Investigator Variant (5e Subclass)

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Rogue Subclass

Not all rogues work against the law. Investigators use their skills to serve the law, often in the employ of nobles or in the pursuit of noble causes. In some cities cabals of investigators work for rulers or bureaucracies, but often an investigator is a free agent who pursues whatever mysteries come across her path. Of course, not all investigators serve the law. Crime lords and guildmasters often have squads of investigators serving their own nefarious purposes.

An Investigator, [Source]

Ear for Deceit[edit]

When you choose this subclass at 3rd level, you develop a keen ear for picking out lies. Whenever you make a Wisdom(Insight) check to sense if a creature is lying, you use the total of your check or 8 + your Wisdom modifier, whichever is higher. If you are proficient in Insight, you add your proficiency bonus to the fixed result. If you chose Insight as a skill augmented by your Expertise feature, add double your proficiency bonus.

Detective's Expertise[edit]

At the 3rd level, you gain proficiency in the Investigation skill, and your proficiency bonus is doubled for any ability check that uses this skill. If you already chose this skill for your Expertise feature, apply this to Insight instead.


You know how to find many things. People, places or goods. At the 3rd level if you spend at least 1 hour carousing a populated area, you can find one of the following, if any:

  • Lodgings equal to a modest lifestyle for up to five creatures.
  • Information regarding the location of persons of interest.
  • Access to rare/illegal goods and services

Insightful Fighting[edit]

At 6th level, you gain the ability to decipher an opponent’s tactics and develop a counter to them. Using your Cunning Action, you make a Wisdom (Insight) check against a creature you can see that isn’t incapacitated, opposed by the target’s Charisma (Deception) check. On a success, you can use Sneak Attack against that creature even if you do not have advantage against it or if no enemy of the target is within 5 feet of it. You can also use Sneak Attack in this way even if you have disadvantage against the target. This effect last for 1 minute or until you declare and succeed on using Insightful Fighting on a different target.

Detective's Mark[edit]

At 9th level, you've become adept at tracking your quarries. You may mark a creature you can see within 90 feet as a quarry. They are under the same effects of a hunter's mark spell, except these effects are nonmagical, and you need not maintain concentration. At 9th level, this effect lasts up to 4 hours. At 13th level, it lasts up to 8 hours. At 17th level, it lasts up to 24 hours.

While your quarry is restrained, or in a similar vulnerable predicament (as determined by the DM), you have advantage on Charisma checks against it. You must complete a long rest to use this feature again.

Penetrating Perception[edit]

Starting at 13th level, you gain advantage on all saving throws and checks against illusion spells, and on Intelligence checks to escape the maze spell.

Legendary Detective[edit]

At 17th level, by spending some time inspecting an object or scanning a room, you can determine detailed information about people and events related to them. If you spend at least 1 minute in quiet observation, you can deduce a timeline of events that took place. You can analyze information this way for a number of minutes equal to your Intelligence score. Once you use this feature, you can’t use it again until you complete a short or a long rest.

Object Analysis. Inspecting an object allows you to determine facts about the object’s previous owner and conditions. After observing an object for 1 minute, you learn where this object was created, how it found it’s way into your possession, and at least one significant personality trait about it’s previous owner. If the object was was owned by another creature within the past year, you can spend 1 additional minute for each owner to learn the same information about that creature.

Room Investigation. As you analyze the area in your immediate vicinity (a room, a street, tunnel, clearing, or the like, up to a 50-foot cube), you are able to determine the routine events that took place in this area, and the types of people travelled through it, going back a number of weeks equal to your Intelligence score. For each minute you spend observing, you discover one significant pattern or break in behavior that occurred in this location. A pattern may include individuals who wore a particular type of clothing or a group who belonged to a certain ethnicity. A break in behavior may include a fight, a dalliance that occurred, or the presence of a stranger. They may include more mundane events that are nevertheless important in your current situation.

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