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Naruto: Shinobi

Shinobi are specialized ninja who have gained the power of Chakra, energy created by combining the spiritual and physical energies inside every person. This allows them to do amazing feats such as walking up walls, walking on water, breathing fire, among other things. The clearest characteristic of a shinobi is their ability to manipulate chakra to create and use techniques known as Jutsu. Jutsu are separated into three groups: Genjutsu, which manipulate one's mind; Taijutsu, which manipulates chakra in the user's body to result in greater physical prowess; and Ninjutsu, which manifest chakra in various forms, the most common of which being elemental Jutsu in which the user transforming their chakra into a specific nature between Lightning, Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water. By combining two or more basic natures, one can achieve even more advanced natures such as Wood Style and Ice Style, though such things are often the result of genetic ability.

Creating a Naruto: Shinobi

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A group of shinobi in front of Kurama, Masashi Kishimoto.

When creating your character, think about why you became a ninja. Was it in preparation for a difficult task, or did you simply want to impress someone? Were you popular growing up, using the opportunity to grow your following, or was it simply to earn a little respect? During your training, did you succeed with flying colors, or did you have to retake the exam multiple times? As a result of this, are you cocky and overconfident, or cautious and pensive?

Quick Build

You can make a Naruto: Shinobi quickly by following these suggestions. First, Intelligence should be your highest ability score, followed by Dexterity, followed by Constitution. Finally, choose either the Assassin or Genin/Chunin background. In addition, with your DM’s approval, you may choose Jinchuriki as your race.

Class Features

As a Naruto Shinobi you gain the following class features.

Hit Points

Hit Dice: 1d8 per Naruto Shinobi level
Hit Points at 1st Level: 8 + Constitution modifier
Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d8 (or 5) + Constitution modifier per Naruto Shinobi level after 1st

Proficiencies

Armor: Light armor
Weapons: Simple weapons, shortswords, kunai
Tools: Thieves' tools
Saving Throws: Dexterity, Intelligence
Skills: Choose two from Acrobatics, History, Investigation, Nature, Perception and Stealth

Equipment

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

Table: The Naruto Shinobi

Level Proficiency
Bonus
Features Chakra Martial Arts/Classic Unarmed Die Unarmored Movement Jutsu
1st +2 Martial Arts, Unarmored Defense - 1d4 / 1d4 - -
2nd +2 Chakra, Unarmored Movement, Scrolls 4+Con 1d4 / 1d4 +10 3
3rd +2 Ninja Path 6+Con 1d4 / 1d4 +10 4
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement, Chakra Natures 8+Con 1d4 / 1d4 +10 6
5th +3 Extra Attack, Nindo 10+Con 1d6 / 2d4 +10 7
6th +3 Ninja Speed 12+Con 1d6 / 2d4 +15 9
7th +3 Ninja Path Enhancement, Resistant 14+Con 1d6 / 2d4 +15 10
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement, Chakra Natures 16+Con 1d6 / 2d4 +15 12
9th +4 Chakra-Infused Strikes, Ninja Speed Improvement 18+Con 1d6 / 2d4 +15 13
10th +4 Ninja Path Enhancement 20+Con 1d6 / 2d4 +20 15
11th +4 Extra Attack (2) 22+Con 1d8 / 3d4 +20 16
12th +4 Ability Score Improvement, Chakra Natures 24+Con 1d8 / 3d4 +20 18
13th +5 Scroll Upgrade 26+Con 1d8 / 3d4 +20 19
14th +5 Chakra Natures 28+Con 1d8 / 3d4 +25 21
15th +5 Ninja Path Enhancement 30+Con 1d8 / 3d4 +25 22
16th +5 Ability Score Improvement 32+Con 1d8 / 3d4 +25 24
17th +6 Advanced Training 34+Con 1d10 / 4d4 +25 25
18th +6 Advanced Training feature 36+Con 1d10 / 4d4 +30 27
19th +6 Ability Score Improvement, Advanced Training feature 38+Con 1d10 / 4d4 +30 28
20th +6 Ninja Path Enhancement 40+Con 1d10 / 4d4 +30 30

Martial Arts

At 1st level, you are trained in hand-to-hand combat.

