Hunter | New Player Option for Fifth Edition

Okay, I caved. Here’s the hunter class based on the TV show Supernatural. Yes, I’m fully aware it’s a reskinned and altered UA ranger, but hey–that’s basically what a hunter is, right?

hunter is a being, usually a human, who hunts down the supernatural and saves people from monsters, demons, ghosts, and other creatures.

The Hunter

Level Prof. Bonus Feature Spells Known 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1st +2 Favored Enemy, Survivor, Unarmored Defense
2nd +2 Fighting Style, Spellcasting 2 2
3rd +2 Monster Sense, Hunter Archetype 3 3
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement 3 3
5th +3 Extra Attack 4 4 2
6th +3 Greater Favored Enemy 4 4 2
7th +3 Hunter Archetype feature 5 4 3
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement, Narrow Escape 5 4 3
9th +4 6 4 3 2
10th +4 Resilient 6 4 3 2
11th +4 Hunter Archetype feature 7 4 3 3
12th +4 Ability Score Improvement 7 4 3 3
13th +5 8 4 3 3 1
14th +5 Stealthy 8 4 3 3 1
15th +5 Hunter Archetype 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 Against All Odds 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

Class Features

As a hunter, you gain the following class features.


Hit Points

Hit Dice: 1d10 per hunter level

Hit Points at 1st Level: 10 + your Constitution modifier

Hit Points at Higher Level: 1d10 (or 6) + your Constitution modifier per hunter level after 1st


Proficiencies

Vehicles: Automobiles and simple land vehicles

Weapons: Simple weapons, martial weapons

Tools: Thieves’ Tools

Saving Throws: Strength, Wisdom

Skills: Choose four from Arcana, Athletics, Deception, History, Insight, Investigation, Perception, Religion, Stealth, and Survival


Equipment

You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by your background:

  • An automatic pistol with 2 clips (each holds 15 bullets)
  • (a) a hunting rifle with 15 rounds or (b) a shotgun with 10 shells
  • (b) a traveler’s pack or (b) a scholar’s pack
  • Two simple melee weapons

Favored Enemy

Beginning at 1st level, you have significant experience studying, tracking, hunting, and even talking to a certain type of enemy. Choose a type of favored enemy: beasts, fey, humanoids, monstrosities, or undead. You gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with weapon attacks against creatures of the chosen type. Additionally, you have advantage on Wisdom (Survival) checks to track your favored enemies, as well as on Intelligence checks to recall information about them. When you gain this feature, you also learn one language of your choice, typically one spoken by your favored enemy or creatures associated with it. However, you are free to pick any language you wish to learn.

Survivor

You are a master of living off the grid and staying away from the prying eyes of mundanes. This grants you the following benefits:

  • You have advantage on initiative rolls.
  • On your first turn during combat, you have advantage on attack rolls against creatures that have not yet acted.
  • You can unfailingly create a false identity for yourself. You must spend seven days, at the end of which, you establish the history, profession, and affiliations for your new identity. You can’t establish an identity that belongs to someone else. For example, you might acquire the appropriate clothing, badges, and official certification to establish yourself as a member of the FBI so you can insinuate yourself into the company of local law enforcement. Thereafter, if you adopt the new identity as a disguise, other creatures believe you to be that person until given an obvious reason not to.

Unarmored Defense

While you are wearing no armor, your AC equals 10 + your Dexterity modifier + your proficiency bonus. You can wield a shield and still gain this benefit.

Fighting Style

At 2nd level, you adopt a particular style of fighting as your specialty. Choose one of the following options. You can’t take a Fighting Style option more than once, even if you later get to choose again.

Brawling

With this fighting style, you gain the following benefits:

  • You can use Dexterity instead of Strength for the attack and damage rolls of your unarmed strikes.
  • You can roll a d4 in place of the normal damage of your unarmed strike.
  • When you use the Attack action with an unarmed strike on your turn, you can make one unarmed strike as a bonus action.

Defense

You gain a +1 bonus to your AC.

Dueling

When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that weapon.

Targeting (Counts as Archery)

You gain a +2 bonus to attack rolls you make with ranged weapons.

Spellcasting

By the time you reach 2nd level, you have learned powerful rituals and incantations similar to those used by witches, wiccans, and Men of Letters. See chapter 10 of the PHB for the general rules of spellcasting and the end of this article for the hunter spell list.

Spell Slots

The Hunter table shows how many spell slots you have to cast your spells of 1st level and higher. To cast one of these spells, you must expend a slot of the spell’s level or higher. You regain all expended spell slots when you finish a long rest. For example, if you know the 1st-level spell animal friendship and have a 1st-level and a 2nd-level spell slot available, you can cast animal friendship using either slot.

Spells Known of 1st Level and Higher

You know two 1st-level spells of your choice from the hunter spell list. The Spells Known column of the Hunter table shows when you learn more hunter spells of your choice. Each of these spells must be of a level for which you have spell slots. For instance, when you reach the 5th level in this class, you can learn one new spell of 1st or 2nd level. Additionally, when you gain a level in this class, you can choose one of the hunter spells you know and replace it with another spell from the hunter spell list, which also must be of a level for which you have spell slots.

