Metamorph, Variant (5e Class)

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Metamorph[edit]

All is quiet on the marsh. The smells of natural gas and stagnant water fill the air. A halfling man appears through the haze, and looks to the ground. His quarry's trail is going cold, and will be lost soon. In an instant, the halfling's face turns to that of a wolf, and long claws grow from his fingers. A scent fills his nose, not from that of the swamp. With a mighty leap, he clears the treacherous water of the marsh, and is soon back on the trail of the one he is chasing.

An elvish woman sits patiently at a tavern, eavesdropping on a nearby conversation. The women at the table next to her are waiting for something. One mentions a delivery meant for them. Unknown to them, the nearby elf had already acquired said delivery, and eliminated the man taking it to them. From the dark corner where she sits, nobody notices the elf suddenly take the form of the man meant to deliver their package. Naturally as ever, the elf gives the two women what they seek, and follows them to their base of operations.

Creating a Metamorph[edit]

How did your character become a metamorph? Were they simply born with their abilities? Were they granted to them as a curse or as a gift? Were they taught by a master? Are they a part of a secret circle of druids, who specialize in greater transformation powers?

Quick Build

You can make a Metamorph quickly by following these suggestions. First, Wisdom should be your highest ability score, followed by Dexterity, then Constitution. Second, choose the Outlander background. Third, choose an explorer's pack and 2 daggers. Fourth, choose Nature and Survival.

Class Features

As a Metamorph you gain the following class features.

Hit Points

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

Proficiencies

Armor: Light, Medium
Weapons: Natural Weapons, Simple Weapons
Tools: One Artisan Tool
Saving Throws: Wisdom and Constitution
Skills: Choose two from Acrobatics, Animal Handling, Athletics, Nature, Perception, Stealth, and Survival

Equipment

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

  • (a) a dungeoneer's pack or (b) an explorer's pack
  • (a) a simple weapon or (b) 2 daggers
  • leather armor and 10 darts
  • If you are using starting wealth, you have 2d4 x 10 gp in funds.

Table: The Metamorph

Level Proficiency
Bonus
Shifter Claws Features
1st +2 1d6 Shifter Claws, Wild Shape
2nd +2 1d6 Wild Defense, Chameleon, Physical Alteration
3rd +2 1d8 Shifter Path,
4th +2 1d8 Ability Score Improvement, Template:Inapge
5th +3 1d8 Monstrous Shape, Transforming Scholar
6th +3 1d10 Path Feature, Blood Drinker
7th +3 1d10 Multiattack, Magic Fang
8th +3 1d10 Ability Score Improvement, Better Shape,
9th +4 1d12 Resilient Body, Passive Strengths
10th +4 1d12 Civilized Shape
11th +4 1d12 Path Feature, Shifter
12th +4 2d8 Ability Score Improvement, Preference
13th +5 2d8 Shifter Hide, Mutant
14th +5 2d8 Sleepless
15th +5 2d10 Giant Shape
16th +5 2d10 Ability Score Improvement, Enhanced Chameleon
17th +6 2d10 Path Feature
18th +6 2d12 Timeless Body
19th +6 2d12 Ability Score Improvement
20th +6 2d12 Everyshape

Shifter Claws[edit]

  • As a bonus action, you can extend claws from the ends of your fingers. You can retract these claws at any time. These claws are natural weapons with a damage die as shown in Table: The Metamorph. To attack with a claw, you must not be holding anything in that hand. You may extend these so long as the form you hold logically would be able to use them.
  • When you use your Wild Shape feature to take a form that has at least one natural attack, you may choose a single natural weapon (such as a bite or tail) or a matched pair of natural weapons (such as two claws or two talons) from among the form's natural attacks. If you desire the chosen natural attack(s) use your Shifter Claws die in place of its normal damage die.
  • Immediately after taking the Attack action on your turn, you may make one attack with a natural weapon as a bonus action.
  • You can use Dexterity instead of Strength for the attack and damage rolls of your natural weapons.

Wild Shape[edit]

You can use your action to magically assume the shape of a beast that you have seen before. This beast cannot have a CR higher than 1/3 your Metamorph level (round up). You may spend a number of hours in Wild Shape equal to your Metamorph level plus your Wisdom modifier (these do not have to be consecutive) after which you must complete a short or long rest before you can use Wild Shape again.

