Horn Hunter (5e Class)
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- 1 Horn Hunter
- 1.1 Creating a Horn Hunter
- 1.2 Class Features
- 1.3 Maestro
- 1.4 Grazioso
- 1.5 Horn Hunter Spell List
- 1.6 Multiclassing
The horn hunter, similarly to bards, use musical instruments to supplement their magic, however the horn hunter also uses this large and heavy horn as a fearsome melee weapon. Not only can the horn hunter use their massive horn to deal significant damage to their foes, but the songs that are played with the horn are imbued with magical energy that can offer a range of magical effects to both aid allies or to deter opponents.
Creating a Horn Hunter
Why did you become a horn hunter? Did you lose something precious to you, get a thrill out of hunting monsters, want to help other adventures in their journey or something else? What do you attempt to accomplish as a horn hunter? Kill a particularly powerful creature, get a collection of monster parts, or help other achieve their goals?
- Quick Build
You can make a horn hunter quickly by following these suggestions. First, Strength should be your highest ability score, followed by Charisma. Second, choose the Guild Artisan background. Third, choose the scale mail and any pack.
As a Horn Hunter you gain the following class features.
- Hit Points
Armor: Light armor, medium armor, shields
Weapons: Simple weapons, hunting horns
Tools: Two musical instruments of your choice
Saving Throws: Strength, Charisma
Skills: Choose three from Arcana, Athletics, Deception, Intimidation, Perception, Performance, Persuasion, Medicine, and Survival
You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by your background:
- A hunting horn
- A component pouch
- (a) Leather armor or (b) scale mail
- (a) A dungeoneer's pack or (b) An explorer's pack
|Cantrips Known||Spells Known||Features||—Spell Slots per Spell Level—|
|1st||+2||—||—||Hunting Horn, Melodies||—||—||—||—||—|
|4th||+2||2||5||Ability Score Improvement||3||—||—||—||—|
|8th||+3||3||9||Ability Score Improvement||4||3||—||—||—|
|12th||+4||4||11||Ability Score Improvement||4||3||3||—||—|
|16th||+5||4||13||Ability Score Improvement||4||3||3||2||—|
|19th||+6||4||15||Ability Score Improvement||4||3||3||3||2|
Starting at 1st level, you are able to wield massive horns in battle. The hunting horn is a weapon that does 1d12 bludgeoning damage and has the two-handed and heavy properties. The hunting horn counts as a musical instrument for all intents and purposes. Hunting horns costs 50gp to buy and weigh 20lbs.
At 1st level,
At 2nd level, you have learned to harness the power of music from your hunting horn to change the world around you.
You know two cantrips of your choice from the horn hunter spell list detailed below. You learn additional horn hunter cantrips of your choice at higher levels, as shown in the Cantrips Known column of the Horn Hunter table.
- Spell Slots
The Horn Hunter table shows how many spell slots you have to cast your spells of 1st level and higher. To cast one of these spells, you must expend a slot of the spell’s level or higher. You regain all expended spell slots when you finish a long rest.
- Spells Known of 1st Level and Higher
You know three 1st-level spells of your choice from the horn hunter spell list.
The Spells Known column of the Bard table shows when you learn more horn hunter spells of your choice. Each of these spells must be of a level for which you have spell slots, as shown on the table. For instance, when you reach 5th level in this class, you can learn one new spell of 1st or 2nd level.
Additionally, when you gain a level in this class, you can choose one of the horn hunter spells you know and replace it with another spell from the horn hunter spell list, which also must be of a level for which you have spell slots.
- Spellcasting Ability
Charisma is your spellcasting ability for your bard spells. Your magic comes from the heart and soul you pour into the performance of your music or oration. You use your Charisma whenever a spell refers to your spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your Charisma modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a bard spell you cast and when making an attack roll with one.
Spell save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier
Spell attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier
- Ritual Casting
You can cast any horn hunter spell you know as a ritual if that spell has the ritual tag.
- Spellcasting Focus
You can use a musical instrument (see “Equipment”) as a spellcasting focus for your horn hunter spells.
At 3rd level you further dive into the life of a hunter. You may choose between the Maestro or the Grazioso expertise. Your subclass choice grants you features at 3rd level and again at levels 7th, 14th, and 18th.
Ability Score Increase
When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th, 12th, 16th and 19th level, you can increase one ability score of you 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.
Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn.
At 7th level, when you make an ability check, an attack roll, or a saving throw and have disadvantage on the roll, you cancel the disadvantage for that roll. Once you use this feature, you finish a short or long rest.
At 10th level, you gain advantage on Survival checks if they directly relate to non-humanoid creatures.
State of Purity
At 20th level, you have reached a point where others are no match for your magic and experience. You are now immune to being frightened and you gain proficiency in all saving throws.
Maestros are those that use the power of their music to turn the tide of battles in favor of their allies. They are talented in playing their songs and have been known to magically aid their allies with tasks.
Beginning at 2nd level, you have learned how to maximize the amount of damage your few spells that do deal damage do. Whenever you cast a horn hunter spell, you may add 1 point of damage for every die in an offensive spell. The damage applied by this is the same type as the damage from the spell.
Overture of Facilitation
Beginning at 6th level, when a creature within 60 feet of you make an attack roll, a skill check, or a saving throw, you may use your reaction to play a song to give that creature advantage on that roll. You regain use of this feature after you finish a short or long rest.
Beginning at 14th level, you have learned the truth behind how songs are related to magic. You gain proficiency in the Arcana skill, if you already have proficiency in it, you can double your proficiency bonus. Your Intelligence score also increases by 2, to a maximum of 22.
Beginning at 18th level, you know that magic in any shape of form is just a means to an end, and have obtained a large reservoir of magic that can heal a creature. As an action, you may touch a creature to heal them for half their maximum hit points and remove all conditions from them. You regain use of this feature after you finish a long rest.
Graziosos are Horn Hunters that often forgoe the supportive songs to gain the glory of the hunt for themselves. They are fierce warriors with their horns who have taken a great many beast lives.
Beginning at 14th level, you are able to use the full weight of your weapon to make quick attacks, regardless of how chaotic the battlefield is. The damage die for the hunting horn changes to 2d6 instead of 2d4, and whenever you use a cantrip or cast a spell as an action, you may make a melee attack with your hunting horn as a bonus action.
Beginning at 18th level, you have honed strikes to stop foes in their tracks. Creatures provoke an opportunity attack from you when they move 5 feet or more while within your reach, and if you hit a creature with an opportunity attack, the target’s speed is reduced to 0 until the start of your next turn.
Horn Hunter Spell List
Horn hunters can choose spells to support and buff their allies, usually picking spells that best fit what situations they find themselves in.
charm person, color spray, comprehend languages, detect poison and disease, disguise self, expeditious retreat, faerie fire, feather fall, identify, jump, longstrider, protection from evil and good, purify food and drink, sanctuary, shield of faith
alter self, arcane lock, blur, detect thoughts, enhance ability, heat metal, hold person, invisibility, levitate, locate animals or plants, locate object, magic mouth, see invisibility, spider climb, suggestion
- D&D 5e XGtE p.152
- D&D 5e SCAG p.143
Uses a custom made weapon.
Proficiencies. When you multiclass into the horn hunter class, you gain the following proficiencies: hunting horns, and medium armor.