Spellcasting Ability

Wisdom is your spellcasting ability for your hunter spells since your magic draws on your willpower and belief. You use your Wisdom whenever a spell refers to your spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your Wisdom modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a hunter spell you cast and when making an attack roll with one.

Spell save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Wisdom modifier

Spell attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + your Wisdom modifier

Monster Sense

The nearby presence and activities of evil immediately grab your attention. You can attune your senses to determine if any of your favored enemies lurk nearby. By spending 1 uninterrupted minute in concentration (as if you were concentrating on a spell), you can intuit whether any of your favored enemies are present within 5 miles of you. This feature reveals which of your favored enemies are present, their numbers, and the creatures’ general direction and distance (in miles) from you. If there are multiple groups of your favored enemies within range, you learn this information for each group.

In addition, if you read, hear or see an unusual news article, rumor, or story, you can immediately intuit whether or not it is the work of one of your favored enemies.

Hunter Archetype

At 3rd level, you choose to emulate the ideals and training of a hunter archetype: the Stalker or Warrior, both detailed at the end of the class description. Your choice grants you features at 3rd level and again at 7th, 11th, and 15th level.

Ability Score Improvement

When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th, 12th, 16th, and 19th level, you can increase one ability score of your choice by 2, or you can increase two ability scores of your choice by 1. As normal, you can’t increase an ability score above 20 using this feature.

Extra Attack

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

Greater Favored Enemy

At 6th level, you are ready to hunt even deadlier game. Choose a type of greater favored enemy: aberrations, celestials, constructs, dragons, elementals, fiends, or giants. You gain all the benefits against this chosen enemy that you normally gain against your favored enemy, including an additional language. Your bonus to damage rolls against all your favored enemies increases to +4. Additionally, you have advantage on saving throws against the spells and abilities used by a greater favored enemy.

Narrow Escape

Beginning at 8th level, you can take the Disengage action as a bonus action on each of your turns.

Resilient

Starting at 10th level, you gain proficiency in saving throws of an ability score of your choice.

Stealthy

Starting at 14th level, you can use the Hide action as a bonus action on each of your turns.

Against All Odds

At 18th level, when you roll a saving throw and fail, you can choose to succeed instead. Once you use this feature, you can’t use it again until you finish a long rest.

Foe Slayer

At 20th level, you become an unparalleled hunter. Once on each of your turns, you can add your Wisdom modifier to the attack roll or the damage roll of an attack you make. You can choose to use this feature before or after the roll, but before any effects of the roll are applied.

Hunter Archetypes

No two hunters track their prey the same way. However, there are certain molds that many hunters find themselves falling into, known as archetypes. Two such archetypes, Stalker and Warrior are detailed below.

Stalker

Stalkers are at home in the darkest places: in gloomy alleyways, abandoned subways systems or sewer lines, and wherever else the light dims. Most folks enter such places with trepidation, but a Stalker ventures boldly into the darkness, seeking to ambush threats before they can reach the broader world.

Stalker Magic

Starting at 3rd level, you learn an additional spell when you reach certain levels in this class, as shown in the Stalker Spells table. The spell counts as a hunter spell for you, but it doesn’t count against the number of hunter spells you know.

Stalker Spells

Level Spell
3rd disguise self
7th darkvision
10th glyph of warding
13th
greater invisibility
17th seeming

Dread Ambusher

At 3rd level, you master the art of the ambush. On your first turn during combat, you gain a +10 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.

Iron Mind

At 7th level, you gain resistance to psychic damage.

Stalker’s Flurry

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

Stalker’s Dodge

At 15th level, whenever a creature attacks you and does not have advantage, you can use your reaction to impose disadvantage on the creature’s attack roll against you. You can use this feature before or after the attack roll is made, but it must be used before the outcome of the roll is determined.

Warrior

Some hunters seek to master weapons to better protect civilization from the terrors of the unknown. Practitioners of the Warrior Archetype learn specialized fighting techniques for use against the direst threats, from bloodthirsty vampires and hordes of werewolves to towering golems and terrifying demons.

Hunter’s Prey

At 3rd level, you gain one of the following features of your choice.

Colossus Slayer. Your tenacity can wear down the most potent foes. When you hit a creature with a weapon attack, the creature takes an extra 1d8 damage if it’s below its hit point maximum. You can deal this extra damage only once per turn.

Giant Killer. When a Large or larger creature within 5 feet of you hits or misses you with an attack, you can use your reaction to attack that creature immediately after its attack, provided that you can see the creature.

Horde Breaker. Once on each of your turns when you make a weapon attack, you can make another attack with the same weapon against a different creature that is within 5 feet of the original target and within range of your weapon.

Defensive Tactics

At 7th level, you gain one of the following features of your choice.

Escape the Horde. Opportunity attacks against you are made with disadvantage.

Multiattack Defense. When a creature hits you with an attack, you gain a +4 bonus to AC against all subsequent attacks made by that creature for the rest of the turn.

