Savage Bard

(Unearthed Arcana variant, p. 50)

A variant bard who is a warrior at heart and whose arcane powers strike fear into the enemies of his tribe.


Any chaotic

Class Features

All starting gold, skill points, class skills, hit dice, and class features all retained from base class, Bard, unless noted.

Illiteracy: A savage bard is illiterate, just as a barbarian is. An illiterate savage bard cannot use or scribe scrolls.

Spellcasting: Remove the following spells from the savage bard's class spell list: calm emotions, comprehend languages, detect secret doors, erase, prestidigitation, read magic, sepia snake sigil, summon monster (I through VI).

Add the following spells to the savage bard's class spell list:

1st—calm animals, detect snares and pits, endure elements, summon nature's ally I;

2nd—bull's strength, pass without trace, summon nature's ally II;

3rd—snare, summon nature's ally III;

4th—insect plague, summon nature's ally IV;

5th—commune with nature, summon nature's ally V;

6th—creeping doom, reincarnate, summon nature's ally VI.


Base Save Bonuses: A savage bard has good Fortitude and Will saves, but has poor Reflex saves.

Class Skills: A savage bard loses Decipher Script and Speak Language as class skills. He adds Survival to his list of class skills.

Saves: Replace saves of base class Bard with this chart.

Level Fort Ref Will
1st +2 +0 +2
2nd +3 +0 +3
3rd +3 +1 +3
4th +4 +1 +4
5th +4 +1 +4
6th +5 +2 +5
7th +5 +2 +5
8th +6 +2 +6
9th +6 +3 +6
10th +7 +3 +7
11th +7 +3 +7
12th +8 +4 +8
13th +8 +4 +8
14th +9 +4 +9
15th +9 +5 +9
16th +10 +5 +10
17th +10 +5 +10
18th +11 +6 +11
19th +11 +6 +11
20th +12 +6 +12

Class skills

Skill name Key ability Trained only Armor check penalty

Spells for Savage Bard

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