Berserker (5e Class)

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Berserker

Berserkers walk armor-less into battle and are as crazed as dogs or wolves and as strong as bears or bulls. They bit their shields and slew men in droves while they themselves were harmed by neither fire nor iron.

A tall human swordsman strides through a blood-soaked battlefield, wielding that which was too big to be called a sword, massive, thick, heavy, and far too rough. Indeed, it was a heap of raw iron and of all men who walked that battlefield that day, none could doubt that mans strength or that weapons impracticality as he dyed its black steel crimson.

Despite a commander's best efforts, no magic of the Weave, nor blade made of man could stop the indomitable goliath that broken the will of all men who dared walk before him, as if he was an avatar of war itself, he warped what was the twisted stench of death and strive, into a one-sided conquest through his immeasurable fortitude and strength, for he alone was the Hell walker.

In the darkness of the forest, an enemy scouting party stops, disturbed by the slender figure of a man who blocks their path, his unblinking eyes watching them like a wolf of the night. Granted power through the teachings of Fenrir, his movements are fast and unrelenting, as he cleaves through the unit like the beast himself. In his ravenous bloodlust he found no satisfaction; and with rushing blood he scoured the forest of those who had fled, their wounds carving a path to them through the dense foliage and sealing their inescapable fates.

As if possessed by the Æsir themselves, his iron will remain steadfast against the hellfire that threatened to consume him, shielding the weak and defenseless with his own body as the flames seared his flesh and bone, but it was then when the fires subsided that the man marched towards the servants of hell, hunting them with barbarous cruelty as if he had passed through the divide as none but demon had before.

A Berserker makes his place in any battle, dying a thousand times and walking out alive, surviving wounds and attacks that would kill most only to come back the next day in search of his next fight. Their insatiable desire for battle leads them to become fierce nigh-unkillable soldiers of war, that embody some of the most dangerous beings of the Norse pantheon, primary, Fenrir and the Æsir. All those who face a Berserkers wrath be warned, for their presence and will alone break even the most fearless of men...

Creating a Berserker

A Berserker can live multiple types of life. They can make their place in society and civilization as mercenaries or hired hands, they can live a life in the wild as hunters or nomads. They usually live a life of vigorous training and constant states of battle.

Quick Build

You can make a Berserker quickly by following these suggestions. First, pick Constitution or Strength followed by the other and then pick Charisma. Lastly, choose either the Soldier or the Outlander as your background.

Class Features

As a Berserker you gain the following class features.

Hit Points

Hit Dice: 1d12 per Berserker level
Hit Points at 1st Level: 12 + Constitution modifier
Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d12 (or 7) + Constitution modifier per Berserker level after 1st

Proficiencies

Armor: shields
Weapons: Simple weapons, martial weapons
Tools: None
Saving Throws: Strength, Constitution
Skills: Choose two from Athletics, Acrobatics, Insight, Intimidation, Perception, and Survival

Equipment

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

Table: The Berserker

Level Proficiency
Bonus
Features Bloodrush/Warpath
1st +2 Unarmored Defense, Fighting Style --
2nd +2 Strength from Pain --
3rd +2 Beserker's Path 3
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement 3
5th +3 Extra Attack (1), Path Feature 3
6th +3 Rip and Tear 3
7th +3 Path Feature 4
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement, Battle-Hardened Endurance 4
9th +4 Path Feature 4
10th +4 Breath of Battle 4
11th +4 Path Feature 5
12th +4 Ability Score Improvement 5
13th +5 Extra Attack (2), Intimidating Presence 5
14th +5 Path Feature 5
15th +5 Unyielding Body 6
16th +5 Ability Score Improvement 6
17th +6 Unbreakable Will 6
18th +6 Path Feature 6
19th +6 Ability Score Improvement 7
20th +6 Ragnarök 7

Berserker Features

Whenever this class refers to a Berserker save DC you use the formula below to calculate it.

Berserker save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Strength modifier

Unarmored Defense

Starting at 1st level, while you are not wearing any armor, your Armor Class equals 10 + your Constitution modifier + your Charisma modifier. You can use a shield and still gain this benefit.

Fighting Style

Also at 1st level, you adopt a particular style of fighting as your specialty. Choose one of the following options that best suits your Berserker nature:

Great Weapon Fighting. When you roll a 1 or 2 on a damage die for an attack you make with a melee weapon that you are wielding with two hands, you can reroll the die and must use the new roll, even if the new roll is a 1 or a 2. The weapon must have the two-handed or versatile property for you to gain this benefit.

