the Disciplines Known column of the Mystic table.
Discipline save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus +
Psi Points your Intelligence modifier
You gain a pool of psi points based on your mystic
level. Your psi point total returns to its maximum Discipline attack modifier = your proficiency bonus
after you finish a long rest. + your Intelligence modifier

Psi Maximum Psionic Order


Though you have access to a potent amount of psionic
At 1st level, you choose a psionic order. Each order
energy, it takes training and practice to channel that
specializes in a specific type of psionic energy. Your
energy. You have a maximum number of psi points
order allows you to choose from its unique disciplines
you can spend to activate a discipline based on your
and grants you class features.
mystic level, as shown in the Psi Maximum column
(Currently, the two orders available for the mystic
of the Mystic table.
are the Order of the Awakened and the Order of the
Immortal. Future orders will include the Order of the
Using Disciplines Knife and the Order of the Invisible Hand.)
You activate a discipline as a bonus action, and must
immediately concentrate on it. If a discipline grants a
benefit for concentrating on it, you immediately gain Strength of Mind
that benefit. You continue to gain that benefit and can The power of psionics comes from within, and even
use the disciplines optional features as long as you the simplest techniques require a deep mastery and
maintain your concentration on the discipline. understanding of how psionic energy can augment
While you are concentrating on a discipline, you mind and body. This understanding allows you to
can spend psi points to augment the disciplines effect. alter your defenses to better deal with persistent
Each discipline details its optional effects and the threats.
type of action (if any) required to spend psi points on After completing a short or long rest, choose one
an option. ability score. You gain proficiency in saving throws
You can end all effects of a discipline immediately using the chosen ability score. This benefit lasts until
by ending concentration on the discipline. If you want you finish your next short or long rest.
to end a single effect of a discipline but still maintain

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need to see it. The target uses its Intelligence score in
Ability Score Improvement place of its AC against this attack, and gains no
When you reach 4th level, you can increase one benefit from cover. You do not have disadvantage on
ability score of your choice by 2, or you can increase your attack roll if a hostile creature is within 5 feet of
two ability scores of your choice by 1. As normal, you.
you cant increase an ability score above 20 using this On a hit, the target takes 1d8 psychic damage. You
feature. can increase this damage by spending psi points (up
to your psi maximum) before making your attack roll.
The attack deals an extra 1d8 psychic damage for
Psionic Orders each psi point you spend.
Psionics is a mysterious form of power within most
game worlds. Secretive cabals study its origins and Psychic Mind
applications, while always pushing the boundaries of At 1st level, your mastery of psionic power allows
what psionics can achieve. you to tap directly into the minds of others. You can
Each psionic order pursues a specific goal for communicate telepathically with any creature you can
psionic power. That goal shapes how the members of see within 100 feet of you. You dont need to share a
an order understand psionics and determines the language with a creature for it to understand your
disciplines they master. telepathic utterances, and the creature understands
you even if it lacks a language. You can allow a
Order of the Awakened creature to respond to you telepathically, but it must
understand at least one language in order to
Mystics dedicated to the Order of the Awakened seek communicate this way.
to unlock the full potential of the mind. By
transcending the physical, the awakened hope to Object Reading
attain a perfect state of beingfocused on pure At 3rd level, you can focus your mind to read the
intellect and mental energy. psionic imprint left on an object. If you hold an object
The awakened are skilled at bending minds and and concentrate on it for 10 minutes, you learn a few
unleashing devastating psionic attacks, and are able to basic facts about it. You gain a mental image from the
read the secrets of the world through psionic energy. objects point of view, showing the last creature to
Awakened mystics who take to adventuring excel at hold the object, regardless of how long ago it was last
unraveling mysteries, solving puzzles, and defeating handled.
monsters by turning them into unwilling pawns. You also learn of any events that have occurred
You choose disciplines from the awakened within 20 feet of the object within the past 24 hours.
disciplines list. (Currently, only three disciplines are The events you perceive unfold from the objects
available for mystics of the Order of the Awakened. perspective. You see and hear such events as if you
New disciplines will be added to this list as the were there, but cannot use other senses.
playtest progresses.) Additionally, when you use Object Reading on an
object, you can choose to embed a psychic sensor
Awakened Disciplines within the object. For the next 24 hours, you can use
Discipline Overview an action to learn the objects location relative to you
Conquering Mind Alter another creatures mind (its distance and direction) and to look at the objects
Intellect Fortress Defend yourself with psychic surroundings from its point of view as if you were
counterattacks
there.
Third Eye Perceive what others cannot

Mind Thrust Awakened Disciplines


At 1st level, you learn a deadly technique for The psionic disciplines you select as a member of the
channeling disruptive psychic energy into another Order of the Awakened allow you to manipulate
creatures mind. As an action, you make a ranged awarenessyour own and other creaturesto your
attack against a creature within 120 feet of you. You advantage. (Currently, only three disciplines are
must be able to perceive the creature, but you do not

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available for mystics of the Order of the Awakened. attacker takes psychic damage equal to half your
New disciplines will be added to this list as the mystic level (rounded up).
playtest progresses.)
Third Eye
Conquering Mind Psionic Discipline
Psionic Discipline
This discipline grants you the ability to open a third
By channeling psionic power, you gain the ability to eye within your mind, allowing you to perceive things
control other creatures by substituting your will for that others miss.
their own. Concentration: While concentrating on this
Concentration: While concentrating on this discipline, you have blindsight with a radius of 30
discipline, you have advantage on Charisma checks. feet.
Exacting Query (1): As an action, you target a Tremorsense (1): As a bonus action, you gain
creature you can see and that you can communicate tremorsense with a radius of 30 feet for 1 minute.
with using your Psychic Mind feature. The target Unwavering Eye (1): As a bonus action, you gain
makes an Intelligence saving throw. On a failed save, advantage on Wisdom checks for 1 minute.
the target truthfully answers one question of your Truesight (5): As a bonus action, you gain
choice through the telepathic link of your Psychic truesight with a radius of 30 feet for 1 minute.
Mind. On a successful save, the target is unaffected
and you cannot use this ability on that creature again
until you finish a long rest.
Order of the Immortal
Occluded Mind (3): As an action, you target a The Order of the Immortal strives to achieve physical
creature you can see and that you can communicate perfection by augmenting the bodys natural strength
with using your Psychic Mind feature. The target with psionic power. This orders goal is for its
makes an Intelligence saving throw. On a failed save, members to achieve immortality by overcoming the
the target believes one statement of your choice for effects of aging through rigorous discipline and
the next 5 minutes. The statement can be up to ten psionic perfection. To members of this order, psionic
words long, and must describe you or a creature or energy is a tool to augment, control, and perfect the
object the target can see. On a successful save, the physical body.
target is unaffected and you cannot use this ability on Those immortals who take up the adventuring life
that creature again until you finish a long rest. are skilled warriors. Their psionic abilities allow them
Broken Will (5): As an action, you target a to shrug off injuries and hazards, while focusing their
creature you can see and that you can communicate strength and speed in combat.
with using your Psychic Mind feature. The target You choose disciplines from the immortal
makes an Intelligence saving throw. On a failed save, disciplines list. (Currently, only three disciplines are
you choose the targets movement and action on its available for mystics of the Order of the Immortal.
next turn. On a successful save, the target is New disciplines will be added to this list as the
unaffected and you cannot use this ability on that playtest progresses.)
creature again until you finish a long rest.
Immortal Disciplines
Intellect Fortress Discipline Overview
Psionic Discipline Celerity Move and act with unmatched speed
Iron Durability Boost your defenses
You forge an indomitable wall of psionic energy Psionic Weapon Channel psionic energy into a weapon
around your mindone that allows you to launch
reflexive counterattacks against your opponents.
Concentration: While concentrating on this
Durable Mind
At 1st level, you gain the ability to maintain your
discipline, as a reaction, you can impose disadvantage
focus despite injury. Your concentration on a psionic
on a ranged attack or a melee attack made against you
discipline cannot be ended as a result of taking
if you can see your attacker. If the attack hits you, the
damage.

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Martial Order you can spend one Hit Die. You roll the die and add
At 1st level, you gain proficiency with martial your Constitution modifier to it, then regain hit points
weapons and shields. equal to the total.
Iron Hide (*): As a reaction when you are attacked,
you can spend up to 3 psi points, gaining a +2 bonus
Psionic Regeneration to AC for each psi point you spend. You spend these
At 3rd level, you learn to use psionic energy to
points after learning the attacks result but before
augment and speed up your natural healing abilities.
applying its effects.
At the end of your turn, if your current hit point total
Iron Resistance (5): As an action, you can spend 5
is half or less of your hit point maximum, you regain
psi points to gain resistance to acid, cold, fire, lighting,
hit points equal to half your mystic level.
or thunder damage (your choice). This benefit lasts
for 1 hour or until you use this option again.
Immortal Disciplines
The psionic disciplines you select as a member of the
Psionic Weapon
Order of the Immortal allow you to hone your Psionic Discipline
strength and speed for maximum effectiveness on the You channel psionic energy into a weapon you wield
battlefield. (Currently, only three disciplines are (including your unarmed strike), lending devastating
available for mystics of the Order of the Immortal. power to your attacks.
New disciplines will be added to this list as the Concentration: While concentrating on this
playtest progresses.) discipline, you charge one weapon you carry with
psionic energy. While you hold the psionic weapon, it
Celerity becomes a magic weapon with a +1 bonus to attack
Psionic Discipline rolls and damage rolls. If you use this option on a
magic weapon, use the weapons bonuses or the
You channel psionic power into your body, honing disciplines bonuses, whichever are higher.
your reflexes and agility to an incredible degree. In
Ethereal Weapon (1): Each time you attack with
your eyes, the world seems to slow down while you your psionic weapon, you can spend 1 psi point to
continue to move as normal. transform it into pure psionic energy. You do not
Concentration: While concentrating on this make your attack roll against the targets AC. Instead,
discipline, your speed increases by 5 feet and you
the target makes a Dexterity saving throw against this
have advantage on Initiative checks. discipline. On a failed save, the target takes the
Rapid Reaction (1): If you are surprised, you can attacks normal damage and suffers its additional
spend 1 psi point to no longer be surprised.
effects. On a successful save, the target takes half
Seize the Initiative (*): When you roll initiative, damage from the attack but suffers no additional
you can spend up to 5 psi points, gaining a +2 bonus effects that would normally be imposed on a hit.
to your initiative roll for each psi point spent.
Lethal Strike (*): Each time you hit with your
Surge of Speed (1): As a bonus action, you can psionic weapon, you can spend up to 5 psi points to
spend 1 psi point to increase your speed by 30 feet increase your damage. The attack deals an extra 1d10
until the end of your turn. In addition, you do not damage of the same type dealt by the weapon for each
provoke opportunity attacks this turn.
psi point you spend.
Surge of Action (5): As a bonus action, you can Augmented Weapon (5): You can strengthen the
spend 5 psi points and gain an additional action this energy that you have infused into your psionic
turn.
weapon, increasing its bonus to attack rolls and
damage rolls to +3 for 1 minute.
Iron Durability
Psionic Discipline
This discipline grants you unmatched toughness and
resilience on the battlefield.
Concentration: While concentrating on this
discipline, you gain a +1 bonus to AC. As an action,

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modern)civilization.)In)the)eyes)of)a)cleric)of)the) (your)choice.)))
city,)the)center)of)modern)life)is)a)sense)and) ) Additionally,)each)hostile)creature)within)30)
spirit)of)community,)and)the)gravest)enemies)of) feet)of)you)must)make)a)Charisma)saving)throw.)

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On)a)failed)save,)the)creature)is)knocked)prone)
or)restrained)(your)choice))by)hazards)such)as) Warlock)
entangling)wires,)high[pressure)water)erupting) A)modern)warlock)channels)the)unseen)
from)fire)hydrants,)pavement)collapsing)to) randomness)of)urban)life,)tapping)into)the)
unseen)potholes,)and)so)on.)A)restrained) energy)of)technology)in)unimagined)ways.)
creature)can)escape)by)making)a)successful)
Strength)(Athletics))or)Dexterity)(Acrobatics)) Otherworldly)Patron:)Ghost)
check)against)your)spell)save)DC.))
) This)effect)is)entirely)local)and)affects)only) in)the)Machine)
utilities)within)30)feet)of)you.)Determination)of)
what)utilities)are)available)within)range)and)how) You)have)made)a)bargain)for)power)granted)by)
the)physical)effects)of)those)utilities)manifest)are) an)entity)that)you)believe)to)be)completely)
left)to)the)DM. digital.)Whether)it)is)a)rogue)AI)or)the)spirit)of)a)
deceased)hacker,)the)Ghost)in)the)Machine)is)
Block)Watch) capable)of)feats)that)defy)explanation. )
Starting)at)6th)level,)your)awareness)while)in)the)
city)extends)preternaturally.)While)in)an)urban) Expanded)Spell)List)
environment,)you)are)considered)proficient)in) The)Ghost)in)the)Machine)lets)you)choose)from)
the)Insight)and)Perception)skills,)and)you)add) an)expanded)list)of)spells)when)you)learn)a)
double)your)proficiency)bonus)to)Wisdom) warlock)spell.)You)gain)the)on/off'cantrip,)and)
(Insight))and)Wisdom)(Perception))checks,) the)following)new)spells)are)added)to)the)
instead)of)your)normal)proficiency)bonus.) warlock)spell)list)for)you.)See)New)Spells)at)the)
end)of)this)article.
Divine)Strike) GHOST%IN%THE%MACHINE%EXPANDED%SPELLS
At)8th)level,)you)gain)the)ability)to)infuse)your) % Spell%Level Spells
weapon)strikes)with)psychic)energy)borrowed) & 1st infallible*relay,&remote*access
from)the)citizens)of)your)city.)Once)on)each)of) & 2nd arcane*hacking,&digital*phantom
your)turns)when)you)hit)a)creature)with)a) & 3rd haywire,&invisibility*to*cameras
weapon)attack,)you)can)cause)the)attack)to)deal) & 4th conjure*knowbot,&system*backdoor
an)extra)1d8)psychic)damage)to)the)target.)When) & 5th shutdown,&synchronicity*
you)reach)14th)level,)the)extra)psychic)damage)
increases)to)2d8. Bonus)Proficiency)
At)1st)level,)you)gain)proficiency)with)hacking)
Express)Transit) tools)(see)Ability)Checks)and)Hacking)Tools,)
At)17th)level,)you)can)use)mass)transit)routes)to) below).
transport)instantaneously)to)other)points)in)the)
city.)Starting)from)a)bus)stop,)train)station,) Information)Surge)
subway)stop,)or)other)suitable)mass)transit)site) At)1st)level,)you)gain)the)ability)to)temporarily)
within)the)city,)you)can)teleport)to)any)other)
render)computerized)devices)inoperable.)As)an)
similar)transit)stop)within)the)city,)as)if)you)had) action,)you)can)target)a)computerized)device)
cast)a)teleport'spell)whose)destination)is)a) within)30)feet)of)you.)If)the)targeted)device)is)
permanent)teleportation)circle)you)know.)Once)
held)or)otherwise)actively)used)by)a)living)
you)use)this)feature,)you)must)finish)a)short)or) creature,)that)creature)must)make)an)
long)rest)before)using)it)again.) Intelligence)saving)throw)against)your)spell)save)
DC.)On)a)failed)save,)the)targeted)device)ceases)
to)function)until)the)end)of)your)next)turn.)If)the)
targeted)device)is)not)held)or)used)by)a)creature,)
the)DM)makes)a)special)saving)throw)for)the)
device)with)disadvantage)and)a)+0)modifier.)

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Certain)shielded)devices)might)negate)the) can)also)be)removed)with)a)lesser'restoration)
disadvantage,)at)the)DMs)determination.) spell.))
) Once)you)use)this)feature,)you)cant)use)it)again)
until)you)finish)a)short)or)long)rest. Additional)Invocation)
Wire)Walk) Warlocks)who)favor)modern)weapons)can)learn)
Starting)at)6th)level,)you)gain)the)ability)to)travel) to)channel)their)magic)through)those)weapons.)
short)distances)over)electrical)wires,)data)lines,)
or)telephone)cables.)As)a)bonus)action,)you)can) Arcane)Gunslinger)
touch)a)device)or)socket)connected)to)a) Prerequisite:'Pact'of'the'Blade'feature'
hardwired)network)and)teleport)along)this) You)can)create)a)pact)weapon)that)is)a)sidearm)
network)to)another)device)or)socket)within)your) or)long)arm,)and)you)can)transform)a)magical)
line)of)sight.)Once)you)use)this)feature,)you)cant) sidearm)or)long)arm)into)your)pact)weapon.)
use)it)again)until)you)finish)a)short)or)long)rest.

Personal)Encryption) Wizard)
Beginning)at)10th)level,)you)have)learned)to) Knowledge)is)the)heart)of)the)wizards)craft,)and)
apply)your)innate)knowledge)of)encryption)to) a)modern)environment)offers)knowledge)
your)thoughts,)memories,)and)presence.)You) undreamed)of)by)most)mages.)
have)advantage)on)saving)throws)against)scrying,)
thought)detection,)or)any)other)method)of) Arcane)Tradition:)
magically)learning)your)whereabouts)or)reading)
your)thoughts.)For)any)such)effect)that)does)not) Technomancy)
grant)you)a)saving)throw)but)which)requires)the) Unlike)the)more)common)arcane)traditions)
creature)targeting)you)to)make)an)ability)check,) based)around)the)schools)of)magic,)the)tradition)
the)check)is)made)with)disadvantage.) of)Technomancy)does)not)focus)on)a)singular)
type)of)spellcraft)or)magical)energy.)Rather,)
Technovirus) students)of)Technomancy)concern)themselves)
At)14th)level,)you)gain)the)ability)to)infect)a) with)how)their)spells)interact)with)modern)
humanoids)body)with)living)circuitry.)You)can) technology.))
use)an)action)to)make)a)melee)attack)against)a) ) Technomancers)can)make)use)of)technology)as)
humanoid)creature)using)your)spell)attack) both)a)conduit)and)a)storage)space)for)magic.)In)a)
modifier.)The)target)must)make)a)Constitution) campaign)using)the)optional)rules)for)magic)item)
saving)throw)against)your)spell)save)DC)as)a) creation)(see)the)Dungeon'Masters'Guide),)a)
techno[organic)virus)quickly)spreads)through)its) technomancer)might)craft)disposable)electronic)
body.)On)a)failed)save,)the)target)takes)8d10) devices)and)smartphone)apps)in)lieu)of)potions)
psychic)damage,)or)half)as)much)damage)on)a) and)scrolls.
successful)one.)
) Additionally,)if)the)target)fails)the)saving) Bonus)Proficiencies)
throw,)you)can)use)an)action)to)issue)it)a)single) Beginning)when)you)select)this)arcane)tradition)
command,)as)if)you)were)casting)the)command' at)2nd)level,)you)gain)proficiency)with)sidearms)
spell.)The)target)makes)its)saving)throw)against) and)hacking)tools.!
your)command)with)disadvantage.)You)can)issue)
this)command)at)any)time)while)the)target) Technological)Savant)
remains)infected.)
Also)at)2nd)level,)you)trade)out)your)spellbook)
) Once)you)use)this)feature,)you)cant)use)it)again)
for)a)specially)attuned)storage)device)of)your)
until)you)finish)a)long)rest,)at)which)point)the)
choosing,)capable)of)recording)magical)data.)The)
target)is)cured)of)the)technovirus.)The)infection)
computing)power)of)this)device)must)be)equal)to)
or)greater)than)a)tablet)computer.)Only)one)

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storage)device)can)be)attuned)to)you)at)any)given) Chained)Device)
time.)Spells)can)be)copied)into)this)device)at)half) By)14th)level,)you)have)learned)to)imprint)
the)cost)of)copying)spells)into)a)spellbook.) vestiges)of)your)consciousness)on)electronic)
devices)with)significant)computing)power.)When)
Program)Spell) you)cast)a)concentration)spell,)you)can)use)a)
At)6th)level,)you)can)insert)a)spell)within)an) device)whose)computing)power)is)equal)to)or)
electronic)device)of)your)choosing,)so)that)by) greater)than)a)tablet)computer)to)maintain)
touching)a)key)or)flicking)a)switch)using)an) concentration)of)the)spell)on)your)behalf.)The)
action,)the)spell)activates.)All)variables)of)the) device)must)be)held)or)worn)by)you)to)maintain)
spell)are)set)at)the)time)of)casting.)The) this)effect.)If)the)device)is)destroyed,)taken)from)
computing)power)of)this)device)must)be)equal)to) you,)dropped,)or)turned)off,)the)concentration)
or)greater)than)a)mobile)phone.)) ends.)Once)you)use)this)feature,)you)cant)use)it)
) A)programmed)spell)remains)placed)in)its) again)until)you)finish)a)long)rest.)
device)for)48)hours,)and)is)gone)once)it)is)
discharged.)You)can)use)this)feature)to)place)a)
programmed)spell)in)only)one)device)at)a)time,) Ability)Checks)and)
and)a)device)can)hold)only)one)programmed)
spell.)Only)you)can)activate)the)programmed) Hacking)Tools)
spell)in)the)device.)If)the)device)is)destroyed,)the) Most)characters)in)a)modern)campaign)setting)
programmed)spell)is)lost.) are)well)versed)in)using)computers,)and)are)
) A)concentration)spell)placed)in)a)device)cannot) automatically)successful)when)employing)
be)activated)while)you)are)concentrating)on) technology)for)mundane)tasks)(searching)a)hard)
another)spell.)Once)you)use)this)feature,)you) drive)or)the)Internet,)using)the)normal)functions)
cant)use)it)again)until)you)finish)a)long)rest. of)an)electronic)device,)and)so)on).)For)especially)
challenging)technological)tasks)(finding)hidden)
Online)Casting) information)on)a)computer,)restoring)
At)10th)level,)you)can)cast)spells)through) information)from)a)device)thats)been)erased,)
networked)electronic)devices,)including)cameras,) and)so)on),)a)character)makes)an)Intelligence)
mobile)phones,)and)computers.)For)example,)if)a) check)against)a)DC)set)by)the)DM.)However,)
creature)is)under)the)observation)of)a)security) some)technical)tasksincluding)breaking)into)
camera)and)you)can)see)the)video)feed)from)that) protected)computer)systems,)accessing)hidden)
camera)on)a)computer,)you)can)cast)a)spell)into) functions)of)electronic)devices,)or)using)a)device)
the)computer)and)out)through)the)security) in)a)way)it)was)not)designed)forrequire)the)use)
camera)to)target)that)creature.))) of)specialized)hacking)tools.)
) If)the)spell)requires)the)caster)to)be)seen,)the) ! Hacking(Tools.!This)kit)contains)the)hardware)
target)must)see)you)or)a)live)image)of)you.)If)the) and)software)necessary)to)allow)access)into)most)
spell)requires)the)caster)to)be)heard,)the)target) computer)systems)and)electronic)devices.)
must)be)able)to)hear)you)or)a)live)audio) Proficiency)with)hacking)tools)lets)you)add)your)
transmission)of)you.)The)spells)range)is) proficiency)bonus)to)any)Intelligence)checks)you)
determined)using)the)distance)from)you)to)your) make)to)connect)to)or)make)use)of)a)computer)
device,)and)then)from)the)target)to)its)device.) system)or)electronic)device.)The)kit)fits)snugly)in)
You)must)be)able)to)see)or)otherwise)determine) a)backpack)or)toolbox.)
the)location)of)the)target.)This)feature)can)be)
used)to)cast)only)spells)that)target)specific)
creatures.)Spells)that)affect)an)area)are)not)
subject)to)online)casting.)
) This)feature)can)be)used)a)number)of)times)per)
day)equal)to)your)Intelligence)modifier)
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lower)protective)spells)such)as)arcane'lock)or)
New)Spells) glyph'of'warding)by)making)an)Intelligence)check)
The)following)modern[themed)spells)are)all) using)hacking)tools)against)the)spell)save)DC)of)
suitable)for)the)sorcerer,)warlock,)or)wizard) the)spells)caster.)
spell)lists.)Spells)marked))are)also)suitable)for) ( At(Higher(Levels.!When)you)cast)this)spell)
the)paladin)spell)list.) using)a)spell)slot)of)3rd)level)or)higher,)you)can)
attempt)to)counteract)a)spell)set)to)secure)the)
CANTRIPS%(0%LEVEL) foreign)system)if)the)spells)level)is)equal)to)or)
On/Off& less)than)the)level)of)the)spell)slot)you)used.
1ST%LEVEL!
Infallible&Relay&
Commune)with)City
Remote&Access&
5thClevel'divination'(ritual)
Casting!Time:)1)minute
2ND%LEVEL! Range:)Self)
Arcane&Hacking& Components:)V,)S))
Digital&Phantom& Duration:)Instantaneous)
Find&Vehicle&
You)briefly)become)one)with)the)city)and)gain)
3RD%LEVEL knowledge)of)the)surrounding)area.)
Haywire& Aboveground,)this)spell)gives)you)knowledge)of)
Invisibility&to&Cameras& the)area)within)1)mile)of)you.)In)sewers)and)
Protection&from&Ballistics& other)underground)settings,)you)gain)knowledge)
of)the)area)within)600)feet)of)you.))
4TH%LEVEL ) You)instantly)gain)knowledge)of)up)to)three)
Conjure&Knowbot& facts)of)your)choice)about)any)of)the)following)
Synchronicity& subjects)as)they)relate)to)the)area:
System&Backdoor&
! Terrain)and)bodies)of)water)
5TH%LEVEL! ! Prevalent)buildings,)plants,)animals,)or)
Commune&with&City& intelligent)creatures)
Shutdown& ! Powerful)(CR)1)or)higher))celestials,)fey,)fiends,)
& elementals,)or)undead)
Technomagic& ! Influences)from)other)planes)of)existence)
Certain&of&the&spells&in&this&section&have&a&special&tag:& ! Electrical)currents,)wireless)signals,)and)active)
technomagic.&Such&spells&are&cast&normally,&but&the& transit)lines)and)tracks)
technomagic&tag&indicates&that&their&magic&specifically&
references&and&interacts&with&computer&systems&and& For)example,)you)could)determine)the)location)of)
electronic&devices.& powerful)undead)in)the)area,)the)location)of)
major)sources)of)electrical)power)or)interference,)
Arcane)Hacking and)the)location)of)any)nearby)parks.)
2ndClevel'transmutation'(technomagic)
Casting!Time:)1)action)
Conjure)Knowbot)
4thClevel'conjuration'(technomagic)'
Range:)Self)
Components:)V,)S,)M)(hacking)tools)) Casting!Time:)1)action)
Duration:)Concentration,)up)to)1)hour) Range:)Touch)
Components:)V,)S)
You)gain)advantage)on)all)Intelligence)checks)
Duration:)10)minutes)
using)hacking)tools)to)break)software)encryption)
or)online)security)when)using)a)foreign)system.) You)touch)a)single)computerized)device)or)
This)spell)also)allows)you)to)break)2nd[level)and) computer)system)to)conjure)a)knowbota)

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partially)sentient)piece)of)software)imprinted) Find)Vehicle
with)vestiges)of)your)own)skills)and)computer) 2ndClevel'conjuration
abilities.)For)the)duration)of)the)spell,)you)can)
use)a)bonus)action)to)have)the)knowbot)execute) Casting!Time:)10)minutes
a)computer[related)task)that)would)normally) Range:)30)feet)
require)an)action.)The)knowbot)makes) Components:)V,)S))
Intelligence)ability)checks)using)your)ability) Duration:)8)hours)
score)and)proficiency)bonuses)(including)your) You)summon)a)spirit)that)assumes)the)form)of)a)
proficiency)with)hacking)tools,)if)applicable).) nonmilitary)land)vehicle)of)your)choice,)
) You)have)a)limited)telepathic)bond)with)the) appearing)in)an)unoccupied)space)within)range.)
knowbot,)out)to)a)range)of)500)feet)from)the) The)vehicle)has)the)statistics)of)a)normal)vehicle)
device)or)system)where)the)knowbot)was) of)its)sort,)though)it)is)celestial,)fey,)or)fiendish)
conjured.)If)you)move)beyond)this)range,)the) (your)choice))in)origin.)The)physical)
knowbot)disappears)in)2d4)rounds,)as)if)the) characteristics)of)the)vehicle)reflect)its)origin)to)
duration)of)the)spell)had)expired.)Moving)within) some)degree.)For)example,)a)fiendish)SUV)might)
range)again)immediately)reestablishes)the)bond.) be)jet)black)in)color,)with)tinted)windows)and)a)
) The)knowbot)is)bound)to)the)system)in)which) sinister[looking)front)grille.)
it)was)created,)and)it)stays)there)until)it)is) ) You)have)a)supernatural)bond)with)the)
dismissed)or)the)spells)duration)expires.) conjured)vehicle)that)allows)you)to)drive)beyond)
( At(Higher(Levels.)When)you)cast)this)spell) your)normal)ability.)While)driving)the)conjured)
using)a)spell)slot)of)5th)level)or)higher,)the)spells) vehicle,)you)are)considered)proficient)with)
duration)increases)to)1)hour.)Additionally,)your) vehicles)of)its)type,)and)you)add)double)your)
telepathic)bond)with)the)knowbot)is)effective)out) proficiency)bonus)to)ability)checks)related)to)
to)a)range)of)1,000)feet,)and)if)you)leave)the) driving)the)vehicle.)While)driving)the)vehicle,)
range)of)the)bond,)the)knowbot)continues) you)can)make)any)spell)you)cast)that)targets)only)
performing)its)last)directed)task)until)the)spell) you)also)target)the)vehicle.
expires.) ) If)the)vehicle)drops)to)0)hit)points,)it)
disappears,)leaving)behind)no)physical)form.)You)
Digital)Phantom can)also)dismiss)the)vehicle)at)any)time)as)an)
2ndClevel'abjuration'(technomagic) action,)causing)it)to)disappear.
Casting!Time:)1)action ) You)cant)have)more)than)one)vehicle)bonded)
Range:)Self) by)this)spell)at)a)time.)As)an)action,)you)can)
Components:)V,)S,)M)(a)small)piece)of)copper) release)the)vehicle)from)its)bond)at)any)time,)
wire)) causing)it)to)disappear.)
Duration:)Concentration,)up)to)1)hour) ( At(Higher(Levels.!When)you)cast)this)spell)
using)a)spell)slot)of)3rd)level)or)higher,)you)can)
This)spell)works)to)actively)hide)your)presence) conjure)a)nonmilitary)water)vehicle)large)
within)a)computer)system.)For)the)spells) enough)to)carry)six)Medium)creatures.)When)you)
duration,)you)and)any)other)users)you)choose)on) cast)this)spell)using)a)spell)slot)of)5th)level)or)
your)local)network)gain)a)+10)bonus)to) higher,)you)can)conjure)a)nonmilitary)air)vehicle)
Intelligence)checks)to)avoid)detection)by) large)enough)to)carry)ten)Medium)creatures.)
administrators,)knowbots,)tracking)software,) When)you)cast)this)spell)using)a)spell)slot)of)7th)
and)the)like.)Whenever)you)and)your)chosen) level)or)higher,)you)can)conjure)any)type)of)
users)leave)any)computer)system)you)are) vehicle,)subject)to)the)DMs)approval.)
working)in)while)this)spell)is)in)effect,)all)trace)of)
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Haywire When)you)cast)the)spell,)the)nearest)functioning)
3rdClevel'enchantment'(technomagic) telephone)or)similar)communications)device)
within)100)feet)of)the)target)begins)to)ring.)If)
Casting!Time:)1)action there)is)no)suitable)device)close)enough)to)the)
Range:)90)feet) target,)the)spell)fails.)
Components:)V,)S)) ) The)target)must)make)a)successful)Charisma)
Duration:)Concentration,)up)to)1)minute) saving)throw)or)be)compelled)to)answer)your)
This)spell)plays)havoc)with)electronic)devices,) call.)Once)the)connection)is)established,)the)call)
making)the)use)of)such)devices)all)but)impossible.) is)crystal)clear)and)cannot)be)dropped)until)the)
Each)electronic)device)in)a)10[foot[radius)sphere) conversation)has)ended)or)the)spells)duration)
centered)on)a)point)you)choose)within)range)is) ends.)You)can)end)the)conversation)at)any)time,)
subject)to)random)behavior)while)it)remains) but)a)target)must)succeed)on)a)Charisma)saving)
within)the)area.)A)device)not)held)by)a)creature) throw)to)end)the)conversation.)
is)automatically)affected.)If)an)electronic)device)
is)held)by)a)creature,)that)creature)must)succeed) Invisibility)to)Cameras
on)a)Wisdom)saving)throw)or)have)the)device) 3rdClevel'illusion'(technomagic)
affected)by)the)spell.) Casting!Time:)1)action
) At)the)start)of)each)of)your)turns,)roll)a)d6)for) Range:)10)feet)
each)affected)device)to)determine)its)behavior.) Components:)V,)S,)M)(a)scrap)of)black)paper))
Except)where)otherwise)indicated,)that)behavior) Duration:)Concentration,)up)to)1)minute)
lasts)until)the)start)of)your)next)turn)while)this)
spell)is)in)effect. Four)creatures)of)your)choice)within)range)
& 1:'The)device)shuts)down)and)must)be) become)undetectable)to)electronic)sensors)and)
restarted.)Do)not)roll)again)for)this)device)until)it) cameras)for)the)duration)of)the)spell.)Anything)a)
is)restarted.) target)is)wearing)or)carrying)is)likewise)
) 24:)The)device)does)not)function.) undetectable)as)long)as)it)is)on)the)targets)
' 5:)The)device)experiences)a)power)surge,) person.)The)targets)remain)visible)to)vision.
causing)an)electric)shock)to)the)wielder)(if)any))
and)one)random)creature)within)5)feet)of)the) On/Off
device.)Each)affected)creature)must)make)a) Transmutation'cantrip'(technomagic)
Dexterity)saving)throw)against)your)spell)save) Casting!Time:)1)action
DC,)taking)6d6)lightning)damage)on)a)failed)save,) Range:)60)feet)
or)half)as)much)damage)on)a)successful)one.) Components:)V,)S)
) 6:)The)device)is)usable)as)normal.) Duration:)Instantaneous)
( At(Higher(Levels.'When)you)cast)this)spell)
using)a)spell)slot)of)4th)level)or)higher,)the)radius) This)cantrip)allows)you)to)activate)or)deactivate)
of)the)sphere)affected)by)the)spell)increases)by)5) any)electronic)device)within)range,)as)long)as)the)
feet)for)each)slot)level)above)3rd. device)has)a)clearly)defined)on)or)off)function)
that)can)be)easily)accessed)from)the)outside)of)
Infallible)Relay the)device.)Any)device)that)requires)a)software[
1stClevel'divination'(technomagic) based)shutdown)sequence)to)activate)or)
deactivate)cannot)be)affected)by)on/off.
Casting!Time:)1)minute
Range:)Self)
Components:)V,)S,)M)(a)mobile)phone))
Duration:)Concentration,)up)to)10)minutes)
With)this)spell,)you)can)target)any)creature)with)
whom)you)have)spoken)previously,)as)long)as)
the)two)of)you)are)on)the)same)plane)of)existence.)

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Protection)from)Ballistics) Synchronicity
3rdClevel'abjuration 4thClevel'enchantment
Casting!Time:)1)action Casting!Time:)1)action
Range:)Touch) Range:)Touch)
Components:)V,)S,)M)(a)shell)casing)) Components:)V,)S)
Duration:)Concentration,)up)to)10)minutes) Duration:)Concentration,)up)to)1)hour)
This)spell)enchants)the)flesh)of)the)target)against) The)creature)you)touch)feels)reality)subtly)
the)impact)of)bullets.)Until)the)spell)ends,)the) shifted)to)its)favor)while)this)spell)is)in)effect.)
target)has)resistance)to)nonmagical)ballistic) The)target)isnt)inconvenienced)by)mundane)
damage. delays)of)any)sort.)Traffic)lights)are)always)green,)
theres)always)a)waiting)elevator,)and)a)taxi)is)
Remote)Access always)around)the)corner.)The)target)can)run)at)
1stClevel'transmutation'(technomagic) full)speed)through)dense)crowds,)and)attacks)of)
opportunity)provoked)by)the)targets)movement)
Casting!Time:)1)action are)made)with)disadvantage.)
Range:)120)feet) ) Synchronicity)grants)advantage)to)Dexterity)
Components:)V,)S (Stealth))checks,)since)the)target)always)finds)a)
Duration:)10)minutes) handy)piece)of)cover)available.)Additionally,)the)
You)can)use)any)electronic)device)within)range) target)has)advantage)on)all)ability)checks)made)
as)if)it)were)in)your)hands.)This)is)not)a) to)drive)a)vehicle.)
telekinesis)effect.)Rather,)this)spell)allows)you)to) ) In)the)event)that)two)or)more)creatures)under)
simulate)a)devices)mechanical)functions) the)effect)of)synchronicity)are)attempting)to)
electronically.)You)are)able)to)access)only) avoid)being)inconvenienced)by)each)other,)the)
functions)that)a)person)using)the)device) creatures)engage)in)a)contest)of)Charisma)each)
manually)would)be)able)to)access.)You)can)use) time)the)effects)of)the)spells)would)oppose)each)
remote'access)with)only)one)device)at)a)time. other.)

Shutdown System)Backdoor
5thClevel'transmutation'(technomagic) 4thClevel'transmutation'(technomagic)
Casting!Time:)1)action Casting!Time:)1)minute
Range:)120)feet) Range:)Personal)
Components:)V,)S) Components:)V,)S,)M)(hacking)tools))
Duration:)Concentration,)up)to)1)minute) Duration:)Concentration,)up)to)1)hour)
This)spell)shuts)down)all)electronic)devices) This)spell)allows)you)to)bypass)system)security)
within)range)that)are)not)wielded)by)or)under) in)order)to)create)a)secure)login)on)a)foreign)
the)direct)control)of)a)creature.)If)an)electronic) system.)The)login)you)create)allows)you)
device)within)range)is)used)by)a)creature,)that) administrator[level)privileges)in)any)computer)
creature)must)succeed)on)a)Constitution)saving) system)not)enhanced)through)technomagic.)The)
throw)to)prevent)the)device)from)being)shut) login)defeats)any)technomagic)spells)of)3rd)level)
down.)While)the)spell)remains)active,)no) or)lower.)
electronic)device)within)range)can)be)started)or) ) Once)the)duration)of)the)spell)expires,)the)login)
restarted. and)all)privileges)are)wiped)from)the)system.)
System)logs)still)show)the)activity)of)the)user,)
but)the)user)identification)cannot)be)found)or)
traced.
! At!Higher!Levels:'When)you)cast)this)spell)
using)a)spell)slot)of)5th)level)or)higher,)you)are)

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able)to)bypass)technomagic)spells)if)the)spells)
level)is)equal)to)or)less)than)the)level)of)the)spell)
slot)you)used.)

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Research)and)Development)studios.)You)can)
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Unearthed Arcana: Ranger


The ranger has been a part of Dungeons &
Dragons since almost the beginning, and it Design Notes
remains one of the most popular classes in the The ranger presented here was built around a
game. However, feedback on fifth edition D&D small number of concepts that define the class.
has shown that the ranger lags behind the other These concepts serve to make the class distinct
classes in terms of power and player satisfaction. and create a cohesive sense of the rangers place
In looking at the history of the ranger, the class in the world.
is very much a victim of the games changing
core mechanics. In the early days, the ranger Skirmishers
started with the basic chassis of the fighter,
added elements of other classes, and introduced Rangers are skirmishers. They avoid direct
its own unique mechanics. Over time, though, the confrontation in favor of sudden, deadly attacks
games core rules have grown more that leave an opponent without the chance to
comprehensive and flexible. And as they have, make an effective counterattack.
several of the key elements that set rangers Key Mechanics: Ambuscade, Fighting Style,
apartincluding fighting with two weapons, Skirmishers Stealth. These mechanics give the
tracking, and stealthbecame available to any ranger a fighter feel, while focusing on specific
character. tactics that involve ambushes, mobility, and
That change left the ranger leaning on a sniping.
narrow selection of unique mechanics, most
notably those that gave the character a set of
benefits against a specific type of opponent. Such
Wanderers
a mechanic works well if it augments an already Rangers are the ultimate survivors. They can
strong foundation for a character class, such as a wander a barren wilderness alone for months,
clerics ability to turn undead. However, that living only on what they find. A group with a
kind of benefit is too situational to serve as the ranger has a significantly easier time surviving in
classs signature ability. the wilds.
The ranger has also featured an animal Key Mechanics: Natural Explorer, 2d6 Hit Dice.
companion in previous editions of the game, but The Natural Explorer mechanic from the Players
giving a player what amounts to a second Handbook makes the ranger the best character to
character to play is difficult to balance in a have along on wilderness adventures. Upgraded
satisfying way. The feedback weve received Hit Dice make rangers as durable as barbarians,
indicates that many players feel too restricted by even as they gain a more reliable number of hit
the Beast Master rangers companion. It doesnt points compared to the barbarians d12. In
feel logical or satisfying to have a companion addition, having a higher total number of Hit
that sits still unless a ranger actively commands Dice means a ranger can more efficiently heal
it. with short rests, providing finer control over
The following revised design of the ranger how much healing to shoot for when spending
builds on the classs unique traits, creating a new Hit Dice.
set of class features for 1st level to 5th level.
These features are designed to make the ranger
feel distinct and interesting while still remaining
Guardians
true to its identity within the game. Before we Rangers are champions of the natural world.
dive into the details, here are some notes on how They are typically good aligned, and their link to
the design came together. nature gives them supernatural abilities. They
are the paladins of the forest.

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Key Mechanics: Spirit Path. The Spirit Path
class feature combines the concept of an animal Class Features
companion with the rangers traditional As a ranger, you gain the following class features.
spellcasting. This ranger has a spirit companion
that can channel magical effects to the character Hit Points
and his or her companions. The spirit companion Hit Dice: 2d6 per ranger level
can manifest as a wild animal and aid the ranger Hit Points at 1st Level: 12 + your Constitution
for short periods of timeenough to make a big modifier
impact on one fight without serving as the star Hit Points at Higher Levels: 2d6 (or 7) + your
for every fight. Constitution modifier per ranger level after 1st
Companions are tricky to balance in D&D. If
they are weak, they feel like a lot of work for a Proficiencies
small payoff. However, even a moderately Armor: Light armor, shields
powerful companion can give a character too Weapons: Simple weapons, martial weapons
much of an advantage in the long term. This Tools: Herbalism kit
design opts for a very powerful companion, but
one that appears only once per day. Saving Throws: Dexterity, Wisdom
Skills: Choose three from Animal Handling,
This Playtest and the Athletics, Insight, Investigation, Nature,
Perception, Stealth, and Survival
Players Handbook Equipment
Does this playtest mean were changing the
ranger as presented in the Players Handbook? You start with the following equipment, in
No. Not in the least. This is merely an attempt to addition to the equipment granted by your
gauge how much interest there is in moving back background.
to the core definition of the ranger, then
Leather armor
attempting to shift it a bit to make it a more
(a) two shortswords or (b) two martial melee
distinct class. Even if this option proves
weapons or (c) a martial weapon and a shield
overwhelmingly popular, well continue to treat
(a) a dungeoneers pack or (b) an explorers
the ranger in the Players Handbook as the
pack
canonical class and will keep this version as an
option for players and DMs who want something (a) a longbow and a quiver of 20 arrows or (b)
a bit different. If youre happy with your current a martial weapon
ranger character, keep playing!
The Ranger
Before we consider making a change to the
Proficiency
Players Handbook, an alternative ranger would Level Bonus Features
need to be thoroughly playtested from levels 1 to 1st +2 Ambuscade, Natural Explorer
20. We would then need to see conclusive 2nd +2 Fighting Style, Skirmishers Stealth
feedback that youour players and DMswant 3rd +2 Primeval Awareness, Spirit Path
to replace the ranger character class. Even then, 4th +2 Ability Score Improvement
wed simply make this option a legal choice for 5th +3 Extra Attack
D&D Adventurers League play and present it in
an upcoming expansion as a new option for
home campaigns. We have no intention of Ambuscade
invalidating current characters or taking options Rangers strike first and strike hard. When you
away from people who enjoy them. roll initiative, you gain a special turn that takes
place before other creatures can act. On this turn,
you can use your action to take either the Attack
or Hide action.

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If more than one creature in an encounter has Spirit Companion
this feature, they all act first in order of initiative, All rangers gain a spirit companion and the
then the regular initiative order begins. ability to invoke its magical power. (Your spirit
If you would normally be surprised at the start companion grants you one benefit you can call
of an encounter, you are not surprised but you on in this playtest version of the revised ranger,
do not gain this extra turn. with more benefits gained at higher levels.) You
regain your ability to call on your spirit
Natural Explorer companion in this way when you finish a short
or long rest.
See the ranger class feature in the Players Once per day as a bonus action, you can
Handbook. command your spirit companion to materialize
as a living creature, determined by the ranger
Fighting Style path you choose. Your spirit companion
manifests as an animal for 1 minute or until your
See the ranger class feature in the Players concentration is broken (as if you are
Handbook. concentrating on a spell). You can also dismiss it
as a bonus action.
Skirmishers Stealth The manifested creature gains a bonus to
attack rolls and saving throws equal to your
Beginning at 2nd level, you combine speed and Wisdom modifier. It uses the hit points in the
stealth in combat to make yourself hard to pin animals stat block or half your hit point
down. You are difficult to detect even if you maximum, whichever is higher.
attack or otherwise take actions that would The manifested creature takes its turn on your
normally reveal your presence. initiative and acts immediately after you. You
At the start of your turn, pick a creature you control its actions, even if you are unconscious
are hidden from. You remain hidden from that or otherwise unable to act.
creature during your turn, regardless of your
actions or the actions of other creatures. As a
bonus action at the end of your turn, you can
Ability Score Improvement
make a Dexterity (Stealth) check to hide again if See the class feature in the Players Handbook.
you fulfill the conditions needed to hide.
Otherwise, creatures are aware of you at the end
of your turn. Extra Attack
See the class feature in the Players Handbook.
Primeval Awareness
See the class feature in the Players Handbook. Ranger Paths
Your supernatural connection to nature and the
Spirit Path wild takes you along one of three different
ranger paths: the Guardian, the Seeker, or the
At 3rd level, you form a bond with a nature Stalker.
spirita companion forged by your link to the
wild. This spirit companion protects you as you
travel and watches your back in battle. You
Guardian
choose a ranger path that shapes your spirit By following the path of the Guardian, you
companion and its magic: the Guardian, the protect the natural world from creatures that
Seeker, or the Stalker. Your choice grants you would despoil it, even as you engage with the
features at 3rd level and again at 7th, 11th, and common folk who rely upon natures bounty to
15th level. survive. You patrol the pathways through the
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rampaging monsters, even as you keep careful dragon threatens a region, a ranger of the Stalker
watch on how civilized realms interact with the path leads the hunt that will take it down. Like
wilderness. Those who take more than their fair others of your kind, you do not rest until your
shareclear-cutting forests or hunting for sport quarry is dead and the natural world is safe.
rather than survivalrisk your wrath. When your spirit companion manifests, it
When your spirit companion manifests, it takes the form of a dire wolf.
takes the form of a brown bear.
Stalkers Fangs
Guardians Shroud Your companion spirit lends the strength of its
Your companion spirit helps to protect you and deadly bite to you or one of your companions. As
the creatures closest to you. As a bonus action, a bonus action, you invoke your spirit
you invoke your spirit companion and choose companion and choose yourself or a creature
yourself or an ally you can see. The chosen you can see. The next time the chosen creature
creature gains temporary hit points equal to 2d6 hits with a weapon attack, the target of the
+ your Wisdom modifier. attack takes extra slashing damage equal to 2d6
+ your Wisdom modifier.
Seeker
By taking up the Seeker path, you are drawn into
the unknown wilds far from civilization in search
of lost treasures, forgotten evil, and sites of
primal magic. You understand that the trackless
wilderness can harbor many secrets. Some of
those secretssuch as a lonely oasis providing
water to a desert realmmust be protected.
Otherssuch as an ancient idol infused with the
foul magic of the demon worshippers who
crafted itmust be destroyed before their evil
awakens once more.
When your spirit companion manifests, it
takes the form of a giant eagle.

