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The Vigilante Class

Design by Mark Hulmes, Art by Joma Cueto, Editing by Erica Heathrow

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If you're looking to play a martial, non-spellcaster, character that is fueled by their hunger for vengeance or justice, and uses the power of fear or tinkering gadgets to dispatch their hated foes, then the Vigilante is for you.

Inspired by character archetypes like Batman, the Punisher, Zorro, John Wick, Kill Bill's The Bride, Black Canary, Elektra, and many more, the Vigilante is a martial character who focuses on taking down the targets of their Mark of Vengeance and using crippling attacks, teamwork and their signature weapons to dispatch their foes.

Outside of combat, a Vigilante is a highly skilled character that can track and investigate their targets.

This class has been playtested by several groups over several months, however, if you find any abilities or features can be misused, please let me know in the comments below and I can revise for future versions.

For full discloser, I have decided to set a fixed price for the Vigilante due to the costs of providing high-quality design and artwork, as well as the time invested into editing, writing and designing the class. All of my previous work has been "pay what you want" but in order to ensure I cover costs, I have set the price at $2, which is a similar pricing scheme to DnD Beyond and other DMG titles.

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Cartola C April 14, 2018 6:54 am UTC
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I've written a review about the class, but in a few words: don't hype it. Inquisitive rogue will do what you're thinking.
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Wesley K April 13, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
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The class is missing the ability score improvement section in it's class features.
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Victoria F April 06, 2018 11:35 pm UTC
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Another suggestion is that while the movement reduction aspect of the Mark of Vengeance feature requires you to be within five feet of your quarry to do the crippling strike, it should probably be extended to 20 feet if you are wielding a ranged weapon. That's most likely how I'm to going to rule it in my homebrew campaign anyway. This would do a lot to enable vigilantes to be as flexible with their choice of weapons as the class otherwise seems to intend that they be.
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Victoria F April 05, 2018 5:52 am UTC
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I think this class is genius. I do have a question about the Terrifying Blows feature of the Nightmare Tactics archetype though. Is the 15 ft. distance limit for creatures that can be frightened measured from where you are or from where the creature hit with the attack is? If it is distance from the creature hit then it would go a long way to alleviate the concern that some seem to have about vigilantes being forced into melee to use their class features when they are not built to be tanks like fighters are. The idea being you could fire a bow and those near the creature hit with the arrow would have to make the Wisdom saving throw.

As far as errors go, I didn't see any except for one you've probably already noticed. The description for Frenzy Elixir has an extra empty line between "your" and "vigilante level". Great feature by the way. It's nice that they have some damage mitigation in addition to everything else. The second paragraph of the Nightmare Tactics description is...See more
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Alexandru N March 26, 2018 3:28 am UTC
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Honestly, the class seems underwhelming. In order for the class to do any sort of decent damage the enemy has to have one of the aformentioned conditions, however, fight a boss, or just get unlucky with the saves, suddenly you are doing a single attack per turn with no extra stuff, and even if you do get the condition, you only deal an extra 1d8. That seems pitiful, especially since you can think that clerics get that on a normal hit, and i am pretty sure they have more options for causing debilitating effects. In the quickbuild you say that you can use ranged weapons, but you would be a terrible ranged fighter. Why? because of mark of vengeance. What you wanna use it? Better pull out a melee weapon. What? Your DM says that you have to use an action to change weapons? Tough. The class forces you to be on the frontline if you want to use your stuff, and you are quite easy to hit, and you aren't tanky at all. You have a 1d10, hey good job, but nothing else to reduce chance of getting hit like a shield, or something...See more
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Victoria F April 05, 2018 4:06 am UTC
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Invest in some poisoned ranged ammunition and you no longer have to be on the front line to use Mark of Vengeance. Both subclasses also have means to trigger the extra damage on a marked creature from Brutal Strikes. I agree that the Poisoned Weapons feature you get at level 11 from the Nightmare Tactics archetype needs some work. How about every long rest you can concoct a dose of superior poison which ignores resistance and immunity to poison, the potency of which only lasts 24 hours?
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Alexandru N April 06, 2018 1:47 pm UTC
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Why do you think that having poisoned ranged ammunition takes away the need to be on the front line. You still need to be in melee to use Mark of Vengeance, you have to be within 5 feet of the enemy to use it.
Also for the 1st subclass if you are fighting a single person you can not use the 3rd level feature on them. The class seems poorly designed to me, and not worth the price tag. The class does not make up for losing an extra attack.
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Victoria F April 06, 2018 2:52 pm UTC
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That's only for the movement reduction which is way less important than the extra damage you get later on. In fact, the main reason you want to reduce an enemy's movement is so you can get the extra damage but you can shortcut that if they are already poisoned. Getting to level 3 isn't that hard in any case. I think it's an awesome class and lots of fun. Each to their own.
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Alexandru N April 07, 2018 12:03 am UTC
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Do you really think that getting an extra 1d8 of damage, is worth losing an extra attack. They don't have better CC than other classes, they don't have better skills than other classes, they just seem like they fall behind in all aspect when compared to other classes. And the fact stands, that you have a rather useless feature if you want to go a ranged attacker and the class should not claim that it can be built as ranged. I have seen homebrew classes that were made to be too strong, this one is the complete opposite in that it is too weak.
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Victoria F April 07, 2018 8:04 pm UTC
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I think the one d8 extra damage is fine and it does scale up as you level. Combine that with the extra attack you get from Mark of Vengeance and you will be dealing damage aplenty, and that's not even taking into account the extra damage on melee critical hits. The real appeal of the vigilante is getting to play a martial class that allows you to use Intelligence as a key ability so you can more easily play a detective or investigator type who can still scrap. Clever use of your archetype features will give you lots of advantages in combat, not just crowd control but defensive and offensive benefits as well.

