December 23, 2020

Spellbreaker

Ranger Archetype
Comments from the Finger: We continue our quest to make actually good rangers with the spellbreaker, a mage-killer extraordinaire! 

Spellbreaker

When a wizard embraces forbidden, volatile magic or a sorcerer loses control of their arcane power, a spellbreaker is not far behind. This ancient order of rangers tracks dangerous spellcasters, from rogue bards to demonic warlocks, and eliminates them before their magic can wreak havoc on an entire city or endanger the multiverse itself. They are trained in techniques to bypass magical defenses and rip small holes in the fabric of magic itself to catch unaware any spellcaster caught in their midst. While most spellbreakers execute their quarry or capture them for the authorities, a few still burn witches at the stake, earning all spellbreakers a grim reputation. For this reason alone, a mage on the run has good reason to look over their shoulder and fear the spellbreaker's arrival. 

Spellbreaker Magic
Starting at 3rd level, you learn an additional spell when you reach certain levels in this class, as shown in the Spellbreaker Spells table. The spell counts as a ranger spell for you, but it doesn’t count against the number of ranger spells you know.

Spellbreaker Spells
Ranger Level Spell
3rd  detect magic
5th  see invisibility
9th  counterspell
13th  freedom of movement
17th  scrying

Antimagic Strike
At 3rd level, you’ve mastered the mage-slaying technique of cutting through magic itself. Once on each of your turns, when you make an attack against a creature you can see, you can use your bonus action to deliver a small antimagic pulse. For the duration of the attack and damage rolls, the effects of spells targeting the creature, as well as the properties and powers of magic items are suppressed. This disrupts spells like mage armor or mirror image which protect the creature, as well as spells like hellish rebuke which are triggered as a reaction to the attack or damage roll. On a hit, the creature takes an additional 1d6 force damage, or an additional 2d6 force damage, if it was concentrating on a spell when it was attacked.

Spell Resistance
By 7th level, you can shake off even the most potent magic. You have advantage on saving throws you make against spells. 

Arcane Burst
Beginning at 11th level, you’ve learned to rip at the fabric of magic itself. As an action, you can expend a spell slot to create a small arcane explosion centered on yourself in a 10-foot radius sphere. Each creature other than you within the area must make a Dexterity saving throw against your spell save DC. On a failed save, a creature takes force damage equal to half your ranger level, plus 1d8 for each level of the spell, or half as much on a successful save.

Antimagic Curse
Starting at 15th level, you’ve mastered the art of tearing small, persistent holes in the fabric of magic, and attaching them to unfortunate souls. As an action, you create a 5-foot diameter sphere of antimagic, centered on a point you choose within 60 feet, as per the spell antimagic field. If the point you choose is on a creature, the sphere moves with the creature. This antimagic field lasts for 1 minute, or until you choose to end it on your turn (no action required.)
Once you use this ability, you can’t use it again until you finish a long rest.


8 comments:

  1. Would Antimagic Strike work on a Displacer Beast?

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    1. No, but it would work on a Cloak of Displacement.

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    2. Why not? Antimagic field negates ALL magic. the Displacer's beast ability is certainly magical.

      "Spells and other magical effects (...) are suppressed in the sphere and can't protrude into it."

      "Displacement. The displacer beast projects a /magical/ illusion..."

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    3. Antimagic Strike negates only the effects of spells and magic items. It's not an antimagic field. Antimagic Curse would do the trick though.

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  2. That lvl 15 ability. Whoo! That could be worth investing all that much. It’s pretty✨

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  3. Oh, heck yeah. I've been wanting to play a Mage Slayer character and waiting for a Ranger Archetype that inspired me after the amazing time I had playing my Arcane Archer.

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