Seekers Eye
Your companion spirit lends its sharp combat
senses to you and your companions. As a bonus
action, you invoke your spirit companion and
choose a creature you can see. Until the end of
your next turn, all attacks made against the
chosen creature have advantage.

Stalker
As a ranger of the Stalker path, you prowl the
wilderness in search of aberrations, fiends, and
other monsters that must be slain before they
wreak havoc on the natural world. You are the
power of natures vengeance made manifest, and
anything that poses a threat to nature is your
target. When a powerful creature such as a

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Unearthed Arcana: Prestige Classes
and Rune Magic
Many of the character concepts that were once character can begin pursuing that class. If those
prestige classes or paragon paths in earlier actions arent already possible in your campaign,
editions of D&D are now options available to 1st- talk to your DM about integrating the prestige
level characters. In general, the games design aims class that interests you.
for maximum flexibility, making options available A prestige class uses the normal D&D
to all characters. As such, prestige classes build on multiclassing rules (see chapter 6, Customization
the games broad range of basic options to Options, in the Players Handbook). When your
represent specialized options and unique training. character is ready to advance a level, you can
choose to gain a level in a prestige class. Your
Using Prestige Classes levels in all your classes, including prestige classes,
are added together to determine your character
A prestige class requires a high level of skill before level.
a character can master even its basic elements.
Prestige classes might confer lost lore, allow Prerequisites
access to an inscrutable form of magic, grant Taking up a prestige class through multiclassing
mastery of an exotic fighting style, or be built involves meeting certain prerequisites, just as with
around the knowledge harbored by a secret multiclassing into a standard class. You must meet
society. the ability score prerequisites for your current
Mechanically, a prestige class is a character class class and for the prestige class in order to qualify
that requires the same training and focus as any for it.
other class. You enter a prestige class by way of A prestige class requires a minimum character
the normal multiclassing rules. However, you level and a minimum score in at least one ability,
cannot enter a prestige class until you are at least as well as requiring that you complete a specific
3rd leveland many prestige classes have even deedfinding a magic item, defeating a monster,
higher level requirements. surviving a particular challenge, and so onbefore
Most prestige classes require characters to being able to take up that class.
complete specific deeds in order to gain access to
the class. You cannot advance in a prestige class
Experience Points
until its gatekeeperstypically those who harbor
Just as with the standard rules for multiclassing,
the classs loreagree to accept you.
the experience point cost to gain a level is always
A prestige class typically offers access to unique
based on your total character level, not your level
game mechanics available only to members of that
in a particular class.
class. Such mechanics reflect specific lore, secrets,
or techniques impossible to master without
earning the respect and trust of those who already
Hit Points and Hit Dice
possess that knowledge. Each prestige class specifies the hit points you gain
from it. You add together the Hit Dice granted by
all your classes and prestige classes to determine
Joining a Prestige Class your pool of Hit Dice. If the Hit Dice are the same
In order to join a prestige class, you must first die type, you simply pool them together.
check with your Dungeon Master. A DM can opt to
include or disallow prestige classes in the game. Proficiency Bonus and Proficiencies
Typically, a prestige class requires you to Your proficiency bonus is always based on your
undertake specific actions in the game so that your total character level, not your level in a particular

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class. A prestige class specifies whether it grants
proficiencies when you enter it. Prerequisites
In order to advance as a rune scribe, you must
Prestige Class Features meet the following prerequisites (in addition to
You gain prestige class features just like normal the multiclassing prerequisites for your existing
class features. Sometimes, a prestige class can class):
improve features you have gained from other
classes. If a prestige class grants Channel Divinity, Dexterity 13. Rune scribes need agile fingers to
Extra Attack, or Unarmored Defense, that feature master the intricate patterns of a rune.
is treated the same way as if you had gained it Intelligence 13. Rune lore requires intense
from multiple standard classes. study and knowledge.
Proficiency in the Arcana skill. Rune mastery
Spellcasting requires an understanding of arcane lore.
Some prestige classes grant spellcasting. Each Character level 5th. Rune magic awakens only
prestige class provides details on how to for powerful souls, and you must be a 5th-level
determine your overall spellcasting ability, using character before you can gain levels in the rune
the rules for spellcasting and multiclass characters. scribe prestige class.
Complete a special task. You must find a rune
and present it to an NPC rune scribe who accepts
Prestige Class: Rune it in return for tutoring you in the ways of rune
magic. You cannot gain more levels in this
Scribe prestige class than your tutor has. You might
A rune scribe masters the secrets of the runes of need to seek out additional runes and present
powerancient sigils that embody the them to more skilled rune scribes in order to
fundamental magic of creation. The giants were reach 5th level in this prestige class.
the first to master rune magic, though many other
races eventually stole away or traded for that
power.
Class Features
Rune magic is exceedingly rare. Some of its As a rune scribe, you gain the following class
secrets have been lost, and what lore remains is features.
jealously guarded. Few rune scribes share their
lore with others. Indeed, most rune scribes take on Hit Points
new students only if doing so allows them to gain Hit Dice: 1d8 per rune scribe level
access to a forgotten or missing rune. Hit Points per Level: 1d8 (or 5) + your
The rune scribe prestige class uses the rules for Constitution modifier per rune scribe level
rune magic presented at the end of this article.
Proficiencies
The Rune Scribe Tools: Calligraphers supplies, masons tools,
Spell Slots per Spell Level woodcarvers tools
Level Features 1st 2nd 3rd
1st Rune Lore 2 Saving Throws: None
Runic Magic Skills: None
2nd Runic Discovery 3
3rd Runic Discovery 4 2
4th Living Rune 4 3
Equipment
5th Rune Mastery 4 3 2 The rune scribe prestige class does not grant any
Runic Discovery special equipment.

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Rune Lore Living Rune
At 1st level, you learn the basics of scribing runes, Runes are a part of the living world, and your
and are able to activate a master runes full range studies allow you to connect to their magic in
of properties when you are properly attuned to it. increasingly powerful ways. At 4th level, you learn
The Rune Magic section below contains to incorporate rune magic into your identity,
information on master runes and descriptions of allowing you to augment your body and mind.
runes and their properties. At the end of a long rest, you can choose to
The first rune you master is the rune you found increase one ability score of your choice by 2 or
and presented to your tutor to qualify for this increase two ability scores of your choice by 1. At
prestige class. Your entrance to the class includes the end of each subsequent long rest, you can alter
the process of mastering that runes secrets. this choice, reducing the scores you previously
increased and improving different scores. (If you
Runic Magic chose to increase two abilities, you can opt to alter
only one of those choices.)
Runes can make use of your own magical power to
augment some of their effects. You gain a number Rune Mastery
of spell slots as specified on the Rune Scribe table,
but this prestige class does not grant spells known. At 5th level, you attain the ability to master an
Instead, as a rune scribe, you can expend your ever-greater range of runic magic. When you
spell slots to empower runes, as described in the attune to a rune, you can choose to have it not
Rune Magic section below. count toward your limit of attuned magic items.
For the purpose of multiclassing, to determine You can be attuned to only one such rune in this
your total spell slots, add your levels in rune scribe manner at a time. You can use this ability again
to your levels in classes that grant you the after you end your attunement to a rune.
Spellcasting feature. For example, if you are a rune
scribe 4/wizard 6, you would have the spell slots
of a 10th-level character, in addition to having the Rune Magic
cantrips and spellbook of a 6th-level wizard. Rune magic allows a character to unlock the power
contained within magical symbols and sigils. Not
Runic Discovery every such mark has the potential for power. Only
those runes forged in the ancient days of creation
Your continuing study of runic magic allows you to still resonate with the fundamental magic of the
recreate the secrets of new runes without first world.
needing to uncover them. At 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Runes work much like magic items. You can
level, choose a rare rune. You can attune to that discover them, attune to them, and use their magic
rune even if you do not possess the master rune in a variety of ways. However, unlike with magic
for it. (See the Rune Magic section below for items, only a rune scribe can use all the benefits a
information on rune rarity and master runes.) rune offers.
In order to attune to a rune in this manner, you
must spend a short rest doing nothing but Overview
meditating on the rune. At the end of the short rest,
you are attuned to the rune. You are considered to Runes are powerful icons that you can use for a
always have the rune on your person for the variety of effects. In order to use a rune, you must
purpose of determining whether you can use its normally find and keep a master rune. A master
features. rune is a rare objecta gem or carved rock, a
You can spend another short rest doing nothing magical token, a shard of some special material,
but meditating on the rune to end your and so onengraved with the rune and
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the runes effects. Those effects are divided into
two categories.
Runes and Attunement
Simple properties are usable by anyone who A rune always requires attunement to use its
attunes to a master rune. simple properties. Attuning to a master rune
Complex properties are usable only by a requires you to spend a short rest focused on only
character who attunes to a master rune and who that item while being in physical contact with it.
possesses the Rune Lore class feature. This cant be the same short rest used to learn the
Unless otherwise noted, you must have a master runes properties. This focus takes the form of
rune on your person in order to use its properties. carefully and repeatedly copying the rune,
whether with ink and parchment or simply
Finding Runes scribing it into the dirt. If the short rest is
interrupted, the attunement attempt fails.
A rune found as treasure is a master rune, Otherwise, at the end of the short rest, you gain an
carefully scribed into a rare object and available intuitive understanding of how to activate the
for use as a training tool to allow would-be rune runes magical properties.
scribes to unlock its power. Each rune discussed A master rune can be attuned to only one
below is detailed as part of a master rune. creature at a time, and all runes count toward your
Master runes and the runes they contain are limit of magic items you can attune to. Any attempt
treated much like magic items. They are to attune to a fourth magic item or rune fails
categorized in rarity from rare to legendary, and (though a rune scribes Rune Mastery feature
can be placed in a campaign whenever the DM opts allows attunement to one additional rune). You
to place treasure. There are no common or cannot attune to more than one copy of a rune.
uncommon runes. You can end attunement to a rune in the same
manner as with any other magic item.
Buying and Selling Runes
Treat a master rune as a magic item of its
Master Runes
equivalent rarity for the purpose of buying and Presented here are four runes (in the form of
selling in the campaign. Just as with other magic master runes) for use in your campaignjust
items, the DM will determine whether such items enough to fully outfit a rune scribe who reaches
are available to purchase in the campaign and 5th level.
under what conditions.
Opal of the Ild Rune
Identifying Runes Master rune, rare (requires attunement)

Runes are identified in a manner similar to magic This triangular fire opal measures about three
items. Simply handling a master rune causes a inches on each side and is half an inch thick. The
strong sense of its runes identity to echo in a ild runethe rune of fireshimmers within its
characters mind. For example, touching a master core. Grasping this object causes a split second of
rune item containing the kalt rune (the rune of searing, fiery pain to pass through you. That pain
cold) might cause you to experience a sudden chill quickly fades, giving way to a warming glow.
as visions of snow and ice flash through your mind. Ignite (Simple Property). As an action, you
The identify spell immediately reveals a master scribe the ild rune using ash onto a flammable
runes simple properties. You can also learn its object. That object immediately bursts into flame.
simple properties over the course of a short rest While it burns, the fire extends 1 foot out from the
while maintaining physical contact with the rune. rune you scribed.
Fire Tamer (Simple Property). As an action, you
touch an open flame and scribe the ild rune within
it with a hand motion. This causes the flame to
immediately extinguish. For a large blaze, the fire

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is extinguished in a 10-foot radius around you. You succeed on a DC 12 Strength saving throw or have
can extend this distance by expending a spell slot its movement immediately end.
when using the ild rune in this manner. The radius Stone Soul (Simple Property). While you are
extends by 20 feet per level of the expended spell attuned to this rune, you cannot be petrified.
slot. Stones Secrets (Simple Property). As an action,
Fires Friend (Simple Property). While you are you scribe this rune onto a stone wall or floor. You
attuned to this rune, you have resistance to cold learn the location and size of all creatures standing
damage. on or touching that surface within 30 feet of you,
Combustion (Complex Property). As an action, though only for the moment when the property is
you scribe this rune using ash onto a creature used.
within your reach as you expend a spell slot. The Crushing Brand (Complex Property). Over the
creature automatically takes 1d10 fire damage course of a short rest, you inscribe this rune using
plus 1d10 fire damage per level of the expended dirt or crushed stone onto one weapon that deals
spell slot. bludgeoning damage. The weapon gains a ghostly
Flame Brand (Complex Property). Over the brown aura, and bludgeoning damage dealt by the
course of a short rest, you inscribe this rune using weapon ignores resistance and immunity. If you
ash onto a melee or ranged weapon, or onto up to roll the maximum on the weapons damage die or
20 pieces of ammunition. The weapon or dice, the target of your attack is knocked prone if it
ammunition gains a ghostly aura of yellow flame is a creature.
and deals fire damage instead of piercing, slashing, In addition, you can expend a spell slot to grant
or bludgeoning damage. the weapon a bonus to attack rolls and damage
In addition, you can expend a spell slot while rolls equal to the spell slots level divided by three.
using this property to grant the weapon or These effects last for 24 hours or until you use
ammunition a bonus to attack rolls and damage this property again.
rolls equal to the spell slots level divided by three. Earthen Step (Complex Property). While you
These effects last for 24 hours or until you use are attuned to this rune, you can cast meld into
this property again. stone as a bonus action. You regain this ability
Flame Stoker (Complex Property). While you after a short or long rest.
are attuned to this rune, your fire attacks are Overwhelming Bolt (Complex Property). As an
deadlier. Whenever you roll fire damage from an action, you scribe this rune using dirt or crushed
attack or a spell you cast, you can reroll that rock onto a creature within your reach as you
damage and use the higher result. expend a spell slot. The creature must succeed on
a Strength saving throw (DC 12 + the level of the
Orb of the Stein Rune expended spell slot). On a failure, the creature
Master rune, rare (requires attunement) takes 2d8 bludgeoning damage plus 1d8
bludgeoning damage per level of the expended
This spherical chunk of granite is about the size of spell slot and is knocked prone. On a successful
a human fist. The stein runethe rune of stone saving throw, the creature takes half as much
appears on the orb as crystalline veins that play damage and is not knocked prone.
across its surface. When first grasped, the stone
feels impossibly heavy, as if even a titan could not
lift it. That feeling passes after a moment, allowing
Pennant of the Vind Rune
Master rune, rare (requires attunement)
you to carry the stone with ease.
Indomitable Stand (Simple Property). As an This five-foot-long blue pennant is crafted from
action, you scribe the stein rune onto the ground at silk and whips about as if buffeted by a strong
your feet. Until you move, you have advantage on breeze. The vind runethe rune of windflickers
all ability checks and saving throws to resist across its surface like a shimmering cloud.
effects that would force you to move. In addition, Grasping the pennant causes you to feel a powerful
any creature that moves within 10 feet of you must gust of wind wash over you, tearing at your clothes
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the ordinary, and the sensation passes after a numb. That feeling passes after a moment,
moment. allowing the shard to be handled normally.
Comforting Wind (Simple Property). While you Frigid Touch (Simple Property). As an action,
are attuned to this rune, you cannot suffocate or you scribe the kalt rune on the surface of any
drown, and you gain advantage on saving throws volume of water. The water freezes in a 10-foot
against poisonous gases, inhaled poisons, and radius around the spot where you scribed the rune.
similar effects. Frost Friend (Simple Property). While you are
Wind Step (Simple Property). As an action, you attuned to this rune, you have resistance to fire
scribe the vind rune in the air around you and damage.
immediately fly 20 feet. If you do not land at the Icy Mantle (Simple Property). As an action, you
end of this flight, you fall. scribe the kalt rune using water onto yourself or
Winds Grasp (Simple Property). As a reaction another creature. The water instantly freezes into
when you fall, you can scribe this rune in the air a mantle of protective ice that does not hinder
around you to take no damage from the fall. movement or action. The next time the creature
Howling Brand (Complex Property). Over the takes bludgeoning, slashing, or piercing damage,
course of a short rest, you inscribe this rune in the that damage is reduced to zero and the icy mantle
air above one ranged weapon. The weapon gains a is destroyed.
ghostly blue aura and has its normal and Freezing Bolt (Complex Property). As an action,
maximum range doubled. The weapons attacks do you scribe this rune using water onto a creature
not suffer disadvantage due to range. within your reach as you expend a spell slot. The
In addition, you can expend a spell slot while rune freezes in place, and the creature must make
using this property to grant the weapon a bonus to a Constitution saving throw (DC 12 + the level of
attack rolls and damage rolls equal to the spell the expended spell slot). On a failure, the creature
slots level divided by three. takes 2d8 cold damage plus 1d8 cold damage per
These effects last for 24 hours or until you use level of the expended spell slot, and its speed is
this property again. reduced to 0 until the end of your next turn. On a
Shrieking Bolt (Complex Property). As an successful saving throw, the creature takes half as
action, you scribe this rune in the air between you much damage and its speed is not affected.
and a creature you can see while you expend a Ice Brand (Complex Property). Over the course
spell slot. The creature must make a Strength of a short rest, you inscribe this rune using water
saving throw (DC 12 + the spell slots level). On a onto a melee or ranged weapon, or onto up to 20
failure, it takes 2d8 bludgeoning damage plus 1d8 pieces of ammunition. The weapon or ammunition
bludgeoning damage per level of the expended gains a ghostly white aura and deals cold damage
spell slot, and is pushed in a straight line directly instead of piercing, slashing, or bludgeoning
away from you for 10 feet per level of the damage.
expended spell slot. On a successful saving throw, In addition, you can expend a spell slot while
the creature takes half as much damage and is not using this property to grant the weapon or
pushed away from you. ammunition a bonus to attack rolls and damage
Wind Walker (Complex Property). While you rolls equal to the spell slots level divided by three.
are attuned to this rune, you can cast levitate as a These effects last for 24 hours or until you use
bonus action. You regain this ability after a short this property again.
or long rest. Winters Howl (Complex Property). While you
are attuned to this rune, you can cast sleet storm as
Shard of the Kalt Rune an action. You regain this ability after a short or
Master rune, rare (requires attunement) long rest.
This long, slender shard of ice is roughly the size of
a dagger. The kalt runethe rune of iceglows
within the shard. When first grasped, the shard
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Unearthed Arcana: Light, Dark,
Underdark!
This months installment of Unearthed Arcana Tunnel Fighter
features a number of new character options ideal You excel at defending narrow passages, doorways,
for an Underdark campaign. and other tight spaces. As a bonus action, you can
Two new fighting styles for fighters, paladins, enter a defensive stance that lasts until the start of
and rangers focus on close-quarters combat, your next turn. While in your defensive stance, you
whether defending allies or unleashing deadly can make opportunity attacks without using your
ranged attacks at nearby foes. Both styles are reaction, and you can use your reaction to make a
handy for dungeon delving and for battles in the melee attack against a creature that moves more
confined environments of the Underdark. than 5 feet while within your reach.
The Deep Stalker is a new ranger archetype,
scouting out Underdark threats using a
combination of cunning and magic. Deep Stalkers Ranger Archetype: Deep
use magic and other tricks to infiltrate Underdark Stalker
settlements and spy on their inhabitants. After
gathering intelligence on growing threats to the Adventurers descending into the depths on
surface world, they engage in hit-and-run battles desperate quests or in response to the promise of
to eliminate those threats. vast riches quickly come face to face with the evil
The shadow sorcerer is a creepy spellcaster who that festers beneath the earth. Though many such
commands the power of darkness. Though not characters are only too happy to escape back to
always native to the Underdark, these sorcerers the surface world again, rangers with the Deep
are often drawn to the dismal gloom of the world Stalker archetype welcome each foray into the
below. world below, striving to uncover and defeat the
Finally, the Undying Light is a new warlock threats of the Underdark before those threats can
patron. By forging a compact with the energy of reach the surface.
the Positive Plane, a warlock vows to bring light Many Deep Stalkers are elves, as those folk know
into the darkest reaches of the world. all too well the threat posed by the drow. Deep
Stalkers scout for new passages into the
Fighting Style Underdark, carefully mapping them and working
to ensure they remain watched at all times. They
The Underdark offers a distinct combat venture into the depths on long, dangerous patrols,
environment that fighters, paladins, and rangers disappearing for months at a time. Many of them
can learn to use to their advantage. The following never return.
new options for the Fighting Style feature are Deep Stalkers master spells useful in navigating
available to those three classes. the Underdark, and their combat tactics focus on
ambush, surprise, and stealth. They fight alone or
Close Quarters Shooter in small groups in hostile territory, relying on
You are trained in making ranged attacks at close clever tactics to carry the day.
quarters. When making a ranged attack while you
are within 5 feet of a hostile creature, you do not Underdark Scout
have disadvantage on the attack roll. Your ranged At 3rd level, you master the art of the ambush. On
attacks ignore half cover and three-quarters cover your first turn during combat, you gain a +10
against targets within 30 feet of you. Finally, you bonus to your speed. If you use the attack action
have a +1 bonus to attack rolls on ranged attacks. on that turn, you can make one additional attack.

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You gain an additional benefit on all turns after energy and transformed in some fundamental
your first turn. At the end of each such turn, you manner.
can attempt to hide as a bonus action if you meet The power of shadow magic casts a strange pall
the normal requirements for hiding. Deep Stalkers over your physical presence. The spark of life that
often use this ability to make ranged attacks, move sustains you is muffled, as if it struggles to remain
beyond the scope of their foes darkvision, and viable against the dark energy that imbues your
then hide. soul. At your option, you can pick from or roll on
the following table to create a unique quirk for
Deep Stalker Magic your character.
From 3rd level, you have darkvision with a range
of 90 feet. You also gain access to additional spells Shadow Sorcerer Quirks
at 3rd, 5th, 9th, 13th, and 15th level. You are d6 Quirk
always able to cast these spells, and they do not 1 You are always icy cold to the touch.
count against your number of ranger spells known. 2 When you are asleep, you dont appear to breathe
(though you must still breathe to survive).
Deep Stalker Spells 3 You dont seem to bleed, even when badly injured.
Ranger 4 Your heart beats once per minute. This event
Level Spell Gained sometimes surprises you.
3rd disguise self 5 You have trouble remembering that living creatures
5th rope trick and corpses should be treated differently.
9th glyph of warding 6 You blinked. Once. Last week.
13th greater invisibility
17th seeming Eyes of the Dark
From 1st level, you have darkvision with a range of
Iron Mind 60 feet. You can cast darkness by spending 1
At 7th level, you gain proficiency in Wisdom saving sorcery point. You can see through any darkness
throws. spell you cast using this ability.

Stalkers Flurry Strength of the Grave


Starting at 11th level, you have the ability to Starting at 1st level, your existence in a twilight
ensure that your attacks count. If you miss with an state between life and death makes you difficult to
attack during your turn, you can immediately defeat. Whenever damage reduces you to 0 hit
make an additional attack. You can gain one points, you can make a Constitution saving throw
additional attack during your turn with this ability. (DC 5 + the damage taken). On a success, you
instead drop to 1 hit point. You cannot use this
Stalkers Dodge feature if you are reduced to 0 hit points by
At 15th level, you master the ability to disrupt an radiant damage or by a critical hit.
opponents attacks. If a creature attacks you and
does not have advantage on the attack roll, you can Hound of Ill Omen
use your reaction to grant it disadvantage on the At 6th level, you gain the ability to call forth a
attack roll. You must use this ability before you howling creature of darkness to harass your foes.
know the result of the attack. As a bonus action, you can spend 3 sorcery points
to summon a hound of ill omen to target one
Sorcerous Origin: Shadow creature you can see. The hound uses a dire wolfs
statistics with the following changes:
Your innate magic comes from the Shadowfell. You
might trace your lineage to an entity from that The hound is size Medium.
place, or perhaps you were exposed to its fell It can move through other creatures and objects
as if they were difficult terrain. The hound takes
5 force damage if it ends its turn inside an object.

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At the start of its turn, the hound automatically As an optional way to add more flavor to your
knows its targets location. If the target was character, you can pick from or roll on the
hidden, it is no longer hidden from the hound. following table of flaws associated with warlocks
of the Undying Light.
The hound appears in an unoccupied space of
your choice within 30 feet of the target. Roll Undying Light Flaws
initiative for the hound. On its turn, it can move d6 Flaw
only toward its target by the most direct route, and 1 You are afraid of the dark, and must always have a
it can use its action only to attack its target. The light source at hand.
hound makes opportunity attacks, but only against 2 You have a nervous compulsion to keep a bright light
its target. Additionally, the target has disadvantage in even the barest shadow.
on all saving throws against your spells while the 3 You have a compulsion to enter and illuminate dark
hound is within 5 feet of it. The hound disappears areas.
if it is reduced to 0 hit points, if its target is 4 You have an overwhelming hatred of undead
creatures.
reduced to 0 hit points, or after 5 minutes.
5 You fidget and are irritable when you cant see the
sun.
Shadow Walk 6 In a dark area, you always carry a lit torch or lantern.
At 14th level, you gain the ability to step from one Putting it down is an unbearable thought.
shadow into another. When you are in dim light or
darkness, as a bonus action, you can teleport up to
120 feet to an unoccupied space you can see that is
Expanded Spell List
The Undying Light lets you choose from an
also in dim light or darkness.
expanded list of spells when you learn a warlock
spell. The following spells are added to the
Shadow Form warlock spell list for you.
At 18th level, you can spend 3 sorcery points to
transform yourself into a shadow form as a bonus Undying Light Expanded Spells
action. In this form, you have resistance to all Spell
damage except force damage, and you can move Level Spells
through other creatures and objects as if they were 1st burning hands
difficult terrain. You take 5 force damage if you 2nd flaming sphere
end your turn inside an object. You remain in this 3rd daylight
form for 1 minute. 4th fire shield
5th flame strike
Warlock Patron: The Undying
Radiant Soul
Light Starting at 1st level, your link to the Positive Plane
allows you to serve as a conduit for radiant energy.
Your patron is not a specific entity, but the energy
that radiates from the Positive Plane. Your pact You have resistance to radiant damage, and when
you cast a spell that deals radiant damage or fire
allows you to experience the barest touch of the
damage, you add your Charisma modifier to that
raw stuff of life that powers the multiverse.
damage. Additionally, you know the sacred flame
Anything more, and you would be instantly
and light cantrips and can cast them at will. They
incinerated by its energy.
dont count against your number of cantrips
Contact with the Positive Plane causes subtle
known.
changes to your behavior and beliefs. You are
driven to bring light to dark places, to annihilate
undead creatures, and to protect all living things. Searing Vengeance
At the same time, you crave the light and find total Starting at 6th level, the radiant energy you
darkness a suffocating experience akin to channel allows you to overcome grievous injuries.
drowning. When you would make a death saving throw, you

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can instead spring back to your feet with a burst of
radiant energy. You immediately stand up (if you
so choose), and you regain hit points equal to half
your hit point maximum. All hostile creatures
within 30 feet of you take 10 + your Charisma
modifier radiant damage and are blinded until the
end of your turn.
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
until you finish a long rest.

Radiant Resilience
Starting at 10th level, you gain temporary hit
points whenever you finish a long or short rest.
These temporary hit points equal your warlock
level + your Charisma modifier. Additionally,
choose up to five creatures you can see at the end
of your rest. Those creatures gain temporary hit
points equal to half your warlock level + your
Charisma modifier.

Healing Light
At 14th level, you gain the ability to channel the
Undying Light to heal yourself and other creatures.
As a bonus action, you can touch a creature and
heal it. With each touch, a creature regains from
1d6 to 5d6 hit points (your choice). You have a
total pool of 15d6 you can expend. Subtract the
dice you use with each touch from that total.
You regain all expended dice from your pool
when you finish a long rest.

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Unearthed Arcana: That Old Black
Magic
As the Rage of Demons storyline season continues Players Handbook is the infernal tiefling, which is
to boil over in the Underdark, this months summarized here for ease of reference.
Unearthed Arcana offers new demonic options for
your campaign. Infernal Tiefling
First off, this article takes a new look at the An infernal tiefling draws upon the power of the
tiefling race. By breaking down the Players Nine Hells and its diabolic masters. These tieflings
Handbook tiefling into a modular variant, players have the following additional features.
can now create tiefling characters tied to either a Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score
devilish or a demonic ancestry. increases by 1.
Additionally, a new suite of conjuration spells Hellish Resistance. As described in the Players
allows casters to call forth demons to do their Handbook.
bidding. Each type of demon has its own Infernal Legacy. As described in the Players
proclivities and quirks when summoned to the Handbook.
material world, and demons are far more difficult Languages. You can speak, read, and write
to control than other creatures a spellcaster can Infernal.
call on.
Abyssal Tiefling
Tiefling Variant All abyssal tieflings trace their bloodline to the
demons of the Abyss. These tieflings have the
As presented in the Players Handbook, all following additional features.
members of the tiefling race share some manner of Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score
diabolic origin. The following option allows you to increases by 1.
instead create a tiefling with a demonic tie. Abyssal Arcana. Each time you finish a long rest,
All tieflings gain the following traits from the you gain the ability to cast cantrips and spells
standard tiefling race of the Players Handbook: randomly determined from a short list. At 1st level,
you can cast a cantrip. When you reach 3rd level,
Age you can also cast a 1st-level spell. At 5th level, you
Alignment can cast a 2nd-level spell.
Size You can cast a spell gained from this trait only
Speed once until you complete your next long rest. You
Darkvision can cast a cantrip gained from this trait at will, as
normal. For 1st-level spells whose effect changes if
Additionally, the following traits are modified from
cast using a spell slot of 2nd level or higher, you
the Players Handbook:
cast the spell as if using a 2nd-level slot. Spells of
Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score 2nd level are cast as if using a 2nd-level slot.
increases by 2. At the end of each long rest, you lose the cantrips
and spells previously granted by this feature, even
Languages. You can speak, read, and write
Common. if you did not cast them. You replace those cantrips
and spells by rolling for new ones on the Abyssal
Arcana Spells table. Roll separately for each
Subraces cantrip and spell. If you roll the same spell or
This variant introduces new subraces for the
cantrip you gained at the end of your previous long
tiefling. Each subrace offers traits in addition to
rest, roll again until you get a different result.
the ones noted above. The race presented in the

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Abyssal Arcana Spells Conjure Hezrou
d6 1st Level 3rd Level 5th Level 7th-level conjuration
1 Dancing lights Burning hands Alter self
2 True strike Charm person Darkness Casting Time: 1 action
3 Light Magic missile Invisibility Range: 60 feet
4 Message Cure wounds Levitate Components: V, S, M (food worth at least 100 gp,
5 Spare the dying Tashas hideous Mirror image which the spell consumes)
laughter Duration: Concentration, up to 1 hour
6 Prestidigitation Thunderwave Spider climb
You summon a hezrou that appears in an
Abyssal Fortitude. Your hit point maximum unoccupied space you can see within range. The
increases by half your level (minimum 1). hezrou disappears when it drops to 0 hit points or
Languages. You can speak, read, and write when the spell ends.
Abyssal. The hezrous attitude depends on the value of
the food used as a material component for this
spell. Roll initiative for the hezrou, which has its
New Spells own turns. At the start of the hezrous turn, the DM
The following new conjuration spells appear on makes a secret Charisma check on your behalf,
the sorcerer spell list and the wizard spell list. with a bonus equal to the foods value divided by
20. The check DC starts at 10 and increases by 2
each round. You can issue orders to the hezrou and
Conjure Barlgura have it obey you as long as you succeed on the
4th-level conjuration
Charisma check.
Casting Time: 1 action If the check fails, the spell no longer requires
Range: 60 feet concentration and the demon is no longer under
Components: V, S your control. The hezrou then focuses on
Duration: Up to 10 minutes devouring any corpses it can see. If there are no
such meals at hand, it attacks the nearest creatures
You summon a barlgura that appears in an
and eats anything it kills. If its hit points are
unoccupied space you can see within range. The
reduced to below half its hit point maximum, it
barlgura disappears when it drops to 0 hit points
returns to the Abyss.
or when the spell ends.
As part of casting the spell, you can scribe a
The barlgura is hostile to all non-demons. Roll
circle on the ground using the blood of an
initiative for the barlgura, which has its own turns.
intelligent humanoid slain within the past 24
At the start of its turn, it moves toward and attacks
hours. The circle is large enough to encompass
the nearest non-demon it can perceive. If two or
your space. The summoned hezrou cannot cross
more creatures are equally near, it picks one at
the circle or target anyone in it while the spell lasts.
random. If it cannot see any potential enemies, the
barlgura moves in a random direction in search of
foes. Conjure Lesser Demon
As part of casting the spell, you can scribe a 3rd-level conjuration
circle on the ground using the blood of an Casting Time: 1 action
intelligent humanoid slain within the past 24 Range: 60 feet
hours. The circle is large enough to encompass Components: V, S, M (a vial of blood from an
your space. The summoned barlgura cannot cross intelligent humanoid killed within the past 24
the circle or target anyone in it while the spell lasts. hours)
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 hour
You summon up to a total of eight manes or
dretches that appear in unoccupied spaces you can
see within range. A manes or dretch disappears

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when it drops to 0 hit points or when the spell Conjure Vrock
ends. 5th-level conjuration
The demons are hostile to all creatures. Roll
initiative for the summoned demons as a group, Casting Time: 1 action
which has its own turns. The demons attack the Range: 60 feet
nearest non-demons to the best of their ability. Components: V, S, M (a gem worth at least 100 gp,
As part of casting the spell, you can scribe a which the spell consumes)
circle on the ground with the blood used as a Duration: Concentration, up to 1 hour
material component. The circle is large enough to You summon a vrock that appears in an
encompass your space. The summoned demons unoccupied space you can see within range. The
cannot cross the circle or target anyone in it while vrock disappears when it drops to 0 hit points or
the spell lasts. Using the material component in when the spell ends.
this manner consumes it. The vrocks attitude depends on the value of the
At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using gem used as a material component for this spell.
a spell slot of 6th or 7th level, you summon sixteen Roll initiative for the vrock, which has its own
demons. If you cast it using a spell slot of 8th or turns. At the start of the vrocks turn, the DM
9th level, you summon thirty-two demons. makes a secret Charisma check on your behalf,
with a bonus equal to the gems value divided by
Conjure Shadow Demon 20. The check DC starts at 10 and increases by 2
4th-level conjuration each round. You can issue orders to the vrock and
Casting Time: 1 action have it obey you as long as you succeed on the
Range: 60 feet Charisma check.
Components: V, S, M (a vial of blood from an If the check fails, the spell no longer requires
intelligent humanoid killed within the past 24 concentration and the vrock is no longer under
hours) your control. The vrock takes no actions on its next
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 hour turn and uses its telepathy to tell any creature it
can see that it will fight in exchange for treasure.
You summon a shadow demon that appears in an The creature that gives the vrock the most
unoccupied space you can see within range. The expensive gem can command it for the next 1d6
shadow demon disappears when it drops to 0 hit rounds. At the end of that time, it offers the
points or when the spell ends. bargain again. If no one offers the vrock treasure
Roll initiative for the shadow demon, which has before its next turn begins, it attacks the nearest
its own turns. You can issue orders to the shadow creatures for 1d6 rounds before returning to the
demon, and it obeys you as long as it can attack a Abyss.
creature on each of its turns and does not start its As part of casting the spell, you can scribe a
turn in an area of bright light. If either of these circle on the ground using the blood of an
conditions is not met, the shadow demon intelligent humanoid slain within the past 24
immediately makes a Charisma check contested by hours. The circle is large enough to encompass
your Charisma check. If you fail the check, the spell your space. The summoned vrock cannot cross the
no longer requires concentration and the demon is circle or target anyone in it while the spell lasts.
no longer under your control. The demon
automatically succeeds on the check if it is more
than 100 feet away from you.
As part of casting the spell, you can scribe a
circle on the ground using the blood of an
intelligent humanoid slain within the past 24
hours. The circle is large enough to encompass
your space. The summoned shadow demon cannot
cross the circle or target anyone in it while the
spell lasts.

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Unearthed Arcana: Kits of Old
If you played AD&D second edition back in the weapon skills as their greatest asset, these blades
1990s, you probably remember kits. These either take up work as enforcers for thieves guilds
character options were introduced in The or strike out on their own as adventurers.
Complete Fighters Handbook, and became a
mainstay of the rest of the books in the Players Bonus Proficiencies
Handbook Rules Supplement series. Though kits When you join the College of Blades at 3rd level,
were notorious for providing wildly uneven you gain proficiency with medium armor and with
benefits (some offered all-but-unnoticeable scimitars.
improvements, while others turned characters
into walking engines of destruction), they did add Fighting Style
depth and customization to a game that had The College of Blades emphasizes mastery with
previously offered few character choices after 1st weapons, granting you access to the two-weapon
level. fighting option for the Fighting Style class feature.
This month, Unearthed Arcana converts a few of Two-Weapon Fighting. When you engage in
the more popular kits from that era to new class two-weapon fighting, you can add your ability
options for the bard and fighter. If you played modifier to the damage of the second attack.
second edition AD&D, what are some of your
favorite kits that youd like to see converted to Blade Flourish
fifth edition? Let me know on Twitter At 3rd level, you learn to conduct impressive
(@mikemearls). Over the course of the year, the
displays of skill with your weapons. When you use
kits that inspire the most discussion could very
the Attack action on your turn and attack with a
well end up here. dagger, longsword, rapier, scimitar, or shortsword,
you can attempt one of the following flourishes.
Bard: College of Swords Defensive Flourish. You spin your weapon
around you in swift circles, creating a hypnotic
Bards of the College of Swords are called blades, display. As a bonus action, you expend one use of
and they entertain through daring feats of weapon Bardic Inspiration, rolling a Bardic Inspiration die
prowess. Blades perform stunts such as sword and applying the number rolled as a bonus to your
swallowing, knife throwing and juggling, and mock AC until the start of your next turn.
combats. But though they use their weapons to Trick Shooters Flourish. This favorite trick of
entertain, they are also highly trained and skilled knife throwers allows you to expend one use of
warriors in their own right. Bardic Inspiration as a bonus action. Roll a Bardic
Their talent with weapons inspires many blades Inspiration die and apply the number rolled as a
to lead double lives. One blade might use a circus bonus to the next ranged attack roll you make with
troupe as cover for nefarious deeds such as a dagger this turn. If the target of the attack is an
assassination, robbery, and blackmail. Other unattended, inanimate object, the bonus equals
blades strike at the wicked, bringing justice to bear double the die roll.
against the cruel and powerful. Most troupes are Unnerving Flourish. Your deadly display of
happy to accept a blades talent for the excitement combat prowess unnerves your opponents, leaving
it adds to a performance, but few entertainers fully them cowering in fear and at your mercy.
trust them. Whenever you reduce a creature to 0 hit points
Blades who abandon lives as entertainers have with a melee attack, you can use a bonus action to
often run into trouble that makes maintaining expend one use of Bardic Inspiration, and instead
their secret activities impossible. A blade caught leave the creature at 1 hit point.
stealing or engaging in vigilante justice is too great The creature is frightened of you for a number of
a liability for most performer troupes. With their minutes equal to your Charisma modifier. It must

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also make a Charisma saving throw with a DC jokes and stories cast her as a kind of folk hero,
equal to your spellcasting DC + a bonus equal to while drawing even more potential partners to her.
the roll of your Bardic Inspiration die. If the Jesters are loyal to only one cause: the pursuit
creature fails this saving throw, it answers and propagation of the truth. They use their
truthfully any questions you ask it and obeys your comedy and innocuous appearance to break down
direct orders while it is frightened by this effect. social barriers and expose corruption,
incompetence, and stupidity among the rich and
Extra Attack powerful. Whether revealing a con artists
Beginning at 6th level, you can attack twice, treachery or exposing a barons plans for war as
instead of once, whenever you take the Attack driven by greed and bloodlust, a jester serves as
action on your turn. the conscience of a realm.
Jesters adventure to safeguard the common folk
Battle Magic and to undermine the plans of the rich, powerful,
At 14th level, you have mastered the art of and arrogant. Their magic bolsters allies spirits
weaving spellcasting and weapon use into a single while casting doubt into foes minds. Among bards,
harmonious act. When you use your action to cast jesters are unmatched acrobats, and their ability to
a bard spell, you can make one weapon attack as a tumble, dodge, leap, and climb makes them
bonus action. slippery opponents in battle.

Bard: College of Satire Bonus Proficiencies


When you join the College of Satire at 3rd level,
Bards of the College of Satire are called jesters. you gain proficiency with thieves tools. You also
They use lowbrow stories, daring acrobatics, and gain proficiency in Sleight of Hand and one
cutting jokes to entertain audiences, ranging from additional skill of your choice. If you are already
the crowds in a rundown dockside pub to the proficient with thieves tools or in Sleight of Hand,
nobles of a kings royal court. Where other bards choose another skill proficiency for each
seek forgotten lore or tales of epic bravery, jesters proficiency you already have.
ferret out embarrassing and hilarious stories of all
kinds. Whether telling the ribald tale of a brawny Tumbling Fool
stable hands affair with an aged duchess or a At 3rd level, you master a variety of acrobatic
mocking satire of a paladin of Helms cloying techniques that allow you to evade danger. As a
innocence, a jester never lets taste, social decorum, bonus action, you can tumble. When you tumble,
or shame get in the way of a good laugh. you gain the following benefits for the rest of your
While jesters are masters of puns, jokes, and turn:
verbal barbs, they are much more than just comic
relief. They are expected to mock and provoke, You gain the benefits of taking the Dash and
taking advantage of how even the most powerful Disengage actions.
folk are expected by tradition to endure a jesters You gain a climbing speed equal to your current
barbs with good humor. This expectation allows a speed.
jester to serve as a critic or a voice of reason when You take half damage from falling.
others are too intimidated to speak the truth.
For the duchess with a taste for strapping young Fools Insight
laborers, such tales might serve to warn the At 6th level, your ability to gather stories and lore
targets of her affections and force her to change gains a supernatural edge. You can cast detect
her ways for lack of willing partners. Striking back thoughts up to a number of times equal to your
at the jester only ruins her already damaged Charisma modifier. You regain any expended uses
reputation, and might provide the best evidence of this ability after completing a long rest.
that the jesters satires have hit their mark. But if If a creature resists your attempt to probe
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your detect thoughts, it immediately suffers an Combat Superiority
embarrassing social gaffe. It might loudly pass gas, At 3rd level, you gain a set of abilities that are
unleash a thunderous burp, trip and fall, or be fueled by special dice called superiority dice.
compelled to tell a tasteless joke. Superiority Dice. You have four superiority dice,
which are d8s. A superiority die is expended when
Fools Luck you use it. You regain all of your expended
Jesters seem to have a knack for pulling superiority dice when you finish a short or long
themselves out of tight situations, transforming rest.
what looks like sure failure into an embarrassing You gain another superiority die at 7th level and
but effective success. one more at 15th level.
At 14th level, you can expend one use of Bardic Using Superiority Dice. You can expend
Inspiration after you fail an ability check, fail a superiority dice to gain a number of different
saving throw, or miss with an attack roll. Roll a benefits:
Bardic Inspiration die and add the number rolled
to your attack, saving throw, or ability check, using When you make a check to influence or control a
the new result in place of the failed one. creature you are riding, you can expend one
If using this ability grants you a success on the superiority die to add it to the check. You apply
attack, saving throw, or ability check, note the this bonus after making the check but before
number you rolled on the Bardic Inspiration die. learning if it was successful.
The DM can then apply that result as a penalty to When you make a weapon attack against a
an attack or check you make, and you cannot use creature, you can expend one superiority die to
this ability again until you suffer this drawback. add it to the attack roll. You can use this ability
When the DM invokes this penalty, describe an before or after making the attack roll, but before
embarrassing gaffe or mistake you make as part of any of the effects of the attack are applied.
the affected die roll. When you make an attack with a lance while
mounted, you can expend one superiority die to
Fighter: Cavalier add it to your damage roll. In addition, the target
of the attack must make a Strength saving throw
The archetypal Cavalier excels at mounted combat. (DC 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Strength
Usually born to nobility and raised in a royal court, modifier) or be knocked prone.
a Cavalier is equally at home leading a cavalry If either you or your mount is hit by an attack
charge or exchanging witty repartee at a state while you are mounted, you can expend one
dinner. superiority die as a reaction, adding the number
rolled to your or your mounts AC. If the attack
Bonus Proficiencies still hits, you or your mount take half damage
When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you from it.
gain proficiency in two of the following skills of
your choice: Animal Handling, Insight, Ferocious Charger
Performance, or Persuasion. You can choose to At 7th level, you gain additional benefits when you
gain one tool proficiency in place of one skill use superiority dice to increase your damage when
proficiency. you attack with a lance. You can expend up to two
superiority dice on the attack, adding both to the
Born to the Saddle damage roll. If you spend two dice, the target has
At 3rd level, you have advantage on saving throws disadvantage on its Strength saving throw to avoid
made to avoid falling off your mount. If you fall off being knocked prone.
your mount, you always land on your feet if you
are capable of taking actions. Mounting or Improved Combat Superiority
dismounting a creature costs you only 5 feet of At 10th level, your superiority dice turn into d10s.
movement, rather than half your speed. At 18th level, they turn into d12s.

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Relentless If you are hit by an attack while wearing light or
Starting at 15th level, when you roll initiative and medium armor, you can expend one superiority
have no superiority dice remaining, you regain 1 die as a reaction, adding the number rolled to
superiority die. your AC. If the attack still hits, you take half
damage from it.
Fighter: Scout Natural Explorer
The archetypal Scout excels at finding safe passage At 3rd level, you gain the ranger class feature of
through dangerous regions. Scouts usually favor the same name, with the following alteration: You
light armor and ranged weapons, but they are choose additional favored terrain types at 7th and
comfortable using heavier gear when faced with 15th level.
intense fighting.
Improved Combat Superiority
Bonus Proficiencies At 10th level, your superiority dice turn into d10s.
When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you At 18th level, they turn into d12s.
gain proficiency in three of the following skills of
your choice: Acrobatics, Athletics, Investigation, Relentless
Medicine, Nature, Perception, Stealth, or Survival. Starting at 15th level, when you roll initiative and
You can choose to gain proficiency with thieves have no superiority dice remaining, you regain 1
tools in place of one skill choice. superiority die.

