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The Slayer Class

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Track down your enemies and put them to the blade with the Slayer, a full 20-level base class designed from the ground up. Play this class if you:

  • Want a spell-less ranger instead of the half-druid version in the PHB
  • Want to play a martial character whose INT matters
  • Want to create or harvest poison and not feel like a chump

The Slayer wouldn't be a full base class if it didn't also have its own subclasses! In this document you'll find not two, not three, but FOUR FIVE base classes to further define your personal flavor of hunt-and-stab:

  • The Bounty Hunter, who tracks down VIPs like a vigilante superhero, great for intrigue games
  • The Ghostkiller, an undead-slayer who isn't a divine spellcaster (FINALLY!)
  • The Monster Hunter, if you want to hunt big beasties in the wilderness
  • The Ninja, great for striking from the shadows regardless of target
  • BONUS: The Fiendhunter has been added for those of you looking to hunt demons in Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus!

FANTASY GROUNDS: Play online? The Slayer class is now available for Fantasy Grounds! Click HERE.


 
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Gavin O June 11, 2019 1:10 am UTC
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I'm running a campaign where vampires have subtly taken control of many of the powerful houses within the empire, and possibly the King himself is a vampire. I was looking to introduce an NPC group of slayers. This class gives me something really nice to work with, with the option of offering my players a chance to try the class as well. I will have to playtest it but it doesn't look broken nor weak as written. Will get back to you with more details soon!
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Jacob K June 11, 2019 1:53 am UTC
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Fantastic! I look forward to hearing how it goes!
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Justin C June 09, 2019 7:48 pm UTC
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I ran this class by a DM friend of mine, and we agreed on several key things:

1) Slayer's Focus needs a limit on how many times it can be used, probably a # of times equal to Intelligence modifier, because it feels like Hunter's Mark as an unlimited class ability, which is very strong.

2) Evasion is a Level 7 feature for Monks and Rogues, so it needs to be dropped to Level 7 accordingly.

3) All Level 7 subclass features need to be dropped down to Level 6.

4) Eyes of the Hunter is a strong feature, and needs to be bumped up to Level 11. Also, reduce the range of the magical darkvision to 60 ft, because 120 ft is a little strong.

5) The second part of Unwavering Focus is too powerful for its level. The stock Ranger gets that ability as a class feature at Level 18, so somewhere around that level would be appropriate for the ability.

Other than those things, very nice class, looking forward to seeing it when all the wrinkles are ironed...See more
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Jacob K June 10, 2019 3:42 pm UTC
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Thank you so much for the feedback! Getting feedback at all is far too rare, let alone such carefully laid out thoughts. Since you took the time to do that for me, I'd like to take the time to give you a thorough response as well!

1) I can see how Slayer's Focus resembles Hunter's Mark, but an isolated comparison of the two is a red herring. Every martial class has some means of scaling up its damage as you level up (often spread across multiple abilities), so you have to look at the total typical output rather than just comparing individual abilities. After all, Sneak Attack is far more powerful than Extra Attack, but it's not broken because the classes with Extra Attack have various other boosts (Fighting Style, Improved Divine Smite, Horde Breaker, Superiority Dice, etc). A lot of the Slayer's damage scaling is concentrated into Slayer's Focus; if it had limited uses, the class as a whole wouldn't be able to keep up with other classes.

2) Nice to see somebody paying attention to level...See more
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