Gun Witch (5e Class)

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Gun Witch[edit]

One shot. Two shots. A shimmer bolt of lightning as smoke clears from the scene. A fearless warrior-witch accustom to the martial art of gunfighting. Moving across the battlefield like a specter or some supernatural beast as ring of gunfire disorients the sense with the smell of blackpowder lingers in the air. Cloaked and strapped to the teeth with ranged weaponry, using the arcane arts in between each shot of their weapons.

As hordes of enemies close in a blaze of magical shots fire off obliterating their forces, with bolts of fire and rays of frost bursting from the tips of their deadly tools. Each enemy strengthening their resolve, becoming less like a gunslinger and more like a force of nature.

This class is very much a mixture of Weird West, Witch, and Gunslinger tropes. This ideal for a ranged fighter using arcane tricks, especially with its half caster spellcasting.

Weird, Wild Gunslingers[edit]

"The exalted order of Gun Witches was founded in R.E. 3440 and is the fourth order of witches after the Blade witches. Needless to say, it is by far the most feared." - Tales of the Multiverse.

Gun Witches are not proper sorcerers, though they do make use of the arcane arts in some of their techniques. They are best known for being trained in extreme forms of firearm based martial arts. Over the millennia, the original Order descended into legend as the legendary warrior-magicians became myth, but a few lived on creating covens that live on to teach the art of weapon hexing and using special components along with materials to cast spells through these explosive weapons. The sole creators of a mysterious gunpowder crafted with dark alchemy and ammunition inscribed with hex-runes. Most Gun Witches now a days are notorious bounty hunters, using the bounties to fund their covens.

Creating a Gun Witch[edit]

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Layla Brimstone, KSBD 3-52; Artist: Tom Parkinson-Morgan

As you create your Gun Witch character, consider the circumstances of the training that gave you your particular capabilities. Did you train with a single mentor, learning under a hedge witch who had access to crude firearms? Or did you become part of a militia-coven that protected a settlement from the supernatural or strange dangers surrounding the town? What caused you to break away from your training? How did you learn your skills? On the road as a lone traveler? Or as someone desperate to survive? Or did you use your training for a newfound occupation? You might be a hedge witch yourself that came across a coven of Gun Witches training in the solitude of an ancient sanctuary. How did you stumble upon the methods of mixing the arcane arts with gun fighting?

How do you continue creating your mysterious hexes? Do you run an alchemy gig on the side? How did you choose your Familiar Weapon? How is it special to you? Have you give it a name? Is it a sentient weapon? Or is it just the best weapon in your hands? Is your adventuring career a continuation of your work, attempting to learn more of the strange teachings that guide your ways, or a significant change? What made you join up with a band of adventurers? Do you find it challenging to travelling with new allies, or do you welcome the relief from solitude that they offer?

Quick Build

You can make a Gun Witch quickly by following these suggestions. First, Dexterity should be your highest ability score, followed by Intelligence. Second, choose the Bounty Hunter or Far Traveler background. Third, choose the Pistol, the Component Pouch with 20 Bullets, and the an explorer's pack. As an aside, the rules for firearms are in the pg.267 of the Dungeon Master's Guide. If you're running a campaign with no guns, this class can function with the regular ranged options in the Player's Handbook.

Class Features

As a Gun Witch you gain the following class features.

Hit Points

Hit Dice: 1d6 per Gun Witch level
Hit Points at 1st Level: 6 + Constitution modifier
Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d6 (or 4) + Constitution modifier per Gun Witch level after 1st

Proficiencies

Armor: None
Weapons: Simple Ranged Weapons, Martial Ranged Weapons
Tools: Alchemist’s supplies, Smith's Tools
Saving Throws: Dexterity, Intelligence
Skills: Choose any two and Arcana

Equipment

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

  • (a) Pistol or (b) two hand crossbows or (c) light crossbow; One weapon chosen may be treated as 10th generation Ancestral weapon and will gain a feat when you reach 3rd level. (Consult your GM before declaring a weapon as an ancestral weapon.)
  • (a) a Component Pouch with 20 Bullets or (b) a Quiver of 20 Bolts
  • (a) a scholar's pack or (b) an explorer's pack
  • a Gunpowder Horn, a Musket, a Pistol and 10 Bullets
  • If you are using starting wealth, you have 5d4 x 10 gp in funds.

