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Epic Characters

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This 30-page handbook contains progression from 20th to 30th level for all twelve classes and the 51 archetypes. It also includes epic racials for all 21 subraces and 4 epic prestige classes.

The book will be updated as more official classes, archetypes and races are released.

All art within the book is courtesy of and copyright by dleoblack, Tom Edwards, and Daniel Kamarudin respectively.

Please leave a review after purchase, so I know what you like and/or dislike. It'll help me with future iterations of Epic Characters, as well as with the other products I have in the works.

Changelog

v1.1: Fixed minor errors and typos, removed D&D logos

v1.2 (6th of july 2016): Wording and balance, navigation improvments, two new prestige classes, epic levels for Heroes of the Orient, epic levels for the villainous archetypes found in the DMG

v1.3 (28th of november 2016) - wording and balance, new eldritch invocations, added Unearthed Arcana support, and Volo's Guide to Monsters support.

Upcoming releases

Epic Monster Manual and Oriental Monster Manual

Other products

Heroes of the Orient Monsters of the Orient: Complete Bestiary Heroes of the Orient: Unearthed Kensai

 
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John A August 22, 2017 8:58 am UTC
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Hey, Marc,

I love this guide and am planning on using this with the Heroes of the Orient book. I wonder if there'll be epic levels for the subclasses not mentioned already in the document.
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Nathan N August 18, 2017 8:57 am UTC
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Hey Merc,

Love your work and hope you can update epic characters to include the other UA material. I'm curious, with the level 24 and 30 sorcerer ability, intensify spell and weave conduct, how does it interact with cantrips? As you can't pay cantrips slot to empower it and there is not a specified cost for casting another cantrip on the same turn.
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Marc A August 19, 2017 11:52 am UTC
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Hi Nathan,

Thank you for your kind words!
I've got many things in the pipeline for Epic Characters, including inclusion of UA material.

Regarding the epic sorcerer, those two features aren't intended to work with cantrips. I'll reword it to be spells of 1st level or higher.
Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
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finn D July 25, 2017 10:26 am UTC
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Hey Marc,

I just want to say I am a huge fan of all your products, this one especially. I can't wait till I get to bust out this one at one of my tables. I did have a question though. Are you considering adding the two UA classes to your book?

I am personally a huge fan of the mystic and one of my players is a huge fan of the artificer and it would be interesting to see how you would think it is best to scale those two into level 30. I understand completely if you wouldn't want to do that, since both classes are prone to be changed in the future, mystic maybe more than artificer, both classes are fairly complex and are quite bulky compared to those from the PHB and I am aware that creating 10 more levels for a class is a lot harder than creating 2/3 level progressions for an archetype. And, to make matters even worse, they don't really follow any of the archetypes described in the beginning of this book, since the artificer doesn't focus on fighting with weapons like the ranger or paladin,...See more
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Marc A August 08, 2017 10:03 am UTC
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Hi Finn,

Thank you for your kind words. It means a ton and I appreciate it.
That is why I spend so much time working on these titles :)

But to answer your question: I absolutely do plan on including them both.
Classes are just so hard to get right. The mystic in particular is a very complex class - I feel like I need to do extensive playtesting in order to get a good sense of the class.
I want to do it justice and not rush to completion just to do it.

Ideally it has to be balanced, fun, and "feel right".

The good news is that we're now two people working on expanding the Epic line - meaning both epic monsters as well as a massive update to Epic Characters.

That being said, I'd love to hear ideas and suggestions for all UA material.
If you have some good ideas and want to share them, please let me know at dnd5eoss@gmail.com :)
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David M July 14, 2017 1:14 pm UTC
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Hi Marc,

Looks really good, just reading the ranger entry and remembered the UA revised ranger had some interesting changes (specifically favored terrain and the beastmaster archetype), I was wondering if you had any plans to include a variant for it
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David M July 14, 2017 2:18 pm UTC
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Don't worry, just got to that section at the end
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Marc A July 14, 2017 7:42 pm UTC
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Hi David,

Yeah, it's in there. I just decided to separate official, UA, and third part content.

Still missing tons of other UA though. Gonna get the rest in there soon!
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Bradley W July 17, 2017 6:43 am UTC
I want to buy it but It'll probs be updated soon. Do we get to download the updated versions when they're done?
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David M July 22, 2017 1:50 pm UTC
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This one has all the versions available for download, other products I've bought from here only have the latest but once you've paid for it you'll get the latest version as long as you come back to check
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Marc A July 22, 2017 7:14 pm UTC
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Hi Bradley,

Thank you for your interest in my material.
David's answer is correct :)

Thanks for answering this one, David.
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Violet B August 07, 2017 5:24 pm UTC
does this book include centaurs?
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Marc A August 08, 2017 9:54 am UTC
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Hi Violet,

There are no new races within the book.
Sorry.
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July 13, 2017 2:14 pm UTC
How is progress on the epic monster guide going?:)
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Marc A July 14, 2017 6:52 am UTC
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Right now: slow.
I'm currently enjoying my vacation, but I'll be back at it soon :)
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July 13, 2017 2:14 pm UTC
How is progress on the epic monster guide going?:)
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Alexander K July 13, 2017 12:10 am UTC
Hey Marc, how did you get a profile picture?
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Marc A July 14, 2017 6:52 am UTC
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Hi Alexander,