  • You can use Dexterity instead of Strength for the attack and damage rolls of your unarmed strikes and any weapons that you are proficient with.
  • Your unarmed attacks deal 1d4 bludgeoning damage, this damage increases to 1d6 at 5th, 1d8 11th, and 1d10 at 17th levels.

Unarmored Defense

At 1st level, your finesse in dodging outweighs the benefit of being weighed down by armor. While not wearing armor or wielding a shield, your AC equals 10 + your Dexterity modifier + your Proficiency bonus.

Unarmored Movement

At 2nd level, while not wearing armor or using a shield, your movement is increased by 10 feet. This bonus increases to 15 at 6th, 20 at 10th, 25 at 14th, and 30 at 18th levels.

Scrolls

At 2nd level, you have learned how to store objects of medium size or smaller into scrolls. An item cannot be stored in a blank scroll, it must have a seal drawn on it with ink. You can draw a number of scroll seals equal to your proficiency bonus during a long rest. If you try to exceed your maximum number of scroll seals available, the oldest seal immediately ends before the new one applies. The scrolls are not consumed on use, but seals must be redrawn after use. Non-shinobi must succeed an Intelligence saving throw against your Jutsu save DC when attempting to open a seal, failing to do so on a failure. If a scroll or seal is destroyed, its contents are lost until the same seal is drawn on another scroll - giving you access to that same dimensional space.

Small Scroll: Holds up to 3 small items (dagger, bedroll, 1 set of clothes, etc.) Costs 20 gp and weighs 2 lbs.

Medium Scroll: Holds up to 7 small items. Costs 45 gp and weighs 8 lbs.

Large Scroll: Holds up to 12 small items or 1 medium item (Tent, folding chair, longsword, bow) Costs 80 gp and weighs 15 lbs.

Weapon Scroll: Holds up to 15 Shuriken or 15 Kunai. Costs 60 gp and weighs 10 lbs.

Scrolls, Handy haversacks, and bags of holding cannot be stored within scrolls, if attempted, the attempt fails and the scroll, and any of its contents, are destroyed.

You may summon the contents of a scroll to your hands or in an adjacent space as a bonus action.

Chakra

At 2nd level, you begin on your journey of mastering chakra. Chakra is a form of life energy with varying types that all individuals produce to some degree. This energy is often confused with ki, but the two are different in form and control. The energy circulates throughout the body in a network called the "Chakra Pathway System", which is similar to the cardiovascular system. Certain groups, such as shinobi, have learned to generate more chakra and release it outside their bodies through pressure points called Tenketsu to perform Jutsu. Kekkei Genkai are Jutsu that use multiple types of chakra at once and are often connected to bloodlines. The maximum amount of chakra you have is dictated by your Shinobi level, as shown in the Chakra column of the Shinobi class table.

The following rules apply to all Jutsu unless otherwise stated:

  • To use Jutsu, you must be able to move both of your hands.
  • All Jutsu take an action to use.
  • All Jutsu require chakra.
  • All Jutsu that deal bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing damage count as magical.
  • You add your intelligence modifier to the damage of any Jutsu that only lists dice for damage.
  • Anything that prevents you from casting spells, such as an Antimagic Field, also prevents you from using Jutsu.
  • You have as much chakra as listed under the Chakra column, which is equal to your level times 2 plus your Constitution modifier.
  • You regain all your chakra after you finish a long rest.
  • Chakra and ki do not stack, and can not be used to fulfill each others' cost.

At 2nd, 4th, 8th, 12th, and 14th level, you choose a chakra nature. You also gain access to either the Basic Ninjutsu or Taijutsu nature at 2nd level. You can forego learning a nature to gain affinity in one you already know, allowing you to add your unarmed damage die to any damage rolls with its Jutsu. You may forgo learning a nature to increase your maximum hit dice by 2, increase your movement speed by 10 ft., or increase your chakra point maximum by 5. You may only learn Jutsu from a nature that you know

You know a number of jutsu as indicated in the Jutsu column of the Shinobi class table. These jutsu must be of a chakra nature you can use, and you must have any requisite jutsu it requires to gain it. Each nature has a Basic X Style Technique, with X being replaced by the chakra nature. This basic technique is automatically gained upon gaining its nature and does not count toward your jutsu limit. If you lose access to jutsu counted toward this limit, such as losing a Path of Hatred Jutsu from losing your Sharingan, you may gain a different jutsu at the end of a long rest.

