Battlemage, Variant (5e Class)

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Introduction[edit]

A half orc warrior clad in scaly armor cornered by gnolls looks around and assesses his situation. A smirk crawls across his face as his sword bursts into flames. The half orc easily cuts two of his quarry with a fiery wrath.

A human female in half plate raises her hand and wraps her friend in a dull blue barrier, deflecting the brunt of a dragonborn tyrant’s fire breath. Confused, the tyrant rears back for an attack as the same human female lashes out at him, her axe glowing with forceful energy.

An elven male in leather armor strikes forth at the opposing warrior clad in a thick set of plate armor, both of their weapons glowing with energy as the two opponents swing at one another; The elf’s greatsword glowing bright with arcane energy as the armored warrior’s sword radiates with divine energy. Their blades clash and clatter to the sound of a roaring crowd.

These warriors have one thing in common: Combination of magical & martial prowess. Battlemages are defined by their capability to enhance their combat performance through magical means. Not to be confused with Eldritch Knights, Battlemages take their magic a step further and use their willpower and mastery of the arcane to bend it to their desire. While Wizards and other casters carefully craft their spells & evoke a specific desired effect, Battlemages take more of a “Brute Force” method to evoking magic by evoking the energy straight from the weave of magic itself. Some battlemages find an interest in the elements around them, or find divine magic to be their area of expertise. While they do hold the ability to cast distinct spells, their favored method of magic is to channel it directly.

Scholars and Fighters[edit]

Battlemages adopt a particular aspect of their combat they want to empower with magic. Instead of working tirelessly on their weapon handling or becoming fiercer in battle, battlemages forge their mind into something to be feared or admired on the battlefield. Their study of the arcane goes beyond casting spells & instead focuses on drawing energy directly from the very ether around them & using it for their own purposes. Their ability to cast spells comes from careful practice & memorizing incantations similarly to a wizard, but in practice is more akin to a fighter memorizing different maneuvers to use in battle. Magic to a battlemage is what primal ferocity is to a barbarian; something that enhances their already practiced martial prowess & turns it into something spectacular for allies to admire and foes to fear.

Sword First, Magic Second[edit]

Battlemages are a special blend of warriors and mages. They learn enough spells to be quite useful in combat; from the lifesaving false life to the occasional sleep spell. These warriors aren’t limited to evocation and abjuration magic in the same way that Eldritch Knights are; However, their breadth of spell knowledge is around the same. They use their knowledge of magic as a way of augmenting their martial capabilities, making them useful assets or dangerous enemies on the battlefield

Why this instead of Eldritch Knight? Why this instead of a Paladin?

This class has a *heavy* focus on Arcane magic. In the same way that a Paladin has a heavy focus on divine magic & support spellcasting, this class has a focus in utility casting & arcane magic. All class features beyond Extra Attack and Fighting Style are magic-based features. Eldritch Knights, at their core, are still fighters. They fight & that is what they do. Eldritch Knights have magic as an *accent* to what they do, and it's not so much a key aspect of their abilities. While Battlemages are good at fighting, they *require* magic in order to perform at a comparable level to other martial classes. Magic is to a Battlemage what rage is to a Barbarian. It's a tool that bolsters, enhances, and defines the character. A good example of this differentiation is in the 11th level features for both Eldritch Knight & Battlemage. Eldritch Knight gets their second Extra Attack, while Battlemages get their Spellsword feature, (see below).

Creating a Battlemage[edit]

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A typical battlemage. Warrior by Ruben Perez Gonzalez.

Permission to use image granted on 3/13/2020


As you create a Battlemage, there are two main things you must take into consideration: Where did you learn your martial training and what compelled you to undertake rigorous study in the arcane arts instead of solely focusing on your weapon training? Did you confront an enemy that was resistant or immune to your weapon's blows in the past? Does the destructive power of a roaring inferno or the concussive blast of a lightning bolt inspire you to emulate its power and utilize it in combat? Whatever your reason is, it must be one of deep importance to you.

