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the Pugilist Class

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With nothing but their wits, will, and fists, pugilists lay it all on the table every time they’re in for a scrap. No strangers to adversity, pugilists can dish it out, take a licking and still keep coming back for more. A pugilist’s unbreakable spirit and talent for fisticuffs don’t come from rigorous training or high minded philosophies but are the hard won trophies of never backing down from a fight no matter the odds.

All pugilists belong to a Fight Club, an informal fraternity of brawlers with similar style, that shapes the way they fight. Fight Clubs included in the full version of the Pugilist class are: Arena Royale, Bloodhound Bruisers, Dog & Hound, Hand of Dread, Piss & Vinegar, the Squared Circle, and the Sweet Science. Whether you’re interested in playing an adventuring luchador, a boxer fighting the good fight, or a hard-nosed detective with a penchant for pugilism, these Fight Clubs have you covered!

What's New in the Adamantine Update?

June 2019 marks the Pugilist class' 3rd anniversary on the DM's Guild. We celebrated the occasion by adding new content to the Pugilist:

  • New background prompts and personaltiy quirks to help you build your next Pugilist character.
  • A new fight club, the Hand of Dread.

You can find a free trial version of the class here.

Our friend Emmet Byrne created a character sheet specifically for use with the Pugilist class. You can get that here.

Like the Pugilist class? You can find other Sterling Vermin products on DM's Guild!


 
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Clem H July 16, 2020 7:06 pm UTC
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Hi there,
Can we we expect an update this year ? And is there a forum/website discussing suggestions and feedback about this class ? Thanks !
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Benjamin H July 27, 2020 4:36 am UTC
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You can follow me on twitter @sterlingvermin. I also have a subreddit (that I check infrequently), a discord (that I'm on regularly), and a Patreon.
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Benjamin H July 27, 2020 4:37 am UTC
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Oh, sorry, as for an update: there may be one coming cleaning up some language, particularly with the most recent archetype. Future additions to this class (new archetypes, etc.) will probably be handled differently than updates to this core product though.
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Milo K July 15, 2020 1:03 am UTC
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Question! For Bloodied but Unbowed, is it meant to trigger immediately when you're knocked below half-health, or is it something you can trigger after that point- as long as you only use it the once? Like, if you have a max of 44, something knocks you to 22- can you hold off using Bloodied but Unbowed until you're at say, 10, after using more moxie to get the maximum return?
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Taka S July 16, 2020 12:41 am UTC
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"When you take damage that reduces you to half of your maximum hit points or less"

As written, it doesn't check how much you had before you got hit. It checks that you took damage and that it dropped your hp to a number equal to or less than half of your maximum.

This means that you do not have to use it right when you get dropped below half. I've played an Arena Royale pugilist at level 12 and with so much hit points and moxie I often tend to save it for when Moxie is at least really low before using it since I tend to have a lot more hp to gamble with.
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Benjamin H July 27, 2020 4:35 am UTC
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Taka is correct. Thanks for the question, Milo, and the answer, Taka!
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Nicholas V June 25, 2020 6:43 pm UTC
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Hi there, I do apologize if this has been answered somewhere before now, but is there a .json file of this class for the 5e character sheet app?

Edit: Also, the iron chin feature states "while wearing light or no armor and not wielding a shield, your AC equals 12+Con" so if a character has on +2 light armor would the bonus apply? Like 12+Con+2?
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Taka S July 03, 2020 7:31 pm UTC
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Yes, I made the mistake of thinking otherwise but +x armors say that while you wear them your ac increases by that amount so it doesn't actually take what calculation you are using into account.

