Blue Mage (5e Class)

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Blue Mage[edit]

Design Note: This class uses the optional spell points system (DMG p. 289). If you wish to use spell slots instead, use the progression at Three-Quarters Spellcaster (5e Variant Rule)

A blue mage specializes in hunting monsters and absorbing part of their essence to learn new spells.

Creating a Blue Mage[edit]

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Blue Mage from Final Fantasy XI (Square Enix) (Source)

How did your character first come to practice blue magic? Did they learn magic from a creature or special instructor? What does having magic based on creatures mean to a blue mage? Do they love, hate, or feel some other way about it?

Quick Build

You can make a blue mage quickly by following these suggestions. First, your highest ability score should be Intelligence, followed by Dexterity and Constitution. Second, choose the sage or charlatan background. Third, choose a scimitar, a shield, leather armor and a scholar's pack for starting equipment.

Class Features

As a Blue Mage you gain the following class features.

Hit Points

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

Proficiencies

Armor: Light armor, medium armor, shields
Weapons: Simple weapons, scimitars, short swords, daggers
Tools:
Saving Throws: Intelligence, Dexterity
Skills: Choose two from Arcana, Investigation, Nature, Perception, Performance or Persuasion

Equipment

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

  • (a) A Scimitar or (b) A Short Sword
  • (a) A Shield or (b) Two Daggers
  • Leather Armor
  • (a) An Explorer's Pack or (b) A Scholar's Pack

Table: The Blue Mage

Level Proficiency
Bonus
Features Spell Points Max Spell Level
1st +2 Azure Lore (1/rest), Spellcasting 4 1st
2nd +2 6 1st
3rd +2 Blue Mage Path 14 2nd
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement 17 2nd
5th +3 Azure Lore (2/rest) 17 2nd
6th +3 27 3rd
7th +3 Blue Mage Path Feature 32 3rd
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement 32 3rd
9th +4 38 4th
10th +4 Azure Lore (3/rest) 44 4th
11th +4 44 4th
12th +4 Ability Score Improvement 57 5th
13th +5 64 5th
14th +5 Azure Lore (4/rest) 64 5th
15th +5 Blue Mage Path Feature 73 6th
16th +5 Ability Score Improvement 73 6th
17th +6 Azure Lore (5/rest) 73 6th
18th +6 83 7th
19th +6 Ability Score Improvement 83 7th
20th +6 83 7th

Class Features[edit]

Spellcasting[edit]

Preparing and Casting spells

The Blue Mage table shows how many spell points you have to cast your spells of 1st level and higher. To cast one of these spells, you must expend spell point to create a spell slot of a given level, as shown in the table below. You cannot create a spell slot that exceeds your maximum spell level, as shown in the Blue Mage Table. You can't reduce your spell point total to less than 0, and you regain all spent spell points when you finish a long rest.

Spell Level Point Cost
1st 2
2nd 3
3rd 5
4th 6
5th 7
6th 9
7th 10

You prepare the list of blue mage spells that are available for you to cast, choosing from the blue mage spell list and the spells you have acquired through your learning feature. When you do so, choose a number of spells equal to your Intelligence modifier + half your blue mage level (minimum of one spell).

You can change your list of prepared spells when you finish a long rest. Preparing a new list of blue mage spells requires 1 minute per spell level for each spell on your list.

Spellcasting Ability

Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for your bard spells. The power of your magic relies on your ability to harness the knowledge you’ve acquired from many creatures You use your Intelligence whenever a spell refers to your spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your Intelligence modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a blue mage spell you cast and when making an attack roll with one.

  • Spell save DC = 8 + your proficiency modifier + your Intelligence modifier.
  • Spell attack modifier = your proficiency modifier + your Intelligence modifier.


Spellcasting Focus

You can use a light weapon as a spellcasting focus for your blue mage spells. When you do so, you can also use the weapon in place of the somatic component of the spell.

Azure Lore[edit]

You can can use your knowledge of blue magic to create different effects. You start with one such effect: Learning.

When you use your Azure Lore, you choose which effect to create. You must then finish a short or long rest to use your Azure Lore again.

At 5th, 10th, 14th and 17th level you gain a new Azure Lore effect, chosen from the list below. Each time you gain a new effect, you can use Azure Lore an additional time between rests. When you finish a short or long rest, your regain all your expended uses.

Azure Lore: Learning

You can use your action to try to absorb the essence of a creature you can see within 30 feet of you. The target makes a Constitution saving throw against your spell save DC. On a failed save, you gain a azure lore spell. The target automatically fails the saving throw if it is incapacitated.

