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The Cook Class

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After a harrowing journey, a climactic battle, a daring escape, adventurers always find themselves resting by a hearth, in a tavern, and they eat their fill of the local cook's finest goods. But, what if the Cook joined the fray? Practitioners of the oldest form of life-giving: sustenance itself, Cooks call upon the innate flow of magical energy within a body to bolster their allies beyond the conceivable.

Each Cook keeps to their own standards, and these are what define them. Sous Chefs believe in the potential of their allies, pushing the limits of their power. Mess Sergeants study the capabilities of a body, their own body to be exact. Hash Slingers walk the line between food and poison in their cuisine, masters of debilitation. You must decide what path is right for your party.

Updates for v1.7

  1. NEW Brewmeister and Monster Masher subclasses

  2. The second round of Expertise is now gained at level 9 instead of level 10.

  3. The range of the Sous Chef’s Aromatic Sweat has been increased to 30 feet.

  4. The Cow Innards morsel’s effect now has no range limit to increase its viability.

  5. The Packed Protein and Frosted Grapes morsels have been reworked to no longer provide bonuses to attack rolls, but to instead provide bonuses to damage rolls and ability checks. The bonus to attack rolls was running into problems with bounded accuracy and severely limiting how fun and worthwhile the morsels could be at later levels. It also necessitated an unintuitive progression that has now been simplified.

  6. The Hash Slinger’s Garlic Tuna and Rancid Onion morsels’ effects no longer affect friendly creatures. One of the more tactical decisions of Hash Slingers was choosing which enemy to center their AOE morsels on, but with the additional problem of negatively affecting allies with severe status conditions, there were rarely choices that benefited their party in a given combat using these morsels.

  7. The Hash Slinger’s Rancid Onion morsel has had its radius of effect increased to 30 feet.

  8. The Mess Sergeant’s Fatty Oats Morsel now provides resistance to all damage, but only for 1 round. This requires more decision making and teamwork to gain the biggest impact out of this powerful morsel.

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NEW: Emmet Byrne has created a comprehensive Cook specific character sheet as part of his Character Sheet Bundle. You can download Emmet's Cook Character Sheet HERE!

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Timothy W November 14, 2018 11:02 am UTC
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Small nitpick with the latest additions:

The "Cook Archetype" on page 3 only lists the three earlier archetypes.
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Sam H November 24, 2018 6:28 pm UTC
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Thanks for the catch! I'll fix in the next update.
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Michael C November 02, 2018 12:11 am UTC
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Not understanding why Strong Ale is a Sous Chef feature and not a Brewmeister feature.
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Sam H November 06, 2018 4:37 am UTC
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The Brewmeister subclass was added after the Sous Chef subclass. That’s the main reason, but I may reflavor Strong Ale to avoid future confusion.
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Slox N October 31, 2018 1:34 pm UTC
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I love this class! its brilliant!
Though I did think it slightly strange that there isn't a limit for how many times a morsel can be used, (like how spell slots recharge on a long rest), what was the reasoning behind that?
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Sam H November 01, 2018 9:21 am UTC
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Thank you so much!!

There is a limit! You make a number of morsels equal to your CON modifier (you can make the same one more than once) every short or long rest, and when you feed a morsel to a creature, you don’t have it anymore because it was eaten/drunk.
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Slox N November 05, 2018 11:37 pm UTC
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Oh thank you for clarifying! I accidentally misread that part.
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Austin T October 09, 2018 6:00 pm UTC
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I love the class in concept, seems really well balanced and thought out. I'm about to start a campaign as a cook for the first time and I'm excited Job well done!

I noticed that every archetype has its own unique Morsels, except for the Monster Masher archetype. Is this by design? If not, when can we expect an update?
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Sam H October 11, 2018 3:30 pm UTC
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This is by design. They have so much versatility with their Harvest features that I wanted them to just use the basic morsels, maybe get more use out of the less popular or more niche morsels, but I've been getting feedback that it does feel strange, like they're missing out as a subclass.

What I've been considering is adding another feature at 10th level, and have Emboldened Harvest be combined with Vital Harvest. Just gotta work out the balance on that!
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Austin T October 17, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
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I like that idea a lot! Looking forward to seeing more, thanks for taking the time to respond. Keep up the good work
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kurtis W September 06, 2018 12:11 am UTC
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Finding it hard to chose an archetype. I feel like if I don’t pick hash slinger I miss out on a lot of spells that have to do with hurting the enemy in some way. Am I missing something?
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Sam H September 06, 2018 1:47 am UTC
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If you want to play a cook that directly hurts their foes, then the Hash Slinger is your best option! You’re not missing anything.

If you want to be more supportive, then you go Sous Chef. If you want to be tanky and disruptive, then I’d suggest the Mess Sergeant. It all depends on your preferred playstyle!
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kurtis W September 06, 2018 1:53 am UTC
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Thanks, they all seem really fun.
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Vasiliy P September 02, 2018 8:31 pm UTC
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Hey. Is there a module of this class for fantasy ground? And if not, can we do it?
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Sam H September 06, 2018 1:45 am UTC
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I don’t think so! And I’m not sure if you could make one. You would have to check the legal text of DMs Guild because as soon as I uploaded it to this site Wizards of the Coast became the owners of the class. If you have other DND classes on their though, you should be fine using this one!
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Vasiliy P September 01, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
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Thank you for this class. It's brilliant. I really like to RP with this class.

confuses only that the number of dishes depends on the physique modifier. But it does not grow very much. it can happen that at level 10 the character will be able to cook only 4 dishes. Or have I not read the rules correctly?



