Way of the Five Animals (5e Subclass)

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Way of the Five Animals[edit]

Monk Subclass

Some spend their entire lives learning how to move through the shadows or use their fists as weapons deadlier than steel; some monks, however, took inspiration from animals in the natural world and applied said inspiration in their practice of martial arts. These beasts are the Crane, the Dragon, the Leopard, the Serpent, and the Tiger.

Connection to the Beasts

Starting at 3rd level, you gain proficiency in Animal handling and Nature. If you have proficiency in either of these skills, you can replace it with proficiency in a different skill.

Bestial Form

Additionally at 3rd level, you can spend two Ki Points to enter a special Stance for up to 1 minute. You can only have one stance active at a time, and you can use a bonus action to switch between the stance that you can use spending only 1 Ki. You can end your stance early as a free action. You can not concentrate on spells while in a stance. When you enter a stance, you gain the related benefit.

  • Crane. A creature that targets you with a melee attack must reduce their attack roll by your Wisdom modifier.
  • Dragon. You gain temporary Hit Points equal to your Wisdom modifier at the start of your turn.
  • Leopard. When you hit a creature with an Unarmed Strike, the creature you hit gains disadvantage on it’s next attack roll or saving throw.
  • Serpent. Your attacks gain the Reach property and can deal Slashing or Piercing damage instead of Bludgeoning as long as it's an Unarmed strike.
  • Tiger. You may treat your Strength score as equal to your Dexterity score, and can take the Shove or Grapple action as a bonus action.

You know two stances, and learn another at 6th, 9th, and 11th level.

Improved Stance

You move with the speed of a Snake, the grace of a Crane, the mythical power of a Dragon, the patience of a Leopard, or the ferocity of a Tiger. Your dedication to learning from the world around you has allowed to tap further into an animal's power. At 6th level, one of the following stances of your choice improve. While in that stance, you gain the following additional benefit.

  • Crane. Your movement speed increases by 10 feet. While Dashing, you also gain a flying speed equal to your movement Speed. You plummet at the end of your turn if you are unable to remain in the air.
  • Leopard. You Gain a +1 to AC and have resistance to non-magical bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage until the start of your next turn, so long as you moved less than half your total movement speed.
  • Dragon. When you hit a creature with an unarmed strike, it has its movement speed reduced by 10 feet until the start of your next turn. If struck with a blow from Flurry of Blows, it cannot take a Reaction until the end of your next turn.
  • Serpent. When an attack you make as part of the attack action or Flurry of Blows hits, you may force your opponent to make a Strength or Dexterity saving throw or else drop an object it is holding.
  • Tiger. While in this stance, your unarmed strikes deal an additional die of damage.
Animal Connection

At 11th level, your spirit is more closely bonded with the animal you have chosen. Choose the option for whichever animal that you chose for the Bestial Form feature.

  • Crane. You can spend 1 ki point to gain a flight speed of 30ft until the end of your next turn.
  • Dragon. You can spend 5 ki points and cast fireball at 5th level. You can only do this once per short or long rest.
  • Leopard. You gain expertise in all perception and insight checks.
  • Serpent. When you make an unarmed attack. You can expend 3 ki points to attempt to poison a target. CON save against your Ki save DC.
  • Tiger. You gain an additional 10ft of movement and your martial arts die is doubled. For example, 1d6 instead becomes 2d6.
Animal Spirit Mastery

At 17th level, you fully connect your spirit with your chosen animal, gaining special abilities. You permanently benefit from the following.

  • Crane. You can stand on liquids and vertical surfaces without having to move for one minute.
  • Dragon. You gain the spellcasting trait as though you were a 5th-level sorcerer. Whenever you gain a monk level, you gain spells and spell slots as though you were gaining sorcerer levels.
  • Leopard. As an action, you can spend 5 ki points to make up to two people (including yourself) invisible for one minute.
  • Serpent. Your unarmoured defense feature includes twice your Dexterity modifier instead of your Dexterity.
  • Tiger. You gain an additional attack action as long as you are unarmed.

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