Elementalist

You focus your arcane studies on the power inherent to one of the Elemental Planes. Elementalists believe in the superiority of their chosen element above all others, and they aren’t shy about making that fact known. Elementalists are sometimes secluded researchers, but more often they’re adventurous types who sign on with groups that can appreciate their singular talents.

Except as noted below, elementalists function as wizards and use the wizard spell list.

Elemental Savant

Beginning when you select this tradition at 2nd level, choose one element from the table below. That element becomes the focus of your study. You can speak, read, and write the language associated with your focus, and the associated damage type is used by other features as noted.

Some spells resonate with your focus element. They might deal the associated damage type, manipulate the element in question, or otherwise embody an elemental theme. Work with your GM to determine whether a given spell resonates with your focus. The gold and time you must spend to copy a spell resonant with your chosen element into your spellbook is halved.

Elemental Focus

Element Language Damage Type
Air Auran Lightning or Thunder (choose one)
Earth Terran Acid
Fire Ignan Fire
Water Aquan Cold

When you gain a level, one of the two spells you learn for gaining a level can be an elemental magic spell, even if you’ve never encountered the spell before. Similarly, when you learn a new cantrip, it can be an elemental magic cantrip even if you’ve never previously encountered it.

Elemental Mastery

Starting at 2nd level, you learn magical techniques, called masteries, to channel elemental magic into your being and spells.

Masteries. You learn two masteries of your choice, which are detailed under “Masteries” below. You learn one additional mastery of your choice at 6th, 10th, and 14th levels. Each time you learn a new mastery, you can also replace one mastery you know with a different one.

Substitute Elements

Beginning at 6th level, you can funnel elemental essence through your damage-dealing spells. When you cast a spell that does damage, you can change the damage to the type associated with your elemental focus.

Absorb Elements

Starting at 10th level, when you would take damage of the type associated with your elemental focus, you can use a reaction to take no damage and regain a number of hit points equal to half the damage you would have taken. You can use this ability even if you have resistance or immunity to that damage type from another source. You can use this ability a number of times equal to your Intelligence modifier (minimum of 1), and you regain all expended uses when you finish a long rest.

Irresistible Strike

At 14th level, your elemental damage spells are unstoppable. Your spells that deal damage of the type associated with your elemental focus ignore immunity to that damage type. You can use this ability a number of times equal to your Intelligence modifier (minimum of 1), and you regain all expended uses when you finish a long rest.

Masteries

Masteries are specialized techniques you can use to augment your spellcasting. Unless otherwise noted, you can only use one mastery on a given spell. The masteries are presented in alphabetical order.

Elemental Adaptation

Prerequisite: 14th level

You add plane shift to your spellbook if you don’t already have it, and you can cast it once with this mastery without expending a spell slot. You can only travel to the elemental plane associated with your elemental focus, or to the material plane. While on that elemental plane, you aren’t harmed by the normal conditions of the plane, you can breathe normally, and you can use your speed to move in a manner appropriate to the plane (flying for air, burrowing for earth, and swimming for water). You regain the ability to cast plane shift with this mastery when you finish a long rest.

Elemental Binding

Prerequisite: 10th level

You add planar binding to your spellbook if you don’t already have it, and you can cast it once with this mastery without expending a spell slot. When you cast the spell in this way, you must target an elemental creature associated with your elemental focus. If the elemental fails its saving throw, it gains temporary hit points equal to your wizard level. You regain the ability to cast planar binding with this mastery when you finish a long rest.

Elemental Bulwark

Prerequisite: 6th level

You gain resistance to the damage type associated with your elemental focus, and you have advantage on Constitution saving throws made to maintain concentration on spells that resonate with your elemental focus.

Elemental Command

As an action, you can charm an elemental creature for as long as you maintain concentration as if concentrating on a spell, for up to 1 hour. If you or your companions damage the charmed elemental or take any harmful action against it, the charmed condition ends immediately. Once this ability ends for a given elemental, it is immune to being charmed by you for 24 hours.

Elemental Erosion

Prerequisite: 10th level

After you damage a target with a spell of 1st level or higher that deals the damage type associated with your elemental focus, the target becomes vulnerable to that damage type until the end of your next turn. You can use this ability twice. You regain all expended uses when you finish a short or long rest.

Ignite

Prerequisite: Elemental Focus (Fire)

When you deal fire damage to a target with a spell of 1st level or higher, you can use a bonus action to cause the target to catch fire. At the start of its next turn, the creature takes half as much fire damage as it originally took from the spell, and the flames go out. This damage can be prevented if an ally within 5 feet uses an action to put out the flames. If you damage more than one target with the spell, choose just one to catch fire.

Intensified Element

Your spells that deal the damage type associated with your elemental focus ignore any resistance the target has to that damage type.

Stony Refuge

Prerequisite: Elemental Focus (Earth)

When you cast a spell of 1st level or higher, you can use a bonus action to create a hovering slab of stone that interposes itself between you and one creature of your choice. Until the end of your next turn, the slab provides half cover to you against attacks from the chosen creature.

Sweeping Swell

Prerequisite: Elemental Focus (Water)

When you cast a spell of 1st level or higher, you can use a bonus action to create a sweeping wave of water to push a target you can see within 20 feet. The creature must succeed on a Strength saving throw or be pushed 5 feet in the direction of your choice.

Wind Blast

Prerequisite: Elemental Focus (Air)
When you cast a spell of 1st level or higher, you can use a bonus action to create a line of wind that is 20 feet long and 5 feet wide. Each creature in the line must make a Strength saving throw or take 1d6 slashing damage and be pushed 10 feet away from you in the direction of the line.

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