Combat Superiority
At 3rd level, you gain a set of abilities that are
fueled by special dice called superiority dice.
Superiority Dice. You have four superiority dice,
which are d8s. A superiority die is expended when
you use it. You regain all of your expended
superiority dice when you finish a long or short
rest.
You gain another superiority die at 7th level and
one more at 15th level.
Using Superiority Dice. You can expend
superiority dice to gain a number of different
benefits:

When you make a check that allows you to apply


your proficiency in Athletics, Nature, Perception,
Stealth, or Survival, you can expend one
superiority die to bolster the check. Add half the
number rolled on the superiority die (rounding
up) to your check. You apply this bonus after
making the check but before learning if it was
successful.
When you make a weapon attack against a
creature, you can expend one superiority die to
add it to the attack roll. You can use this ability
before or after making the attack roll, but before
any of the effects of the attack are applied.

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Unearthed Arcana:
Psionics & the Mystic, Take 2

These unofficial game mechanics are in draft form, needed to place a creature in the correct mindset
usable in your campaign but not fully tempered by to wield psionic power.
playtests and design iterations. They might be A discipline offers a number of abilities, but
unstable; if you use them, be ready to rule on any some of them require additional energy and
issues that come up. Theyre written in pencil, not expertise to create their effects.
ink. For these reasons, material in this column is Psionic talents are akin to disciplines, but they
not legal in D&D Adventurers League events. require no psi energy and can be used at will. They
This month, Unearthed Arcana returns to the are almost an innate part of the mystic.
mystic character class and the rules for psionics. In addition, a creature skilled in the use of
Based on the playtest feedback you sent us, there psionics can exert its psychic focus on a psionic
are a number of changes you can expect: discipline. This effect allows a creature to gain a
constant benefit from the discipline.
The class now goes to 10th level. The core
concepts had enough support that we feel Otherworldly Power
confident moving forward with them. Not every D&D world features psionic power to
Psionics is more flexible. You have a psychic the same extent. Psionics indirectly originates
focus, which allows you to pick one discipline from the Far Realm, a dimension outside the
and gain a constant, special benefit from it. bounds of the known multiverse. The Far Realm
Otherwise, you can expend points to use any has its own alien laws of physics and magic. When
discipline you know. its influence extends to a world, the Far Realm
Psionics now includes psionic talents, the invariably spawns horrific monsters and madness
equivalent of a spellcasters cantrips. as it bends reality to its own rules.
Psionic disciplines are now available to all As the laws of reality twist and turn, individual
mystics, regardless of mystic order. However, minds can be awakened to the cosmic
your order grants you a benefit for using its underpinnings that dictate the form and nature of
associated disciplines. reality. The tumult caused by the Far Realm
creates echoes that can disturb and awaken minds
You can expect a survey asking for feedback on that would otherwise slumber. Such awakened
these draft rules in a month or so. At this point, creatures look on the world in the same way that
were not necessarily tied to any of these options. creatures existing in three dimensions might look
This effort is merely a first draft to gauge where on a two-dimensional realm. They see possibilities,
we should start and what kind of approach to options, and connections that are unfathomable to
psionics in fifth edition will work best. Read on those with a more limited view of reality.
and enjoy. In worlds that are relatively stable and hew close
to the archetypal D&D setting presented in the

Psionics core rulebooks, psionics is rareor might not


exist at all. The cosmic bindings that define the
Psionics is a source of power that originates from multiverse are strong in such places, making it
within a creatures mind, allowing it to augment its unlikely that an individual mind can perceive the
physical abilities and affect the minds of others. possibilities offered by psionics. Mystics in such
Psionic abilities are called psionic disciplines, worlds might be so scarce that a mystic never
since each one consists of rigid mental exercises meets another practitioner of the psionic arts.
Characters might unlock their psionic potential by

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random chance, and ancient tomes, journals, and A mystic draws on the power of psionicsthe
other accounts of mystics might serve as the only energy of the mindto create powerful effects.
guide to mastering this form of power.
Psionics is more common in worlds where the
bounds of reality have been twisted and warped. Class Features
The realm of Athas in the Dark Sun campaign As a mystic, you gain the following class features.
setting is the prime example of a world where
psionics is common. The gods are absent, magic Hit Points
has been twisted into an ecological scourge, and Hit Dice: 1d8 per mystic level
the common threads that bind many worlds of Hit Points at 1st Level: 8 + your Constitution
D&D have been sundered. By contrast, the world of modifier
Eberron is a setting where the bounds of reality Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d8 (or 5) + your
have been tested but not fully broken. Psionics is Constitution modifier per mystic level after 1st
not as pervasive in Eberron as in Athas, but the
influence of the otherworldly realm of Xoriat Proficiencies
makes it a known and studied art. Armor: Light armor, medium armor
Weapons: Simple weapons
Psionics and Magic Tools: None
Psionics and magic are two distinct forces. In
general, an effect that affects a spell has no effect Saving Throws: Intelligence, Wisdom
on a psionic effect. There is one important Skills: Choose two skills from Arcana, History,
exception to this rule. A psionic effect that Insight, Medicine, Nature, Perception, and
reproduces a spell is treated as magic. A psionic Religion
effect reproduces a spell when it allows a psionic
creature or character to cast a spell. In this case, Equipment
psionic energy taps into magic and manipulates it You start with the following equipment, in
to cast the spell. addition to the equipment granted by your
For example, the mind flayer as presented in the background:
Monster Manual has the Innate Spellcasting
(Psionics) feature. This feature allows the mind (a) a spear or (b) a mace
flayer to cast a set of spells using psionic energy. (a) leather armor or (b) scale mail
These spells can be countered with dispel magic (a) a light crossbow and 20 bolts or (b) any
and similar effects. simple weapon
(a) a scholars pack or (b) an explorers pack

Mystic
The Mystic
Proficiency Talents Disciplines Psi Psi
Level Bonus Features Known Known Points Limit
1st +2 Psionics, Mystic Order 1 2 4 2
2nd +2 Mystical Recovery 1 3 6 2
3rd +2 Mystic Order feature 2 3 14 3
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement, Strength of Mind 2 3 17 3
5th +3 2 4 27 5
6th +3 Mystic Order feature 2 4 32 5
7th +3 2 5 38 6
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement, Mystic Order feature 2 5 44 6
9th +4 2 6 57 7
10th +4 Consumptive Power 3 6 64 7

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Psionics channel that energy. There is a limit on the
number of psi points you can spend to activate a
As a student of psionics, you can master and use psionic discipline. The limit is based on your
psionic disciplines and talents. mystic level, as shown in the Psi Limit column of
the Mystic table. For example, as a 3rd-level mystic,
Psionic Talents you can spend no more than 3 psi points on a
A psionic talent is a minor psionic effect you have discipline each time you use it, no matter how
mastered. At 1st level, you know one psionic talent many psi points you have.
of your choice (see the talent options later in this
class description). You learn additional talents of Psychic Focus
your choice at higher levels, as shown in the You can focus psychic energy on one of your
Talents Known column of the Mystic table. psionic disciplines to draw ongoing benefits from
it. As a bonus action, you can choose one of your
Psionic Disciplines psionic disciplines and gain its psychic focus
A psionic discipline is a rigid set of mental benefit, which is detailed in that disciplines
exercises that allows a mystic to manifest psionic description. The benefit lasts until you are
power. Such disciplines are divided into two incapacitated or until you use another bonus
categories: lesser disciplines and greater action to choose a psychic focus benefit. You can
disciplines. A mystic masters only a few disciplines have only one psychic focus benefit at a time.
at a time.
At 1st level, you know two lesser disciplines of Psionic Ability
your choice (see the discipline options later in this Intelligence is your psionic ability for your psionic
class description). You learn additional disciplines disciplines. You use your Intelligence modifier
of your choice at higher levels, as shown in the when setting the saving throw DC for a psionic
Disciplines Known column of the Mystic table. You discipline or when making an attack roll with one.
must be at least 5th level to learn a greater
discipline. Discipline save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus +
In addition, whenever you gain a level in this your Intelligence modifier
class, you can replace one discipline you know
with a different one of your choice. You can Discipline attack modifier = your proficiency
replace a lesser discipline with a greater discipline, bonus + your Intelligence modifier
but only if you are at least 5th level.
Mystic Order
Psi Points
You have an internal reservoir of energy that can At 1st level, you choose a Mystic Order: the Order
be devoted to the psionic disciplines you know. of the Awakened or the Order of the Immortal,
This energy is represented by psi points. Each both detailed at the end of the class description.
psionic discipline describes effects you can create Each order specializes in a particular approach to
with it by spending a certain number of psi points. psionics. Your order gives you features when you
A psionic talent requires no psi points. choose it at 1st level and additional features at 3rd,
The number of psi points you have is based on 6th, and 8th level.
your mystic level, as shown in the Psi Points
column of the Mystic table. The number shown for Mystical Recovery
your level is your psi point maximum. Your psi
point total returns to its maximum after you finish Starting at 2nd level, you draw vigor from the psi
a long rest. The number of psi points you have energy you use to power psionic disciplines
cant go below 0 or over your maximum. associated with your Mystic Order.
Whenever you spend psi points on a psionic
Psi Limit discipline of your order, you regain hit points
equal to your Intelligence modifier if your current
Though you have access to a potent amount of
hit point total equals half your hit point maximum
psionic energy, it takes training and practice to
or less.

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Ability Score Improvement transcending the physical, the Awakened hope to
attain a perfect state of beingfocused on pure
When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th level, intellect and mental energy.
you can increase one ability score of your choice The Awakened are skilled at bending minds and
by 2, or you can increase two ability scores of your unleashing devastating psychic attacks, and are
choice by 1. As normal, you cant increase an able to read the secrets of the world through
ability score above 20 using this feature. psionic energy. Awakened mystics who take to
adventuring excel at unraveling mysteries, solving
puzzles, and defeating monsters by turning them
Strength of Mind into unwilling pawns.
Even the simplest psionic techniques require a
deep understanding of how psionic energy can Mind Mastery
augment mind and body. This understanding At 1st level, you gain the mind meld and thought
allows you to alter your defenses to better deal spear psionic talents (these are in addition to the
with threats. talents you gain in the Mystic table). If you already
Starting at 4th level, you can replace your have either one, you can pick any other talent to
proficiency in Wisdom saving throws whenever replace it.
you finish a short or long rest. To do so, choose
Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, or Charisma. You Awakened Expertise
gain proficiency in saves using that ability, instead Starting at 1st level, your focused mental training
of Wisdom. This change lasts until you finish your grants you extended knowledge. You gain
next short or long rest. proficiency in two skills of your choice.
In addition, choose one skill you are proficient in.
Consumptive Power Your proficiency bonus is doubled for any ability
check you make that uses that skill.
At 10th level, you gain the ability to sacrifice your
health in exchange for psychic power. As a bonus Psionic Investigation
action, you regain up to 5 psi points. For each point At 3rd level, you can focus your mind to read the
you choose to regain this way, your current hit psionic imprint left on an object. If you hold an
points and hit point maximum are both reduced by object and concentrate on it for 10 minutes (as if
1 for each level you have in this class. This concentrating on a psionic discipline), you learn a
reduction cant be lessened in any way. few basic facts about it. You gain a mental image
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again from the objects point of view, showing the last
until you finish a long rest, and the reduction to creature to hold the object, regardless of how long
your hit point maximum lasts until you finish a ago it was last handled.
long rest. You also learn of any events that have occurred
within 20 feet of the object within the past 24
Mystic Orders hours. The events you perceive unfold from the
objects perspective. You see and hear such events
Psionics is a mysterious form of power within as if you were there, but cant use other senses.
most D&D worlds. Secretive orders study its Additionally, you can embed an intangible
origins and applications, while pushing the psionic sensor within the object. For the next 24
boundaries of what psychic power can achieve. hours, you can use an action to learn the objects
Each mystic order pursues a specific goal for location relative to you (its distance and direction)
psionic power. That goal shapes how the members and to look at the objects surroundings from its
of an order understand psionics and determines point of view as if you were there. This perception
the disciplines they master. lasts until the start of your next turn.

Order of the Awakened Psychic Surge


Starting at 6th level, you overload your psychic
Mystics dedicated to the Order of the Awakened
focus to batter down an opponents defenses. You
seek to unlock the full potential of the mind. By

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can impose disadvantage on a targets saving weapon, you can deal an extra 1d8 psychic damage
throw against a discipline or talent you use, but at to the target. When you reach 14th level, this extra
the cost of using your psychic focus. Your focus damage increases to 2d8.
immediately ends, and you cant use it again until
you finish a short or long rest. You cant use this
feature if you cant use your psychic focus. Psionic Disciplines
Psionic disciplines are the heart of a mystics craft.
Potent Psionics They are the mental exercises and psychic
At 8th level, you can add your Intelligence modifier formulae used to forge inner will into tangible
to the damage you deal with any psionic talent. effects.
Disciplines were each discovered by different
orders and tend to reflect their creators ethos and
Order of the Immortal specialties. However, a mystic may learn any
The Order of the Immortal strives to achieve discipline regardless of its associated order.
physical perfection by augmenting the bodys
natural strength with psychic power. This orders Using a Discipline
goal is for its members to achieve immortality by
overcoming the effects of aging through rigorous Each discipline has a number of ways you can use
discipline and psionic perfection. To members of it, all contained in its description. The discipline
this order, psionic energy is a tool to augment, specifies the type of action and number of psi
control, and perfect the physical body. points needed to use its effect options. It also
Members of this order who take up the details whether you must concentrate on its effects,
adventuring life are skilled warriors. Their psionic how many targets it affects, what saving throws it
abilities allow them to shrug off injuries and requires, and so on.
hazards, while focusing their strength and speed in The following sections go into more detail on
combat. using a discipline.

Martial Order Psychic Focus


At 1st level, you gain proficiency with martial The Psychic Focus section of a discipline describes
weapons, heavy armor, and shields. the benefit you gain when you choose that
discipline for your psychic focus.
Psionic Resilience
At 3rd level, you learn to use psionic energy to
Effect Options and Psi Points
speed up your natural healing. At the start of each A discipline provides different options for how to
of your turns, you gain temporary hit points equal use it with your psi points. Each effect option has a
to your Intelligence modifier, provided that you name, and the psi point cost of that option appears
have at least 1 hit point. in parentheses after its name. You must spend that
number of psi points to use that option, while
abiding by your psi limit. If you dont have enough
Surge of Health psi points left, or the cost is above your psi limit,
Starting at 6th level, you can draw on your psychic
you cant use the option.
focus to escape deaths grasp. As a reaction when
Some options show a range of psi points, rather
you take damage, you can halve that damage
than a specific cost. To use that option, you must
against you. Your psychic focus immediately ends,
spend a number of points within that point range,
and you cant use it again until you finish a short or
still abiding by your psi limit.
long rest. You cant use this ability if you cant use
Each option notes specific information about its
your psychic focus.
effect, including the action required to use it (if
any), its range, and whether it requires
Cutting Resonance concentration. If an option doesnt state that it is
At 8th level, you gain the ability to infuse your used as an action, a bonus action, or a reaction,
weapon attacks with psychic energy. Once on each using it requires no action.
of your turns when you hit a creature with a

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Components chapter 10, Spellcasting, of the Players
Disciplines dont require the components that Handbook).
many spells require. Using a discipline requires no
spoken words, gestures, or materials. The power Discipline Descriptions
of psionics comes from the mind.
The following disciplines are presented in
Duration alphabetical order.
An option in a discipline specifies how long its Psionic Disciplines
effect lasts. Discipline Rank Order
Instantaneous. If no duration is specified, the Adaptive Body Greater Immortal
effect of an option is instantaneous.
Body of Wind Greater Immortal
Concentration. Some effect options require
Celerity Lesser Immortal
concentration. This requirement is noted with a C
after the options psi point cost. Conquering Mind Lesser Awakened
Concentrating on a discipline follows the same Intellect Fortress Lesser Awakened
rules as concentrating on a spell. This rule means Iron Durability Lesser Immortal
you cant concentrate on a spell and a discipline at Mind Over Emotion Greater Awakened
the same time, nor can you concentrate on two Mind Vault Lesser Awakened
disciplines at the same time. Psionic Restoration Lesser Awakened
Psionic Weapon Lesser Immortal
Targets and Areas of Effect Third Eye Lesser Awakened
Psionic disciplines use the same rules as spells for
determining targets and areas of effect. See

chapter 10, Spellcasting, of the Players Handbook. Adaptive Body
Greater discipline (immortal)
Saving Throws and Attack Rolls You can alter your body to withstand punishing
If a discipline requires a saving throw, it specifies environments.
the type of save and the results of a successful or Psychic Focus. While focused on this discipline,
failed saving throw. The DC is determined by your you dont need to eat, sleep, or breathe.
psionic ability. Energy Adaptation (5, C). As an action, you
Some disciplines require you to make an attack touch a creature and give it resistance to acid, cold,
roll to determine whether the disciplines effect fire, lightning, or thunder damage for up to 1 hour.
hits its target. The attack roll uses your psionic Energy Immunity (7, C). As an action, you touch
ability. a creature and give it immunity to acid, cold, fire,
lightning, or thunder damage for up to 1 hour.
Combining Psionic Effects
The effects of different psionic disciplines add Body of Wind
together while the durations of those disciplines Greater discipline (immortal)
overlap. Likewise, different options from a single
psionic discipline combine if they are active at the You and your possessions take on a gaseous
same time. However, a specific option from a quality, allowing you to move like a howling gale,
psionic discipline doesnt combine with itself if squeeze through small spaces, and escape danger.
that option is used multiple times. Instead, the You move with the lightest steps using this
most potent effectusually dependent on how discipline.
many psi points were used to create the effect Psychic Focus. While focused on this discipline,
applies while the durations of the effects overlap. you take no falling damage and ignore difficult
Psionics and magic are separate effects, and terrain.
therefore their benefits and drawbacks overlap. A Wind Step (17). As your move, you can fly up
psionic effect that reproduces a spell is an to 20 feet for each psi point you spend. You must
exception to this rule (see Psionics and Magic land at the end of this movement, otherwise you
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Wind Form (5, C). As an action, you gain a flying this action, provided that it understands the
speed of 60 feet for 10 minutes. question. On a successful save, the target is
Misty Form (7, C). As an action, your body unaffected, and you cant use this ability on it again
becomes mist-like. In this form, you gain until you finish a long rest.
resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing Occluded Mind (2). As an action, you target a
damage. You can pass through openings that are creature that you can see within 120 feet of you.
no more than an inch wide. This benefit lasts for The target must make an Intelligence saving throw
up to 1 hour. (it succeeds automatically if it is immune to being
charmed). On a failed save, the target believes one
Celerity statement of your choice for the next 5 minutes,
Lesser discipline (immortal) provided that it understands the statement. The
statement can be up to ten words long, and must
You channel psionic power into your body, honing describe you or a creature or object the target can
your reflexes and agility to an incredible degree. In see. On a successful save, the target is unaffected,
your eyes, the world seems to slow down while and you cant use this ability on it again until you
you continue to move as normal. finish a long rest.
Psychic Focus. While focused on this discipline, Broken Will (5). As an action, you target a
your speed increases by 5 feet, and you have creature that you can see within 120 feet of you.
advantage on initiative checks. If you are surprised, The target must make an Intelligence saving throw.
you can spend 1 psi point to no longer be On a failed save, the target is charmed until the
surprised. end of its next turn, during which you choose its
Seize the Initiative (15). When you roll movement and action. On a successful save, the
initiative, you can use your reaction to give target is unaffected, and you cant use this ability
yourself or one creature you can see within 60 feet on that creature again until you finish a long rest.
of you a +2 bonus to initiative for each psi point Psychic Grip (7, C). As an action, you target a
you spend. creature you can see. The target must make an
Surge of Speed (2). As a bonus action, you Intelligence saving throw. On a failed save, you
increase your speed by 30 feet until the end of overload the creature with psychic energy. The
your turn. In addition, you dont provoke target is paralyzed for 1 minute, but at the end of
opportunity attacks this turn. each of its turns it can make another Intelligence
Surge of Action (5). As a bonus action, you can saving throw. On a success, this effect ends. On a
gain an additional action this turn. That action can failure, you can use your reaction to force the
be used only to take the Attack (one attack only), target to move up to half its speed, despite being
Dash, Disengage, Hide, or Use an Object action. paralyzed.
Conquering Mind Intellect Fortress
Lesser discipline (awakened) Lesser discipline (awakened)
By channeling psionic power, you gain the ability You forge an indomitable wall of psionic energy
to control other creatures by substituting your will around your mindone that allows you to launch
for their own. reflexive counterattacks against your opponents.
Psychic Focus. While focused on this discipline, Psychic Focus. While focused on this discipline,
you gain proficiency in one of the following skills you gain resistance to psychic damage.
of your choice: Deception, Intimidation, Psychic Backlash (1). As a reaction, you can
Performance, or Persuasion. You can change the impose disadvantage on one attack roll made
chosen skill each time you apply your focus to this against you if you can see the attacker. If the attack
discipline. still hits you, the attacker takes psychic damage
Exacting Query (2). As an action, you target a equal to half your mystic level (rounded up).
creature that you can see within 120 feet of you. Psychic Parry (13). As a reaction when you
The target must make an Intelligence saving throw make an Intelligence, a Wisdom, or a Charisma
(it succeeds automatically if it is immune to being saving throw, you gain a +2 bonus to that saving
charmed). On a failed save, the target truthfully throw for each psi point you spend. You can use
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this ability after rolling the die but before applying you for 10 minutes. While frightened, it takes
the result. psychic damage equal to twice your mystic level if
Psychic Redoubt (5, C). As an action, you create it doesnt end its turn at least 10 feet farther away
a field of protective psychic energy. For the next 10 from you than it was at the start of that turn. It can
minutes, you and creatures of your choice gain the then make another Intelligence saving throw at the
following benefits while within 30 feet of you: end of the turn. On a success, this effect ends.
resistance to psychic damage and advantage on Invoke Awe (7, C). As an action, you exert an
Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma saving throws. aura that inspires awe and adulation in others. Up
to five creatures of your choice that you can see
Iron Durability within 60 feet of you must each make an
Lesser discipline (immortal) Intelligence saving throw. On a failed save, the
target is charmed by you for 10 minutes. While
This discipline grants you unmatched toughness charmed, it obeys all your orders to the best of its
and resilience on the battlefield. ability and without risking its life. The target will
Psychic Focus. While focused on this discipline, only harm creatures that it has seen harm you
you gain a +1 bonus to AC. since it first came under the effect of this ability. At
Psionic Recovery (2). As an action, you can the end of each of its turns it can make another
spend up to two Hit Dice. Roll each die, add your Intelligence saving throw. On a success, this effect
Constitution modifier to it, and regain hit points ends.
equal to the total.
Iron Hide (13). As a reaction when you are
attacked, you gain a +2 bonus to AC for each psi
Mind Vault
Lesser discipline (awakened)
point you spend. You spend these points after
learning the attacks result but before applying its Your mind forms a light but useful link to other
effects. living things within hundreds of miles. This link
allows you to draw on the knowledge of others in
Mind Over Emotion the following ways.
Greater discipline (awakened) Psychic Focus. While focused on this discipline,
you gain proficiency with one skill, weapon, shield,
You learn to use psionic energy to manipulate armor, or tool of your choice. Each time you focus
others with a subtle combination of psi and your on this discipline, you can choose a different skill,
own, natural charm. weapon, shield, armor, or tool.
Psychic Focus. While focused on this discipline, Borrow Expertise (2). As a bonus action, you
you gain a bonus to Charisma checks. The bonus gain advantage on one skill check or saving throw
equals half your Intelligence modifier (minimum of your choice that you make before the end of
bonus of +1). your next turn. You must opt to gain the advantage
Charming Presence (17). As an action, you before rolling.
exert an aura of sympathetic power. Roll 2d8 per Borrow Language (5). As an action, you gain
psi point you spend on this ability; the total is how the ability to speak, read, and understand one
many hit points worth of creatures this spell can language for 8 hours. You can use this ability
affect. Creatures within 30 feet of you are affected multiple times to gain its benefits with several
in ascending order of their hit point maximum, languages.
ignoring unconscious creatures or creatures Borrow Lore (7). As an action, name one specific
immune to this effect. Each creature affected by location in your mind. You learn a summary of the
this ability is charmed by you for 10 minutes. important lore regarding that place. At the DMs
While charmed, it regards you as a friendly option, you also learn up to three secrets about it,
acquaintance. A creature engaged in combat is such as the location of traps, passwords, or where
immune to this effect. treasure is hidden within it.
Revolting Presence (5, C). As an action, you
exert an aura of repulsive power. Up to five
creatures of your choice that you can see within 30
feet of you must each make an Intelligence saving
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Psionic Restoration Third Eye
Lesser discipline (awakened) Lesser discipline (awakened)
You wield psionic energy to cure wounds and This discipline can open a third eye within your
restore health to yourself and others. mind, opening your doors of perception.
Psychic Focus. While focused on this discipline, Psychic Focus. While focused on this discipline,
you can use a bonus action to touch a living you have blindsight with a radius of 30 feet.
creature that has 0 hit points and automatically Tremorsense (1, C). As a bonus action, you gain
stabilize it. tremorsense with a radius of 30 feet for up to 1
Mend Wounds (17). As an action, you can minute.
restore hit points to a creature you touch. The Unwavering Eye (1, C). As a bonus action, you
creature regains 3 hit points per psi point you gain advantage on Wisdom checks for up to 1
spend. minute.
Restore Health (3). As an action, you can touch Truesight (5, C). As a bonus action, you gain
a creature and remove one of the following truesight with a radius of 30 feet for up to 1
conditions from it: blinded, deafened, paralyzed, or minute.
poisoned.
Restore Vigor (7). As an action, you can touch a
creature and choose one of the following: remove Psionic Talents
any reductions to one of its ability scores or A psionic talent is a psychic ability that requires
remove one effect that reduces its hit point psionic aptitude but doesnt drain a mystics
maximum. psionic energy. Talents are similar to disciplines
and use the same rules, but with three important
Psionic Weapon exceptions:
Lesser discipline (immortal)
You can never use your psychic focus on a talent.
You channel psionic energy to lend devastating Talents dont require you to spend psi points to
power to your attacks. use them.
Psychic Focus. While focused on this discipline, Talents arent linked to psionic orders.
you charge one nonmagical weapon you carry, or
one of your fists, with psionic energy. Attacks you Beacon
make with it are considered magical and have a +1 Psionic talent
bonus to attack rolls and damage rolls.
Ethereal Weapon (1). As a bonus action, you As a bonus action, you cause bright light to radiate
can momentarily transform a weapon you hold from your body in a 20-foot radius and dim light
into psionic energy. The next attack you make with for an additional 20 feet. The light can be colored
this weapon requires no attack roll. Instead, the as you like. The light lasts for 1 hour, and you can
target must make a Dexterity saving throw against extinguish it as a bonus action.
this discipline. On a failed save, the target takes the
attacks normal damage and suffers any additional Blade Meld
effects. On a successful save, the target takes half Psionic talent
damage from the attack, but suffers no additional As an action, you cause one simple or martial
effects that would normally be imposed on a hit. melee weapon you are holding to dissolve into
Lethal Strike (15). When you hit a target with a your body. This process is harmless to you and the
melee weapon attack, you can increase the damage weapon. Until the weapon reappears, it is
to that target. The target takes an extra 1d10 inaccessible, as are any of its properties. You can
psychic damage for each psi point you spend. have only one weapon at a time affected in this
Augmented Weapon (5, C). As a bonus action, way. You can summon the weapon to your hand as
you touch one nonmagical weapon and infuse it a bonus action. It reappears in your space if you
with psionic energy. For up to 10 minutes, it is a are unconscious or dead.
magic weapon with a +3 bonus to attack rolls and
damage rolls.

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Light Step
Psionic talent
As a bonus action, you alter your density and
weight to improve your mobility. For the rest of
your turn, your walking speed increases by 10 feet,
and the next time you stand up, you need to spend
no more than 10 feet of movement to do so.

Mind Meld
Psionic talent
As a bonus action, you can communicate
telepathically with one creature you can see within
120 feet of you. You dont need to share a language
with a creature for it to understand your telepathic
utterances, and the creature understands you even
if it lacks a language. You can allow a creature to
respond to you telepathically, but it must
understand at least one language in order to
communicate this way. This ability to
communicate lasts until the start of your next turn.
You cant communicate with an unwilling creature.

Mind Thrust
Psionic talent
As an action, you blast psychic energy at one
creature that you can see within 5 feet of you. The
target must succeed on an Intelligence saving
throw or take 1d6 psychic damage. If the target
takes any of this damage, you can push it up to 10
feet away from you.
The talents damage increases by 1d6 when you
reach 5th level (2d6), 11th level (3d6), and 17th
level (4d6).

Thought Spear
Psionic talent
As an action, you psychically strike one creature
that you can see within 120 feet of you. The target
must succeed on an Intelligence saving throw or
take 1d8 psychic damage.
The talents damage increases by 1d8 when you
reach 5th level (2d8), 11th level (3d8), and 17th
level (4d8).

Night Eyes
Psionic talent
As an action, you grant yourself darkvision with a
range of 30 feet. This benefit lasts for 1 hour.

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Unearthed Arcana: Gothic Heroes
This month, Unearthed Arcana takes a look at a use the variant human traits, remove the Skills
few new character options appropriate to gothic trait and the Feat trait.
horror. The revenant subrace provides an Dragonborn Revenant. If you want to play a
interesting way to bring a character back from the dragonborn revenant, modify the dragonborns
deada useful option if youve lost a character in Ability Score Increase trait to the following: Your
the mists of Barovia. The Monster Hunter and the Strength score increases by 1, and your Charisma
Inquisitive are two new archetypes for the fighter score increases by 1. Additionally, your Draconic
and rogue, respectively, well suited to the Ancestry trait uses necrotic damage as its damage
challenges of Ravenloft or any other gothic horror type, replacing the damage type that applies to
campaign. your breath weapon and your damage resistance.
If you have anything specific you want to see in Tiefling Revenant. A prior installment of
upcoming installments of Unearthed Arcana, let Unearthed Arcana outlined two tiefling variants
me know via Twitter (@mikemearls). that make use of subraces. Use that article to make
a tiefling revenant, replacing the subrace options
New Subrace: Revenant with the revenant subrace options.

Having met a cruel and undeserved end, you have Ability Score Increase
returned to the realm of the living. As a revenant, Your Constitution score increases by 1.
you thirst for revenge against those who wronged
you in life, or seek to complete a final, critical task Relentless Nature
you left unfinished. Your DM assigns a goal to youtypically, one
The revenant subrace can be applied to any race related to your characters death. The goal must be
that has a subrace, and replaces that races existing a specific task you can complete, such as slaying an
subrace options. Alternatively, you can apply this enemy or liberating an area and its people. Until
new subrace to a race without subrace options you fulfill that goal, you gain the following
using the modification options provided below. benefits:
Your DM might also allow you to take this
subrace for a slain character. In that case, your If you are below half your hit point maximum at
character rises from the dead with its original the start of your turn, you regain 1 hit point.
subrace replaced (or with the necessary If you die, you return to life 24 hours after death.
modifications made to its base traits), filled with a If your body is destroyed, you reform within 1
determination to seek vengeance or complete its mile of the place of your death at a spot
mission. determined by the DM. If your equipment was
also destroyed, you do not regain it.
Racial Adjustments You know the distance and direction between
For races that dont have subrace options, taking you and any creature involved in your goal, such
on the revenant subrace means making changes to as a person you seek vengeance against or
your characters base traits, as follows. (This someone you pledged to defend. This awareness
playtest article provides options only for human fails if the creature is on another plane of
and dragonborn characters. Because half-elves and existence.
half-orcs have no subrace options, they shouldnt
be used with these revenant subrace rules.) When your goal is complete, you finally find rest.
Human Revenant. If you want to play a human You die and cannot be restored to life.
revenant, modify the humans Ability Score
Increase trait to the following: Two different
ability scores of your choice increase by 1. If you

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Fighter: Monster Hunter this feature only before you learn if the save
succeeded or failed.
As an archetypal Monster Hunter, you are an When you make a Wisdom (Perception) check to
expert at defeating supernatural threats. Typically detect a hidden creature or object, or a Wisdom
mentored by an older, experienced Monster (Insight) check to determine if someone is lying
Hunter, you learn to overcome a variety of to you, you can expend one superiority die to
unnatural defenses and attacks, including those of add it to the roll. You can use this feature after
undead, lycanthropes, and other creatures of seeing the total but before learning if you
horror. succeeded or failed.

Bonus Proficiencies Hunters Mysticism


When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you At 3rd level, your study of the supernatural gives
gain proficiency in two of the following skills of you a limited ability to use magic. You can cast
your choice: Arcana, History, Insight, Investigation, detect magic as a ritual. You can cast protection
Nature, or Perception. You can gain proficiency from evil and good, but you cannot cast it again
with a tool of your choice in place of one skill with this feature until you finish a long rest.
choice. Wisdom is your spellcasting ability for these spells.
In addition, you gain the ability to speak one of
Combat Superiority the following languages of your choice: Abyssal,
When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you Celestial, or Infernal.
gain a set of abilities that are fueled by special dice
called superiority dice. Monster Slayer
Superiority Dice. You have four superiority dice, At 7th level, whenever you expend superiority dice
which are d8s. A superiority die is expended when to add to a damage roll, you can expend up to two
you use it. You regain all of your expended dice instead of just one, adding both to the roll.
superiority dice when you finish a short or long Both dice are expended as normal. If the target of
rest. your attack is an aberration, a fey, a fiend, or an
You gain another superiority die at 7th level and undead, you deal maximum damage with both dice,
one more at 15th level. instead of rolling them.
Using Superiority Dice. You can expend
superiority dice to gain a number of different Improved Combat Superiority
benefits: At 10th level, your superiority dice turn into d10s.
At 18th level, they turn into d12s.
When you make a weapon attack against a
creature, you can expend one superiority die to Relentless
add it to the attack roll. You can use this ability Starting at 15th level, when you roll initiative and
before or after making the attack roll, but before have no superiority dice remaining, you regain one
any of the effects of the attack are applied. superiority die.
When you damage a creature with a weapon
attack, you can expend one superiority die to
add it to the damage roll. You can use this ability
Rogue: Inquisitive
after rolling damage. If the attack causes the As an archetypal Inquisitive, you excel at rooting
target to make a Constitution saving throw to out secrets and unraveling mysteries. You rely on
maintain concentration, it has disadvantage on your sharp eye for details, but also on your finely
that save. honed ability to read the words and deeds of other
When you make an Intelligence, a Wisdom, or a creatures to determine their true intent. You excel
Charisma saving throw, you can expend one at defeating creatures that hide among and prey
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your sharp eye make you well equipped to expose Unerring Eye
and end hidden evils. At 13th level, you gain the ability to detect magical
deception. As an action, you sense the presence
Ear for Deceit within 30 feet of you of illusions, shapechanger
When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you creatures not in their true form, and other magic
develop a keen ear for picking out lies. Whenever designed to deceive the senses. Though you
you make a Wisdom (Insight) check to sense if a determine that an effect is attempting to trick you,
creature is lying, you use the total of your check or you gain no special insight into what is hidden or
8 + your Wisdom modifier, whichever is higher. If its true nature.
you are proficient in Insight, you add your
proficiency bonus to the fixed result. If you chose Eye for Weakness
Insight as a skill augmented by your Expertise At 17th level, you learn to exploit a creatures
feature, add double your proficiency bonus. weaknesses by carefully studying its tactics and
movement. While your Insightful Fighting feature
Eye for Detail applies to a creature, your Sneak Attack damage
Starting at 3rd level, you can use the bonus action against that creature increases by 2d6.
granted by your Cunning Action feature to make a
Wisdom (Perception) check to spot a hidden
creature or object, to make an Intelligence
(Investigation) check to uncover and decipher
clues, or to use Insightful Fighting (see below).

Insightful Fighting
At 3rd level, you gain the ability to decipher an
opponents tactics and develop a counter to them.
As an action (or as a bonus action using Eye for
Detail), you make a Wisdom (Insight) check
against a creature you can see that isnt
incapacitated, opposed by the targets Charisma
(Deception) check. If you succeed, you can use
Sneak Attack against that creature even if you do
not have advantage against it or if no enemy of the
target is within 5 feet of it. You can use Sneak
Attack in this way even if you have disadvantage
against the target.
This benefit lasts for 1 minute or until you
successfully use Insightful Fighting against a
different target.

Steady Eye
At 9th level, you gain advantage on any Wisdom
(Perception) check made on your turn to find a
hidden creature or object if you do not move
during that turn. If you use this ability before
moving, you cannot move or ready movement
during your turn.

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Unearthed Arcana: Feats
Based on feedback from our surveys and a Ultimately, feats should serve to flesh out your
number of requests on Twitter (Im characters identity. By creating feats with
@mikemearls if you want to give me a shout), names like Tavern Brawler and Sharpshooter,
this months Unearthed Arcana introduces new were using language that you can imagine
feats for fifth edition D&D. Before we get to the characters using to describe themselves. By
details, though, lets take a moment to talk about having a place in the worlda tangible essence
feat design and the place of feats in the game. that people can recognizefeats can add a layer
To begin with, since using feats is an optional of flavor and texture to your character without
rule, its important to never assume that a overpowering the class features that define who
particular feat will be a part of the game. For your character is.
instance, a class cant refer to a feat, and feats
should never be granted as class features. As
well, we cant rely on feats to carry the Weapon Mastery Feats
mechanical load for actions and abilities that Lets take a look at feat design by way of example.
should be captured in the core rules. A I think it would be cool to create a series of feats
hypothetical feat that makes you a skilled that can grant characters expertise with specific
gambler cant assume that the DM uses any weapons, similar to how Polearm Master works.
specific rules for wagering, as we dont have core What might that look like?
rules for those. Instead, such a feat might grant
you a bonus to Wisdom checks to reflect your Warhammer Master
ability to read others, as well as granting
advantage on any ability check made as part of a When you hit a creature with a warhammer, the
game of chance. creature must succeed on a Strength saving
Just as importantly, feats shouldnt add a throw (DC 8 + your proficiency bonus + your
mechanical layer to parts of the game where we Strength modifier) or be knocked prone.
expect the Dungeon Master to make a judgment In addition, you can use your warhammer to
call or to adjudicate things on the fly. For knock away a foes shield. If you hit a creature
example, a feat that allows you to adopt an alias thats using a shield, you can have the attack deal
would have to be written in such a way as to no damage and force the creature to drop its
allow characters without the feat to still attempt shield.
such a deception. The feat might give you
proficiency in one or more skills, a bonus to Why I Hate this Feat
Charisma, and a specific benefit (such as a reroll) This first attempt at creating a feat for characters
when adopting an alter ego youve spent time using a warhammer has huge problems. To start
practicing, all of which can improve your with, it triggers additional die rolls every time a
chances of success. But it shouldnt serve as a character hits. Thats irritating enough at low
barrier that prevents a character without the levels, but at higher levels and with multiple
feat to assume someones identity by way of attacks, it can quickly run out of control.
ability checks and good roleplaying. The ability to knock aside an opponents shield
Mechanically, feats are also meant to be all-in- is niftybut thats something any character
one options. We avoid chains of feats, just as we should be able to attempt. Locking that down
avoid making assumptions about your into a feat threatens to limit the games flexibility.
proficiencies or character class (unless this is You could argue that anyone could still try that
unavoidable). A feat is a package that covers all trick, but the way the feat frames the ability
the bases, allowing it to benefit any character. makes it sound like only characters with this feat
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DMs to adjudicate on their own, rather than overwhelming edge and can rescue some shred
bloating the game with fiddly rules. of success from disadvantage.
Finally, this feat is fairly narrow. It applies to Finally, the added benefit to the Help action
only one weapon, when its net effect could grants a narrow but useful option without
probably apply to almost any bludgeoning overriding improvisation. This type of benefit
weapon. improves a standard action you can take, while
Heres a different take on it. coloring that action with a special benefit
applicable to your expertise. It doesnt stop
Fell Handed another character from attempting something
similar while using the Help action. It simply
You master the handaxe, battleaxe, greataxe, leaves it up to the DM to decide what check that
warhammer, and maul. You gain the following character needs to make in order to accomplish
benefits when using any of them: what your training allows you to do
automatically.
You gain a +1 bonus to attack rolls you make Of course, our collective playtest efforts have
with the weapon. the final say on this feat. But hopefully it
Whenever you have advantage on a melee provides you with a good idea of our design
attack roll you make with the weapon and hit, direction as we look at adding more feats to the
you can knock the target prone if the lower of game.
the two d20 rolls would also hit the target. The rest of this article presents a number of
Whenever you have disadvantage on a melee new feats, each of which has been designed with
attack roll you make with the weapon, the the concepts outlined here in mind. Each feat
target takes bludgeoning damage equal to your also includes a short commentary to give you
Strength modifier (minimum of 0) if the attack some insight into the thinking behind it. By
misses but the higher of the two d20 rolls giving you more insight into feats, we hope the
would have hit. feedback you give us in return will help sharpen
If you use the Help action to aid an allys melee our sense of what works and what youd like to
attack while youre wielding the weapon, you see more of.
knock the targets shield aside momentarily. In
addition to the ally gaining advantage on the Blade Mastery
attack roll, the ally gains a +2 bonus to the roll
if the target is using a shield. You master the shortsword, longsword, scimitar,
rapier, and greatsword. You gain the following
Why I Like this Feat benefits when using any of them:
A number of things about this improved version
of the feat make me happy. To start with, it You gain a +1 bonus to attack rolls you make
applies to a broad range of characters. I toyed with the weapon.
with the idea of having it apply just to heavy On your turn, you can use your reaction to
weapons, but I like the flavor of capturing a assume a parrying stance, provided you have
range of weapons normally associated with the weapon in hand. Doing so grants you a +1
dwarves. bonus to your AC until the start of your next
The attack bonus is a handy benefit that turn or until youre not holding the weapon.
applies to every attack you make, without When you make an opportunity attack with
requiring any obnoxious handling or the weapon, you have advantage on the attack
interruptions. roll.
The benefit on advantage and disadvantage
gives you a nifty added edge in a fight. It reflects Why I Like this Feat
the idea that, as an ironhanded master of This feat is simple, but it provides a tangible
weapons, you can turn an advantage into an boost to both offense and defense.

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The bonus to attack rolls captures the idea that
your focus makes you better with blades than
Spear Mastery
you are with other weapons. The math is simple Though the spear is a simple weapon to learn, it
enough that it doesnt slow down the game. rewards you for the time you have taken to
The second benefit tries to capture the idea of master it. You gain the following benefits.
a sword as a superior defensive weapon, as
compared to axes, hammers, and so on. By You gain a +1 bonus to attack rolls you make
focusing on defense rather than keeping your with a spear.
eyes open for the opportunity to counterattack, When you use a spear, its damage die changes
you make yourself harder to hit. from a d6 to a d8, and from a d8 to a d10 when
The final benefit is a contrast to parrying. If wielded with two hands. (This benefit has no
you forgo your swords defensive capabilities, effect if another feature has already improved
you can strike quickly and more efficiently when the weapons die.)
taking advantage of a foes distraction. You can set your spear to receive a charge. As a
bonus action, choose a creature you can see
Flail Mastery that is at least 20 feet away from you. If that
creatures moves within your spears reach on
The flail is a tricky weapon to use, but you have its next turn, you can make a melee attack
spent countless hours mastering it. You gain the against it with your spear as a reaction. If the
following benefits. attack hits, the target takes an extra 1d8
piercing damage, or an extra 1d10 piercing
You gain a +1 bonus to attack rolls you make damage if you wield the spear with two hands.
with a flail. You cant use this ability if the creature used
As a bonus action on your turn, you can the Disengage action before moving.
prepare yourself to extend your flail to sweep As a bonus action on your turn, you can
over targets shields. Until the end of this turn, increase your reach with a spear by 5 feet for
your attack rolls with a flail gain a +2 bonus the rest of your turn.
against any target using a shield.
When you hit with an opportunity attack using Why I Like this Feat
a flail, the target must succeed on a Strength This feat looks a little different from the other
saving throw (DC 8 + your proficiency bonus + members of the weapon mastery family because
your Strength modifier) or be knocked prone. it focuses on a simple weapon. It grants the same
+1 bonus to attack rolls as the other feats, but it
Why I Like this Feat also boosts the spears damage to make it equal
I tackled the weapon mastery feats first, and I to martial weapons.
wanted to make sure that each of them had a The third element focuses on making the spear
distinct flavor. The sword version of this feat is a useful defensive weapon. Given that fifth
fairly generic by design, since it needs to appeal edition D&D doesnt have a specific action for
to a broad range of players. That means the charging, the ability to skewer an incoming
other feats can appeal to players looking for enemy requires a bit of finesse. This feat sets up
something a little more esoteric. The Flail Master a situation that requires an opponent to move a
feat thus specializes in neutralizing shields and noticeable distance toward you. Shutting off
trying to knock opponents prone, playing into your attack with Disengage allows a creature to
the idea of a flails ability to whip around an approach you carefully by forgoing its action to
object or entangle a foes legs. attack, even as forcing you to commit to a
specific opponent makes the benefit faster to
resolve. This way, the DM doesnt need to check
whether you want to attack every single creature
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The extra reach is a minor ability, but one that
reflects the spears nature in a simple, easy way.
Gourmand
You have mastered a variety of special recipes,
Tool Feats allowing you to prepare exotic dishes with useful
effects. You gain the following benefits:
Weapons are fun, but feats are intended to
support all parts of the game. To that end, here Increase your Constitution score by 1, to a
are a few feats that grant proficiency with tools maximum of 20.
and some additional thematic benefits. You gain proficiency with cooks utensils. If
you are already proficient with them, you add
Alchemist double your proficiency bonus to checks you
make with them.
You have studied the secrets of alchemy and are As an action, you can inspect a drink or plate of
an expert in its practice, gaining the following food within 5 feet of you and determine
benefits: whether it is poisoned, provided that you can
see and smell it.
Increase your Intelligence score by 1, to a
maximum of 20. During a long rest, you can prepare and serve a
meal that helps you and your allies recover
You gain proficiency with alchemists supplies.
from the rigors of adventuring, provided you
If you are already proficient with them, you
have suitable food, cooks utensils, and other
add double your proficiency bonus to checks
supplies on hand. The meal serves up to six
you make with them.
people, and each person who eats it regains
As an action, you can identify one potion
two additional Hit Dice at the end of the long
within 5 feet of you, as if you had tasted it. You
rest. In addition, those who partake of the meal
must see the liquid for this benefit to work.
have advantage on Constitution saving throws
Over the course of any short rest, you can
against disease for the next 24 hours.
temporarily improve the potency of one potion
of healing of any rarity. To use this benefit, you
must have alchemists supplies with you, and Master of Disguise
the potion must be within reach. If the potion
You have honed your ability to shape your
is drunk no more than 1 hour after the short
personality and to read the personalities of
rest ends, the creature drinking the potion can
others. You gain the following benefits:
forgo the potions die roll and regains the
maximum number of hit points that the potion Increase your Charisma score by 1, to a
can restore. maximum of 20.
You gain proficiency with the disguise kit. If
Burglar you are already proficient with it, you add
double your proficiency bonus to checks you
You pride yourself on your quickness and your make with it.
close study of certain clandestine activities. You If you spend 1 hour observing a creature, you
gain the following benefits: can then spend 8 hours crafting a disguise you
can quickly don to mimic that creature. Making
Increase your Dexterity score by 1, to a
the disguise requires a disguise kit. You must
maximum of 20.
make checks as normal to disguise yourself,
You gain proficiency with thieves tools. If you
but you can assume the disguise as an action.
are already proficient with them, you add
double your proficiency bonus to checks you
make with them.
Why I Like these Feats
Tools are a fun part of the game, but it
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bring them into play. For example, cooks
utensils are only as useful as the adventure or
campaign allows them to be, since they dont
have a clear role in the three core pillars of the
game: combat, interaction, and discovery. On top
of making the numerical bonus provided by tools
significantly higher, the feats above try to add
concrete benefits to those tools. Thieves tools
are an exception, though. Because traps and
locks are such a common part of the game, the
extra bonus the feat provides is powerful enough
in and of itself.