To gain a Kekkei Genkai, you must fulfill its nature requirements and take it as a chakra nature. You may forgo this limitation for a single nature if you are using the Random Natures and Kekkei Genkai Limit variant rule and roll the Kekkei Genkai.

Jutsu cast outside of initiative cost half as much Chakra so long as the Jutsu is will not damage or otherwise directly negatively affect a creature. The purpose of Jutsu is to be used to the advantage of the party narratively, not just as a weapon. Such as lighting a campfire with fire Jutsu, or putting out a burning building with water Jutsu.

If a creature receives or absorbs any senjutsu chakra points and does not have any features from Path of the Sage they become petrified and identical to the Sage Creature of the source of the senjutsu. If they receive any black or red chakra, they follow the same rules for it as listed in Path of the Cursed and Path of the Beast as if they’ve befriended their Tailed Beast

Whenever you learn a Jutsu from the Basic or Taijutsu Nature, you learn twice as many.

Your spell save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Intelligence modifier

Your Jutsu spell attack bonus = your proficiency bonus + your Intelligence modifier

Ninja Path

At 3rd level, you choose what path you would like to follow, all detailed under Ninja Paths. You gain a new feature for your archetype at 7th, 10th, 15th, and 20th level.

Ability Score Improvement

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. Using the optional feats rule, you can forgo taking this feature to take a feat of your choice instead. If you do, you may choose to take a Ninja Feat

Extra Attack

Starting 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 at 11th level.

Nindo

At 5th level, you choose your Nindo, in other words, your “ninja way”. Nindo are detailed beneath class features.

Ninja Speed

At 6th level, you can spend 2 chakra to take the Dash, Disengage, or Hide action as a bonus action on your turn, and your jump distance is doubled for the turn.

At 9th level, you gain the ability to move along vertical surfaces during your movement, and this feature no longer costs chakra.

Resistant

At 7th level, your strength as a shinobi allows you to resist certain area effects, such as a blue dragon’s lightning breath or a fireball spell. Choose one of the following ability scores:

  • Brawn - Strength
  • Evasion - Dexterity
  • Endurance - Constitution
  • Discernment - Wisdom and Intelligence

When you are subjected to an effect that allows you to make a saving throw of the chosen ability to only take half damage, you instead take no damage if you succeed on the saving throw, and only half damage if you fail. Additionally, you may change the ability modifier that determines your Chakra attack modifier and Chakra effect save DC to any of the chosen abilities. If you are using the Beyond 20th Level variant rule, you may choose one additional ability score (as listed above) to benefit from this effect at 21st level, and another for a total of 3 at 41st level.

Chakra-Infused Strikes

At 9th level, you channel a small amount of chakra into your strikes. Your unarmed strikes count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistances.

Scroll Upgrade

At 13th level, you gain access to the Giant Scroll. This scroll can store 2 large items whose individual weights do not exceed 30 pounds or 1 medium or smaller creature, however, after 10 minutes, the creature will begin to suffocate due to lack of oxygen. You may also have twice as many seals active at a time, and you may impart unto a non-shinobi creature the ability to effectively use scrolls, negating the need to make an Intelligence saving throw when attempting to open them.

Advanced Training

At 17th level, you pick an additional Ninja Path to gain the first feature of, individual weapon, armor, or skill proficiency, or the ability to use and three jutsu from a chakra nature. If the chosen Ninja Path requires implantation, you must meet its implantation requirement. Learning jutsu in this manner does not automatically grant kekkei genkai usage, but you can use consecutive instances of this feature to gain three kekkei genkai jutsu that you would have gotten if you chose the previous nature normally. You may choose a second and third Ninja Path or the next feature in your additional path at 18th and 19th level.

