War Magic Guard

I have recently been loving playing and DMing for Dungeons and Dragons 5e. As part of my DMing I have created a few different homebrew creations. This guard is one that I think is really effective. You can find the page for it on DNDBeyond here.

The goal with this was to create a magically trained guard for a high magic area that utilizes some of the abilities of the war magic subclass for wizards. It was used in a prison in combination with more traditional guards.

General

  • Armor Class – 12 (14 with Mage Armor)
  • Hit Points – 18 (4d6 +4)
  • Speed – 30 feet

Ability Scores

  • Strength – 10 (+0)
  • Dexterity – 13 (+1)
  • Constitution – 11 (+0)
  • Intelligence – 15 (+2)
  • Wisdom – 10 (+0)
  • Charisma – 11 (+0)

Languages, Saving Throws, Skills

  • Saving Throws:
    • Intelligence: +4
    • Wisdom: +2
  • Skills:
    • Arcana: +4
    • History: +4
  • Languages:
    • Common
    • Any other appropriate language
  • Challenge Rating: 2 (450 XP)
  • Proficiency Bonus: +2

Traits

  • Spellcasting: 4th Level, Spell Save DC 12, +4 to hit
    • Cantrips (at will):
      • Fire Bolt
      • Friends
      • Message
    • 1st Level (4 slots):
      • Charm Person
      • Mage Armor
      • Sleep
      • Alarm
    • 2nd level (3 slots):
      • Hold Person
      • Arcane Lock
      • Detect Thoughts
  • Tactical Wit: Your keen ability to assess tactical situations allows you to act quickly in battle. You can give yourself a bonus to your initiative rolls equal to your Intelligence modifier.

Actions

  • Dagger: Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +2 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20/60 ft., one target. Hit: 2 (1d4) piercing damage.

Reactions

  • Arcane Deflection: You have learned to weave your magic to fortify yourself against harm. When you are hit by an attack or you fail a saving throw, you can use your reaction to gain a +2 bonus to your AC against that attack or a +4 bonus to that saving throw. When you use this feature, you can’t cast spells other than cantrips until the end of your next turn.

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