Barbarous Fighting. When you make an attack roll with a weapon with the heavy property, and you roll a 10 or higher on the die, you deal extra damage equal to your Strength modifier.

Defense. When you are hit by a weapon attack, you can use your reaction to gain a +2 bonus to your Armor Class against that attack. You must have a weapon or shield in your hand to use this.

Bulwark. Your presence on the battlefield is so great creatures can't help but be distracted by you when attacking others near you. When a creature within 5 feet of you is attacked, you can use your reaction to impose disadvantage on the attack roll.

Strength from Pain

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. This is the creed of all berserkers and you know it well. Starting at 2nd level, when a creature deals damage to you, you can use that pain to fuel your combat prowess. On your next turn, as a bonus action, you can deal additional damage equal to half the amount you were dealt by that creature on your next successful melee attack. This damage only applies to the same target that dealt that damage to you. You can use this feature a number of times equal to your Constitution modifier and you regain all expanded uses once you finish a long rest.

Berserker's Path

At 3rd level, a Berserker defines his call to battle by either the Path of Fenrir, becoming as savage as Fenrir, the great wolf that will slay the even mighty Odin come Ragnarök, or they follow the Path of the Æsir, embodying the mighty Norse Gods whose wars can be felt across the nine realms and whose power keeps the realms in balance.

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.

Extra Attack

Beginning 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 when you reach 13th level in this class.

Rip and Tear

Starting at 6th level, all forms of defense feel the effect of your onslaught. Whenever you successfully make two melee weapon attacks against the same creature on the same turn, the target receives a -1 penalty to their Armor Class. This only applies if the target posses a form of armor whether it be natural or otherwise. This penalty can stack, to a maximum penalty equal to half your proficiency bonus rounded down. A creature with natural armor is no longer under the effect of this feature when they are healed to their hit point maximum. Magic armor is unaffected by this feature unless the weapon used to attack it is also magical.

Battle Hardened Endurance

Starting at 8th level, when you make a Constitution saving throw you may add twice your Constitution modifier to the roll, instead of once. You may do this a number of times equal to your proficiency bonus. You regain spent uses of this feature when you complete a long rest.

Breath of Battle

You live, breathe, and thrive in the heat of combat. Starting at 10th level, you have advantage on your initiative rolls.

Intimidating Presence

Starting at 13th level, your presence alone is enough to break both man and monster, triggering their most primal instinct, fight or flight. You gain proficiency in the Intimidation skill. If you are already proficient with the Intimidation skill, you may add double your proficiency bonus to the check, instead of your normal proficiency bonus. In addition, when you make a Intimidation check against a creature you may attempt to instill fear in the target creature, who must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw against your Intimidation check or becoming frightened of you for one minute. A frightened creature may repeat their save at the end of their turn, ending the condition on a success. You may intimidate creatures this way a number of times equal to your Charisma modifier and regain all expanded uses when you complete a long rest.

Unyielding Body

Starting from 15th level, your Strength score, your Constitution score, and your hit point maximum cannot be reduced. In addition, anytime you come under the effect of exhaustion you can treat it as one level less then it actually is.

Unbreakable Will

Your experience on countless battlefields has made you as wise as you are strong, especially when confronting some of the most potent of magical effects. At 17th level, you gain proficiency in Wisdom saving throws.

Ragnarök

The final struggle of a dying beast is enough to shatter even the most impossible limits. Starting from when you reach 20th level, when you fail a death save or are outright killed, you may immediately stand up from being prone and make a single attack, the call of Ragnarök demanding one final blow. This attack has advantage and deals its normal damage plus the value of your Blood Pool before you were downed or the number of temporary hit points you gain from entering your warpath. Whether it is the strength of the god behind your last blow, or the hatred of the great wolves, the bones and muscles in your body shatter and tear, your form collapsing as you take six irreducible levels of exhaustion, fall prone, and die. Any magic that would bring you back life does so, however, you are brought back with six levels of exhaustion, your body, mind, and soul pushed far past what any normal mortal would be capable of.

Berserker Path: Path of Fenrir

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Black by Tobias Kwan

Upon choosing this path, you become a Berserker of great strength, through the embodiment of the savage and as insatiable nature of the ever-growing Fenrir.

