Scarcaster (5e Class)

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Not many civilized folks know of the mysterious individuals known as scarcasters. Some say they are a mysterious cult of worshipers to ancient gods, while others say they gain magic from ancestral spirits, and others still say it comes from nature itself. While all of these are true depending on the individual in question, it is universal that scarcasters are ferocious warriors with mystic powers, who fight like animals and draw power into their ritual scars.

Ancient Scars[edit]

Scarcasters are practitioners of ancient magic, which is drawn from powerful spirits. Through ritual scarification, they channel this power into their bodies and use it to fight like beasts; without weapons. The magic channels into their hands so they become claws and let all who face them know to beware of their wraith.

Many, however, make the mistake of comparing it to the rage of a barbarian. While they are similar on the surface, a barbarian’s rage ultimately comes from within themselves whereas a scarcaster is granted their power from a spirit that they pay homage to. They are not generous either, and thus the scarcaster must contact them regularly and give tribute. These spirits can only be contacted through concoctions made from powerful herbs, which cause those who ingest them to go into a trance-like state. Only the scarcasters know of how to brew such potions and make many others which temporarily enhance their abilities, adding to their already formidable power. Let this be a lesson to all that scarcasters are not to be underestimated.

Creating a Scarcaster[edit]

When making a scarcaster, think about what drove you to seek a spirit’s power. How did you come to learn of its existence? How long have you trained to use the power it’s granted? Did you learn on your own or were you taught by a fellow scarcaster? Do you know any others? What is your reasoning for becoming a scarcaster? Do you seek vengeance, to guard nature against civilization, or do you simply seek faith in a higher power other than the gods?

Quick Build

You can make a Scarcaster quickly by following these suggestions. First, Strength should be your highest ability score, followed by Wisdom. Second, choose from the Hermit, Feral Child, or Outlander background.

Class Features

As a Scarcaster you gain the following class features.

Hit Points

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


Armor: Light armor, medium armor
Weapons: Blowguns, improvised weapons, simple melee weapons, slings, unarmed strikes
Tools: Herbalism kit and one wind instrument
Saving Throws: Strength, Wisdom
Skills: Choose four from Animal Handling, Athletics, Insight, Intimidation, Medicine, Nature, Perception, Religion, and Survival


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

Table: The Scarcaster

Level Proficiency
Features Primal Strikes Scarcastings Primal Movement
1st +2 Primal Strikes, Scarcasting, Unarmored Defense 1d4 1
2nd +2 Primal Movement 1d4 2 +10 ft.
3rd +2 Ancient Spirit 1d4 3 +10 ft.
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement 1d4 4 +10 ft.
5th +3 Extra Attack, Sanguine Slash 1d6 5 +10 ft.
6th +3 Ancient Spirit feature, Nature's Wrath 1d6 6 +15 ft.
7th +3 Primal Movement (5 ft) 1d6 7 +15 ft.
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement, Vicious Vitality 1d6 8 +15 ft.
9th +4 Shaman's Brew 1d8 9 +15 ft.
10th +4 Animalistic Offense 1d8 10 +20 ft.
11th +4 Primal Movement (10 ft) 1d8 11 +20 ft.
12th +4 Ability Score Improvement, Extra Attack (2) 1d8 12 +20 ft.
13th +5 Animistic Offense Improvement 1d10 13 +20 ft.
14th +5 Ancient Spirit feature 1d10 14 +25 ft.
15th +5 Primal Movement (15 ft) 1d10 15 +25 ft.
16th +5 Ability Score Improvement 1d10 16 +25 ft.
17th +6 Guardian of Nature 1d12 17 +25 ft.
18th +6 Ancient Spirit feature 1d12 18 +30 ft.
19th +6 Ability Score Improvement 1d12 19 +30 ft.
20th +6 Embodyment of Nature 1d12 20 +30 ft.