Table: The Gun Witch

Level Proficiency
Bonus
Features Spells Known —Spell Slots per Spell Level—
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1st +2 Weapon Hex, Familiar Weapon
2nd +2 Fighting Style, Spellcasting 2 2
3rd +2 Witch Coven, Gunslinger 3 3
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement 3 3
5th +3 Extra Attack 4 4 2
6th +3 Improved Weapon Hex, Additional Familiar Weapon 4 4 2
7th +3 Witch Coven feature 4 4 3
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement 4 4 3
9th +4 5 4 3 2
10th +4 Improved Weapon Hex, Additional Familiar Weapon 5 4 3 2
11th +4 Witch Coven feature 5 4 3 3
12th +4 Ability Score Improvement 5 4 3 3
13th +5 Extra Attack (x2) 5 4 3 3 1
14th +5 Calling Card, Spellslinger 6 4 3 3 1
15th +5 Witch Coven feature 6 4 3 3 2
16th +5 Ability Score Improvement 6 4 3 3 2
17th +6 6 4 3 3 3 1
18th +6 Dark Craft 6 4 3 3 3 1
19th +6 Ability Score Improvement 6 4 3 3 3 2
20th +6 Weird Quick-draw 6 4 3 3 3 2

Weapon Hex[edit]

You hex up to two of weapons. Choose 1 cantrip from the following options: Acid Splash, Fire Bolt, Lightning Lure, or Ray of Frost. Instead of using an attack with your weapon, you can cast your chosen cantrip instead. You must be wielding a hexed weapon to do so. At 6th and 10th level, you can choose a second and third cantrip from the prior list, respectively. At 6th level, you can use one of your chosen cantrips twice as a single action. At 10th level, you can cast your chosen cantrips as a bonus action. It takes up to 1 hour to hex or unhex a weapon, if you lose or replace a hex weapon the ritual to unhex it takes 2 hours.

Familiar Weapon[edit]

Choose a weapon to hammer with arcane enchantments, hedge magic, and spell-worked runes. It becomes a Familiar Weapon and at 2nd level it can become your Spellcasting Focus. At 6th and 10th level, you can choose an additional weapon to be a Familiar Weapon. At 10th level, you can magically summon any of your Familiar Weapons to your side. If you lose or replace your Familiar Weapon, the process to create another takes 2 hours and cost 10 gp for the materials.

Gain a d6. Whenever you successfully attack with your Familiar Weapon, reduce the value of this die by 1. When the value of this die reaches 1, you can spend it as a bonus action to make your next attack with your Familiar Weapon deal an extra 1d6 piercing damage. After spending this die, hit or miss, it resets back to 6. When you finish a short or long rest this die resets back to 6. At 10th level and 20th level, this damage increases to 2d6 and 3d6 respectively.

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.

Archery

You gain a +2 bonus to attack rolls you make with ranged weapons.

Great Weapon Fighting

When you roll a 1 or 2 on a damage die for an Attack you make with a ranged weapon that you are wielding with two hands, you can reroll the die and must use the new roll, even if the new roll is a 1 or a 2. The weapon must have the Two-Handed or Versatile property for you to gain this benefit.

Ranged Dueling

As a reaction, which you take when you are hit by an attack, you can roll to attack the attacking creature with a ranged weapon. If you were hit by a ranged attack, roll your attack with advantage.

Two-Weapon Fighting

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

Spellcasting[edit]

By the time you reach 2nd level, you have learned to use the magical essence of your hexes to cast Spells, much as a sorcerer or wizard does. See the general rules of Spellcasting and the Gun Witch spell list.

Spell Slots

The Gun Witch table shows how many Spell Slots you have to cast your Gun Witch 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.

For example, if you know the 1st-level spell Witch Bolt and have a 1st-level and a 2nd-level spell slot available, you can cast Witch Bolt⁠ using either slot.

Spells Known of 1st Level and Higher

You know two 1st-level Spells of your choice from the Gun Witch spell list.

The Spells Known column of the Gun Witch table shows when you learn more Gun Witch spells⁠ of your choice. Each of these spells⁠ must be of a level for which you have Spell Slots. For instance, when you reach 5th level in this class, you can learn one new spell of 1st or 2nd level.

Additionally, when you gain a level in this class, you can choose one of the Gun Witch Spells you know and replace it with another spell from the Gun Witch spell list, which also must be of a level for which you have Spell Slots.