Bloodrush

Starting when you choose this path at 3rd level, you've learned of an uncontrollable thirst that bubbles beneath the surface. On your turn, you can enter what is called a blood rush, as a bonus action. While in a bloodrush, you gain the following benefits if you aren’t wearing heavy armor:

  • You can ignore the two-handed weapon property on weapons, allowing you to wield two-handed weapons in one hand. In addition, when using two weapon fighting you no longer limited to light weapons. Your Strength score must be at least 17 and you must be proficient in both weapons, else, you cannot gain these benefits.
  • Like the wolf, you strike best when your target is prone. You use a bonus action to attempt to knock a Large or smaller creature prone. That creature must make a Strength saving throw. The DC for this saving throw equals 8 + your Strength modifier + your proficiency bonus. On a failed save, the target falls prone and you must take an Attack action against the prone creature. You can do this a number of times equal to your proficiency bonus and you must complete a long rest to regain spend uses.
  • After applying resistances and immunities, the amount of damage you remove from your hit points is reduced to half the amount of damage dealt, rounded up. However, the other half of the damage is not negated but instead delayed, this damage is represented in what is called a Blood Pool and once your bloodrush ends you are dealt an irreducible amount of typeless damage equal to the value of your Blood Pool. When you are healed using magic or otherwise and the value of your Blood Pool doesn't equal zero you instead decrease the value of your Blood Pool equal to the amount of healing received until it reaches zero at which point you can begin recovering hit points normally. Any excess points of healing are transferred over to your current hit points. If the irreducible damage from this would outright kill you, you make a single death saving throw instead of three, on a success you are stabilized at 0 hit points, however, on a fail, you die.

If you are able to cast spells, you can't cast them or concentrate on them while in a bloodrush. Your bloodrush lasts for 1 minute. It ends early if you are knocked unconscious or if your turn ends and you haven't attacked a hostile creature since your last turn or taken damage since then. You can also end a bloodrush on your turn as a bonus action. Once you have entered a bloodrush a number of times shown for your Berserker level in the Bloodrush/Warpath column of the Berserker table, you must finish a long rest before you can enter a bloodrush again.

Teachings of Fenrir

Starting at 5th level, you become far more attuned to your senses of smell and hearing. You gain the following abilities while in a bloodrush:

  • You have advantage on your first attack roll against a creature if at least one of your allies are within 5 feet of the target and that ally isn't incapacitated.

Wolf's Agility

Beginning at 7th level, while in a bloodrush, you are a continuous blur of motion in battle as you cleave through your opposition. Your speed increases by 10 feet while in a bloodrush. This bonus increases to 20 feet at 11th level and increases again to 30 feet at 18th level. In addition, you have advantage on Dexterity saving throws while in a bloodrush and while you can hear and see.

Go for the Throat

At 9th level, your primal savagery and unrelenting assaults break through even the strongest of bulwarks. While in a bloodrush, your melee weapon attacks score a critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20.

Primal Fear

Starting from 11th level, if you reduce a creature to 0 hit points while in a bloodrush, you can unleash a bone-chilling howl as a reaction. All hostile creatures within 30 feet of you must make a Wisdom saving throw equal to your Berserker save DC. On a failed save, hostile creatures, flinch and are paralyzed with fear until the end of your next turn or until they take damage. If your bloodrush ends while a creature is paralyzed they can remake their save. Once used you must complete a short or long rest before you can use this feature again.

Infinite Duress

Starting at 14th level, while in a bloodrush, you can momentarily lose yourself, pushing yourself beyond your normal limits. On your turn, you can take one additional Attack action as if you had an additional action on top of your regular action. Allowing you to take twice as many attacks as you normally would, not including bonus actions. The moment you use this feature you become almost feral in your style of fighting drooling, howling as you beat your opponent down with the sole focus on killing them. This state of mind lasts until your bloodlust ends, you slay a living creature or you fall unconscious. You must finish a long rest before you can use this feature again.

Pack Leader's Call

Starting at level 18, while in a bloodrush, as an action you can let out a long, deep howl that can be heard from 300 feet away that lasts until the beginning of your next turn. If you are damaged during this time, you must maintain your concentration as if concentrating on a spell. Once this howl ends, a number of winter wolves equal to 1 + your Charisma modifier (minimum of 1) materialize in unoccupied spaces within 60 feet of you. These winter wolves are friendly to you and your companions. Roll initiative for the summoned winter wolves as a group, which have their own turn. They obey any verbal commands that you issue to them (no action required by you). If you don't issue any commands to them, they defend themselves from hostile creatures, but otherwise, take no actions. These winter wolves gain a bonus to their damage rolls equal to twice your proficiency bonus.