You may forgo the above to increase your maximum hit dice by 1, increase your movement speed by 5 ft., or increase your chakra point maximum by 3 points.

Nindos

Your Nindo, or ninja way is a guideline you follow; your own personal mantra. This feature will add a small buff to your ninja. It is encouraged to make your own Nindo with your DM and add it to this section for others to use. If you fail to follow the spirit of your Nindo, you do not benefit from it for 1d4 days. You may change your Nindo at the end of this period.

"I never go back on my word"

You follow through on what you say, no matter what. As an action, you can declare your next turn's action so long as it targets another creature. This action has advantage if it is an attack roll, or the target has disadvantage on its saving throw. You may use this once, regaining use at the end of a long rest.

"My purpose is to kill my target"

You are among the few that embrace the nature of shinobi as assassins. You have a +2 bonus to attack and damage rolls against 1 creature of your choice. You may change this creature after a long rest.

"Rule of One's Own"

You seek challenge at all times to strengthen yourself. As an action, you may impose a -1 penalty to your attack rolls, damage rolls, or jutsu save, or a -10 ft. penalty to your movement speed to gain a +1 bonus to your attack rolls, damage rolls, or jutsu save, or a +10 ft. penalty to your movement speed. You may benefit from multiple instances of this action up to a maximum of 3 at the same time and may end up to 3 instances as an action.

"Crushing my enemies is all that matters"

Killing your enemy takes precedence over all else. If you reduce a creature to 0 hit points, you can an additional attack as part of the same action. Pulling out a throwing weapon is a free action for this attack. You have three uses of this, you regain all use after you finish a long rest.

"A long life is paved with wisdom"

You try to find the greater meaning in elements of everyday life. You gain a +2 bonus to Insight and Investigation checks, and your Passive Perception.

"Life over glory"

You prioritize your own survival over all else. When you use the Disengage action, you gain temporary hit points equal to 1d4 + your Constitution modifier. You regain use of this feature when you roll initiative.

"Hot-blooded spirit"

When something matters, planning goes straight out the window in favor of a full-frontal assault. At the start of your turn, you can choose to make a charge, for the rest of the round, you gain a +10 ft. bonus to movement, a +4 bonus to your unarmed strikes' attack rolls, and a -2 penalty to your AC. If you hit, the damage is increased by 1d4. If you miss, your guard drops and you run through the closest enemy reach, provoking an attack of opportunity. You have three uses of this, all of which are regained after you finish a long rest.

"Even the strongest of enemies have a weakness"

Confrontation is an absolute final option. As a bonus action, you can make a Perception check against the target's Passive Perception. If you succeed, you discern all of the target's Damage Vulnerabilities, if it has any. You regain the ability to do so the next time you roll for initiative.

“I stay ready”

You are prepared for anything that happens. When you are surprised, you may still take reactions and an action (on your turn), but you still can't move. You also gain Proficiency in playing card sets, as you “stay” ready.

"I will master all Jutsu!"

You search for more information at every opportunity, within reason. You gain two Chakra Natures of your choice’s basic Jutsu. This does not count as having use of the nature.

"I'll keep everyone alive."

You are driven to avoid the death of any humanoid, no matter what. When healing your allies, they regain additional hit points equal to half your shinobi level. You can only use this three times, regaining all uses back after a long rest.

"I refuse to watch my ally die"

No matter how dire the situation, you put your teammates' lives above your own. As a reaction, when an ally gets hit by an attack, you move up to half your movement speed to throw yourself in the way of an attack. You reduce the damage by 1d6 + your Constitution modifier and take the rest of the damage.

"My friends are all that matter"

Regardless of other effects, your choices are for the benefit of your closest friends. You may designate up to 4 creatures as "friends". You may undesignate one creature and designate one new creature as a friend. If a friend is reduced to 0 hit points, you gain a +3 bonus to attack and damage rolls until the end of your next turn. You may spend 4 chakra as a bonus action to extend this duration to the end of your next turn. You may benefit from this effect once per friend, regaining all uses at the end of a long rest.

"No one can catch the flash"

You take pride in being the fastest in your circle, and your speed is never outclassed by your opponent. While you are at your maximum hit points, your movement speed increases by +10 feet.