Perhaps your acquisition of magic was one out of necessity, or a curse imparted upon you by a sick, twisted mage that sought to turn you into their ultimate weapon. However you study magic, it must be a compelling reason to undergo such rigorous study of the arcane. Or, you could flavor it as your character being some otherworldly being whose thoughts are directly tied with the weave.

Be sure to read ahead to the Area of Study to determine what kind of battlemage you want to be. Do you wish to protect yourself and your allies? Or do you want to deal with incredible amounts of damage to incoming foes? Also, be sure to consider for what purpose do you use your magic? Are you a noble knight that learned to use magic as a means to augment your ability to protect those close to you? Or do you lust for power and use magic as a means of achieving power?

Quick Build

You can make a Battlemage quickly by following these suggestions. First, Strength should be your highest ability score, followed by Intelligence. Second, choose the Soldier or Sage background.

Class Features

As a Battlemage you gain the following class features.

Hit Points

Hit Dice: 1d10 per Battlemage level
Hit Points at 1st Level: 10 + Constitution modifier
Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d10 (or 6) + Constitution modifier per Battlemage level after 1st

Proficiencies

Armor: Light armor, medium armor, shields
Weapons: Simple weapons, martial weapons
Tools: None
Saving Throws: Constitution, Intelligence
Skills: Choose two from Arcana, Athletics, History, Insight, and Investigation

Equipment

You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by your background:

  • (a) A martial weapon and a shield or (b) Two martial weapons
  • (a) Arcane Focus or (b) Component Pouch
  • (a) Scholar's pack or (b) Explorer's pack
  • (a) Scale mail or (b) Chain Shirt or (c) Leather Armor
  • If you are using starting wealth, you have 5d4 x 10 gp in funds.

Table: The Battlemage

Level Proficiency
Bonus
Features Arcane Surges Spells Known —Spell Slots per Spell Level—
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1st +2 Arcane Surge 2 -
2nd +2 Fighting Style, Spellcasting 2 2 2
3rd +2 Area of Study 2 3 3
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement 2 4 3
5th +3 Extra Attack 3 5 4 2
6th +3 Area of Study Aspect 3 6 4 2
7th +3 Tenacious Concentration 3 7 4 3
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement 3 8 4 3
9th +4 4 9 4 3 2
10th +4 Area of Study Aspect 4 10 4 3 2
11th +4 Spellsword 4 11 4 3 3
12th +4 Ability Score Improvement 4 11 4 3 3
13th +5 5 12 4 3 3 1
14th +5 Area of Study Aspect 5 12 4 3 3 1
15th +5 Surge Master 5 13 4 3 3 2
16th +5 Ability Score Improvement 5 13 4 3 3 2
17th +6 6 14 4 3 3 3 1
18th +6 Arcane Retaliation 6 14 4 3 3 3 1
19th +6 Ability Score Improvement 6 15 4 3 3 3 2
20th +6 Esoteric Manifestation 6 15 4 3 3 3 2

Arcane Surge[edit]

In combat, you can channel arcane energy through your weapons & armor as you fight, causing your martial abilities to be enhanced with raw arcane magic. You can activate arcane surge as a bonus action on your turn. While arcane surge is active, you gain the benefits listed below.

  • You can use your Intelligence Modifier to determine your armor class in place of your Dexterity modifier. The limit you can add this bonus still applies to medium armor.
  • You can add half of your Intelligence Modifier (rounded up) as a bonus to attack and damage rolls made with melee weapon attacks.
  • Your melee weapon attacks are considered magical.
  • You can sense magical presences within 30 feet of you, but cannot discern what the school of magic is. Magical presences appear as a fuzzy aura that radiate off of magical objects that form the shape of the object in your vision. You can see these presences through either 1 foot of wood or dirt, 1 inch of stone, or a thin sheet of common metal, such as through a set of plate armor.

Arcane surge lasts for 1 minute, and ends early if you are knocked unconscious, targeted by the dispel magic spell at any time for the duration, or enter an area of similar magic cancellation. As you gain more levels in the battlemage class, your arcane surge grows stronger & grants you more powerful features. You have 2 uses of this feature between a long rest, and gain an additional use at 5th, 9th, 13th, and 17th level.

