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The 5e Rogue Class
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Criminals, spies, or secret agents. Rogues are specialized masters of many skills and strike with precision, dealing devastating blows to single targets.

 

The rogue class presented here has most of the same abilities it did in baseline 5e rules, but most of the abilities have been shuffled around. We also made sneak attack easier to perform, tweaked the rogue's high level abilities, and gave them a new high level ability. Existing 5e subclasses will all work mechanically with this form of the rogue class. Click here for a summary of changes.

Navigation

Progression Table

Ability Scores

Hit Points

Proficiencies

Items

Multiclassing

Class Features by Level*

1: Expertise

1: Sneak Attack

2: Cunning Action

2: Fighting Style

3: Precision Attack

3: Roguish Archetype

4: Ability Score Improvement

4: Feat

5: Extra Attack

6: Roguish Archetype Feature

7: Evasion

7: Precision Attack

9: Slippery Mind

10: Roguish Archetype Feature

11: Precision Attack

13: Reliable Talent

14: Roguish Archetype Feature

17: Elusive

18: Blindsight

19: Superior Ability

20: Stroke of Luck

Notes and Examples

*For abilities that appear at multiple levels, only the first case is listed. eg. Ability Score Improvement is only listed at level 4.

Progression Chart
Ability Scores
Hit Points
Proficiencies
Items

Level 1 Rogues

When you create a level 1 rogue, follow these steps to add the following to your character:

Ability Scores

You can take one of these recommended ability score arrays, or you can roll or assign them yourself. You can switch any two ability scores, but you do not add any further bonuses (they're already included).

Strength: 8   Dexterity: 16   Constitution: 14   Intelligence: 10   Wisdom: 10   Charisma: 16 

Strength: 8   Dexterity: 14   Constitution: 14   Intelligence: 12  Wisdom: 12   Charisma: 16  

Hit Points

At First Level: 8 + Constitution Modifier

At Higher Levels: 1d8 (or 5) + Constitution Modifier

Hit Dice: 1d8 per rogue level

 

Proficiencies

Armor: Light Armor
Weapons: Simple Weapons, Hand Crossbows, Rapiers, Scimitars, and Shortswords

Tools: Thieves' Tools, and either an Exploration Tool -OR- Forgery Kit -OR- Poisoner's Tools
Saving Throws: Dexterity, Intelligence
Skills: four of: Acrobatics, Athletics, Deception, Insight, Intimidation, Investigation, Perception, Performance, Persuasion, Sleight of Hand, and Stealth

Language: Thieves' Cant

 

Items

 

Multiclass Characters

Instead of leveling up in your original class, you can take a rogue level when you level up. When you do, you gain only a portion of what first level rogues gain.

Hit Points

Per Level: 1d8 (or 5) + Constitution Modifier

Hit Dice: 1d8 per rogue level

 

Proficiencies

Armor: Light Armor
Weapons: Simple Weapons, Hand Crossbows, Rapiers, Scimitars, and Shortswords

Tools: Thieves' Tools, and either an Exploration Tool -OR- Forgery Kit -OR- Poisoner's Tools
Skills: two of: Acrobatics, Athletics, Deception, Insight, Intimidation, Investigation, Perception, Performance, Persuasion, Sleight of Hand, and Stealth

Language: Thieves' Cant

 

Multiclass Rogues

Class Features

Class features here are sorted by level. When you reach a level as indicated by the icons on the left, you gain all feature or feature improvements listed between the red lines. For example, at first level Rogues gain the Expertise and Sneak Attack abilities.

Class Features
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Fighting Style

You adopt a particular style of fighting as your specialty. Choose one of the following options. You can't take the same Fighting Style option more than once, even if you later get to choose again. Click here for more information on our changes.

Archery

You gain a +2 bonus to attack rolls you make with ranged and thrown weapons.

Defense

While you are wearing armor, you gain a +1 bonus to Armor Class.

Protection

Reaction - 1 Ally (5 ft.)