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Unearthed Arcana: Quick Characters
Sometimes you need quick characters for a D&D d20 Background (Players Handbook)
session. Whether youre running an impromptu 1-2 Acolyte
game with limited time for character creation, you 3 Charlatan
want to get a new player into an established game
4-5 Criminal
quickly, or you need a new PC to replace a dead
6 Entertainer
adventurer, these optional rules are for you. These
rules can be used instead of the normal process 7-8 Folk Hero
of character creation, replacing the choice and 9-10 Guild Artisan
creativity of that process with a series of tables that 11 Hermit
quickly generate a 1st-level character. 12 Noble
With the exception of backgrounds, these rules 13-14 Outlander
focus on the character options available in the D&D 15 Sage
Basic Rules as a means of keeping things simple. 16-17 Sailor
18-19 Soldier
Alignment 20 Urchin

Roll a d6 to determine your characters alignment. Alternatively, for players who are comfortable
defining a characters personality traits, ideals,
d6 Alignment bonds, and flaws through roleplaying, the quick
1 Lawful Good character generation process can be made even
2 Neutral Good quicker by foregoing a background, instead rolling for
3 Chaotic Good the skill and tool proficiencies normally provided by
4 Lawful Neutral a background. Roll four times on the following table,
5 Neutral rerolling any duplicate results.
6 Chaotic Neutral
d20 Proficiency
1 Acrobatics
Background 2 Animal Handling
3 Arcana
Backgrounds already make use of random tables
to flesh out your character, and are easy to apply. 4 Athletics
You can roll a d6 to determine your characters 5 Deception
background if youre using the Basic Rules, or roll 6 History
a d20 to use the full list of backgrounds from the 7 Insight
Players Handbook. 8 Intimidation
9 Investigation
d6 Background (Basic Rules) 10 Medicine
1 Acolyte 11 Nature
2 Criminal 12 Perception
3 Folk Hero 13 Performance
4 Noble 14 Persuasion
5 Sage 15 Religion
6 Soldier 16 Sleight of Hand
17 Stealth
18 Survival
19 Carpenters tools
20 Thieves tools

In place of a background feature, once during any


game session, you can pick a nonplayer character you
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meet and declare that your character knows that NPC. After you assign your characters ability scores,
The relationship is respectful but not necessarily but before applying any modifiers for your race (see
friendly. The DM determines the exact nature of your below), you can swap any two scores.
relationship.
Equipment
Class and Abilities Your class also determines your equipment. Select
Roll a d6 to determine your class from the following gear from your classs quick equipment choices,
table, which is more likely to generate a fighter or except for any of the prebuilt packs such as the
cleric than a rogue or wizard. Especially if youre explorers pack or the priests pack (see below).
randomly generating an entire party, tilting the odds Alternatively, you can select one of the following
in favor of fighters and clerics can help shore up a default equipment packages:
groups ability to survive in combat. Alternatively (or if
youre generating a single character joining an already Cleric: Mace, scale mail, light crossbow and 20
balanced party), you can roll a d4 and give each class bolts, shield, holy symbol
an equal chance of being generated. Fighter: Chain mail, longsword, shield, light
crossbow and 20 bolts
d6 d4 Class Rogue: Shortsword, shortbow and 20 arrows,
1-2 1 Cleric leather armor, two daggers, thieves tools
3-4 2 Fighter Wizard: Dagger, component pouch, spellbook
5 3 Rogue
Then select one of the following standard equipment
6 4 Wizard
packs for your character:
When determining your ability scores, your choice
Backpack, sack, lantern, 2 oil flasks, tinderbox, 12
of class shapes which abilities are of most use to your
pitons, hammer, waterskin, rations (4 days), 5 gp
character. Roll a d6 to determine the ability score
Backpack, 2 sacks, 6 torches, 3 oil flasks,
array your character uses. Then assign those numbers
tinderbox, 10-foot pole, 50 feet of rope, waterskin,
to your abilities in an order determined by your class.
rations (4 days), steel mirror
Backpack, 4 sacks, holy symbol or thieves tools,
d6 Score Array 12 pitons, 50 feet of rope, waterskin, rations (4
1 18, 14, 12, 8, 8, 6 days)
2 16, 14, 14, 10, 10, 8
3 16, 16, 12, 10, 8, 8 All characters also gain a dagger and either a light
4 16, 12, 12, 12, 10, 8 crossbow and 10 bolts, or a set of 5 javelins.
5 14, 14, 12, 12, 12, 12
6 14, 14, 14, 12, 12, 10 Cleric Spells
Randomly determining spells can speed up the
Cleric. Wisdom, Strength, Constitution, Charisma, process of creating a 1st-level cleric.
Dexterity, Intelligence. Cantrips. Roll a d6 three times to determine your
Fighter. Strength, Constitution, Dexterity, Wisdom, cleric cantrips, rerolling any duplicate results.
Intelligence, Charisma.
Rogue. Dexterity, Charisma, Intelligence, d6 Cantrip
Constitution, Strength, Wisdom. 1 Guidance
Wizard. Intelligence, Dexterity, Wisdom, Charisma, 2 Light
Constitution, Strength.
3 Resistance
For example, a player creating a cleric rolls a 4 for
4 Sacred Flame
the characters ability score array16, 12, 12, 12, 10,
and 8. Those numbers are assigned in that order to 5 Spare the Dying
the ability scores listed for clerics, yielding a character 6 Thaumaturgy
with Strength 12, Dexterity 10, Constitution 12,
Intelligence 8, Wisdom 16, and Charisma 12. Spells. Roll a d10 for each cleric spell you can
prepare, rerolling any duplicate results.

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d10 Spell Wizard Spells
1 Bless Randomly determining spells can speed up the
2 Command process of creating a 1st-level wizard.
3-4 Cure Wounds Cantrips. Roll a d10 three times to determine your
5 Detect Magic wizard cantrips, rerolling any duplicate results.
6 Guiding Bolt
d10 Cantrip
7 Healing Word
1 Acid splash
8 Inflict Wounds
2 Dancing lights
9 Sanctuary
3 Fire bolt
10 Shield of Faith
4 Light
5 Mage hand

Fighter Fighting Style 6


7
Minor illusion
Poison spray
Roll a d6 to determine your fighting style, and make 8 Prestidigitation
the indicated adjustments if you selected the default
9 Ray of frost
equipment package.
10 Shocking grasp

d6 Fighting Style Spells. Roll a d12 six times to determine the


1 Archery (swap light crossbow and 20 bolts for a contents of your wizard spellbook, rerolling any
longbow and 20 arrows; at your option, also swap
duplicate results.
chain mail for leather armor)
2 Defense d12 Spell
.3 Dueling 1 Burning hands
4 Great Weapon Fighting (swap longsword and shield 2 Charm person
for a greataxe)
3 Comprehend languages
5 Protection
4 Detect magic
6 Two-Weapon Fighting (swap longsword for two
short swords) 5 Disguise self
6 Identify
7 Mage armor
Rogue Proficiencies 8 Magic missile
9 Shield
Roll a d12 four times to determine your skills,
10 Silent image
rerolling any duplicate results. In addition, reroll
any results that duplicate skills granted by your 11 Sleep
background. 12 Thunderwave

d12
1
Skills
Acrobatics
Race
2 Athletics Finally, roll a d12 to determine your characters
3 Deception race. The following table is weighted heavily toward
4 Insight humans, both to reflect typical D&D demographics
5 Intimidation and to push players toward the easiest option.
6 Investigation
d12 Skills
7 Perception
1 Hill dwarf
8 Performance
2 Mountain dwarf
9 Persuasion
3 High elf
10 Sleight of Hand
4 Wood elf
11-12 Stealth
9 Lightfoot halfling
6 Stout halfling
7-12 Human

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Unearthed Arcana: The Faithful
This month, Unearthed Arcana presents two new Seeker Expanded Spells
options that allow arcane casters to express their Spell Level Spells
faith in the gods. 1st feather fall, jump
The Pact of the Seeker was inspired by the 2nd levitate, locate object
Greyhawk deity Celestian, god of the stars, space, 3rd clairvoyance, sending
and wanderers. It provides a pact that ties a 4th arcane eye, locate creature
warlock to a mysterious, inscrutable deity 5th legend lore, passwall
dedicated to gathering knowledge and lore.
For wizards, the Theurgy arcane tradition allows Shielding Aurora
you to create a magic-user whose arcane Starting at 1st level, you can invoke the Seekers
instruction is guided by the teachings of a deity. power to protect you from harm. As a bonus
This design is a personal favorite of mine, as its action, you create a whirling aurora of brilliant
always been something of a pet peeve that a god of energy that swirls around you. Until the end of
magic would primarily have clerics rather than your next turn, you gain resistance to all damage,
wizards as followers. This tradition allows a and if a hostile creature ends its turn within 10
wizard to gain the benefits of a divine domain. feet of you, it takes radiant damage equal to your
warlock level + your Charisma modifier.
Warlock Otherworldly Patron: Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
until you finish a short or long rest.
The Seeker
Your patron is an inscrutable being who travels
Pact Boon: Pact of the Star Chain
At 3rd level, a character dedicated to the Seeker
the Astral Plane in search of knowledge and
can select this option instead of one of the
secrets. In return for your patrons gifts, you
wander the world seeking lore that you can share warlocks existing Pact Boon options.
with the Seeker. The Seeker grants you a chain forged from
starlight, decorated with seven gleaming motes of
Your patron could be any deity or other
brightness. While the chain is on your person, you
powerful entity dedicated to knowledge or
forgotten lore. Celestian is an ideal patron for a know the augury spell and can cast it as a ritual.
The spell doesnt count against your number of
Greyhawk campaign, and was the inspiration for
spells known.
this concept. In the Forgotten Realms, your patron
might be Azuth or Oghma. Aureon makes an Additionally, you can invoke the Seekers power
excellent patron in Eberron, while in Krynn and to gain advantage on an Intelligence check while
you carry this item. Once you use this ability, you
the Dragonlance campaign setting, Gilean is a good
cannot use it again until you complete a short or
match for the Seekers role.
long rest.
If you lose your Star Chain, you can perform a 1-
Expanded Spell List hour ceremony to receive a replacement from the
The Seeker lets you choose from an expanded list
Seeker. The ceremony can be performed during a
of spells when you learn a warlock spell. The
short or long rest, and it destroys the previous
following spells are added to the warlock spell list
chain. The chain disappears in a flash of light when
for you.
you die.
The exact form of this item might be different
depending on your patron. The Star Chain is
inspired by the Greyhawk deity Celestian.

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Astral Refuge dedicated and scholarly as any other wizard, but
At 6th level, you gain the ability to step into an they blend their arcane study with religious
astral refuge. As an action, you disappear from the teachings.
world for a brief moment and enter the Astral
Plane, taking advantage of its timeless nature. Divine Inspiration
While in your astral refuge, you can take two When you select this tradition at 2nd level, pick a
actions to cast spells that target only you. After divine domain from your chosen deitys list of
using those two actions, you return to the space eligible domains. Alternatively, the following
you occupied and your turn ends. domains are thematically appropriate and easily
compatible with the theurgist concept:
Far Wanderer Arcana*
At 10th level, you no longer need to breathe, and
Knowledge
you gain resistance to fire damage and cold
Light
damage.
* From the Sword Coast Adventurers Guide.
Astral Sequestration
Starting at 14th level, you gain the ability to Arcane Initiate
sequester yourself and your allies on the Astral Beginning when you select this tradition at 2nd
Plane. level, whenever you gain a wizard level, you can
By performing a special ritual over the course of choose to replace one of the wizard spells you add
5 minutes, you shift yourself and up to ten willing to your spellbook with a cleric domain spell for
creatures you can see to the Astral Plane. You and your chosen domain. The spell must be of a level
those creatures gain the benefits of a short rest for which you hve spell slots.
while sequestered on the Astral Plane. You then If you add all of your domain spells to your
return to the spaces you all occupied when you spellbook, you can subsequently opt to add any
used this ability, with no time having passed in the spell from the cleric spell list instead. The spell
world. must still be of a level for which you hve spell slots.
During this short rest, you and the creatures you Other wizards cannot copy cleric spells from
sequester can make use of any options available your spellbook into their own spellbooks.
during a rest that affect only you and the creatures
you sequester. Channel Arcana
Once you use this ability, you cannot use it again
At 2nd level, you gain the ability to channel arcane
until you complete a long rest.
energy directly from your deity, using that energy
to fuel magical effects. You start with two such
Arcane Tradition: Theurgy effects: Divine Arcana and the Channel Divinity
option granted at 2nd level by your chosen
A number of deities claim arcane magic as their
domain. You employ that Channel Divinity option
domain. While the idea of a divine being
by using your Channel Arcana ability.
embracing such power might seem contradictory,
When you use your Channel Arcana, you choose
magic is as much a part of the fabric of the cosmos
which effect to create. You must then finish a short
as wind, fire, lightning, and all other primal forces.
or long rest to use your Channel Arcana again.
Just as there are deities of the sea and gods of
Some Channel Arcana effects require saving
warfare, the arcane arts feature their own divine
throws. When you use such an effect, the save DC
patrons.
equals your wizard spell save DC.
Such deities often have clerics, but many gods of
Beginning at 6th level, you can use your Channel
magic bid their followers to take up the study of
Arcana twice between rests, and beginning at 18th
wizardry. These religious magic-users follow the
level, you can use it three times between rests.
arcane tradition of Theurgy, and are commonly
When you finish a short or long rest, you regain
known as theurgists. Such spellcasters are as
your expended uses.

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When you gain further uses for Channel Divinity
from your domain, you can employ them by using
your Channel Arcana ability.

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As a bonus action, you speak a prayer to control
the flow of magic around you. The next spell you
cast gains a +2 bonus to its attack roll or saving
throw DC, as appropriate.

Arcane Acolyte
At 6th level, you gain your chosen domains 1st-
level benefits. However, you do not gain any
weapon or armor proficiencies from your domain.

Arcane Priest
At 10th level, you gain your chosen domains 6th-
level benefits. Your faith and your understanding
of magic allow you to delve into your gods secrets.

Arcane High Priest


At 14th level, you gain your chosen domains 17th-
level benefits. Your academic nature and
understanding of magic and doctrine allow you to
master this ability sooner than a cleric of your
domain.

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Unearthed Arcana: The Ranger,
Revised
Over the past year, youve seen us try a number of With our course set for a revision, weve spent
new approaches to the ranger, all aimed at the past year experimenting and gathering
addressing the classs high levels of player feedback. We believe that if something doesnt hit
dissatisfaction and its ranking as D&Ds weakest the mark the first time, we need to take our time
class by a significant margin. and make sure our path to a solution is the right
Those two factors combined to put us on the one. So our tinkering with the ranger led us here,
path to this revision. We have classes that rate as to this latest update.
weak, but which nonetheless have high levels of Our next step, which begins now, is verification.
player satisfaction. That tells us people playing Are these fixes correct? Do they solve problems at
those classes are happy with how their characters your table? Do you, as the community of D&D
abilities work and with their own experience at the players and DMs, accept them? I expect another
table, even if those classes arent the strongest. revision or two to be made to the class, but Im
After all, not every class can rank at the top. confident that the scope and direction of these
Likewise, most issues we see with classes are changes fit in with what the community is looking
confined to specific abilities that dont play a big for.
role in determining whether players like the class Finally, we come to implementation. If this
as a whole. In other words, no class is perfect, but iteration of the ranger, or a future revision of it,
each is close enough to the mark in its own way grades high enough, our plan is to present it as a
that players are happy. revised ranger in a future D&D sourcebook.
As such, the rangers status as a sore spot for Players can select the original ranger or the
players has been a cause for concern for a while. revised version, though DMs will always be free to
And so, today we present a new revision of the use only one or the other. Both will be legal for
ranger. Though it retains many of the elements of D&D Adventurers League play, and players of
the existing class, a lot has changed, so its best to existing ranger characters will have the option to
simply dig into the new material to get a sense of swap to the revised version. As youll see as you
how it feels. But what Id like to address here is read further, the original ranger and the revised
how the D&D game will evolve in the future. class use almost identical progression tables, even
Any change as dramatic as rebuilding a character if the specifics of some features differ. With a little
class requires planning, verification, and a clear, work on our end, we can ensure that any new
easy implementation. ranger options we provide work for both classes.
The planning phase goes back to our review of Overall, this approach captures our intentfix
playtest feedback. We review data and read what needs to be fixed when its necessary to do so,
anecdotes on Reddit, forums, and social media. We but in a way that minimizes disruption and
try to decide if addressing the issue is worth the maximizes player satisfaction. With that in mind,
potential disruption to the game. take a look at our new ranger and keep an eye out
In this case, we felt that a few factors combined for the feedback survey to follow.
to push for a change. Many players want to play
rangers, but few were happy with the class, which
held its place at the bottom of class power
rankings by a significant margin. The classs
individual features also filled the top-ten list of
lowest-rated individual character features.

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Class Features (a) scale mail or (b) leather armor
(a) two shortswords or (b) two simple melee
As a ranger, you gain the following class features. weapons
(a) a dungeoneers pack or (b) an explorers pack
Hit Points A longbow and a quiver of 20 arrows
Hit Dice: 1d10 per ranger level
Hit Points at 1st Level: 10 + your Constitution
modifier
Favored Enemy
Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d10 (or 6) + your Beginning at 1st level, you have significant
Constitution modifier per ranger level after 1st experience studying, tracking, hunting, and even
talking to a certain type of enemy commonly
Proficiencies encountered in the wilds.
Armor: Light armor, medium armor, shields Choose a type of favored enemy: beasts, fey,
Weapons: Simple weapons, martial weapons humanoids, monstrosities, or undead. You gain a
Tools: None +2 bonus to damage rolls with weapon attacks
against creatures of the chosen type. Additionally,
Saving Throws: Strength, Dexterity you have advantage on Wisdom (Survival) checks
Skills: Choose three from Animal Handling, to track your favored enemies, as well as on
Athletics, Insight, Investigation, Nature, Intelligence checks to recall information about
Perception, Stealth, and Survival them.
When you gain this feature, you also learn one
Equipment language of your choice, typically one spoken by
You start with the following equipment, in
your favored enemy or creatures associated with it.
addition to the equipment granted by your
However, you are free to pick any language you
background: wish to learn.
The Ranger
Proficiency Spells Spell Slots per Spell Level
Level Bonus Features Known 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1st +2 Favored Enemy, Natural Explorer
2nd +2 Fighting Style, Spellcasting 2 2
3rd +2 Primeval Awareness, Ranger Conclave 3 3
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement 3 3
5th +3 Ranger Conclave feature 4 4 2
6th +3 Greater Favored Enemy 4 4 2
7th +3 Ranger Conclave feature 5 4 3
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement, Fleet of Foot 5 4 3
9th +4 6 4 3 2
10th +4 Hide in Plain Sight 6 4 3 2
11th +4 Ranger Conclave feature 7 4 3 3
12th +4 Ability Score Improvement 7 4 3 3
13th +5 8 4 3 3 1
14th +5 Vanish 8 4 3 3 1
15th +5 Ranger Conclave feature 9 4 3 3 2
16th +5 Ability Score Improvement 9 4 3 3 2
17th +6 10 4 3 3 3 1
18th +6 Feral Senses 10 4 3 3 3 1
19th +6 Ability Score Improvement 11 4 3 3 3 2
20th +6 Foe Slayer 11 4 3 3 3 2

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Natural Explorer Dueling
When you are wielding a melee weapon in one
You are a master of navigating the natural world, hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus
and you react with swift and decisive action to damage rolls with that weapon.
when attacked. This grants you the following
benefits: Two-Weapon Fighting
When you engage in two-weapon fighting, you
You ignore difficult terrain. can add your ability modifier to the damage of
You have advantage on initiative rolls. the second attack.
On your first turn during combat, you have
advantage on attack rolls against creatures
that have not yet acted. Spellcasting
In addition, you are skilled at navigating the By the time you reach 2nd level, you have
learned to use the magical essence of nature to
wilderness. You gain the following benefits when
traveling for an hour or more: cast spells, much as a druid does. See chapter 10
for the general rules of spellcasting and chapter
Difficult terrain doesnt slow your groups 11 for the ranger spell list.
travel.
Your group cant become lost except by Spell Slots
magical means. The Ranger table shows how many spell slots
Even when you are engaged in another activity you have to cast your spells of 1st level and
while traveling (such as foraging, navigating, higher. To cast one of these spells, you must
or tracking), you remain alert to danger. expend a slot of the spells level or higher. You
If you are traveling alone, you can move regain all expended spell slots when you finish a
stealthily at a normal pace. long rest.
When you forage, you find twice as much food For example, if you know the 1st-level spell
as you normally would. animal friendship and have a 1st-level and a 2nd-
While tracking other creatures, you also learn level spell slot available, you can cast animal
their exact number, their sizes, and how long friendship using either slot.
ago they passed through the area.
Spells Known of 1st Level and
Fighting Style Higher
You know two 1st-level spells of your choice
At 2nd level, you adopt a particular style of from the ranger spell list.
fighting as your specialty. Choose one of the The Spells Known column of the Ranger table
following options. You cant take a Fighting Style shows when you learn more ranger spells of
option more than once, even if you later get to your choice. Each of these spells must be of a
choose again. level for which you have spell slots. For instance,
when you reach 5th level in this class, you can
Archery learn one new spell of 1st or 2nd level.
You gain a +2 bonus to attack rolls you make Additionally, when you gain a level in this class,
with ranged weapons. you can choose one of the ranger spells you
know and replace it with another spell from the
Defense ranger spell list, which also must be of a level for
While you are wearing armor, you gain a +1 which you have spell slots.
bonus to AC.

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Spellcasting Ability Ranger Conclave
Wisdom is your spellcasting ability for your
ranger spells, since your magic draws on your At 3rd level, you choose to emulate the ideals
attunement to nature. You use your Wisdom and training of a ranger conclave: the Beast
whenever a spell refers to your spellcasting Conclave, the Hunter Conclave, or the Stalker
ability. In addition, you use your Wisdom Conclave, all detailed at the end of the class
modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a description. Your choice grants you features at
ranger spell you cast and when making an attack 3rd level and again at 5th, 7th, 11th, and 15th
roll with one. level.

Spell save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + Ability Score Improvement
your Wisdom modifier
When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th, 12th,
Spell attack modifier = your proficiency bonus 16th, and 19th level, you can increase one ability
+ your Wisdom modifier score of your choice by 2, or you can increase
two ability scores of your choice by 1. As normal,
Primeval Awareness you cant increase an ability score above 20
using this feature.
Beginning at 3rd level, your mastery of ranger
lore allows you to establish a powerful link to Greater Favored Enemy
beasts and to the land around you.
You have an innate ability to communicate At 6th level, you are ready to hunt even deadlier
with beasts, and they recognize you as a kindred game. Choose a type of greater favored enemy:
spirit. Through sounds and gestures, you can aberrations, celestials, constructs, dragons,
communicate simple ideas to a beast as an action, elementals, fiends, or giants. You gain all the
and can read its basic mood and intent. You learn benefits against this chosen enemy that you
its emotional state, whether it is affected by normally gain against your favored enemy,
magic of any sort, its short-term needs (such as including an additional language. Your bonus to
food or safety), and actions you can take (if any) damage rolls against all your favored enemies
to persuade it to not attack. increases to +4.
You cannot use this ability against a creature Additionally, you have advantage on saving
that you have attacked within the past 10 throws against the spells and abilities used by a
minutes. greater favored enemy.
Additionally, you can attune your senses to
determine if any of your favored enemies lurk Fleet of Foot
nearby. By spending 1 uninterrupted minute in
concentration (as if you were concentrating on a Beginning at 8th level, you can use the Dash
spell), you can sense whether any of your action as a bonus action on your turn.
favored enemies are present within 5 miles of
you. This feature reveals which of your favored Hide in Plain Sight
enemies are present, their numbers, and the
creatures general direction and distance (in Starting at 10th level, you can remain perfectly
miles) from you. still for long periods of time to set up ambushes.
If there are multiple groups of your favored When you attempt to hide on your turn, you
enemies within range, you learn this information can opt to not move on that turn. If you avoid
for each group. moving, creatures that attempt to detect you
take a 10 penalty to their Wisdom (Perception)
checks until the start of your next turn. You lose
this benefit if you move or fall prone, either

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voluntarily or because of some external effect. Animal Companion
You are still automatically detected if any effect At 3rd level, you learn to use your magic to
or action causes you to no longer be hidden. create a powerful bond with a creature of the
If you are still hidden on your next turn, you natural world.
can continue to remain motionless and gain this With 8 hours of work and the expenditure of
benefit until you are detected. 50 gp worth of rare herbs and fine food, you call
forth an animal from the wilderness to serve as
Vanish your faithful companion. You normally select
you companion from among the following
Starting at 14th level, you can use the Hide animals: an ape, a black bear, a boar, a giant
action as a bonus action on your turn. Also, you badger, a giant weasel, a mule, a panther, or a
cant be tracked by nonmagical means, unless wolf. However, your DM might pick one of these
you choose to leave a trail. animals for you, based on the surrounding
terrain and on what types of creatures would
Feral Senses logically be present in the area.
At the end of the 8 hours, your animal
At 18th level, you gain preternatural senses that companion appears and gains all the benefits of
help you fight creatures you cant see. When you your Companions Bond ability. You can have
attack a creature you cant see, your inability to only one animal companion at a time.
see it doesnt impose disadvantage on your If your animal companion is ever slain, the
attack rolls against it. magical bond you share allows you to return it to
You are also aware of the location of any life. With 8 hours of work and the expenditure of
invisible creature within 30 feet of you, provided 25 gp worth of rare herbs and fine food, you call
that the creature isnt hidden from you and you forth your companions spirit and use your
arent blinded or deafened. magic to create a new body for it. You can return
an animal companion to life in this manner even
Foe Slayer if you do not possess any part of its body.
If you use this ability to return a former animal
At 20th level, you become an unparalleled companion to life while you have a current
hunter. Once on each of your turns, you can add animal companion, your current companion
your Wisdom modifier to the attack roll or the leaves you and is replaced by the restored
damage roll of an attack you make. You can companion.
choose to use this feature before or after the roll,
but before any effects of the roll are applied. Companions Bond
Your animal companion gains a variety of
Ranger Conclaves benefits while it is linked to you.
The animal companion loses its Multiattack
Across the wilds, rangers come together to form
conclavesloose associations whose members action, if it has one.
share a similar outlook on how best to protect The companion obeys your commands as best
nature from those who would despoil it. it can. It rolls for initiative like any other
creature, but you determine its actions, decisions,
attitudes, and so on. If you are incapacitated or
Beast Conclave absent, your companion acts on its own.
Many rangers are more at home in the wilds When using your Natural Explorer feature, you
than in civilization, to the point where animals and your animal companion can both move
consider them kin. Rangers of the Beast Conclave stealthily at a normal pace.
develop a close bond with a beast, then further
strengthen that bond through the use of magic.

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Keeping Track of Proficiency Expanding Companion Options
When you gain your animal companion at 3rd level, its Depending on the nature of your campaign, the DM
proficiency bonus matches yours at +2. As you gain might choose to expand the options for your animal
levels and increase your proficiency bonus, remember companion. As a rule of thumb, a beast can serve as an
that your companions proficiency bonus improves as animal companion if it is Medium or smaller, has 15 or
well, and is applied to the following areas: Armor Class, fewer hit points, and cannot deal more than 8 damage
skills, saving throws, attack bonus, and damage rolls. with a single attack. In general, that applies to creatures
with a challenge rating of 1/4 or less, but there are
Your animal companion has abilities and game exceptions.
statistics determined in part by your level. Your
companion uses your proficiency bonus rather Your animal companion gains the benefits of
than its own. In addition to the areas where it your Favored Enemy feature, and of your
normally uses its proficiency bonus, an animal Greater Favored Enemy feature when you gain
companion also adds its proficiency bonus to its that feature at 6th level. It uses the favored
AC and to its damage rolls. enemies you selected for those features.
Your animal companion gains proficiency in
d6 Trait
two skills of your choice. It also becomes
1 Im dauntless in the face of adversity.
proficient with all saving throws.
2 Threaten my friends, threaten me.
For each level you gain after 3rd, your animal
3 I stay on alert so others can rest.
companion gains an additional hit die and 4 People see an animal and underestimate me. I
increases its hit points accordingly. use that to my advantage.
Whenever you gain the Ability Score 5 I have a knack for showing up in the nick of time.
Improvement class feature, your companions 6 I put my friends needs before my own in all
abilities also improve. Your companion can things.
increase one ability score of your choice by 2, or
it can increase two ability scores of your choice d6 Flaw
by 1. As normal, your companion cant increase 1 If theres food left unattended, Ill eat it.
an ability score above 20 using this feature 2 I growl at strangers, and all people except my
unless its description specifies otherwise. ranger are strangers to me.
Your companion shares your alignment, and 3 Any time is a good time for a belly rub.
has a personality trait and a flaw that you can 4 Im deathly afraid of water.
roll for or select from the tables below. Your 5 My idea of hello is a flurry of licks to the face.
companion shares your ideal, and its bond is 6 I jump on creatures to tell them how much I love
always, The ranger who travels with me is a them.
beloved companion for whom I would gladly
give my life. Coordinated Attack
Beginning at 5th level, you and your animal
Why No Multiattack? companion form a more potent fighting team.
Multiattack is a useful design tool that keeps monsters When you use the Attack action on your turn, if
simple for the DM. It provides a boost in offense, but your companion can see you, it can use its
that boost is meant to make a beast threatening for one reaction to make a melee attack.
battlea notion that doesnt mesh well with a beast
intended to fight with the party, rather than against it. Beasts Defense
Project Multiattack across an entire adventure, and an At 7th level, while your companion can see you,
animal companion runs the risk of outclassing the it has advantage on all saving throws.
fighters and barbarians in the party.
So in story terms, your animal companion has traded
in some of its ferocity (in the form of Multiattack) for
Storm of Claws and Fangs
better awareness and the ability to fight more At 11th level, your companion can use its action
effectively in concert with you. to make a melee attack against each creature of

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its choice within 5 feet of it, with a separate Multiattack Defense. When a creature hits
attack roll for each target. you with an attack, you gain a +4 bonus to AC
against all subsequent attacks made by that
Superior Beasts Defense creature for the rest of the turn.
At 15th level, whenever an attacker that your Steel Will. You have advantage on saving
companion can see hits it with an attack, it can throws against being frightened.
use its reaction to halve the attacks damage
against it. Multiattack
At 11th level, you gain one of the following
Hunter Conclave features of your choice.
Volley. You can use your action to make a
Some rangers seek to master weapons to better ranged attack against any number of creatures
protect civilization from the terrors of the within 10 feet of a point you can see within your
wilderness. Members of the Hunter Conclave weapons range. You must have ammunition for
learn specialized fighting techniques for use each target, as normal, and you make a separate
against the most dire threats, from rampaging attack roll for each target.
ogres and hordes of orcs to towering giants and Whirlwind Attack. You can use your action to
terrifying dragons. make melee attacks against any number of
creatures within 5 feet of you, with a separate
Hunters Prey attack roll for each target.
At 3rd level, you gain one of the following
features of your choice. Superior Hunters Defense
Colossus Slayer. Your tenacity can wear down At 15th level, you gain one of the following
the most potent foes. When you hit a creature features of your choice.
with a weapon attack, the creature takes an extra Evasion. When you are subjected to an effect,
1d8 damage if its below its hit point maximum. such as a red dragons fiery breath or a lightning
You can deal this extra damage only once per bolt spell, that allows you to make a Dexterity
turn. saving throw to take only half damage, you
Giant Killer. When a Large or larger creature instead take no damage if you succeed on a
within 5 feet of you hits or misses you with an saving throw, and only half damage if you fail.
attack, you can use your reaction to attack that Stand Against the Tide. When a hostile
creature immediately after its attack, provided creature misses you with a melee attack, you can
that you can see the creature. use your reaction to force that creature to repeat
Horde Breaker. Once on each of your turns the same attack against another creature (other
when you make a weapon attack, you can make than itself) of your choice.
another attack with the same weapon against a Uncanny Dodge. When an attacker that you
different creature that is within 5 feet of the can see hits you with an attack, you can use your
original target and within range of your weapon. reaction to halve the attacks damage against you.

Extra Attack Deep Stalker Conclave


Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice,
instead of once, whenever you take the Attack Most folk descend into the depths of the
action on your turn. Underdark only under the most pressing
conditions, undertaking some desperate quest or
Defensive Tactics following the promise of vast riches. All too often,
At 7th level, you gain one of the following evil festers beneath the earth unnoticed, and
features of your choice. rangers of the Deep Stalker Conclave strive to
Escape the Horde. Opportunity attacks against uncover and defeat such threats before they can
you are made with disadvantage. reach the surface.

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Underdark Scout this feature before or after the attack roll is
At 3rd level, you master the art of the ambush. made, but it must be used before the outcome of
On your first turn during combat, you gain a +10 the roll is determined.
bonus to your speed, and if you use the Attack
action, you can make one additional attack.
You are also adept at evading creatures that
rely on darkvision. Such creatures gain no
benefit when attempting to detect you in dark
and dim conditions. Additionally, when the DM
determines if you can hide from a creature, that
creature gains no benefit from its darkvision.

Deep Stalker Magic


At 3rd level, you gain darkvision out to a range of
90 feet. If you already have darkvision, you
increase its range by 30 feet.
You also gain access to additional spells at 3rd,
5th, 9th, 13th, and 15th level. Once you gain a
deep stalker spell, it counts as a ranger spell for
you but doesnt count against the number of
ranger spells you know.

Deep Stalker Spells


Ranger Level Spells
3rd disguise self
5th rope trick
9th glyph of warding
13th greater invisibility
17th seeming

Extra Attack
Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice,
instead of once, whenever you take the Attack
action on your turn.

Iron Mind
At 7th level, you gain proficiency in Wisdom
saving throws.

Stalkers Flurry
Starting at 11th level, once on each of your turns
when you miss with an attack, you can make
another attack.

Stalkers Dodge
At 15th level, whenever a creature attacks you
and does not have advantage, you can use your
reaction to impose disadvantage on the
creatures attack roll against you. You can use

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Unearthed Arcana: Encounter Building
This edition of Unearthed Arcana introduces an a legendary monster, all of which are specifically
alternative set of encounter-building guidelines for designed to make life interesting for a group.
D&D. Though this approach uses the same basic
math underlying the encounter system presented Step 3: Determine Numbers
in the Dungeon Masters Guide, it makes a few
adjustments to how it presents that math to and Challenge Ratings
produce a more flexible system.
This encounter-building system assumes that, as The process for building fights that feature only a
a Dungeon Master, you want to have a clear single legendary monster is simple. The table
understanding of the threat posed by a group of below shows you which challenge rating to use for
monsters. Itll be of interest to any DMs who want a legendary creature fighting a party of four to six
to emphasize combat in their games, who want to characters, creating a satisfying but difficult battle.
ensure that a foe isnt too deadly for a specific For example, for a party of five 9th-level
group of characters, and who want to understand characters, a CR 12 legendary creature makes an
the relationship between a characters level and a appropriate encounter.
monsters challenge rating. For a deadly battle, match up the characters with
Building an encounter using these new a legendary creature whose challenge rating is 1 or
guidelines breaks down into a series of simple 2 higher than optimal. For a fairly easy fight, use a
steps. legendary creature whose challenge rating is 3 or
more below the challenge rating for an optimal
encounter.
Step 1: Assess the Characters
1st to 20th Level (Solo Monsters)
To build an encounter using this system, first take
Character 6 5 4
stock of the player characters. This system uses Level Characters Characters Characters
the characters levels to determine the number and 1st 2 2 1
challenge rating of creatures you can pit them 2nd 4 3 2
against without making a fight too hard or too easy. 3rd 5 4 3
But though character level is important, you 4th 6 5 4
should also take note of each characters hit point 5th 9 8 7
maximum and saving throw modifiers, as well as 6th 10 9 8
how much damage the strongest combatants or 7th 11 10 9
spellcasters can inflict with a single attack. Even 8th 12 11 10
though character level and challenge rating are 9th 13 12 11
useful tools for defining the difficulty of an 10th 14 13 12
encounter, they dont tell the whole story, and 11th 15 14 13
12th 17 16 15
youll make use of these additional character
13th 18 17 16
statistics when you select monsters for an
14th 19 18 17
encounter in step 4.
15th 20 19 18
16th 21 20 19
Step 2: Encounter Size 17th 22 21 20
18th 22 21 20
Determine if you want to create a battle that pits 19th 23 22 21
one legendary creature against the characters, or if 20th 24 23 22
you want to use multiple monsters. If you want to
use a single monster, youre typically best off using If your encounter features multiple creatures,
balancing it takes a little more work. First, you

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need to determine how many creatures the party The first number is the number of characters of
will face, along with the challenge rating for each that given level. The second number indicates how
creature. The following tables are broken up by many monsters of the listed challenge rating those
level ranges, providing information for how to characters are worth.
balance encounters for characters of 1st to 5th Reading the row for 1st-level characters from
level, 6th to 10th level, 11th to 15th level, and 16th the 1st to 5th Level table, we see that one 1st-level
to 20th level. character is the equivalent of two CR 1/8 monsters
To create your encounter, find the level of each or one CR 1/4 monster. The proportion reverses
character on the appropriate table. Each table for higher challenge ratings, with creatures at CR
shows you what a single character of a given level 1/2 and higher becoming more powerful than one
is equal to in terms of challenge ratinga value 1st-level character. Three 1st-level characters are
represented by a proportion that compares equivalent to one CR 1/2 creature, while five are
numbers of characters to a single monster ranked equivalent to a CR 1 opponent.
by challenge rating.

1st to 5th Level (Multiple Monsters)
Character Challenge Rating
Level 1/8 1/4 1/2 1 2 3 4 5 6
1st 1:2 1:1 3:1 5:1
2nd 1:3 1:2 1:1 3:1 6:1
3rd 1:5 1:2 1:1 2:1 4:1 6:1
4th 1:8 1:4 1:2 1:1 2:1 4:1 6:1
5th 1:12 1:8 1:4 1:2 1:1 2:1 3:1 5:1 6:1

6th to 10th Level (Multiple Monsters)
Character Challenge Rating
Level 1/8 1/4 1/2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
6th 1:12 1:9 1:5 1:2 1:1 2:1 2:1 4:1 5:1 6:1
7th 1:12 1:12 1:6 1:3 1:1 1:1 2:1 3:1 4:1 5:1
8th 1:12 1:12 1:7 1:4 1:2 1:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 6:1
9th 1:12 1:12 1:8 1:4 1:2 1:1 1:1 2:1 3:1 4:1 5:1 6:1
10th 1:12 1:12 1:10 1:5 1:2 1:1 1:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 4:1 5:1 6:1

11th to 15th Level (Multiple Monsters)
Character Challenge Rating
Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
11th 1:6 1:3 1:2 1:1 2:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 4:1 5:1 6:1
12th 1:8 1:3 1:2 1:1 1:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 5:1 6:1
13th 1:9 1:4 1:2 1:2 1:1 1:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 5:1 6:1
14th 1:10 1:4 1:3 1:2 1:1 1:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 4:1 5:1 6:1
15th 1:12 1:5 1:3 1:2 1:1 1:1 1:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 5:1 5:1 6:1

16th to 20th Level (Multiple Monsters)
Character Challenge Rating
Level 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
16th 1:5 1:3 1:2 1:1 1:1 1:1 2:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 4:1 4:1 5:1 5:1 6:1
17th 1:7 1:4 1:3 1:2 1:1 1:1 1:1 2:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 4:1 5:1 6:1
18th 1:7 1:5 1:3 1:2 1:1 1:1 1:1 2:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 4:1 5:1 6:1 6:1
19th 1:8 1:5 1:3 1:2 1:2 1:1 1:1 1:1 2:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 4:1 5:1 6:1 6:1
20th 1:9 1:6 1:4 1:2 1:2 1:1 1:1 1:1 1:1 2:1 2:1 2:1 3:1 3:1 4:1 4:1 5:1 5:1 6:1

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Lets say you have a party of four 3rd-level monsters. However, this process is more of an art
characters. Using the table, you can see that one CR than a science.
2 foe is a good match for the entire party, but that In addition to assessing monsters by challenge
the characters will likely have a hard time rating, its important to look at how specific
handling a CR 3 creature. monsters might stack up against your group. Hit
Using the same guidelines, you can mix and points, attacks, and saving throws are all useful
match challenge ratings to put together a group of indicators. Compare the damage a monster can
creatures worth four 3rd-level characters. For deal to the hit point maximum of each character.
example, you could select one CR 1 creature. Thats Be wary of any monster capable of dropping a
worth two 3rd-level characters, leaving you with character with a single attack, unless you intend
two characters worth of monsters to allocate. You the fight to be deadly.
could then add two CR 1/4 monsters to account In the same way, consider the monsters hit
for one other character, and one CR 1/2 monster points as compared to the damage output of the
to account for the final character. In total, your partys strongest combatants and spellcasters.
encounter has one CR 1, one CR 1/2, and two CR Having a significant number of foes drop in the
1/4 creatures. first rounds of combat can make an encounter too
For groups with a variety of levels, you have two easy. Likewise, look at whether a monsters best
options. You can group all characters of the same attacks are made against saving throws that most
level together, match them with monsters, and of the party members are weak with, and compare
then combine all the creatures into one encounter. the characters attacks to the monsters saving
Alternatively, you can determine the groups throws in the same way.
average level and treat each character as being If the only creatures you can choose from at the
that level. desired challenge rating arent a good match for
The above guidelines are designed to create a the characters statistics, dont be afraid to go back
fight that will challenge a party, but which is still to step 3. By altering your challenge rating targets
winnable. If you want to create an encounter that and adjusting the number of creatures in the
will challenge characters with little threat of defeat, encounter, you can come up with different options
you can treat the party as if it had roughly two- for building the encounter.
thirds of its members. For example, a party of five
characters would have an easy time of an Step 5: Add Complications
encounter designed for three characters. Likewise,
you can treat the party as up to fifty percent larger While many D&D groups are content to look at
to build battles that are potentially deadly, though encounters simply in terms of combat, the reality
still not likely to yield an automatic defeat. A party is that any situation offers the potential for
of four characters facing an encounter designed for problem solving and roleplaying. The fun of D&D is
six characters would fall into this category. that you never know what the players might try
Weak Monsters and High-Level Characters. To next. If you account for the chance that the
save space on the tables and keep them simple, characters might try to talk to the monsters, youre
some of the lower challenge ratings are missing setting yourself up for a more interesting game.
from the higher-level tables. For low challenge
ratings not appearing on the table, assume a 1:12 Monster Personality
ratio, indicating that twelve creatures of those If you have the time, create names and
challenge ratings are worth one character of a personalities for a few of the monsters involved in
specific level. the encounter. You can use the tables from chapter
4, Creating Nonplayer Characters, of the Dungeon
Step 4: Select Monsters Masters Guide, use the quick table below, or
simply jot down a few points of your own based on
Having used the tables above to determine the a creatures Monster Manual write-up. During the
challenge ratings of the monsters in your battle, you can use these ideas to inform how you
encounter, youre ready to pick individual portray individual monsters and their actions. To

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keep things simple, you can also assign traits to a To add details to an encounter area at random,
group of monsters to capture how the mob as a look to the tables in appendix A, Random
whole acts. For example, one bandit gang might be Dungeons, of the Dungeon Masters Guide to
an unruly mob of braggarts, while another is determine room and area features, potential
always on edge and ready to break at the first sign hazards, obstacles, traps, and more.
of danger.
Random Events
Monster Personality Consider what might happen in an encounter area
d8 Trait if the characters were to never enter it. Do the
1 Cowardly; looking to surrender guards rotate in shifts? What other characters or
2 Greedy; wants treasure
monsters might visit? Do creatures gather there to
3 Braggart; makes a show of bravery but runs if in
eat or gossip? Are there any natural phenomena
danger
such as strong winds, earth tremors, or rain
4 Fanatic; ready to die fighting
5 Rabble; poorly trained and easily rattled squalls that sometimes take place in the area?
6 Brave; stands its ground Random events are fun because they add an
7 Joker; taunts enemies element of the unexpected to an encounter. Just
8 Bully; refuses to think it can lose when you think a fights outcome is clear, an
unexpected event can make things more
interesting.
Monster Relationships A number of the tables in the Dungeon Masters
Are there rivalries, hatreds, or friendships among
Guide can suggest random events to be added to a
the monsters in an encounter? Even if the
location, depending on the nature of the encounter
characters dont try to talk to their foes, you can
setup. The tables used for encounter location,
use such relationships to inform the monsters
weird locales, and wilderness weather in chapter 5,
actions and reactions during combat. The death of
Adventure Environments, of the Dungeon
a much-revered leader might throw its followers
Masters Guide are a good starting point for
into a frenzy. A bitter rival could slink away as
outdoor encounters. The tables in appendix A,
soon as its enemy falls, or a mistreated toady
Random Dungeons, can be useful for indoor and
might be eager to surrender and betray its master.
outdoor encountersespecially the tables for
Monster Relationship obstacles, traps, and tricks.
d6 Trait
1 Rival; wants one random ally to suffer
2 Abused; hangs back, betrays at first chance
3 Worshipped; others will die for it
4 Outcast; others ignore it
5 Mercenary; cares only for self
6 Bully; allies want to see it defeated

Terrain and Traps
A few elements that make the battlefield
interesting can go a long way toward making an
encounter more memorable. As a good rule of
thumb, try to set up the area of the battle so that it
would be challenging even without a fight taking
place there. What things might draw the
characters attention? Why are monsters lurking
here? Interesting area features can help prompt
improvisation and keep things fresh.