Azure Lore: Azure Enhancement

You can use a bonus action to increase the potency of your blue magic. For 1 minute, you have a +1 bonus to attack rolls and a +1 bonus to the DC of saving throws of your blue mage spells.

Azure Lore: Burst Affinity

When you or a friendly creature within 30 feet of you casts a spell that includes a hostile creature as a target, you can use your reaction to cast a blue mage spell, which is resolved after the initial spell. The spell must share a damage type or school of magic with the initial spell, and it must target the same creature as the initial spell.

Azure Lore: Chain Affinity

When you or a friendly creature within 10 feet of you makes a weapon attack, you can use your reaction to cast a blue mage spell against the same target. If the damage type of your spell is different to the damage type of the initial attack, you add your Intelligence modifier to the damage roll of your spell.

Azure Lore: Convergence

When you cast a blue mage spell that would target more than one creature, you may have the spell effect just one target of your choice. If you do so, increase any damage die dealt by the spell by one step (for example, a spell that would deal 3d6 damage would instead deal 3d8 damage), and if the spell requires the target to make a spell saving throw, the DC is increased by 2.

Azure Lore: Diffusion

When you cast a blue mage spell that would target yourself or one friendly creature, you can also have it effect four other creatures you choose than you can see within 30 feet.

Azure Lore: Efflux

When you cast a blue mage spell that deals weapon damage, you can reroll any of the damage dice, accepting the new result.

Azure Lore: Unbridled Learning

When you use Azure Lore: Learning, you can also use this effect to meet the prerequisites for learning certain blue mage spells. You must also use this effect again when casting such spells.

Blue Mage Path[edit]

Each blue mage may have learned their spellcraft from a few different sources. At 3rd level you choose one of these origins and follow the path laid out by them. Choose Path of the Dragoon or Path of the Immortals. Your choice grants you additional features at 7th and 15th level.

Ability Score Increase[edit]

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.


Blue Mage Paths[edit]

Path of the Immortals[edit]

Assimilation

At 7th level, you gain one additional use of Azure Lore between rests.

Enchainment

At 15th level, when you use Azure Lore: Chain Affinity, you can make a weapon attack as a bonus action. If the damage type of the attack is different to the triggering attack and the blue mage spell you cast, you deal extra damage equal to your Intelligence modifier.

Path of the Dragoon[edit]

Lancet

You can use a spear as an arcane focus and use it in place of the somatic component for a blue mage spell you cast with it.

When you hit a creature with your spear, you can immediately use Azure Lore: Learning against that target. If you do, you deal an extra 1d8 radiant damage to the target, you regain the same number of hit points and 1 spell point.



Blue Mage Spell List[edit]

1st Level
2nd Level
3rd Level
4th Level
5th Level
6th Level
7th Level

Azure Lore Spell List[edit]

You can acquire blue mage spells listed below when you use your learning class feature. Spells might have prerequisites that both you and the target creature must meet to be available to you.

Some spells have a prerequisite that the learning target has a particular trait or action. Where multiple traits or actions are listed, you choose one. This is known as the "learning trait" or "learning action".

Weapon Attacks with Spells

Some blue mage spells allow you to make a melee weapon attack. In these cases, you are always considered proficient with the weapon it manifests, and it has the finesse property. As it is a weapon attack, add your Strength or Dexterity modifier to the damage roll.

Reproducing Learning Actions

Some blue mage spells allow you to reproduce the effect of a learning action. When you do so, you substitute your spell save DC for any saving throws used in the action.

Unbridled Learning

Some spells have the unbridled learning tag. You must use Azure Lore: Unbridled Learning to learn such a spell, and again when you cast it.

Cantrips[edit]

Cantrip

Prerequisite: Target with an attack or feature that deals acid, cold, fire, poison or lightning damage; or a target that knows a cantrip.
You gain a cantrip. You can choose one cantrip that the target had cast no longer than 1 minute ago, or one of the following cantrips. The cantrips available to you depend on the damage types that the target could inflict.

Damage Type Cantrip
acid acid splash
cold ray of frost
fire fire bolt
poison poison spray
lightning shocking grasp
Natural Weapon

Prerequisite: Learning target has a bite, claw, gore, ram or tentacle attack.
Transmutation; 1 action; V,S
You briefly manifest a natural weapon. Make a melee weapon attack against a creature within 5 feet, dealing 1d8 damage on a hit. The damage type depends on the learning action, and each attack as an additional effect, as indicated below.