which means a pugilist with 16 con and +2 armor would have 17 ac (12+3+2)
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Jasper T June 20, 2020 3:07 am UTC
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Is there a reliable way to gain advantage on Strength checks/Athletics with this class? Looking to try just straight grappling but the consensus for other grappler builds is that if not a barbarian or rogue/bard you should at least dip into those for rage and expertise since they provide bonuses to grapple attempts.
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Taka S July 03, 2020 7:34 pm UTC
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Not advantage, but you can use the Prodigy feat on a Human, Half-Elf, or Half-Orc to get expertise on athletics (as well as the lucky feat for opportunistic rerolls). Even on its own, Squared Circle tends to be among the best grappler builds because of when it can grapple and the bonuses provided while you are grappling.
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Liam H June 10, 2020 10:30 am UTC
hi is this available for fantasy grounds?
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Stephen M April 24, 2020 5:59 am UTC
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Does this automatically update after we buy it once or do we need to continue to buy the updates? I love it and want to support but Idk if I have the most up to date version
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Benjamin H April 24, 2020 8:39 pm UTC
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You have to download the new files each time it updates but you do not need to purchase it again with each update. Once you buy the class, all future revisions and expansions are free.
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Micael M April 23, 2020 9:56 pm UTC
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Are you planning to add this to dndbeyond at all? I love this class and would love to use it there. I bought the pdf but wouldn't having it on the website to use.
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Benjamin H April 23, 2020 10:49 pm UTC
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I would love to release the class on DNDBeyond and the DNDB team has said they were interested in that also but I haven't heard from them on the topic for over a year now. If you want it, I suggest you tweet at them or email them letting them know it's something you want to see!
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Joshua J April 17, 2020 10:00 pm UTC
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Hi, sorry if this is already clear and I missed it. Does the dog companion split your movement?
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Benjamin H April 19, 2020 3:27 am UTC
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It does not. You both have your own separate movement speeds.
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Andre K April 17, 2020 6:53 pm UTC
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Hey
Question: when using a bonus action for an atack, do you add your strg modifier to the dmg?
With the dread hands you can make 3 atacks as a bonus action for 2 moxie points so Im not sure cause it can be a lot of dmg Just from the modifier.
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Benjamin H April 19, 2020 3:28 am UTC
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Yes, you add your Strength modifier to the damage of attacks made with a bonus action. The only exception to this is the special rule for two-weapon fighting (which usually does not apply to pugilists). The Dread Hand can put out of a lot of damage but they are basically sacrificing higher sustained damage for higher burst damage.
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Andre K April 17, 2020 6:53 pm UTC
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Hey
Question: when using a bonus action for an atack, do you add your strg modifier to the dmg?
With the dread hands you can make 3 atacks as a bonus action for 2 moxie points so Im not sure cause it can be a lot of dmg Just from the modifier.
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Richard S April 18, 2020 12:32 am UTC
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By default, all unarmed strikes do (1 + str mod) bludgeoning damage. With the Fisticuffs feature, it replaces the 1 with a roll of your fisticuffs die. As the attacks from Dread Hands are unarmed strikes, they would deal 1d6 + str mod each at level 3 for example.
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Benjamin H April 19, 2020 3:29 am UTC
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Richard is correct.
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Leo C March 30, 2020 1:02 am UTC
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I am wondering how brass knuckles interact with unarmed attacks. "Unarmed. When you make an unarmed attack you can choose to deal the damage of this weapon instead of your normal unarmed attack damage." Say I have +1 brass knuckles, and am level 1, with 16 STR. I make an attack with the brass knuckles, and a bonus action attack, make an unarmed attack per the Fisticuffs feature. Are my attacks both +6 (+2 Prof, +3 Str, +1 Brass Knuckles) to hit, and 1d6+4 damage? Is my bonus action attack +5 to hit (as an unarmed strike), but 1d6+4 damage (using the unarmed property to substitute the brass knuckle damage for my unarmed strike damage)?
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Richard S March 30, 2020 9:02 am UTC