When a creature hits one of your allies with an attack and that ally is within 5 ft. of you, you can force the attacker to reroll the attack, targeting you instead. You must be holding a shield or melee weapon to use this ability.

Single Weapon Fighting

When you are wielding a single one or two-handed melee weapon and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that weapon.​

Two-Weapon Fighting

When you make an attack with an off-hand weapon, you do not suffer disadvantage on the attack roll.

Sneak Attack

As Part of a Weapon Attack - 1 Creature

You know how to strike subtly and exploit a foe's distraction. Once per turn, you can deal extra damage to one creature you hit with an attack. This damage counts as part of the attack, and if you roll critical hit and use sneak attack, your sneak attack damage is doubled. To deal this extra damage, your weapon cannot be a Heavy melee weapon, and you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • You have advantage on the attack roll against your target

  • Your target is within 5 ft. of another creature hostile to them, and the other creature is not incapacitated

 

Click here for an example (1).

Your Sneak Attack damage increases as you gain levels in this class, listed below and in the Sneak Attack column of the Rogue Progression Table.

Sneak Attack
Fighting Style
Expertise
Cunning Action
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Cunning Action

Bonus Action - Self

Your quick thinking and agility allow you to move and act quickly.

You can use Thieves' Tools or take the Dash, Disengage, or Hide action. You cannot use the Dash action twice in one turn, as normal.

Expertise

Choose any two of your skills. You have expertise (you add double your proficiency bonus) with checks made with these skills.

 

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Sneak Attack Improvement

Your Sneak Attack damage increases to 2d6.

Precision Attack

When you deal Sneak Attack damage, you can sacrifice damage on your attack for a secondary effect. This can reduce your sneak attack damage to 0, but still add a secondary effect. Sometimes, these sneak attack options change the damage type of your sneak attack damage. Some require you to be within 5 ft. of your target. Otherwise, these options function exactly the same as Sneak Attack.

When a sneak attack option requires the target to roll a saving throw, the DC is equal to 8 + your proficiency bonus + your strength or dexterity modifier (whichever is higher).

Choose one of the following Precision Attacks. You gain another at levels 7 and 11.

Hamstring

As Part of a Weapon Attack - 1 Creature - 1 Round

You can sacrifice 1d6 of your sneak attack damage to briefly hobble your target's movement.

Dexterity Save

  • Failure: Sneak Attack (-1d6) damage. Target's speed is halved.

  • Success: Sneak Attack (-1d6) damage.

Knockdown

As Part of a Weapon Attack - 1 Creature (5 ft.)

You can sacrifice 2d6 of your sneak attack damage to knock your target off their feet.

Strength Save

  • Failure: Sneak Attack (-2d6) bludgeoning damage. Target falls prone.

  • Success: Sneak Attack (-2d6) bludgeoning damage.

Poisoned Weapon

Prerequisite: Proficiency with Poisoning Tools

As Part of a Weapon Attack - 1 Creature

You can sacrifice 2d6 of your sneak attack damage to poison them.

Constitution Save

  • Failure: Sneak Attack (-2d6) poison damage. Target is poisoned.

  • Success: Sneak Attack (-2d6) poison damage.

Slicing Blow

As Part of a Weapon Attack - 1 Creature

You can sacrifice 1d6 of your sneak attack damage to gash and bleed your target.

  • On Hit: Sneak Attack damage (-1d6) slashing damage. If your target has blood, they are drained a number of hit points equal to the sneak attack damage you deal. This drained effect lasts until the target finishes a long rest.

 

Roguish Archetype

You choose an archetype to embody. Your choice of roguish archetype represents training or exceptional practice at a roguish skillset. Your archetype grants you features at this level and again at 6th, 10th, and 14th level, also listed below.

Roguish Archetypes published elsewhere are compatible with this version of the rogue class.

Roguish Archetype
Mystic Trickster Table
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Assassin

Assassins focus on striking quickly and decisively. They excel at finishing off wounded opponents and setting their opponents off balance when violence breaks out.