Spellcasting Ability

Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for your Gun Witch spells. The power of your spells comes from the hexes hammered into your weapons. You use your Intelligence whenever a spell refers to your spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your Intelligence modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a Gun Witch 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 a Familiar Weapon⁠ as a Spellcasting focus for your Gun Witch Spells.

Witch Coven[edit]

At 3rd level, you chose a Witch Coven. Choose between the Coven of Eyes and the Coven of Hexes, both detailed at the end of the class description. Your choice grants you features at 3rd level and again at 7th, 11th, and 15th level.

Gunslinger[edit]

At 3rd level, you can now reload up to two weapons as a bonus action; or one weapon as a free action. You can also reload one weapon after using a reaction that caused you to fire ammunition.

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. The number of attacks increases to three when you reach 13th level in this class.

Calling Card[edit]

At 14th level, you enchant a small deck of cards or charms that allow you to display your small amount of magical prowess. Make a deck of eight cards, with each suit (Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, and Spades) having two cards; or gain a d8 to substitute a deck, if you can not make one. As an action, you can draw one of your calling cards to gain a special effect. Shuffle the remaining cards afterwards, ignore this rule if you're using a die. After you draw eight cards (or roll your die eight times), you need to finish a short or long rest to reshuffle your deck.

Calling Card
Clubs (1-2): Your next successful attack with a ranged weapon causes the target to fall prone. Your card dissipates into smoke. Your weapons coughs mystic smoke afterwards.
Diamonds (3-4): Your next attack with a ranged weapon ignores resistances. Your card turns into a fine, diamond-like dust or sand; this dust is worthless. Any wounds made from this attack glitter onyx, sapphire and platinum.
Hearts (5-6): State a small object, with no limit on the GP value and weighing 2 lbs. or less. Your card becomes that object. Your pupils become heart-shaped until you take a short rest.
Spades (7-8): Mark an enemy for death. If you hit them with a critical strike or deal damage that would reduce them to 0 hit points, your weapon fires four ghostly shots each dealing 1d4 piercing damage. Your card turns to ashes. If they die, a ghostly raven appears by the fallen foe for a brief second, and GM tells you one secret the enemy held.

After using this feature, the GM determines whether or not rumors of your strange qualities begin to spread in a nearby locale.

Spellslinger[edit]

At the 14th level, you become as quick with your spells as you are with your weapons. Choose a 1st level spell you can cast, you can cast that spell as bonus action.

Dark Craft[edit]

At 18th level, you finally unlock the secrets to creating hexed gunpowder. Add your Spell Attack Bonus to your ranged damage rolls that involve your hex or familiar weapons.

Weird Quick-draw[edit]

At 20th level, you are unparalleled in your reflexes, enhanced by mysterious arcane arts. Gain a number of quick-draw dice equal to half your level. These quick-draw dice are d6s. As a reaction to any enemy action or reaction, you can spend two of these d6s to fire a ghostly weapon that deals 2d6 piercing damage to that enemy if it is within 60 feet. This counts as magical for the purpose of resistances. This is not an attack, and cannot miss. You need to finish a long rest to refresh these dice.

Gun Witch Covens[edit]

Coven of Eyes[edit]

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Gun Witch of Eyes; Artist:Mauricio Guimaraes

It's all about the eyes. Eyes are the window to the soul, as well the road for a bullet to someone's heart. Manipulating their natural bodies to improve their prowess with their shooting iron. Gun Witches who practice the traditions of the Coven of Eyes often live in the wilds mimicking beasts and nature to replicate them in their reflexes, as well as gathering reagents and using magics to augment themselves further. These Witches often have strange eyes as indicators of their association with the Coven.

Coven of Eyes Features

Gun Witch Level Feature
3rd Coven of Eyes Magic, Darkest Sight, Witch Eyes
7th Sight Beyond Sight
11th Witch's Brew
15th Unnatural Precision
Coven of Eyes Magic

Starting at 3rd level, you learn an additional spell when you reach certain levels in this class, as shown in the Coven of Eyes Spells table. The spell counts as a Gun Witch spell for you, but it doesn’t count against the number of Gun Witch Spells you know.

Coven of Eyes Spells

Gun Witch Level Spell
3rd Enhance Ability
5th See Invisibility
9th Clairvoyance
13th Locate Creature
17th Arcane Eye
Darkest Sight

At 3rd level, you gain Darkvision out to a range of 30 feet. If you already have Darkvision from your race, its range increases by 30 feet. At night, its range increases by 30 feet.

