Gunslinger 5e Ultimate Class Guide for Dungeons and Dragons

Gunslinger 5e Ultimate Class Guide for Dungeons and Dragons

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Cowboys, gangsters, and practically every other cool trope since the invention of gunpowder use a firearm. D&D is a fantasy setting, but steampunk, dieselpunk, and a whole range of other punks have a tendency of creeping in. There is a ton of homebrew content providing for firearms, but Matt Mercer of Critical Role fame has cemented his gunslinger archetype as the go-to gunfighter of choice. What is it exactly? How does it play? How should you build it? Put on your ammo belt and reach for the sky as we go through everything you need to know.
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  1. Juan E Gomez on November 9, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    I hate this class as a dm

  2. Ben Gonzalez on November 9, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Considering how many things can potentially be banned i feel bad for yall that have to deal with that

  3. Zachary Shane on November 9, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Playing a gunslinger in a campaign currently and having a great time!! A desert nomad who was exiled from a tribe that worshipped dragons when he realized hunting them was more profitable. All of his weapons are designed to evoke the physical properties of dragons, from a whip with a barbed tip like a dragon’s tail to a hand mortar with the barrel shaped like the fire-breathing maw of a dragon. Very different from any other character I’ve ever built, but it’s been a blast (pun intended) so far!

  4. Kellie Marks on November 9, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Loved this video my dude, I’ve got a gunslinger I want to play and this was crazy helpful!

  5. ppandapp on November 9, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    I made a dhampire mercenary with this and I love her so much

    I’m a sniper that can run up walls and stand on ceilings with dark vision

    My DM had no clue what they were getting into by letting me do this…

  6. Rock N' roll on November 9, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Making a Ranger/gunslinger multiclass. A bounty hunter with a hankering for sasperilla, and a keen shot.

  7. Anon on November 9, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    For his neutral special he wields a gun.

  8. TheRedskrim13 on November 9, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Would a half orc work for a gunslinger I’m kinda going for a buccaneer type of character if there is something like that

  9. Niverian 77 on November 9, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Oh I plan on using this class and yes, it’ll have a wild west vibe but mixing magical properties in the bullets. With all the chain smoking, southern charm talking, shit eating grin of a character. Should be fun mixing steampunk with a bit of western flavor.

  10. Deja vu on November 9, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    As a player/dm I love this class. I hope to see it made official at some point.

  11. Rach Darastrix on November 9, 2021 at 11:37 pm


    Huh, I kinda imagined a DND Gunslinger as just having a dawrven steel helmet and a dwarven steel chestplate for protection while armed with 2 blunderbuss, a 75cal musket (Note, the musket is also your melee weapon, get a bayonet.) 2 braces designed to hold 3 flintlocks one on the left hip one on the right and last but not least 2 more flintlocks sling across the chest. Oh yes, this built would work.

    I’d advice if this is your pick, take these guys with you.

    1: A squire. His job is to carry additional musket balls and your snacks and drinks. And bandages and surgical sewing kits.

    2: A tank class. Just someone with good plate armor, a great big shield made with 3 layers of steel and thick spider silk padding to cushion blows. His job is just to intercept hits so you don’t have to take them. Best weapons: A pike and a choice of backup anti armor wepons.

    3: An archer. Range is good, but you want to go silent BEFORE you go loud.

    But hey, if we have guns like that, guess I better come up with a more 1870s way of fighting.

  12. Just Cullen on November 9, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    The mage: I’ve got darkvision!

    Me with 6 flintlocks: I’m about to

  13. Tommie Cobb on November 9, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    V.Human is banned often? NGL that’s super new news to me.

  14. richard cary on November 9, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    would be interesting to see a gunblade style weapon be made available to the gunslinger

  15. Justice Brewing on November 9, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Original D&D was medieval in concept, 5e is renaissance era. Firearms existed before the renaissance in the west, but was many centuries older in the east. Ending thought is simple, if your DM and/or group is old school, then skip firearms. If they are open, then there is real world evidence to support it. Of course, in a world with guns AND magic, there will be spells that target explosives…

  16. Christopher Birnbaum on November 9, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    i love how both cool and not broken it is.

    save for if you pump everything into initiative and take 3 levels of assassin. then you’re the angel of first round death. shoutouts to Deadeye on NADDPOD!

  17. Ray Ruckus on November 9, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Holy hell you just gave me an idea for a group of guerilla wood elf gunslinger.

  18. sprousejp on November 9, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    I played a gunslinger for the Dragon Heist campaign. Ended up in shoot outs with the Drow gunslingers which was tremendously fun. We have moved on to Mad Mage now though and I don’t find the gunslinger as enjoyable. I will say though that once you have the sharpshooter feat violent shot is nearly useless. You can only use one trick shot per shot and it tends to burn through your grit with less impact than the deadeye + sharpshooter combo.

  19. O.K. Productions on November 9, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    You know you’re DM is fine with gunslingers when they suggest it to you.

  20. Comicsluvr on November 9, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    As to the point of whether or not firearms belong in a campaign: Why not? In Real Life the main reason that guns immediately tipped the balance of power was twofold: You could do things at range that you used to have to be up close for (like blowing up a wall) and a person could go from being utterly useless on a battlefield to being deadly with a gun and a few week’s practice. This is not a factor in D&D because we already have spells that are likely FAR more destructive than any cannon and nobody really worries about how long it takes to train a Fighter.

    The big issue is balance so IMHO as long as the rules for firearms are balanced against the various other options like crossbows and spells, I’m fine with them being in the game. It’s especially easy now that we have Artificers as an official class.