Assassin: Ambush Tactics

You excel at surprising your foes. If you attack a creature that has not yet had a turn in combat, you are eligible for sneak attack. If you deal sneak attack damage to a creature that has not had a turn, then they are surprised.

Assassin: Finishing Blow

No Action Cost - 1 Creature

When you deal sneak attack damage to a creature and reduce your target to a number of hit points equal to your rogue level or lower, they are instead reduced to 0 hit points. 

Brute

Brutes focus on overpowering their targets and pummeling them into submission. They wear armor and stride into battle with sophisticated weapons training. Rarely does a brute strike from a distance, rather rushing into battle and quickly dispatching threats.

Brute: Enforcer's Training

You gain proficiency in all martial weapons, medium armor, and shields. Additionally, you can use Sneak Attack on any creature you are grappling.

Brute: Overpower

Bonus Action - 1 Creature

You shove or attempt to grapple a creature. 

Duelist

Duelists are skilled at one-on-one combat, fighting with misdirection and waiting for the right tie to strike. They know how to strike faster and harder than all but the most skilled warriors. Most duelists fight with a rapier and either a small shield or a small off-hand weapon.

Duelist: Feint

As Part of a Weapon Attack

Once per turn, when you attack with a melee or thrown weapon, after rolling your attack, you can turn the attack into a feint. You retroactively gain advantage on your attack, making you eligible for sneak attack and potentially turning a miss into a hit.

Duelist: Lethal Opening

You can sneak attack using an attack of opportunity, even if you don't otherwise meet the criteria.

 

As usual, once you sneak attack, you can't sneak attack again until the beginning of your next turn. 

Mystic Trickster

Mystic Tricksters wield magic alongside their roguish talents. They know how to strike with spells just as effectively as weapons, and can use magic to distract their opponents. Rather than developing their own system of magic, they dabble in the spells used by more dedicated spellcasters, picking what simple spells will integrate with their martial skills.

Mystic Trickster Spellcasting

You have dabbled in the spellcasting available to more powerful spellcasters. Your own journey to acquire magical ability is slow, but you have integrated spells into your fighting style in a way few spellcasters can. Choose one of the Bard, Cleric, Druid, Sorcerer, Warlock, or Wizard. Your chosen class determines your spellcasting ability, as well as which spell list you draw your spells from.

Spell Slots

The Mystic Trickster Table shows how many spell slots you have to cast your spells of 1st level and higher. To cast one of these spells, you must expend a slot of the spell's level or higher. You regain all expended spell slots when you finish a long rest. For example, if you know the 1st level spell Charm Person and have a 1st-level and a 2nd-level spell slot available, you can cast Charm Person using either slot.

Cantrips

Cantrips are the simplest and weakest of spells, and can be casted without expending Spell Slots. You know three cantrips of your choice from your spell list.

Spells Known of 1st Level and Higher
You know two 1st-level spells of your choice from your spell list. You learn one more spell for each two levels beyond level 3, as indicated on the spells known column of the Mystic Trickster Table. Each spell you learn must be of a level for which you have spell slots. For example, when you reach level 7 in this class, you can learn one new spell of 1st or 2nd level. 

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Switching Spells

When you gain a level in this class, you can choose one of the spells you know and replace it with another spell from your spell list, which also must be of a level for which you have spell slots. Alternatively, you can replace a cantrip.

 

Spellcasting Ability

Your spellcasting ability is based on the class you chose for your spellcasting. Bards, Sorcerers, and Warlocks use charisma. Clerics and Druids use wisdom. Wizards use intelligence.

 

You use your chosen spellcasting ability score whenever a spell refers to your spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your spellcasting ability modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a spell you cast and when making an attack roll with one.

 

Spell Save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your spellcasting ability modifier

 

Spell Attack Modifier = your proficiency bonus + your spellcasting ability modifier​

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Spellcasting Focus

You can use a spellcasting focus or a component pouch for casting your spells. To do so, you need a free hand to hold your focus or access your components. Your focus replaces the need for you to have specific material components to cast spells, unless that material component costs 1 gold or more, in which case you must use the specific component instead​

Spell Slots

Mystic Trickster: Devastating Cantrips

Your Sneak Attack can apply to cantrips you learn from the class you chose as part of being a Mystic Trickster. You only deal sneak attack damage to one target if your cantrip targets multiple creatures, and you can't sneak attack with a Minor Magic Missile.

