Way of the Leopard (5e Subclass)
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Way of the Leopard
"The leopard style was founded on the creators' observation of the movements of the leopard in the wild, and therefore practitioners of the style imitate these movements. Leopard style techniques are geared towards single, two or three technique combinations that cause a lot of damage, disorientate or even blind the attacker. Blocking is wasted in Leopard - the style can be summed up with "Why block when you can hit?" It does not rely on rooted stances, and would only assume a stance while in attack in order to launch at the opponent. This hit and run technique of the leopard, something especially effective against larger opponents, is unique to the animal." -Taken from Leopard Kung Fu
|Baoqua, or Leopard Fist, the primary weapon of the Leopard Style Source|
- Reckless Attacks
The first stage of learning the leopard style is mastering offense over defense. Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, when you make your first attack on your turn, you can decide to attack recklessly. Doing so gives you advantage on all attack rolls made using unarmed strikes and monk weapons during that turn, but attack rolls against you are rolled with advantage until the beginning of your next turn.
- Hit and Run
The second stage of learning the leopard style is mastering the creatures lightning fast hit and run tactics. Starting at 6th level, you can use Step of the Wind selecting to use either the Dash or Disengage actions a bonus action without expending a ki point. In addition, you can expend on ki point as a bonus action to take both the Dash action and the Disengage actions simultaneously.
- Crippling Strikes
The third stage of learning the leopard style is making the most of each attack, whether a swift strike or a debilitating blow. Starting at 11th level, you can add your Wisdom modifier to damage rolls made with unarmed strikes and monk weapons and your Flurry of Blows feature no longer cost a ki point. In addition, your Stunning Strike feature now also Blinds and Deafens the target for the duration
- Leopard's Onslaught
The fourth and final stage of learning the leopard style is the swift striking nature that comes only with ceaseless practice. Starting at 17th level, when you take the attack action you can spend up to 3 ki points. For each ki point spent this way, you make an addition attack with an unarmed strike or monk weapon.