As written it's not perfect yet. I expect it will go through many iterations before it's truly finished, the same way Matt Mercer's Blood Hunter class did, which is now one of my all time favorites. I can already see the tweaks I'd like them to make. Even if that doesn't happen the core material is good enough to easily fix with just a few homebrew rules.
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Alexandru N April 11, 2018 9:42 pm UTC
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My problem with this, is that i do not think it is done, and yet we had to pay for it. If it had been pay what you want like the blood hunter you mentioned, then yes, i would have understood. However as it is, if I pay for something, I expect it to be better done and actually finished, if not it should have been pay what you want and I would have paid after it actually was finished. You also talk as if it is easy to get your second attack(for which you have to pay a reaction for) or that you can easely just apply a crowd control on a target, keep in mind that most of the time you will have to use an action to do it. If you want to play a detective character play an arcane trickster, or an inquisitor, they are better designed and actually finished.
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Oliver J March 15, 2018 1:59 pm UTC
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I am a little confused by the simple gadget on a normal adventuring day how many do I have. 1 of each devise or an unlimited number of 1 or something else other then this confusion which is probably on my end really love this class.
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Victoria F April 05, 2018 4:31 am UTC
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I thought it was pretty clear that you start with a maximum of 2 simple devices at level 3 and reach a maximum of 4 simple devices and 2 complex devices at level 14. Looks like you can carry as many of the same type as you want as long as it doesn't exceed your maximum limit for that type of device, like two grappling hooks, if you want. Am I missing something?
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Oliver J April 08, 2018 4:04 pm UTC
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yeah I thought it was me over thinking it to some extent just felt a little wordy and that is what confused me.so just to clarify do you interpret it as you can have 4 of all 4 devises or you pick one of them and have 4 of it for the day. Because if its the latter which i feel it is that feels limiting and goes against the variety the class has.
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Eric V March 12, 2018 8:45 am UTC
I am new to D&D (never played before) and am going to be playing for the first time soon. For my first character I wanted to create a character that is inspired by Boba Fett. This class fits perfectly, even including the ability to use some of Fett's gadgets! Can't wait to try it out and have some fun with it! Thanks for creating this!!!
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Andrew H March 11, 2018 4:40 pm UTC
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Loving the look of this class, Mark, and really looking forward to taking it out for a spin, really fits with an NPC character I was trying to create! Question in regards to the Signature Weapons ability, is the weapon you chose a specific weapon? Or is it a wider than that? Like saying your signature weapon is 'my' shortsword, or just all shortswords? Or is it possible to then change what weapon is your signature weapon later on, in a similar way the Hexblade Warlock changes theirs?
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Mark H March 14, 2018 12:09 pm UTC
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I guess I should use "type" as it's intended to be "all shortswords" rather than one specific ones. It's the idea of like "The masked figure who fights with a whip and crossbow" kinda thing.
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Erica H March 10, 2018 11:59 pm UTC
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Picking this up here to show my support for a very interesting class that seems like it would be a lot of fun to play, and also one very easy to sink into a wealth of character for. I'd recommend anyone interested in masked heroes or dedicated vengeance-seekers definitely pick this up and have a look at it.
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lisa B March 10, 2018 9:38 pm UTC
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An interesting class. Still reviewing it before sharing it with my players but i need to let you know the capstone ability's text abruptly cuts off after stating "you do not provoke attacks of" leaving any following text including number of uses missing from the document.
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Mark H March 11, 2018 12:21 am UTC
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Hey Lisa. Just spotted this in the printer friendly version. The full PDF has the full ability text, but I will correct the printer friendly version in the next version (along with a few formatting issues). Sorry!
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Mark H March 10, 2018 9:07 pm UTC
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Adding a comment to let folks know that the Hit Dice (7) is incorrect and should be the standard (6). It's not a major critical issue, as hopefully most folks will realise it's a typo. Once I have a few more changes to justify new PDFs I'll update it!
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Ieuan O March 10, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
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Played a character a year or so ago that this would've been great for! May have to revive him for another campaign now. Took a lot of multiclassing to get near what I wanted. Thank you!
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Mark H March 10, 2018 7:08 pm UTC
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Thanks Leuan! Hope you enjoy!
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Baxter G March 10, 2018 6:21 pm UTC
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Question about the Terrifying Blows feature of the Nightmare Tactics subclass. At third level the ability allows you to attempt to frighten any number of creatures within 15 feet, but the Merchant of Menace adds that you can target a number equal to 1 + your INT modifier. Am I misreading or just missing a reason this is beneficial?
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Mark H March 10, 2018 6:28 pm UTC
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Apologies Baxter, must have missed changing it from a previous version! I'll update the file ASAP. The 3rd level feature allows you to choose one creature to make the save.
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Baxter G March 10, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
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Thank you! That makes sense, and I will definitely try to play a vigilante at some point.
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Mark H March 10, 2018 7:08 pm UTC
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Cheers! I've fixed the files as this issue was a critical balancing one. I was going to wait for the inevitiable spelling/format issues I missed before I uploaded a new file, but this was too big to ignore. Thanks for spotting it!
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Baxter G March 10, 2018 9:52 pm UTC
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Sure thing! If you don't mind me asking, what was the reason behind not giving them a second attack at 5th level? Seems like the sort of class that would get one.
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Mark H March 11, 2018 12:23 am UTC
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It was a tough decision, but after a lot of balance testing, especially with multiclassing, the abilities just stacked up a bit too well. Giving the class Extra Attack, bonus damage when target has a condition, lots of archetype features AND extra hit dice just made it a bit too strong, so in-keeping with the Rogue I decided not to give it a formal Extra Attack, and instead have a later "secondary" attack when going after the Mark of Vengeance to help counterbalance higher level combat.
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