Spellcasting[edit]

Through your innate curiosity, you have been able to glean the essence of magic. Starting at 2nd level, you can cast and learn spells from the battlemage spell list.

Spell Slots

The battlemage table shows how many spell slots you have to cast your spells of 1st level and higher. To cast one of these spells, you must expend a slot of the spell’s level or higher. You regain all expended spell slots when you finish a long rest.

Spells Known of 1st level and Higher

You know two 1st level spells of your choice from the battlemage spell list. The spells known column of the battlemage table shows when you learn more battlemage spells of your choice. Each of these spells must be of a level for which you have spell slots.

Additionally, when you gain a level for this class, you can choose one of the battlemage spells you know and replace it with another spell from the battlemage spell list, which also must be of a level for which you have spell slots.

Spellcasting Ability

Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for your battlemage spells, since they were learned through reading and studying their essence. Additionally, you use your Intelligence modifier when determining your saving throw DC for a battlemage spell you cast and when making an attack roll with one.

Spell save DC

8 + your proficiency bonus + your Intelligence modifier

Spell attack modifier

your proficiency bonus + your Intelligence Modifier

Spellcasting Focus

You can use an arcane focus (see chapter 5 in PHB "Equipment") as your spellcasting focus for casting battlemage spells.

Fighting Style[edit]

At 2nd level, you adopt a particular style of fighting as your specialty. Choose one of the following options. You can't take a Fighting Style option more than once, even if you later get to choose again.

Arcane Warrior

You learn two cantrips of your choice from the wizard spell list. They count as battlemage spells for you, and Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for them. Whenever you gain a level in this class, you can replace one of these cantrips with another cantrip from the wizard spell list.

Defense

While you are wearing Armor, you gain a +1 bonus to AC

Dueling

When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that weapon.

Great Weapon Fighting

When you roll a 1 or 2 on a damage die for an attack you make with a melee weapon that you are wielding with two hands, you can reroll the die and must use the new roll. The weapon must have the two-handed or versatile property for you to gain this benefit.

Two-Weapon Fighting

When you engage in two-weapon fighting, you can add your ability modifier to the damage of the second attack.

Area of Study[edit]

At 3rd level, you choose an Area of Study with regards to your battlemage magic. Your choice of Area of Study determines what kind of spells you learn, how your control over mana assists you on the battlefield, and in what ways your magic manifests about you.

Your choices range from the Study of the Defender, the Study of the Devout, the Study of Elements, the Study of Mortality, and the Study of the Vanguard. Each area of study provides you with different methods of channeling magic.

Your Area of Study grants you features at 3rd level, and again at 6th, 10th, and 14th level.

Ability Score Increase[edit]

When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th, 12th, 16th and 19th level, you can increase one ability score of your choice by 2, or you can increase two ability scores of your choice by 1. As normal, you can't increase an ability score above 20 using this feature.

Extra Attack[edit]

Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn.

Tenacious Concentration[edit]

At 7th level, your ability to concentrate on spells in combat is bolstered by repeated practice of concentration in dire situations. If you take an instance of damage less than or equal to your Constitution score while concentrating on a battlemage spell, you do not need to make a concentration check to maintain your spell.

Spellsword[edit]

Starting at 11th level, the magical energy that you draw from begins to directly empower your fighting & empowers your strikes in battle. On each of your turns, if your Arcane Surge is active, the first melee weapon attack or melee spell attack roll on each of your turns has advantage. Additionally, if that attack hits, the attack deals an additional 1d8 force damage.

Surge Master[edit]

At 15th level, you obtain mastery over your arcane surge. Your Arcane Surge can no longer be dispelled or suppressed while you are conscious, and you regain 1 expended use of Arcane Surge whenever you complete a short rest.

Additionally, upon activating your Arcane Surge, choose one of the following effects to happen as you do so:

  • Each creature within 10 feet of you must make a Dexterity saving throw equal to your spell save DC or take 3d6 force damage on a failed save, or half as much on a successful save.
  • You make a melee weapon attack against a creature that you can see within range.