  • Bite (piercing) or claw (slashing): The attack scores a critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20.
  • Gore (piercing) or ram (bludgeoning): If you moved 20 feet straight towards the target prior to casting this spell, then if you hit the target must make a Strength saving throw or be knocked prone.
  • Tentacle (bludgeoning): If the attack hits, you grapple the target.

This spell's damage increase by 1d8 when you reach 5th level (2d8) only if the learning action deals 2 dice of damage; 11th level (3d8; 3 dice); and 17th level (4d8; 4 dice).

For example, if you learn this spell by using Learning a giant shark's bite attack, it deals 3d8 piercing damage if you are 11th level; otherwise 2d8 damage if you are 5th level or 1d8 if you are 1st level.

You can learn this spell multiple times, each time choosing a different kind of attack.


1st-Level[edit]

Breath

Prerequisite: 1st level; learning target has an action that has a cone area of effect which deals damage.
Transmutation; 1 action; S, V
You breathe something in a 15 ft. cone. Each creature in that area must make a Dexterity or Constitution saving throw (per the learning action), taking 3d6 damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. The type of damage is the same as that dealt by the learning action.

At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 2nd level or higher, the damage increases by 1d6 for each slot level above 1st, if the learning action dealt the same number of dice of damage or more.

Charm Person

Prerequisite: 1st level; learning target has an action that can charm creatures.
You gain the charm person spell.

Constrict

Prerequisite: 1st level; learning target has a constrict or tentacle attack that can restrain
Transmutation; 1 action; S, V
You briefly manifest a long snake-like tail or tentacle. Make a melee weapon attack against a creature within 10 feet. On a hit you deal 2d8 bludgeoning damage and the target is grappled. Until the grapple ends, the target is restrained.

Natural Armor

Prerequisite: 1st level; learning target has natural armor.
Transmutation; 1 action; S, V
For 1 hour, your AC increases by 1 if you are wearing light armor or no armor.

At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 3rd level, your AC increases by 2 if the learning target's AC was 16 or higher. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 5th level, your AC increases by 3 if the learning target's AC was 18 or higher.

Spell (1st Level)

Prerequisite: 1st level; target cast a 1st level spell no longer than 1 minute ago.
You gain the 1st level spell that the target cast.

Spray

Prerequisite: 1st level; learning target has an action that has a line area of effect which deals damage.
Transmutation; 1 action; S, V
You spray something in a line that is 30 feet long and 5 feet wide. Each creature in that line must make a Dexterity saving throw, taking 3d6 damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. The type of damage is the same as that dealt by the learning action.

At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 2nd level or higher, the damage increases by 1d6 for each slot level above 1st, if the learning action dealt the same number of dice of damage or more. In addition, the length of the line increases to 60 ft. if a spell slot above 3rd is used.


2nd Level[edit]

Amphibious

Prerequisite: 3rd level; learning target has the amphibious trait.
Transmutation; 1 action; S
You can breathe in air and water for 8 hours.

Change Shape

Prerequisite: 3rd level; learning target has a change shape action.
Transmutation; 1 action; S, V
You reproduce the effect of the learning action.

Levitate

Prerequisite: 3rd level; learning target can hover
You gain the levitate spell (self only)

Misty Step

Prerequisite: 3rd level; learning target can teleport
You gain the misty step spell.

Natural Advantage

Prerequisite: 3rd level; learning target has a trait that grants it advantage with one or more skills.
Transmutation; 1 action; V, S
For 8 hours, you gain the learning trait.

Spell (2nd Level)

Prerequisite: 3rd level; learning target cast a 2nd level spell no longer than 1 minute ago.
You gain the 2nd level spell that the target cast.

Spider Climb

Prerequisite: 3rd level; learning target has the spider climb trait.
You gain the spider climb spell (self only)

Telepathy

Prerequisite: 3rd level; learning target has telepathy
Transmutation; 1 action; S
For 1 hour, you can communicate telepathically with any creature you can see within 120 feet of you. You don't need to share a language with the creature for it to understand your telepathic utterances, but the creature must be able to understand at least one language.

3rd Level[edit]

Blindsight

Prerequisite: 6th level; learning target has blindsight
Transmutation; 1 action; S, V
For 1 hour you have blindsight to 60 feet. You are blind beyond this radius, but are immune to the blinded condition. You can end the effect early at the start of your turn.