I think it appeared on its own after logging in through Facebook.
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Hayden Q July 10, 2017 1:07 am UTC
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Thanks for this awesome PDF, it is very well done and would love to see future updates of this which includes more UA material. I'd like to ask a couple of things:

1) As you mentioned in the PDF, the Proficiency Bonus doesn't increase because of Bounded Accuracy, but we have Monsters (like the Tarrasque) who has a Proficiency Bonus of +9 (determined by the To Hit and their Saving Throws). Since a pure levelled character essentially gets to a Tarrasque level, it seems logical that the same Proficiency Bonus scaling should follow suit; after all, we are Epic Characters. Would this be a consideration for balancing in future updates?

2) Since spells (especially cantrips and 9th level spells for Wizards with their new 10th, 11th and 12th level spell slots) are balanced to 20th level, is there any opportunity for scaling those spells to level 30? For example, Fire Bolt increasing to 5d10 at 23rd level and 6d10 at 29th level.
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Marc A July 10, 2017 2:29 am UTC
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Hi Hayden,

I've actually considered both. I'm holding back in it for now though, simply because there aren't any monsters that can compete against characters with +16 to hit.

I'll have both options you mentioned play tested against epic monsters, however. We're just not quite there yet.

For reference, epic monsters will likely be CR 31-45.
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Marn M July 02, 2017 10:50 am UTC
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Hey, i realy love the ballance of the classes and that you have included a number of Unearthed Arcana class archtypes aswel. Are you planning on adding the rest of the Unearthed Arcana aswel? Like the "Lore Master" for the wizard?
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Marc A July 04, 2017 12:18 am UTC
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Hi Marn,

Thank you for your kind words, it means a ton!
And yes, I do in fact plan on including more UA material - including the lore master.

I've been focused on putting the finishing touches on my bestiary, but I'll be getting back into Epic stuff now.
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Marn M July 07, 2017 8:44 pm UTC
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Hi Marc,
Great to hear you are planning on continueing this book. Locking forward to seeing the next leg of epic character designs.
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Julio S June 28, 2017 7:16 pm UTC
Hey Marc, I had a question about the Druid's level 28 ability. The capstone Archdruid ability says "Additionally, you can ignore the verbal and somatic components of your druid spells, as well as any material components that lack a cost and aren't consumed by a spell. You gain this benefit in both your normal shape and your beast shape from Wild Shape." I was wondering if the level 28 ability was then useless since the level 20 ability already encompasses it.
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Marc A July 04, 2017 12:17 am UTC
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Hi Julio,

I was just recently made aware of this. It isn't exactly useless, but it's not as powerful as intended.
I'm currently working on a fix.
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Ryan P June 23, 2017 9:32 pm UTC
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Just curious about the conjuration wizard's faithful companion effect. Would the hound gain a movement speed or do you use an action to just make it appear where you want it as part of making it alert?
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Marc A June 25, 2017 11:03 am UTC
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Yea, good question. I see how it is worded poorly.
The intention is that you can command it to move and that it otherwise just follows you if left to its own devices.
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Robert T June 21, 2017 7:03 am UTC
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I have some questions about spots where I’m not 100% sure about how some of the abilities work.
1. Does the Druid’s Unhindered Beast Spells affect only wildshape, or are beast and monstrosity shapes achieved due to spells such as Shapechange affected as well?
2. Do the Fighter’s Warfare dice stack as the rounds increase? Ex. Do you have 4d6+2d8+1d12 Warfare dice on the third round or just 1d12?
3. Does the Archblade’s Blade Beam affect the range of thrown weapons, or just melee attacks?
4. I’m not sure what the damage has to be higher than for the Rogue’s Tricks of the Trade ability, is it 2*hit dice+con or 2*(hit dice+con) and is it just a single hit die or all of the character’s hit dice?
5. For the Arcane Trickster’s Master of Magical Ambush, how are the Mage Hands used to apply sneak attack, can they attack themselves?
6. Did you intend for the Rogue’s Reliable Talent and Improved Reliable Talent to affect initiative? By allowing Rogues to add their proficiency...See more
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Marc A June 25, 2017 10:59 am UTC
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Hi Robert,

I'll try and go over your questions one by one:

1) It only affects shapes achieved with the Wild Shape feature.
2) They don't stack, no. They change :)
3) It is intended for melee attacks. It also only works with the Chosen Weapon.
4) It's 2 * (hit dice + con) and only one hit die, not all. In the next iteration it will be changed to "more damage than your rogue level", however. Easier to calculate.
5) Basically, if a mage hand is wielding a finesse weapon you can make an attack roll with it as if you were there. I'll clarify.
6) Yep, epic rogues react quickly!
7) It is intended to affect any and all critical hits - including those from the Assassinate ability.
8) Only Pact Magic spells. I'll clarify.
9) The basic idea is this: with each new favored enemy (whether regular, Grand, or Mortal) you can choose another favored enemy. You gain the same bonuses against all favored enemies.

