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One of the first things I noticed when I first perused the Player's Handbook all those years ago was this: despite introducing two examples of a "half-caster" base class (paladin and ranger), both options were divine. If someone wanted an arcane warrior-mage hybrid—a concept that goes back to D&D's earliest days, when "elf" was a class—you have to be either a fighter dabbling in magic (Eldritch Knight) or a full-caster dabbling in swordplay (Valor Bard).

Well, I wanted a true gish.

It seems I'm not alone. After publishing the Mage-Knight in early 2018, it eventually managed to climb the ranks and become a bestseller, in spite of all the warts that came with my first attempt at class design.

In light of this class's new bestseller status, I decided it's time for a makeover. Now that I've got some design experience under my belt (including the phenomenally-popular Slayer class), I returned to this pet concept of mine so I could turn it into something genuinely unique and fun to play.

What's Inside:

  • A full 20-level base class using the "half-caster" chassis
  • Class features focused on blending magic and combat
  • A whopping FOUR subclasses: the Aegis, Arcane Archer, Ritualist, and Spellblade
  • An assortment of brand-new spells to complement the class

What are the subclasses?

  • Aegis: Pick up a shield and augment your magical defenses in cool ways!
  • Arcane Archer: Much more "arcane" than the fighter version in XGtE, but still plenty "archer!"
  • Ritualist: Supplement your combat abilities with a broad range of utility through vast ritual magic!
  • Spellblade: Focus on magical melee combat in a classic "magus" style!

Don't forget to leave a review, and be sure to check out my other work as well. Thank you!

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Christopher B November 10, 2019 1:26 pm UTC
Did you just repost an existing file? DMsGuild said the file was updated, but the name of the file is the same as the one posted in August and the changelog is the same as August.
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Jacob K November 10, 2019 5:52 pm UTC
No, I just took down the pre-overhaul version of the class. Sorry for the confusion, I didn't realize it would give you a notification for that!
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Jake K August 20, 2019 9:47 pm UTC
This class is pretty cool. My only concern is that the Ritualist subclass is a bit underpowered when compared to the others. True it gets access to 8th level spells (if I read that correctly) but only as rituals. In battle it doesn't seem very useful. Outside though seems like a different matter. Though if the situation needs speed then trying to use the spells gained by the subclass could end up being a detriment. Everything else about the class seems like it will be fun to try out.
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Jacob K June 26, 2019 10:42 pm UTC
Check out the new revised version!
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Gavin O June 11, 2019 1:33 am UTC
It reminds me of the Duskblade from 3.5e. I really enjoyed the Duskblade. I will probably use this class for the elves in my campaign, who still practice this ancient martial/arcane gish nonsense. :) Oh and I suppose my players can use it too.
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Jim J April 14, 2018 4:56 am UTC
wanted to make something exactly like this, thanks for saving me the time :)
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Jacob K April 14, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Glad to hear it! Remember to leave a review if you like it!
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bryce C April 13, 2018 11:13 pm UTC
There is no cantrip column in the character map.
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Jacob K April 14, 2018 2:03 am UTC
Well, that's embarrassing. Fixed! Re-download and you should be good to go. Thanks for the heads-up!
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