"Fear not the shinobi who has practiced 1,000 jutsu 1 time, but who has practiced 1 jutsu 1,000 times"

You may have as varied of a jutsu list as any shinobi, but one particular jutsu is what you are most known for. One jutsu of your choice gains a +3 bonus to its damage roll, attack roll, saving throw DC, hit points regained, chakra points drained, a +10 ft. bonus to its range if its range is not touch, or a -3 decrease to its cost (minimum 1). You can only change which jutsu is affected by this feature by changing nindo.

"I will become the greatest ninja"

At all times, you strive to become the greatest ninja the world has seen. Your maximum hit dice are halved, but you gain an additional subclass that you have the requirements for that use implantation rules, but also works with feats like dojutsu acceptant biology which would negate the limited amount.

Ninja Paths

All ninja follow one of the following paths. A Dōjutsu, which many paths grant, is a special kind of eye that certain ninja can manifest. If a Dōjutsu is removed from the user or blinded by a feature that blinds the user, it can only be restored by implanting another eye or with the Wish spell. Unless stated otherwise, an implanted eye can only gain class features up to 15th level and you must be two levels higher to acquire said feature.

Certain paths and other features unique to the basic gaining of chakra nature, such as the Barrier, Shadow, and Absorption Nin feats, grant jutsu, and the opportunity to gain unique jutsu, as detailed under Chakra Natures. Gaining the feature counts as gaining their nature, and you can gain affinity in it like any other chakra nature, which applies to jutsu granted by the feature itself (i.e. Tailed Beast Ball). Jutsu gained from subclasses do not count toward your number of Jutsu learned.

If you gain a subclass outside of the traditional manner, such as by implantation, and your level exceeds a feature’s requirement, you must gain a level to gain a feature, save for a path’s first feature, which is automatically gained. If you can not level further, you must acquire 50,000 experience instead. You can gain multiple additional path features on the same level.

If you permanently lose a subclass that you did not gain by implantation, such as by losing your dojutsu or surviving having a Tailed Beast extracted that you gained at 3rd level, you may gain 1 feature of a subclass at the end of a long rest up to the number you would have at your level. All of these features must be of the same subclass. If you regain the previous implantable subclass, you may replace these features in the same manner.

Features that require a form of maintenance at the end of each of your turns, such as the loss of hit points, loss of chakra, or creation/loss of red, black, or senjutsu chakra, immediately end if you become unconscious.

If you are not using the Beyond 20th Level variant rule, any features with a level requirement above 20th should instead be treated as epic boons with a 20th level requirement.

At 3rd level, you chose one of the following subclasses:

Chakra Natures

Design Note: Jutsu not sourced from the original series or its related official works (i.e. light novels, games, etc.) have an asterisk (*) before and after its name.

Seals can be created on any surface, however special material (such as Chakra Tags and Elemental Ink) will have added benefits. They can be removed with a successful Strength saving throw and can be hijacked by any Chakra user with a successful Intelligence (Arcana) check contested by your spell save DC, which is increased by 1 for every additional chakra point spent on the seals.

A created seal remains inactive until you place it as an action, kick-starting its described effect and beginning the countdown of its duration. A seal remains effective for 24 hours, at the end of which it loses its magical properties and dissipates. You can carry a number of drawn seals equal to your Intelligence modifier (minimum of 1) at any one time.

Kekkei Genkai

A Kekkei Genkai is an anomaly of the DNA that allows the wielder to use unique techniques. A Kekkei Genkai's name describes both the anomaly and the resulting technique and is generally passed down through generations of a clan, although there are other means to attain a Kekkei Genkai outside of being born to their respective clans. Discuss with your DM how you would have attained your Kekkei Genkai, be it through your bloodline or through other obscure methods, such as implanting the DNA of a user into your own body.

Other Jutsu

Optional Rules

In this section, you will find optional rules that alter the way the class is played. This section is meant for additional rules that alter the class, without forcing these rules on everyone (hence they are optional).

Feats and Boons

Instead of increasing your ability score at 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th, and 19th levels, you may choose to gain a Ninja Feat instead.

