D&D 5e: Halfling Blood Hunter

D&D 5e: Halfling Blood Hunter

Do you want to create a character that wants to destroy the wicked without pledging to a deity? Have you ever had Van Helsing inspire you that you designed a character based on him? Do you ever wonder what would happen if you made a crossover between a Witcher and a Hobbit? 

You need not wonder anymore. The Halfling Blood Hunter is the answer to that odd yet fascinating query. 

We’ll teach you how to create a Halfling Blood Hunter as your next D&D character. 

How to Make a Halfling Blood Hunter

Unlike other classes, creating a Blood Hunter starts with your weapon of choice. Will your character wield melee weapons or use archery/finesse weapons? If you want to use melee weapons, make Strength your highest ability score. If you’ll play as an archer or user of finesse weapons, pick Dexterity instead.

Your next-highest score is a choice between Constitution and Intelligence. Before you can pick one, decide how you want to play the Blood Hunter. Do you want to sling out potent and powerful blood curses or cast spells? If so, make Intelligence the second-highest ability score. If you want to optimize your use of your crimson rite ability and amplify blood curses, pick Constitution. 

Finally, pick a Blood Hunter subclass from the following:

  • Order of the Ghostslayer
    • Makes you a ghost hunter and killer.
  • Order of the Lycan
    • Lets you turn into a werewolf.
  • Order of the Profane Soul
    • Gives you a patron and spellcasting.
  • Order of the Mutant
    • Turns you into the monster-hunting monster.

The optimal Halfling subrace is the stout Halfling, which gives a +1 to Constitution.

How to Play a Halfling Blood Hunter

Blood Hunters are a lot like Fighters crossbred with Druids (or Warlocks, in the case of the Profane Soul subclass). Your fighting style and subclass dictates how you function in battle. Melee weapon users must stay at the frontline, while archers should stick at the backline with the spell casters.

The Blood Hunter’s crimson rite ability lets him or her sacrifice a few hit points to deal damage to a target. Your blood maledict ability lets you use blood magic or hemocraft to invoke blood curses. These curses let you manipulate, sacrifice, and hurt others. 

Whenever you’re in battle, don’t forget the Halfling’s Lucky and brave traits.

How to Roleplay as a Halfling Blood Hunter

Most Blood Hunters have grave or severe dispositions. However, Halflings, with their air of peace and brave nature, make a different sort of Blood Hunter. There are always exceptions, but most Halfling Blood Hunters remain inquisitive, friendly, and curious. 

If you want to preserve these Halfling traits, find a balance between them and the severity of the class. You may also want to break the mold with a character backstory such as this:

Welby comes from a nice family. He sends them letters often about his adventures, and they support him. However, he often comes across as edgy and everyone assumes his backstory is a tragic one.

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