Arcane Retaliation[edit]

Starting at 18th level, you've gained the ability to take the remaining traces of spells that you've lost & turn those traces of energy into a focused beam of raw, arcane power. Whenever a creature that you can see within 60 feet of you causes you to lose concentration on a spell by dealing damage to you while your Arcane Surge is active, if you are not incapacitated, you can punish them for making you lose your spell. As a reaction to losing your spell, you can use the remaining energy of the spell to fire a beam of pure, arcane energy back at the targeted creature. The creature must make a Dexterity saving throw, taking 2d6 force damage on a failed save, or half as much on a successful save. The damage increases by 1d6 for every level of the spell that was lost.

Esoteric Manifestation[edit]

At 20th level, you attain the pinnacle of immersing yourself with the weave. While you are conscious, your Arcane Surge feature is always active. Additionally, on your first turn after rolling for initiative, you can invoke one of your Surge Master features as your bonus action without expending one of your uses of Arcane Surge. If you are dropped to 0 hit points, the Arcane Surge ends, and you must reactivate it with one of your uses of Arcane Surge.

Study of the Defender[edit]

A student of the Defender is a warrior that loves to get into the very front of the battle. Their magic is closely related to the Abjuration school of magic, deflecting blows from themselves & protecting their allies. The study of the defender is perfect for those looking to enter the middle of the fight, stay there, and outlast any foe that crosses your path.

Bonus Proficiency[edit]

Starting at 3rd level upon taking the Study of the Defender, you gain proficiency in heavy armor.

Protection[edit]

Starting at 3rd level, when you take on the Study of the Defender, you gain the ability to protect your team from harm using your magic. You can extend the reach of your protective spells to allies within 10 feet of you. As a result, you can take the following reactions:

  • Whenever you see a creature within 10 feet of you get hit with an attack roll, as a reaction, you can expend a spell slot of 1st level or higher to cast shield on that creature.
  • Starting at 6th level, whenever you see a creature within 10 feet of you take bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing damage, as a reaction, you can expend a spell slot of 2nd level or higher to cast absorb kinetics on that creature.
  • Starting at 10th level, whenever you see a creature within 10 feet of you take any damage, as a reaction, you can expend a spell slot of 3rd level or higher to cast absorb energy on that creature.

The protective features of these spells last until the start of your next turn, and the damaging effect of absorb kinetics and absorb energy apply to your next melee weapon attack, not the targeted creature's.

Arcane Guardian[edit]

At 3rd level, you obtain the means to protect yourself when entering the fray of any battle. You learn additional spells when you reach certain levels in this class, as shown in the Study of the Defender spells table. These spells count as battlemage spells for you, but don't count against the number of battlemage spells you know.

Study of the Defender Spells
Character Level Spells
3rd heroism, shield
5th absorb kinetics, warding bond
9th absorb energy, counterspell
13th barrier, stoneskin
17th wall of force, warrior's armor

Shielding Surge[edit]

Starting at 6th level, you form an arcane shield around yourself as you activate your arcane surge, preparing yourself for the coming battle. Whenever Arcane Surge is active, you gain a +1 bonus to Armor Class and a bonus to all saving throws equal to half of your Intelligence modifier (rounded up).

Dependable[edit]

Beginning at 10th level, your keen adherence to protecting your team is deeply seeded into your very nature. You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed & frightened. Additionally, if you attack an ally against your will, you can make an additional saving throw for each attack roll made against allies.

Arcane Armor[edit]

Starting at 14th level, you become the ultimate defender of your team and yourself. Once you activate Arcane Surge, a magical barrier starts to manifest around yourself, granting you and those around you protection. While your Arcane Surge Is active, your allies gain the following benefits while within 10 feet of you:

  • They gain half cover.
  • At the start of each of your turns you and your allies gain temporary hit points equal to your Intelligence modifier.
  • Whenever you use your protection feature on your allies, the defensive aspects of the spell apply to yourself as well.