You are also better at fighting enemies while shrouded in darkness. While in darkness, you gain +2 AC and attack rolls.

Witch Eyes

At 3rd level, your eyes change to your weird, animalistic nature. You learn the Find Familiar spell and can cast it as a ritual. The spell doesn’t count against your number of Spells known. It's forms are limited by which feature you choose. Gain one of the following features of your choice.

Avian Eyes.
Your familiar is limited to: hawk, owl, and raven. You have advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks while your familiar is present. You can perfectly impersonate any voice or sound that you have heard as long your familiar is present. You can remember three voices and any number of sounds.
Feline Gaze.
Your familiar is limited to: cat. You have advantage on Dexterity (Acrobatics) checks while your familiar is present. Additionally, you don’t make noise unless you choose to, no matter what you’re doing as long as your familiar is present.
Serpentine View.
Your familiar is limited to: lizard or poisonous snake. You have advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks while your familiar is present. As long as you remain still, you are impossible to distinguish from any background. This effect will not work if your familiar is not present; or if someone was already aware of or looking at you.
Sight Beyond Sight

At 7th level, inscribe an eye-like mark on a weapon or piece of clothing. As long as you are wielding or wearing that item you gain +1 to your Passive Perception while your eyes are closed, you cannot be Blinded, and enemies do not gain any benefit from half cover when you act against them.

Witch's Brew

At 11th level, you become better a crafting potions and brews to augment your sight. You gain expertise with Alchemist’s supplies. You also gain the ability to craft two unique potions. You need to have the materials to store these potions to make them, such as a Flask, a Glass Bottle, a Vial, or Waterskin.

  • Dead Eye Ale. After you drink this potion, whether it is before combat or using the use an object action during combat, your next two ranged attack have advantage and roll with a +2 bonus. The white of your eyes become pitch black while under the effects of this potion.
  • Feral Fair Lady Elixir. After you drink this potion, whether it is before combat or using the use an object action during combat, you have heightened animal instincts. Roll a 1d6. You gain that many temporary hit points, subtract that number from your attack rolls and add that number to your damage rolls. While under the effects of this potion, add that same number to any Wisdom (Perception) checks. Your eyes seem be like that of a wild beast. When you lose these temporary hit points, you return to normal.
Unnatural Precision

At 15th level, you can cause your ammunition to change course mid-air. Whenever you roll an attack, you can choose to add your Spell Attack bonus to the attack roll. This attack ignores three-quarters cover and full cover. You can use this feature a number of times equal to your Intelligence modifier (a minimum of once). Then, you need to finish a long rest before you can use this feature again.


Coven of Hexes[edit]

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Miss Dolores “Snakeyes” Venegas; Artist:Christopher Rogers

Masters of using runic figures and magics to empower items. Improving upon their hexed weapons further than other Gun Witches as well as creating unique ammunition. Customizing their weapons, ammunition, and even some of their own belongings. Often called Hexslingers or Witches of the Hex, they style themselves as notorious innovators and often more interested in mixing magic with technology, rather than using the tech as something supplementary to their magic.

Coven of Hexes Features

Gun Witch Level Feature
3rd Coven of Hexes Magic, Customized Weapons, Roll the Hexes
7th Hexed Ammunition
11th Deadly Hexes
15th Hexmeister
Coven of Hexes Magic

Starting at 3rd level, you learn an additional spell when you reach certain levels in this class, as shown in the Coven of Eyes Spells table. The spell counts as a Gun Witch spell for you, but it doesn’t count against the number of Gun Witch Spells you know.

Coven of Hexes Spells

Gun Witch Level Spell
3rd Mending
5th Locate Object
9th Glyph of Warding
13th Elemental Bane
17th Legend Lore


Customized Weapons

At 3rd level, you gain proficiency with hidden weapons and all your weapons gain the hidden property (two-handed and versatile fold) after you spend a short rest tinkering with them. After you tinker with them in this way, only you can wield them effectively and anyone else who wields them rolls attacks with disadvantage and without proficiency.

Roll the Hexes

At 3rd level, you engrave a hex sigil or rune on a set of small stones, small bones, or dice. Gain two d6; as an action, you can roll these dice to produce a magical effect.