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Unearthed Arcana: Barbarian Primal
Paths
At 3rd level, a barbarian gains the Primal Path roll that doesnt target you, and if the creature
feature. Here are three new options for that takes the Disengage action within 5 feet of you, its
feature: the Path of the Ancestral Guardian, the speed is halved until the end of its turn.
Path of the Storm Herald, and the Path of the
Zealot. Ancestral Shield
Beginning at 6th level, the guardian spirits that aid
Playtest Material you can provide protection for your allies. If you
The material here is presented for playtesting and to spark are raging and an ally you can see within 30 feet of
your imagination. These game mechanics are in draft form, you takes bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing
usable in your campaign but not fully tempered by design damage, you can use your reaction to transfer your
iterations. They are not officially part of the game. For resistance to those damage types to the ally. The
these reasons, material in this column is not legal in D&D resistance applies to the incoming damage. Until
Adventurers League events. the start of your next turn, the ally keeps the
resistance and you lack it, unless you also have it
Path of the Ancestral Guardian from a source other than Rage.
Some barbarians hail from cultures that revere
their ancestors. These tribes teach that the Consult the Spirits
warriors of the past linger on in the world as At 10th level, you gain the ability to consult with
mighty spirits who can guide and protect the living. your ancestral spirits. Right before you make an
When barbarians who follow this path rage, they Intelligence or a Wisdom check, you can give
cross the barrier into the spirit world and call on yourself advantage on the check. You can use this
these guardian spirits for aid. feature three times, and you regain expended uses
Barbarians who draw on their ancestral when you finish a long rest.
guardians fight to protect their tribes and their
allies. With the spirits help, they can hinder their Vengeful Ancestors
foes even as they strike powerful blows against At 14th level, your ancestral spirits grow powerful
them. enough to strike your foes. When you or an ally
In order to cement ties to their ancestral you can see within 30 feet of you is damaged by a
guardians, barbarians who follow this path cover melee attack while youre raging, you can use your
themselves in elaborate tattoos that celebrate reaction to cause the attacker to take 2d8 force
their ancestors deeds. These tattoos tell epic sagas damage from the spirits.
of victories against terrible monsters and other
fearsome rivals. Path of the Storm Herald
Ancestral Protectors Typical barbarians harbor a fury that dwells
Starting when you choose this path at 3rd level, within. Their rage grants them superior strength,
spectral warriors appear when you rage. These durability, and speed. Barbarians who follow the
warriors distract a foe you designate and hinder Path of the Storm Herald learn instead to
its attempts to evade you. While youre raging, you transform their rage into a mantle of primal magic
can use a bonus action on your turn to choose one that swirls around them. When in a fury, a
creature you can see within 5 feet of you. Until the barbarian of this path taps into nature to create
start of your next turn or until your rage ends, the powerful, magical effects.
chosen creature has disadvantage on any attack

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Storm heralds are typically elite champions who Raging Storm
train alongside druids, rangers, and others sworn At 14th level, the power of the storm you channel
to protect the natural realm. Other storm heralds grows mightier.
hone their craft in elite lodges founded in regions Desert. The ground around you becomes like
wracked by storms, in the frozen reaches at the shifting sand. Any enemy that attempts to move
worlds end, or deep in the hottest deserts. more than 5 feet per turn on the ground while in
your aura must make a Strength saving throw (DC
Storm of Fury 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Constitution
When you select this path at 3rd level, choose one modifier). On a failed save, the creatures speed
of the following options: desert, sea, or tundra. The drops to 0 until the start of its next turn.
environment you choose shapes the nature of the Sea. Roaring winds tear through the area around
storm you conjure when you rage. you. Any creature in your aura that you hit with an
While raging, you emanate an aura in a 10-foot attack must make a Strength saving throw (DC 8 +
radius. The effects of this aura depend on your your proficiency bonus + your Strength modifier)
chosen environment. or be knocked prone.
Desert. Any enemy that ends its turn in your Tundra. The air around you coldly slows your
aura takes fire damage equal to 2 + your barbarian foes. The area within your aura is difficult terrain
level divided by 4. for your enemies.
Sea. At the end of each of your turns, you can
choose a creature in your aura, other than yourself.
The target must make a Dexterity saving throw
Path of the Zealot
against a DC equal to 8 + your proficiency bonus + Some deities inspire their followers to pitch
your Constitution modifier. The target takes 2d6 themselves into a ferocious battle fury. These
lightning damage on a failed save, and half as much barbarians are zealotswarriors who channel
damage on a successful one. This damage their rage into powerful displays of divine power.
increases to 3d6 at 10th level and to 4d6 at 15th A variety of gods across the worlds of D&D
level. inspire their followers to embrace this path.
Tundra. Any enemy that ends its turn in your Tempus from the Forgotten Realms and Hextor
aura takes cold damage equal to 2 + your and Erythnul of Greyhawk are all prime examples.
barbarian level divided by 4. In general, the gods who inspire zealots are deities
of combat, destruction, and violence. Not all are
Storm Soul evil, but few are good.
At 6th level, your link to the power of the storm
grants you additional abilities based on the Divine Fury
environment you chose at 3rd level. Starting when you choose this path at 3rd level,
Desert. You gain resistance to fire damage and you can channel divine fury when you start to rage.
dont suffer the effects of extreme heat. If you do so, you become cloaked in an aura of
Sea. You gain resistance to lightning damage and divine power until the rage ends. At the end of
can breathe underwater. each of your turns for that duration, each creature
Tundra. You gain resistance to cold damage and within 5 feet of you takes damage equal to 1d6 +
dont suffer the effects of extreme cold. half your barbarian level. The damage is necrotic
or radiant; you choose the type of damage when
Shield of the Storm you gain this feature.
At 10th level, you learn to use your mastery of the
storm to protect your allies. While you are raging, Warrior of the Gods
allies within your aura gain the benefits of your At 3rd level, your soul is marked for endless battle.
Storm Soul feature. If a spell would have the sole effect of restoring
you to life (but not undeath), the caster does not
need material components to cast the spell on you.

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Zealous Focus
At 6th level, the divine power that fuels your rage
can shield you from harm. If you fail a saving
throw while raging, you can instead succeed on
that saving throw as a reaction. However, doing so
immediately ends your rage, and you cant rage
again until you finish a short or long rest.

Zealous Presence
At 10th level, you learn to channel divine power to
inspire zealotry in others. As an action, you howl in
fury and unleash a battle cry infused with divine
energy. Every ally within 60 feet of you gains
advantage on attack rolls and saving throws until
the start of your next turn.
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
until you finish a long rest.

Rage Beyond Death


Beginning at 14th level, the divine power that fuels
your rage allows you to shrug off fatal blows.
While raging, having 0 hit points doesnt knock
you unconscious. You still must make death saving
throws, and you suffer the normal effects of taking
damage while at 0 hit points. However, if you
would die due to failing death saving throws, you
dont die until your rage ends.

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Bard: Bard Colleges
At 3rd level, a bard gains the Bard College opportunity attacks. It must take the shortest,
feature. Here are new options for that feature: safest path to you.
the College of Glamour and the College of The number of temporary hit points increases
Whispers. when you reach certain levels in this class,
increasing to 2d8 at 5th level, 2d10 at 10th level,
Playtest Material and 2d12 at 15th level.
The material here is presented for playtesting and to
spark your imagination. These game mechanics are in Enthralling Performance
draft form, usable in your campaign but not fully Starting at 3rd level, you can charge your
tempered by design iterations. They are not officially performance with seductive fey magic.
part of the game. For these reasons, material in this If you perform for at least 10 minutes, you can
column is not legal in D&D Adventurers League events. attempt to inspire wonder in your audience by
singing, reciting a poem, or dancing. At the end
College of Glamour of the performance, choose a number of
humanoids within 60 feet of you who watched
The College of Glamour is open to those bards
and listened to all of it, up to a number of them
who mastered their craft in the vibrant, deadly
equal to your Charisma modifier (minimum of
realm of the Feywild. Tutored by satyrs, eladrin,
one). Each target must succeed on a Wisdom
and other fey, these bards learn to use their
saving throw against your spell save DC or be
magic to delight and captivate others.
charmed by you. While charmed in this way, the
The bards of this college are regarded with a
target idolizes you, it speaks glowingly of you to
mixture of awe and fear. Their performances are
anyone who speaks to it, and it hinders anyone
the stuff of legend. The bards of this college are
who opposes you, avoiding violence unless it
so eloquent that a speech or song that one of
was already inclined to fight on your behalf. This
them performs can cause captors to release the
effect ends on a target after 1 hour, if it takes any
bard unharmed and can lull a furious dragon
damage, if you attack it, or if it witnesses you
into complacency. The same magic that allows
attacking or damaging any of its allies.
them to quell beasts can also bend minds.
If a target succeeds on its save against this
Villainous bards of this college can leech off a
effect, the target has no hint that you tried to
community for weeks, abusing their magic to
charm it.
turn their hosts into thralls.
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
until you finish a short or long rest.
Mantle of Inspiration
When you join the College of Glamour at 3rd
level, you gain the ability to weave a song of fey
Mantle of Majesty
At 6th level, you gain the ability to cloak yourself
magic that enthralls your allies with vigor and
in a fey magic that makes others want to serve
speed.
you. As a bonus action, you take on an
As a bonus action, you can expend a use of
appearance of unearthly beauty for 1 minute.
Bardic Inspiration to grant yourself a wondrous,
During this time, you can cast command as a
otherworldly appearance. When you do so,
bonus action on each of your turns, without
choose a number of allies you can see and who
using a spell slot. This effect lasts for 1 minute,
can see you within 60 feet of you, up to a number
and any creature charmed by you automatically
of them equal to your Charisma modifier
fails its saving throw against the spell.
(minimum of one). Each target gains 2d6
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
temporary hit points.
until you finish a long rest.
When a target gains these temporary hit points,
it can also use its reaction to move up to its
speed toward you, without provoking

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Unbreakable Majesty Venomous Words
At 14th level, you gain an otherworldly aspect to At 3rd level, you learn to infuse innocent-
your appearance that makes you look more seeming words with an insidious magic. A
fierce and lovely. creature that hears you speak can become
In addition, through this feature, you can cast plunged into fear and paranoia.
sanctuary on yourself. If a creature fails its If you speak to a humanoid alone for at least
saving throw against the spell, you also gain 10 minutes, you can attempt to seed paranoia
advantage on all Charisma checks against the and fear into its mind. At the end of the
creature for 1 minute, and it has disadvantage on conversation, the target must succeed on a
any saving throw it makes against your spells on Wisdom saving throw against your spell save DC
your next turn. or be frightened for the next hour, until it is
Once you cast sanctuary using this feature, you attacked or damaged, or until it witnesses its
cant do so again until you finish a short or long allies being attacked or damaged. While
rest. frightened in this way, the target is paranoid and
tries to avoid the company of others, including
College of Whispers its allies. The target seeks out what it considers
the safest, most secret place available to it and
Most folk are happy to welcome a bard into their hides there.
midst. Bards of the College of Whispers use this If the target succeeds on its save, the target has
to their advantage. They appear to be like any no hint that you tried to frighten it.
other bard, sharing news, singing songs, and Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
telling tales to the audiences they gather. In truth, until you finish a short rest or long rest.
the College of Whispers teaches its students that
they are wolves among sheep. These bards use Mantle of Whispers
their knowledge and magic to uncover secrets At 6th level, you gain the ability to adopt a
and turn them against others through extortion creatures persona. When you slay a creature
and threats. with an attack or a spell or a creature dies within
Many other bards hate the College of Whispers, 5 feet of you, you can magically capture its
viewing it as a parasite that uses the bards shadow using your reaction. You can capture
reputation to acquire wealth and power. For this only the shadow of a creature that is your
reason, these bards rarely reveal their true creature type, such as humanoid, and your size
nature unless they must. They typically claim to (you can capture a Small or Medium shadow if
follow some other college, or keep their true youre Small), and you can have only one shadow
nature secret in order to better infiltrate and captured at a time.
exploit royal courts and other settings of power. After you capture a creatures shadow, you can
use your magic to weave it into a disguise that
Venomous Blades allows you to take on its appearance and gain
When you join the College of Whispers at 3rd access to its surface memories. As an action, you
level, you gain the ability to magically make your take on the creatures appearance for 1 hour or
weapon attacks toxic for a moment. until you end this effect as a bonus action.
When you hit a creature with a weapon attack, During that hour, you gain access to all
you can expend one use of your Bardic information that the creature would freely share
Inspiration to deal an additional 2d6 poison with a casual acquaintance. Information includes
damage to that target. You can do so only once general details on its background and personal
per round on your turn. life, but does not include secrets. The
The additional damage increases when you information is enough that you can pass yourself
reach certain levels in this class, increasing to off as the creature by drawing on its memories.
2d8 at 5th level, 2d10 at 10th level, and 2d12 at Another creature can see through this disguise
15th level. by making a Wisdom (Insight) check opposed by

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your Charisma (Deception) check, though you
gain a +5 bonus to your check.
The disguise and the knowledge it grants
disappears when this abilitys duration ends.

Shadow Lore
At 14th level, you gain the ability to weave dark
magic into your words and tap into a creatures
deepest fears.
As an action, you magically whisper a phrase
that only one creature of your choice within 30
feet of you can hear. The target must make a
Wisdom saving throw against your spell save DC.
It automatically succeeds if it doesnt share a
language with you or if it cant hear you. On a
successful saving throw, your whisper sounds
like unintelligible mumbling and has no effect.
If the target fails its saving throw, it is charmed
by you for the next 8 hours or until you or your
allies attack or damage it. It interprets the
whispers as a description of its most mortifying
secret. While you gain no knowledge of this
secret, the target is convinced you know it.
While charmed in this way, the creature obeys
your commands for fear that you will reveal its
secret. It wont risk its life for you or fight for you,
unless it was already inclined to do so. It grants
you favors and gifts it would offer to a close
friend.
When the effect ends, the creature has no
understanding of why it held you in such fear.
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
until you finish a long rest.

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Unearthed Arcana
Cleric: Divine Domains
At 1st level, a cleric gains the Divine Domain touch one nonmagical object that is a suit of
feature. Here are new domain options for that armor or a simple or martial weapon. Until the
feature: Forge, Grave, and Protection. end of your next long rest, the object becomes a
magic item, granting a +1 bonus to AC if its
Playtest Material armor or a +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls
The material here is presented for playtesting and to if its a weapon.
spark your imagination. These game mechanics are in Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
draft form, usable in your campaign but not fully until you finish a long rest.
tempered by design iterations. They are not officially
part of the game. For these reasons, material in this Channel Divinity: Artisans Blessing
column is not legal in D&D Adventurers League events. Starting at 2nd level, you can use your Channel
Divinity to create simple items.
Forge Domain Starting at the beginning of a short rest, you
conduct a ritual to your deity that grants you the
The gods of the forge are patrons of artisans who
ability to craft a finished item that is at least part
work with metal, from a humble blacksmith who
metal. The item is completed at the end of the
keeps a village in horseshoes and plow blades to
rest.
the mighty elf artisan whose diamond-tipped
The object can be worth no more than 100 gp,
arrows of mithral have felled demon lords. The
and as part of this ritual you must expend
gods of the forge teach that, with patience and
metals, such as coins or other finished items,
hard work, even the most intractable metal can
with a value equal to the item you want to make.
transform from a lump of ore to a beautifully
The item can be an exact duplicate of a
wrought object. Clerics of these deities quest to
nonmagical item, such as a copy of a key, if you
search for objects lost to the forces of darkness,
possess the original during your short rest.
liberate mines overrun by orcs, and uncover rare
and wondrous materials necessary to create
potent magic items. Followers of these gods take Soul of the Forge
great pride in their work, and they are willing to Starting at 6th level, your mastery of the forge
craft and use heavy armor and powerful grants you a number of special abilities:
weapons to protect them. Deities of this domain
You gain a +1 bonus to AC while you are
include Gond, Reorx, Onatar, Moradin,
wearing medium or heavy armor.
Hephaestus, and Goibhniu.
You gain resistance to fire damage.
Forge Domain Spells When you hit a construct with an attack, you
deal additional force damage to it equal to
Cleric Level Spells your cleric level.
1st searing smite, shield
3rd heat metal, magic weapon Divine Strike
5th elemental weapon, protection from energy At 8th level, you gain the ability to infuse your
7th fabricate, wall of fire weapon strikes with the fiery power of the forge.
9th animate objects, creation Once on each of your turns when you hit a
creature with a weapon attack, you can cause the
Bonus Proficiency attack to deal an extra 1d8 fire damage to the
When you choose this domain at 1st level, you target. When you reach 14th level, the extra
gain proficiency with heavy armor. damage increases to 2d8.

Blessing of the Forge Saint of Forge and Fire


At 1st level, you gain the ability to imbue magic At 17th level, your affinity for fire and metal
into a weapon or armor. At the end of a long rest, becomes more powerful due to your deitys

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blessing. You gain immunity to fire damage, and all directions. You learn the number of undead
while youre wearing heavy armor, you have and their distance and direction from you. In
resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing addition, you learn the creature type of the
damage from nonmagical attacks. undead in that area that has the highest
challenge rating.
Grave Domain Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
until you finish a long rest.
Gods of the grave watch over the line between
life and death. To these deities, death and the Channel Divinity: Path to the Grave
afterlife are a foundational part of the Starting at 2nd level, you can use your Channel
multiverses workings. To resist death, or to Divinity to mark another creatures life force for
desecrate the deads rest, is an abomination. termination.
Deities of the grave include Kelemvor, Wee Jas, As an action, you touch a creature. The next
the ancestral spirits of the Undying Court, Hades, time that creature takes damage from a spell or
Anubis, and Osiris. These deities teach their an attack from you or an ally, it is vulnerable to
followers to respect the dead and pay them due that spell or attacks damage. If the source of
homage. Followers of these deities seek to put damage has multiple damage types, the creature
restless spirits to rest, destroy the undead is vulnerable to all of them. The vulnerability
wherever they find them, and ease the suffering applies only to the first time that source inflicts
of dying creatures. Their magic also allows them damage, and then ends.
to stave off a creatures death, though they If the creature has resistance or is immune to
refuse to use such magic to extend a creatures the damage, it instead loses its resistance or
lifespan beyond its mortal limits. immunity against that spell or attack when it
first applies damage.
Grave Domain Spells
Cleric Level Spells Sentinel at Deaths Door
1st bane, false life Starting at 6th level, you gain the ability to
3rd gentle repose, ray of enfeeblement impede deaths progress. As a reaction when you
5th revivify, vampiric touch or an ally that you can see within 30 feet of you
7th blight, death ward suffers a critical hit, you can turn that attack into
9th antilife shell, raise dead a normal hit. Any effects triggered by a critical
hit are canceled.
Bonus Proficiency Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
When you choose this domain at 1st level, you until you finish a short or long rest.
gain proficiency with heavy armor.
Divine Strike
Circle of Mortality At 8th level, you gain the ability to infuse your
At 1st level, you gain the ability to manipulate weapon strikes with divine energy. Once on each
the line between life and death. When you cast a of your turns when you hit a creature with a
spell that restores hit points to a living creature weapon attack, you can cause the attack to deal
currently at 0, treat any dice rolled to determine an extra 1d8 necrotic damage. When you reach
the spells healing as having rolled their 14th level, the extra damage increases to 2d8.
maximum result. In addition, if you have the
spare the dying cantrip, you can cast it as a bonus
action.
Keeper of Souls
At 17th level, you gain the ability to manipulate
the boundary between life and death. When an
Eyes of the Grave enemy you can see dies within 30 feet of you,
Starting at 1st level, you gain an innate sense of you or one ally of your choice that is within 30
creatures whose existence is an insult to the feet of you regains hit points equal to the
natural cycle of life. If you spend 1 minute in enemys number of Hit Dice. You can use this
uninterrupted contemplation, you can determine feature as long as you arent incapacitated, but
the presence and nature of undead creatures in no more than once per round.
the area. This detection extends up to 1 mile in

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Protection Domain spell with a spell slot and it restores hit points to
any creature other than you this turn, you regain
The protection domain is the purview of deities hit points equal to 2 + the spells level.
who charge their followers to shield the weak
from the strong. The gods faithful dwell in Divine Strike
villages and towns on the borderlands, where At 8th level, you gain the ability to infuse your
they help bolster defenses and seek out evils to weapon strikes with divine energy. Once on each
defeat. These gods believe that a strong shield of your turns when you hit a creature with a
and a suit of armor is the best defense against weapon attack, you can cause the attack to deal
evil, second only to a stout mace on hand to an extra 1d8 radiant damage to the target. When
respond to any attacks in kind. Deities who grant you reach 14th level, the extra damage increases
this domain include Helm, Ilmater, Torm, Tyr, to 2d8.
Heironeous, St. Cuthbert, Paladine, Dol Dorn, the
Silver Flame, Bahamut, Yondalla, Athena, and Indomitable Defense
Odin. At 17th level, you gain resistance to two damage
types of your choice, choosing from bludgeoning,
Protection Domain Spells necrotic, piercing, radiant, and slashing.
Cleric Level Spells Whenever you finish a short or long rest, you can
1st compelled duel, protection from evil change the damage types you chose.
and good As an action, you can temporarily give up this
3rd aid, protection from poison resistance and transfer it to one creature you
5th protection from energy, slow touch. The creature keeps the resistance until
7th guardian of faith, Otilukes resilient the end of your next short or long rest or until
sphere you transfer it back to yourself as a bonus action.
9th antilife shell, wall of force
Bonus Proficiency
When you choose this domain at 1st level, you
gain proficiency with heavy armor.

Shield of the Faithful


Starting at 1st level, you gain the ability to
hinder attacks intended for others. When a
creature attacks a target other than you that is
within 5 feet of you, you can use your reaction to
impose disadvantage on the attack roll. To do so,
you must be able to see both the attacker and the
target. You interpose an arm, a shield, or some
other part of yourself to try to throw the attack
off target.

Channel Divinity: Radiant Defense


Starting at 2nd level, you can use your Channel
Divinity to cloak your allies in radiant armor.
As an action, you channel blessed energy into
an ally that you can see within 30 feet of you.
The first time that ally is hit by an attack within
the next minute, the attacker takes radiant
damage equal to 2d10 + your cleric level.

Blessed Healer
Beginning at 6th level, the healing spells you cast
on others can heal you as well. When you cast a

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Unearthed Arcana: Druid
your campsite from intruders. At the start of the
Druid Circles rest, you create an area with a 30-foot radius.
At 2nd level, a druid gains the Druid Circle Within this area, you and your allies gain a +5
feature. Here are new options for that feature: bonus to Wisdom (Perception) checks to detect
Circle of Dreams, Circle of the Shepherd, and creatures, and any light from open flames
Circle of Twilight. (campfire, torches, and the like) is not visible
outside the area. These effects end when the rest
Playtest Material finishes or when you leave the area.
The material here is presented for playtesting and to
spark your imagination. These game mechanics are in Hidden Paths
draft form, usable in your campaign but not fully At 10th level, you can use the hidden,
tempered by design iterations. They are not officially unpredictable magical pathways that some fey
part of the game. For these reasons, material in this use to traverse space in a blink of an eye. On
column is not legal in D&D Adventurers League events. your turn, you can teleport up to 30 feet to a spot
you can see. Each foot of this teleportation costs
Circle of Dreams 1 foot of your movement.
You can also use this feature to teleport
Druids who are members of the Circle of Dreams
someone else. As an action, you can teleport a
hail from regions that have strong ties to the
willing ally you touch up to 30 feet to a point you
Feywild. The druids guardianship of the natural
can see.
world makes for a natural alliance between them
Once you use either optionteleporting
and good-aligned fey. These druids seek to fill
yourself or an allyyou cant use that option
the world with merriment and light. Their magic
again until 1d4 rounds have passed.
mends wounds and brings joy to downcast
hearts, and the realms they protect are gleaming,
fruitful places. Purifying Light
At 14th level, the favor of the Summer Court
Balm of the Summer Court allows you to end spells that hamper you and
your allies. When you cast a spell with a spell
At 2nd level, you become imbued with the
slot and it restores hit points to you or an ally
blessings of the Summer Court. You are a font of
this turn, you can simultaneously target the
energy that lends relief to weary feet and respite
healed creature with dispel magic, using a spell
from injuries. You have a pool of fey energy
slot with a level equal to the slot used to cast the
represented by a number of d6s equal to your
healing spell.
druid level.
You can use this feature three times, and you
As a bonus action, you can choose an ally you
regain expended uses of it when you finish a long
can see within 120 feet of you and spend a
rest. If the healing spell targets more than one
number of those dice equal to half your druid
creature, you can use this feature on more than
level or less. Roll the spent dice and add them
one at the same time, expending one use of it per
together. The target regains a number of hit
creature.
points equal to the total. The target also gains 1
temporary hit point per die spent, and its speed
increases by 5 feet per die spent. The speed Circle of the Shepherd
increase lasts for 1 minute.
Druids of the Circle of the Shepherd commune
You regain the expended dice when you finish
with the spirits of beasts. While these druids
a long rest.
recognize that all living things play a role in the
natural world, they focus on protecting animals.
Hearth of Moonlight and Shadow Shepherds, as they are known, see beasts as
At 6th level, home is wherever you set up camp.
their charges. They ward off monsters that
During a short or long rest, you can invoke the
threaten natural creatures, rebuke hunters who
shadowy power of the Gloaming Court to ward
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civilization from encroaching on habitats and This ability does not grant you any special
paths needed for animal migrations. Many of friendship with beasts, though you can combine
these druids are happiest far from cities and this ability with gifts and other favors to curry
towns, content to spend their days in the favor with them as you would any other
company of wild animals. nonplayer character.

Spirit Bond Mighty Summoner


Starting at 2nd level, you gain the ability to call At 6th level, you gain the ability to conjure forth
forth animal spirits and use them to influence powerful animals. Any beast summoned or
the world around you. As a bonus action, you created by your spells gains two benefits. Its hit
magically summon a Medium spirit to an point maximum increases by 2 per Hit Die, and
unoccupied space you can see within 60 feet of the damage from its natural weapons is
you. The spirit creates an aura in a 30-foot considered magical for the purpose of
radius around it, it doesnt occupy its space, it is overcoming immunity and resistance to
immobile, and it counts as neither a creature nor nonmagical attacks and damage.
an object.
The nature of the aura depends on the type of Guardian Spirit
spirit you choose to summon: At 10th level, you gain the services of a spirit
that watches over you and protects you from
Bear. The bear spirit grants you and your allies harm. Whenever you finish a long rest, you gain
its might and endurance. You and your allies the benefits of a death ward spell. The spells
who are in the aura when the spirit appears duration is extended to 24 hours.
each gain temporary hit points equal to 5 +
your druid level. In addition, you and your
allies gain advantage on Strength checks and
Faithful Summons
Starting at 14th level, the bestial spirits you
Strength saving throws while in the aura.
commune with protect you when you are
Hawk. The hawk spirit is a consummate hunter,
vulnerable. If you are reduced to 0 hit points or
marking your enemies with its keen sight. You
are incapacitated against your will, you can
and your allies gain advantage on ranged
immediately gain the benefits of conjure animals
attack rolls against targets in the spirits aura.
as if it was cast with a 9th-level spell slot. It
Wolf. The wolf spirit lends you and your allies
summons four beasts of your choice that are
its precise senses, while your magic works to
challenge rating 2 or lower. The conjured beasts
benefit the members of your pack. You and
appear within 20 feet of you. If they receive no
your allies gain advantage on all ability checks
commands from you, they protect you from
made to detect creatures in the spirits aura. In
harm and attack your foes. The spell lasts for 1
addition, if you cast a spell with a spell slot that
hour.
restores hit points to anyone inside or outside
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
the aura, each of your allies in the aura also
until you finish a long rest.
regains hit points equal to your druid level.
The spirit persists for 1 minute. Once you use
this feature, you cant use it again until you finish
Circle of Twilight
a short or long rest. The Circle of Twilight seeks to exterminate
undead creatures and preserve the natural cycle
Beast Speech of life and death that rules over the cosmos.
At 2nd level, you gain the ability to converse Their magic allows them to manipulate the
with beasts. Beasts can understand your speech, boundary between life and death, sending their
and you gain the ability to decipher their noises foes to their final rest while keeping their allies
and motions into recognizable words and from that fate.
phrases. Most beasts lack the intelligence to These druids seek out lands that have been
convey or understand sophisticated concepts, tainted by undeath. Such places are grim and
but a friendly beast could relay what it has seen foreboding. Once vibrant forests become gloomy,
or heard in the recent past. haunted places devoid of animals and filled with
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Twilight goes to such places to banish undeath
and restore life. Optional Rule: Wild
Harvests Scythe Shape Forms
Starting at 2nd level, you learn to unravel and The Wild Shape feature in the Players Handbook
harvest the life energy of other creatures. You lets you transform into a beast that youve seen
can augment your spells to drain the life force before. That rule gives you a tremendous
from creatures. You have a pool of energy amount of flexibility, making it easy to amass a
represented by a number of d10s equal to your large of array of beast form options for yourself,
druid level. assuming you abide by the limitations in the
When you roll damage for a spell, you can Beast Shapes table in that book.
increase that damage by spending dice from the The optional rule presented here is designed
pool. You can spend a number of dice equal to for the player and DM who would like to trade
half your druid level or less. Roll the spent dice some of that flexibility for ease of use. The rules
and add them to the damage as necrotic damage. here also create a clear in-world method for
If you kill one or more hostile creatures with a learning new beast shapes.
spell augmented in this way, you or an ally of
your choice that you can see within 30 feet of Known Beast Shapes
you regains 2 hit points per die spent to increase
the spells damage, or 5 hit points per die if at When you gain the Wild Shape feature at 2nd
least one of the slain creatures was undead. level, you are deeply familiar with three beasts
You regain the expended dice when you finish of your choice and can transform into them.
a long rest. To choose the three beast shapes, you first
need to determine whether your druid grew up
Speech Beyond the Grave in a temperate or a tropical region, consulting
At 6th level, you gain the ability to reach beyond with your DM. Then refer to the Common Beast
deaths veil in search of knowledge. Using this Shapes table that corresponds to the region you
feature, you can cast speak with dead without selected. That table lists the beasts you can
material components, and you understand what choose from, based on your druid level. The
the target of this casting says. It can understand table presents the animals that a druid is most
your questions, even if you dont share a likely to have seen as a novice, to have learned
language or it is not intelligent enough to speak. about through mystic research, or to have a
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again special affinity with.
until you finish a short or long rest. Each time you gain a druid level later, you can
choose one more beast shape from the same
Watcher at the Threshold table you used at 2nd level.
At 10th level, you gain resistance to necrotic and
Common Beast Shapes Temperate
radiant damage. In addition, while you arent
Druid Level
incapacitated, any ally within 30 feet of you has Prerequisite Beasts
advantage on death saving throws. 2nd Badger, boar, cat, deer, draft horse,
elk, goat, jackal, lizard, mastiff, mule,
Paths of the Dead panther, pony, rat, riding horse,
At 14th level, your mastery of death allows you scorpion, spider, weasel, wolf
to tread the paths used by ghosts and other 4th Black bear,* crab, frog, octopus,
spirits. Using this feature, you can cast poisonous snake, reef shark, sea
etherealness. Once the spell ends, you cant cast it horse, warhorse*
with this feature again until you finish a short or 8th Bat, brown bear,* eagle, hawk, owl,
long rest. raven, vulture
*A member of the Circle of the Moon can choose this
beast at 2nd level.

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Common Beast Shapes Tropical Interaction. You learn the beasts shape after
Druid Level interacting with it peacefully for 10 minutes
Prerequisite Beasts and succeeding on a Wisdom (Animal
2nd Baboon, badger, boar, camel, cat, Handling) check with a DC equal to 10 + the
deer, draft horse, goat, hyena, jackal, beasts challenge rating. For this interaction
lizard, mule, panther, pony, rat, riding period, you must be within 15 feet of the beast,
horse, scorpion, spider, weasel and if you spend at least a minute petting it,
4th Ape,* crab, crocodile, constrictor you have advantage on the check.
snake, frog, octopus, poisonous snake,
reef shark, sea horse, warhorse* Either of these options can be assisted by magic.
8th Bat, eagle, hawk, lion,* owl, raven, For example, divination magic can be used to
tiger,* vulture provide safe observation of a dangerous animal,
*A member of the Circle of the Moon can choose this and a spell like animal friendship can lay the
beast at 2nd level. groundwork for peaceful interaction.

Starting Beast Shapes
To begin using Wild Shape quickly at 2nd level, choose
one of the following starting packages, each of which
gives you options for combat, climbing, stealth, and
serving as a mount.
Temperate: cat, elk, wolf
Tropical: panther, riding horse, spider
Temperate (Circle of the Moon): brown bear, cat,
warhorse
Tropical (Circle of the Moon): ape, tiger, warhorse

Gaining Extra Beast Shapes


In addition to the beast shapes you gain for free
when you level up, you can acquire new shapes
on your adventures. Do you see a dinosaur, a
saber-toothed tiger, a giant eagle, or some other
exotic critter that you want to turn into? This
rule gives you a method for learning how to do
so. It requires you to abide by the limitations in
the Wild Shape feature (see the Beast Shapes
table in the Players Handbook, page 66).
When you see a beast whose shape youd like
to learn, you have two options:

Observation. You learn the beasts shape after


observing its behavior for at least 1 hour and
succeeding on an Intelligence (Nature) check
with a DC equal to 10 + the beasts challenge
rating. For this observation period, your
vantage pointwhether physical or magical
must be within 150 feet of the beast. If you
previously spent at least 1 hour reading a
scholarly work about the creature, you have
advantage on the check.

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Unearthed Arcana: Fighter
You gain an additional Arcane Shot option of
Martial Archetypes your choice at 7th, 10th, 15th, and 18th level.
At 3rd level, a fighters gains the Martial
Archetype feature. Here are new options for that Archers Lore
feature: Arcane Archer, Knight, Samurai, and At 3rd level, you learn a few skills relating to the
Sharpshooter. typical duties of an Arcane Archer. You learn to
understand magical theory and develop survival
Playtest Material skills for wandering the wilds.
The material here is presented for playtesting and to You gain proficiency in two of the following
spark your imagination. These game mechanics are in skills of your choice: Arcana, Athletics, Nature,
draft form, usable in your campaign but not fully Perception, Stealth, and Survival.
tempered by design iterations. They are not officially
part of the game. For these reasons, material in this Conjure Arrows
column is not legal in D&D Adventurers League events.
At 7th level, you learn a minor but useful magical
trick. As an action, you can conjure 20
Arcane Archer nonmagical arrows. The arrows appear in your
An Arcane Archer studies a unique elven method hand or in a container, such as a quiver, on your
of archery that weaves magic into attacks to body. The arrows remain for 10 minutes or until
produce supernatural effects. Among elves, you use this feature again; they then vanish.
Arcane Archers are some of their most elite
warriors. These archers stand watch over the Ever-Ready Arrow
fringes of elven domains, keeping a keen eye out Starting at 15th level, you can conjure forth a
for trespassers and using magic-infused arrows magic-infused arrow more often than before.
to defeat monsters and invaders before they can One minute after expending your last remaining
reach elven settlements. Over the centuries, the use of Arcane Arrow, you regain one use of it.
methods of these elf archers have been learned
by members of other races who can also balance Deadly Arrow
arcane aptitude with archery. At 18th level, your Arcane Arrows bonus
damage increases to 4d6 force damage.
Arcane Arrow
When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you Arcane Shots
learn to channel magic into your attacks with a The Arcane Arrow feature lets you choose
longbow or shortbow. Arcane Shot options at certain levels. The
Create Magic Arrow. As a bonus action on options are presented here in alphabetical order.
your turn, you can create one magic arrow in These are all magical effects.
your hand. The arrow lasts until the end of the Beguiling Arrow. Your enchantment magic
turn or until it hits or misses a target. You can causes this arrow to temporarily beguile its
fire the arrow from a shortbow or longbow. The target. Choose one of your allies within 30 feet of
arrow is a magic weapon that deals an additional the target. If the arrow hits the target, the target
2d6 force damage on a hit. cant attack the chosen ally or include that ally in
You have two uses of this feature, and you a harmful area of effect until the end of your next
regain all expended uses of it when you finish a turn. The target ignores this effect if it is immune
short or long rest. to the charmed condition. This effect also ends if
Arcane Shot. When you gain this feature, you the chosen ally deals any damage to the target.
learn two Arcane Shot options of your choice Brute Bane Arrow. You weave necromantic
(see the Arcane Shots section below). Whenever magic into your arrow. If a creature is hit by the
you create a magic arrow with this feature, you arrow, any bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing
can apply the benefits of one of your Arcane Shot damage dealt by the creatures attacks is halved
options to that arrow. until the end of your next turn.

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Bursting Arrow. You imbue your arrow with a can, and in combat they are expected to seek out
blast of force energy drawn from the school of and lock down the mightiest of the enemys
evocation. If you hit a creature with this arrow, forces. On adventures, they are the armored
each creature within 10 feet of it takes 2d6 force bulwark that strives to keep the rest of the party
damage. safe.
Defending Arrow. You use abjuration magic to
weave a charm that disrupts your enemys Born to the Saddle
magic. A creature hit by this arrow suffers Starting at 3rd level, mounting or dismounting a
disadvantage on the next attack roll it makes creature costs you only 5 feet of movement,
before the end of your next turn. rather than half your speed. In addition, you
Grasping Arrow. When this arrow strikes its have advantage on saving throws made to avoid
target, conjuration magic creates grasping, falling off your mount. If you fall off it, you can
thorny brambles that wrap around the target. automatically land on your feet if you arent
The target hit by the arrow takes a 10 penalty incapacitated and you fall less than 10 feet.
to speed, and it takes 2d6 slashing damage if it
moves 1 foot or more without teleporting. The Implacable Mark
target or any creature that can touch it can use At 3rd level, you excel at foiling attacks and
its action to try to remove the brambles, which protecting your allies by menacing your foes.
requires a successful DC 10 Strength check. When you hit a creature with a melee weapon
Otherwise, the brambles last for 1 minute. attack, the target is marked by you until the end
Piercing Arrow. You use transmutation magic of your next turn. A creature ignores this effect if
to transform your arrow into an ethereal dart the creature cant be frightened.
that passes through its targets. When you attack The marked target has disadvantage on any
with this arrow, it fires forward in a line that is 1 attack roll against a creature other than you or
foot wide and 30 feet long. You make a separate someone else who marked it.
attack using your Arcane Arrow against each If a target marked by you is within 5 feet of
creature in that line. you on its turn and it moves at least 1 foot or
Seeking Arrow. Using divination magic, you makes an attack that suffers disadvantage from
grant your arrow the ability to seek out your this feature, you can make one melee weapon
target, allowing the arrow to curve and twist its attack against it using your reaction. This attack
path in search of its prey. As an action, choose roll has advantage, and if it hits, the attacks
one creature you have seen in the past minute, weapon deals extra damage to the target equal
and make a ranged attack against it, using the to your fighter level.
Arcane Arrow. The arrow flies around corners if You can make this special attack even if you
necessary, and this attack ignores three-quarters have already expended your reaction this round,
cover, half cover, and disadvantage caused by but not if you have already used your reaction
the target being out of sight or being at long this turn. You can make this attack three times,
range. The attack automatically misses if the and you regain all expended uses of it when you
target is out of the weapons range or if there is finish a short or long rest.
no path large enough for the arrow to travel to
the target. If the arrow hits its target, you know Noble Cavalry
it, but you dont learn the targets location unless At 7th level, you gain proficiency in two of the
its within your line of sight. following skills of your choice: Animal Handling,
Shadow Arrow. You weave illusion magic into History, Insight, Persuasion, or Religion.
your arrow, causing it to occlude your foes
Alternatively, you learn one language of your
vision with grasping shadows. Until the end of choice.
your next turn, the target hit by the arrow cant
see more than 30 feet away.
Hold the Line
At 10th level, you master the ability to harass
Knight and slow your enemies. As a reaction when a
creature moves at least 1 foot within 5 feet of
The Knight is a colossus on the battlefield who
you, you can make one melee weapon attack
can shrug off attacks and protect allies from
against that creature. If you hit, the attacks
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weapon deals extra damage to the target equal etiquette. You can add your Wisdom modifier to
to half your fighter level, and the targets speed any Charisma check you make to persuade or
is reduced to 0 until the end of this turn. please a noble or anyone else of high social
station.
Rapid Strike You also gain proficiency in the History,
Starting at 15th level, you learn to trade accuracy Insight, or Persuasion skill (choose one).
for swift strikes. If you have advantage on a Alternatively, you learn one language of your
weapon attack against a target on your turn, you choice.
can forgo that advantage to immediately make
an additional weapon attack against the same Unbreakable Will
target as a bonus action. At 10th level, your superior willpower allows
you to shrug off mind-assaulting effects. You gain
Defenders Blade proficiency in Wisdom saving throws. If you
At 18th level, you respond to danger with already have this proficiency, you gain
extraordinary vigilance. You can use your proficiency in Intelligence or Charisma saving
reaction for an opportunity attack even if you throws (choose one).
have already expended your reaction this round,
but not if you have already used your reaction Rapid Strike
this turn. Starting at 15th level, you learn to trade accuracy
In addition, you gain a +1 bonus to AC while for swift strikes. If you have advantage on a
wearing heavy armor. weapon attack against a target on your turn, you
can forgo that advantage to immediately make
Samurai, Knights, and History an additional weapon attack against the same
While both samurai and medieval knights existed in the target as a bonus action.
real world, our inspiration for both fighter archetypes is
taken from popular culture (movies and comic books), Strength Before Death
not history. Our intent is to capture the cinematic, Starting at 18th level, your fighting spirit can
heroic element of both archetypes in the game rather delay the grasp of death. If you take damage that
than an accurate historical representation of either. would reduce you to 0 hit points, you can delay
that damage and immediately take a bonus turn,
Samurai interrupting the current turn. You dont take the
damage until the bonus turn ends. It is possible
The Samurai is a fighter who draws on an
to do things, such as gaining resistance, that
implacable fighting spirit to overcome enemies.
change how much of that damage you take.
A Samurais willpower is nearly unbreakable,
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
and the enemies in a Samurais path have two
until you finish a long rest.
choices: yield or die fighting.

Fighting Spirit Sharpshooter


Starting at 3rd level, the might of your willpower
The Sharpshooter is a master of ranged combat.
can shield you and help you strike true. As a
An excellent sniper and eagle-eyed scout, this
bonus action on your turn, you can give yourself
fighter is a perilous foe who can defeat an entire
two benefits: advantage on all attack rolls and
war band so long as they are kept at range.
resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing
damage. These benefits last until the end of your
next turn.
Steady Aim
You can use this feature three times. You Beginning when you choose this archetype at
3rd level, your aim becomes deadly. As a bonus
regain all expended uses of it when you finish a
action on your turn, you can take careful aim at a
short or long rest.
creature you can see that is within range of a
ranged weapon youre wielding. Until the end of
Elegant Courtier this turn, your ranged attacks with that weapon
Starting at 7th level, your discipline and
gain two benefits against the target:
attention to detail allow you to excel in social
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The attacks ignore half and three-quarters
cover.
On each hit, the weapon deals additional
damage to the target equal to 2 + half your
fighter level.

You can use this feature three times. You


regain all expended uses of it when you finish a
short or long rest.

Careful Eyes
Starting at 7th level, you excel at picking out
hidden enemies and other threats. You can take
the Search action as a bonus action.
You also gain proficiency in the Perception,
Investigation, or Survival skill (choose one).

Close-Quarters Shooting
At 10th level, you learn to handle yourself in
close combat. Making a ranged attack roll while
within 5 feet of an enemy doesnt impose
disadvantage on your roll.
In addition, if you hit a creature within 5 feet
of you with a ranged attack on your turn, that
creature cant take reactions until the end of this
turn.

Rapid Strike
Starting at 15th level, you learn to trade accuracy
for swift strikes. If you have advantage on a
weapon attack against a target on your turn, you
can forgo that advantage to immediately make
an additional weapon attack against the same
target as a bonus action.

Snap Shot
Starting at 18th level, you are ever ready to
spring into action. If you take the Attack action
on your first turn of a combat, you can make one
additional ranged weapon attack as part of that
action.

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Unearthed Arcana: Monk
to that target and to any other target you hit
Monastic Traditions with the weapon as part of the Attack.
At 3rd level, a monk gains the Monastic Tradition If you make an unarmed strike as part of the
feature. Here are new options for that feature: Attack action on your turn and are holding a
the Way of the Kensei and the Way of kensei weapon, you can use that weapon to
Tranquility. defend yourself. You gain a +2 bonus to AC
until the start of your next turn while you are
Playtest Material not incapacitated and the weapon is in your
The material here is presented for playtesting and to hand.
spark your imagination. These game mechanics are in
draft form, usable in your campaign but not fully One with the Blade
tempered by design iterations. They are not officially At 6th level, you extend your ki into the weapons
part of the game. For these reasons, material in this you hold, granting you the following benefits.
column is not legal in D&D Adventurers League events. Magic Weapons. Your attacks with your
kensei weapons count as magical for the purpose
Way of the Kensei of overcoming resistance and immunity to
Monks of the Way of Kensei train relentlessly nonmagical attacks and damage.
with their weapons, to the point that the weapon Precise Strike. You can focus your attention on
becomes like an extension of the body. A kensei a single target in battle to understand and
overcome its defenses. As a bonus action, pick
sees a weapon in much the same way a painter
regards a brush or a writer sees parchment, ink, one creature you can see within 30 feet of you.
and quill. A sword or bow is a tool used to The next weapon attack you make against that
express the beauty and elegance of the martial creature during the current turn adds double
arts. That such mastery makes a kensei a your proficiency bonus to the attack roll, rather
peerless warrior is but a side effect of intense than your normal proficiency bonus. Once you
devotion, practice, and study. use this ability, you cant use it again until you
finish a short or long rest.
Path of the Kensei
When you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you
Sharpen the Blade
learn to extend your knowledge of the martial At 11th level, you gain the ability to augment
arts beyond the standard array of monk your weapons with the strength of your ki. As a
weapons. bonus action, you can expend up to 3 ki points to
grant a weapon you touch a bonus to attack and
You gain the following benefits:
damage rolls while you wield it. The bonus
You gain proficiency with three martial equals the number of ki points you spent. This
weapons of your choice. A martial weapon is bonus lasts for 1 minute.
considered a kensei weapon for you if youre
proficient with it. Unerring Accuracy
Whenever you wield a kensei weapon, you At 17th level, your mastery of weapons grants
choose whether to use Dexterity or Strength you extraordinary accuracy. On each of your
for the attack and damage rolls of the weapon, turns, you can reroll one weapon attack roll you
and you choose whether to use your Martial make that misses.
Arts damage die in place of the weapons
damage die. Way of Tranquility
When you take the Attack action on your turn
and hit a target with a kensei weapon, you can Monks of the Way of Tranquility see violence as
use a bonus action to pummel the target, a last resort. They use diplomacy, mercy, and
dealing an additional 1d4 bludgeoning damage understanding to resolve conflicts. If pushed,
though, they are capable warriors who can bring
an end to the unjust or cruel folk who refuse to

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listen to reason. When adventuring, these monks Douse the Flames of War
make excellent diplomats. They are also skilled At 11th level, you gain the ability to temporarily
in the healing arts, and can preserve their allies extinguish a creatures violent impulses. As an
in the face of daunting foes. action, you can touch a creature, and it must
make a Wisdom saving throw with a DC equal to
Path of Tranquility 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Wisdom
When you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you modifier. The target automatically succeeds if its
can become an island of calm in even the most missing any of its hit points. If the target fails the
chaotic of situations. With this feature, you can save, it cant attack for 1 minute. During that
cast the sanctuary spell on yourself, no material time, it also cant cast spells that deal damage or
component required, and it lasts up to 8 hours. that force someone to make a saving throw.
Its saving throw DC equals 8 + your proficiency This effect ends if the target is attacked, takes
bonus + your Wisdom modifier. A creature that damage, or is forced to make a saving throw or if
succeeds on the save is immune to this effect for the target witnesses any of those things
1 hour. happening to its allies.
Once you cast the spell in this way, you cant
do so again for 1 minute. Anger of a Gentle Soul
At 17th level, you gain the ability to visit
Healing Hands vengeance on someone who fells others. If you
Your mystical touch can heal wounds. Starting at see a creature reduce another creature to 0 hit
3rd level, you have a pool of magical healing points, you can use your reaction to grant
power that replenishes when you take a long yourself a bonus to all damage rolls against the
rest. With that pool, you can restore a total aggressor until the end of your next turn. The
number of hit points equal to your monk level bonus equals your monk level.
10. Once you use this ability, you cant use it again
As an action, you can touch a creature and until you finish a short or long rest.
draw power from the pool to restore a number
of hit points to that creature, up to the maximum
amount remaining in the pool.
Instead of healing the creature, you can expend
5 hit points from your pool of healing to cure the
target of one disease or neutralize one poison
affecting it. You can cure multiple diseases and
neutralize multiple poisons with a single use of
Healing Hands, expending hit points separately
for each one.
When you use your Flurry of Blows, you can
replace one of the unarmed strikes with a use of
this feature.
This feature has no effect on undead and
constructs.

