NEW MARTIAL TRADITIONS
The following is a new Magus Martial Tradition for use with the rules for the 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Magus class found here. This also makes extensive use of the firearms rules found here.
Special thanks to my fellow blogger, Doctor Necrotic, for suggesting this Martial Tradition!
WAY OF THE GUN
Beginning when you choose this martial tradition at 1st level, you gain proficiency with firearms. You also gain the ability to use your Arcane Pool abilities with magic weapons. When you do so, your Arcane Pool ability supersedes the weapon’s bonuses and abilities (if any) for the duration of the Arcane Pool ability.
You also gain a pistol or rifle and 20 bullets.
At 1st level, you gain the ability to attune to any firearm. You also gain the ability to use your Arcane Pool abilities with firearms. When you do so, your Arcane Pool ability supersedes the weapon’s bonuses and abilities (if any) for the duration of the Arcane Pool ability.
Further, you can use your magus abilities that require a melee weapon attack with firearms. For instance, you can use the Magus Arcana Critical Strike with firearms.
Finally, you gain the ability to deliver any magus spell or cantrip that requires a ranged attack roll through your bonded weapon. To do so, you take the Attack action with a firearm and simultaneously cast any magus spell you have prepared or magus cantrip you know as a bonus action. If you hit, the firearm ranged weapon attack deals its normal damage as well as the effects of the spell. If you roll a critical hit, the spell’s damage (if any) is doubled. This ability can be used once per round and cannot be used in the same round as spellstrike or spell Combat. However, at 20th level, you can choose to use spell combat and this ability in the same round.
Starting at 5th level, you can spend 1 arcane pool point to avoid suffering disadvantage on an attack roll when you attack a target beyond normal range with your bonded weapon.
THE MAGIC BULLET
At 11th level, you perfect your mastery of firearms. By expending 1 arcane pool point, your bonded weapon regains 2 bullets, which each count as magic weapons.
Further, you can the ability to spend 1 arcane pool point and deliver any of your prepared spells or cantrips through your bonded weapon, including those which normally require a melee attack roll. If the spell has an area of effect, such as a cone or sphere, the spell effect originates at the target. For instance, if you use this ability to cast the burning hands spell, the spell affects a 15 foot cone that spreads out from, and includes, the target.
DUNGEON MUSER’S NOTES
Since firearms are beginning to play a larger role in my 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons game, I felt it would be best to take the good Doctor’s suggestion and introduce a gun-wielding variant for the Magus.
I tried to avoid duplicating the abilities of the Spellslinger Gunslinger archetype so as to give this subclass its own thematic space. In the end, I think I struck the right balance where the Gun Magus is a better spellcaster, but the Spellslinger is a better gunfighter, but I will be happy to hear your thoughts, dear readers.
As with the Magus class itself, with a few changes, this martial tradition could be used to replicate an arcane archer, similar to the Arcane Archer Prestige Class from the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, or a divine/primal magic archer, similar to the Seeker class from 4th Edition D&D.
For a Seeker-type character who uses druidic-style magic combined with archery, you could easily use the Ranger spell list up to level 5 and then use spells from levels 6 to level 9 from the Druid spell list, to make up the balance.
THE MAGUS UNLEASHES A RIPOSTE
Yet another gunslinging option is ready to join your 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons campaign!
Until next time, I remain;
THE DUNGEON MUSER