Fear

Prerequisite: 6th level; learning target has an action or trait that can make a creature frightened.
Transmutation or Illusion; 1 action; S, V
If this was gained from a learning action, you reproduce the effect of the learning action, and this spell is an illusion.
If this was gained from a learning trait, you gain the effect of the trait for 1 minute, and this spell is a transmutation.

Flight

Prerequisite: 6th level; learning target has a fly speed
You gain the fly spell (self only)

Legendary Resistance (Unbridled Learning)

Prerequisite: 6th level; learning target has legendary resistance
Transmutation; 1 action; S, V
Once during the next 8 hours, if you fail a saving throw, you can choose to succeed instead.

At Higher Levels. If you cast this spell using a spell slot of 4th level or higher, you can choose to succeed on an additional saving throw within the duration, providing the learning target had as many uses of legendary resistance.

Magic Resistance

Prerequisite: 6th level; learning target has magic resistance
For 1 hour you have advantage on saving throws made against spells and other magical effects.

Resistance

Prerequisite: 6th level; learning target has a resistance to acid, cold, fire, lightning or thunder
You gain the protection from energy spell (only the damage types listed above that the learning target has resistance to).

When you learn this spell again from a creature with a different damage resistances, you add those resistance to the types available to you when you cast this spell.

Slow

Prerequisite: 6th level; learning target has an action that halves a creature's movement or limits the actions it can take.
Transmutation; 1 action; S, V
When you cast this spell, you reproduce the effect of the learning action.

Spell (3rd Level)

Prerequisite: 6th level; learning target cast a 3rd level spell no longer than 1 minute ago.
You gain the 3rd level spell that the target cast.

Vampire's Bite

Prerequisite: 6th level; learning target has a weapon attack that allows it to regain hit points on a hit.
Necromancy; 1 action; S, V
Make a melee weapon attack against a creature within 5 feet. On a hit, the target takes 1d6 piercing damage. In addition, the target takes an extra 3d6 necrotic damage and you regain the same amount of hit points.

4th Level[edit]

Spell (4th Level)

Prerequisite: 9th level; learning target cast a 4th level spell no longer than 1 minute ago.
You gain the 4st level spell that the target cast.

Stoneskin

Prerequisite: 9th level; learning target has resistance to bludgeoning, piercing and slashing damage from nonmagical weapons that aren't adamantine.
You gain the stoneskin spell (self only).

5th Level[edit]

Incorporeal Movement

Prerequisite: 12th level; learning target has incorporeal movement
Transmutation; 1 action; V,S
For 1 minute you can move through other creatures and objects as if they were difficult terrain. You take 1d10 force damage if you end your turn inside an object.

Gaze (5th level)

Prerequisite: 12th level; learning target has hypnotic gaze
Enchantment; 1 action; S
You reproduce the effect of the learning action, using your spell save DC.

Paralyze

Prerequisite: 12th level; learning target has an action that paralyze a creature.
Transmutation; 1 action; V, S
You reproduce the effect of the learning action, using your spell save DC.

Spell (5th Level)

Prerequisite: 12th level; learning target cast a 5th level spell no longer than 1 minute ago.
You gain the 5th level spell that the target cast.

6th Level[edit]

Petrify

Prerequisite: 15th level; learning target has an action that can turn a creature to stone
When you cast this spell, you reproduce the effect of the learning action.

Spell (6th Level) (Unbridled Learning)

Prerequisite: 15th level; learning target cast a 6st level spell no longer than 1 minute ago.
You gain the the 6th level spell that the target cast.

Truesight

Prerequisite: 15th level; learning target has truesight.
Divination; 1 action; S, V
You gain truesight to 120 feet for 1 hour.

7th Level[edit]

Etherealness

Prerequisite: 18th level; learning target has an etherealness action or trait.
You gain the etherealness spell (self only)

Spell (7th Level) (Unbridled Learning)

Prerequisite: 18th level; target cast a 1st level spell no longer than 1 minute ago.
You gain the 7th level spell that the target cast.

Multiclassing[edit]

When you multiclass with another class that has a spellcasting feature, instead of gaining spell slots from that class you gain spell points (Dungeon Master's Guide p.288). Similarly, if you multiclass into blue mage from another spellcasting class, convert the spell slots of that class into spell points.

Prerequisites. To qualify for multiclassing into the blue mage class, you must meet these prerequisites: 13 Intelligence, 13 Dexterity

Proficiencies. When you multiclass into the blue mage class, you gain the following proficiencies: Light armor, simple weapons, shortsword, scimitar



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