Mystic Trickster: Magical Precision

You can use a Precision Attack using Devastating Cantrips (except Poisoned Weapon, which still requires a weapon). You can use your spellcasting ability instead of strength or dexterity for calculating a Precision Attack's DC when you deal Sneak Attack damage with a cantrip.

Thief

Thieves are among the most nimble rogues, adept at multitasking beyond the skills of any other. They move like a blur, with opponents often striking at them only to find they have already disappeared. Compared to other rogues, they focus more on defense and mobility. Thieves come from a variety of backgrounds, and while they are often skilled at stealing, they are far more than a common cutpurse.

Thief: Multitasking

When you use your Cunning Action, you can use two of the possible options rather than just one.

Thief: Second Story Work

  • You gain a climbing speed equal to your walking speed. 

Thief: Bonus Feat (Gymnast)

You gain the Gymnast feat, normally available at level 4. You can quickly jump, spring to your feet, or recover from a fall.

  • You can stand up from prone by using only 5 ft. of movement.

  • You can use your acrobatics skill instead of your athletics skill for any check related to climbing or jumping. You can use your dexterity to calculate your jump distance, if it's higher than your strength, and you always jump as if you had a running start, even if you are making a standing high jump or standing long jump.

  • You take no damage from falling if you fall 20 ft. or less unless you are incapacitated.

  • You do not fall prone when you fall unless you are incapacitated, regardless of height.

Other Archetype: Level 3 Feature

Choose this option if you'd like to use a Roguish Archetype that comes from a source that isn't Elkan 5e. Your chosen archetype grants you one or more features at this level. 

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Ability Score Improvement

When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th, 12th, and 16th 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.

Feat

At this level and every level you gain an ability score improvement, you also gain a feat of your choice. You are eligible for general feats, rogue feats, and combat maneuver feats by default.

Ability Score Improvement
Feat
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Sneak Attack Improvement

Your Sneak Attack damage increases to 3d6.

Extra Attack

You can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. If you are dual-wielding, your off-hand attack brings you to a total of three attacks.

Extra Attack
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Roguish Archetype Feature

Your chosen Roguish Archetype grants you a new feature. 

Roguish Archetype 6

Assassin: Snap Reaction

Your initiative increases by 5.

Reaction - Self

When you roll initiative, you can immediately move up to your speed without triggering attacks of opportunity.

Brute: Brutal Fighting

No Action Cost

When you successfully shove or grapple a creature, you can choose to deal 1d6 bludgeoning damage to your target. At the start of each of your turns, you can deal this damage to any creature you are grappling.

 

Duelist: Face Me!

No Action Cost

When you start your turn, you mark a creature as your target, moving effortlessly to pursue them. Until the end of your turn, you are not slowed by difficult terrain and do not trigger attacks of opportunity when moving towards your target. 

Mystic Trickster: Magic Trickery

Bonus Action - 1 Creature

You cast a cantrip that doesn't deal damage or buff a creature. Some examples include minor illusion or thaumaturgy. When you do, choose one creature within range of the spell to be distracted by the effect. You can use Sneak Attack on them for the duration of the spell.

Thief: Misdirect

Reaction - 1 Creature (5 ft.)

When an attack misses you, you can force the attacker to reroll their attack against a different creature within 5 ft. of you.

Thief: Uncanny Dodge

Reaction - Self

When you are hit by an attack roll, you can halve the damage you take from that attack. You take full damage from any other attacks that hit you.

 

Other Archetype: Level 6 Feature

Your chosen Roguish Archetype grants you one or more features at this level. If using an archetype not from Elkan 5e, your archetype's feature is likely listed at level 9.

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Sneak Attack Improvement

Your Sneak Attack damage increases to 4d6.

