Hello adventurers of all shapes and sizes. Welcome to my website and thank you so much for clicked on to the 41st episode of our feat series. Today we’re going to be taking a look at one of the most interesting feats. Well kind of it’s interesting because it makes a really cool build and we’ll get into that a little bit later. Today we’re gonna be taking a look at dnd 5e polearm master feat for those characters out there who just like having a weapon with some heft and reach to it. This feat is found in the player’s handbook. So we should all have access to it. That being said let’s take a look at the description so we know what we’re talking about.
First and foremost there is no prerequisite for this. Meaning anyone of any class, race or skillset can use it with no problem and the description reads as followed.
Being a Polearm master feat you can keep your enemies at bay with reach weapons gain the below mentioned benefits:
- When you prepared to take an attack action and also the attack by only a glave, halberd, quarterstaff, or spear and also you can use a bonus action for making a melee weapon attack with the opposite end of a weapon. This attack actually uses a similar ability modifier as the primary attack. Of course it weapon’s damage also die for this attack is a d4 and also it will deal the bludgeoning damage.
- During you’re wielding the glaive, halberd, pike, quarterstaff, or spear, the other creatures could provoke an opportunity attack from you whenever they do enter the reach that you’ve with that specific weapon.
Wow lot to read they’re also a decent amount to unpack. So let’s go through the walkthrough section here and kind of break this down, just a little bit more here.
So, the beginning part kind of sort of self-explanatory so how it works is you do a normal attack and you can follow it up as a bonus action. With essentially hitting them with the stick part of whatever it is using. So the shaft i guess is will you walk them with and it deals a d4 plus whatever your weapon modifier is. So that’s pretty good, i really like this one as well because it scales with your level in some form at least which i really really do like.
And then the second part there which is honestly probably the best well i mean i guess they’re both really good in combination with one another but i like this one quite a bit. You could perform a tax of opportunity when they enter your range. So what that kind of means is so in case you’re not familiar already, a tax of opportunity are usually taken when someone leaves your space without taking with this engage action.
What makes this particularly cool is that you can essentially attack a person for just walking past you. Needless to say in terms of combat where people are running around all over the place that could be incredibly useful. Reason being is you can essentially attack three times within your turn so do a normal attack right, you hit them with the shaft is a bonus action and then walk another person for just walking within that five foot range, you since all of your weapons have the reach attribute.
So, i think it’s really really great. In terms of who benefits the most from this i wanna say hex blade warlock more than likely. Reason being they’re kind of one of the only melee characters who doesn’t get multiple attacks or not really. I mean i guess you can kind of cheese it a little bit but they don’t really so this is a great way for them to still get at least comparable action economy compared to what a few or the other more melee classes get. So i think that’s a good one for it. That being said i don’t know they synergize super well with reach weapons.
If you can let me know down in the comments below, actually that’d be great. I would homebrew it so they could for sure just for this feat in particular. Let me naturally a player would have to run a pass me in advance. But i don’t see why turn it down.
That being said, if you have any ideas, any crazy ways of using it or any cool stories about Polearm Master, i’d really like to hear them down in the comments beneath. Have a great day everyone and as always happy adventuring.