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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 a whopping four subclasses (plus a bonus subclass added in honor of Descent Into Avernus) 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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Jay B May 06, 2020 4:19 am UTC
How about getting this on Roll20?
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Jacob K May 06, 2020 4:11 pm UTC
Prompted by your comment, I'm looking into whether that's possible. Stay tuned!
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Jacob K May 06, 2020 5:35 pm UTC
Okay, I've got good news and bad news:

Bad news: anything published via the DMs Guild is legally ineligible for publication elsewhere, such as the Roll20 Marketplace.

Good news: I'm working on transitioning to less-restrictive platforms, so my future products won't have that issue.

More bad news: It looks like Roll20 might only support player options that are smaller than classes (spells, subclasses, etc).

But I will investigate further as I begin releasing products elsewhere!
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Jay B March 29, 2020 1:11 am UTC
how would one get this into D&D Beyond?
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Jacob K March 29, 2020 5:21 pm UTC
Unfortunately, last I heard D&D Beyond doesn't support 3rd-party classes unless your name is Matt Mercer. So your options are to play something else (boo!), use a different character sheet (acceptable), or make me famous enough to be profitable to DDB (best solution, obviously).
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Charles S October 22, 2019 4:20 am UTC
im confused by Slayer's Focus. So I add my INT modifier to damage, Does that include the STR or DEX bonus I would normally get as well?
The next part I'm confused with is it says increase this damage by 1d6 at 11th. So now Its Int+Str or Dex+1d6 on-top of my weapon's damage die? and is that with each and every attack?

Loving the Class though.
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Jacob K October 22, 2019 1:15 pm UTC
Yes, the Slayer's Focus damage is on top of the STR/DEX-based damage that any weapon-user would deal, and applies to every attack (as long as the target is your Slayer's Focus quarry, of course). This is the Slayer's primary damage-scaling mechanic to keep up with other martial classes.
Glad you like it!
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Gavin O June 11, 2019 1:10 am UTC
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
Fantastic! I look forward to hearing how it goes!
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Justin C June 09, 2019 7:48 pm UTC
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
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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James M October 08, 2019 11:38 am UTC
HI, I got this one a few days ago and this is awesome! Finally, a class other than Wizard that relies on its' Intelligence! I was wondering about a few things and this helps clarify some of them, but I do still have some things that seem like they might need work and possible means of working around it.

(1) I've been running it through my head on different ways to make the Slayer's Focus damage feature work in a manner that won't make people think it's a spamable hunter's mark. Perhaps you could make it so that once per turn, the first hit you land on the target of your Slayer's Focus takes additional damage equal to your Intelligence modifier + half your Slayer level. It still scales up over time for an extra guaranteed 15 points of damage at level 20 on your 1st attack. The damage still scales up, and it seems feasible enough so that people won't think it's overpowered.

(2) you make an excellent point on the magical darkvision. Devil's sight is a personal favorite eldritch invocation...See more
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Jacob K October 08, 2019 2:38 pm UTC
Glad you like it! I'm happy to address your thoughts:

A1) It's possible some people might feel better about Slayer's Focus with a change like that, but it's equally possible that a similar number of people would have a negative knee-jerk reaction to the revised version, resulting in little to no net gain in perception. Ultimately, I'm more interested in making something that plays well at the table than something that looks safe to all readers. After all, I create for love of the craft. :)

A2) In general, one of 5E's design principles is consistency: the system generally avoids having two abilities that are basically the same with one small difference. With Devil's Sight having also been copied elsewhere (such as the Shadow Sorcerer), it seems important to keep the ability identical rather than near-identical until such time as gameplay experience reveals a material need to change it. (If you encounter such gameplay experience, please let me know!)

B1) Ah, I think I see...See more
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James M October 09, 2019 12:25 am UTC
Noted. I guess one of the reasons it may be getting jumped on so much is because it's just different than what everyone's used to. It's just a minor learning curve I suppose. It'll adapt overtime and just become natural as I learn to play the class. I know that if I have someone that wants to play ranger in any of my future campaigns, Imma hand this to the 1st so they can really dig into the vibe that Ranger hypes itself up to be.

Thanks for giving me your clarifications and reasonings behind all your choices, now I feel like I understand everything a bit better.

And one more thank you for getting back to me so quickly. Shows you really keep a close eye on your work and the feedback you get for it.
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Jacob K October 09, 2019 12:57 am UTC
You're very welcome! I look forward to future stories. :)
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