Evasion

Your instinctive agility lets you dodge out of the way of certain area effects, such as a blue dragon's lightning breath or a fireball spell. When you are subjected to an effect that allows you to make a dexterity saving throw to take only half damage, you instead take no damage if you succeed on the saving throw, and only half damage if you fail. This ability does not function if you are incapacitated.

Precision Attack

Choose one of the following Precision Attacks. You gain another at level 11.

Focusing Strike

As Part of a Weapon Attack - 1 Creature

You can sacrifice 3d6 of your sneak attack damage to refocus your mind in the heat of battle.

Sand in the Eyes

As Part of a Weapon Attack - 1 Creature (5 ft.) - 1 Round

You can sacrifice 4d6 of your sneak attack damage to briefly blind your target with sand, dirt, or something else in your environment.

Constitution Save

  • Failure: Sneak Attack (-4d6) damage. Target is blinded.

  • Success: Sneak Attack (-4d6) damage.

Sunder

As Part of a Weapon Attack - 1 Creature - 1 Round

You can sacrifice 3d6 of your sneak attack damage to temporarily create an opening in your enemy's armor or defenses.

Dexterity Save

  • Failure: Sneak Attack (-3d6) damage. All attacks against the target have advantage.

  • Success: Sneak Attack (-3d6) damage.

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Evasion
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Ability Score Improvement

You increase one ability score of your choice by 2 or increase two ability scores of your choice by 1, to a maximum of  20.

Feat

You gain a feat of your choice.

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Sneak Attack Improvement

Your Sneak Attack damage increases to 5d6.

Slippery Mind

You have acquired greater mental strength. You gain proficiency in Wisdom saving throws. If you already this proficiency, you may choose any other saving throw to become proficient in.

 

Slippery Mind
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Roguish Archetype Feature

Your chosen Roguish Archetype grants you a new feature.

Roguish Archetype 10

Assassin: Improved Finishing Blow

No Action Cost - 1 Creature

You no longer need to deal sneak attack damage to use Finishing Blow. When you deal damage with a weapon attack and reduce a creature to a number of hit points equal to your rogue level or lower, they are instead reduced to 0 hit points.

Brute: Swift and Brutal

Bonus Action - Self

When you use your Cunning Action, you can shove or grapple a creature in addition to dashing, disengaging, hiding, or using thieves' tools as part of the same bonus action.

Duelist: Light on the Feet

Your armor class increases by 1 and your speed increases by 10 when you are not wearing armor heavier than light armor. 

Mystic Trickster: Devastating Spells

Your Devastating Cantrips ability now works with spells of 1st level or higher. You only deal Sneak Attack damage to one target if your cantrip targets multiple creatures, and you can't sneak attack with a Minor Magic Missile or a Magic Missile.

Thief: Interference

When you hit a creature with your Sneak Attack or one of your Precision Attacks, you interfere with your target's ability to focus clearly.

No Action Cost - 1 Creature - 1 Round

Debuff

  • Your target cannot have advantage on any roll or use any ability that forces a reroll in their favor.

  • Your target has disadvantage on concentration checks, including against the Sneak Attack damage you just dealt. 

Other Archetype: Level 10 Feature

Your chosen Roguish Archetype grants you one or more features at this level. If using an archetype not from Elkan 5e, your archetype's feature is likely listed at level 13.

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Sneak Attack Improvement

Your Sneak Attack damage increases to 6d6.

Precision Attack

Choose one of the following Precision Attacks.

Sap

As Part of a Weapon Attack - 1 Creature - 1 Round

You can sacrifice 4d6 of your sneak attack damage to strike your target in just the right way to disorient them.

Constitution Save

  • Failure: Sneak Attack (-4d6) damage. Target is dazed.

  • Success: Sneak Attack (-4d6) damage.

Throat Punch

As Part of a Weapon Attack - 1 Creature (5 ft.) - 1 Round

You can sacrifice 4d6 of your sneak attack damage to interrupt and briefly prevent your opponent from speaking.

Constitution Save

  • Failure: Sneak Attack (-4d6) damage. Target is silenced.