If you run out of hours of Wild Shape you immediately revert to your normal form. You can revert to your normal form earlier by using a bonus action on your turn. You automatically revert if you fall unconscious, drop to 0 hit points, or die.

While you are transformed, the following rules apply:

  • Some of your game statistics are replaced by the statistics of the beast the Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution. You retain your alignment, personality, hit dice, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores. You also retain all of your skill and saving throw proficiencies, in addition to gaining those of the creature. If the creature has the same proficiency as you and the bonus in its stat block is higher than yours, use the creature's bonus instead of yours.
  • When you transform, you gain temporary hit points equal to the beast's maximum hit points minus your maximum hit points (minimum 0) which last until you revert to your normal form.
  • Your ability to speak or take any action that requires hands is limited to the capabilities of your beast form. Usually, this will prevent you from casting spells.
  • You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race, or other source and can use them if the new form is physically capable of doing so. However, you can't use any of your special senses, such as darkvision, unless your new form also has that sense.
  • Your equipment will either merge into your new form or is worn by it. Worn equipment functions as normal, but the GM decides whether it is practical for the new form to wear a piece of equipment, based on the creature's shape and size. Your equipment doesn't change size or shape to match the new form, and any equipment that the new form can't wear must merge with it; Equipment that merges with the form has no effect until you leave the form.

Wild Defense[edit]

Beginning at 2nd level, while you are wearing no armor and not wielding a shield, your AC equals 10 + your Dexterity modifier + your Wisdom modifier. While you are wearing armor you are proficient with but not wielding a shield, you gain +1 to your AC.

Chameleon[edit]

At 2nd level, you gain the ability to alter your coloration to blend in to your surroundings. As an action, you may use this feature to gain a +1 bonus to Stealth (to a maximum of +20 from this feature). This bonus lasts as long as you remain completely still and maintain concentration; you may breathe and look around, but if you make any other movements or lose concentration, you revert to your normal coloration, and the added bonus to your stealth is lost.

Physical Alteration[edit]

At 2nd level, you have mastered your transformation to a degree that you can temporarily change your physique to the way you want it. You may use a bonus action while not transformed to increase your Strength, Dexterity or Constitution score by your Wisdom modifier for 20 minutes. You may not use this feature again until you have completed a long rest.

Shifter Path[edit]

At 3rd level, you choose a Path. Choose between Chimera, Verdant, Elementalist, or Draconic, all detailed at the end of the class description. Your choice grants you features at 3rd level and again at 6th, 11th, and 17th.

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.

Transmutate[edit]

At 4th level, you may spend 1 minute to transform an object within 5 feet of you smaller than a 1 by 1 foot box into another object of similar size. At 8th level, this box increases to 2 by 2 and again at 16th level to 3 by 3. The new object must be within 5g value of the original object. At 9th level, this increases to 15g, and again at 17th level to 25g. At 19th level, you may use an action instead of spending one minute. After you use this feature, you may not use it again until you complete a short or long rest.

Monstrous Shape[edit]

Beginning at 5th level, you may use Wild Shape to take the shape of Monstrosities as though they were Beasts. For Monstrosities that have weapons you do not gain these, you may only use natural weapons from these.
For Wild Shape Your CR becomes 1/2 your Metamorph level.

Transforming Scholar[edit]

At 5th level, You may transform into any beast that you have read about in books or seen pictures of.

Blood Drinker[edit]

At 6th level, you gain the ability to heal yourself by drinking the blood of your enemies. Any time you use a Bite attack to deal damage to a living creature (or otherwise consume at least one ounce of fresh blood other than your own), you may regain a number of hit points equal to 1d10 plus your Metamorph level. You must complete a short or long rest before you may do this again.

In addition, you gain the ability to extend your teeth into fangs as a bonus action (or as part of the same bonus action as you extend your Shifter Claws), gaining a Bite attack that counts as a natural weapon and uses your Shifter Claws damage die, but amplified by one step (1d6 becomes 1d8, 1d8 becomes 1d10, 1d10 becomes 1d12). You may not extend these fangs any time you could not extend your [#Shifter Claws]. You may retract these fangs at any time.

Multiattack[edit]

At 7th level, you gain the ability to take the Multiattack action, which allows you to make one attack with each of up to three natural weapons.