Study of the Devout[edit]

Battlemages that undertake the study of the Devout are individuals that look at the powers that gods have, and wish to understand the kind of magic they wield. These individuals are not necessarily devoted to a god in particular. They could even be seen as a scourge from the Pantheon for mocking the gods by using their magic. Other gods may find it flattering that a mortal wishes to wield the kind of magic they do. Either way, a devout battlemage does not obtain power from worship or devotion to an oath. They instead learn how this magic works & apply it themselves. Their study of religion and the divine goes further than reading the stories passed down through the generations about the divine; but they look deeper & search for the means through which to obtain the gods' power.

Question: why would I pick this over a paladin? This class is a battlemage. It provides heavy emphasis on studies & learning about magic and how it applies to combat. Paladins are devoted warriors that are given powers by their diety. Devout Battlemages learned everything that they can use, which means that they know how it works & how to reproduce the effect in a series of equations or in ways that are measurable & reproducable. Because of this, the Devout battlemage has relatively shallow access to the kinds of powers that clerics & paladins have, but have magic that is in the same realm of producing similar effects.

Bolstering Touch[edit]

Starting at 3rd level, you've studied the religious texts & have done immense amounts of research into the magic behind healing & how to provide that magic. As a result of this research, you are able to bolster life forces in a similar way. As an action, you can expend a 1st level spell slot to give a creature a number of temporary hit points equal to 1d8 + your Intelligence modifier. The number of temporary hit points increases by 1d8 for every level of the spell slot used after 1st.

Divine Studies[edit]

You've spent hours researching about the gods' magic that it's unavoidable for you to have picked up the lore behind the gods & the stories relating to the pantheon. You gain proficiency in Religion checks.

Divine Magic[edit]

At 3rd level, you learn a additional spells when you reach certain levels in this class, as shown in the Study of the Devout spells table. These spells count as battlemage spells for you, but don't count against the number of battlemage spells you know.

Study of the Devout Spells
Character Level Spells
3rd divine favor, shield of faith
5th lesser restoration, spiritual weapon
9th dispel magic, remove curse
13th banishment, death ward
17th greater restoration, holy weapon

The Mystery of Faith[edit]

Starting at 6th level, your continued research of the divine brings you further discoveries. As an action, you can expend a spell slot of 1st level or higher to present your spellcasting focus & affect creatures of your choice. Each creature of your choice that can see or hear you within 20 feet of you must make a Wisdom saving throw. On a failed save, each of the targeted creatures are either frightened or charmed by you for 1 minute or until it takes any damage. The save DC is equal to your Spellcasting save DC.

Additionally, each creature that fails the saving throw takes 1d8 radiant damage for each level of the spell slot used. This damage does not end the charm or fright.

Spiritual Senses[edit]

Starting at 10th level, your experimentation with the divine gives you moderate awareness of good & evil presences. You learn the detect evil & good spell, and you can cast detect evil & good at will.

Radiance[edit]

Starting at 14th level, divine energy flows through you, being channeled at your very will. While Arcane Surge is active, you gain the following benefits:

  • Your Bolstering Touch feature can be used as an action or a bonus action, but not both.
  • If you hit a creature that has failed the saving throw to your Mystery of Faith feature that is still charmed or frightened by you, you deal an additional 2d8 radiant damage to that creature.
  • Your Mystery of Faith feature's range increases to 30 feet.

Study of the Elements[edit]

Battlemages that take the Study of the Elements are individuals that are drawn to a particular aspect of nature. The destructive power of a roaring inferno, the staggering shock of a lightning bolt, the deafening crack of thunder. Some aspect of nature has drawn these individuals to study it & to be able to channel its essence through their own blades & armor, as opposed to pure magical energy.

Elemental Affinity[edit]

Choose one of the following damage types: Cold, Fire, or Lightning. You have resistance to your Elemental Affinity's damage type whenever your Arcane Surge is active. At 10th level, you can change your Elemental Affinity after completing a long rest.

Elemental Magic[edit]

You learn the ways of the elements, granting yourself knowledge in magic regarding the primordial forces of the universe. You learn additional spells when you reach certain levels in this class, as shown in the Study of the Elements spells table. These spells count as battlemage spells for you, but don't count against the number of battlemage spells you know.