Emissary of Peace
At 6th level, you gain the ability to diffuse violent
situations. Whenever you make a Charisma
check to calm violent emotions or to counsel
peace, you have advantage on the roll. You must
make this entreaty in good faith; it doesnt apply
if proficiency in the Deception or Intimidation
skill applies to your check.
You also gain proficiency in the Performance
or Persuasion skill (choose one).

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Unearthed Arcana: Paladin
Strength Above All. You shall rule until a
Sacred Oaths stronger one arises. Then you must grow
At 3rd level, a paladin gains the Sacred Oath mightier and meet the challenge, or fall to your
feature. Here are new options for that feature: own ruin.
the Oath of Conquest and the Oath of Treachery.
Oath Spells
Playtest Material You gain oath spells at the paladin levels listed.
The material here is presented for playtesting and to
spark your imagination. These game mechanics are in Oath of Conquest Spells
draft form, usable in your campaign but not refined by Paladin Level Spells
design iterations or full game development. They are 3rd armor of Agathys, command
not officially part of the game. For these reasons, 5th hold person, spiritual weapon
material in this column is not legal in D&D Adventurers 9th bestow curse, fear
League events. 13th blight, dominate beast
17th dominate person, insect plague
Oath of Conquest
The Oath of Conquest calls to paladins who seek
Channel Divinity
glory in battle and the subjugation of their When you take this oath at 3rd level, you gain
enemies. It isnt enough for these paladins to the following two Channel Divinity options.
establish order. They must crush the forces of Conquering Strike. You can use your Channel
chaos. Divinity to break a foes will. When you hit a
Sometimes called knight tyrants or iron creature with a melee weapon attack as part of
mongers, those who swear this oath gather into the Attack action, you can also use your Channel
grim orders that serve gods or philosophies of Divinity to force the target to make a Wisdom
war and well-ordered might. Some of these saving throw. On a failed save, the target
paladins go so far as to consort with the powers becomes frightened of you for 1 minute. The
of the Nine Hells. frightened creature can repeat this saving throw
The archdevil Bel, warlord of Avernus, counts at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect
many of these paladinscalled hell knightsas on itself on a success.
his most ardent supporters. Hell knights cover Guided Strike. You can use your Channel
their armor with trophies taken from fallen Divinity to strike with supernatural accuracy.
enemies, a grim warning to any who dare oppose When you make an attack roll, you can use your
them and the decrees of their lords. Channel Divinity to gain a +10 bonus to the roll.
You make this choice after you see the roll, but
before the DM says whether the attack hits or
Tenets of Conquest misses.
A paladin who takes this oath has the tenets of
conquest seared on the upper arm. A hell
knights oath appears in Infernal runes, a brutal
Aura of Conquest
reminder of vows to the Lords of Hell. Starting at 7th level, you emanate a menacing
Douse the Flame of Hope. It is not enough to aura while youre not incapacitated. The aura
merely defeat an enemy in battle. Your victory includes your space, extends 10 feet from you in
must be so overwhelming that your enemies every direction, and is blocked by total cover.
will to fight is shattered forever. A blade can end Any enemy in the aura has disadvantage on
a life. Fear can end an empire. saving throws against being frightened.
Rule with an Iron Fist. Once you have At 18th level, the range of this aura increases
conquered, tolerate no dissent. Your word is law. to 30 feet.
Those who obey it shall be favored. Those who
defy it shall be punished as an example to all Implacable Spirit
who might follow. Once you reach 15th level, you can no longer be
charmed.

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Invincible Conqueror blackguards overwhelming concern is power
At 20th level, you gain the ability to harness and safety, especially if both can be obtained at
extraordinary martial prowess. As an action, you the expense of others.
can magically become an avatar of conquest,
gaining the following benefits for 1 minute: Oath Spells
You gain oath spells at the paladin levels listed.
You have resistance to all damage.
When you take the Attack action on your turn, Oath of Treachery Spells
you can make one additional attack as part of Paladin Level Spells
that action. 3rd charm person, expeditious retreat
5th invisibility, mirror image
Your melee weapon attacks score a critical hit
9th gaseous form, haste
on a roll of 19 or 20.
13th confusion, greater invisibility
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again 17th dominate person, passwall
until you finish a long rest.
Channel Divinity
Oath of Treachery When you take this oath at 3rd level, you gain
the following two Channel Divinity options.
The Oath of Treachery is the path followed by Conjure Duplicate. As an action, you create a
paladins who have forsworn other oaths or who visual illusion of yourself that lasts for 1 minute,
care only for their own power and survival. or until you lose your concentration (as if you
Commonly known as blackguards, these profane were concentrating on a spell). The illusion
warriors are faithful only to themselves. Anyone appears in an unoccupied space of your choice
desperate enough to follow one of these paladins that you can see within 30 feet of you. The
does so because, while deceitful, these paladins illusion looks exactly like you; it is silent; it is
command great power. Those who follow them your size, is insubstantial, and doesnt occupy its
without falling prey to their treachery hope to space; and it is unaffected by attacks and
indulge in wanton violence and accumulate great damage. As a bonus action on your turn, you can
treasure. move the illusion up to 30 feet to a space you can
Many of these paladins pay homage to demon see, but the illusion must remain within 120 feet
lords, especially Grazzt and Orcus. Even the of you.
Lords of Hell are loath to ally with these For the duration, you can cast spells as though
champions of chaos, but sometimes Baalzebul you were in the illusions space, but you must
and Glasya find a kindred spirit in a blackguards use your own senses. Additionally, when both
penchant for double dealing and treachery. you and your illusion are within 5 feet of a
creature that can see the illusion, you have
Fallen Paladins advantage on attack rolls against that creature,
The Oath of Treachery is an option for the paladin who given how uncanny the illusion is.
has strayed from another Sacred Oath or who has Poison Strike. You can use your Channel
rejected the traditional paladin life. This option exists Divinity to make a weapon deadlier. As a bonus
alongside the Oathbreaker in the Dungeon Masters action, you touch one weapon or piece of
Guide. DMs are free to use either option to model ammunition and conjure a special poison on it.
villainous or fallen paladins. The poison lasts for 1 minute. The next time you
If you switch to this oath from another one, replace hit a target with an attack using that weapon or
all of the previous oaths features with the features of ammunition, the target takes poison damage
this one, and if you renounce this oath, replace its immediately after the attack. The poison damage
features with the features of the new one. equals 2d10 + your paladin level, or 20 + your
paladin level if you had advantage on the attack
Tenets of Treachery roll.
A paladin who embraces the Oath of Treachery
owes allegiance to no one. There are no tenets of
this oath, for it lacks any substance. Those who
Aura of Treachery
are unfortunate enough to have close contact Starting at 7th level, you emanate an aura of
with blackguards have observed that a discord, which gives you the following benefits.

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Cull the Herd. You have advantage on melee
attack rolls against any creature that has one or
more of its allies within 5 feet of it.
Treacherous Strike. If a creature within 5 feet
of you misses you with a melee attack, you can
use your reaction to force the attacker to reroll
that attack against a creature of your choice that
is also within 5 feet of the attacker. The ability
fails and is wasted if the attacker is immune to
being charmed.
You can use this ability three times. You regain
expended uses of it when you finish a short or
long rest.

Blackguards Escape
At 15th level, you have the ability to slip away
from your foes. Immediately after you are hit by
an attack, you can use your reaction to turn
invisible and teleport up to 60 feet to a spot you
can see. You remain invisible until the end of
your next turn or until you attack, deal damage,
or force a creature to make a saving throw. Once
you use this feature, you must finish a short or
long rest before you can use it again.

Icon of Deceit
At 20th level, you gain the ability to emanate
feelings of treachery. As an action, you can
magically become an avatar of deceit, gaining the
following benefits for 1 minute:

You are invisible.


If a creature damages you on its turn, it must
succeed on a Wisdom saving throw (DC equal
to your spell save DC) or you control its next
action, provided that you arent incapacitated
when it takes the action. A creature
automatically succeeds on the save if the
creature is immune to being charmed.
If you have advantage on an attack roll, you
gain a bonus to its damage roll equal to your
paladin level.

Once you use this feature, you cant use it again


until you finish a long rest.

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Unearthed Arcana: Artificer
Playtest Material alchemists. Using their knowledge of magic and
This character class is presented for playtesting and to various exotic ingredients, they create potions
spark your imagination. These game mechanics are in and draughts to aid them on their adventures.
draft form, usable in your campaign but not refined by Alchemy and engineering are the two most
design iterations or full game development. This class is common areas of study for artificers, but others
not officially part of the game. For these reasons, it is do exist.
not legal in D&D Adventurers League events. All artificers are united by their curiosity and
inventive nature. To an artificer, magic is an
A gnome sits hunched over a workbench,
evolving art with a leading edge of discovery and
carefully using needle and thread to wave runes
mastery that pushes further ahead with each
into a leather satchel. The bag shudders as she
passing year. Artificers value novelty and
completes her work, and a sudden, loud pop
discovery. This penchant pushes them to seek a
echoes through the room as a portal to an extra-
life of adventure. A hidden ruin might hold a
dimensional space springs to being in the bags
forgotten magic item or a beautifully crafted
interior. She beams with pride at her newly
mirror perfect for magical enhancement.
crafted bag of holding.
Artificers win respect and renown among their
A troll growls in hunger as it looms over a
kind by uncovering new lore or inventing new
dwarf, who slides a long, metal tube from a
methods of creation.
holster at his belt. With a thunderous roar, a gout
of flame erupts from the tube, and the trolls
growls turn into shrieks of panic as it turns to Intense Rivalries
flee.
The artificers drive to invent and expand their
An elf scrambles up the castles wall, Baron
knowledge creates an intense drive to uncover
von Hendriks men close behind her. As she
new magic discoveries. An artificer who hears
clambers over the battlements, she reaches into
news of a newly discovered magic item must act
her satchel, pulls out three vials, mixes their
fast to get it before any rivals do. Good-aligned
contents into a small leather bag, and flings it at
artificers recover items on adventures or offer
her pursuers. The bag bursts at their feet,
gold or wondrous items to those who possess
trapping them in a thick, black glue as she makes
items they are keen to own. Evil ones have no
her escape.
problem committing crimes to claim what they
Makers of magic-infused objects, artificers are
want.
defined by their inventive nature. Like wizards,
Almost every artificer has at least one rival,
they see magic as a complex system waiting to
someone whom they seek to outdo at every turn.
be decoded and controlled through a
By the same token, artificers with similar
combination of thorough study and investigation.
philosophies and theories band together into
Artificers, though, focus on creating marvelous
loose guilds. They share their discoveries and
new magical objects. Spells are often too
work together to verify their theories and keep
ephemeral and temporary for their tastes.
ahead of their rivals.
Instead, they seek to craft durable, useful items.

Cunning Inventors Creating an Artificer


When creating an artificer character, think about
Every artificer is defined by a specific craft.
your characters background and drive for
Artificers see mastering the basic methods of a
adventure. Does the character have a rival? What
craft as the first step to true progress, the
is the characters relationship with the artisan or
invention of new methods and approaches. Some
artificer who taught the basics of the craft? Talk
artificers are engineers, students of invention
to your DM about the role played by artificers in
and warfare who craft deadly firearms that they
can augment with magic. Other artificers are

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the campaign, and what sort of organizations Saving Throws: Constitution, Intelligence
and NPCs you might have ties to. Skills: Choose three from Arcana, Deception,
History, Investigation, Medicine, Nature,
Quick Build Religion, Sleight of Hand
You can make an artificer quickly by following
these suggestions. First, put your highest ability Equipment
score in Intelligence, followed by Constitution or You start with the following equipment, in
Dexterity. Second, choose the guild artisan addition to the equipment granted by your
background. background:

(a) a handaxe and a light hammer or (b) any


Class Features two simple weapons
As an artificer, you gain the following class a light crossbow and 20 bolts
features. (a) scale mail or (b) studded leather armor
thieves tools and a dungeoneers pack
Hit Points
Hit Dice: 1d8 per artificer level Artificer Specialist
Hit Points at 1st Level: 8 + your Constitution
modifier At 1st level, you choose the type of Artificer
Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d8 (or 5) + your Specialist you are: Alchemist or Gunsmith, both
Constitution modifier per artificer level after of which are detailed at the end of the class
1st description. Your choice grants you features at
1st level and again at 3rd, 9th, 14th, and 17th
Proficiencies level.
Armor: Light and medium armor
Weapons: Simple weapons Magic Item Analysis
Tools: Thieves tools, two other tools of your
choice Starting at 1st level, your understanding of
magic items allows you to analyze and

The Artificer
Spell Slots per Spell Level
Proficiency Spells
Level Bonus Features Known 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
1st +2 Artificer Specialist, Magic Item Analysis
2nd +2 Tool Expertise, Wondrous Invention
3rd +2 Artificer Specialist feature, Spellcasting 3 2
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement, Infuse Magic 4 3
5th +3 Superior Attunement, Wondrous Invention 4 3
6th +3 Mechanical Servant 4 3
7th +3 5 4 2
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement 6 4 2
9th +4 Artificer Specialist feature 6 4 2
10th +4 Wondrous Invention 7 4 3
11th +4 8 4 3
12th +4 Ability Score Improvement 8 4 3
13th +5 9 4 3 2
14th +5 Artificer Specialist feature 10 4 3 2
15th +5 Superior Attunement, Wondrous Invention 10 4 3 2
16th +5 Ability Score Improvement 11 4 3 3
17th +6 Artificer Specialist feature 11 4 3 3
18th +6 Ability Score Improvement 11 4 3 3
19th +6 12 4 3 3 1
20th +6 Soul of Artifice, Wondrous Invention 13 4 3 3 1

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understand their secrets. You know the artificer
spells detect magic and identify, and you can cast
Spellcasting
them as rituals. You dont need to provide a As part of your study of magic, you gain the
material component when casting identify with ability to cast spells at 3rd level. The spells you
this class feature. learn are limited in scope, primarily concerned
with modifying creatures and objects or creating
Tool Expertise items.

Starting at 2nd level, your proficiency bonus is Spell Slots


doubled for any ability check you make that uses The Artificer table shows how many spell slots
any of the tool proficiencies you gain from this you have to cast your spells of 1st level and
class. higher. To cast one of these spells, you must
expend a slot of the spells level or higher. You
Wondrous Invention regain all expended spell slots when you finish a
long rest.
At 2nd level, you gain the use of a magic item
that you have crafted. Choose the item from the Spells Known of 1st Level and
list of 2nd-level items below.
Crafting an item is a difficult task. When you Higher
gain a magic item from this feature, it reflects You know three 1st-level spells of your choice
long hours of study, tinkering, and from the artificer spell list (which appears at the
experimentation that allowed you to finally end of this document).
complete the item. You are assumed to work on The Spells Known column of the Artificer table
this item in your leisure time and to finish it shows when you learn more artificer spells of
when you level up. your choice from this feature. Each of these
You complete another item of your choice spells must be of a level for which you have spell
when you reach certain levels in this class: 5th, slots on the Artificer table.
10th, 15th, and 20th level. The item you choose Additionally, when you gain a level in this class,
must be on the list for your current artificer level you can choose one of the artificer spells you
or a lower level. know from this feature and replace it with
These magic items are detailed in the Dungeon another spell from the artificer spell list. The
Masters Guide. new spell must also be of a level for which you
have spell slots on the Artificer table.
2nd Level: bag of holding, cap of water breathing,
driftglobe, goggles of night, sending stones Spellcasting Ability
5th Level: alchemy jug, helm of comprehending Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for your
languages, lantern of revealing, ring of artificer spells; your understanding of the theory
swimming, robe of useful items, rope of climbing, behind magic allows you to wield these spells
wand of magic detection, wand of secrets with superior skill. You use your Intelligence
10th Level: bag of beans, chime of opening, whenever an artificer spell refers to your
decanter of endless water, eyes of minute seeing, spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your
folding boat, Hewards handy haversack Intelligence modifier when setting the saving
15th Level: boots of striding and springing, throw DC for an artificer spell you cast and when
bracers of archery, brooch of shielding, broom making an attack roll with one.
of flying, hat of disguise, slippers of spider
climbing Spell save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your
20th Level: eyes of the eagle, gem of brightness, Intelligence modifier
gloves of missile snaring, gloves of swimming
and climbing, ring of jumping, ring of mind Spell attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + your
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Spellcasting Focus Mechanical Servant
You can use an arcane focus as a spellcasting
focus for your artificer spells. See chapter 5, At 6th level, your research and mastery of your
Equipment, in the Players Handbook for craft allow you to produce a mechanical servant.
various arcane focus options. The servant is a construct that obeys your
commands without hesitation and functions in
Infuse Magic combat to protect you. Though magic fuels its
creation, the servant is not magical itself. You are
Starting at 4th level, you gain the ability to assumed to have been working on the servant
channel your artificer spells into objects for later for quite some time, finally finishing it during a
use. When you cast an artificer spell with a short or long rest after you reach 6th level.
casting time of 1 action, you can increase its Select a Large beast with a challenge rating of
casting time to 1 minute. If you do so and hold a 2 or less. The servant uses that beasts game
nonmagical item throughout the casting, you statistics, but it can look however you like, as
expend a spell slot, but none of the spells effects long as its form is appropriate for its statistics. It
occur. Instead, the spell transfers into that item has the following modifications:
for later use if the item doesnt already contain a
spell from this feature. It is a construct instead of a beast.
Any creature holding the item thereafter can It cant be charmed.
use an action to activate the spell if the creature It is immune to poison damage and the
has an Intelligence score of at least 6. The spell is poisoned condition.
cast using your spellcasting ability, targeting the It gains darkvision with a range of 60 feet if it
creature that activates the item. If the spell doesnt have it already.
targets more than one creature, the creature that It understands the languages you can speak
activates the item selects the additional targets. when you create it, but it cant speak.
If the spell has an area of effect, it is centered on If you are the target of a melee attack and the
the item. If the spells range is self, it targets the servant is within 5 feet of the attacker, you can
creature that activates the item. use your reaction to command the servant to
When you infuse a spell in this way, it must be respond, using its reaction to make a melee
used within 8 hours. After that time, its magic attack against the attacker.
fades and is wasted.
You can have a limited number of infused The servant obeys your orders to the best of its
spells at the same time. The number equals your ability. In combat, it rolls its own initiative and
Intelligence modifier. acts on its own.
If the servant is killed, it can be returned to life
via normal means, such as with the revivify spell.
Ability Score Improvement In addition, over the course of a long rest, you
When you reach 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th, and 18th can repair a slain servant if you have access to its
level, you can increase one ability score of your body. It returns to life with 1 hit point at the end
choice by 2, or you can increase two ability of the rest. If the servant is beyond recovery, you
scores of your choice by 1. As normal, you cant can build a new one with one week of work
increase an ability score above 20 using this (eight hours each day) and 1,000 gp of raw
feature. materials.

Superior Attunement Soul of Artifice


At 5th level, your superior understanding of At 20th level, your understanding of magic items
magic items allows you to master their use. You is unmatched, allowing you to mingle your soul
can now attune to up to four, rather than three, with items linked to you. You can attune to up to
magic items at a time. six magic items at once. In addition, you gain a
At 15th level, this limit increases to five magic +1 bonus to all saving throws per magic item you
items. are currently attuned to.

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level (5d6), 16th level (6d6), and 19th level
Artificer Specialists (7d6).
Artificers pursue a variety of specializations. The Alchemical Acid. As an action, you can reach
two most common ones, alchemy and into your Alchemists Satchel, pull out a vial of
engineering, are presented here. acid, and hurl the vial at a creature or object
within 30 feet of you (the vial and its contents
Alchemist disappear if you dont hurl the vial by the end of
the current turn). The vial shatters on impact. A
An alchemist is an expert at combining exotic creature must succeed on a Dexterity saving
reagents to produce a variety of materials, from throw or take 1d6 acid damage. An object
healing draughts that can mend a wound in automatically takes that damage, and the
moments to clinging goo that slows creatures damage is maximized.
down. This formulas damage increases by 1d6 when
you reach certain levels in this class: 3rd level
Alchemists Satchel (2d6), 5th level (3d6), 7th level (4d6), 9th level
At 1st level, you craft an Alchemists Satchel, a (5d6), 11th level (6d6), 13th level (7d6), 15th
bag of reagents that you use to create a variety of level (8d6), 17th level (9d6), and 19th level
concoctions. The bag and its contents are both (10d6).
magical, and this magic allows you to pull out Healing Draught. As an action, you can reach
exactly the right materials you need for your into your Alchemists Satchel and pull out a vial
Alchemical Formula options, described below. of healing liquid. A creature can drink it as an
After you use one of those options, the bag action to regain 1d8 hit points. The vial then
reclaims the materials. disappears. Once a creature regains hit points
If you lose this satchel, you can create a new from this alchemical formula, the creature cant
one over the course of three days of work (eight do so again until it finishes a long rest. If not
hours each day) by expending 100 gp worth of used, the vial and its contents disappear after 1
leather, glass, and other raw materials. hour. While the vial exists, you cant use this
formula.
Alchemical Formula This formulas healing increases by 1d8 when
At 1st level, you learn three Alchemical Formula you reach certain levels in this class: 3rd level
options: Alchemical Fire, Alchemical Acid, and (2d8), 5th level (3d8), 7th level (4d8), 9th level
one other option of your choice. You learn an (5d8), 11th level (6d8), 13th level (7d8), 15th
additional formula of your choice at 3rd, 9th, level (8d8), 17th level (9d8), and 19th level
14th, and 17th levels. (10d8).
To use any of these options, your Alchemists Smoke Stick. As an action, you can reach into
Satchel must be within reach. your Alchemists Satchel and pull out a stick that
If an Alchemical Formula option requires a produces a thick plume of smoke. You can hold
saving throw, the DC is 8 + your proficiency on to the stick or throw it to a point up to 30 feet
bonus + your Intelligence modifier. away as part of the action used to produce it. The
Alchemical Fire. As an action, you can reach area in a 10-foot radius around the stick is filled
into your Alchemists Satchel, pull out a vial of with thick smoke that blocks vision, including
volatile liquid, and hurl the vial at a creature, darkvision. The stick and smoke persist for 1
object, or surface within 30 feet of you (the vial minute and then disappear. After using this
and its contents disappear if you dont hurl the formula, you cant do so again for 1 minute.
vial by the end of the current turn). On impact, Swift Step Draught. As a bonus action, you can
the vial detonates in a 5-foot radius. Any reach into your Alchemists Satchel and pull out
creature in that area must succeed on a Dexterity a vial filled with a bubbling, brown liquid. As an
saving throw or take 1d6 fire damage. action, a creature can drink it. Doing so increases
This formulas damage increases by 1d6 when the creatures speed by 20 feet for 1 minute, and
you reach certain levels in this class: 4th level the vial disappears. If not used, the vial and its
(2d6), 7th level (3d6), 10th level (4d6), 13th contents disappear after 1 minute. After using
this formula, you cant do so again for 1 minute.

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Tanglefoot Bag. As an action, you can reach Arcane Magazine
into your Alchemists Satchel and pull out a bag At 1st level, you craft a leather bag used to carry
filled with writhing, sticky black tar and hurl it at your tools and ammunition for your Thunder
a point on the ground within 30 feet of you (the Cannon. Your Arcane Magazine includes the
bag and its contents disappear if you dont hurl powders, lead shot, and other materials needed
the bag by the end of the current turn). The bag to keep that weapon functioning.
bursts on impact and covers the ground in a 5- You can use the Arcane Magazine to produce
foot radius with sticky goo. That area becomes ammunition for your gun. At the end of each long
difficult terrain for 1 minute, and any creature rest, you can magically produce 40 rounds of
that starts its turn on the ground in that area has ammunition with this magazine. After each short
its speed halved for that turn. After using this rest, you can produce 10 rounds.
formula, you cant do so again for 1 minute. If you lose your Arcane Magazine, you can
Thunderstone. As an action, you can reach create a new one as part of a long rest, using 25
into your Alchemists Satchel and pull out a gp of leather and other raw materials.
crystalline shard and hurl it at a creature, object,
or surface within 30 feet of you (the shard
disappears if you dont hurl it by the end of the
Thunder Monger
At 3rd level, you learn to channel thunder energy
current turn). The shard shatters on impact with
into your Thunder Cannon. As an action, you can
a blast of concussive energy. Each creature
make a special attack with your Thunder Cannon
within 10 feet of the point of impact must
that deals an extra 1d6 thunder damage on a hit.
succeed on a Constitution saving throw or be
This extra damage increases by 1d6 when you
knocked prone and pushed 10 feet away from
reach certain levels in this class: 5th level (2d6),
that point.
7th level (3d6), 9th level (4d6), 11th level (5d6),
13th level (6d6), 15th level (7d6), 17th level
Gunsmith (8d6), and 19th level (9d6).
A master of engineering, you forge a firearm
powered by a combination of science and magic.
Blast Wave
Starting at 9th level, you can channel force
energy into your Thunder Cannon. As an action,
Master Smith you can make a special attack with it. Rather
When you choose this specialization at 1st level,
than making an attack roll, you unleash force
you gain proficiency with smiths tools, and you
energy in a 15-foot cone from the gun. Each
learn the mending cantrip.
creature in that area must make a Strength
saving throw with a DC of 8 + your proficiency
Thunder Cannon bonus + your Intelligence modifier. On a failed
At 1st level, you forge a deadly firearm using a saving throw, a target takes 2d6 force damage
combination of arcane magic and your and is pushed 10 feet away from you.
knowledge of engineering and metallurgy. This This damage increases by 1d6 when you reach
firearm is called a Thunder Cannon. It is a certain levels in this class: 13th level (3d6) and
ferocious weapon that fires leaden bullets that 17th level (4d6).
can punch through armor with ease.
You are proficient with the Thunder Cannon. Piercing Round
The firearm is a two-handed ranged weapon that
Starting at 14th level, you can shoot lightning
deals 2d6 piercing damage. Its normal range is
energy through your Thunder Cannon. As an
150 feet, and its maximum range if 500 feet.
action, you can make a special attack with it.
Once fired, it must be reloaded as a bonus action.
Rather than making an attack roll, you cause the
If you lose your Thunder Cannon, you can
gun to unleash a bolt of lightning, 5-feet wide
create a new one over the course of three days of
and 30-feet long. Each creature in that area must
work (eight hours each day) by expending 100
make Dexterity saving throws with a DC of 8 +
gp worth of metal and other raw materials.
your proficiency bonus + your Intelligence
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4d6 lightning damage. This damage increases to 3rd Level
6d6 when you reach 19th level in this class. blink
fly
Explosive Round gaseous form
Starting at 17th level, you can channel fiery glyph of warding
energy into your Thunder Cannon. As an action, haste
you can make a special attack with it. Rather protection from energy
revivify
than making an attack roll, you launch an
water breathing
explosive round from the gun. The round
water walk
detonates in a 30-foot radius sphere at a point
within range. Each creature in that area must
make a Dexterity saving throw with a DC of 8 +
4th Level
arcane eye
your proficiency bonus + your Intelligence
death ward
modifier. On a failed saving throw, a target takes fabricate
4d8 fire damage. freedom of movement
Leomunds secret chest
Artificer Spell List Mordenkainens faithful hound
Mordenkainens private sanctum
1st Level Otilukes resilient sphere
alarm stone shape
cure wounds stoneskin
disguise self
expeditious retreat
false life
jump
longstrider
sanctuary
shield of faith

2nd Level
aid
alter self
arcane lock
blur
continual flame
darkvision
enhance ability
enlarge/reduce
invisibility
lesser restoration
levitate
magic weapon
protection from poison
rope trick
see invisibility
spider climb

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Unearthed Arcana: Ranger & Rogue
Playtest Material As a bonus action, choose one creature you can
The material here is presented for playtesting and to see within 30 feet of you. Until the end of this
spark your imagination. These game mechanics are in turn, your attacks against that creature ignore its
draft form, usable in your campaign but not refined by damage resistances, and the next time you hit it
design iterations or full game development. They are on this turn, it takes an additional 1d6 force
not officially part of the game. For these reasons, damage.
material in this column is not legal in D&D Adventurers
League events. Portal Lore
At 3rd level, you gain the ability to detect the
Ranger Archetypes presence of planar portals. As an action, you
detect the distance and direction to any planar
At 3rd level, a ranger gains the Ranger Archetype
feature. Here are new options for that feature: portals within 1,000 feet of you. You also sense
the Horizon Walker and the Primeval Guardian. which plane of existence each portal leads to.
However, if magic obscures any details of a
portal, this feature doesnt reveal them.
The UA Ranger Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
If youre playtesting the Unearthed Arcana ranger, you
until you finish a short or long rest. Alternatively,
can use these subclasses with it if you make one
addition: give each subclass the Extra Attack feature.
you can use the feature again if you expend a
Extra Attack. Beginning at 5th level, you can attack spell slot of 2nd level or higher.
twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack See the Planar Travel section in chapter 2 of
action on your turn. the Dungeon Masters Guide for examples of
planar portals.
Horizon Walker
Ethereal Step
Rangers of the Horizon Conclave guard the At 7th level, you learn to step through the
world against threats that originate from other Ethereal Plane. As a bonus action on your turn,
planes. They seek out planar portals and keep you can cast the etherealness spell with this
watch over them, venturing to the outer and feature, but the spell ends at the end of the
inner planes as needed to defeat threats. current turn. Once you use this feature, you cant
use it again until you finish a short or long rest.
Planar Magic
Starting at 3rd level, you learn an additional Distant Strike
spell when you reach certain levels in this class, At 11th level, you gain the ability to step
as shown in the Horizon Walker Spells table. The between the planes in a blink of an eye. When
spell counts as a ranger spell for you, and it you use the Attack action, you can teleport up to
doesnt count against the number of ranger 10 feet before each attack. You must be able to
spells you know. see the destination of the teleportation.
If you attack at least two different creatures
Horizon Walker Spells with the action, you can make one additional
Ranger Level Spells attack with it against a third creature.
3rd protection from evil and good
5th alter self
9th protection from energy
Spectral Defense
13th banishment At 15th level, your ability to move between
17th teleportation circle planes becomes even more finely tuned. As a
reaction when you take damage, you can halve
that damage against you. For a moment, you slip
Planar Warrior into the planar boundary to lessen the harm.
At 3rd level, you learn to draw on the energy of
the planes to augment your attacks.

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Primeval Guardian Piercing Thorns
At 3rd level, your command of primal magic
Rangers of the Primeval Guardian Conclave allows you to enhance your attacks with thorns.
follow an ancient tradition rooted in powerful Once during each of your turns, you can deal an
druidic magic. These rangers learn to become additional 1d6 piercing damage to one creature
one with nature, allowing them to channel the you hit with a weapon attack.
aspects of various beasts and plants in order to
overcome their foes. Ancient Fortitude
These rangers dwell in the elder forests of the At 7th level, you gain the endurance of the
world. They venture out only rarely, as they ancient forests. Your hit point maximum and
consider it their sacred duty to protect the current hit points increase by 2 per ranger level
druidic groves and ancient trees that saw the when you assume your guardian form. This
earliest days of the world. increase lasts until you leave the form; your hit
point maximum then returns to normal, but your
Guardian Magic current hit points remain the same, unless they
Starting at 3rd level, you learn an additional must decrease to abide by your hit point
spell when you reach certain levels in this class, maximum.
as shown in the Primeval Guardian Spells table.
The spell counts as a ranger spell for you, and it Rooted Defense
doesnt count against the number of ranger At 11th level, you gain the ability to twist and
spells you know. turn the ground beneath you. While you are in
your guardian form, the ground within 30 feet of
Primeval Guardian Spells you is difficult terrain for your enemies.
Ranger Level Spells
3rd entangle
5th enhance ability
Guardian Aura
9th conjure animals Starting at 15th level, your guardian form
13th giant insect emanates a magical aura that fortifies your
17th insect plague injured allies. When any ally starts their turn
within 30 feet of your guardian form, that ally
regains a number of hit points equal to half your
Guardian Soul ranger level. This aura has no effect on a
Starting at 3rd level, you gain the ability to
creature that has half or more of its hit points,
temporarily grow and take on the appearance of
and it has no effect on undead and constructs.
a treelike person, covered with leaves and bark.
As a bonus action, you assume this guardian
form, which lasts until you end it as a bonus Roguish Archetype
action or until you are incapacitated. At 3rd level, a rogue gains the Roguish Archetype
You undergo the following changes while in feature. Here is a new option for that feature: the
your guardian form: Scout.
Your size becomes Large, unless you were
larger. Scout
Any speed you have becomes 5 feet, unless the
You are skilled in woodcraft and stealth,
speed was lower.
allowing you to range ahead of your companions
Your reach increases by 5 feet. during expeditions. Rogues who embrace this
You gain a number of temporary hit points at archetype are at home in the wilderness and
the start of each of your turns. The number among barbarians and fighters, as they serve as
equals half your ranger level. When the form the eyes and ears of war bands across the world.
ends, you lose any temporary hit points you Compared to other rogues, you are skilled at
have from it. surviving in the wilds.

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Survivalist
When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you
gain proficiency in the Nature and Survival skills.
Your proficiency bonus is doubled for any ability
check you make that uses either of those
proficiencies.

Skirmisher
Starting at 3rd level, you are difficult to pin down
during a fight. You can move up to half your
speed as a reaction when an enemy ends its turn
within 5 feet of you. This movement doesnt
provoke opportunity attacks.

Superior Mobility
At 9th level, your walking speed increases by 10
feet. If you have a climbing or swimming speed,
this increase applies to that speed as well.

Ambush Master
Starting at 13th level, you excel at leading
ambushes. If any of your foes are surprised, you
can use a bonus action on your turn in the first
round of the combat to grant each ally who can
see you a +5 bonus to initiative that lasts until
the combat ends. If the initiative bonus would
increase an allys initiative above yours, the allys
initiative instead equals your initiative.
Each of the allies also receives a 10-foot
increase to speed that lasts until the end of the
allys next turn.

Sudden Strike
Starting at 17th level, you can strike with deadly
speed. If you take the Attack action on your turn,
you can make one additional attack as a bonus
action. This attack can benefit from your Sneak
Attack even if you have already used it this turn,
but only if the attack is the only one you make
against the target this turn.

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Unearthed Arcana: Sorcerer
Sorcerous Origins Supernatural Resilience
At 1st level, the blessing of the gods grants you
At 1st level, a sorcerer gains the Sorcerous enhanced durability. Your hit point maximum
Origin feature. Here are new playtest options for increases by 1, and it increases by 1 again
that feature: Favored Soul, Phoenix Sorcery, Sea whenever you gain a level in this class.
Sorcery, and Stone Sorcery.
Favored by the Gods
Playtest Material Starting at 1st level, divine power guards your
The material here is presented for playtesting and to destiny. If you fail a saving throw or miss with an
spark your imagination. These game mechanics are in
attack roll, you can roll 2d4 and add it to the
draft form, usable in your campaign but not refined by
total, possibly changing the outcome.
design iterations or full game development. They arent
officially part of the game and arent permitted in D&D
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
Adventurers League events. If they become official, they until you finish a short or long rest.
will appear in a book.
Blessed Countenance
Favored Soul At 6th level, your divine essence causes you to
undergo a minor physical transformation. Your
Sometimes the spark of magic that fuels a appearance takes on an otherworldly version of
sorcerer comes from a divine source that one of the following qualities (your choice):
glimmers within the soul. Having such a favored beautiful, youthful, kind, or imposing.
soul, your innate magic might come from a Whatever your choice, if your proficiency
distant but powerful familial connection to a bonus applies to a Charisma check, double that
divine being. Perhaps your ancestor was an bonus.
angel, transformed into a mortal and sent to fight
in a gods name. Or your birth might align with Divine Purity
an ancient prophecy, marking you as a servant of At 14th level, you become immune to disease,
the gods or a chosen vessel of divine magic. poison damage, and the poisoned condition.
Favored souls, with their natural magnetism
and strong personalities, are often seen as Unearthly Recovery
threats by traditional religious hierarchies. As At 18th level, you gain the ability to overcome
outsiders who command the power of the gods, grievous injuries. As a bonus action when you
these sorcerers can undermine the existing have less than half of your hit points remaining,
order and claim a direct tie to the divine. you can regain a number of hit points equal to
In some cultures, only those who can claim the half your hit point maximum.
power of a favored soul may command religious Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
power. In these lands, ecclesiastical positions are until you finish a long rest.
dominated by a few bloodlines and preserved
over generations.
Phoenix Sorcery
Divine Magic Your power draws from the immortal flame that
Your link to the divine allows you to learn spells fuels the legendary phoenix. You or your
normally associated with the cleric class. When ancestors perhaps rendered a phoenix a great
your Spellcasting feature lets you learn a service, or you were born in its presence.
sorcerer cantrip or a sorcerer spell of 1st level or Whatever the cause, a shard of the phoenixs
higher, you can choose the new spell from the power dwells within you.
cleric spell list, in addition to the sorcerer spell That power is a mixed blessing. Like the
list. You must otherwise obey all the restrictions mythical creature, you can invoke fiery energy
for selecting the spell, and it becomes a sorcerer and gain the ability to cheat death itself. This
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seethes, demanding to be unleashed. You attack from within 5 feet of you or if it touches
sometimes find yourself absentmindedly feeding you.
fires. You cant bear to allow a fire to sputter out. Whenever you roll fire damage on your turn,
You feel most comfortable while holding a lit the roll gains a bonus to equal to your
torch or sitting in front of a campfire. Charisma modifier.
More importantly, this gift comes with no
special protection from fire. You are as Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
vulnerable as any other creature to fiery magic, until you finish a long rest.
including your own. Phoenix sorcerers can use
their powers to pull themselves back from the Phoenix Spark
brink of death, and all too often their own, rash Starting at 6th level, the fiery energy within you
nature or reliance on destructive magic is what grows restless and vengeful. In the face of defeat,
puts them there in the first place. it surges outward to preserve you in a fiery roar.
Such sorcerers are wanderers by necessity. If you are reduced to 0 hit points, you can use
The volatile nature of their magic makes other your reaction to draw on the spark of the
folk nervous. If a fire breaks out in town, a phoenix. You are instead reduced to 1 hit point,
phoenix sorcerer had best flee, whether guilty or and each creature within 10 feet of you takes fire
not. Fire is a dangerous force, and phoenix damage equal to half your sorcerer level + your
sorcerers have a reputation (deserved or not) Charisma modifier.
for reckless behavior, confident that the essence If you use this feature while under the effects
of the phoenix can save them. of your Mantle of Flame, this feature instead
deals fire damage equal to your sorcerer level +
Phoenix Soul Quirks double your Charisma modifier, and your Mantle
d6 Quirk of Flame immediately ends.
1 You absentmindedly ignite small fires that Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
quickly sputter out. until you finish a long rest.
2 You cackle like a fiend when you unleash your
fire spells.
3 You admire fire, even if it burns your friends.
Nourishing Fire
4 You are covered in burns that mark the first
Starting at 14th level, your fire spells soothe and
time your power manifested. restore you. When you expend a spell slot to cast
5 You like your food charred. a spell that includes a fire damage roll, you
6 You are brave to the point of recklessness. regain hit points equal to the slots level + your
Charisma modifier.
Ignite
At 1st level, you gain the ability to start fires with Form of the Phoenix
a touch. As an action, you can magically ignite a At 18th level, you finally master the spark of fire
flammable object you touch with your handan that dances within you. While under the effect of
object such as a torch, a piece of tinder, or the your Mantle of Flame feature, you gain
hem of drapes. additional benefits:

Mantle of Flame You have a flying speed of 40 feet and can


Starting at 1st level, you can unleash the phoenix hover.
fire that blazes within you. You have resistance to all damage.
As a bonus action, you magically wreathe If you use your Phoenix Spark, that feature
yourself in swirling fire, as your eyes glow like deals an extra 20 fire damage to each creature.
hot coals. For 1 minute, you gain the following
benefits: Sea Sorcery
You shed bright light in a 30-foot radius and The power of water is the strength of flexibility,
dim light for an additional 30 feet. resilience, and a relentless nature. Water parts to
Any creature takes fire damage equal to your allow a ship to sail over it or a diver to plunge
Charisma modifier if it hits you with a melee into it, but their passing leaves no mark. Water
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might bend and turn across valleys and down it, you can reduce that damage by an amount
hillsides, but it slowly and steadily returns to the equal to your sorcerer level plus your Charisma
waves. Those whose souls are touched by the score, and then you can move up to 30 feet
power of elemental water command a similar without provoking opportunity attacks. Once
power. you use this special reaction, you cant use it
Your heritage ties to powerful creatures of the again until you finish a short or long rest.
sea, such as nereids, the lords of the merfolk, and
elemental powers. Like a river, you feel the call Shifting Form
of the ocean. The call is ever present in your Starting at 14th level, you gain the ability to
heart, and you are never completely at peace enter a liquid state while moving.
until you are near the sea. When you move on your turn, you take only
half damage from opportunity attacks, and you
Soul of the Sea can move through any enemys space but cant
At 1st level, your tie to the sea grants you the willingly end your move there.
ability to breathe underwater, and you have a On your turn, you can move through any space
swim speed equal to your walking speed. that is at least 3 inches in diameter and do so
without squeezing. When you stop moving, the
Curse of the Sea regular squeezing rules apply if youre in a space
When you choose this origin at 1st level, you one size smaller than you. You cant willingly
learn the secret of infusing your spells with a stop in a space smaller than that, and if youre
watery curse. forced to do so, you immediately flow to the
When you hit a creature with a cantrips attack nearest space that can fit you, back along the
or when a creature fails a saving throw against path of your movement.
your cantrip, you can curse the target until the
end of your next turn or until you curse a Water Soul
different creature with this feature. Starting at 18th level, your being is altered by
Once per turn when you cast a spell, you can the power of the sea. You gain the following
trigger the curse if that spell deals cold or benefits:
lightning damage to the cursed target or forces it
to move. Doing so subjects the target to the You no longer need to eat, drink, or sleep.
appropriate additional effect below, and then the A critical hit against you becomes a normal hit.
curse ends if the spell isnt a cantrip (you choose You have resistance to bludgeoning, piercing,
the effect to use if more than one effect applies): and slashing damage.

Cold Damage. If the affected target takes cold


damage from your spell, the targets speed is
Stone Sorcery
also reduced by 15 feet until the end of your Your magic springs from a mystical link between
next turn. If the spell already reduces the your soul and the magic of elemental earth. You
targets speed, use whichever reduction is might trace a distant ancestor to the Plane of
greater. Earth, or your family might have earned a
Lightning Damage. If the affected target takes mighty boon in return for a service to the dao
lightning damage from your spell, the target lords. Whatever your past, the magic of
takes additional lightning damage equal to elemental earth is yours to command.
your Charisma modifier. Your link to earth magic grants you
Forced Movement. If the target is moved by extraordinary resilience, and stone sorcerers
your spell, increase the distance it is moved by have a natural affinity for combat. A steel blade
15 feet. feels like a natural extension of your body, and
sorcerers with this origin have a knack for
Watery Defense wielding both shields and weapons. In combat
At 6th level, you gain resistance to fire damage. your place is amid the fray. You rely on your
You also gain the ability to defend yourself by elemental nature to shield you from harm and
momentarily assuming a watery form. As a your magic and metal weapons to overwhelm
reaction when you are hit by an attack and take your foes.
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Bonus Proficiencies within 5 feet of the attacker. You can teleport
At 1st level, you gain proficiency with shields, only if you and the attacker are on the same
simple weapons, and martial weapons. surface. You can then make one melee weapon
attack against the attacker. If that attack hits, it
deals an extra 1d10 force damage. This extra
Metal Magic
damage increases to 2d10 at 11th level and 3d10
Your affinity for metal gives you the option to
at 17th level.
learn some non-sorcerer spells that focus on
weapon attacks. When your Spellcasting feature
lets you learn a sorcerer spell of 1st level or
Stones Edge
higher, you can select the spell from the Starting at 14th level, your mastery of earth
following list of spells, in addition to the sorcerer magic allows you to add the force of elemental
spell list. You must otherwise obey all the earth to your spells. When you cast a spell that
restrictions for selecting the spell, and it deals damage, choose one creature damaged by
becomes a sorcerer spell for you. that spell on the round you cast it. That creature
takes extra force damage equal to half your
Spell Level Spell sorcerer level. This feature can be used only
1st compelled duel once per casting of a spell.
1st searing smite
1st thunderous smite Earth Masters Aegis
1st wrathful smite Beginning at 18th level, when you use your
2nd branding smite Stones Aegis to protect an ally, you can choose
2nd magic weapon
up to three creatures to gain its benefits.
3rd blinding smite

3rd elemental weapon

4th staggering smite

Stones Durability
At 1st level, your connection to stone gives you
extra fortitude. Your hit point maximum
increases by 1, and it increases by 1 again
whenever you gain a level in this class.
As an action, you can gain a base AC of 13 +
your Constitution modifier if you arent wearing
armor, and your skin assumes a stony
appearance. This effect lasts until you end it as a
bonus action, you are incapacitated, or you don
armor other than a shield.

