Psionic Rogue: Soulknife in D&D's Unearthed Arcana

  • Published: 26 November 2019
  • Jeremy Crawford talks about the Soulknife (Psionic) subclass for the Rogue in Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. Now Available on D&D Beyond:

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Comments • 238

  • InTurtleBleeting
    InTurtleBleeting  16 hours back

    Soul knifes...hmmm I sense... yes, yes I sense a Psionic Soccerer with telekinesis and does psychic damage with her mind, and a wizard that can control the weather, and a fighter that can teleport , a bezerker barbarian which wields a triple bladed weapon in each hand ...

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      • The HoH Collective
        The HoH Collective  1 months back

        Stealing from the mystic break it down into parts.

        • Brooks Sligh
          Brooks Sligh  1 months back

          I confess to a deep affection for the Soulknife despite spending three levels in 3.5 with their only class feature being "Has a shortsword," they just have such cool character concept. Threading the needle between a Hexblade Warlock & a Shadow Blade spellcaster while maintaining a psionic flavor has to be a heck of a task for 5e.

          • KINFIN123
            KINFIN123  1 months back

            “This subclass is terrifying”

            Me: Imma make a sweet pilgrim boy with this

            • Charles Williams
              Charles Williams  2 months back

              Psychic warrior is weak as hell lol

              • Charles Williams
                Charles Williams  2 months back

                Against Constructs? Or things without minds?

                • Solomon Robin
                  Solomon Robin  2 months back

                  I love the Soulknife, its probably my favorite thing to ever come out of unearthed arcana(that hasn't been published in a book). PSA: an amazing race to play with this due to really good stat increases of a rogue, amazing innate racial traits, some of the best racial feats in the game, and all in all great roleplay flavor for this subclass are Deep Gnomes. Advantage on stealth checks in rocky terrain, magic resistance against wis, cha, and int saves, superior darkvision without sunlight sensitivity, +1 dex(obvious for a Rogue) and +2 int(what your psionics are based on) the Deep Gnome High Magic feat which allows for some amazing buffs and debuffs that can really help a rogue, the Fade Away feat which essentially gives you auto sneak attack on your next turn if you take damage, and the fact that Svirfneblin are native to the Underdark which is home to a lot of psionic slavers i.e. mind flayers and aboleths can add really great built in roleplaying potential.

                  • IxCxE 666
                    IxCxE 666  2 months back

                    So basically... they plagiarized PSYLOCKE from MARVEL comic books?? Why in the F, & as far as I'm concerned... LAZY AS HELL.

                    • FuZZ FX
                      FuZZ FX  2 months back

                      * cough cough Mystic cough cough*

                      • Hadi zahedi
                        Hadi zahedi  2 months back

                        Freddie's just a lvl 20 soul knife.

                        • Avery Malone
                          Avery Malone  2 months back

                          goku black if you multiclass a sunsoul monk

                          • Andrew L'Amoureux
                            Andrew L'Amoureux  2 months back

                            I have wanted to play a class like this for a long time...

                            • Matthew Snow
                              Matthew Snow  2 months back

                              The main feature of this subclass is made useless by having a magical shortsword or other weapon until level 9 and then you would only use one in your offhand for the fear and extra sneak attack chance.

                              The soulknife is a great idea but doesn't work in the framework of a rogue subclass. Having 6 levels (3 to 9) between subclass abilities was a really bad design choice.

                              • Spartacus547
                                Spartacus547  2 months back

                                I think a cleric with the spell speak with the dead, might figure out that it a Rogue and have a description of what he/she looks like

                                • THECRB15
                                  THECRB15  2 months back

                                  cloak called, he wants dagger back

                                  • Rhys Borders
                                    Rhys Borders  2 months back

                                    made a multiclass between this and berserker as a deep gnome that dissociates when they rage

                                    • Zach Landon
                                      Zach Landon  2 months back

                                      When will this be available to play on d&d beyond?

                                      • D&D Beyond
                                        D&D Beyond   2 months back

                                        These new UA subclasses are available now!

                                    • TheLostSkeleton
                                      TheLostSkeleton  2 months back

                                      This feels like something that was specifically meant to be a counter to bear totems but I love the flavor of this so much

                                      • Zero The Only
                                        Zero The Only  2 months back

                                        I smell a nerf coming

                                        • Loren Sloan
                                          Loren Sloan  2 months back

                                          I’d love to see power points and psionic focuses used for psionic characters. I really like how the Rouge works in conjunction with psionic abilities. My issue is psionics being a kind of magic instead of not magic. The Soul Knife’s knife functions as a magic weapon, instead of bypassing magic resistance for example. Yes this is a small in the concept of this subclass, the idea could ring in other classes.

                                          Maybe a ground up Psion class build then other psionic subclasses for preexisting classes? Maybe doing alternate classes? Take a wizard, give him a psi crystal and instead of slots power points. Wilder alternate Warlock with no patron, a walking maelstrom of power. Use alternate spell lists from preexisting(as usual). Spells cost spell level x3? The real trick is making another entry inside the turn like Cast a Spell. That’s what will make it different than magic. It may also help the math with monsters, idk

                                          And psionic focus. This is what makes a Soul Knife cool in 3.5. Bring back Autohypnosis and the psionic knowledge skill. Have a player roll a d20 to psionically focus a skill. Similarly to spells, if you get hit while maintaining psionic focus make a Con save or Autohypnosis. Hold psionic charge for plus negative action on rolls and bonuses? Release psionic charge to aid in other tasks and in combat actions?

                                          I really really like the direction your walking. I really hope you change your mind in regards to the “another kind of magic” position. Thanks for making mine Wizards?