Additionally, when you cast a spell that deals acid, cold, fire, lightning, or thunder damage; the damage type of the spell is changed to your Elemental Affinity.

Study of the Elements Spells
Character Level Spells
3rd absorb elements, searing smite
5th flaming sphere, shatter
9th protection from energy, thunder step
13th elemental bane, fire shield
17th cone of cold, conjure elemental

Weapon of the Elements[edit]

Starting at 3rd level, you can channel the very essence of primordial energy through your weapon. When you activate your Arcane Surge, your weapon emits strong elemental energies that resemble your elemental affinity. Each of your melee weapon attacks deal an additional 1d4 of your elemental affinity's damage type while your Arcane Surge is active.

Natural Soul[edit]

Starting at 6th level, whenever you roll a 1 or 2 on a damage die that for your Elemental Affinity's damage type, you can reroll the die and must use the new roll, even if the new roll is a 1 or 2.

Additionally, whenever you cast a battlemage spell or use a battlemage feature that would deal force damage, you can change the damage type to your elemental affinity.

Elemental Aficionado[edit]

By 10th level, your exposure to the elemental forces has granted you the ability to communicate with these primal energies. You learn Primordial & can speak & read the four dialects: Auran, Terran, Ignan, and Aquan.

Primordial Fury[edit]

Starting at 14th level, your elemental presence emanates from you stronger than ever. While your Arcane Surge is active, your bodice emanates strong elemental energies as your arcane surge evokes the primordial fabric of the elements. You gain the following benefits:

  • If a hostile creature starts its turn within 10 feet of you while your Arcane Surge feature is active it takes 2d6 of your elemental affinity's damage type.
  • Creatures of your choice within 10 feet of you that are resistant to your elemental affinity's damage type are no longer resistant.
  • If you take your elemental affinity's damage type from another creature, you can use your reaction to become immune to that instance of elemental affinity damage. Once you use this feature, you must complete a short or long rest to use it again.

Study of Mortality[edit]

Few battlemages are morally twisted enough to taking such a study. In many places, the things you learn are considered illegal or forbidden knowledge. In your studies, you’ve focused mainly on necromancy & the study of the energy that concern life & death. Be cautious about who you show these powers to, for they may bring you unwanted attention & could lead to trouble. Powerful battlemages of the study of mortality can often be mistaken for vampires due to their altered physicality & the way they often times present themselves.

Siphoning Strike[edit]

Starting at 3rd level, you can steal life energy after striking a creature with your weapon. If you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack while Arcane Surge is active, you can spend a spell slot of 1st level or higher to cause the life forces within the creature to waiver. The targeted creature takes 2d6 necrotic damage, plus 1d6 for each slot level after 1st, and must make a Constitution saving throw equal to your spell save DC. On a failed save, choose a number of effects from the list below equal to half the spell slot level used (rounded up).

  • You impart the chill of the grave onto the targeted creature. The creature cannot regain hit points until the end of its next turn.
  • You drink the life force from this creature. You gain temporary hit points equal to the necrotic damage dealt.
  • You weaken the creature. Until the end of its next turn, all damage the creature deals with weapon attacks is halved.
  • You fill the creature with a wave of sickening energy. The creature is poisoned until the end of its next turn.
  • You remind the creature of the fragility of life & impart upon it a horrific fear. The creature is frightened of you until the end of its next turn.
  • You've been given insight on the creature's strengths and weaknesses. Your next melee weapon attack has advantage.
  • The creature's life force invigorates you & sends a surge of energy through you. You can immediately take another action. This action can only be used to take the Attack (one weapon attack only), Dash, Disengage, Hide, or Use an Object action.

On a successful save, no effect is applied. Constructs & undead automatically succeed this saving throw.

Deathly Disposition[edit]

At 3rd level, you learn additional spells when you reach certain levels in this class, as shown in the Study of Mortality spells table. These spells count as battlemage spells for you, but don't count against the number of battlemage spells you know.

