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Mordenkainen's Codex of Allies (30+ Subclasses)

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Across the planes of existence and the world of Toril, new allies gather to challenge the multiverse's toughest opponents.

To celebrate the release of Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, which has unleashed hordes of dastardly enemies upon the tables of the world, Mordenkainen has enlisted the Clan Crafter Hralding to create this Codex of Allies, a collection of heroes and villains to call upon when the multiverse is in peril. The codex is filled with beautiful full color art and dotted with notes and insights from Mordenkainen himself. 

There are 33 archetypes in within the codex, many of which are revised and re-balanced from Unearthed Arcana (UA) or from Mike Mearls Happy Fun Hour (HFH). The revised versions in this codex are intended to replace the originals until the archetypes are released in an official supplement.

The archetypes are as follows:


Barbarian Primal Paths


Immortal Titan

Bard Colleges

Satire (UA)


Cleric Divine Domains


Protection (UA)

Druid Circles


Primeval Guardian (UA: Formerly Ranger)

Spirit Shaman

Twilight (UA)

Fighter Martial Archetypes


Warlord (HFH)

Witch Hunter (UA: Monster Hunter)

Monk Monastic Traditions

Mystic Force


Storm Fist

Tranquility (UA)

Paladin Sacred Oaths



Treachery (UA)

Ranger Archetypes

Mistveil Conclave

Warden Conclave

Roguish Archetypes

Acrobat (HFH)


Sorcerous Origins

Ancestral Weapon (UA: Stone Sorcery)

Phoenix Soul (UA)

Primordial Chaos

Warlock Patrons

Death's Mistress (UA: Raven Queen)

Kraken (HFH & UA: Sea Sorcery)

Lord of Slime 

The Seeker (UA)

Wizard Arcane Traditions

Invention (UA)

Lore Mastery (UA)


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This document is intended to be updated over time. The current version is 1.3

If you enjoyed this codex or have suggestions on the material presented within, please leave a review, talk in the discussion, or message me at If you see anything out of place, it's probably the dwarf's fault. Please mention it or send a message.

Thanks for reading.

-Clan Crafter Hralding

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Josh P December 24, 2019 1:59 pm UTC
For the 17th level acrobat feature, It calls for a dexterity save on the target, but doesn't specify how that's calculated. I assume it's 8+prof. bonus+dex mod?
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Brian I December 24, 2019 9:34 pm UTC
That is correct, thanks for pointing that out. I'll make sure it gets into the update notes.
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Flip G September 15, 2019 2:50 pm UTC
Way of the Mystic Force, page 15. The Mastery of Force class feature. The last sentence is ""On a failed save, a creature takes half damage and is not pushed back." I believe this should be what happens on a successful save.
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Brian I September 15, 2019 2:58 pm UTC
Thanks Flip! You are correct about the wording, and I'll make sure that error gets fixed in the next update I put out.
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Flip G September 15, 2019 3:11 pm UTC
While I'm on Way of the Mystic Force, the Mystic Hands class feature. "The weight you can lift with your mage hand increases to 10 lbs at 6th level, 15 lbs at 11th level, and 25 lbs at 17th level."

Mage Hand can already carry 10 lbs as a cantrip. I suggest at 6th level it can carry 15 lbs. 11th level it could carry 20 lbs. 17th level could remain unchanged at 25 lbs.
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Brian I September 16, 2019 6:26 am UTC
Thanks again, Flip. I don't know how those got past me. If you find any more, feel free to message me at
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Charles B July 31, 2019 10:43 pm UTC
Hi there,

I was wondering how Shadow Dance works in a practical sense. It sounds very cool but I'm having a hard time understanding when and how I would use it. The only example I have thus far is something like this: Use cunning action to hide in clear view of target. Move in and attack with advantage and sneak attack. My turn ends I'm no longer hidden. That's all I've got. Could you give me some other examples? Thanks!
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Brian I July 31, 2019 11:49 pm UTC
Thanks Charles,

The main use is to make daring intrusions and escapes aided by your ability to Shadowdance in combination with Cunning Action. Since you're weaving through the Shadowfell, and are considered to be hidden for the movement on your turn, you can slip through guarded areas as long as you continue to be hidden at the end of each turn of movement. Using the action to Hide, and bonus action to Dash should aid in these sorts of attempts.