These winter wolves disappear when they drop to 0 hit points or after 1 hour has passed. Once you use this feature you can't use it again until after you complete a long rest.

Berserker Path: Path of the Æsir

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Olaf by Felipe Escobar

Upon choosing the Path of the Æsir, you have chosen to become like the Æsir, the Norse gods connected to power and war.

Warpath

By the time you have chosen this path at 3rd level, you've tapped into a deep well of strength and power. On your turn, you can enter a warpath as a bonus action. While on a Warpath, you gain the following benefits if you aren’t wearing heavy armor:

  • You gain a +2 bonus to your Armor Class.

If you are able to cast spells, you can't cast them or concentrate on them while on a warpath. Your warpath lasts for 1 minute. It ends early if you are knocked unconscious or if your turn ends and you haven't attacked a hostile creature since your last turn or taken damage since then, ending this effect early causes a level of exhaustion. You cannot end your Warpath otherwise and once it ends you cannot re-enter a warpath for 1 minute. Once you have entered a warpath the number of times shown for your Berserker level in the Bloodrush/Warpath column of the Berserker table, you must finish a long rest before you can enter a warpath again.

Intervention

Starting at 5th level, when a hostile creature you can see takes a harmful action against an ally, as a reaction you may move up to twice your movement towards the hostile creature, knocking them back 5 feet and interposing yourself between them and your ally. The attacking creature's initial attack then targets you, and it makes its attack roll, if any, with advantage. Your speed is then reduced to 0 until the end of your next turn, and you cannot benefit from any bonus to your speed. You have resistance to damage from any opportunity attacks made against you while using this feature. You can use this feature a number of times equal to your Constitution modifier (minimum of 1) and regain all expanded uses when you complete a long rest.

Mocking Bellow

Beginning at 7th level, while on a warpath, as an action you can taunt all hostile creatures within a 60-foot cone. All hostile creatures must make a Wisdom saving throw versus your Berserker save DC. On a failed save, all creatures, provided they have a reaction to use, who failed their save must use their reaction to move as far as their speed will allow towards you and have disadvantage on attacks against anyone other than you. This effect lasts 1 minute and affected creatures can remake their save at the end of their turns. This effect ends early if warpath ends. Once used you must complete a long rest before you can use this feature again.

Titan's Stance

Starting at level 9, while on a warpath, you can use your action to become resistant to all damage types and delay all negative effects applied to you until after your stance ends such as conditions. In addition, allies within 30 feet of you have half the damage they are dealt moved to you. This stance lasts a number of rounds equal to your Charisma modifier (minimum of 1) during which time you cannot attack or move, however, you may end it early at the beginning of your turn. Once used you cannot use it again until you complete a long rest.

Asgardian Reserve

Beginning at 11th level, while on the border of life and death you can feel the call of the Valkyrie, inspiring you and bringing forward strength from your deepest well of stamina. When your hit points are reduced to 0 while on a warpath you regain 1 hit point and gain half the temporary hit points, rounded down, you would usually get when entering a warpath. Doing this extends the duration of warpath as if you had just entered one. These temporary hit points last until depleted or warpath ends. If you don't have any uses of warpath left when this feature would trigger, it doesn't. You must finish a long rest before you can use this feature again.

Brick by Brick

Starting at level 14, whenever you take more than damage 50 you can, instead of taking that damage, take 50 damage as an irreducible amount of typeless damage. You can use this feature a number of times equal to your Constitution modifier.

Undying Regeneration

Starting at level 18, while in a Warpath, at the start of each of your turns, you regain hit points equal to twice your Constitution modifier as long as you have at least 1 hit point remaining. In addition, when not on a warpath, severed body members such as fingers, legs, tails, and so on can be restored over the course of a short or long rest at the cost of a single use of Warpath per each severed limb and a level of exhaustion. If you have the severed part and hold it to the stump, the limb knits to the stump after a minute, this doesn't require a use of Warpath to be expanded and doesn't cause a level of exhaustion.

Multiclassing

Prerequisites. To qualify for multiclassing into the Berserker class, you must meet these prerequisites: Strength 13 and Constitution 13

Proficiencies. When you multiclass into the Berserker class, you gain the following proficiencies: Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons.


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