Study of Mortality Spells
Character Level Spells
3rd hex, ray of sickness
5th gentle repose, ray of enfeeblement
9th animate dead, bestow curse
13th blight, death ward
17th danse macabre, raise dead

Reaper's Grip[edit]

Starting at 6th level, if a creature that is under the effects of a spell cast by you succeeds the saving throw associated with your Siphoning Strike, you can use your reaction to decrease their roll by 1d4 + your Intelligence modifier. Once you use this feature, you must complete a short or long rest before you can use it again.

Affinity for the Fallen[edit]

At 10th level, your dealings with undead have granted you a limited ability to speak with them. You can cast speak with dead as a ritual.

Forme Macabre[edit]

Starting at 14th level, you can fundamentally alter yourself to gain the benefits of a slowed heart rate, cold skin, and deathly features. When you activate your Arcane Surge, you can change your creature type from humanoid to undead.

While undead, you gain the following benefits:

  • You are immune to poison, disease, exhaustion, and resistant to necrotic damage.
  • If you are poisoned, diseased, or take points of exhaustion when you enter this form, the effect is suspended for the duration of your Arcane Surge.
  • You cannot have your hit point maximum reduced.
  • At the start of each of your turns you regain hit points equal to twice your Intelligence modifier if you are below half of your hit point maximum. You do not regain these hit points if you have taken fire or radiant damage since the end of your last turn. (Reminder: Healing spells have no effect on undead or constructs)
  • Whenever you are reduced to 0 hit points and not killed outright, unless the damage you took included fire damage, radiant damage, or was a critical hit you can make a Constitution saving throw. The DC equals 10 or half the damage you take, whichever is higher. On a successful save, you drop to 1 hit point instead.


You are considered undead for features that detect undead such as a paladin’s divine sense. Additionally, anything that has additional effects on undead, such as a divine smite or a holy aura spell, affect you in these additional ways.

Study of the Vanguard[edit]

Someone who has undertaken the study of the Vanguard focuses on perfecting the balance of wielding a blade with magical prowess. Students of the Vanguard learn how to channel magic more effectively through any weapon, making these battlemages among the most devastating on any battlefield. They can perform feats such as blasting entire hordes away with one fell swoop of their blade, or force enemies out of the equation by momentarily banishing them. They can even learn the weaknesses of their enemies & figure out how to exploit them.

Arcane Strike[edit]

Starting at 3rd level, you can send surges of incredibly powerful energy into your targets, creating a wide variety of effects to happen. You learn two Arcane Strike options of your choice from the Arcane Strikes Options list below. You cannot learn an Arcane Strike option that requires a spell slot level higher than your highest level spell slot. Once per turn, when you hit a creature with a magical melee weapon attack as part of the Attack action, you can apply one of your Arcane Strike options to that attack by expending a spell slot of 1st level or higher. The targeted creature takes 2d6 force damage plus an additional d6 for each level of the spell slot used in addition to the attack's damage, and apply one of the effects listed in the Arcane Strike Options table. You learn an additional Arcane Strike option at 6th, 10th, and 14th level. Additionally, whenever you gain a level in this class, you can swap out one of your Arcane Strike options for another arcane strike option.

Arcane Strike Options[edit]

Augmented Strike (14th level Required, 4th level spell slot minimum) The damage dice of your Arcane Strike are increased to a d8 for this attack. Any dice that roll a 1 can be rerolled, but the second roll must be used.

Bursting Strike (6th level Required, 2nd level spell slot minimum) Each creature within 10 feet of the targeted creature excluding yourself must make a Dexterity saving throw. On a failed save, they take 2d6 force damage plus an additional 1d6 for each level of the spell slot used after 2nd, or half as much on a successful save.

Banishing Strike (14th level Required, 4th level spell slot minimum): When you use this feature, you banish the targeted creature. While banished in this way, the creature is incapacitated. At the start of each of its next turns, the target makes a Charisma saving throw. On a successful save or after 1 minute, it returns to the space it vacated or in the nearest unoccupied space if that space is occupied.