Random Natures and Kekkei Genkai Limit

This class offers freedom of choice regarding some abilities the same way spellcasting classes offer freedom to decide which spells you pick (limited by your class's spells list). However, you and/or the DM may want a more realistic approach in character creation where the character gets a random set of abilities at birth instead of ones chosen by the player. Here is an optional rule if this is what you're after:

  • In character creation, roll a d8. The results will determine your Chakra Nature at 2nd level.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Earth Style Fire Style Lightning Style Water Style Wind Style Yin Style Yang Style Kekkei Genkai

Rolling an 8 means you are born with a Kekkei Genkai. Roll a d20, the result will be your Kekkei Genkai. On a roll of 16-20, you roll again, you do not get two Kekkei Genkai.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16-20
Explosive Style Ice Style Lava Style Magnet Style Scorch Style Storm Style Vapor Style Wood Style/Mud Style Swift Style Plasma Style Steel Style Shade Style Acid Style Crystal Style Blaze Style Re-Roll

If you roll an 8 and you are not using the Wood Style variant in which you must have the Hashirama's Cells feat to use it, you must roll a d2, getting Wood Style on a 1, or Mud Style on a 2.

Fewer Kekkei Genkai

This optional rule brings the tragic, unbalanced nature of Kekkei Genkai in the canon material of Naruto. To gain Kekkei Genkai jutsu, you must either have rolled it using the Random Natures and Kekkei Genkai Limit variant rule or gain the ability to use a specific Kekkei Genkai as an Epic Boon or Clan Boon.

Chakra Regeneration

This optional rule explores the idea of the Shinobi being better at chakra control and buffs their ability to regain their chakra in a way more akin to the official source. This rule renders the Zen Master feat irrelevant, but makes the class a bit more fun to play.

Every time you finish a short rest, you regenerate an amount of chakra equal to Your Level + Intelligence Modifier. This stacks with the Overflowing Chakra Feat.

Chakra Exhaustion

This optional rule is intended to make playing a Shinobi much more tactical and accurate to the canon. While you have 0 chakra, except while at 1st level, you gain 1 level of exhaustion. Additionally, your chakra point minimum is decreased from 0 to negative your maximum. You gain 1 point of exhaustion for every fifth of your chakra maximum you spend below 0 points. You still only regain your chakra point maximum at the end of a long rest (i.e. a creature with a 25 chakra maximum with -24 chakra points has 1 at the end of a long rest).

One Currency System

While chakra acts in a vacuum mechanically in 5e, in canon it is something of a universal lifeforce. This variant rule is intended to bring that concept into reality. 1 ki or reiki point is equal to twice as many chakra points. Spell slots are equal to a number of chakra equal to 3 times their level. Psi points and aura points are worth half as many chakra points.

Classic Unarmed Die

This variant rule is intended for DMs running the Shinobi World campaign setting, or who just want their players to hit a little harder without using jutsu at higher levels. Whenever your Martial Arts die increases, instead of changing the size of the die used, you instead roll 1 additional d4.

Cooperation Ninjutsu

With this variant rule, two creatures can cast a single jutsu. One creature uses their action, and the other creature uses their reaction. Both creatures must spend 2/3 of the jutsu’s cost. This additional cost does not apply to jutsu that already have rules for being cast by multiple creatures. This enables a jutsu with multiple chakra nature requirements to be cast, even if each user does not have both requirements, so long as the requirements are met across both players.

Gestalt Subclasses

Certain characters can not be completely encompassed in a single subclass, such as a Jinchuriki who also wields sand possessed by a lost loved one. This variant works only if every PC in the campaign uses it, and it results in complicated characters who may overwhelm newer D&D players with an abundance of options and works best in smaller parties. A DM should take caution in using this variant rule, as only a handful of missteps can result in a Kāma wielding Jinchuriki with a Tensei Byakugan in one eye and a Rinne Sharingan in the other that is possessed by a loved one and can unlock the Eight Gates who just so happens to be a samurai.

At 4th level, players choose a second subclass. The level requirements for this subclass are increased by 1, save for their final feature which remains 20.

