December 30, 2020

Rage Mage Redux

Primal Path
Comments from the Pinky: When a barbarian gets so spectacularly angry that they start spitting fire from their hands.

Path of the Rage Mage

Most barbarians who possess the spark of arcane talent never realize it, introspection not always being a barbaric strength. Those who find this spark, however, might learn to channel their brute ferocity through magic, and embark on the Path of the Rage Mage. Through their rage-fueled arcane might, such a barbarian possesses a uniquely calamitous fury, merging physical prowess with spell slinging in a warpath of fire, blades, and blood.

Rage Mage Spellcasting
Barbarian
Level 
Spells
Known
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 
3rd
3
2
-
-
-
4th
4
3
-
-
-
5th
4
3
-
-
-
6th
4
3
-
-
-
7th
5
4
2
-
-
8th
6
4
2
-
-
9th
6
4
2
-
-
10th
7
4
3
-
-
11th
8
4
3
-
-
12th
8
4
3
-
-
13th
9
4
3
2
-
14th
10
4
3
2
-
15th
10
4
3
2
-
16th
11
4
3
3
-
17th
11
4
3
3
-
18th
11
4
3
3
-
19th
12
4
3
3
1
20th
13
4
3
3
1

Arcane Intuition
Starting when you adopt this path at 3rd level, you gain proficiency in the Arcana skill, and can use your Constitution, instead of Intelligence, for Intelligence (Arcana) checks. 

Spellcasting
Also at 3rd level, your rage manifests as a surge of arcane power. While you are raging, you can cast and concentrate on spells. Additionally, casting a spell on your turn counts as attacking a hostile creature for the purpose of sustaining your rage.
        Spell Slots. The Rage Mage Spellcasting table shows how many spell slots you have to cast your spells of 1st level or higher. To cast one of these spells, you must be raging and expend a slot of the spell's level or higher. You regain all expended spell slots when you finish a long rest.
Spells Known of 1st-Level and Higher. You know three 1st-level sorcerer spells of your choice. The Spells Known column of the Rage Mage Spellcasting table shows when you learn more sorcerer spells of 1st level or higher. Each of these spells must be of a level for which you have spell slots. Whenever you gain a level in this class, you can replace one of the sorcerer spells you know with another spell of your choice from the sorcerer spell list for which you have spell slots.
Spellcasting Ability. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for your sorcerer spells. You use your Charisma whenever a spell refers to your spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your Charisma modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a sorcerer spell you cast and when making an attack roll with one.

        Spell save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier

        Spell attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier.

Arcane Rampage
Starting at 6th level, if you take the Attack action while you are raging and attack recklessly, you can use your bonus action to cast a spell instead of making your second attack.

Supernatural Exploits
By 10th level, you can channel your latent magic to perform spectacular feats of daring. Even when you are not raging, you can cast the following spells at will targeting yourself only without using a spell slot or material components: darkvision, feather fall, jump, and see invisibility.

Eldritch Explosions
Beginning at 14th level, you manifest surges of arcane wrath with every strike. Once per turn, when you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack, you can expend one spell slot to create an explosion of energy at a point you choose within 10 feet of you. Each creature other than you within a 10-foot radius of that point must make a Dexterity saving throw against your spell save DC, taking 2d6 force damage for each level of the spell slot expended, or half as much on a successful save.


Changelog: 12/31/20: Spellcasting: Spells Known column added
Supernatural Exploits: "At will" added for clarity, See Invisibility added

8 comments:

  1. I think we're missing the known spells section of the spellcasting chart :)

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    1. Can't believe we missed that! It'll be fixed momentarily

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    2. No cantrips? Don't EK variants usually have them?

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    3. Correct! We felt that the concept worked better when your magic only comes through while you are raging. If you were constantly magical enough to cast fire bolts and mage hands, the burst of intense magical fury would feel less legitimate.

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  2. Definitely cleaner than the previous iteration.

    Arcane Rampage is phrased a bit weird- isn't it usually "forgo one of your attacks"? Also, why not just make the spell the action and the 1 attack a bonus, like normal war magic?

    Supernatural Exploits is obviously meant to be an exploration feature, but the spells seem really narrow. Why not add a few and allow choice? That way, a char with darkvision won't be stuck with a dead spell.

    Also, the feature doesn't state how often you can use the spells.

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    1. Arcane Rampage is weird because we wanted it to trigger on Reckless Attack, specifically. Since Reckless Attack has a bit of a weird format (doesn't need the Attack action, gives advantage only on your first attack), we decided to change the format for clarity. The intent here is not to give advantage on spell attack rolls, after all!

      Supernatural exploits is at will. I'll add those words in for clarity. As for spell selection, I'm happy to add one more to make up for the potential redundancy of darkvision, but I was at a loss for at-will exploration spells which are at this level of power (read: very low power). Ideally, they should also be things which make you seem like you're just physically empowered by magic, not that you're doing extremely magical things.

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    2. Reckless doesn't only give advantage on the first attack, it gives on all of them. You have to decide to use it upon the first one, though. And it won't give the advantage to spells, anyway.

      "When you make your first attack on your turn, you can decide to attack recklessly. Doing so gives you advantage on melee weapon attack rolls using Strength during this turn"

      As for Supernatural exploits, I see what you mean. Detect magic isn't the sort of thing you want here, and enhance ability is too powerful (although you could limit it to one or two options only). Guidance maybe?

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  3. Whenever I hear the term "Rage Mage" I can't help thinking of the villain from Skylanders, and the mental image of that tiny little pest as a barbarian keeps making me laugh. Brilliant subclass, though!

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