Think of it as the equivalent of the classic "disappearing into a puff of smoke" shtick, but if you're still visible when the smoke clears the enemy is going to see you.
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Charles B August 01, 2019 1:26 am UTC
Thanks Brian. Great work. Very well done and thematic and your reply explained it perfectly. I wonder how it could be used in combat. Normally a rogue could attack, use his cunning action to disengage and then move away. With Shadow Dance could you attack, hide, then move and end that movement hopefully out of sight? Not sure if being hidden provokes opportunity attacks or not. Anyways I love the archetype and plan on making one right this sec as soon as I figure out a race.:)
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Charles B August 16, 2019 12:48 pm UTC
Hey Brian, I did have one more question about the Shadow Dancer's "Weave Shadows" feature:

You can command the shadows to bend and shape to your will. As an action you can cast one of the following spells without requiring material components, darkness, invisibility or shadow blade. You can cast a spell in this way up to three times, and you regain all expended uses when you finish a long rest.

Just want to make sure I'm understanding this...Do you have access to all three of those spells? Or do I need to pick one but have 3 spell slots to cast it? The wording is weird to me. Thanks.
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Brian I August 16, 2019 5:07 pm UTC
You have access to all three spells, and you can cast any combination of them 3 times per long rest. You choose which spell to cast when you take the action to Weave Shadows.

Casting Darkness 3x
Casting each spell 1x
Casting Invisibility 2x, and Shadow Blade 1x

Would each be a valid way to use the feature, for example. Hope that clears it up.
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Charles B August 17, 2019 2:02 pm UTC
Thanks again Brian for the clarification. I just want to make sure I'm playing everything correctly. I'm currently rolling with a Halfling Shadowdancer. I had one final question question on Shadow Dance: Could I in plain sight use my cunning action to hide, then move towards a lone enemy and attack gaining advantage and sneak attack? So in other words does the hidden status end right when I finish my movement but before I attack OR after I attack? Just trying to determine if there will be any use of the ability in combat. Thanks!
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Brian I August 17, 2019 7:58 pm UTC
The way I rule it, attacking breaks your Hide just after it hits or misses. It's really up to DM interpretation and their rulings in that example, but I prefer allowing it that way at my own table.

That sounds like a cool character, Charles. If you want, you can ask further questions or give feedback at my email
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Kusal T June 07, 2019 10:48 pm UTC
I noticed the Circle of the Spirit Shaman is missing a prepared spell list like other druids. Is this intentional because of the find familiar addition?
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Brian I June 08, 2019 6:36 am UTC
It is intentionally not present. Some druids like Circle of the Moon, Circle of Dreams, or Circle of the Shepherd don't get extra spells, and the Circle of the Spirit Shaman is like that as well.
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Rex P April 04, 2019 3:54 pm UTC
My only recommendation is to change the ranger artwork on page 22. Thanks for this great expansion, I love the barbarian subclasses!
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Zac T February 27, 2019 11:04 am UTC
Would it be possible to get a changelog for version 1.3? Really love all these subclasses and interested to try out the Circle of Conflagration!
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Brian I February 27, 2019 7:24 pm UTC
Thanks for the comment, Zac. This should cover everything, unless you're using a version prior to 1.2


Version 1.2 - 1.3

: Bloodrager
L14 Crimson Vigor feature replaced with Lord of Blood

: Skald
L3 War song activation changed to bonus action

: Conflagration
New archetype
: Decay
Removed and replaced after official WotC release.

: Treachery
L20 Added 1/long rest text that was hidden below the margin

: Mistveil
L15 Clarified rules about mist and fog

: The Seeker
Changed artwork
L1 Added a reworked version of shielding aurora from UA
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Brian I February 28, 2019 4:50 am UTC
I forgot these ones:

L6 Bardic inspiration use no longer takes reaction

L7 Removed charmed immunity on treacherous avoidance

Wording/text fixes throughout
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Zac T March 02, 2019 1:11 pm UTC
Thanks! Was using 1.2 previously so very helpful :)
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Cassiel H January 14, 2019 8:48 pm UTC
Absolutly love this Book!! any chance for it to get a fantasy grounds version too??? It would make my life easier
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Brian I February 27, 2019 7:32 pm UTC
Thanks Cassiel! A FG version may happen in the future, but it is not currently in the works. If it does happen I'll be sure to say so here.
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Cassiel H May 09, 2019 3:52 pm UTC
thanks a lot! Well if it happens, know that you would have at least one instant buy xD. Thanks again and really looking forward to your next works!
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Brian I May 21, 2019 11:38 pm UTC
It's now available PWYW on Fantasy Grounds! Thanks for your continued interest
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Brian I November 10, 2018 5:50 pm UTC
For those wondering, since Ravnica has released an official circle of Spores, a new Druid subclass is in the works to replace the circle of Decay. It's not ready quite yet and is still being tested and balanced. When it is finished (hopefully quite soon) I will be removing the current version of the circle of Decay, and placing it in a separate file called "Lost Pages" which will contain all outdated subclasses for those who need it as a reference. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
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Brian I December 08, 2018 3:52 am UTC
As of v1.3 Circle of Decay has been replaced with Circle of Conflagration
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Paweł N June 24, 2018 7:23 am UTC
As always with this kind of work, most of the designs are focused on the ability (like the Acrobat- all features circle around ability to jump), or set of abilities, not on the archetype fantasy, thus creating a flat, two-dimensional characters. There is a clear distinction between UA designs of archetypes and amateur ones, which are focused mainly on "how to make a good... (enter a skill description)" instead of focusing on general feel and fantasy of the design (like UA and official archetypes masterfully do).
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Nod H June 10, 2018 2:41 am UTC
Is the 'smallest' version your print-friendly designation?
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Brian I June 10, 2018 2:51 am UTC
Smallest is just really compressed for mobile viewing etc. I actually have to custom make a printer friendly version, so that won't be done until some time next week.
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Brian I July 02, 2018 9:58 am UTC
A print safe option has been added. Ink cartridges rejoice!
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Bryan H June 09, 2018 12:14 am UTC
I'm sure, based on you prior work, that these are fine but I have to question the decision to include someone else's work without their explicit permission. The guild makes it so we can share each other's work. If you want to use my archetypes in your products, I can't say anything about it as those are the rules. Those archetypes aren't on the guild. The ones that might eventually make it here (like the artificer and psion did), might be very different and the others are dropped from UA all together for good reasons.

This might be my own moral compass and I'm surely not suggesting you follow it, but perhaps put a disclaimer on which archetypes are taken from Mearls or maybe shoot him a tweet on twitter to make sure he's ok with it.
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Brian I June 09, 2018 12:27 am UTC
It was always my assumption that with the loose nature of the design documents Mearls produces for the HTFH archetypes, and the unfinished nature of UA content that it was okay for creators to update them for the guild, but I have gone ahead and sent Mearls a tweet, as you suggested.

Hope you enjoy the subclasses Bryan!
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Brian I June 12, 2018 7:34 am UTC
I sent a support ticket to the DMs Guild, and this was the response.

"Anything published by WotC for D&D is fair game for DMs Guild, as long as you follow the other content guidelines:

Unearthed Arcana is especially fine. If the other material was published as official Wizards of the Coast content, then you should be fine as well. The big thing to keep in mind is that you aren’t copying entire sections of the core material. We ask creators to follow the “create, don’t copy” mantra as the program’s golden rule. You can create work inspired by these works and adding to these works, but please do not rewrite or claim them as your own."
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Nicholas M October 18, 2018 1:21 pm UTC
problem with that is, any of the UA content can wind up in a published WoTC book. Not only that, but you could be potentially making money off of WotC created content which WotC is gonna not be happy with. Never mind the fact that people here could end up paying for something that has been free and already released for play testing which makes up for about 30% of your document.

I'd suggest taking the UA stuff out. You'd still have a good product without it. Either way I won't be paying for this while WotC's content is in it.
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Brian I October 18, 2018 6:20 pm UTC
Thank you for your comment, Nicholas, the document is PWYW for those reasons, so that anyone can get it free. A big difference is that the UA archetypes in this book are not mere reprints of the existing Unearthed Arcana subclasses, as you imply. I have significantly altered each one, and attempted to rectify most of the imbalances and issues that were mentioned by players across the net and others I had found through playtesting. As such, this book is partially a "balance patch" that is free for anyone to use if they choose it.

From my understanding, if a piece of UA content from pre-XGE era is still unreleased, and has not been touched in any UA after its initial release, it is considered to be "abandoned". The ones that were going to receive further updates and playtesting have already been done through UA revisions and official release in Xanathar's. The tradgedy (to me at least) is that because the archetypes fill out many options that evoke a fantasy people want to play,...See more
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