Traditional Unarmed Strikes

This optional rule is designed for your weapons to be more valuable in the late-game when your Unarmed strikes might be dealing more damage. You may use your unarmed strike damage instead of a melee weapons' regular damage if you are proficient with said weapon.

Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchuriki

In canon, the Ten-Tails is of nigh-immeasurable and unhearnessable power. In RAW, it's a few more uses of a feature, but to make it anything else would be a mistake for day-to-day balance. This variant rule is intended to rectify both of these issues.

Becoming the Ten-Tails' Jinchuriki

To become the Ten-Tails' Jinchuriki, the newborn Ten-Tails, which is formed from the Gedo Mazo after it absorbs all 9 Tailed Beasts, must progress to its true form. Once it has, you must cast Six Paths Ten-Tails Coffin Seal on it, after which you become the Ten-Tails' Jinchuriki.

Effects of being the Ten-Tails' Jinchuriki

Immediately upon becoming the Ten-Tails' Jinchuriki, you must make 1 saving throw for each of the following ability scores. Your total roll determines certain effects:

Roll Strength Dexterity Constitution Intelligence Wisdom Charisma
<14 You are killed instantly You are killed instantly You are killed instantly You are killed instantly You are killed instantly You are killed instantly
<19 your movement speed is halved and your non-jutsu attack rolls have disadvantage You have a -3 penalty to your AC and saving throws You can not use any features from non-dojutsu implanted subclasses You can not cast jutsu You can not use any features from non-implantable subclasses You can not use any features from dojutsu subclasses
<24 You can use any features from the Path of Succession as if you were 10th level You can use any features from the Path of Suffering as if you were 10th level You can use any features from the Path of the Beast as if you were 10th level You can use any features from the Path of Totality as if you were 10th level You can use any features from the Path of the Sage as if you were 10th level, and your meditation timer is always at maximum You can use any of your dojutsu's features as if you were 10th level, but you can not use Susano'o, and you can not gain exhaustion or gradual blindness from using dojutsu features.
<29 You can use any features from the Path of Succession as if you were 20th level You can use any features from the Path of Suffering as if you were 20th level You can use any features from the Path of the Beast as if you were 20th level and had defeated your Bijuu, maintaining forms from it does not cause you to lose chakra, and red chakra does not incur the saving throw You can use any features from the Path of Totality as if you were 20th level You can use any features from the Path of the Sage as if you were 20th level, and your meditation timer is always at maximum You can use any of your dojutsu's features as if you were 20th level, but you can not use Susano'o, and you can not gain exhaustion or gradual blindness from using dojutsu features.
29+ You can use any features from the Path of Succession as if you were 30th level You gain every Path of Suffering Unique Jutsu You permanently benefit from the Outer Paths Sage Mode boon You gain the Ōtsutsuki Clan Boon You permanently benefit from the Six Paths Sage Mode boon You gain the Rinne Sharingan boon

Beyond 20th Level

The following table is adapted from Past Level 20 (5e Variant Rule) with its own respective class-based changes.

