D&D 5e: Aasimar Blood Hunter Guide
D&D 5e: Aasimar Blood Hunter Guide
Blood Hunter is already a class with an interesting flavor to it. It was very clearly inspired by the popular Witcher franchise and is diverse enough to allow players to lean into specializing in alchemy, unnatural mutations, and monster hunting.
The Aasimar are already celestial beings and ones that don’t much like being identified as such unless there is evil afoot that needs slaying. What makes them a fantastic race option for blood hunters is the versatility that the role allows them to fill. Let’s take a closer look at that.
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How to Make an Aasimar Blood Hunter
Strength or dexterity should be the primary concern of any blood hunter, depending on your weapons of choice, with intelligence taking second-highest priority as it powers your class features and, if you choose the Order of the Profane Soul, your spells as well.
For this case, we will choose dexterity as our main stat, intelligence as our second, then constitution as our third priority because we’ll be using health to power some of our class features. The rest of your stats are up to you.
Blood Hunter Orders (subclasses) are particularly interesting. The Order of the Ghostslayer takes an almost “vampire hunter” approach to the class and has fitting radiant damage, but it does double up on your natural necrotic resistance.
Order of the Lycan focuses on transforming via lycanthropic curse, which makes you exceptionally powerful in melee while transformed, but it has limited uses.
The Order of the Mutant is focused on alchemy of sorts, allowing you to craft mutagens that change your physical characteristics.
Finally, we have Order of the Profane Soul that is a half-warlock subclass. What makes it interesting is that it’s based on Intelligence and not Charisma, the stat warlocks typically use. Regardless, it is also the most thematically fitting because we can choose the celestial as our otherworldly patron, which can be the same entity as our aasimar patron that brought us to the material plane.
How to Play an Aasimar Blood Hunter
Blood Hunters feel mechanically like a cross between a ranger and a fighter, they are somewhat of a magical/martial hybrid class, though leaning more towards the martial side of things. Choosing a high dexterity score gives us the freedom to swap between both ranged and melee (finesse) weapon options.
Rather than trying to fight with multiple combatants at once, your abilities focus on delivering a lot of pain to a single target at a time. Pick out the enemies you think you can eliminate quickly with them, or instead target the biggest threat and focus on taking them down as quickly as possible. Even Profane Soul blood hunters who have access to spells, have access to precious few spell slots and are likely only to replace the ranged weapon options with their cantrips.
How to Roleplay as an Aasimar Blood Hunter
Blood hunters are a sort of dark-themed class, and one needs to look no further than the material that inspired them in order to see this.
What does this mean for your character, do they behave particularly jaded, or are they more stoic and serious? Do they have a dark sense of humor? Perhaps in spite of the theme of the class, your character has normalized the sort of business they go about and done away with the dark edge entirely, which is also an interesting choice.
Try to imagine how the aasimar side of you plays a role in what you do though because Scourge Aasimar as presented as a sort of cleansing holy warrior, whereas the blood hunter is presented as a similar sort of cleansing warrior, but one willing to use dark means to achieve good ends.