Beast Trainer

People have used animals in their war efforts since time immemorial. As a beast trainer, you teach animals how to fight and survive on the battlefield.

You also train them to recognize and obey your allies when you aren’t able to direct them. While a beast trainer can train any type of animal, they often generate a strong bond with one species and focus their training on beasts of that type.

Beast Whisperer

Starting at 3rd level, you gain proficiency in Animal Handling. If you already have proficiency in this skill, your proficiency bonus is doubled for any ability check you make with it.

Trained Animals

Beginning when you take this archetype at 3rd level, you gain a beast companion. Choose a beast that is Medium or smaller and has a challenge rating of 1/4 or lower. The beast is friendly to you and your companions, and it obeys any commands that you issue to it. In combat, it shares your initiative and takes its turn immediately after yours. The beast can move and use its reaction on its own, but, if you don’t issue any commands to it, the only action it takes is the Dodge action. You can use your bonus action to direct it to take the Attack, Dash, Disengage, Help, Hide, or Search action or an action listed in its statistics.

If you are knocked unconscious, killed, or otherwise unable to command your trained animal, one of your allies can use a bonus action to command it by succeeding on a DC 10 Wisdom (Animal Handling) check. When you reach 7th level, you can have more than one trained animal at a time. All your trained animals can have a total challenge rating equal to a quarter of your level, rounded down. A beast with a challenge rating of 0 is considered to have a challenge rating of 1/8 for the purpose of determining the number of trained animals you can have. You can use a bonus action to direct all your trained animals to take the same action, or you can use an action to command all of them to take different actions.

To have one or more trained animals, you must spend at least one hour each day practicing commands and playing with your animals, which you can do during a long rest.

If a trained animal dies, you can use an action to touch the animal and expend a spell slot of 1st level or higher. The animal returns to life after 1 minute with all its hit points restored.

Bestial Flanker

At 7th level, when you hit a creature, you can choose one of your trained animals you can see within 30 feet of you. If that trained animal attacks the creature you hit before your next turn, it has advantage on its first attack roll.

You can use this feature a number of times equal to your proficiency bonus. You regain all expended uses when you finish a long rest.

Bred for Battle

Starting at 11th level, add half your proficiency bonus to each trained animal’s AC, attack rolls, damage rolls, saving throws, and to any skills in which it is proficient, and increase each trained animal’s hit point maximum by twice your proficiency bonus. In addition, you can choose Large and smaller beasts when you select trained animals.

Primal Whirlwind

At 15th level, when you command your trained animals to use the Attack action, you can choose for one trained animal to attack all creatures within 5 feet of it, making one attack against each creature.

You can use this feature a number of times equal to your proficiency bonus. You regain all expended uses when you finish a long rest.

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