Psychic Warrior | New Fighter Martial Archetype for Fifth Edition

At 3rd level, a fighter gains the Martial Archetype feature. The following Psychic Warrior option is available to a fighter, in addition to those normally offered.

Psychic Warrior

One who turns the mind’s potential to the warrior’s art is known as a psychic warrior. Where psions devote themselves wholly to the development of mind-engendered abilities, psychic warriors give emphasis to the development of the body.

With mental and physical energy working in union, the psychic warrior strives toward martial perfection. The sword, axe, and bow are physical tools that psychic warriors embrace along with their psionic abilities. Well trained in both physical and psionic matters, the psychic warrior is a formidable adversary.

Psychic Warrior Manifestation

Fighter Level Combat Modes Powers Known PSPs
Max Power Level
3rd 2 3 4 1st
4th 2 4 6 1st
5th 2 4 6 1st
6th 2 4 6 1st
7th 2 5 14 2nd
8th 2 6 14 2nd
9th 2 6 14 2nd
10th 3 7 17 2nd
11th 3 8 17 2nd
12th 3 8 17 2nd
13th 3 9 27 3rd
14th 3 10 27 3rd
15th 3 10 27 3rd
16th 3 11 32 3rd
17th 3 11 32 3rd
18th 3 11 32 3rd
19th 3 12 38 4th
20th 3 13 38 4th


When you reach 3rd level, you gain the ability to manifest psionic powers. See DMDave’s Psion class for the general rules of Fifth Edition Psionics.

Combat Modes. You learn one defense and one offense combat mode of your choice. You learn another combat mode of your choice at 10th level which can be either offense or defense.

PSPs. The Psychic Warrior Manifestation table shows how many PSPs you have to manifest your powers of 1st level and higher. To manifest one of these powers, you must expend the PSPs detailed under the power’s description. You regain all expended PSPs when you finish a long rest.

Powers Known of 1st-Level an Higher. You know three 1st-level psionic powers of your choice, two of which you must choose from the psychokinesis and telepathy disciplines.

The Powers Known column of the Psychic Warrior Manifestation table shows when you learn more psionic powers of 1st-level or higher. Each of these powers must be a psychometabolism or psychoportation power of your choice and must be of a level no higher than the Max Power Level as shown on the Psychic Warrior Manifestation table.

The powers you learn at 8th, 14th, and 20th can come from any discipline.

Whenever you gain a level in this class, you can replace one of the psionic powers you know with another power of your choice from the psionic powers list. The new power must be of a level that you can learn, and it must be a psychometabolism or psychoportation discipline, unless you’re replacing the power you gained at 8th, 14th, or 20th level.

Dropping to 0 PSPs. As a psychic warrior, you possess stronger command over your mind’s facilities and have reshaped your mental conduit for maximum efficiency. As such, when you run out of PSPs, you leave yourself open to attack. If your PSPs are reduced to 0, you suffer the following penalties:

  • Any of your own psionic powers or effects that you are concentrating on or under the effects of immediately stop functioning.
  • You cannot use your combat modes.
  • You have disadvantage on saving throws against psionic powers and psychic effects.
  • You gain vulnerability to psychic damage unless you are under or come under a non-psionic effect that grants you resistance or immunity to psychic damage (such as a wizard’s mind blank spell).

These effects last as long as your PSPs remain at 0.

Power Boost. Some powers allow you to increase the potency of your powers. If you choose to do so, you must pay the power boost’s associated PSP cost as detailed under the power’s description. You can only use one power boost per use of a power. You can use power boosts a number of times equal to your Intelligence modifier, and you regain all expended uses after you finish a long rest

Manifestation Ability. Intelligence is your manifestation ability for your psionic powers since you learn your powers through dedicated study and mental discipline. You use your Intelligence whenever a power refers to your manifestation ability. In addition, you use your Intelligence modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a psionic power you manifest and when making an attack roll with one.

Power save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Intelligence modifier

Power attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + your Intelligence modifier

Weapon Bond

At 3rd level, you learn a ritual that creates a psychic bond between yourself and one weapon. You perform the ritual over the course of 1 hour, which can be done during a short rest. The weapon must be within your reach throughout the ritual, at the conclusion of which you touch the weapon and forge the bond.

Once you have bonded a weapon to yourself, you can’t be disarmed of that weapon unless you are incapacitated. If it is on the same plane of existence, you can summon that weapon as a bonus action on your turn, causing it to teleport instantly to your hand.

You can have up to two bonded weapons but can summon only one at a time with your bonus action. If you attempt to bond with a third weapon, you must break the bond with one of the other two.

Paralyzing Strike

Beginning at 7th level, once per turn, you can interfere with the psychic energies in an opponent’s body. When you hit another creature with a melee weapon attack, you can spend 2 PSPs to attempt a stunning strike. The target must succeed on a Constitution saving throw or be paralyzed until the end of your next turn.

Psychic Strike

At 10th level, you can convert the physical energy dealt by your weapon strikes into psychic energy. When you hit a creature with a weapon attack, you can spend 2 PSPs to convert the damage dealt into psychic damage. In addition, the creature has disadvantage on the next saving throw it makes against a power you manifest before the end of your next turn.

Psychic Recharge

At 15th level, you regain a number of PSPs equal to 1d6 + your Intelligence modifier when you use your Action Surge.

War Psionicist

Starting at 18th level, when you use your action to manifest a power, you can make one weapon attack as a bonus action.

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