Magic Fang[edit]

Starting at 7th level, your natural weapons count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity to nonmagical attacks and damage.

Better Shape[edit]

At 8th level, Wild Shape CR now uses equal to your Metamorph level.

Passive Strengths[edit]

At 9th level, when you finish a long rest, choose an ability score. Until you complete another long rest, that ability score is increased by 2, even if you are transformed.

Resilient Body[edit]

At 9th level, your form has become ever more resilient to outside influences. You become immune to any spell or effect that would alter your form against your will and you gain proficiency with Constitution saving throws. If you already have this proficiency, you instead gain proficiency in Strength saving throws.

Civilized Shape[edit]

Beginning at 10th level, you may use Wild Shape to take the shape of Humanoids as though they were Beasts. You may make yourself look like a specific individual you have seen before, or like a specific individual from your imagination, or just like a generic member of that race.

Shifter[edit]

At 11th level, choose a CR 6 or below creature that you would be able to shapeshift into, You may change into this for 1 hour. You may change this chosen creature to another CR 12 or below creature of your choice when you reach 20th level. You may do this again only after a long rest.

Preference[edit]

At 12th level, you may select a preferred creature of CR 5 or lower to transform into as an action for as long as you want. When you reach 14th level, you may select a new CR 6 or lower creature to be your preferred transformation. You may select a new preferred creature with a higher CR again when you reach 15th level (CR 7), 17th level (CR 8), 18th level (CR 9), and 20th level (CR 10).

Shifter Hide[edit]

Beginning at 13th level, whenever you choose to keep wearing a piece of equipment (other than a weapon) when you use Wild Shape, that equipment changes with you to the appropriate size and shape to be worn by your new form. The equipment reverts to its normal size and shape when you revert to your normal form.

Mutant[edit]

At 13th level, you may choose one mutation. Your choice of mutation grants you various benefits which get more powerful as you gain shapeshifter levels, but you only gain the benefits of the Mutation feature while you are shapeshifted. You gain additional mutations at levels 16 and 18, but you may not choose the same mutation twice.

Enhanced Breathing: you can breathe underwater and your base walking speed increases by 5 feet. At 14th level, you no longer need to breath. At 18th level, your base walking speed increases to 10 feet.

Dense Hide: your AC goes up by +1. At 18th level, this changes to +2.

Toughened Weapons: your natural strikes do an additional 1d4 damage based on what damage your natural strikes deal. At 14th level, all your natural attacks now deal an additional 1d6 damage, and at 18th level this damage changes to 1d8.

Evolved: You gain a +1 bonus to all saving throws, and at 18th level, this changes to +2.

Versatile: You gain an additional CR added to your current to morph into at levels 14, 16, and 18.

Sleepless[edit]

At 14th level, you may sleep for only 4 hours to gain the benefits of a long rest. After resting in this way, you gain the same benefit that a human does from 8 hours of sleep. If you already have a trait that provides this benefit, reduce the time needed to gain a long rest to 2 hours.

Giant Shape[edit]

Beginning at 15th level, you may use Wild Shape to take the shape of Giants as though they were Beasts.

Enhanced Chameleon[edit]

Beginning at 16th level, you're ability to mask yourself makes you perfectly blended in with your surroundings so long as you maintain concentration.

Timeless Body[edit]

Beginning at 18th level, the magical control that you wield over your body allows you to age more slowly. For every 10 years that pass, your body ages only 1 year, and you can't be aged magically.

Everyshape[edit]

At 20th level, you may use Wild Shape for any number of hours without resting, and you may take the shape of Aberrations, Celestials, Fiends, and Fey as though they were Beasts. Your maximum CR for using Wild Shape becomes your 2 x Metamorph level instead of 1.

Shifter Paths[edit]

Chimera[edit]

Chimera are adept at mixing the features of various creatures into new shapes.

Minor Form

Beginning at 3rd level, as a bonus action you may take one of the following features of any creature whose form you could take with Wild Shape:

  • A natural weapon (such as a bite or claw).
  • A sense (such as darkvision or tremorsense).
  • A movement speed.
  • A special ability such as water-breathing or elemental resistance.

Your appearance changes with this feature based on the creature you are taking it from, such as sprouting eagle's wings for a fly speed or growing a wolf snout for a bite attack.

