Shapeshifter (5e Class)

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Shapeshifters can be the result of many different events. Some gained their powers supernaturally, or through the help of the gods. Others are the offspring of a doppelganger and another race (human, dwarf, etc). Their true form is that of an existing race based on their non-doppelganger parent or what race they were before they became a shapeshifter. Most shapeshifters are seen as more monstrous beings than humanoid and in many cities openly transforming without an excuse leads to your hunting down.

Creating a Shapeshifter[edit]

Why did you choose to become a shapeshifter if you were not born of a doppelganger? What was goal in obtaining these powers, is it to become strong, trick others, hide your identity, or some other reason? Shapeshifters usually try to blend into society and try not to show their powers, but will you openly show your powers or hide them? Finally, what you do with your powers is the question.

Quick Build

You can make a shapeshifter quickly by following these suggestions. First, Charisma should be your highest ability score, followed by Constitution then Dexterity. Second, choose the Entertainer background.

Class Features

As a Shapeshifter you gain the following class features.

Hit Points

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


Armor: Light armor, medium armor, shields
Weapons: Simple weapons, martial weapons
Tools: None
Saving Throws: Charisma, Dexterity
Skills: Pick 3 from Deception, Acrobatics, Animal Handling, History Intimidation, Medicine, Performance, Persuasion, Sleight of Hand, Survival, and Stealth.


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

  • (a) leather armor or (b) hide armor
  • (a) A simple weapon or (b) A whip or (c) A shortsword
  • (a) Dungeoneer's Pack or (b) Explorers Pack

Table: The Shapeshifter

Level Proficiency
Features Number of Shapeshifting
Maximum CR
1st +2 Shapeshift 3 1/2
2nd +2 Unusual Anatomy 4 1
3rd +2 Way of The Shifter 5 1
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement 6 2
5th +3 7 2
6th +3 Imbued Strikes 8 3
7th +3 Way of the Shifter feature 9 3
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement 10 4
9th +4 Resilient Body 11 4
10th +4 Way of the Shifter feature 12 5
11th +4 13 5
12th +4 Ability Score Improvement 14 6
13th +5 Enduring 15 6
14th +5 Way of the Shifter feature 16 7
15th +5 Enhanced Senses 17 7
16th +5 Ability Score Improvement 18 8
17th +6 Timeless Body 19 8
18th +6 Way of the Shifter feature 20 9
19th +6 Ability Score Improvement 21 9
20th +6 Unlimited Lesser Shapeshift 22 10


At 1st level, you can use your bonus action to magically assume the shape of one of your chosen transformations.

A known transformation is a creature that is not an undead, chosen when you level up, based on the Shapeshifter table. You start with 3 known CR 1/2 or fewer transformations, and when you gain a level in this class, you may choose an additional creature to transform into that's CR is less than or equal to the CR stated in the Maximum CR column. Whenever you gain a level in this class, you may replace one form with another.

(At the DMs discretion, some forms might be limited or unavailable.)

You can use Shapeshift once, and gain an additional use at 5th, 11th, and 17th level. You regain expended uses when you finish a short or long rest. You can stay in a shape for a number of hours equal to your shapeshifter level.

While you are transformed, you follow the same rules as a druid's Wildshape unless otherwise specified.

Identity Coherence[edit]

Starting at 3rd level, you carry over some additional portions of your persona into your shapeshifted form. While shapeshifted, you can speak any languages you know.

Additionally, when you Shapeshift you can alter your new form’s superficial appearance to more closely reflect your true nature. For example, if you have a signature hairstyle, pointy ears, wear an eye patch, etc., your shapeshifted forms can take on similar traits.

Way of The Shifter[edit]

At 3rd level, you may choose a Way of The Shifter path out of the following: Chimera or Abnormality, both detailed at the end of the class description. Your subclass choice grants you features at 3rd level and again at levels 7th, 10th, 14th, and 18th.

Ability Score Improvement[edit]

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.

Imbued Strikes[edit]

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

Resilient Body[edit]

At 9th level, your form has become ever more resilient to outside influences. You become immune to any spell or effect that would alter your form against your will and you gain proficiency with Constitution saving throws.


At 13th level, when you fail a saving throw, you can expend one of your shapeshift uses to reroll it.

Enhanced Senses[edit]

At 15th level, you gain a blindsight of 30ft and can see through magical darkness and mist.

Timeless Body[edit]

Starting at 17th level, the primal magic that you wield causes you to stop aging. You no longer age, and cannot be aged by magical means.

