Hunter (5e Class)

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The Hunter[edit]

The Hunter, in their favored terrain. Be that a highly dense forest or the blistery peak of a mountain top. Awaiting their prey. Alongside their ever faithful companion. They will wait dusk till dawn for the right opportunity to strike a fierce blow on the beasts that they hunt.


Creating a Hunter[edit]

Quick Build

Focus on Dexterity. Then choose the leather armor and a longsword. Skills go for Animal Handling, Perception and Stealth. Go for the Outlander Background, And for the Hunter's Companion discuss with your DM beforehand.

Class Features

As a Hunter you gain the following class features.

Hit Points

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


Armor: Light and Medium
Weapons: Simple and Martial
Tools: Herbalism kit or Poisoner's kit
Saving Throws: Dexterity and Strength
Skills: Choose three from Animal Handling, Athletics, Insight, Investigation, Medicine, Nature, Perception, Stealth and Survival


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

  • (a) scale mail or (b) leather armor
  • (a) two shortswords or (b) two simple melee weapons
  • (a) a dungeoneer’s pack or (b) an explorer’s pack
  • Herbalism kit or Poisoner's kit and a longbow, a quiver of 20 arrows, and a hooded cloak.

Table: The Hunter

Level Proficiency
Features Hunter's Hatred Dice Spells Known —Spell Slots per Spell Level—
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1st +2 Hunter's Hatred, Hunter's Companion 1d4
2nd +2 Spellcasting 1d4 2 2
3rd +2 Hunter Archetype 1d4 3 3
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement 1d4 3 3
5th +3 Extra Attack 1d6 4 4 2
6th +3 Hunter's Hatred improvement 1d6 4 4 2
7th +3 Fighting Style 1d6 5 4 3
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement, Hunter Archetype 1d6 5 4 3
9th +4 Temporary Hatred 1d8 6 4 3 2
10th +4 Hunter's Hatred improvement, Hunter Archetype 1d8 6 4 3 2
11th +4 1d8 7 4 3 3
12th +4 Ability Score Improvement 1d8 7 4 3 3
13th +5 Evasion 1d10 8 4 3 3 1
14th +5 Hunter Archetype 1d10 8 4 3 3 1
15th +5 1d10 9 4 3 3 2
16th +5 Ability Score Improvement 1d10 9 4 3 3 2
17th +6 2d6 10 4 3 3 3 1
18th +6 Hunter's Sense 2d6 10 4 3 3 3 1
19th +6 Ability Score Improvement 2d6 11 4 3 3 3 2
20th +6 Hunter's Hatred improvement 2d6 11 4 3 3 3 2

Hunter's Hatred[edit]

At 1st level Choose a type of hated type of enemy: aberrations, beasts, celestials, constructs, dragons, elementals, fey, fiends, giants, monstrosities, oozes, plants, or undead. Alternatively, you can select two races of humanoid (such as gnolls and goblins) as hated enemies.

You add the hatred dice on attacks against hated enemies and have advantage on Wisdom (Survival) checks to track your hated enemies, as well as on Intelligence checks to recall information about them. When you gain this feature, you also learn one language of your choice that is spoken by your favored enemies, if they speak one at all.

You choose one additional hated enemy, as well as an associated language, at 6th, 10th and 20th level. As you gain levels, your choices should reflect the types of monsters you have encountered on your adventure.

Hunter's Companion[edit]

At 1st level you gain an animal that follows him around and helps him out in a variety of ways. Choose a beast that is no larger than Medium and that has a challenge rating of 1 or lower. Add your proficiency bonus to the beast’s AC, attack rolls, and damage rolls, as well as to any saving throws and skills it is proficient in. Its hit point maximum equals its normal maximum or four times your hunter level, whichever is higher.

The beast obeys your commands as best as it can. It takes its turn on your initiative, though it doesn’t take an action unless you command it to. On your turn, you can verbally command the beast where to move (no action required by you). You can use your bonus action to verbally command it to take the Attack, Dash, Disengage, Dodge, or Help action. Once you have the Extra Attack feature, you can make one weapon attack yourself when you command the beast to take the Attack action.

While traveling through your favored terrain with only the beast, you can move stealthily at a normal pace. If the beast dies, you can obtain another one by spending 8 hours magically bonding with another beast that isn’t hostile to you, either the same type of beast as before or a different one.

Like any creature, the beast can spend Hit Dice during a short rest. If you are incapacitated or absent, the beast acts on its own, focusing on protecting you and itself. It never requires your command to use its reaction, such as when making an opportunity attack.

Exceptional Training

Beginning at 7th level, on any of your turns when your beast companion doesn't attack, you can use a bonus action to command the beast to take the Dash, Disengage, Dodge, or Help action on its turn.

Bestial Fury

Starting at 11th level, your beast companion can make two attacks when you command it to use the Attack action.

Share Spells

Beginning at 15th level, when you cast a spell targeting yourself, you can also affect your beast companion with the spell if the beast is within 30 feet of you.


By the time you reach 2nd level, you have learned to use the magical essence of nature to cast spells, much as a ranger does.

