D&D 5e: Half-Orc Blood Hunter
D&D 5e: Half-Orc Blood Hunter
Are you tired of playing the typical classes for the Half-Orc? Do you want to play a new class that isn’t a Barbarian, Paladin, or Fighter? The Blood Hunter is the newest official class for all Half-Orc-loving players and otherwise.
However, please note that the Blood Hunter class isn’t official for Adventurer’s League, yet. With that said, keep reading below to learn how to roll, play, and roleplay a Half-Orc Blood Hunter.
The Half-Orc Race can be found in the Player’s Handbook. Click here to pick up your own copy of The Player’s Handbook!
The Blood Hunter class is found in the Dungeon Master’s Guild. Click here to pick up your own copy of the Blood Hunter Class!
How to Make a Half-Orc Blood Hunter
Half-Orcs are one of the most durable races in the whole D&D race roster. Their relentless endurance trait makes them one of the hardest to kill, which is a bane for the bad guys. They’re also some of the strongest races, with a +2 on Strength and +1 on Constitution. Keep these in mind when you roll your Half-Orc Blood Hunter.
Next, let’s focus on your stats. A Blood Hunter’s highest ability score will depend on his/her weapons of choice. If you want to play as an archer or wield finesse weapons, make Dexterity your highest score. However, to optimize your Half-Orc lineage, you’ll do best using Strength as your highest stat and fighting with melee weapons.
Next, make Constitution or Intelligence your second-highest score. Picking one will depend on how you want to play your Blood Hunter. If you want to have more hit points to burn on crimson rite or amplifying blood curses, pick Constitution. If you want to increase the potency of your blood curses, pick Intelligence.
You’re free to pick from any of the four Blood Hunter subclasses. If you love werewolves, pick the Order of the Lycan subclass. If you’ve had experience playing as a Warlock and want a similar experience, join the Order of the Profane Soul. If you’re fighting the undead, ghosts, and other similar creatures, choose the Order of the Ghostslayer.
How to Play a Half-Orc Blood Hunter
The Blood Hunter class is a mix of a dark-themed Druid and Fighter. You’ll often be in the midst of battle near the frontline. Blood Hunters are adept in dancing with death, given their lifestyles.
Use your Hemocraft abilities to deal damage to foes, like your Primal and Esoteric Rites. You’ll be sacrificing some of your hit points to create damage, but it’ll hurt worse for your targets. This is the play style of the Blood Hunter.
How to Roleplay as a Half-Orc Blood Hunter
Do you feel clueless about how a Blood Hunter should act? You can take inspiration from famous fictional monster hunters like the Witcher, Van Helsing, or even Buffy Summers. You can even be as random and silly as Deadpool if you wish.
Remember that a key roleplaying feature is your past and how you became a Blood Hunter. Craft a unique backstory that reflects your character’s need to hunt monsters and creatures.
You might’ve been orphaned by them, picked as The Chosen One, or you were born into the lifestyle and trained by your mother. The choice is up to you!