I'm working on getting...See more
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Robert T June 25, 2017 8:18 pm UTC
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Thanks for the response
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June 20, 2017 7:04 pm UTC
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I've purchased this a little while ago for a campaign that had stagnated around level 20. I love the product so far, although I've found some things to be out of balance slightly (looking at the Monk class in particular). The statistician in me did have a bit of a problem with the stall in proficiency increase due to bounded accuracy. Although you've explained your reasoning quite clearly in the PDF, I'm not sure I agree with it entirely. Since 5E now doesn't take into consideration increases in a character's defenses or bonus to hit on attacks, both mundane and magical, the difficulty of a monster is based mostly on its damage and HP pool, which is why a single goblin is no longer a threat at level 20, but an entire horde becomes problematic. This is because classes are designed so players interact in a similar way with the world, with their damage and HP increasing steadily. Hence, a higher bonus to hit isn't the death sentence for lower characters it once was, but it remains a slight nerf to higher level characters,...See more
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Marc A June 25, 2017 10:06 am UTC
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Hi there,

I agree completely with your observations on 5e balance.
Epic characters should be able to eat Terrasques and Dragons for lunch every day though.

What it really comes down to is how epic monsters are constructed. I have a few ideas regarding that, so it doesn't just turn into a game of save-or-die.
But it'll need massive playtesting.
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Gabriel N June 20, 2017 3:55 pm UTC
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Would some of the monsters in the Epic MM have new larger size levels? Like ginormous or massive.
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Marc A June 25, 2017 10:02 am UTC
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Hi Gabriel,

I've tinkered with the idea but I've yet to design a monster that doesn't fit with Gargantuan.
Gargantuan is "20 by 20 feet or larger" and includes a d20 for hit dice.

Something larger would would need a d100 for hit dice.
It might be something worth exploring with some truly ginormous creatures though.

I wouldn't go down that road without thorough playtesting, however.

I guess we'll see :)
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Gabriel N August 05, 2017 5:20 am UTC
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Cool
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Joshua S June 07, 2017 7:30 am UTC
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Purchased today and I am really loving the content! Out of curiosity; have you thought about taking a stab at making Epic Characters for Matt Mercer's content? Would love to see your philosophies for the Gunslinger and Blood Hunter [Specially the Order of the Lycan :)]! Thanks again for the content!
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Marc A June 09, 2017 10:00 am UTC
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Hi Joshua,

Thank you for your kind words!
I haven't actually considered it for non-official material, but I might include Mr. Mercer's material if the demand is there.
I'd want to reach out to him and get his blessing before actually doing it though.

Thank you for the idea!
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Tyler P June 09, 2017 6:32 pm UTC
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That would be a great idea. I would love to see an epic gunslinger. Maybe you can collaborate with him on them as well.
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Robert T June 12, 2017 3:14 am UTC
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Myself and several of my players would enjoy Epic Characters for Matt Mercer's content. I have a player who is using some of his material and wants to take his character into epic levels
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Mike M June 15, 2017 9:58 am UTC
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Would also love to see epic gunslinger etc
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Marc A June 16, 2017 7:18 pm UTC
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Alright, it definitely seems like there is some interest in this.
I'll see if I can get in touch with him and work something out.

Thank you all!
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Cameron G June 24, 2017 1:23 pm UTC
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Just to throw in my own two cents, the Blood Hunter is one of the classes I most commonly include in my works, so having Epic Rules for it would be amazing. I am also quite fond of the Sterling Vermin Pugilist and Magus classes, the Incarnate: Last of the Lacers book, and Tribality Publishing on DriveThruRPG's work, know you only have so much time in the day, just wanted to throw those out for consideration.
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Joshua S June 25, 2017 10:48 pm UTC
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Awesome! Hopefully Matt is receptive of the idea! Thanks!
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Francesca G June 06, 2017 3:00 am UTC
Hello, any news about Epic Monster Manual and Oriental Monster Manual? date of release? and how will be the CR for those creatures?
excellent work btw, keep going!
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Marc A June 09, 2017 10:05 am UTC
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Hi Francesca,

Thank you very much! It means a lot.

The Oriental MM is nearing completion. Waiting on a few more art pieces and editing to be completed. I've used the time to add lair actions and a few more monsters.
It's at 250+ monsters now, all of them in the CR 0 - 30 range.
Release date: "soon". Sorry, but I can't give an exact date. It's done when it's done :)

I'm considering doing the Epic MM as a Kickstarter project to ensure high quality artwork for every single monster, as well as hardcover copies.
The monsters included will be up to CR 45.
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Mike M June 14, 2017 11:20 am UTC
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I'd get behind it on kickstarter for sure - chomping at the bit to get my hands on it!
Love the epic characters book, easily my fave purchase from here. My players are dying to get past level 20 now but they got a long way to go!
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Marc A June 16, 2017 7:21 pm UTC
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Thanks for your incredibly kind words - I'm humbled.
I'll cross my fingers that your players make it past 20 without too many deaths along the way ;)
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