Dreadnought (5e Subclass)

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A dwarven dreadnought, Source
There are few things that I will never do in my life: Make a deal with a shady person about anything, refuse a fight for the benefit of my research, and try an arm wrestle contest with a dwarven dreadnought again. That bastard nearly broke my arm when I wrestled him.
—Gustav Ingomar, a human fighter in his quest to finish his book Mastery of Fighting

Dreadnoughts are fighters known for their great strength and constitution. Trying to harm them will only hurt the attacker. Few can say that they have defeated a dreadnought in any form of athletic activity. However, this doesn't mean that they are invincible, just that they are hard to kill.

Quick Build

You can make a Dreadnought fighter quickly by following these suggestions: first, make Constitution your highest ability score, followed by Strength. Second, choose the Soldier background.

Armor Training[edit]

At 3rd level, while you are wearing medium or heavy armor, you ignore disadvantage on stealth due to the armor, and you gain a bonus to your armor class equal to your proficiency bonus.

Earth Breaker[edit]

At 3rd level, you can use an Action to slam the ground with your fist, leg, or your weapon to shake the earth. Any creature within a 5 ft. radius of you must make a Dexterity saving throw DC equal to (8 + your Strength modifier + your proficiency bonus). On a fail, a creature is knocked prone. You can use this ability a number of times equal to your Strength modifier. You regain all expended uses when you finish a long rest.

The radius increases to 10 ft. at level 7.

The radius increases to 20 ft. at level 18.

Dreadnought Resilience[edit]

At 7th level, when an enemy critically hits you, you can treat the critical hit as a normal attack. You can do this a number of times equal to your Constitution modifier after each long rest.

Third Wind[edit]

At 10th level, after using Second Wind to regain hit points, you can use another bonus action on your next turn to regain hit points equal to 1d10 + half your fighter level.

Stone Hardness[edit]

At 15th level, when you are forced to make a saving throw against being grappled, incapacitated, paralyzed, knocked prone, restrained, or stunned, you can spend your reaction to gain advantage on the saving throw. Additionally, if you succeeded on the saving throw, you can also make a melee attack against the person who forced you to make the saving throw as part of the same reaction.

Unrelenting Will[edit]

At 18th level, you gain advantage on death saving throws. Furthermore, when you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can choose to gain hit points equal to (half your fighter level × your proficiency bonus). You can’t use this ability again until you finish a long rest.

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