Sword Master (5e Class)

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Sword Master[edit]

The Call Of The Blade[edit]

From a young upstart adventurer that buys his first blade that sings to him at the nearest blacksmith, to a veteran explorer that claims a legendary sword desired by many, the sword has always made its appearance in many stories. Either out of choice or pure desperation, the blade has been used by many to protect their friends or to kill their foes. But few are able to utilize the sword to its fullest potential, to be able to draw out the true strength of the weapon. Sword Masters spend their lifetime understanding the purpose of the blade, as well as finding their true calling in life, whether it were to become an infamous assassin that preys on the weak from the shadows using the deadliness of the blade to take down his target or to become a legendary warrior capable of taking on groups of enemies alone without help from others, the Sword Master may find his calling based on the path he chooses as he trains in the way of the blade.

Creating A Sword Master[edit]

First and foremost, you may choose Dexterity or Constitution as your highest stat modifier, based on whether you prefer an offensive or defensive play respectively. As for your background, choose any relevant backgrounds suited for this class. Lastly, it is recommended to choose a longsword as a part of your starting equipment, along with a bedroll, a torch, rations, a waterskin along with a satchel to carry all of it. But of course, this is ultimately based on the player's decision, at the discretion of the GM.

Consider the following during the creation of your Sword Master: The training of a Sword Master requires a tantamount of discipline, focus and patience.

  • Why was the blade calling out to you, among other weapons?
  • What drives you to pursue such a ambitious task?
  • What were your reasons to choose your current path?
  • What do you seek to accomplish with the knowledge and title you claim?
A Sword Master in the arts of the Blade Dance cutting down her foes, Art by Bogdan Marica

Class Features

As a Sword Master you gain the following class features.

Hit Points

Hit Dice: 1d6 per Sword Master level
Hit Points at 1st Level: 6 + Constitution modifier
Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d6 (or 4) + Constitution modifier per Sword Master level after 1st


Armor: Proficient in only light armor.
Weapons: A Sword Master is only proficient with any variant of the sword.
Tools: Smith's tools.
Saving Throws: Proficient in Dexterity and Wisdom
Skills: Choose 3 from Acrobatics, Sleight of Hand, Perception, Performance, Stealth and choose 1 from Deception or Persuasion


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

  • (a) A longsword or (b) a shortsword or (c) a greatsword.
  • (a) A crossbow with 12 bolts along with a quiver or (b) a shortbow with 10 arrows along with a quiver.
  • (a) Explorer's Pack or (b) Dungeoneer's Pack.
  • If you are using starting wealth, you have 1d4 x 10 in funds.

Table: The Sword Master

Level Proficiency
1st +2 Training in the Chosen Path, Parry
2nd +2 Clarity Of Mind, Quick Recovery
3rd +2 Chosen Path Feature
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement, Haste
5th +3 Chosen Path Feature, Coup de GrĂ¢ce, Extra Attack
6th +3 Strength Of The Body, Tactical Prowess
7th +3 Clarity Of Mind+
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement, Revitalize
9th +4 Chosen Path Feature
10th +4 Test Of Will, Second Wind
11th +4 Chosen Path Feature
12th +4 Ability Score Improvement
13th +5 Chosen Path Feature, Defensive Stance or Offensive Stance
14th +5 Tactical Prowess+, Tactical Strike
15th +5 Strength Of The Body+, Extra Attack+
16th +5 Ability Score Improvement, Chosen Path Feature
17th +6 Haste+
18th +6 Revitalize+
19th +6 Ability Score Improvement, Clarity Of The Body, Mind And Soul
20th +6 Sword Master, Extra Attack++, Chosen Path Feature

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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.

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