  21. Ascended on November 9, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    I use my ultimate spell:
    Machine gun!

  22. Cody Schuppert on November 9, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Me want dis

  23. Eric Walker on November 9, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Heavyarms is now the go-to Gunslinger. Mercer has been demoted.

  24. Mickey Cade on November 9, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    I remember when I first tried this, I was going through the typical goblin cave, and on my first shot, I used disarming shot, rolled a nat 20, regained my grit point, and destroyed his bow.

  25. Frank the Crow95 on November 9, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    The Gunslinger I’ve made is a deserter who works as a bounty hunter. I plan on taking three levels of Ranger to get the Hunter subclass.

  26. C. Steiner on November 10, 2021 at 12:00 am

    I often imagined that a character like Roland of Gilead would fit nicely into DnD… Well, now we can play him xD

  27. Cosabbs on November 10, 2021 at 12:01 am

    My Halfling Bard just multiclassed into Gunslinger and this video was super helpful in helping me understand how this class works.

  28. LoudAngryJerk on November 10, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Played one for about 12 levels. Was not a fan. You either deal middling to okay damage at high levels for 1 to 5 turns, or you deal really high damage for 1 turn.

  29. Dan Golden on November 10, 2021 at 12:02 am

    I have a lvl 8 turtle fighter named spike Jones. Btw this is a pirate themed game. I’m the only one with a firearm but my dm suggested it when I was lvl 7 fighter echo night and that is a trash build so he let me switch and this weekend I will play it for the first time

  30. Iron Reed on November 10, 2021 at 12:06 am

    I’d like more of an Artificer/Rouge for this; Guns are the great equalizer so I’d like to see this be good for non physically fit characters, doing what ever is needed to get ahead. It would also help if guns were attached to a specific race or two, that way we could limit access to better guns for the player and limit the effects of guns on a story to specific regions. Probably need to make better guns very, very expensive also.

  31. Quattro Bajeena on November 10, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Alert is a pretty good feat to take at Level 8 since you get Quickdraw at level 7 which adds your proficiency bonus to your initiative and Alert gives you a +5 to your initiative on top of not being surprised.

  32. Aether Veilborne on November 10, 2021 at 12:07 am

    "I cast gun!"

  33. DJFiftySix on November 10, 2021 at 12:08 am

    I want to build one but I don’t want to use pistols, what gun should I use?

  34. Poli T. Heliu on November 10, 2021 at 12:08 am

    I love the vibe with this class; it’s alluring like Artificer is but more engineering focused rather than wacky-magic. Plus you get to be a gunsmith and make various ammo types as well as guns.

  35. SpencerXIII on November 10, 2021 at 12:10 am

    I don’t really like how everyone says this is "Matt Mercer’s gunslinger class," when it’s just a translation of the 3.5e Gunslinger.

  36. nick kerinklio on November 10, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Time to play as Vash The Stampede

  37. Cosmic_ Kittee on November 10, 2021 at 12:12 am

    My DM is letting me play gunslinger. She’s allowing my character to make her own guns. I’m super excited!

  38. josé .p on November 10, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Gues who is going to have a skeleton cowboy npc

  39. ManlySpirit on November 10, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Matchlock muskets coexisted with actual knights in armor in the EXACT setting DnD 5e is based off. Late medieval/early Renaissance. Medieval guns already have a lot of inherent drawbacks that balances them out to the already existing DnD classes, and should be made into a proper official class imo: The Musketeer, with a variety of medieval guns to choose from. Long reload times, less accuracy than a bow, more deadly the closer the range, and EXTREMELY devastating if they land a hit. Can make for an interesting glass cannon that draws all the aggro after the first shot, and can rely on traps and the like after they run away. Drawing all the aggro away from the party, while taking out one enemy can be extremely beneficial.

  40. wesley mccuin on November 10, 2021 at 12:14 am

    There is a fee for it now it is called Gunner you ignore reload properties and don’t get disadvantaged when shooting within 5 feet

  41. Sergeant Sniper on November 10, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Made me own guns and gun fighting subclass based on the Artificer. Hoping I get to play it. I love renaissance firearms and I think they’re neglected when everyone seems to want to go right for flintlock or cowboy revolvers for some reason.

  42. Mr.bubbly on November 10, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Really guns are just a little part of d&d. It’s not something you should overuse. Otherwise the game would turn into a guns only game, which the dungeon master does not want. If you really want a flintlock and some gun powder, keep it as a backup weapon if you run out of arrows. But other than that, you can still purchase a flintlock or a musket instead of a bow, or use probably 2 gunslingers. And also, I do want to try out a gunslinger when I go to get some d&d characters!🔫🔫

  43. Boden_gamerboy on November 10, 2021 at 12:19 am

    my dad has been a dm for a long time and he said i could use a single action revolver with the old black powder cartridges and told me i could use it but not semi auto weapons like today (like i would anyway?) that and also pepperbox pistols, flintlocks, and derringers, and most older western revolvers are okay to use, but only if the dm lets you as you said which he seemed okay with it

  44. corda on November 10, 2021 at 12:21 am

    I think it fits in dnd. yes its bit out there but so is the reast of the the game. so why not make it more fun for all even tho my gun broke like 10 times

  45. Jordan Hatt on November 10, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Personal opinion this class should be a class by itself, or an archetype for artificer or rogue, maybe ranger but I think the other two are better.

  46. SpectralArrow on November 10, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Ive been planning a gnome battle smith / gunslinger , use int instead of dex and have a rideable pet aswell as innate magic resistance