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kurtis W September 03, 2018 9:12 pm UTC
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I think your level determines the amount of recipes you will know. Your Constitution modifier determines how many morsels you can make at a time. At level 7 you learn Order Up, which essentially doubles the amount of morsels you can make at a time.
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Sam H September 06, 2018 1:42 am UTC
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Kurtis is correct! The number of Morsels you can make is dependent on your Constitution modifier, and that number doubles when you get the Order Up feature (during long rests that is).
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Jacob C June 27, 2018 6:00 pm UTC
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i payed good money for this so i only aspect that this will be updated often and also i hope that my money did not go to waste because i love the class.
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Rowan A June 11, 2018 7:26 am UTC
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I'm loving all the new Morsels in this update. However, I have some suggestions.

Boiled Dragon's Tail: On the "frightful Presence" action, instead of it being an unchangeable DC 14 Wisdom save, why not make the Wisdom save's DC be your Morsel DC?

Elemental Pie: Perhaps remove the poison resistance, since poison isn't really an element.

Strong Ale: I highly suggest you specify "NONMAGICAL piercing, slashing, and bludgeoning damage." As without that, it's somewhat more overpowered.
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Sam H June 16, 2018 4:06 pm UTC
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Thank you for your comment! In reply to your suggestions:

Boiled Dragon's Tail: Because I'm afraid it might be too powerful. I could be totally wrong, especially with how late you get access to it, but with a little more playtesting I'll see if it needs a buff like what you're suggesting!

Elemental Pie: The poison resistance is there because every elemental has poison immunity. That's how I judged what resistances it gave.

Strong Ale: You're totally right. This change is actually on my To-Do list right now!
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James S May 04, 2018 4:05 pm UTC
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Rotund Reflection update for 1.4: "their speed becomes 0 until the end of the turn"

Is this meant to be "their speed becomes 0 until the end of their next turn"? The update notes seem to imply this, and it would be somewhat meaningless otherwise, yeah?

Great work here, hope this helps!
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Sam H May 06, 2018 10:08 pm UTC
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Thank you for the comment!
Rotund Reflection works as a reaction, so it interrupts the attacking creature’s turn. The reduction of speed is meant so that a creature who still had their movement couldn’t immediately stand up from being knocked prone, or return to where they were standing if pushed.
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Jerome L May 03, 2018 2:42 pm UTC
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Just bought it! Thanks a lot!

For the next update, I would love a section of items/weapons/armors specific to the class. Like aprons, big 2H frying pan (my barbarian half-orc wants a weapon like that so he can fight and cook with the same apparatus) and so on. What about a big pot lid for a shield? Just ideas :)

By the way, my barbarian loves cupcakes. I replaced the "Sugar Crystals" morsel with "Cupcake".
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Sam H May 06, 2018 10:13 pm UTC
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Thank you for the kind words! I hope your barbarian is having fun :)
I replied to you on Reddit, but thinking it over, I might actually make a list of exotic weapons based on cook materials and other silly things, but if I did, i’d just throw it on Reddit
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Raymond B March 18, 2018 8:55 am UTC
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Quick question -- one of the multiclassing requirements for this class is Charisma 13, but the Cook doesn't actually seem to use that stat for any of its features. Generally, classes are pretty lenient about what they demand -- you don't even have to have a decent Constitution to become a Barbarian. Any insight on the methodology here?
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Sam H March 23, 2018 12:30 am UTC
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Originally, I wanted to make multiclassing into the Cook harder, but with some playtesting of various Cook multiclasses, I found that that wasn't necessary. The Charisma prerequisite was just removed in the latest update!
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Elijah G March 01, 2018 3:07 am UTC
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This class reminds me a lot of the cook and baker class in the games Bravely Default and Bravely Second. You could make pies and cake the made enemies weak against certain attack like lighting and fire. One move had you make chocolates that could turn enemies into ghost that couldn't attack you. Either way this class has potential.
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mark L February 13, 2018 10:00 am UTC
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Neat class flavor, the morsel options seem too strong. A potential +1 to +4 weapon you can make 3 times a short rest at level 1? Would be interested in bringing this to the table after a couple more updates.
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Jared D February 16, 2018 8:59 pm UTC
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I'm a little confused as to why the Frosted Grapes require the Sous Chef feature while the Packed Protein does not. I agree, though, that letting both these items add +1d4 to both attack and damage is a lot at level 1 (plus there's the fact that sous chefs get to make additional morsels at level 3. So we're talking about more like 6-7 potentially buffed weapons).

I see what you're going for though. Some morsels get major effect and a minor effect (more or less, one combat effect and one non-combat effect). Perhaps, instead, these morsels add +1d4 to the attack rolls and grant advantage to either Athletic (Protein) or Acrobatic (Grapes) checks for the duration.

+1d4 to both attack and damage rolls just feels like so much, even if that's all the sous chef is meant to do. Especially when there isn't a spell that grants the equivalent for comparison.
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