Steel Will. You have advantage on saving throws against being frightened.

Multiattack

At 11th level, you gain one of the following features of your choice.

Spray and Pray. You can use your action to make a ranged attack against any number of creatures within 10 feet of a point you can see within your weapon’s range. You must have ammunition for each target, as normal, and you make a separate attack roll for each target.

Whirlwind Attack. You can use your action to make melee attacks against any number of creatures within 5 feet of you, with a separate attack roll for each target.

Superior Hunter’s Defense

At 15th level, you gain one of the following features of your choice.

Evasion. When you are subjected to an effect, such as a red dragon’s fiery breath or a lightning bolt spell, that allows you to make a Dexterity saving throw to take only half damage, you instead take no damage if you succeed on a saving throw, and only half damage if you fail.

Stand Against the Tide. When a hostile creature misses you with a melee attack, you can use your reaction to force that creature to repeat the same attack against another creature (other than itself) of your choice.

Uncanny Dodge. When an attacker that you can see hits you with an attack, you can use your reaction to halve the attack’s damage against you.

Hunter Spells

The hunter spells are presented in alphabetical order by the name of the spell.

1st Level

Alarm

Comprehend Languages

Detect Magic

Identify

Illusory Script

Protection from Evil and Good

Purify Food and Drink

2nd Level

Augury

Gentle Repose

Levitate

Locate Object

See Invisibility

Suggestion

Zone of Truth

3rd Level

Bestow Curse

Clairvoyance

Dispel Magic

Magic Circle

Remove Curse

Sending

Speak with Dead

Tongues

4th Level

Banishment

Death Ward

Divination

Divine Arsenal*

Locate Creature

Outsider’s Trap*

Wall of Fire

5th Level

Commune

Contact Other Plane

Dispel Evil and Good

Hallow

Hold Monster

Legend Lore

Planar Binding

Scrying

New Spells*

The following spells are available to Hunters, Priests, Witches, and Wizards.


Divine Arsenal

4th-level transmutation (ritual)

Casting Time: 1 hour

Range: Touch

Components: V, S

Duration: 8 hours

You touch up to 4 nonmagical weapons. Until the spell ends, the weapons become magic weapons with a +1 bonus to attack rolls and damage rolls. In addition, the weapon deals an additional 1d8 radiant damage if it hits an undead or fiend.


Outsider’s Trap

4th-level abjuration (ritual)

Casting Time: 10 minutes

Range: Touch

Components: V, S, M (chalk, a sprinkling of holy water, rare incense, and a powdered ruby worth at least 500 gp)

Duration: Until dispelled

Using chalk, you draw a 5-foot-radius circle on a surface that acts as a trap for a specific type of creature. Choose one or more of the following: celestials, elementals, fey, fiends, and undead. When the chosen creature enters the area or any area no more than 10 feet directly above or below the circle for the first time on a turn, the creature must succeed on a Charisma saving throw or become trapped.

While within the trap, the creature has disadvantage on Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma saving throws against spells and magic effects. A creature inside the circle can’t leave it by nonmagical means. A creature within the trap can still make weapon attacks as long as its target is within range. If a creature tries to cast a spell, it must first make a Charisma saving throw. On a successful saving throw, the creature casts the spell. This includes any magic used to exit the trap such as teleportation or interplanar travel. On a failed saving throw, the spell takes no effect and is wasted.

The spell’s area can’t overlap with another outsider’s trap spell. The effect can penetrate nonmagical organic material such as leather, woven blankets, or rugs but no more than 1 inch thick. Any other material over the circle such as wood, dirt, stone, or metal blocks the spell’s effect.

The spell remains until the circle is broken by any creature that is not trapped by the spell, or if the creature uses a spell or feature that damages the surface that the circle is drawn on, such as the earthquake spell.

 

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4 thoughts on “Hunter | New Player Option for Fifth Edition

  1. I like this [the Hunter Class], based off the “Supernatural” TV series. However there’s only one Archetype build – presumably, you’re going to add at least one other? Also, as a Ritual Spell, “Divine Arsenal” should be at Level 2, and create 3 Weapons, with the “At Higher Levels” text of “For each Spell Level above Second Level, one additional Weapon is affected”.
    Additionally, the bonus Spells should be gained at an even rate of Class Level progression: I suggest that this be changed to 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th, and 15th. This would allow for a maximum Level 6 Spell access at Level 18, and would allow the Hunter Class to have access to Plane Shift (thus enabling a Hunter to force an Extra-planar Creature into another Plane, or allowing advanced Hunters and their Allies to take the fight to the enemy by this means).
    Also, the Class Spell list seems to be very Offensive-Spell weak – possibly, this should be upped a bit. Obviously, not with eg. fireball, et al., but with something in flavour, like Hex & True Strike (Level 1), Branding Smite & Spiritual Weapon (Level 2), etc.
    Some suggestions for Level 6 Spells: Plane Shift (see earlier comments), Forbiddance, Divine Word, Etherealness, Find The Path, Heal, True Seeing.

    I would like read your thoughts on these changes, please.

    Regards,
    Christopher Andrew Simpson

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