Treasure Type Z: The Revised Hunter

So, I’m working on an updated and revised version of my Ranger class right now. I can’t make any promises as to when it will arrive. Unlike last time, I’m not working toward a deadline. I’m just going to work on it when I can (this season is hell on my free time) until I’m done. Until then, however, I do have something to share.

See, one of the things I was rather disappointed with last time was how I was unable to do a complete write-up for the Hunter subclass. Of course, the Hunter already exists in the standard ranger, but I wanted to change things up and make something a bit more active and focused on battlefield control, rather than the oddly-situational benefits that the normal hunter gets.

Therefore, I have created THIS version of the archetype. It’s intended to be used with my upcoming version of the ranger, but can definitely function with the existing class in the Player’s Handbook.

I’m not going to give a whole lot of analysis or justification for this. It’s a Treasure Type Z article, so it’s just supposed to be new stuff. But I still wanted to give a bit of a preface to this, considering the odd situation. Also due to this odd situation, I will not actually be including a pdf link for this subclass until my updated ranger is complete.

And, without further rambling, here’s the revised Hunter archetype for the ranger class.

The Hunter

The hunter is one of the ranger’s paths it can choose at 3rd level. Hunters are skilled at tracking and slaying foes, as well as empowering their allies to do the same. They are highly versatile, changing up their tactics on the fly in order to adapt to any situation.

Called Shot

At 3rd level, you are able to aim your attacks in order to disable your foes. When you hit with a weapon attack, you can choose to aim it at a creature’s head, arms, or legs.

  • The creature has disadvantage on all attacks, ability checks, and saving throws until the end of your next turn.
  • The creature drops a single held item of your choice. It lands five feet away from the creature in a direction of your choice.
  • The creature’s speed is halved until the end of your next turn.

You must complete a short or long rest before you can make another called shot. At 11th level, you can make two called shots before you need to rest.

Favored Enemy

Starting at 3rd level, you can mark a single creature as your favored enemy as a bonus action. You deal an additional 1d4 damage when you hit your quarry with a weapon attack. This damage increases as you increase in level, as indicated on the Favored Enemy Damage table. You also have advantage on all Wisdom (Perception) and Wisdom (Survival) checks made to find or track it. If your favored enemy drops to 0 hit points, you may use a bonus action on your turn to mark a new creature as your enemy. If you go more than 1 minute without an active favored enemy, this feature’s effects end. You cannot mark another creature as your favored enemy until you complete a short or long rest.

At 7th level, you can select a number of allies equal to 2 + your Wisdom modifier when you mark a creature as your favored enemy. Those allies deal an additional 1d4 damage when they hit your favored enemy with a weapon attack. This damage increases to 1d6 at 15th level.

At 11th level, you may have up to two active favored enemies at a time. Each enemy requires its own bonus action to mark.

Favored Enemy Damage
Level Damage
3 1d4
7 1d6
11 1d8
15 1d10

 

Reactive Defense

At 7th level, when you fail a saving throw, you may use your reaction to repeat the saving throw with advantage. You must complete a long rest before you can use this ability again.

Way of the Warrior

At 11th level, you choose one of the following features, and gain its benefits.

Retaliate

Whenever a creature hits you with a melee attack, you may use your reaction to make a single melee attack against that creature.

Pounce

When you hit an enemy with a melee weapon attack after moving at least 20 feet, you may make a Strength (Athletics) check opposed by the target creature’s Strength (Athletics) check or Dexterity (Acrobatics) check (DM’s choice). If you succeed, then the creature falls prone and you may make a single melee attack against them as a bonus action.

Adaptive Defense

At 15th level, you are able to, through meditation and study, guard yourself against near any kind of damage. When you complete a short rest, select one type of damage from the following list: acid, cold, fire, poison, thunder, force, psychic, radiant, or necrotic. You gain resistance against that type of damage until you complete another short rest, at which time you may select a new damage type. You do not gain this resistance if you are asleep or unconscious.

As a reaction, you can bestow this resistance to up to a number of allies within 60 feet equal to 2 + your Wisdom modifier. They retain this resistance for 1 minute. You must then complete a long rest before you can take this action again.

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3 thoughts on “Treasure Type Z: The Revised Hunter

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  1. I’m surprised that Way of the Warrior doesn’t have any support for archers. Am I missing something?

    Whenever I see disarming mechanics, I worry about how easily this might defeat weapon-using, humanoid bosses. Comparing Called Shot to Disarming Attack (Battle Master fighter), I see that CS works less often than DA potentially might, but does not grant a Strength saving throw as DA does. (I would strongly consider houseruling DA to be “better of Strength or Dex save,” so that finesse weapon-users aren’t kinda screwed… or “worse of Strength or Dex save,” so that finesse and non-finesse weapon-users are equally screwed. Whatever, really.

    I like this Favored Enemy mechanic, but I’m dubious about having it end if you go a minute without a target, and also require a short rest to regain. I guess what I’m saying is, this power seems balanced to be always on.

    You wouldn’t know it from what I’ve said so far, but I like what you’ve done here a lot. =)

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    1. I actually had similar concerns re: disarming with Called Shot. In this case, I decided to err on the side of overpowered and let playtesting bear out any flaws in the system.

      Re: Favored Enemy: I based it on the Hunter’s Mark spell (as my ranger will lack core access to spells), and I believe Hunter’s Mark has a standard duration of 1 minute. Based on the presented rest mechanics in the DMG (2 short rests per day), I figured that allowing the Hunter to nuke foes one-at-a-time with damage three times a day felt powerful enough. Again, playtesting will bear this one out.

      And finally, addressing your Way of the Warrior point…you’re totally right. I can’t believe I didn’t include a ranged option. That said, I’m hard-pressed to think of one off-hand that isn’t simply “rapid/many shot.” But I’ll definitely make this a priority moving forward.

      Thanks for the feedback!

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