Blinding Strike (6th level Required, 2nd level spell slot minimum): The targeted creature is blinded. At the end of each of its turns, the creature can make a Wisdom saving throw, ending the effect on itself on a success or after 1 minute.

Blinking Strike (10th level Required): When you use this feature, you vanish from your current plane of existence & enter the Ethereal plane. While in the ethereal plane, no creatures can see, hear, or interact with you. You return to your home plane at the start of your next turn.

Concussive Strike (6th level Required, 2nd level spell slot minimum): The targeted creature must make a Constitution saving throw, or be stunned & deafened. At the end of each subsequent turn, the creature can make the saving throw again, ending the effect on itself on a successful save.

Disabling Strike (10th level Required, 3rd level spell slot minimum): The targeted creature is knocked prone and has it's movement speed reduced to 0. At the end of each of its turns, the targeted creature can make a Strength saving throw, ending the effect on itself on a successful save.

Informative Strike (6th level Required): You can determine a number of the targeted creature's statistics equal to 2 + twice the level of the spell slot used. These statistics include maximum hit points, spellcasting level, armor class, damage resistances, damage immunities, damage vulnerabilities, condition immunities, or bonuses to saving throw types. Learning that a creature has no damage resistances, immunities, or vulnerabilities count as two pieces of information. Learning a creature's Max HP, armor class, or spellcasting level also count as two pieces of information.

Intimidating Strike: The targeted creature is frightened of you until the end of your next turn. The targeted creature can then make a Wisdom saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a successful save or after 1 minute. This feature does not work if the creature is immune to being frightened, or if the targeted creature has already been frightened by you within the last 24 hours.

Knockback Strike: The targeted creature is pushed back up to 10 feet away from you. This distance increases by 5 feet for each spell slot level used after 1st. If the targeted creature is more than 1 size category larger than you, you are instead pushed away from it without provoking attacks of opportunity.

Reaching Strike (6th level Required, 2nd level spell slot minimum): Every creature behind the targeted creature in a 30 foot line must make a Dexterity saving throw as a spectral image of your weapon cleaves through targets. On a failed save, they take 2d6 force damage plus an additional d6 for each level of the spell slot used after 2nd, or half as much on a successful save.

Slowing Strike: When you use this feature, the targeted creature's movement speed is halved. At the end of each of the creature's turns, they may make a Strength saving throw, ending the effect on itself on a successful save or after 1 minute.

Combat Magic[edit]

By 3rd level, you have obtained several magical capabilities that make you a more effective front-line combatant. You learn additional spells when you reach certain levels in this class, as shown in the Study of Vanguard spells table. These spells count as battlemage spells for you, but don't count against the number of battlemage spells you know.

Study of the Vanguard Spells
Character Level Spells
3rd guided strike, shield
5th absorb kinetics, misty step
9th haste, warrior's weapon
13th dimension door, warrior's vigor
17th slice, steel wind strike

Deadly Strikes[edit]

Starting at 6th level, whenever you use your Arcane Strike feature while your Arcane Surge is active, the targeted creature takes an additional 1d4 force damage.

Favorite Strike[edit]

Beginning at 10th level, you're particularly adept with one of your arcane strike options. Choose one of the Arcane Strike options that you know. This becomes your Favorite Strike. Once per long rest, you can use your favorite strike without expending a spell slot if it would consume a spell slot of 3rd level or lower.

Powerful Destroyer[edit]

Starting at 14th level, your control of pure magical energy becomes quick & can be used in the blink of an eye. While Arcane Surge is active, you can use your Arcane Strike features on attacks of opportunity.

Battlemage Spell List[edit]

You learn spells from the below spell list as you gain levels in the Battlemage class.

1st Level
2nd Level
3rd Level
4th Level
5th Level

Multiclassing[edit]

Prerequisites. To qualify for multiclassing into the battlemage class, you must have at least 13 Strength and Intelligence.

Proficiencies. When you multiclass into the battlemage class, you gain the following proficiencies: Arcana, Athletics, Light & Medium armor, shields, Simple & martial weapons.



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