This Berserker is a fighter sub-class by Ryan Hufschmid
d10 HP - The Berserker is a warrior, first and foremost. Vitality (optional) at first level, the berserker begins with HP equal to their Constitution score.
Berserkers gets a +1 to hit every level beyond the first.
|Level||XP||Hit Bonus||Proficiencies||Class Features|
|1||0||+0||4 Weapon/3 NWP||Wounds, Agility, Boarskin, Frenzy|
Using milestone XP, 1k = one major milestone or several smaller ones. Alternately, for every 1 HD of enemy defeated in combat gain 50 xp.
Berserkers start with 4 weapon proficiencies and 3 non-weapon proficiencies. Berserkers may use their Intelligence/Language slots at character creation for weapon or fighting style proficiencies. Berserkers typically lack the dedication necessary for weapon specialization. At every level divisible by 3, gain 1 weapon proficiency. At every level divisible by 4, gain 1 weapon non-weapon proficiency.
Each successful attack against a Berserker is recorded as a separate wound of -x HP.
When the Berserker’s total HP lost from all wounds exceeds their HP maximum, pass a wil check or fall unconscious.
The Berserker deals bonus damage equal to the HP loss of their largest wound.
Battlescars: When a berserker is hit with a critical attack, make a Saving Throw. A success is recorded as a battlescar. Berserkers gain +1 on Charisma checks for each battlescar.
A failed save results in exploding crits, or you may throw the bones.
Every 24 hours of complete rest restores 1 HP to the lowest damage wound.
When unarmored or adorned only with skins, Berserker has AC equal to Dexterity score.
Berserkers adorn themselves with the prepared hides of animals. A berserker's hide is a wondrous item of mythical craftship. Preparing or repairing a hide requires a successful leatherworking check and relevant tools and materials. If the Berserker is not a proficient leatherworker themselves, roll Intelligence with a -5 penalty.
- Boarskin: Reduces normal damage by 1. Grants advantage to hide in natural surroundings.
- Quills: Return 1 damage to melee attackers that hit.
- Wolfskin: Reduces damage from iron and fire by ½. Grants advantage while hunting.
- Bearskin: Gives a chance to turn away blows, blunting ordinary weapons. Can fight until -10 HP.
- Ironskin: Further reduces incoming damage. Disadvantage hunting, hiding, and on Dexterity.
Berserkers do not typically use metal armors, but those who have spent time in civilization have been known to protect themselves with mismatched metal armors.
When hit, roll a saving throw for the equipment to determine if it has been damaged. Failure means that it is not usable until replaced or repaired.
After 1 minute, the berserker goes into a frenzy. For 1d8 minutes the berserker must make one additional attack each round using an offhand, foot, or face. Ignore usual offhand penalties. If no enemy targets are available berserkers have been known to bite their own shields or strike allys. Frenzied berserkers are immune to fear.
During Frenzy, disadvantage on perception checks.
At the end of the frenzy, the berserker rolls a wil check. If successful the frenzy lasts another round, if failed the frenzy ends and the berserker suffers -1 Constitution for 24 hours.
Berserkers are especially susceptible to the curses, hexes, and suggestions of shamen, witches, and druids. These saving throws and ability checks are made at disadvantage.
- Oathsworn: Once bound to an oath a berserker pursues with religious fervor.
- Fulfilling an oath awards 1k XP.
- A natural 18, 19, or 20 to hit that clears the victim’s AC by 5-9 deals 2X damage (roll dice twice).
- A natural 18, 19, or 20 that clears by 10-14 deals 3X damage.
- A natural 18, 19, or 20 that clears by 15 or more deals 4X damage.
- A hit with a natural 17 or less that clears by 10-14 deals 2X damage.
- A hit with a natural 17 or less that clears by 14-20 deals 3X damage.
- A hit with a natural 17 or less that clears by 21 or more deals 4X damage.
Throw the bones
Consult crit tables.
- Healing poultice
- Restores 1d3 HP to a wound after 24 hours.
- Grants 1d? temporary HP. After 1d? x10 minutes, deals 1d? damage.
- Ingredients: distilled spirit, Gnome Dust
- After 24 hours reduces the severity of one HP 3 or greater wound by 1.
- Ingredients: distilled spirit, salt
- Ingredients: magic mushroom, Gnome Dust, Starleaf
- Natural materials such as wood or bone may be shaped into effective weapons and armor but these items are prone to breaking. Deals normal damage.
- Bronze weapons and armor deal and receive normal damage.
- Steel weapons and armor are +1 versus bronze. Deals normal damage.
- Iron wrought iron is not as effective as steel, but may be necessary to slay certain monsters.
- Witchiron is magic iron that may pierce spell immunity.
- Silver weapons are necessary to slay certain monsters. Silvered weapons deal full damage to berserkers.