Level Proficiency Bonus Features Chakra Martial Arts/Classic Unarmed Die Unarmed Movement Jutsu
21 +7 Resistant (2) 42 + Con 1d12/5d4 +30 31
22 +7 Ability Score Increase 44 + Con 1d12/5d4 +35 33
23 +7 Ninja Path* 46 + Con 1d12/5d4 +35 34
24 +7 Additional Chakra Nature 48 + Con 1d12/5d4 +35 36
25 +8 Dying Breath 50 + Con 1d12/5d4 +35 37
26 +8 Ability Score Increase 52 + Con 1d12/5d4 +35 39
27 +8 Ninja Path* 54 + Con 1d12/5d4 +35 40
28 +8 Advanced Training 56 + Con 2d8/6d4 +35 42
29 +9 Ninja Path* 58 + Con 2d8/6d4 +35 43
30 +9 Ability Score Increase 60 + Con 2d8/6d4 +35 45
31 +9 Advanced Training 62 + Con 2d8/6d4 +35 46
32 +9 Nindo (2) 64 + Con 2d8/6d4 +35 48
33 +10 Lasting Form 66 + Con 2d10/7d4 +35 49
34 +10 Ability Score Increase 68 + Con 2d10/7d4 +35 51
35 +10 Ninja Path* 70 + Con 2d10/7d4 +35 52
36 +10 Extra Attack (4) 72 + Con 2d10/7d4 +35 54
37 +11 Force of Will 74 + Con 2d12/8d4 +35 55
38 +11 Ability Score Increase 76 + Con 2d12/8d4 +35 57
39 +11 Additional Chakra Nature 78 + Con 2d12/8d4 +35 58
40 +11 Ninja Path* 80 + Con 2d12/8d4 +35 60
41 +12 Resistant 82 + Con 2d12/8d4 +35 61
42 +12 Ability Score Increase 84 + Con 2d12/8d4 +35 63
43 +12 Advanced Training 86 + Con 2d12/8d4 +35 64
44 +12 Advanced Training 88 + Con 3d8/9d4 +35 66
45 +13 Force of Will 90 + Con 3d8/9d4 +35 67
46 +13 Ability Score Increase 92 + Con 3d8/9d4 +35 69
47 +13 Extra Attack (5) 94 + Con 3d8/9d4 +35 70
48 +13 Additional Chakra Nature 96 + Con 3d8/9d4 +35 72
49 +14 Ultimate Kage 98 + Con 3d8/9d4 +35 73
50 +14 Ability Score Increase 100 + Con 3d8/9d4 +35 75

Ability Score Increase

When you reach 22nd level, and again at 26th, 30th, 34th, 38th, 42nd, 46th, and 50th 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 30 using this feature. At 30th this limit increases to 40, at 40th this limit increases to 50th, and at 50th this limit increases to 60. Every time this limit increases, this feature allows you to increase any ability score by 1 additional point. For every 2 points not distributed, you may instead take a feat.

Ninja Path*

At 23rd level, and again at 27th, 29th, 35th, and 40th level, you gain a new feature from your Ninja Path. If you already have the highest level feature from your ninja path, you may instead take an alternate feature, take the next feature of a path potentially gained through Advanced Training, or take the lowest level feature of another ninja path, continuing along the path sequentially.

Additional Chakra Natures

At 24th, 39th, and 48th level, you gain 1 additional chakra nature.

Dying Breath

At 25th level, your dedication to your nindo surpasses your physical limits. At the beginning of each of your turns that you are unconcious, you may ignore the condition and immediately take a turn. At the end of your turn, you gain 1 level of exhaustion. If you were unconscious from having 0 hit points, you do not make a death saving throw at the beginning of that turn, and you regain the unconscious condition and gain a failed death saving throw at the end of your turn.

Lasting Form

At 33rd level, your chakra penetrates every cell in your body, strengthening and nourishing them. You can hold your breath for twice as long, suffocate for twice as long without dropping to 0 hit points, you can go twice as long without food and water, and exhaustion from food and water deprivation takes twice as long to occur.

Extra Attack

At 36th level, when you take the attack action, you may make 1 additional attack (4). This increases to 5 attacks at 47th level.

Force of Will

At 37th level, your physical conditioning and raging spirit allows you to awaken an extra burst of power. As a bonus action, you may roll your unarmed strike damage die. You regain an equal amount of chakra points, regain twice as many hit points, or increase your chakra or hit point maximum by an equal amount until the end of your next long rest. You may do this once, regaining all uses at the end of a long rest. You gain a second use at 45th level.

Ultimate Kage

At 49th level, you have ascended past any who have come before you, becoming a leader of leaders and an assassin of assassins. Any number jutsu of your choice have their base cost decreased by a total of 10 (i.e. you may reduce 1 cost by 10, 2 costs by 5 each, 2 costs by 3 and 1 by 1, etc.). If a creature has a CR or level lower than your lowest ability score modifier, you may reduce them to 0 hit points as a bonus action.

Multiclassing

Prerequisites: To qualify for multiclassing into the Naruto Shinobi class, you must meet these prerequisites: Intelligence of 13 and Dexterity of 13

Proficiencies: You gain the following proficiencies when you multiclass into this class: Simple Weapons, shortswords, kunai, and light armor.

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