Unlimited Lesser Shapeshift[edit]

At 20th level, you gain the ability to shapeshift into any creature with a CR of 4 or less for as long as you want, without expending a shapeshift use.


Chimeras specialize in bending and tearing the rules of nature, and give life to new forms of life, be it in the form of a majestic beauty or unimaginable horrors. They are chaotic in nature, and generally not bound by the ethical dilemmas of the amalgams they create.

Unnatural Anatomy[edit]

Beginning at 3rd level, you are immune to disease and poison.

Compound Forms[edit]

Beginning at 7th level, you may use your Shapeshift feature to shapeshift into a combination of two creatures. When you shapeshift, choose two of your known transformations of the same size, and with a combined CR less than or equal to the maximum CR listed for your level.

You transform into a creature visually resembling both of the chosen transformations. You gain all the features of both forms, and choose which one to pick in case of a overlap. For example, you gain attack actions from both creatures, but pick the dexterity score of one creature.

You can use this feature once per long rest.

Bestial Senses[edit]

You become proficient in your choice of two of the following skills: Insight, Nature, Perception or Survival.

Your proficiency bonus is doubled for any ability check you make that uses either of those skills.

Starting at 14th level, You have advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on hearing or smell.


Starting at 14th level, you learn to recoil into another form instead of reverting to your true shape.

If you drop to 0 hit points while you’re shapeshifted, the attack didn’t kill you, and you have a Shapeshift use available, you can make a DC 10 Constitution saving throw. On a success, you Shapeshift instead of reverting to your normal form. Your new form takes any damage past that which reduced you to 0.

Each time you use this feature after the first, the DC increases by 5.

When you finish a long rest, the DC resets to 10.

Master Shapeshifter[edit]

At 18th level, when you roll for initiative and don't have any uses of shapeshift remaining, you regain one use.


Abnormality shapeshifters are those that embrace shapeshifting to the fullest. These individuals have no qualms about staying shapeshifter for indefinite periods of time and seek to make their shapeshifted forms as powerful as possible by augmenting them with various mutations.

Preferred Transformation[edit]

At 3rd level, you may select a creature of CR 1/2 or lower as your preferred creature.

By concentrating for 1 minute, you may shapeshift into your preferred creature without expending a shapeshift use.

You may select an additional preferred creature with a higher CR limit again when you reach 7th level (CR 1), 10th level (CR 2), 14th level (CR 4), 18th level (CR 6), and 20th level (CR 8).

Partial Transformation[edit]

Beginning at 7th level, you gain access to a partial transformation in your true form(untransformed form). You may only have one partial transformation at any time and may replace it with another as part of a short rest.

  • Claws. You learn the Primal Savagery cantrip. Charisma is your Spellcasting ability for it.
  • Sturdy Legs. Your walking speed is increased by 10 feet.
  • Gills. You can now breath underwater.


At 10th level, you may choose one mutation. Your choice of mutation grants you various benefits which get more powerful as you gain shapeshifter levels, and you gain the benefits of the Mutation feature even while you are shapeshifted. You gain an additional mutations at level 14, but you may not choose the same mutation twice.

  • Unending Breath: You no longer need to breath, and your base walking speed increases by 5 feet. At 14th level, your base walking speed increase goes from 5 to 10 feet.
  • Dense Hide: Your AC is equal to 13 + your Dex modifier, unless already higher.
  • Sharpened Weapons: Your crit range increases to 19-20.
  • Enduring Soul: You gain a +1 bonus to all saving throws, and at 14th level this changes to +2.
  • Versatile: You gain 2 additional creatures to shapeshift into at levels 10 and 14.

Evolved Forms[edit]

At 14th level, the Strength and dexterity score of any creature you turn into is equal to your Shapeshifter level, unless already higher. The Hit points and maximum hit points of any creature you turn into is equal to 100, unless already higher.

Roar of Life[edit]

At 18th level, your voice resonates with the ancestral forces of creation. You can use this feature to cast either power word kill or power word heal, even if you are shapeshifted. Your spellcasting ability for these spells is Charisma.

Once you use this feature, you cannot use it again until you complete a long rest.


Requires shapeshifting to be gifted by magic, the gods, supernaturally, or a shapeshifting creature gives you their blood.

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

Proficiencies. When you multiclass into the shapeshifter class, you gain the following proficiencies: light armor, medium armor, and simple weapons.

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