You may use Minor Form for a number of hours equal to your Metamorph level plus your Wisdom modifier (these do not have to be consecutive, but they must be spent in one hour increments), after which you must complete a short or long rest before using this feature again.

Improved Minor Form

Beginning at 6th level, when you use Minor Form, you may take two features instead of one. They do not need to be from the same creature.

Greater Minor Form

Beginning at 11th level, when you use Minor Form, you may take three features instead of one or two. They do not need to be from the same creature.

Final Form

Beginning at 17th level, when you use Wild Shape you may take two forms instead of one, combining them into a single form and gaining all the features of both. Wherever the two forms give conflicting features, choose one or the other (for example, if the forms are different size categories, choose one of the size categories).

Verdant[edit]

Verdants gain the ability to take plant shapes.

Plant Shape

At 3rd level you gain the ability to take the form of an ordinary plant as a bonus action, from a single flower to a massive oak tree (this transformation follows the same rules as Wild Shape; your Dexterity score becomes 0, and your Strength, Constitution, and temporary hit points in this form are at DM discretion based on the size and resilience of the plant you choose). While in Plant Shape you are aware of your surroundings but cannot move or take any actions or bonus actions or do anything at all other than revert to your normal form, which takes a bonus action. You may use this feature a number of times equal to your Wisdom modifier, after which you must complete a short or long rest before using this feature again.

Verdant Shape

Beginning at 6th level, you may use Wild Shape to take the shape of Plant creatures as though they were Beasts.

Improved Verdant Shape

Beginning at 11th level, Plant Creature shapes add 1d4 for all stats.

Greater Verdant Shape

Beginning at 17th level, Plant Creature shapes add 2d4 for all stats.

Elementalist[edit]

Elementalists gain the ability to take Elemental shapes.

Elemental Claws

At 3rd level, you gain the ability to sheathe your Shifter Claws in elemental energy as a bonus action (or as part of the same bonus action while extending your claws). You may choose Electricity, Cold, Fire, or Acid each time you use this feature. Any time you deal damage with your Shifter Claws while they are sheathed in energy, they deal an additional 1d6 damage of the chosen elemental type. You may also use this feature in Wild Shape, sheathing whichever natural weapon(s) you chose to use your Shifter Claws die in your choice of elemental energy as a bonus action. The energy lasts for a few minutes and then dissipates. You may use this feature a number of times equal to your Wisdom modifier, after which you must complete a short or long rest before using this feature again.

Elemental Shape

Beginning at 6th level, you may use Wild Shape to take the shape of Elemental creatures as though they were Beasts.

Improved Elemental Shape

Beginning at 11th level, Elemental Creature shapes add 1d4 for all stats.

Greater Elemental Shape

Beginning at 17th level, Elemental Creature shapes add 2d4 for all stats.

Draconic[edit]

Draconics gain the ability to take dragon shapes.

Dragon Wings

Beginning at 3rd level, you gain the ability to sprout a pair of dragon wings from your back as a bonus action, granting you a fly speed of 40 feet. You may use these wings for a number of hours equal to your Metamorph level plus your Wisdom modifier (these hours do not have to be consecutive, but they must be spent in one-hour increments), after which you must complete a short or long rest before using this feature again.

Dragon Shape

Beginning at 6th level, you may use Wild Shape to take the shape of Dragon creatures as though they were Beasts.

Improved Dragon Shape

Beginning at 11th level, your maximum CR for using Wild Shape to take Dragon Creature becomes 1.(1d50)* any stat. (Example Young Black Dragon: Con= 17 (+3). Roll 1d50 = 34. Take 1.34 * 17 = 23 (6) (Round to Nearest Whole Number).

Greater Dragon Shape

Beginning at 17th level, your maximum CR for using Wild Shape to take Dragon Creature becomes 1.(2d50)* any stat. (Example Young Black Dragon: Con= 17 (+3). Roll 2d50 = 58. Take 1.58 * 17 = 27 (8) (Round to Nearest Whole Number).


Multiclassing[edit]

Prerequisites. To qualify for multiclassing into the Metamorph class, you must meet these prerequisites: Wisdom 13 or higher.

Proficiencies. When you multiclass into the Metamorph class, you gain the following proficiencies: Natural Weapons



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