  • 2-6. Drop your hexed runes at your current space, they melt into the ground. As an action, you can teleport back to this space as long as you remain within 60 feet of it. You can do this once, then you would need to roll this effect again. After an hour, the runes magic fades and you are unable to use this action.
  • 7-9. Throw your hexed runes at a space within 30 feet, they explode and flash with a bright light. Each creature within 10 feet of the space of where the runes landed must make a Dexterity saving throw against your spell save DC. On a failure, they are blinded until the end of their next turn.
  • 10-12. Your runes harmlessly burn into your hands producing a red smoke around you, concealing you. This smokes functions the same as half cover. This smoke lasts until the end of your next turn.

After roll these hexed trinkets three times, you need to finish a short rest before you can use this feature again. At 7th, 11th, and 15th level increase the number of times you can use this feature by 1 (Ex. at 7th level, you can roll the hexed trinkets four times and etc). If you lose these trinkets, the process to replace them takes an hour.

Hexed Ammunition

At 7th level, you can use your Smith's Tools to hammer hexes into your ammunition. When you do so, the process takes up to two hours per 10 ammunition (arrows, bullets, etc.) to convert it into the desired hexed ammunition. You can use this process on silvered ammunition and it retains its silvered property in addition to becoming hexed. You must declare you are using this ammunition when you load or reload your weapon. You can craft two unique ammunition types.

  • Banshee Hex Ammunition. On a successful hit, the enemy must succeed a Wisdom saving throw or take 1d4 psychic damage. This damage counts as magical for the purpose of resistances. On a critical hit, an enemy who fails the saving throw becomes frightened.
  • Behir Hex Ammunition. On a successful hit, replace your ammunition damage type with lightning damage. This damage counts as magical for the purpose of resistances. On a critical hit, the enemy must succeed a Constitution saving throw or become stunned.

If someone uses a non-hexed weapon or a weapon that isn't your familiar weapon to fire this ammunition, after the attack roll, roll a percentile die. If the outcome is below 50, the weapon breaks.

Deadly Hexes

At 11th level, you hammer more potent magic in to your hexed weapons and ammunition. After hitting an enemy with hexed weapon or ammunition their AC is lowered by 1. This doesn't apply more than once. When you fire your last piece of hexed ammunition, flip a coin. On heads, on a successful hit it deals 1d4 force damage to all creatures within 5 feet of the creature you hit. On tails, on a successful hit it deals 1d4 necrotic damage at the end of the creature's next turn.

Hexmeister

At 15th level, your hexed ammunition becomes more potent in your hands. When declaring an attack you speak a set of magic words that your weapon responds to. If your attack is successful, the ammunition creates a small magical explosion that knocks the enemy back 10 feet. You can use this feature a number of times equal to your Intelligence modifier (a minimum of once). Then, you need to finish a long rest before you can use this feature again.

In addition to this, you can use the remaining cantrips on the Weapon Hex list with your hexed weapons. You also learn a third ammunition hex.

  • Witch Hex Ammunition. On a successful hit, regain a 1st level spell slot if you have expended any. On a critical hit, your appearance changes into a horrific shape to the enemy and has disadvantage on attack rolls and ability checks against you. The appearance is an illusory effect. These effects last until the end of the enemy's next turn.

Gun Witch Spell List[edit]

Here’s the list of spells you consult when you learn a Gun Witch spell. The list is organized by spell level, not character level. You have access to all of the spells on the basic Gun Witch spell list and additional spells based on your subclass.

1st Level

charm person, color spray, compelled duel, detect magic, expeditious retreat, faerie fire, feather fall, hex, magic missile, ice knife, witch bolt

2nd Level

acid arrow, blur, blindness/deafness, cloud of daggers, cordon of arrows, dust devil, heat metal, levitate, magic weapon, mirror image, misty step, phantasmal force, pyrotechnics

3rd Level

conjure barrage, dispel magic, elemental weapon, fear, fly, hypnotic pattern, lightning arrow, magic circle, slow

4th Level

blight, fire shield, freedom of movement, greater invisibility

5th Level

conjure volley, passwall, swift quiver, mislead

Multiclassing[edit]

Prerequisites. To qualify for multiclassing into the Gun Witch class, you must meet these prerequisites: 13 Dexterity and Intelligence

Proficiencies. When you multiclass into the Gun Witch class, you gain the following proficiencies: Martial Ranged Weapons



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