Stone Aegis
Starting at 6th level, your command of earth
magic grows stronger, allowing you to harness it
for your allies protection.
As a bonus action, you can grant an aegis to
one allied creature you can see within 60 feet of
you. The aegis is a dim, gray aura of earth magic
that protects the target. Any bludgeoning,
piercing, or slashing damage the target takes is
reduced by 2 + your sorcerer level divided by 4.
This effect lasts for 1 minute, until you use it
again, or until you are incapacitated.
In addition, when a creature you can see
within 60 feet of you hits the protected target
with a melee attack, you can use your reaction to
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Unearthed Arcana: Warlock & Wizard
This document introduces playtest options for
two classes, the warlock and the wizard. Hex Warrior
At 1st level, you gain proficiency with medium
Playtest Material armor, shields, and martial weapons. In addition,
The material here is presented for playtesting and to when attacking with a melee weapon that you
spark your imagination. These game mechanics are in are proficient with and that lacks the two-
draft form, usable in your campaign but not refined by handed property, you can use your Charisma
design iterations or full game development. They arent modifier, instead of Strength or Dexterity, for the
officially part of the game and arent permitted in D&D attack and damage rolls.
Adventurers League events. If they become official, they
will appear in a book. Hexblades Curse
Starting at 1st level, you gain the ability to place
Otherworldly Patrons a baleful curse on an enemy. As a bonus action,
At 1st level, a warlock gains the Otherworldly choose one creature you can see within 30 feet
Patron feature. Here are new playtest options for of you. The target is cursed for 1 minute. Until
that feature: the Hexblade and the Raven Queen. the curse ends, you gain the following benefits:

You gain a bonus to damage rolls against the


The Hexblade cursed target. The bonus equals your
proficiency bonus.
You have made your pact with a powerful,
Any attack roll you make against the cursed
sentient magic weapon carved from the stuff of
target is a critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20 on
the Shadowfell. The mighty sword Blackrazor is
the d20.
the most notable of these weapons, several of
If the cursed target dies, you regain hit points
which have spread across the multiverse over
equal to your warlock level + your Charisma
the ages. These weapons grow stronger as they
modifier.
consume the life essence of their victims. The
strongest of them can use their ties to the You cant use this feature again until you finish
Shadowfell to offer power to mortals who serve a short or long rest.
them. The Raven Queen forged the first of these
weapons. They, along with the hexblade Shadow Hound
warlocks, are another tool she can use to
Starting at 6th level, your shadow can split from
manipulate events in the Material Plane to her
you and transform into a hound of pure
inscrutable ends.
darkness. Most of the time, your shadow hound
masquerades as your normal shadow. As a
Expanded Spell List bonus action, you can command it to magically
The Hexblade lets you choose from an expanded slip into the shadow of a creature you can see
list of spells when you learn a warlock spell. The within 60 feet of you. While the shadow hound is
following spells are added to the warlock spell merged in this manner, the target cant gain the
list for you. benefits of half cover or three-quarters cover
against your attack rolls, and you know the
Hexblade Expanded Spells
distance and direction to the target even if it is
Spell Level Spells
hidden. The hound cant be seen by anyone but
1st shield, wrathful smite
2nd branding smite, magic weapon
you and those with truesight, and it is unaffected
3rd blink, elemental weapon by light. The target has a vague feeling of dread
4th phantasmal killer, staggering smite while the hound is present.
5th cone of cold, destructive wave As a bonus action, you can command your
shadow hound to return to you. It also
automatically returns to you if you and the target
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incapacitated, or if dispel magic, remove curse, or Raven Queen Expanded Spells
similar magic is used on the target. Spell Level Spells
1st false life, sanctuary
Armor of Hexes 2nd silence, spiritual weapon
At 10th level, your hex grows more powerful. If 3rd feign death, speak with dead
the target cursed by your Hexblades Curse hits 4th ice storm, locate creature
you with an attack roll, roll a d6. On a 4 or 5th commune, cone of cold
higher, the attack instead misses you.
Sentinel Raven
Starting at 1st level, you gain the service of a
Master of Hexes spirit sent by the Raven Queen to watch over
Starting at 14th level, you can use your you. The spirit assumes the form and game
Hexblades Curse again without resting, but statistics of a raven, and it always obeys your
when you apply it to a new target, the curse commands, which you can give telepathically
immediately ends on the previous target. while it is within 100 feet of you.
While the raven is perched on your shoulder,
The Raven Queen you gain darkvision with a range of 30 feet and a
bonus to your passive Wisdom (Perception)
You patron is the Raven Queen, a mysterious score and to Wisdom (Perception) checks. The
being who rules the Shadowfell from a palace of bonus equals your Charisma modifier. While
ice deep within that dread realm. The Raven perched on your shoulder, the raven cant be
Queen watches over the world, anticipating each targeted by any attack or other harmful effect;
creatures death and ensuring that it meets its only you can cast spells on it; it cant take
end at the proscribed time and place. As the damage; and it is incapacitated.
ruler of the Shadowfell, she dwells in a decayed, You can see through the ravens eyes and hear
dark reflection of the world. Her ability to reach what it hears while it is within 100 feet of you.
into the world is limited. Thus, she turns to In combat, you roll initiative for the raven and
mortal warlocks to serve her will. Warlocks control how it acts. If it is slain by a creature, you
sworn to the Raven Queen receive visions and gain advantage on all attack rolls against the
whispers from her in their dreams, sending them killer for the next 24 hours.
on quests and warning them of impending The raven doesnt require sleep. While it is
dangers. within 100 feet of you, it can awaken you from
The Raven Queens followers are expected to sleep as a bonus action.
serve her will in the world. She concerns herself The raven vanishes when it dies, if you die, or
with ensuring that those fated to die pass from if the two of you are separated by more than 5
the world as expected, and bids her agents to miles.
defeat those who seek to cheat death through At the end of a short or long rest, you can call
undeath or other imitations of immortality. She the raven back to youno matter where it is or
hates intelligent undead and expects her whether it diedand it reappears within 5 feet
followers to strike them down, whereas of you.
mindless undead such as skeletons and zombies
are little more than stumbling automatons in her Soul of the Raven
eyes.
At 6th level, you gain the ability to merge with
your raven spirit. As a bonus action when your
Expanded Spell List raven is perched on your shoulder, your body
The Raven Queen lets you choose from an merges with your ravens form. While merged,
expanded list of spells when you learn a warlock you become Tiny, you replace your speed with
spell. The following spells are added to the the ravens, and you can use your action only to
warlock spell list for you. Dash, Disengage, Dodge, Help, Hide, or Search.
During this time, you gain the benefits of your
raven being perched on your shoulder. As an
action, you and the raven return to normal.

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Ravens Shield Chilling Hex
At 10th level, the Raven Queen grants you a Prerequisite: The Hexblade patron
protective blessing. You gain advantage on death
As a bonus action, you cause frost to swirl
saving throws, immunity to the frightened
around a target cursed by your Hexblades Curse,
condition, and resistance to necrotic damage.
dealing cold damage to each of your enemies
within 5 feet of the target. The cold damage
Queens Right Hand equals your Charisma modifier (minimum of 1).
Starting at 14th level, you can channel the Raven
Queens power to slay a creature. You can cast Chronicle of the Raven Queen
finger of death. After you cast the spell with this
Prerequisite: Raven Queen patron, Pact of the
feature, you cant do so again until you finish a
Tome feature
long rest.
You can place a corpses hand or similar
Eldritch Invocations appendage on your Book of Shadows and ask
one question aloud. After 1 minute, the answer
At 2nd level, a warlock gains the Eldritch appears written in blood in your book. The
Invocations feature. Here are new playtest answer is provided by the dead creatures spirit
options for that feature. to the best of its knowledge and is translated
Many of these new invocations are tied to a into a language of your choice. You must use this
patron, allowing you to strengthen the bond ability within 1 minute of a creatures death, and
between your warlock and an otherworldly a given creature can only be asked one question
patron. in this manner.
Two of the invocations are associated with the
Seeker, a patron that appeared in another Claw of Acamar
installment of Unearthed Arcana. Prerequisite: The Great Old One patron, Pact of
the Blade feature
Aspect of the Moon
Prerequisite: The Archfey patron You can create a black, lead flail using your Pact
of the Blade feature. The flails head is sculpted
You have gained the Maiden of the Moons favor. to resemble a pair of grasping tentacles. The
You no longer need to sleep and cant be forced weapon has the reach property. When you hit a
to sleep by any means. To gain the benefits of a creature with it, you can expend a spell slot to
long rest, you can spend all 8 hours doing light deal an additional 2d8 necrotic damage to the
activity, such as reading and keeping watch. target per spell level, and you can reduce the
creatures speed to 0 feet until the end of your
Burning Hex next turn.
Prerequisite: The Hexblade patron
As a bonus action, you cause a target cursed by Cloak of Baalzebul
your Hexblades Curse to take fire damage equal Prerequisite: The Fiend patron
to your Charisma modifier (minimum of 1). As a bonus action, you can conjure a swarm of
buzzing flies around you. The swarm grants you
Caiphons Beacon advantage on Charisma (Intimidation) checks
Prerequisite: The Great Old One patron but disadvantage on all other Charisma checks.
In addition, a creature that starts its turn within
The purple star Caiphon is the doom of
5 feet of you takes poison damage equal to your
inexperienced mariners. Those who use its
Charisma modifier. You can dismiss the swarm
deceptive light to guide their travels invariably
with another bonus action.
come to ruin. You gain proficiency in the
Deception and Stealth skills, and you have
advantage on attack rolls against charmed
creatures.

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Curse Bringer that creature in a straight line 10 feet closer to
Prerequisite: The Hexblade patron, Pact of the yourself.
Blade feature
Green Lords Gift
You can create a greatsword forged from silver, Prerequisite: The Archfey patron
with black runes etched into its blade, using your
Pact of the Blade feature. If you reduce a target The Green Lord oversees a verdant realm of
cursed by your Hexblades Curse to 0 hit points everlasting summer. Your soul is linked to his
with this sword, you can immediately change the power. Whenever you regain hit points, you treat
target of the curse to a different creature. This any dice rolled to determine the hit points you
change doesnt extend the curses duration. regain as having rolled their maximum value.
When you hit a creature with this weapon, you
can expend a spell slot to deal an additional 2d8 Improved Pact Weapon
slashing damage to the target per spell level, and Prerequisite: 5th level, Pact of the Blade feature
you can reduce the creatures speed to 0 feet Any weapon you create using your Pact of the
until the end of your next turn. Blade feature is a +1 weapon. This invocation
doesnt affect a magic weapon you transformed
Kiss of Mephistopheles into your pact weapon.
Prerequisite: 5th level, the Fiend patron, eldritch
blast cantrip Mace of Dispater
You can channel the fires of Mephistopheles Prerequisite: The Fiend patron, Pact of the Blade
through your eldritch blast. When you hit a feature
creature with that cantrip, you can cast fireball When you create your pact weapon as a mace, it
as a bonus action using a warlock spell slot. manifests as an iron mace forged in Dis, the
However, the spell must be centered on a second of the Nine Hells. When you hit a creature
creature you hit with eldritch blast. with it, you can expend a spell slot to deal an
additional 2d8 force damage to the target per
Frost Lance spell level, and you can knock the target prone if
Prerequisite: The Archfey patron, eldritch blast it is Huge or smaller.
cantrip
You draw on the gifts of the Prince of Frost to Moon Bow
trap your enemies in ice. When you hit a Prerequisite: The Archfey patron, Pact of the
creature with your eldritch blast cantrip one or Blade feature
more times on your turn, you can reduce that You can create a longbow using your Pact of the
creatures speed by 10 feet until the end of your Blade feature. When you draw back its string
next turn. and fire, it creates an arrow of white wood,
which vanishes after 1 minute. You have
Gaze of Khirad advantage on attack rolls against lycanthropes
Prerequisite: 7th level, the Great Old One patron with the bow. When you hit a creature with it,
You gain the piercing gaze of the blue star you can expend a spell slot to deal an additional
Khirad. As an action, you can see through solid 2d8 radiant damage to the target per spell level.
objects to a range of 30 feet until the end of the
current turn. During that time, you perceive Path of the Seeker
objects as ghostly, transparent images. Prerequisite: The Seeker patron
The Seeker bids you to travel in search of
Grasp of Hadar knowledge, and little can prevent you from
Prerequisite: The Great Old One patron, eldritch waling this path. You ignore difficult terrain,
blast cantrip have advantage on all checks to escape a grapple,
Once during your turn when you hit a creature manacles, or rope bindings, and advantage on
with your eldritch blast cantrip, you can move saving throws against being paralyzed.

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Raven Queens Blessing Superior Pact Weapon
Prerequisite: Raven Queen patron, eldritch blast Prerequisite: 9th level, Pact of the Blade feature
cantrip
Any weapon you create using your Pact of the
When you score a critical hit with your eldritch Blade feature is a +2 weapon. This invocation
blast cantrip, pick yourself or an ally you can see doesnt affect a magic weapon you transformed
within 30 feet of you. The chosen creature can into your pact weapon.
immediately expend a Hit Die to regain hit points
equal to the roll + the creatures Constitution Tomb of Levistus
modifier (minimum of 1 hit point). Prerequisite: The Fiend patron
As a reaction when you take damage, you can
Relentless Hex entomb yourself in ice, which melts away at the
Prerequisite: 5th level, the Hexblade patron
end of your next turn. You gain 10 temporary hit
Your Hexblades Curse creates a temporary bond points per warlock level, which take as much of
between you and your target. As a bonus action, the triggering damage as possible. You also gain
you can magically teleport to a space you can see vulnerability to fire damage, your speed drops to
within 5 feet of the target cursed by your 0, and you are incapacitated. All of these effects
Hexblades Curse. To do so, you must be able to end when the ice melts.
see the target and must be within 30 feet of it. Once you use this invocation, you cant use it
again until you finish a short or long rest.
Sea Twins Gift
Prerequisite: The Archfey patron Ultimate Pact Weapon
Prerequisite: 15th level, Pact of the Blade feature
The Sea Twins rule seas in the Feywild. Their gift
allows you to travel through water with ease. Any weapon you create using your Pact of the
You can breathe underwater, and you gain a Blade feature is a +3 weapon. This invocation
swimming speed equal to your walking speed. doesnt affect a magic weapon you transformed
You can also cast water breathing using a into your pact weapon.
warlock spell slot. Once you cast it using this
invocation, you cant do so again until you finish
a long rest. Arcane Tradition
At 2nd level, a wizard gains the Arcane Tradition
Seekers Speech feature. Here is a new playtest option for that
Prerequisite: The Seeker patron feature: Lore Mastery.

Your quest for knowledge allows you to master


any spoken language. When you complete a long
Lore Mastery
rest, you can pick two languages. You gain the Lore Mastery is an arcane tradition fixated on
ability to speak, read, and write the chosen understanding the underlying mechanics of
languages until you finish your next long rest. magic. It is the most academic of all arcane
traditions. The promise of uncovering new
Shroud of Ulban knowledge or proving (or discrediting) a theory
Prerequisite: 18th level, the Great Old One patron of magic is usually required to rouse its
The blue-white star Ulban maintains a fickle practitioners from their laboratories, academies,
presence among the stars, fluttering into view and archives to pursue a life of adventure.
only to herald a dire omen. As an action, you can Known as savants, followers of this tradition
turn invisible for 1 minute. If you attack, deal are a bookish lot who see beauty and mystery in
damage, or force a creature to make a saving the application of magic. The results of a spell
throw, you become visible at the end of the are less interesting to them than the process that
current turn. creates it. Some savants take a haughty attitude
toward those who follow a tradition focused on a
single school of magic, seeing them as provincial
and lacking the sophistication needed to master
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countering ignorance and deception with deep spell slot, you can expend one additional spell
knowledge and good humor. slot to augment its effects for this casting, mixing
the raw stuff of magic into your spell to amplify
Lore Master it. The effect depends on the spell slot you
Starting at 2nd level, you become a compendium expend.
of knowledge on a vast array of topics. Your An additional 1st-level spell slot can increase
proficiency bonus is doubled for any ability the spells raw force. If you roll damage for the
check you make that uses the Arcana, History, spell when you cast it, increase the damage
Nature, or Religion skill if you are proficient in against every target by 2d10 force damage. If the
that skill. spell can deal damage on more than one turn, it
In addition, your analytical abilities are so deals this extra force damage only on the turn
well-honed that your initiative in combat can be you cast the spell.
driven by mental agility, rather than physical An additional 2nd-level spell slot can
agility. When you roll initiative, it is either an increase the spells range. If the spells range is at
Intelligence check or a Dexterity check for you least 30 feet, it becomes 1 mile.
(your choice). An additional 3rd-level spell slot can increase
the spells potency. Increase the spells save DC
Spell Secrets by 2.
At 2nd level, you master the first in a series of
arcane secrets uncovered by your extensive Prodigious Memory
studies. At 10th level, you have attained a greater
When you cast a spell with a spell slot and the mastery of spell preparation. As a bonus action,
spell deals acid, cold, fire, force, lightning, you can replace one spell you have prepared
necrotic, radiant, or thunder damage, you can with another spell from your spellbook. You
substitute that damage type with one other type cant use this feature again until you finish a
from that list (you can change only one damage short or long rest.
type per casting of a spell). You replace one
energy type for another by altering the spells Master of Magic
formula as you cast it. At 14th level, your knowledge of magic allows
When you cast a spell with a spell slot and the you to duplicate almost any spell. As a bonus
spell requires a saving throw, you can change the action, you can call to mind the ability to cast one
saving throw from one ability score to another of spell of your choice from any classs spell list.
your choice. Once you change a saving throw in The spell must be of a level for which you have
this way, you cant do so again until you finish a spell slots, you mustnt have it prepared, and you
short or long rest. follow the normal rules for casting it, including
expending a spell slot. If the spell isnt a wizard
Altering Spells spell, it counts as a wizard spell when you cast it.
While the Spell Secrets feature offers increased The ability to cast the spell vanishes from your
versatility, at the table its effects can be difficult to spot mind when you cast it or when the current turn
by the other players. If youre playing a savant, take a ends.
moment to describe how you alter your spells. Think of You cant use this feature again until you finish
a signature change your character is particularly proud a long rest.
of. Be inventive, and make the game more fun for
everyone by playing up the sudden, unexpected tricks
you character can employ. For example, a fireball
transformed to require a Strength save might become a
sphere of burning rock that shatters and slams into its
target. A charm person that requires a Constitution save
might take the form of a vaporous narcotic that alters
the targets mood.

Alchemical Casting
At 6th level, you learn to augment spells in a
variety of ways. When you cast a spell with a

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Unearthed Arcana: Mass Combat
This Is Playtest Material in large enough groups. For instance, five CR 1/2
The material here is presented for playtesting and to creatures provide a BR of +1. Smaller groups of
spark your imagination. These game mechanics are in CR 1/2 creatures provide no BR.
draft form, usable in your campaign but not refined by In combat, a units BR can be reduced by being
design iterations or full game development. They arent attacked, going as low as 0 or a negative number.
officially part of the game and arent permitted in D&D See the Attacks section later in these rules for
Adventurers League events. details.
If we decide to make this material official, it will be
refined based on your feedback, and then it will appear Battle Rating by Challenge Rating
in a D&D book. CR BR
1/8 +1 per 20 creatures
The mass combat rules are designed to allow 1/4 +1 per 10 creatures
you, the DM, to determine the outcome of battles 1/2 +1 per 5 creatures
involving hundreds of combatants with a few die 1 +1 per 2 creatures
rolls. It also zooms down into the action with 2 +1
enough detail to allow player characters the 3 +2
chance to affect the outcome of a battle. 4 +3
The system works by giving each creature a 5 +4
battle rating based on the creatures challenge 6 +5
rating. Battle rating is an abstract measure of a 7 +6
creatures combat effectiveness. 8 +8
To make managing hundreds, or even 9 +10
thousands, of creatures at a time easier, 10 +12
creatures in the mass combat system are 11 +16
organized into units. A unit might include 12 +18
13 +22
hundreds of individuals.
14 +26
Each unit involved in a battle also has a
15 +30
morale rating. Morale measures the units
16 +34
motivation to engage in battle. Units with high 17 +38
morale are willing to fight to the death, while 18 +42
ones with low morale are likely to fall apart in 19 +46
the face of adversity. 20 +50
Commanders play a key role in resolving
battles. Each unit has a commander, whose
Charisma modifiers applies to initiative and
Creating Units
morale. A unit is a single, cohesive group of soldiers that
is organized to fight together. A unit can
Battle Rating comprise up to 400 Tiny, Small, or Medium
creatures. Larger creatures take up more space
The mass combat rules rely on a creatures battle when counting toward that limit, as shown in the
rating (BR) to summarize its effectiveness in Creature Size in Units table. To count toward a
combat. A creatures BR is based on its challenge units limit, a creature must have a BR.
rating (CR), as shown in the Battle Rating by
Challenge Rating table. BR encompasses a Creature Size in Units
creatures attacks, hit points, AC, and special Size Space in Unit
abilities by relying on CR as a summary of its Tiny 1
power. Small 1
BR starts as a bonus, from +1 to +50. A Medium 1
creature of CR 1 or lower is too weak to provide Large 4
a BR on its own. The table shows that such Huge 9
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For example, a unit could include 50 Large investment in the outcome, and any other factors
creatures and 200 Medium ones. The total space that you think should play a role.
taken up is 400, 200 for the Large creatures and
200 for the Medium ones. Morale Ratings
Morale Description
Commanders 10 Openly rebellious
8 Mutinous
Each unit must have a commander. The
4 Disgruntled
commander needs to be one of the creatures
2 Shaky
included in the unit but does not count toward
0 The typical unit
determining the units size. Note the +2 Motivated
commanders Charisma modifier. +4 Stalwart
+8 Fanatic
BR Total +10 Unbreakable
Once you have created a unit, total up the BR
values of its creatures, including its commander. As a rule of thumb, start a units morale at 0 on
The total is the units BR. the Morale Ratings table. For each factor that
For creatures that are mounted, such as decreases the units morale, shift one row up the
knights riding a horse, add the BR for the mounts table. For each factor that improves it, shift one
based on their CR, just as you would for any row down. When youre done with this exercise,
other creatures. you have a good idea of the units morale rating.
Or you can simply assign a morale rating based
Unit Space on your judgment.
A unit takes up a space that measures 100 feet Finally, you alter the morale rating based on
on each side regardless of how many creatures the unit commanders Charisma modifier. Add
are in it. The units size is an abstraction to make the commanders Charisma modifier to the units
tracking units on the battlefield easy in play. morale, to reflect the commanders ability to
motivate and lead.
Ranged Attackers
A unit can make ranged attacks if all its Factors Affecting Morale
members, other than its commander, can make Here are some of the factors that can reduce a
an attack with a range of at least 100 feet on an units morale rating:
at-will basis. If this is the case, note the shortest
maximum range of its members ranged attacks. poor treatment by a commander or allies
This is the units maximum range. animosity toward an allied unit
low or no pay
Unit Design no stake in the battles outcome
Its best to organize similar or identical creatures into a incompetent or ill-prepared commanders
unit. The rules aim to remain simple by reducing a units a daunting, overwhelming foe
abilities to the lowest common denominator. poor equipment

Morale Rating The reverse of any of those factors can improve


morale.
Morale is a rating like an ability score modifier. It
ranges from 10 to +10. These rules sometimes
require a unit to make a check using its morale
Running Battles
rating; roll a d20, add the units morale rating, These rules use a structure like the combat rules
and compare the total to the relevant DC, just as in the Players Handbook. The biggest change
for an ability check. centers on resolving attacks, which uses BR
You select a morale rating for each unit rather than attack rolls, AC, and damage.
involved in a battle. Assign the rating based on
how the unit has been treated by its allies and Time
commanders, the stakes of the battle, the units The mass combat rules use a timescale different
from the regular combat rules, with 1 round

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representing 1 minute of action. This timescale attacks at. Full details on resolving attacks are
accounts for the time and complexity needed to given in the Attacks section below.
maneuver hundreds or even thousands of Dash. A unit that dashes increases its speed for
combatants. its turn. This increase equals the units speed.
Defend. A unit that defends focuses on
Initiative building a shield wall or otherwise making itself
You dont roll initiative for units. Instead, each harder to hurt. Until the end of its next turn,
unit has a fixed initiative: units that attack it suffer disadvantage on their
BR checks.
Initiative = 10 + unit morale rating + Disengage. A unit that is adjacent to an enemy
commanders Charisma modifier unit normally cant move. If the unit takes the
Disengage action, it has the chance to move
Units act in order of initiative, from highest to away. The unit must immediately make a DC 10
lowest as normal. In the event of a tie, randomly morale check. If it fails, it loses its action and
determine the order in which the tied units act. doesnt move. If it succeeds, it can move up to
Determine this once, and then use that order for half its speed. During this move, it doesnt need
the rest of the combat. to stop if it moves adjacent to an enemy unit.
As in the regular combat rules, a unit can move Guard. A unit that guards prepares to attack
and take one action on its turn (see Action any enemy that draws close to it. The next time
Options below). A unit can use some or all of its an enemy unit enters a space adjacent to this
movement before taking its action, and can then unit, it immediately makes an attack against the
use the rest of its movement after acting. enemy unit.

Speed Attacks
A units speed equals 10 times the lowest speed Attacks in the mass combat rules use opposed
of its members. It can use movement modes, BR checks to determine which side has the upper
such as flight, only if every member of the unit hand.
can use it. Dont count the speed of mounted A unit can attack an adjacent enemy unit if any
creatures when determining the units speed and creature in the unit is within 5 feet of the target.
movement types. The riders use their mounts to It can make an attack at range if all its members
move. can make ranged attacks that can reach the
Movement. A unit must stop moving if it target.
moves adjacent to an enemy unit, and a unit When a unit attacks a target, the attacking unit
cant move if it is adjacent to an enemy unit, rolls a d20 and adds its BR, as does the target.
unless it uses the Disengage action that turn. You then compare the results to determine the
Otherwise, use the rules for movement from result of the fight:
the Players Handbook to resolve how far a unit
can move. Tie. Nothing happens if the attacker and the
Miniatures. It helps to use miniatures to track target tie.
battles of great size. For these rules, use a grid or Target Wins. If the targets total is higher, the
hexes with each square/hex measuring 100 feet attack has no effect.
on a side and with one miniature per unit. Attacker Wins by 10 or Less. The attacker
When moving, a unit can move into a scores casualties, but not enough to break the
square/hex if the unit has at least half the target unit. The targets BR is reduced by 2.
movement needed to enter it available. Attacker Wins by 11 or More. The attacker
scores heavy casualties on the target. The
Action Options targets BR is reduced by 5, and it must
When a unit takes its action, it chooses one of the immediately make a DC 10 morale check. If the
following action options: Attack, Dash, Defend, check fails, the unit flees the battle and is
Disengage, or Guard. Each option is described eliminated. Remove it from play.
below. The attacker can gain advantage or suffer
Attack. An attack is an opposed check between disadvantage on its BR roll, based on the
a units BR and its targets BR. A unit can attack following factors:
at any range that all of its members can make

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Advantage Character Abilities
The attacker is on higher ground, such as uphill from the Whatever way the characters are involved in a
defender. mass combat, resolve their features, spells, and
The defender is adjacent to at least one enemy unit,
other abilities using the standard rules, rather
other than the attacker.
than the mass combat rules. For example, a wall
of ice can block a 100-foot long line. If a unit
Disadvantage moves next to it, use the individual members
The defender is partially behind a wall or similar cover.
stats to make their saving throws and apply
The defender is adjacent to at least two friendly units.
damage. If members of a unit are killed,
recalculate the units BR after removing the
Abstraction and Battle Rating casualties.
Remember that the mass combat rules are designed to Adjudicating these effects requires your
make running big, important battles fast and easy. It judgment as DM. Consider the nature of the
uses BR to summarize a creatures spells, special situation, how a unit interacts with a spell or
abilities, and so on. There are no special rules for other effect, and apply the effects as you see fit.
resistance or spell casting because the rules assume that
Going back to wall of ice, you might judge that
CR has already accounted for them.
30 creatures from a unit attempt to smash it
Morale Checks down. Those creatures suffer the walls effects,
In addition to the morale checks caused by but they also have a chance to damage it. Use the
certain actions, a unit must make a morale check rules for handling mobs on page 250 of the
if certain conditions occur during the battle: Dungeon Masters Guide to speed things up.

Casualties. If a unit is reduced to half or less of Character-Scale Combat


its starting BR, it must immediately make a DC You can think of the mass combat rules as
15 morale check. If it fails, it is eliminated from looking at a battle from high altitude. You lose
the battle. Remove it from play. detail but can see and manage the big picture.
Friendly Casualties. If a friendly unit within When PCs take part in a battle, your view can
500 feet of the unit is eliminated, the unit must zoom down to experience the action in more
immediately make a DC 10 morale check. If it detail.
fails, the unit cant move or take actions on its When characters battle units, you can use the
next turn. standard combat rules, with the guidelines for
resolving mob attacks (see Handling Mobs in
Characters in Mass Combat the Dungeon Masters Guide, page 250).
You may decide that all or part of a unit stops
The real fun of running a mass battle is giving to fight the PCs. Pause the mass battle, and
player characters and important NPCs a chance resolve the characters fight like a normal
to affect the outcome. You might be tempted to combat, until you are satisfied that you have
absorb such characters into units and ignore reached a conclusion, with either side defeated
their special abilities. You can do so by using the or driven off. You can then resume the mass
rules for determining CR in the Dungeon Masters combat.
Guide to assign CRs to the characters. However,
mass battles are more fun for players when they Characters in Units
have a chance to engage in heroics that alter the If the characters join a unit, dont include them in
course of the fight. the units size or BR calculation. Instead, when
You can give the characters an opportunity to the unit attacks, allow the characters to make
shine by pausing the large-scale battle and their own separate attacks, cast spells, and to use
letting them engage in a regular combat (see magic items against the enemy unit using the
Character-Scale Combat below) or by letting guidelines given above. Allow them to pick out
them use their abilities from within a unit (see which members of the unit they want to target,
Characters in Units below). in case the unit is composed of several types of
creatures. Characters attacking in this manner
can target only creatures included in the target
units BR.

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On the units turn, each character has one turn NPCs, PCs, and Battle Rating
to make attacks, cast spells, use a magic item, or You can always calculate a characters BR and simply
the like. Resolve the characters attacks and include it in a unit, though the level of abstraction in the
spells and determine how many targets they rules removes individual actions from a players control.
eliminate. Determine how the loss of those This approach is best for NPCs who are commanders or
creatures reduces the units BR, then resolve the who are background players in the battle.
unit fight as normal. Treat critical NPCs, such as important villains and
If a spell or effect leaves a creature unable to rivals, in the same way you would manage PCs. Let the
move or take actions, count that creature as players seek them out, for the clash between them is
eliminated for the rest of the battle. undoubtedly a critical event in determining how the
If the characters unit comes under attack, battle unfolds.
resolve the fight as normal. The results dont
apply to the characters. If their unit is
eliminated, they remain on the battlefield and
can continue to act.

Critical Events
In addition to allowing characters to take part in
fights between units, think of critical events that
might take place during the battle and give
characters a chance to take part in those events.
Critical events can include the following:

Prevent enemy scouts from seizing a bridge or


other position.
Assassinate an enemy commander.
Hold attackers away from a gate while friendly
soldiers repair it.
Sneak into an enemy stronghold to sabotage
its defenses.
Destroy an approaching siege engine.
Steal the enemys battle plans.

These critical events play out just like short


adventures. You should map the area, determine
the opposition, and prepare any NPCs as needed.
When creating critical events, think about the
consequences for success and failure. What
happens if the PCs manage to destroy a bridge
the enemy needs to cross a river? If the PCs dont
raise the castle gates by dawn, what happens
next?
The situation at the start of a clash could be
dictated by the PCs success or failure
beforehand. An enemy unit might start a battle
in a strong position, lurking in a village with
cover, because the PCs failed to outmaneuver
them. Or the PCs might destroy an evil wizards
castle gate, rendering his fortification useless in
the coming battle.

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Unearthed Arcana: Traps Revisited
This Is Playtest Material saving throw DC, and what happens on a hit or
The material here is presented for playtesting and to failed saving throw.
spark your imagination. These game mechanics are in Countermeasures. A trap can be defeated in a
draft form, usable in your campaign but not refined by variety of ways. This section of a traps
design iterations or full game development and editing. description details the checks or spells that can
They arent officially part of the game and arent detect and disable it. It also specifies what
permitted in D&D Adventurers League events. happens, if anything, on a failed attempt to
If we decide to make this material official, it will be disable it.
refined based on your feedback, and then it will appear
in a D&D book. Running a Simple Trap
The rules for traps in the Dungeon Masters Guide When managing a simple trap in play, start by
provide the basic information you need to making note of the characters passive
manage traps at the game table. The material Perception scores. Most traps allow Wisdom
here builds on the DMG rules and provides more (Perception) checks to detect their triggers or
guidance on creating traps of your own. other elements that can tip off their presence. If
Rather than focus on traps as mechanical or you stop to ask for checks, the players might
magical, these rules separate traps into two suspect a hidden danger.
categories: simple traps and complex traps. When a trap triggers, apply its effects as
specified in its description. Be sure of the
players intended actions before a trap activates
Simple Traps so that it springs into action based on what the
A simple trap activates and is then harmless. A players want to do, rather than a course of action
hidden pit dug at the entrance of a goblin lair, a theyre arguing about or merely considering.
poison needle that pops from a lock, and a If the players discover a trap, be open to
crossbow rigged to fire when an intruder steps adjudicating their ideas for defeating it. The
on a pressure plate are all simple traps. traps description is a starting point for
countermeasures, rather than a complete
Describing a Simple Trap definition.
The players should be specific in how they
Simple traps require three elements to function:
want to defeat the trap. Simply stating the desire
a trigger, an effect they have once triggered, and
to make a check isnt enough. Ask the players
the measures that can defeat them. In addition, a
where their characters are positioned and what
trap is given a level and an overall description of
they intend to do to defeat the trap. A player
the threat it poses.
cant just say, I use thieves tools to disable it.
Level and Threat. A traps level is expressed
Thats too murky. The player instead should
as a range of levels to give you an idea of its
describe something like, I use my thieves tools
relative strength (levels 14, 510, 1116, and
to examine the lock and attempt to disable the
1720). It is then labeled as a moderate,
poison needle inside it. The last thing you want
dangerous, or deadly threat. The traps label tells
is confusion over where the characters are
you how powerful the trap is compared to others
located if a trap activates.
of its level range.
As a default, overcoming a simple trap offers
Trigger. A simple trap has a trigger that
no experience point reward. If the characters
describes what causes the trap to activate. The
uncover the trap and avoid or disable it, their
triggers description includes its location and the
reward is dodging a threatening element of the
action that causes it to activate.
dungeon. If they stumble into it, they must cope
Effect. A traps effect describes what happens
with the consequences of a more dangerous
when its trigger activates. The trap might fire a
situation.
dart, unleash a cloud of poison gas, cause a
hidden point to open, and so on. The effect
specifies who the trap targets, its attack bonus or

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Example Simple Traps Falling Gate
Simple trap (level 14, deadly threat)
Here are examples of simple traps that you can
Some folk who build dungeons, such as mad
use to populate your adventures or as models for
wizards in search of new victims, have no
your own creations.
intention of allowing their visitors to make an
easy escape. This trap is fiendish because it
Bear Trap causes a gate to drop some distance away from
Simple trap (level 14, dangerous threat)
the pressure plate. The gate might close off the
A bear trap resembles a set of iron jaws that dungeon entrance, which is hundreds of feet
springs shut when stepped on, clamping down away. Adventurers dont know they are trapped
on a creatures leg. The trap is spiked in the until they decide to head back to town.
ground, leaving the victim immobilized. Trigger. A creature that steps on the pressure
Trigger. A creature that steps on the bear trap plate triggers this trap.
triggers it. Effect. The trap causes an iron gate to drop
Effect. The trap makes an attack against the from the ceiling, blocking the exit from the maze.
triggering creature. The attack has a +8 attack Countermeasures. A DC 20 Wisdom
bonus and deals 5 (1d10) piercing damage on a (Perception) check reveals the pressure plate. A
hit. This attack cant gain advantage or DC 20 Dexterity check made with thieves tools
disadvantage. A creature hit by the trap has its disables it, but a check result of 5 or less triggers
speed reduced to 0. It cant move until it breaks the trap.
free of the trap with a successful Strength check
(DC 15) made by it or another creature adjacent Fiery Blast
to the trap. Simple trap (level 510, dangerous threat)
Countermeasures. A DC 10 Wisdom
The temple of Pyremius, a god of fire, is plagued
(Perception) check reveals the trap. A DC 10
by thieves who seek to steal the fire opals
Dexterity check made with thieves tools
collected by the priests in tribute to their god. A
disables it.
mosaic on the floor of the entryway to the inner
sanctum delivers a fiery rebuke to intruders.
Crossbow Trap Trigger. Anyone stepping on the mosaic
Simple trap (level 14, dangerous threat)
causes fire to erupt from it. Those openly
A crossbow trap is a favorite of kobolds and wearing holy symbols of Pyremius dont trigger
other creatures that rely on traps to defend their this trap.
lairs. It consists of a tripwire run across a Effect. A 15-foot cone of fire erupts, covering
hallway and connected to a pair of carefully the pressure plate and the area around it. Each
hidden heavy crossbows. The crossbows are creature in the cone must make a DC 15
aimed to fire down the hallway at anyone who Dexterity saving throw, taking 24 (7d6) fire
triggers the tripwire. damage on a failed save, or half as much damage
Trigger. A creature that walks through the on a successful one.
tripwire triggers the trap. Countermeasures. A DC 15 Intelligence
Effect. The trap makes two attacks against the (Investigation) check reveals ash and faint burn
triggering creature. Each attack has a +8 attack marks in the shape of the fiery cone created by
bonus and deals 5 (1d10) piercing damage on a this trap. A DC 15 Intelligence (Religion) check
hit. This attack cant gain advantage or allows a creature to destroy the trap by defacing
disadvantage. a key rune in the mosaic; failing this check
Countermeasures. A DC 15 Wisdom causes the trap to activate. A successful dispel
(Perception) check reveals the tripwire. A DC 15 magic (DC 15) cast on the runes destroys the
Dexterity check made with thieves tools trap.
disables the tripwire, but a check result of 5 or
less triggers the trap.

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Net Trap Trigger. Anyone attempting to pick or open
Simple trap (level 14, dangerous threat) the lock triggers the trap.
Effect. The triggering creature must make a DC
Goblins, with their propensity to enslave their 20 Constitution saving throw. On a failed save,
enemies, prefer traps that leave intruders intact the creature takes 14 (4d6) poison damage and
for work in the goblins mines or elsewhere. is poisoned for 10 minutes. While poisoned in
Trigger. A tripwire strung across a hallway is this way, the creature is paralyzed. On a
rigged to a large net. If the tripwire is broken, the successful save, the creature takes half as much
net falls on intruders. An iron bell is also rigged damage and isnt poisoned.
to the tripwire. It rings when the trap activates, Countermeasures. A DC 20 Wisdom
alerting nearby guards. (Perception) check reveals the needle, but only if
Effect. A net covering a 10-foot-by-10-foot a character inspects the lock. A DC 20 Dexterity
area centered on the tripwire falls to the floor as check made with thieves tools disables the
a bell rings. Any creature fully within this area needle, but a check result of 10 or less triggers
must succeed on a DC 15 Dexterity saving throw the trap.
or be restrained. A creature can use its action to
make a DC 10 Strength check to try to free itself Scything Blade
or another creature in the net. Dealing 5 slashing Simple trap (level 510, dangerous threat)
damage to the net (AC 10) also frees a creature
without harming the creature. These deadly blades sweep down through a
Countermeasures. A DC 15 Wisdom chamber. A wooden lever activates this trap
(Perception) check reveals the tripwire and the when it is pulled. Kobolds particularly love this
net. A DC 15 Dexterity check made with thieves style of trap, as it puts bigger creatures in
tools disables the tripwire without dropping the danger.
net or ringing the bell; failing the check causes Trigger. When the lever is pulled, the trap
the trap to activate. activates.
Effect. Each Medium or larger creature in a 5-
Pit Trap foot-wide and 20-foot-long area must make a DC
Simple trap (level 14, moderate threat) 15 Dexterity saving throw, taking 14 (4d6)
slashing damage on a failed save, or half as much
This trap consists of a 10-foot deep pit, damage on a successful one.
concealed by a tattered canvass covered with Countermeasures. The lever isnt hidden. A
leaves and dirt. This type of trap is useful for DC 15 Intelligence (Investigation) check reveals
blocking off the entrance to a monster lair and scrape marks and blood stains in the traps area
usually has narrow, safe ledges along its sides. of effect. A DC 15 Dexterity check made with
Trigger. Anyone stepping on the canvass thieves tools disables the lever.
might fall into the pit.
Effect. The triggering creature must make a DC Sleep of Ages
10 Dexterity saving throw. On a successful save, Simple trap (level 1116, deadly threat)
the creature catches on the pits edge or
instinctively steps back. Otherwise, the creature A pressure plate unleashes a spell that threatens
falls into the pit and takes 3 (1d6) bludgeoning to send intruders into a deep slumber. The
damage from the fall. dungeons guardians can then dispose of the
Countermeasures. A DC 10 Wisdom sleepers.
(Perception) check reveals the canvass. A 1-foot Trigger. Stepping on the pressure plate
wide ledge around the edge of the pit is safe to triggers this trap.
cross. Effect. When activated, this trap casts a sleep
spell centered on the pressure plate using a 9th-
Poison Needle level spell slot.
Simple trap (level 14, deadly threat) Countermeasures. A DC 20 Wisdom
(Perception) check reveals the pressure plate. A
A tiny, poisoned needle hidden in a lock is the DC 20 Intelligence (Arcana) check made within 5
perfect way to discourage thieves from feet of the pressure plate disables the trap, but a
plundering a hoard. Such a trap is usually put in check result of 10 or less triggers it. A successful
a chest or in the door to a treasure chamber.

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dispel magic (DC 19) cast on the pressure plate of fire that fill a room, poison gas, and so on.
destroys the trap. Saving throwsusually Dexterity or
Constitutionallow creatures to avoid or
Designing Simple Traps mitigate the traps effects.