  • Success: Sneak Attack (-4d6) damage.

Vicious Wound

As Part of a Weapon Attack - 1 Creature - 1 Hour

You can sacrifice 5d6 of your sneak attack damage to injure your target and prevent them from fighting at full effectiveness.

Constitution Save

  • Failure: Sneak Attack (-5d6) damage. Target takes one level of exhaustion.

  • Success: Sneak Attack (-5d6) damage.

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Ability Score Improvement

You increase one ability score of your choice by 2 or increase two ability scores of your choice by 1, to a maximum of  20.

Feat

You gain a feat of your choice.

Reliable Talent
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Sneak Attack Improvement

Your Sneak Attack damage increases to 7d6.

Reliable Talent

You have refined your chosen skills until they approach perfection. Whenever you make an ability check (including a skill check or ability check using tools) that lets you add your proficiency bonus, you can treat a d20 roll of 9 or lower as a 10.

Roguish Archetype 14
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Roguish Archetype Feature

Your chosen Roguish Archetype grants you a new feature. 

Assassin: Assassin's Reflexes

You can take two turns during the first round of any combat. You take your first turn at your normal initiative and your second turn at your initiative minus 10. You can’t use this feature when you are surprised.

Brute: Improved Brutal Fighting

No Action Cost

When you successfully shove or grapple a creature, you can choose to deal a total of 2d6 bludgeoning damage. At the start of each of your turns, you deal this damage to any creature you are grappling. This damage replaces your Brutal Fighting damage.

Duelist: Master Duelist

You are a master of misdirecting with your attacks. When you use Feint and miss, you can reroll the attack a second time.

Mystic Trickster: Master Trickster

Bonus Action - Self

When you use your Magic Trickery ability, you can also use your Cunning Action as part of the same bonus action.

Thief: Bounding Strike

No Action Cost - 1 Creature

When you use the dash action, either as part of your Cunning Action or otherwise, you can make a single weapon attack as part of that action.

Other Archetype: Level 14 Feature

Your chosen Roguish Archetype grants you one or more features at this level. If using an archetype not from Elkan 5e, your archetype's feature is likely listed at level 17.

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Sneak Attack Improvement

Your Sneak Attack damage increases to 8d6.

Expertise

Choose any two of your skills. You have expertise (you add double your proficiency bonus) with checks made with these skills.

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Ability Score Improvement

You increase one ability score of your choice by 2 or increase two ability scores of your choice by 1, to a maximum of  20.

Feat

You gain a feat of your choice.

Elusive
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Sneak Attack Improvement

Your Sneak Attack damage increases to 9d6.

Elusive

You are so evasive that attackers rarely gain the upper hand against you. Any creature that would normally have advantage on an attack roll against you rolls without advantage, unless you are incapacitated.

Blindsight
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Blindsight

You remain aware of creatures and objects near you even when you can't see them. You have blindsight with a radius of 30 ft. ​

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Sneak Attack Improvement

Your Sneak Attack damage increases to 10d6.

Superior Ability

You increase one ability score of your choice by 2, to a maximum of 22.

Superior Ability
Stroke of Luck
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Stroke of Luck

No Action Cost - Self - 1/Short Rest

You have an uncanny knack for succeeding when you need to. After you roll an attack roll, you can choose to have your attack roll count as a natural 20 on the d20, turning the attack from a miss or a hit into a critical hit. Alternatively, after you learn whether or not you succeed at an ability check (including skill checks or checks made with tools), you can decide to change your d20 roll on that check into a 20, using the new total to determine the result of the ability check.

Notes and Examples

(1) Let's say a rogue is attacking a bandit, and the bandit is also attacking a goblin. The rogue gets to add Sneak Attack because the goblin is hostile to the bandit, even though the rogue and the goblin are not allies.

If the goblin were to be stunned, the rogue could not use Sneak Attack on the bandit because the stunned condition will make the goblin incapacitated.

If the goblin were to die, but the rogue gained advantage because the bandit was knocked prone, the rogue could use Sneak Attack.

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