Primal Strikes[edit]

Beginning at 1st level, your pact with nature allows you to fight as the beasts do, using unarmed strikes instead of martial melee weapons, although improvised do benefit from this feature.
You gain the following benefits while you are unarmed or wielding only simple, or improvised melee weapons and you aren’t wearing armor or a shield:

  • You can roll a d4 slashing damage in place of the normal damage of your unarmed strike or improvised weapon. This die changes as you gain scarcaster levels, as shown in the Primal Strikes column of the Scarcaster Table.
  • When you use the Attack action with an unarmed strike or an improvised weapon on your turn, you can make one unarmed strike as a bonus action, assuming you haven't already taken a bonus action this turn.

Unarmored Defense[edit]

While you are not wearing any armor, your Armor Class equals 10 + your Dexterity modifier + your Wisdom modifier.


You have a natural bond with the wild, and with that bond comes a great power, seeded within you. Your access to this power is represented by a number of scarcastings. Your scarcaster level determines the number of castings you have, as shown in the Scarcastings column of the Scarcaster table.

You can spend these points to fuel various scarcastings. You start knowing three such scarcastings: Claws of the Beasts, Wild Senses, and Mask of the Beast. You learn more scarcastings as you gain levels in this class.

When you spend a scarcasting, it is unavailable until you finish a short or long rest, at the end of which you draw all of your expended scarcastings back into yourself. You must spend at least 30 minutes of the rest meditating to regain your scarcastings.

Certain scarcasting actions require your target to make a saving throw to resist the action's effects. The saving throw is calculated at follows:

Scarcasting save DC =

8 + your proficiency bonus + your Wisdom modifier

Claws of the Beasts
Immediately after you take the Attack action on your turn, you can spend 1 scarcasting to make an unarmed strike as a bonus action. You can only use this scarcasting once per turn.

Wild Senses
You can spend 1 scarcasting to gain advantage on all Wisdom (Perception) checks related to hearing, sight, and smell for 1 minute.

Mask of the Beast
You can spend 1 scarcasting to take the Disengage or Hide action as a bonus action on your turn, with advantage if you are in natural terrain.

Primal Movement[edit]

Starting at 2nd level, your speed increases by 10 feet while you are not wearing armor or wielding a shield or weapon. This bonus increases when you reach certain scarcaster levels, as shown in the Scarcaster table.

At 7th level, you gain the ability to move along vertical surfaces without falling during the move and you add 5 ft to your long jump. This increases to 10 ft at 11th level and 15 ft at 15th level.

Ancient Spirit[edit]

At 3rd level, you choose an ancient spirit to devote your worship to, who grants you power in return. Choose between the Spirit of the Hunt, Spirit of the Elements, Spirit of the Root, Spirit of the Faerie, or Spirit of the Ancestor detailed at the end of the class description. The spirit you choose grants you features at 3rd level and again at 6th, 14th, and 18th 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.

Extra Attack[edit]

Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. This increases to three at 12th level in this class.

Sanguine Slash[edit]

Starting at 5th level, you can spend 2 scarcastings to induce bleeding on a target you hit with a primal strike for 1 minute, if it is a creature and not a construct or undead. While bleeding, the target suffers damage equal to 1d8 + your proficiency bonus at the start of your turn. You can only use this feature on one strike per turn.

Nature’s Wrath[edit]

Starting at 6th level, your primal strikes count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity to nonmagical attacks and damage.

Vicious Vitality[edit]

Starting at 8th level, you make spend 2 scarcastings to make an unarmed strike using your mouth. If you hit with the bite, you deal piercing damage equal to 1d4 + your Strength modifier and you gain temporary hit points (minimum of 1) equal to the damage dealt. You cannot use this feature again until your second turn after using it.

Shaman's Brew[edit]

Starting at 9th level, you gain enough experience with plants to start brewing special potions to enhance your abilities. The effects of these potions are minimal at first, but you can spend scarcastings to increase their potency. Provided you have the components, you may choose one of the below to brew:

