Fighting styles for Streets – Beat’em up

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Even inside the same combat system (boxing, karate, etc), there’s many different styles of fighting . I’ve tried to translate that for my D&D 5e Streets & Turmoil setting.

As it is far easier and less risky to take what already exists rather than homebrew everything from scratch, I’ve started with looking at the options already available. When I couldn’t find any, I’ve resorted to basic homebrewing, tinkering  with the fighter class feature fighting styles and champion subclass battle maneuvers.

Swarmer

Applying constant pressure, the swarmer wins with sheer volume instead of technique or power, not letting any breathing space for his adversary.

How to showcase that style:

  • Barbarian class feature: reckless
  • Barbarian, path of the berserker subclass feature: frenzy
  • Monk Ki feature: flurry of blows

Evaluation: The swarmer is not a subtle style so that seems like a quick & easy fit.

Out-fighter

The opposite of the swarmer, the out-fighter do best while keeping his distance, using superior reach and quick feet.

How to showcase that style:

  • Fighter, champion battle maneuver: lunging attack
  • Fighter, champion battle maneuver: pushing attack 
  • Rogue, Scout subclass feature: skirmisher
  • Monk, Ki feature: step of the wind

Evaluation: The opponent have the leisure the move back in range easily, this doesn’t seem to give a real edge at all. It definitely needs something more.

Homebrew: New fighting style (Fighter class feature):

Out-striking: +1 bonus to AC when the creature that targets you starts its turn at more than 5′. +1 bonus to attack rolls when targeted creature is at more than 5′.

Counterpuncher

A counterpuncher relies on good defense and waits for the opportunity to counter when his opponent exposes himself to attack.

How to showcase that style:

  • Fighter, champion battle maneuver: riposte
  • Monk, Ki feature: patient defense

Evaluation: That seems sufficient to me, riposte is a perfectly serviceable battle maneuver, even more so with a good AC.

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Slugger

The slugger isn’t about subtlety, his output his low, but when he do strikes, all of his body is committed to it.

New champion battle maneuver:  Power Punch

When you make an unarmed melee attack on your turn, you can choose to have disadvantage. When you do so, add twice the superiority die to the attack’s damage roll.

Dirty boxing

Clinch holds, elbows, headbutts, eye gouge, bites and hidden weapons: anything goes in dirty boxing, less a style than a willingness to uses every possible means to achieve victory.

Okay, I just saw that the Tavern Brawler feat is exactly that… I’ll just rename it.

 

Unorthodox fighter

The strength of an unorthodox style resides in the fact that it’s something so rarely displayed that almost any opponent feels awkward against its practitioner.

New fighter’s fighting style: 

When a creature makes a melee attack against you , it must make a wisdom saving throw. On a failed save, the creature provokes an attack of opportunity, if you hit, add the superiority die to the attack’s damage roll.

 

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