You can create a simple trap by using the Level and Lethality
following guidelines. You can also adapt the Before creating a traps effects, think about its
example traps by modifying DCs and damage level and its lethality.
values, based on the target level and threat for Traps are divided into four level ranges, 1st
the trap. 4th, 5th10th, 11th16th, and 17th20th. A
traps level range gives you a starting point for
Purpose its potency.
Before diving into the details of your trap, think To further calibrate the traps strength, pick
about its purpose. Why would someone build whether it is a moderate, dangerous, or deadly
this trap? What is its purpose? Think of the threat within its level range. A moderate trap is
traps creator, the creators purpose, and the unlikely to kill a character and is the weakest
location that the trap protects. Traps have trap type. Dangerous traps deal enough damage
context in the world, and that context drives the that a character hit by one is eager for healing. A
traps nature and effects. deadly trap might reduce a creature to 0 hit
Described below are a few of the purposes a points in one shot, and leaves most creatures in
trap might have. Use them to inspire the creation need of a short or long rest.
of your own traps. Consult the following tables when nailing
Alarm. An alarm trap is designed to alert an down a traps effects. The Trap Save DCs and
areas occupants of intruders. It might cause a Attack Bonuses table provides guidelines for a
bell or gong to sound. This type of trap rarely traps save DC, check DC, and attack bonus. The
involves a saving throw. check DC is the default number used for any
Delay. These traps serve to slow down check used to interact with the trap.
intruders, giving a dungeons inhabitants time to The Damage Severity by Level table lists the
mount a defense or flee. A hidden pit is the typical damage a trap deals at certain character
classic example of this trap. A 10-foot-deep pit levels. The damage listed assumes the trap
usually deals little damage and is easy to escape, damages one creature. Use d6s for damage in
but it slows down intruders. Other examples place of d10s for traps that can affect more than
include collapsing walls, a portcullis that drops one character at a time.
from the ceiling, and a locking mechanism that The Spell Equivalent by Level lists the spell
shuts and bars a door. These traps, when they slot level that is appropriate for the given
directly threaten characters, usually require a character level and the danger posed by the trap.
Dexterity saving throw to avoid. A spell is a great shortcut to use when designing
Restrain. A restraining trap tries to keep its a trap, whether the trap duplicates the spell (a
victims in place, leaving them unable to move. mirror that throws charm person on whoever
These traps are most useful when combined looks into it) or uses its effects (an alchemical
with a regular guard patrol, but in ancient device that explodes like fireball). Note that the
dungeons the guards might be long gone. These Deadly entry for characters above 17th level
traps usually require a Strength saving throw to suggests combining a 9th and 5th level spell into
avoid, but some dont allow saves. In addition to one effect. In this case, pick two spells, or
dealing damage, they also render a creature combine the effects of a spell cast using a 9th-
unable to move. A subsequent, successful level and a 5th-level slot.
Strength check (use the saving throw DC) or
damage against the trap can break it and free the Trap Save DCs and Attack Bonuses
captive. Examples include a bear trap, a cage that Trap Danger Save/Check DC Attack Bonus
drops from a ceiling, or a device that flings a net. Moderate 10 +5
Slay. These traps are designed to eliminate Dangerous 15 +8
intruders. They include poisoned needles that Deadly 20 +12
spring out when a lock is tampered with, blasts

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DC of 15. Exceptionally devious pitfalls might
Damage Severity by Level have a DC of 25.
Character You must then put some thought into what
Level Moderate Dangerous Deadly characters learn with a successful check. In most
1st4th 5 (1d10) 11 (2d10) 22 (4d10) cases, the check reveals the trap. In other cases,
5th10th 11 (2d10) 22 (4d10) 55 (10d10) it uncovers useful clues but still requires some
11th16th 22 (4d10) 55 (10d10) 99 (18d10) deduction. The characters might succeed on the
17th20th 55 (10d10) 99 (18d10) 132 (24d10) check but still trigger the trap if they fail to
understand what they have learned.
Spell Equivalent by Level
Character Perception and Investigation
Level Moderate Dangerous Deadly A Wisdom (Perception) check that reveals a tripwire
1st4th Cantrip 1st 2nd doesnt tell the players what happens if they break the
5th10th 1st 3rd 6th tripwire. They spot it before blundering into it, but must
11th16th 3rd 6th 9th still decide what to do next. The nature of the item is
17th20th 6th 9th 9th + 5th not in question, but you might not spot it. A successful
check reveals it.
An Intelligence (Investigation) check reveals that the
Triggers scuff marks and wear pattern show that a doorknob can
A trigger is the circumstance that needs to take
turn both ways, but is most often turned clockwise. The
place to activate the trap. players must still decide how to open the door. The item
Decide what causes the trap to activate and is obvious, but its true nature is obscured. A successful
determine how the characters can find the check reveals the clues that point to the items purpose.
trigger. Here are some example triggers:
Effects
a pressure plate that, when stepped on, Designing a traps effects is a straightforward
activates the trap process. The tables for save DCs, attack bonuses,
a tripwire that springs a trap when it is damage, and the like give you a starting point for
broken, usually when someone walks through most simple traps that deal damage.
it For traps with more complex effects, your best
a doorknob that activates a trap when it is starting point is to use the Spell Equivalent by
turned the wrong way Level table to find the best match for your traps
a door or chest that triggers a trap when it is intended effect. Spells are a good starting point
opened because they are compact pieces of game design
that deliver specific effects.
A trigger usually needs to be hidden to be Once you have chosen the effect the trap
effective. Otherwise, avoiding the trap is trivially delivers, choose its damage, attack bonus, and
easy. save DC. If you are using a spell as a starting
A trigger requires a Wisdom (Perception) point, check to see if you need to tweak its
check if simply spotting it reveals its nature. The effects to fit the traps nature. For instance, you
characters can foil a pit trap hidden by a leaf- can easily change the damage type a spell
covered net if they spot the pit through a gap in delivers or the saving throw it requires.
the leaves. A tripwire is foiled if spotted, as is a
pressure plate.
Other traps require careful inspection and
Disarming Simple Traps
Simple traps require a single ability check to
deduction to notice. A doorknob opens a door
disarm. Imagine how the trap operates, and then
when turned to the left, but activates a trap
think about how the characters can overcome it.
when turned to the right. Such a subtle trap
Not all traps can be disarmed in a traditional
requires a successful Intelligence (Investigation)
way. A hidden pit trap is effectively disarmed
check to notice. The trigger is obvious.
when the characters notice it. The characters can
Understanding its nature is not.
simply walk around it or climb down one side,
The DC of the check, regardless of its type,
walk across it, and climb up the other side.
depends on the skill and care taken to conceal
Once you determine how a trap can be
the trap. Most traps require a DC 20 check to
disarmed, pick the appropriate ability and skill
spot, but a poorly made or hastily built trap has a

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combinations that characters can use. In most before they can reach a critical location, giving
cases, a Dexterity check made with thieves tools, the dungeons denizens a chance to mount a
a Strength (Athletics) check, or an Intelligence defense.
(Arcana) check can overcome a trap. Treasure chests, doors to vaults, and any other
A Dexterity check made with thieves tools can barrier or container that holds a valuable
apply to any trap with a mechanical element. treasure is the ideal location for a slaying trap. In
Thieves tools can be used to safely disable a this case, the trap is the final line of defense that
tripwire or pressure plate, disassemble a poison can eliminate a thief or intruder.
needle mechanism, or stop up a valve that leaks Alarm traps, since they pose no direct physical
poisonous gas into a room. threat, are ideal for areas that are used by a
Strength checks are useful for traps that can be dungeons denizens. If a stumbling goblin
destroyed or held back through brute force. A activates an alarm trap, theres no real harm
scything blade can be broken, a collapsing roof done. The alarm sounds, the guards arrive, they
held in place, a net torn apart. berate the clumsy goblin, and then they reset the
Magical traps can be disabled by someone who trap. Of course, an alarm trap that is triggered on
can undermine the magic used to power them. accident too often might fail to generate a quick
An Intelligence (Arcana) check allows a response from defenders.
character to figure out how the trap functions Above all else, place traps logically and with
and how to disable its magic. A statue that consideration to the time and effort needed to
belches a jet of magical flame might be disabled make them. If your adventures are sown with
when one of its glass eyes is shattered, too many traps, the game grinds to a halt as the
disrupting the magic that powers it. players search every square inch of a dungeon
Finally, decide if there are any drawbacks to a for tripwires and pressure plates.
failed attempt to disable the trap. If so, pick a Its all right if the players correctly deduce a
threshold for the check result or decide that any traps presence. That means your trap was
failure activates the trap. If the result hits that placed logically and the players are engaged with
threshold or lower, the trap activates. This the game.
option is a useful tool to make a trap feel
dangerous even if the characters have Complex Traps
discovered it. A trap that can be disabled without
any danger is like a monster that cant fight back. A complex trap poses multiple dangers to
Of course, use logic to guide your decisions. This adventurers. Once a complex trap activates, it
element makes a trap interesting, but it remains dangerous round after round until the
shouldnt come at the cost of making your game characters avoid it or disable it. Some complex
feel illogical or arbitrary. For instance, lets say traps grow more dangerous over time, as they
your trap is a section of floor that opens to send gather power or gain speed.
characters tumbling into a pit. If the rogue Complex traps are also more difficult to
attempting to disarm the pit stands next to the disable than simple ones. A single check is not
trap, it makes no sense for the rogue to fall in if enough to disable one. Instead, a series of checks
the trap activates. Of course, you can remedy this is required to slowly disable each component.
by specifying that the character must lean over The trap degrades with each check until the
the trap or have one foot on it to reach and characters finally deactivate it.
disable the mechanism. Most complex traps are designed so that they
can be disarmed only if you are willing to risk
Placing Simple Traps the traps effects. For example, in a hallway filled
Context is everything with traps. A log trap that with scything blades, the mechanism that
knocks characters aside is an inconvenience on controls them is on the opposite end from the
the typical forest path. Its a potentially deadly entrance, or a statue that bathes an area in
hazard on a narrow trail that hugs the side of a necrotic energy can only be disabled while
towering cliff face. standing in the zone of energy it emits.
Chokepoints and narrow passages that lead to
important places in a dungeon are a good spot
for traps, especially those traps that serve as
alarms or restraints. These traps foil intruders

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Describing a Complex Trap acted, the traps features activate. Apply the
Complex traps build on the four parts of a simple effects detailed in the traps description.
trap, adding in elements that make the trap a After resolving the effects of the traps active
more dynamic threat. elements, check its dynamic elements to see if
Level and Threat. A complex trap uses the anything changes about the trap. Many complex
same level bands and ratings for its lethality as a traps have effects that vary over the course of an
simple trap does. encounter. A magical aura might do more
Trigger. Just like a simple trap, a complex one damage the longer it is active, or a swinging
has a trigger. Some complex traps have multiple blade might shift which area of a chamber it
triggers. attacks.
Initiative. A complex trap takes turns like a The traps constant elements allow it to have
creature does. Complex traps are slow (initiative effects when it isnt the traps turn. At the end of
10), fast (initiative 20), or very fast (initiative 20 each creatures turn, look at the traps constant
and 10). elements to see if any of its effects trigger.
Active Elements. On a traps turn, it activates
specific effects that are detailed in its Example Complex Traps
description. The trap might have multiple active
elements, a table you roll on to determine its Here are examples of complex traps to inspire
effect at random, or options for you to choose your own creations.
from.
Dynamic Elements. Many complex traps Path of Blades
feature a changing threat. The traps description Complex trap (level 14, dangerous threat)
tells you how the trap changes over time. Hidden within a buried pyramid that marks the
Usually, these changes take effect at the end of location of the Lost City of Cynidicea is the tomb
each of its turns or in response to the characters of King Alexander and Queen Zenobia. The
actions. entrance to their tomb is a long hallway riddled
Constant Elements. A complex trap poses a with traps, accessible only by cunningly hidden
threat even when it is not its turn. The constant secret doors. The hallway is 20 feet wide and
elements describe how these parts of the trap 160 feet long. It is mostly clear. After 80 feet, the
function. Most make an attack or force a saving floor is broken and cracked and is difficult
throw against creatures that end their turns terrain until the 130-foot mark.
within certain areas. Trigger. This trap activates as soon as a non-
Countermeasures. A trap can be defeated in a undead creature enters the hallway, and it
variety of ways. A traps description details the remains active while any non-undead creature is
checks or spells that can detect and disable it. It within it.
also specifies what happens, if anything, on a Initiative. The trap acts on initiative 20 and
failed attempt to disable it. 10.
Disabling a complex trap is like disarming a Active Elements. The Path of Blades includes a
simple trap, except that a complex trap requires set of whirling blades along the first 80 feet of
more checks. It typically takes three successful the trap, crushing pillars that slam down from
checks to disable one of a complex traps the ceiling to the floor before rising back up to
elements. Many of these traps have multiple the ceiling in the next 50 feet, and a rune of fear
elements, requiring a lot of work to shut down in its final 30 feet.
every part of the trap. Usually, a successful check
reduces a trap elements effectiveness if it Whirling Blades (Initiative 20). The blades
doesnt disable it. attack each creature in the first 80 feet of the
hallway, with a +5 bonus to the attack roll and
Running a Complex Trap dealing 11 (2d10) slashing damage on a hit.
A complex trap functions in play like a legendary
monster. When activated, the traps active
elements act on either initiative 20 or 10 (or
both, for very fast traps). On that initiative count,
after all creatures with that same initiative have

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Crushing Pillars (Initiative 10). Each creature Intelligence (Investigation), DC 15. This check
81130 feet down the hallway must make a DC reveals the blades pattern. As an action, a
15 Dexterity saving throw, taking 11 (2d10) creature that can see the blades can attempt
bludgeoning damage and being knocked prone this check. Success imposes disadvantage on
on a failed save, or half as much damage on a the blades attacks against the creature while
successful one. it isnt incapacitated.
Rune of Fear (Initiative 10). Each creature in Attack. A creature in the area can ready an
the final 30 feet of the corridor must make a attack to slash at a blade. The blade gains
DC 15 Wisdom saving throw. On a failed saving advantage on its attack against the creature.
throw, the creature is frightened of the rune, The creature then attacks. The blades have
and the creature must immediately use its AC 15 and 15 hit points. Destroying a blade
reaction to move its speed away from the end reduces its attack bonus by 2.
of the corridor. The frightened creature cant Dexterity check with thieves tools, DC 15.
move closer to the end of the hallway until it Creatures can use thieves tools in the area
uses an action to succeed on a DC 15 Wisdom attacked by the blades to foil their
saving throw, which ends the frightened mechanism. A successful check reduces the
condition on itself. blades attack bonus by 2.
Dynamic ElementBlades Miss. The blades
Crushing Pillars. The pillars have no effective
move with increasing speed, slowing only when
countermeasure.
they hit a target. Each time the blades miss with
Rune of Fear. The rune can be disabled with
an attack, increase their damage by 3 (1d6) and
three successful DC 15 Intelligence (Arcana)
their attack bonus by +2. These benefits last until
checks to disrupt the rune. Each check
the blades hit a target.
requires an action. A creature must be at the
Dynamic ElementRunes Defense.
end of the hallway to attempt the check, and
Tampering with the rune of fear to disable it
only one creature can work on this task at
increases the traps power. Each successful
once. Once a creature attempts a check, no
check increases the damage of the blades and
other character can make the same check until
crushing pillars by 5 (1d10) and increases the
the end of that creatures next turn.
runes save DC by 1.
Alternatively, the rune can be disabled with
Constant Elements. The whirling blades and
three successful castings of dispel magic (DC
the rune of fear affect creatures that end their
13) targeting the rune.
turns in the elements areas

Whirling Blades. Any creature ending its turn in


Sphere of Crushing Doom
the blades area is targeted by an attack: +5 to Complex trap (level 510, deadly threat)
hit; 5 (1d10) slashing damage on a hit. The court jester devised a deadly trap to foil
Rune of Fear. Any creature ending its turn anyone who sought to steal his magical fools
within 30 feet of the far end of the corridor cap. The jesters tomb is located at the end of a
must make a saving throw against the rune of 10-foot wide, 150-foot long hallway that runs
fear effect. northsouth with a sharp slope down. The
Countermeasures. Each of the traps active entrance to the tomb is a door at the bottom of
elements offers potential countermeasures. the slope at the southern end of the hall. A door
on the eastern wall allows access to the tomb.
Whirling Blades. Characters can smash the Trigger. This trap activates as soon as the lid
blades, damage their components, or study to the jesters coffin is opened. A magical portal
their pattern to avoid them; the blades are opens at the northern end of the hallway and
disabled if their total attack bonus from disgorges a giant, steel sphere, which hurtles
attacks and attempts to disable them reaches down the slope. When it reaches the bottom of
8: the slope, a second portal briefly appears and
teleports the sphere back to the top of the slope
to begin the process again.
Initiative. The trap acts on initiative 10 (but
see the dynamic element below).

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Active ElementsSphere of Crushing Doom Trigger. This trap activates when a ruby is
(Initiative 10). The Sphere of Crushing Doom is pried from one of the statues. Each statues
a spherical boulder that almost fills the hallway. mouth slides open, revealing a 1-foot-wide pipe
Each creature in the hallway must make a DC 20 running down its throat.
Strength saving throw when the sphere Initiative. The trap acts on initiative 20 and 10
activates. On a failed save, a creature takes 22 (but see the dynamic element below).
(4d10) bludgeoning damage and is knocked Active Elements. The Poisoned Tempest fills
prone. On a successful save, a creature takes half the room with poison and other deadly effects.
as much damage and isnt knocked prone.
Objects that block the sphere, such as a conjured Locked Doors (Initiative 20). The four doors to
wall, take maximum damage from the impact. this room slam shut and are locked in place by
Dynamic ElementSpeed Kills. After its turn, magic. This effect activates once, the first time
the boulder gains speed, represented by its the trap activates.
damage increasing by 11 (2d10). While its Poison Gas (Initiative 20). Poison gas floods
damage is 55 (10d10) or greater, it acts on both the room. Each creature inside must make a
initiative 20 and 10. DC 20 Constitution saving throw, taking 33
Countermeasures. There are a few ways that (6d10) poison damage on a failed save, or half
the trap can be disarmed. as much damage on a successful one.
Tempest (Initiative 10). A mixture of air and
Stop the Sphere. Stopping the sphere is the gas boils up from the trap. Roll a d6 and
easiest way to disrupt the trap. A wall of force consult the Tempest Effects table.
can stop it easily, and any object that has
enough hit points to absorb damage from the
Tempest Effects
d6 Effect
sphere without being destroyed can stop it.
1 Hallucinatory gas scrambles the mind and
Disrupt the Portals. Either portal can be senses. All Intelligence and Wisdom checks
neutralized with three successful DC 20 made in the room suffer disadvantage until the
Intelligence (Arcana) checks, but the process Tempest element activates again.
of analyzing a portal to disrupt it takes time. 2 Explosive gas fills the area. If anyone holds an
Faint runes in the ceiling and floor on both open flame, it explodes and deals 22 (4d10)
ends of the hallway open the portals. A fire damage to everyone in the room (DC 20
creature must first use an action to examine a Dexterity save for half damage). The open
set of runes, then use a subsequent action to flames are then extinguished.
attempt to vandalize them. Each successful 3 Weakening gas fills the room. All Strength and
check reduces the spheres damage by 11 Dexterity checks made in the room suffer
(2d10), as the disrupted sphere loses speed disadvantage until the Tempest element
moving through the failing gate. activates again.
Alternatively, a set of runes can be disabled 4 Buffeting winds force everyone in the room to
with three successful castings of dispel magic succeed on a DC 20 Strength saving throw or
(DC 19) targeting any of the runes in the set. be knocked prone.
5 Smoke fills the room. Visibility is reduced to 1
If the southern portal is destroyed, the
foot until the next time the Tempest element
sphere slams into the wall and comes to a halt.
activates.
It blocks the door to the tomb, but characters
6 Additional poison floods the room, as in the
can escape. Poison Gas element.
Poisoned Tempest
Dynamic ElementIncreased Potency. The
Complex trap (level 1116, deadly threat)
damage from the Poison Gas element increases
This fiendish trap was built to eliminate by 11 (2d10) after it activates, to a maximum of
intruders who infiltrate a yuan-ti temple. The 55 (10d10).
trap is a room, 60-foot square with 5-foot-wide Countermeasures. There are a few ways that
stone doors in the middle of each wall. In each the trap can be overcome.
corner of the room stands a 10-foot-tall statue of
a great serpent, coiled and ready to strike. The
eyes in each statue are rubies worth 200 gp
apiece.

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Open the Doors. Opening the doors is the attacks bonuses, and other numerical elements
quickest way to escape the trap, but they are of a complex trap.
warded with magic. To open the doors, the
characters must first make a DC 20 Wisdom Map
(Perception) check to find the locking A complex trap has multiple parts, typically
mechanism. A DC 20 Intelligence (Arcana) relies on the characters positions to resolve
check disables the sphere of force that some of its effects, and can bring several effects
surrounds the lock (dispel magic is ineffective to bear each round. The traps are called complex
against it). Finally, a DC 20 Dexterity check for a reason! To make design easier, draw a map
made with thieves tools picks the lock. Finally, of the area affected by the trap using 5 feet for
a DC 20 Strength (Athletics) check is needed to each square on your graph paper. This level of
push the door open. Each check requires an detail allows you to develop a clear idea of what
action. the trap can do and how each of its parts
Disable the Statues. A statue can be disabled by interact. Your map is the starting point and
blocking the flow of gas from its mouth. context for the rest of the trap-design process.
Destroying the statue is a bad idea, for it leaves Dont limit yourself to one room. Look at the
the gas vents open. A DC 20 Strength check or passages and rooms around the area of the trap
an attack that deals more than 20 damage to a and think about the role they can play. The trap
statue cracks it and increases the Poison Gas might cause doors to lock and gates to fall into
damage by 5 (1d10). A successful DC 20 place to prevent escape. It could cause darts to
Dexterity check with thieves tools, or a DC 15 fire from the walls in one area, forcing characters
Strength check made to block up the statue to enter rooms where other devices trigger and
with a cloak or similar object, decreases the threaten them.
poison damage by 5 (1d10). Once a character Consider how terrain and furniture can add to
succeeds at the check, someone must remain the traps danger. A chasm or pit might create
next to the statue to keep it blocked up. Once the distance that allows a trap to send bolts of
all four statues are blocked in this manner, the magic at the characters while making it difficult
trap deactivates. or even impossible to reach the runes the party
must deface to foil it.
Designing Complex Traps Think of your map like a script. Where do the
characters want to go? What does the trap
Creating a complex trap takes more work than protect? How can the characters get there? What
building a simple one, but with some practice are their likely escape routes? Answering those
you can learn the process and make it move
questions tells you where the traps various
quickly. elements should be placed.
Familiarize yourself with the guidelines on
designing a simple trap before proceeding with
these guidelines on complex ones.
Active Elements
A complex traps active elements work the same
way as a simple traps effects, except that a
Purpose complex trap activates every round. Otherwise,
Complex traps are typically designed to protect the guidelines for picking save DCs, attack
an area by killing or disabling intruders. It is bonuses, and damage are the same. To make
worth your time to consider who made the trap,
your trap logically consistent, make sure the
the traps purpose, and its desired result. Does elements you design can activate each round. For
the trap protect a treasure? Does it target only instance, crossbows rigged to fire at the
certain intruders? Use the advice given for characters need a mechanism to reload them.
simple traps as a starting point.
In terms of lethality, its better to have multiple
dangerous effects in a trap than a single deadly
Level and Lethality one. As a rule of thumb, build your trap with two
Complex traps use the same level bands and dangerous trap elements and one moderate one.
lethality ratings as simple traps. Refer back to Its useful to create multiple active elements,
that section for a discussion of how level and each affecting a different area covered by the
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effects. Some parts of the trap might cause much better chance of thwarting it. Complex
damage, and others might immobilize characters traps work best when they present multiple
or isolate them from the rest of the party. Think threats to intruders, ones that can change each
about how the elements can work together. A round. The changes can include how a trap
bashing lever might knock characters into the targets the characters (attack or even type of
area engulfed by jets of flame. saving throw), the damage or effects it deals, the
areas it covers, and so on. Some traps might have
Constant Elements a random effect each round, while others follow
In addition to the active steps a complex trap a carefully programmed sequence of attacks
takes, it should also present a continual hazard. designed to frustrate and slay intruders.
Often, the active and constant effects are the Dynamic elements can occur on schedule. For
same thing. Imagine a hallway filled with a room that floods, you can plan out how the
whirling saw blades. On the traps turn, the rising water level affects the area each round.
blades attack anyone in the hall. In addition, The water might be ankle deep at the end of the
anyone who lingers in the hallway takes damage first round, knee deep the next, and so on. Not
at the end of each of their turns, representing the only does the water carry a drowning risk, but it
constant threat the blades pose. also makes it harder to move across the area;
A constant element should apply its effect to however, the rising water level might allow
any character who ends their turn in that characters to swim to the upper reaches of the
elements area. If an active element presents a chamber that they couldnt reach from the floor.
threat when it isnt its turn, determine the threat Dynamic elements can also come into play in
it poses as a constant element. As a rule of reaction to the characters actions. Disarming
thumb, keep the saving throw DC or attack one element of the trap might make the others
bonus the same but reduce the damage by half. deadlier. Disabling a rune that triggers a fire-
Avoid filling the entire encounter area with breathing statue might cause the statue to
constant elements. Part of the puzzle of a explode, as the magic in it runs rampant. If a
complex trap lies in figuring out which areas are creature dies in the room, the idol to the god
safe. A moments respite can help add an Nerull drains its soul and gains a new power.
element of pacing to a complex trap and give the A traps dynamic elements also make for a
characters the feeling that they arent in constant good timer. For example, the damage dealt by
peril. For example, walls that slam together poison gas in a room starts at 11, but doubles
might need to reset between slams, leaving them each time the trap takes its turn. Smart players
harmless when it isnt their turn. see that they only have a few rounds to
overcome the trap before they must flee or risk
Dynamic Elements death.
Just as a battle is more interesting if the Random dynamic elements are fun because
monsters change their tactics or unveil new they keep the players on their toes and make any
abilities in later rounds, so too are complex traps plan made to foil it dependent on the luck of the
more fun if their nature changes in some way. dice. In this case, you create a table and roll on it
The whirling blades that protect a treasure chest to see how the trap changes. The players can
do more damage each round, as they speed up. never be sure what might happen next. As a rule
The poison gas in a room grows thicker as more of thumb, one random element for a complex
of it floods the chamber, dealing more damage trap is a good limit. A trap that is too random can
and blocking line of sight. The necrotic aura feel arbitrary and frustrating. You want to make
around an idol of Demogorgon produces random planning harder, not impossible.
effects each time it triggers its active effect. As The dynamic elements should change after the
water floods a chamber, the characters must traps turn. The water level rises after the traps
swim across areas they could walk through just a active element takes its turn. The blades speed
round or two before. up and deal an additional die of damage each
Since complex traps remain active over the time they miss a character, their damage
course of several rounds, they can pose an returning to its starting point after the impact of
ongoing threat to intruders. However, if that a successful attack causes them to slow down.
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Triggers as the default approach. It acts quickly enough to
The advice on triggers given for simple traps surprise slower characters, with fast characters
applies to complex ones, with one exception. like rogues, rangers, and monks having the best
Complex traps feature multiple triggers, or are chance to move out of the trap before it
designed such that avoiding a trigger prevents activates.
intruders from reaching the area the trap guards. Very Fast. These traps are a blur of activity,
Other complex traps use magical triggers that laying waste to intruders in a few moments
activate on specific cues, such as when a door unless countered. They act on both initiative 20
opens or someone enters an area without and 10. These traps should feature multiple
wearing the correct badge, amulet, or robe. active elements, with different elements acting
Look at your map and consider when you want on different initiative counts. Use this option for
the trap to spring into action. Its best to have a a trap that can benefit by having its elements
complex trap trigger after the characters have work in concert. For instance, on initiative 20
committed to exploring an area. A simple trap blades sweep across a treasure vault, driving the
might trigger when the characters open a door. A characters back into the hallway. On initiative
complex one that triggers that early leaves the 10, magical darts fire from statues in the hallway
PCs looking into the trapped room and perhaps while a gate falls to trap the characters.
opting to close the door and move on. A simple
trap aims to keep intruders out. A complex trap Complex Traps and Legendary
wants to lure them in, so that when it activates, Monsters
the intruders must deal with it to escape. A complex trap is like a legendary monster in some
In general, the trigger for a complex trap ways. It has several tricks it can use on its turn. It
should be as foolproof as you can make it. A remains a threat throughout the round, not just on its
complex trap represents a serious expenditure turn. The traps active elements are like a legendary
of effort and magical power. No one builds one creatures normal actions, and its constant elements are
and makes it easy to avoid. Wisdom (Perception) equivalent to legendary actions (except they are tied to
and Intelligence (Investigation) checks might be specific areas in the trapped room).
unable to spot a trigger, especially a magical one, While a legendary creature can move, improvise
but they can still give hints about the trap before actions, and so forth, a trap is set to a specific script,
it triggers. Blood stains, ashes, gouges in the with the potential to make a complex trap stale. Thats
floor, and so on can point to the traps effects and where dynamic elements come in. They keep the
players on their toes and make dealing with a complex
give a warning.
trap feel like a challenging, evolving situation.

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A complex trap acts repeatedly, requiring you to A complex trap is never defeated with a single
note its initiative. Unlike characters and check. Instead, each successful check foils some
monsters, traps dont roll for initiative. As part of it or degrades its performance. Each
mechanical or magical devices, they operate in a element of the trap must be overcome
predictable manner. When designing a complex individually to foil the trap as a whole.
trap, you must first decide how often it activates. To start with, look at your map and consider
Complex traps fall into three categories: slow, where the characters must be located to attempt
fast, and very fast. an action that can foil part of the trap. Most trap
Slow. These traps take time to build up their designers count on the trap to protect itself. A
effects. Their active elements take place on fighter might be able to break a whirling blade,
initiative 10. This option is good for a trap that but moving close enough to attack it requires
works alongside monsters or other guardians, as giving the blade a chance to strike.
it can give guards the chance to move out of its Consider how the trap can be overcome.
active areas or force characters into them before Obvious candidates are the same sorts of checks
triggering. used to defeat simple traps, but use your
Fast. These traps are designed to surprise understanding of the traps design to keep other
intruders and hit them before they can react. options open, too. A valve leaking poison gas into
Such a trap acts on initiative 20. This setting is a room can be stopped up. A statue emitting a
your best option for a complex trap. Think of it deadly aura can be pushed over and smashed.

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Attacks, spells, and special abilities can all play a
role in undermining a trap.
Leave room for improvisation. If you
understand the mechanism behind how a trap
works, it makes it much easier for you to handle
the players ideas. Dont create a few solutions
and wait for the players to guess the exact, right
approach. Like everything in D&D, pick an
ability, assess the chance of success, and ask for
a roll.
Aim at requiring three successful checks or
actions to shut down one part of a trap. The first
successful check might reduce the trap
components save DC or attack bonus by 4. The
second successful one might halve its damage.
The final successful check might shut it down.
For trap components that dont attack, allow
each check to reduce that elements effectiveness
by one-third. A locks DC is reduced or a gate
opens wide enough to allow a Small character to
squeeze through it. A mechanism pumping
poison gas into the room slows down, causing
the gass damage to increase slowly or not at all.
It takes time to work on a trap. Three
characters cant make checks right after one
another to disarm it in 6 seconds. They would
get in each others way and disrupt their efforts.
Once a character succeeds on a check, another
character cant attempt the same check to
disable the same trap element until the end of
the successful characters next turn.
Not all of the characters options must be
focused on stopping a trap. Think of what
characters can do to mitigate or avoid a traps
effects. This approach is a good way to make
characters who might be ill-suited to disarm a
trap feel useful. An Intelligence (Investigation)
check might reveal the pattern a swinging blade
follows, giving disadvantage on its attack rolls
until the start of the characters next turn. A
character with a shield can stand in front of a
dart trap, making themself a target each time
other characters trigger it.

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Unearthed Arcana: The Mystic Class
The mystic is an entire class to try out in your D&D their inner, psychic strength, they can read minds,
games. This version of the class arose out of fade into invisibility, transform their bodies into
playtest feedback on two previous versions. living iron, and seize control of the physical world
and bend it to their will.
This Is Playtest Material
The material here is presented for playtesting and to spark Hermits and Outcasts
your imagination. These game mechanics are in draft
form, usable in your campaign but not refined by design Mystics are loners. Most discover the secrets of
iterations or full game development and editing. They their power through vague references in tomes of
arent officially part of the game and arent permitted in lore or by ingratiating themselves to a master of
D&D Adventurers League events. the power.
As is typical in Unearthed Arcana, the options here In order to master their power, mystics must
havent been tuned for multiclassing. first master themselves. They spend months and
If we decide to make this material official, it will be years in quiet contemplation, exploring their
refined based on your feedback, and then it will appear in
minds and leaving nothing uncovered. During this
a D&D book.
time, they shun society and typically live as
hermits at the edge of society. A mystic who
Mystic studied under a master worked as a virtual slave,
A human clad in simple robes walks along a forest toiling away at mundane tasks in return for the
path. A gang of goblins emerges from the brush, occasional lesson or cryptic insight.
arrows trained on him, their smiles wide at their When mystics finally master their power, they
good fortune of finding such easy prey for the return to the world to broaden their horizons and
legions slave pens. Their smiles turn to shrieks of practice their craft. Some mystics prefer to remain
terror as the traveler grows to giant size and leaps isolated, but those who become adventurers arent
at them, his staff now a deadly cudgel. content to remain on the fringe of the world.
The militia forms in ranks to prepare for the
orcs charge. The growling brutes howl their battle Eccentric Minds
cries and surge forward. To their surprise, the
human rabble holds its ground and fights with In order to maintain the strict discipline and
surprising ferocity. Suddenly, mindless fear clings intense self-knowledge needed to tap into their
to the orcs minds and they, despite facing a far power, mystics develop a variety of practices to
inferior foe, turn and run, never noticing the calm keep their focus sharp.
half-elf standing amid the militia and directing its These practices are reflected in taboos and
efforts. quirks, strange little behaviors that govern a
Baron von Ludwig was always proud of his mystics actions. These quirks are oaths or
grand library. Little did he know that each evening, behavioral tics that help keep mystics in the
a gnome laden with blank scrolls slipped past his proper frame of mind while maintaining perfect
guards each night and dutifully copied his most control over their minds and bodies.
heavily guarded archives. When the dukes men While these taboos are harmless, they help cast
arrived to arrest him for dealing with demons, he mystics as outsiders. Few feel accepted by society,
never guessed that the gnome scribe traveling and fewer still care to become integrated with it.
with them had spent more time in his keep than he To mystics, the life of the mind is where they feel
had over the past year. most at home.
These heroes are all mystics, followers of a
strange and mysterious form of power. Mystics Selecting Quirks
shun the world to turn their eyes inward, To add some texture to your mystic, consider the
mastering the full potential of their minds and quirks your character has acquired. These
exploring their psyches before turning to face the behaviors have no game effect, but your character
world. Mystics are incredibly rare, and most prefer might become irritated or upset if forced to break
to keep the nature of their abilities secret. Using them. Theyre a great roleplaying tool to add

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character to the game. You can roll on or pick from Consider also why you returned to the world
the table below, or create your own quirks. Aim to from your hermitage. Did you leave someone or
create two quirks, to give them more of a chance to something behind when you took up your studies?
come into play. Finally, consider why your Are you driven by revenge or some other
character chose these behaviors. What do they say motivation?
about your characters personality or background?
Are they based on a specific incident or a belief? Quick Build
You can make a mystic quickly by following these
Mystic Quirks suggestions. First, make Intelligence your highest
d20 Quirk ability score, followed by Dexterity or Constitution.
1 You never cut your hair. Second, choose the hermit background.
2 You refuse to wear clothes of a specific
color.
3
4
You never say your name.
You never wear footwear.
Class Features
As a mystic, you gain the following class features.
5 You always wear a mask.
6 You dye your hair bright blue or green.
7 You pick a new name each day.
Hit Points
8 You never immerse yourself in water. Hit Dice: 1d8 per mystic level
9 You sleep on bare earth. Hit Points at 1st Level: 8 + your Constitution
10 You never consume alcohol. modifier
11 You wear a veil to conceal your face. Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d8 (or 5) + your
12 You always wear a specific piece of Constitution modifier per mystic level after 1st
clothing.
13 You refuse to light fires. Proficiencies
14 You refuse to write things down, instead Armor: Light armor
using pictograms. Weapons: Simple weapons
15 You never sit on a chair, preferring to stand Tools: None
or sit on the floor.
16 You never answer to any name but your Saving Throws: Intelligence, Wisdom
own. Skills: Choose two skills from Arcana, History,
17 You write down the name of each creature Insight, Medicine, Nature, Perception, and
you slay, and name ones that are unnamed. Religion
18 You consume only water and raw
vegetables. Equipment
19 You spend any money you earn within 1 You start with the following equipment, in
week of gaining it. addition to the equipment granted by your
20 You often speak to an imaginary background:
companion, and act only with its blessing.
(a) a spear or (b) a mace
(a) leather armor or (b) studded leather armor
Creating a Mystic (a) a light crossbow and 20 bolts or (b) any
When creating a mystic, consider your characters simple weapon
background. How did you become a mystic? What (a) a scholars pack or (b) an explorers pack
first drew you to this practice? Are you self-taught,
Alternatively, you can ignore the equipment here
or did you have a master? If you had a master, and in your background, and buy 5d4 10 gp
what is that relationship like? worth of equipment from chapter 5 in the Players
Handbook.

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The Mystic
Proficiency Talents Disciplines Psi
Level Bonus Features Known Known Points Psi Limit
1st +2 Psionics, Mystic Order 1 1 4 2
2nd +2 Mystical Recovery, Telepathy 1 1 6 2
3rd +2 Mystic Order feature 2 2 14 3
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement, Strength of 2 2 17 3
Mind
5th +3 2 3 27 5
6th +3 Mystic Order feature 2 3 32 5
7th +3 2 4 38 6
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement, Potent Psionics 2 4 44 6
(1d8)
9th +4 2 5 57 7
10th +4 Consumptive Power 3 5 64 7
11th +4 Psionic Mastery (1/day) 3 5 64 7
12th +4 Ability Score Improvement 3 6 64 7
13th +5 Psionic Mastery (2/day) 3 6 64 7
14th +5 Mystic Order feature, Potent Psionics (2d8) 3 6 64 7
15th +5 Psionic Mastery (3/day) 3 7 64 7
16th +5 Ability Score Improvement 3 7 64 7
17th +6 Psionic Mastery (4/day) 4 7 64 7
18th +6 4 8 71 7
19th +6 Ability Score Improvement 4 8 71 7
20th +6 Psionic Body 4 8 71 7

Psionics At 1st level, you know one psionic discipline of
your choice. The Disciplines Known column of
As a student of psionics, you can master and use the Mystic table shows the total number of
psionic talents and disciplines, the rules for disciplines you know at each level; when that
which appear at the end of this document. number goes up for you, choose a new discipline.
Psionics is a special form of magic use, distinct In addition, whenever you gain a level in this
from spellcasting. class, you can replace one discipline you know
with a different one of your choice.
Psionic Talents
A psionic talent is a minor psionic effect you Psi Points
have mastered. At 1st level, you know one You have an internal reservoir of energy that can
psionic talent of your choice. You learn be devoted to psionic disciplines you know. This
additional talents of your choice at higher levels. energy is represented by psi points. Each psionic
The Talents Known column of the Mystic table discipline describes effects you can create with it
shows the total number of talents you know at by spending a certain number of psi points. A
each level; when that number goes up for you, psionic talent requires no psi points.
choose a new talent. The number of psi points you have is based on
your mystic level, as shown in the Psi Points
Psionic Disciplines column of the Mystic table. The number shown
A psionic discipline is a rigid set of mental for your level is your psi point maximum. Your
exercises that allows a mystic to manifest psionic psi point total returns to its maximum when you
power. A mystic masters only a few disciplines at finish a long rest. The number of psi points you
a time. have cant go below 0 or over your maximum.

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Psi Limit Mystical Recovery
Though you have access to a potent amount of
psionic energy, it takes training and practice to Starting at 2nd level, you can draw vigor from
channel that energy. There is a limit on the the psi energy you use to power your psionic
number of psi points you can spend to activate a disciplines.
psionic discipline. The limit is based on your Immediately after you spend psi points on a
mystic level, as shown in the Psi Limit column of psionic discipline, you can take a bonus action to
the Mystic table. For example, as a 3rd-level regain hit points equal to the number of psi
mystic, you can spend no more than 3 psi points points you spent.
on a discipline each time you use it, no matter
how many psi points you have. Telepathy
Psychic Focus At 2nd level, your mind awakens to the ability to
You can focus psionic energy on one of your communicate via telepathy. You can
psionic disciplines to draw ongoing benefits telepathically speak to any creature you can see
from it. As a bonus action, you can choose one of within 120 feet of you in this manner. You dont
your psionic disciplines and gain its psychic need to share a language with the creature for it
focus benefit, which is detailed in that to understand your telepathic messages, but the
disciplines description. The benefit lasts until creature must be able to understand at least one
you are incapacitated or until you use another language or be telepathic itself.
bonus action to choose a different focus benefit.
You can have only one psychic focus benefit at Ability Score Improvement
a time, and using the psychic focus of one
discipline doesnt limit your ability to use other When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th, 12th,
disciplines. 16th, and 19th level, you can increase one ability
score of your choice by 2, or you can increase
Psionic Ability two ability scores of your choice by 1. As normal,
Intelligence is your psionic ability for your you cant increase an ability score above 20
psionic disciplines. You use your Intelligence using this feature.
modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a
psionic discipline or when making an attack roll Strength of Mind
with one.
Even the simplest psionic technique requires a
Discipline save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your deep understanding of how psionic energy can
Intelligence modifier augment mind and body. This understanding
Discipline attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + allows you to alter your defenses to better deal
your Intelligence modifier with threats.
Starting at 4th level, you can replace your
Mystic Order proficiency in Wisdom saving throws whenever
you finish a short or long rest. To do so, choose
At 1st level, you choose a Mystic Order: the Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, or Charisma.
Order of the Avatar, the Order of the Awakened, You gain proficiency in saves using that ability,
the Order of the Immortal, the Order of the instead of Wisdom. This change lasts until you
Nomad, the Order of the Soul Knife, or the Order finish your next short or long rest.
of the Wu Jen, each of which is detailed at the
end of the class description. Each order Potent Psionics
specializes in a specific approach to psionics.
Your order gives you features when you At 8th level, you gain the ability to infuse your
choose it at 1st level and additional features at weapon attacks with psychic energy. Once on
3rd, 6th, and 14th level. each of your turns when you hit a creature with
a weapon, you can deal an extra 1d8 psychic
damage to that target. When you reach 14th
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In addition, you add your Intelligence modifier You gain resistance to bludgeoning, piercing,
to any damage roll you make for a psionic talent. and slashing damage.
You no longer age.
Consumptive Power You are immune to disease, poison damage,
and the poisoned condition.
At 10th level, you gain the ability to sacrifice If you die, roll a d20. On a 10 or higher, you
your physical durability in exchange for psionic discorporate with 0 hit points, instead of
power. When activating a psionic discipline, you dying, and you fall unconscious. You and your
can pay its psi point cost with your hit points, gear disappear. You appear at a spot of your
instead of using any psi points. Your current hit choice 1d3 days later on the plane of existence
points and hit point maximum are both reduced where you died, having gained the benefits of
by the number of hit points you spend. This one long rest.
reduction cant be lessened in any way, and the
reduction to your hit point maximum lasts until
you finish a long rest. Mystic Orders
Once you use this feature, you cant use it again Psionics is a mysterious form of power within
until you finish a long rest. most D&D worlds. Secretive orders study its
origins and applications, while pushing the
Psionic Mastery boundaries of what psionic power can achieve.
Each of these orders pursues a specific goal for
Beginning at 11th level, your mastery of psionic psionic power. That goal shapes how the
energy allows you to push your mind beyond its members of an order understand psionics.
normal limits. As an action, you gain 9 special psi
points that you can spend only on disciplines Order of the Avatar
that require an action or a bonus action to use.
You can use all 9 points on one discipline, or you Mystics of the Order of the Avatar delve into the
can spread them across multiple disciplines. You world of emotion, mastering their inner life to
cant also spend your normal psi points on these such an extent that they can manipulate and
disciplines; you can spend only the special points amplify the emotions of others with the same
gained from this feature. When you finish a long ease that an artist shapes clay. Known as
rest, you lose any of these special points that you Avatars, these mystics vary from tyrants to
havent spent. inspiring leaders who are loved by their
If more than one of the disciplines you activate followers.
with these points require concentration, you can Avatars can bring out extreme emotions in the
concentrate on all of them. Activating one of people around them. For their allies, they can
them ends any effect you were already lend hope, ferocity, and courage, transforming a
concentrating on, and if you begin concentrating fighting band into a deadly, unified force. For
on an effect that doesnt use these special points, their enemies, they bring fear, disgust, and
the disciplines end that youre concentrating on. trepidation that can make even the most
At 15th level, the pool of psi points you gain hardened veteran act like a shaky rookie.
from this feature increases to 11.
You have one use of this feature, and you Bonus Disciplines
regain any expended use of it with a long rest. At 1st level, you learn two additional psionic
You gain one additional use of this feature at disciplines of your choice. They must be chosen
13th, 15th, and 17th level. from among the Avatar disciplines.

Psionic Body Armor Training


At 1st level, you gain proficiency with medium
At 20th level, your mastery of psionic power armor and shields.
causes your mind to transcend the body. Your
physical form is infused with psionic energy. You Avatar of Battle
gain the following benefits: Starting at 3rd level, you project an inspiring
aura. While you arent incapacitated, each ally

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within 30 feet of you who can see you gains a +2 You also learn of any events that have
bonus to initiative rolls. occurred within 20 feet of the object within the
past hour. The events you perceive unfold from
Avatar of Healing the objects perspective. You see and hear such
Beginning at 6th level, you project an aura of events as if you were there, but cant use other
resilience. While you arent incapacitated, each senses.
ally within 30 feet of you who can see you Additionally, you can embed an intangible
regains additional hit points equal to your psionic sensor within the object. For the next 24
Intelligence modifier (minimum of 0) whenever hours, you can use an action to learn the objects
they regain hit points from a psionic discipline. location relative to you (its distance and
direction) and to look at the objects
Avatar of Speed surroundings from its point of view as if you
Starting at 14th level, you project an aura of were there. This perception lasts until the start
speed. While you arent incapacitated, any ally of your next turn.
within 30 feet of you who can see you can take Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
the Dash action as a bonus action. until you finish a short or long rest.

Order of the Awakened Psionic Surge


Starting at 6th level, you can overload your
Mystics dedicated to the Order of the Awakened psychic focus to batter down an opponents
seek to unlock the full potential of the mind. By defenses. You can impose disadvantage on a
transcending the physical, the Awakened hope to targets saving throw against a discipline or
attain a state of being focused on pure intellect talent you use, but at the cost of using your
and mental energy. psychic focus. Your psychic focus immediately
The Awakened are skilled at bending minds ends if its active, and you cant use it until you
and unleashing devastating psionic attacks, and finish a short or long rest.
they can read the secrets of the world through You cant use this feature if you cant use your
psionic energy. Awakened mystics who take to psychic focus.
adventuring excel at unraveling mysteries,
solving puzzles, and defeating monsters by Spectral Form
turning them into unwilling pawns. At 14th level, you gain the ability to become a
ghostly figure of psionic energy. As an action,
Bonus Disciplines you can transform into a transparent, ghostly
At 1st level, you learn two additional psionic version of yourself. While in this form, you have
disciplines of your choice. They must be chosen resistance to all damage, move at half speed, and
from among the Awakened disciplines. can pass through objects and creatures while
moving but cant willingly end your movement in
Awakened Talent their spaces. The form lasts for 10 minutes or
At 1st level, you gain proficiency with two of the until you use an action to end it.
following skills of your choice: Animal Handling, Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
Deception, Insight, Intimidation, Investigation, until you finish a long rest.
Perception, and Persuasion.
Order of the Immortal
Psionic Investigation
Starting at 3rd level, you can focus your mind to The Order of the Immortal uses psionic energy to
read the psionic imprint left on an object. If you augment and modify the physical form.
Followers of this order are known as Immortals.
hold an object and concentrate on it for 10
They use psionic energy to modify their bodies,
minutes (as if concentrating on a psionic
discipline), you learn a few basic facts about it. strengthening them against attack and turning
You gain a mental image from the objects point themselves into living weapons.
Their mastery of the physical form grants
of view, showing the last creature to hold the
object within the past 24 hours. them their name, for Immortals are notoriously
difficult to kill.

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Bonus Disciplines Bonus Disciplines
At 1st level, you learn two additional psionic At 1st level, you learn two additional psionic
disciplines of your choice. They must be chosen disciplines of your choice. They must be chosen
from among the Immortal disciplines. from among the Nomad disciplines.

Immortal Durability Breadth of Knowledge


Starting at 1st level, your hit point maximum At 1st level, you gain the ability to extend your
increases by 1 per mystic level. knowledge. When you finish a long rest, you gain
In addition, while you arent wearing armor or two proficiencies of your choice: two tools, two
wielding a shield, your base AC equals 10 + your skills, or one of each. You can replace one or both
Dexterity modifier + your Constitution modifier. of these selections with languages. This benefit
lasts until you finish a long rest.
Psionic Resilience
Starting at 3rd level, your psionic energy grants Memory of One Thousand Steps
you extraordinary fortitude. At the start of each At 3rd level, you gain the ability to use psionics
of your turns, you gain temporary hit points to recall your steps. As a reaction when you are
equal to your Intelligence modifier (minimum of hit by an attack, you can teleport to an
0) if you have at least 1 hit point. unoccupied space that you occupied since the
start of your last turn, and the attack misses you.
Surge of Health Once you use this feature, you cant use it again
Starting at 6th level, you can draw on your until you finish a short or long rest.
psychic focus to escape deaths grasp. As a
reaction when you take damage, you can halve Superior Teleportation
that damage against you. Your psychic focus At 6th level, you gain a superior talent for
immediately ends if its active, and you cant use teleportation. When you use a psionic discipline
it until you finish a short or long rest. to teleport any distance, you can increase that
You cant use this feature if you cant use your distance by up to 10 feet.
psychic focus.
Effortless Journey
Immortal Will Starting at 14th level, your mind can mystically
Starting at 14th level, you can draw on your move your body. Once on each of your turns, you
reserves of psionic power to survive beyond can forfeit up to 30 feet of your movement to
death. At the end of your turn while at 0 hit teleport the distance you forfeited. You must
points, you can spend 5 psi points to teleport to an unoccupied space you can see.
immediately regain a number of hit points equal
to your mystic level + your Constitution Order of the Soul Knife
modifier.
The Order of the Soul Knife sacrifices the
Order of the Nomad breadth of knowledge other mystics gain to
focus on a specific psionic technique. These
Mystics of the Order of the Nomad keep their mystics learn to manifest a deadly weapon of
minds in a strange, rarified state. They seek to pure psychic energy that they can use to cleave
accumulate as much knowledge as possible, as through foes.
they quest to unravel the mysteries of the Soul knives vary widely in their approach to
multiverse and seek the underlying structure of this path. Some follow it out of a desire to
all things. At the same time, they perceive a achieve martial perfection. Others are ruthless
bizarre, living web of knowledge they call the assassins who seek to become the perfect killer.
noosphere.
Nomads, as their name indicates, delight in Martial Training
travel, exploration, and discovery. They desire to At 1st level, you gain proficiency with medium
accumulate as much knowledge as possible, and armor and martial weapons.
the pursuit of secrets and hidden lore can
become an obsession for them.

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Soul Knife In practical terms, wu jens excel at controlling
Starting at 1st level, you gain the ability to the forces of the natural world. They can hurl
manifest a blade of psychic energy. As a bonus objects with their minds, control the four
action, you create scintillating knives of energy elements, and alter reality to fit their desires.
that project from both of your fists. You cant
hold anything in your hands while manifesting Bonus Disciplines
these blades. You can dismiss them as a bonus At 1st level, you learn two additional psionic
action. disciplines of your choice. They must be chosen
For you, a soul knife is a martial melee weapon from among the Wu Jen disciplines.
with the light and finesse properties. It deals 1d8
psychic damage on a hit. Hermits Study
As a bonus action, you can prepare to use the At 1st level, you gain proficiency with two of the
blades to parry; you gain a +2 bonus to AC until following skills of your choice: Animal Handling,
the start of your next turn or until you are Arcana, History, Insight, Medicine, Nature,
incapacitated. Perception, Religion, or Survival.

Hone the Blade Elemental Attunement


Starting at 3rd level, you can spend psi points to Starting at 3rd level, when a creatures
augment your soul knifes attack rolls and resistance reduces the damage dealt by a psionic
damage. You gain a bonus to attack and damage discipline of yours, you can spend 1 psi point to
rolls with your soul knives depending on the cause that use of the discipline to ignore the
number of psi points spent, as shown on the creatures resistance. You cant spend this point
table below. This bonus lasts for 10 minutes. if doing so would increase the disciplines cost
above your psi limit.
Attack and Damage
Psi Points Bonus Arcane Dabbler
2 +1
At 6th level, you learn three wizard spells of your
5 +2
choice and always have them prepared. The
7 +4
spells must be of 1st through 3rd level.

As a bonus action, you can spend psi points to
Consumptive Knife create spell slots that you can use to cast these
Starting at 6th level, whenever you slay an spells, as well as other spells you are capable of
enemy creature with a soul knife attack, you casting. The psi-point cost of each spell slot is
immediately regain 2 psi points. detailed on the table below.

Phantom Knife Spell Slot Level Psi Cost


Starting at 14th level, you can make an attack 1st 2
that phases through most defenses. As an action, 2nd 3
3rd 5
you can make one attack with your soul knife.
4th 6
Treat the targets AC as 10 against this attack,
5th 7
regardless of the targets actual AC.