I really enjoy the Fire Emblem series of games. I have ever since I was a kid and I first played Sacred Stones on the Game Boy Advance.
My favorite class in the games has always been the Swordmaster. I always loved their speed and penchant for critical hits. So, in honor of the new Fire Emblem: Fates, which I’ve been playing for the past couple of weeks, I decided to take a crack at making a Swordmaster martial archetype for the Fighter.
It’s pretty basic, and probably 100% overpowered. But I don’t really care, because I think I captured the magic of the Fire Emblem class. Go ahead, test it out and have a good time.
Swordmasters are highly-skilled combatants that specialize in unarmored combat and rapid attacks. They wield all manner of swords, eschewing all other types of weaponry.
In order to select the Swordmaster martial archetype, you must have access to the Dueling, Great Weapon Fighting, or Tunnel Fighter fighting style.
At 3rd level, as long as you do not wear armor or carry a shield, your Armor Class is equal to 10 + your Dexterity modifier + your Proficiency Bonus.
Starting at 3rd level, as long as you remain conscious, you gain advantage on all Initiative checks.
In addition, if you are surprised at the beginning of combat and aren’t incapacitated, you can act normally on your first turn.
At 7th level, when an enemy leaves your threatened area, you may use your reaction to immediately follow them, moving up to your speed. During your next turn, your movement speed is reduced by an amount equal to the movement used for this ability.
At 10th level, all attacks you make using a sword deal additional damage equal to your Proficiency Bonus.
At 15th level, when you hit with a sword attack, you can roll 1d6. On a 4, 5, or 6, the attack automatically becomes a critical hit. Once you successfully score a critical hit with this ability, you cannot use it again until you complete a long rest.
Starting at 18th level, when you use the attack action and hit with all of your attacks, and all of those attacks were made with a sword, you may use your bonus action to make one additional sword attack.
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