Spell Slots

The Hunter 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.

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

Spells Known of 1st Level and Higher

You know two 1st-level spells of your choice from the ranger spell list.

The Spells Known column of the Hunter table shows when you learn more ranger spells of your choice. Each of these spells must be of a level for which you have spell slots. For instance, when you reach 7th 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 ranger spells you know and replace it with another spell from the ranger spell list, which also must be of a level for which you have spell slots.

Spellcasting Ability

Wisdom is your spellcasting ability for your ranger spells, since your magic draws on your attunement to nature. You use your Wisdom whenever a spell refers to your spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your Wisdom modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a ranger spell you cast and when making an attack roll with one.

Spell save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Wisdom modifier

Spell attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + your Wisdom modifier

Hunter Archetype[edit]

When you reach 3rd level you pick one of two archetypes. Strider or Stalker. You gain improved abilities based on this choice at levels 8, 10 and 14.

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.

Fighting Style[edit]

At 7th 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.


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


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


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.

Two Weapon Fighting

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

Temporary Hatred[edit]

Starting at 9th level you can use a bonus action to select an enemy you can see. You treat this enemy as one of your hated enemies for 1 minute. This ability can't be used again until you take a long rest. Starting at 15th level you can use this two times before needing to take a long rest.


Starting at level 13 when you are subjected to an effect that allows you to make a Dexterity saving throw to take only half damage, you instead take no damage if you succeed on the saving throw, and only half damage if you fail. Your companion also gains the benefits from this feature.

Hunter's Sense[edit]

At 18th level, when you attack a creature you can't see, your inability to see it doesn't impose disadvantage on your attack rolls against it.

If the creature is hit by your attack, the creatures takes additional damage equal to your weapon's damage.

You are also aware of the location of any invisible creature within 30 feet of you, provided that the creature isn't hidden from you and you aren't blinded or deafened.


The Strider a nimble and swift hunter, known to travel great distances at great lengths, be that on foot or through means of the mystic arts, all to get to their most hated enemy and bring them down. "You can hide but you can't run."

Natural Explorer

Starting at 2nd level you are a master of navigating the natural world, and reacts with swift and decisive action when attacked. This grants him the following benefits: • He ignores difficult terrain. • He has advantage on initiative rolls. • On his first turn during combat, he has advantage on attack rolls against creatures that have not yet acted. In addition, he is skilled at navigating the wilderness. He gains the following benefits when traveling for an hour or more: • Difficult terrain doesn’t slow his group’s travel. • His group can’t become lost except by magical means. • Even when he is engaged in another activity while traveling (such as foraging, navigating, or tracking), he remains alert to danger. • If he is traveling alone, he can move stealthily at a normal pace. • When he forage, he finds twice as much food as he normally would.

Fleet of Foot

At 8th level you can take the dash action as a bonus action on his turn. In addition your base movement speed is increased by 5 feet.

Mystic Travel

Starting at 10th level you can cast the Longstrider spell once without expending a spell slot. You can cast it again after a long rest. At 13th level you can cast the Spider Climb spell once without expending a spell slot. You can cast it again after a long rest. At 15th level you can cast the Fly spell once without expending a spell slot. You can cast it again after a long rest. At 17th level you can cast the Haste spell once without expending a spell slot. You can cast it again after a long rest.

Plane Walker

Beginning at 14th level you pick one of the planes of existence(except the material plane). Your natural explorer feature works in this plane of existence.


The stalker is the hunter that creeps up on it's prey and knows its weak spots. "You can run but you can't hide."

Sneak Attack

At second level you gains sneak attack as the rogue ability of the same name, however your sneak attack increases at a slower pace.

Stalker Sneak Attack
Hunter Level Amount of Dice
2nd 1d6
3rd 1d6
4th 1d6
5th 1d6
6th 1d6
7th 2d6
8th 2d6
9th 2d6
10th 2d6
11th 2d6
12th 3d6
13th 3d6
14th 3d6
15th 3d6
16th 3d6
17th 4d6
18th 4d6
19th 4d6
20th 4d6

Hiding in Plain Sight

Starting at 8th level, you can spend 1 minute creating camouflage for yourself. You must have access to fresh mud, dirt. plants. soot. and other naturally occurring materials with which to create your camouflage.

Once you are camouflaged in this way, you can try to hide by pressing yourself up against a solid surface, such as a tree or wall, that is at least as tall and wide as you are. You gain a +10 bonus to Dexterity (Stealth) checks as long as you remain there without moving or taking actions. Once you move or take an action or a reaction, you must camouflage yourself again to gain this benefit.

Improved Critical

Begining at 10th level your weapon attacks score a critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20.


Starting at 14th level, you can use the Hide action as a bonus action on your turn. Also, you can’t be tracked by non-magical means, unless you choose to leave a trail.


Prerequisites. To qualify for multiclassing into the Hunter class, you must meet these prerequisites: Dex:15 and Wis:13

Proficiencies. When you multiclass into the Hunter class, you gain the following proficiencies: Light and Medium armor, simple and martial weapons, Herbalism kit and 1 skill.

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