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Monstrous Subclasses (5e)


"Monstrous" Subclasses is a collection of 9 new subclasses that mimic the abilities of classic D&D monsters. Includes:

  • The "Chimera" Barbarian.
  • The "Banshee" Bard.
  • The "Sphinx" Bard.
  • The "Deva" Cleric.
  • The "Satyr" Druid.
  • The "Mimic" Monk.
  • The "Displacer Beast" Rogue.
  • The "Mind Flayer" Sorcerer.
  • The "Lich" Wizard.


v 1.1: Made some balancing changes, as suggested in comments.

  • Chimera Barbarian's "Draconic Scales" feature improved from 14 to 17 AC minimum.
  • Satyr Bard's "Sylvan Shape" buffed dramatically with the inclusion of imposing disadvantage on other creatures resisting charming abilities 
  • Satyr Bard's "Bards of Nature" feature reworded to comply with divine spellcasting (divine spells are "prepared", not "known")
  • Mimic Monk now gains the "False Appearance" feature at 3rd level
  • Mimic Monk now gets the "Acidic Strike" feature at 6th level
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Josh M April 16, 2019 9:58 pm UTC
Generally very solid, but a couple of oddities:

Why does the Mimic monk wait so long to get the class feature of mimicking an inanimate object? It's not very powerful, and it seems core to the idea.

What's the point of the Dragon's Scales ability for the Chimera Barbarian? The most basic Barbarian imaginable is likely to have an unarmored AC of 14 or better, without a shield, from adding Dex and Con bonuses to AC.

Shouldn't the Satyr Druid's ability let them count their bonus Bard/Druid Spells as spells *prepared,* not spells *known*? Druids, being divine casters, already know all of the spell list. (Their Wild Shape ability is rather humdrum, too. What primary caster is going to worry about getting a 2d4 Melee attack? Just learning Shillelagh or Primal Savagery is better than this!)

But aside from these quibbles, it's a very solid supplement.
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Eleanor J April 16, 2019 10:30 pm UTC
Hi Josh,
These are some very great points that will be addressed in the 1.1 update of this title. The druid spells note is especially appreciated--I rarely play divine casters, so that detail of spells being prepared instead of known often slips my mind. Keep an eye out for the update!

E. R. F. Jordan
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