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Any attack with a weapon like brass knuckles are still unarmed attacks, especially for bonus action attacks for monks and pugilists. The purpose of unarmed weapons is twofold. First thing they do is add any magical bonus they have. Secondly, they let you use the damage die of either your normal unarmed attacks or the die of the brass knuckles. For a barbarian with +1 brass knuckles, that's a choice between 1+str+1 magic, or 1d4+str+1. But for a level 1 pugilist, its 1d6+str+1 with a normal punch or 1d6+str+1 with fisticuffs bk, or 1d4+str+1 for just bk (though I can't think of why you wouldn't use fisticuffs but it is still an option). I'd say that there is little reason to use non magical brass knuckles as a monk or pugilist as it wouldn't really do anything for you. Though knuckle knives or katar would let you use piercing or slashing on your unarmed attacks.
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Benjamin H April 19, 2020 3:30 am UTC
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Richard is correct. Thank you Richard for adeptly answering so many questions!
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Micael M April 27, 2020 12:50 am UTC
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So fisticuff is like an unarmed strike for a monk right? If I make an improvised weapons its a1d4?
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Richard S April 27, 2020 1:07 am UTC
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Improvised weapons are considered pugilist weapons so you would use your fisticuffs die for damage plus your strength mod rather than 1 plus your mod. At level 1, your die is a 1d6.
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Victor L March 24, 2020 1:00 am UTC
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Hey question about Street Smart and Rabble Rouser, I know it says carousing is considered light activity for the purpous of resting. but on Rabble Rouser it says, Once you have taken a long rest by carousing in a settlement. Does that mean you can use Carousing as a substitution for sleeping.
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Richard S March 24, 2020 10:38 pm UTC
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No, it means you can sleep however many hours your race needs then carouse for the rest of the 8 hours while still getting the benefits of a long rest.
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Benjamin H April 12, 2020 5:21 am UTC
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Richard has the correct answer here.
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Dennis L March 12, 2020 5:52 am UTC
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For the invocations, what is the scaling between this class to the Warlock class for the prerequisites? I couldn't seem to find it
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Richard S March 13, 2020 4:24 am UTC
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Your Pugilist level counts for the prerequisites.
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Benjamin H April 12, 2020 5:21 am UTC
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Richard is right though I do intend to spell this out explicitly in a future update.
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Andre K April 17, 2020 10:46 pm UTC
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Does this mean I can use eldritch blast like and lv 5 warlock would?
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Andre K April 17, 2020 10:46 pm UTC
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Does this mean I can use eldritch blast like and lv 5 warlock would?
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Richard S April 19, 2020 2:43 am UTC
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Cantrips already scale off of character level, not class level. The question is referring to eldritch invocations that require a minimum number of warlock levels to take or grow stronger with more warlock levels. For example Tomb of Levistus. You need to be a level 5 warlock to take this option and it gains more temp hp the more warlock levels you have. If you get ToL from Deal With The Devil, you can use your number of pugilist levels for both the level requirement as well as the temp HP the tomb gets.
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Zac C March 02, 2020 11:08 pm UTC
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so I have a question that may seem a bit stupid but with iron chin do you also add dex to it as well or is it just con?
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Benjamin H March 05, 2020 4:31 am UTC
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No stupid questions! Just Constitution, Dexterity is not added at all if you are using the **Iron Chin** AC calculation.
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Dennis G February 23, 2020 8:36 pm UTC
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Question, might be dumb but I need to ask.
Can the pugilist be used in 5e ? it says 3.5v but I dont know if it's for the class itself or the version of dnd its ment for
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Benjamin H February 23, 2020 10:07 pm UTC
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Oh gosh, I can see how that might be confusing. This class is explicitly written for 5e but it's gone through many iterations and updates and is currently on its own version 3.5. Sorry for the confusion!
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Doug R February 20, 2020 2:12 am UTC
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Question! Brace Up, short rest to get the Moxie point back - is it intended for me to keep the temp HP after the short rest?
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Benjamin H February 23, 2020 10:08 pm UTC
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It is. If you have the time to kill, you can start off your adventuring day with a free use of Brace Up.
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