  • Troll Blood. Despite the name, troll blood is not one of the ingredients in this potion. It instead uses black sage, fennel, pine bark, willow leaves, and Devil's club. Drinking this potion allows you to heal 5 hit points at the start of your turn for 1 minute. When you expend a scarcasting into the brew, the hit points you heal increases by 5 (max 15).
  • Turtle's Sheild. This strong, viscous potion uses buckeye, marsh-mallow, arnica, and neem as its ingredients. Drinking this potion grants you resistance to bludgeoning, piercing and slashing damage from nonmagical weapon attacks for 1 minute. When you expend a scarcasting into the brew, the duration of the resistance is extended by an additional 12 seconds (max 48). If you expend two scarcastings into the brew, the resistance is extended to magical attacks.
  • Dream Walker. Dream Walker is a powerful psychedelic potion used to place those who drink it in a trance-like state which lasts 1 minute. Scarcasters use this potion to contact their patron spirits more directly than through simple prayer. Not just anyone can use this potion and only in dire situations should it be taken straight, as its ingredients are poppy, nightshade, psilocybin mushrooms, foxglove, wolf's bane, willow bark, henna, and hemlock. When you drink the diluted potion, you enter a trance, during which you may contact your spirit, as if you had cast divination. When you expend a scarcasting into the brew, you may stay in the trance an additional minute (max 3, 6 at 15th level), during which you gain an additional question. If you drink the potion straight, you may ask two additional questions or request your spirit to intervene (see Divine Intervention in the PGB), but must make a death save for each question you ask.

Animistic Offense[edit]

Starting at 10th level, you can understand and communicate verbally with beasts, as though you had cast Speak with Animals. This feature has the same limitations as Speak with Animals, except that you must make a Persuasion check (DC 10 + the animal’s intelligence score) if you ask them to perform a task or favor. At 13th level, you may add your proficiency bonus to the roll.

Guardian of Nature[edit]

At 17th level, you may spend 4 scarcastings to become resistant to any spells or magical effects cast from an unnatural source, such as a wizard or a magical trap, for a minute. While in this state, you have advantage on any saving throws caused by such effects and any damage taken from them is halved.

Embodiment of Nature[edit]

At 20th level, when you roll for initiative and have no scarcastings remaining, you regain 4 scarcastings. Additionally, the primal magic that you wield causes you to age more slowly. For every 10 years that pass, your body ages only 5 years.

Spirit of the Hunt[edit]

The spirit you worship is a mighty animal, who sought you out and granted you their power. Such spirits are often called upon by hunters, as they can make any far more formidable than the animals the bare likeness to. By choosing this spirit, you become a hunter in the truest sense.

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Spirit of the Elements[edit]

The spirit you worship is an ancient being of elemental power, who seeks a body to channel their energy through. The elements in their purest forms are your strength and a direct connection to the Elemental Planes is granted through this pact. By satiating this spirit, you are given power beyond which most can even imagine.

Elemental Claws

At 3rd level, your Primal Strikes become empowered with elemental energy. This manifests itself in the form of additional damage or effects, depending on which plane your spirit comes from. The effects are as follows:

Your Primal Strikes now deal an additional 1d6 + Wisdom modifier of fire damage. If the target is a creature or a flammable object, it ignites. Until a creature takes an action to douse the fire, the target takes 1d8 fire damage at the start of each of its turns. The number of dice increases to 2 at 6th level, 3 at 14th level and 4 at 18th level.

Elemental Magic

Your connection to the elemental planes allows you to cast certain spells.

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Spirit of the Root[edit]

The spirit you worship is tied to one of the beings who were long before the birds and beasts: a plant. These spirits are protectors, guardians of ancient lands they inhabit and can be just as wrathful as they can be generous. Under the worship of this floral being, you have the power to protect your allies like a mighty oak.

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Spirit of the Faerie[edit]

The spirit you worship is a cunning Archfey, who uses you as an engine of entertainment on the Material Plane. Scarcasters who worship Archfey are not unlike warlocks who do the same, except in the nature of their pact. Whatever their purpose is for choosing them, they have taught you to master the art of trickery.

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Spirit of the Ancestor[edit]

The spirit you worship is a great ancestor from your family line. Be they a great hero asked to help give purpose or a wronged sibling who wants to make right, scarcasters who worship ancestors are guardians of their communities. With the help of the ancestor in question, you are purposed to protect those close to you.

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Prerequisites. To qualify for multiclassing into the Scarcaster class, you must meet these prerequisites: Strength 16 and Wisdom 16.

Proficiencies. When you multiclass into the scarcaster class, you gain the following proficiencies: Nature and Survival.

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