                                          • TimeFreak
                                            TimeFreak  2 months back

                                            Would prefer psionics be its own thing rather than be downgraded to subclasses. On top of which, the Soulknife was more like a Fighter than a Rogue. The Lurk more closely matches what they've talked about here than the Soulknife.

                                            • Erik Williams
                                              Erik Williams  2 months back

                                              No for monk?


                                              • Corey Derochie
                                                Corey Derochie  2 months back

                                                Not Mind Knife?

                                                • Ty Mosley
                                                  Ty Mosley  2 months back


                                                  • Samuel Araújo Medeiros
                                                    Samuel Araújo Medeiros  2 months back

                                                    Throwing soul knifes seems pretty cool and all but it requires a bonus action every damn turn. One of the rogue's most interesting features is the abillity to take cunning actions, and not being able to use it kinda spoils the feeling of playing the class.

                                                    • jeremy dickey
                                                      jeremy dickey  1 months back

                                                      Samuel Araújo Medeiros that’s why you create 2

                                                  • CrimsonTemplar2
                                                    CrimsonTemplar2  2 months back

                                                    Psionics always screw things up. Every edition. Here we go again. Wheee!

                                                    • Roxy Toxic
                                                      Roxy Toxic  2 months back

                                                      Now ranger

                                                      • Urso L.
                                                        Urso L.  2 months back

                                                        -Can go invisible
                                                        -Use your big brain to lash out for huge power

                                                        *Aiur will be restored.*

                                                        • Darth Revan
                                                          Darth Revan  2 months back

                                                          I dont like the idea that Psionics are basically just tweaking existing spells to get the same results.

                                                          • Leone Maledetto
                                                            Leone Maledetto  2 months back

                                                            Oh no please not psionics!

                                                            Plz stap. We're still in time to go back

                                                            • Joshua Abud-Auguste
                                                              Joshua Abud-Auguste  2 months back

                                                              Would the shadow blade spell serve the same purpose as the soul knife?
                                                              Psychic damage
                                                              Thrown light finesse weapons
                                                              Cant dual wield but the 2d8 makes up for it

                                                              • Jonah Vandusen
                                                                Jonah Vandusen  2 months back

                                                                In a 9th level campingn right where my shadow monk died, I rolled up a Soulknighf rogue and I am LOVING it! The abilities are all great together and the RP I've had so far has been tons of fun. I would love to see this in an official rule book.

                                                                • David Oswald
                                                                  David Oswald  2 months back

                                                                  I love this - in Skyrim I had a High Elf assassin who only ever used bound daggers, he took personal pride in never leaving a trace in....accidents. ;)

                                                                  • Christopher Pittman
                                                                    Christopher Pittman  2 months back

                                                                    But guys this class is outclasses all day by the arcane rogue. And shadow blade is way better even advantage on attack with same no wound argument. Plus you get invisibility 3 levels earlier and can use it more often with Arcane rogue. So cute gimick but weak at the table. You could use the latest UA and build a phonic rogue and be insanely powerful with disadvantage on saves.

                                                                    • Bob Bobby
                                                                      Bob Bobby  2 months back

                                                                      One thing I don't like about this interviewer is how much he brings himself into the discussion. Granted I'm not sure what kind of program this is supposed to be. If this is just an interview than I'd much rather listen to the developer than the interviewers lol. An example of an interviewer I REALLY like is Travis Gafford who has a really different style. Who frankly I can't pick words out to describe because I believe he's put in so much time and thought into how he runs a thing.

                                                                      • confused1985
                                                                        confused1985  2 months back

                                                                        Sounds very cool but also very game breaking

                                                                        • Jack Jaunt
                                                                          Jack Jaunt  2 months back

                                                                          Finish Mystic or psyker class already please. I need it for Planescape

                                                                          • Isaac Myers
                                                                            Isaac Myers  2 months back

                                                                            If you are 10levels in the psychic warrior and some extra spirit based monk you have mastered all three parts of your being. You could be an avatar of nirvana.

                                                                            • Isaac Myers
                                                                              Isaac Myers  2 months back

                                                                              Bard college of pantomime, or whatever you wanna call it. It would be amazing at stealth.

                                                                              • ahdahcho
                                                                                ahdahcho  2 months back

                                                                                My dude, you can't just say psionic's and matters of the mind are soul matter and soul effecting. That's straight up idiocy. By the same logic, anything with psionic powers is now effecting players souls.... I'm all for new classes but you rarely even see this kind of poor logic in homebrew material. It's like they wanted it to be called soulknife to be cool and then built a class around that with psionics because that was cool....but didn't connect the two. Generally build-flaws don't bother me but coming from Unearthed Arcana?? Thats just upsetting.

                                                                                • William Gettinger
                                                                                  William Gettinger  2 months back

                                                                                  They consider the psyche aspect of the psionic department the soul I believe. I mean to be honest I’ve never really thought about it beyond fantasy Jedi. Lol. But I’d say maybe that it Attacks your psyche which is the soul of your mind? And yea maybe they thought soulknife was cooler than psyblade.

                                                                                • ahdahcho
                                                                                  ahdahcho  2 months back

                                                                                  @William Gettinger I did not know that. Kinda seems like a mute point to argue a decade later about lol. Still, i dont think that changes much, there really should be a distinction between psionics and Soul biz. I'm relatively a new kid on the block, iv only played DnD for a few years now. What's your take on it?

                                                                                • William Gettinger
                                                                                  William Gettinger  2 months back

                                                                                  ahdahcho you know this was an actual class in older additions? It’s been soulknife for over s decade.

                                                                              • Tausty Z
                                                                                Tausty Z  2 months back

                                                                                What happened to the Soul Knife Monk

                                                                                • