D&D 5e: Half-Elf Blood Hunter
Are you a fan of the iconic Tiefling Blood Hunter, Mollymauk Tealeaf, from Critical Role? Do you also want to learn what it’s like to sacrifice your life force in exchange for untapped power? Whether you’re familiar with Mollymauk or completely new to the game, keep reading
How to Make a Half-Elf Blood Hunter
When you roll your character, place the highest dice roll under Strength or Dexterity. Your choice will depend on the type of weapon you’ll wield in the game. Pick Strength for melee weapons or Dexterity for the archery fighting style or finesse weapons.
Next, make Constitution your second-highest score. This is ideal if you want to keep extra hit points on your crimson rite or for amplifying blood curses. If you want to focus on the potency of your blood curses, pick Intelligence instead. To optimize your stats, use your Half-Elf traits to place +1 to your top two scores, as well.
Pick among the four Orders or subclasses of the Blood Hunter. These include the Order of the Ghostslayer, Order of the Lycan, Order of the Profane Soul, and Order of the Mutant. Among the Blood Hunter subclasses, avoid the Order of the Mutant. For now, it’s the weakest.
How to Play a Half-Elf Blood Hunter
Half-Elf Blood Hunters are versatile characters. It’s easy for you to switch between using your spells and your weapon of choice for offense.
If you’re interested in lycanthropy or werewolves, the Order of the Lycan is the best subclass for you. As a Lycan Blood Hunter, you gain heightened senses, stalker’s prowess, and a werewolf transformation feature. Add the general Blood Hunter attacks, like the crimson rite and blood maledict.
If you like playing as spellcasters, you’ll enjoy the Order of the Profane Soul subclass. Like Warlocks, you follow a patron and gain the ability to cast spells. Some great early-level spells and cantrips to keep in your repertoire are:
- Booming Blade
- Cause Fear
- Armor of Agathys
- Chill Touch
If your DM throws opponents that can charm you or cause magical sleep, keep your fey ancestry trait in mind.
How to Roleplay as a Half-Elf Blood Hunter
Becoming a Blood Hunter takes drive and a serious change of lifestyle. Most Blood Hunters dedicate their lives to hunting down monsters or evil creatures. In most cases, this purpose stems from a life-changing event.
When you decide how your Half-Elf became a Blood Hunter, consider the events that led to it. It could be because of a clan or village-wide slaughter. Another possible backstory event is when you were kidnapped at a young age and then rescued by Blood Hunters. In time, you also decided to follow in their footsteps and help others as they saved you.
Don’t be afraid to take inspiration from characters like the Witcher or Van Helsing. The class itself took inspiration from those characters, so there’s no reason you can’t do the same.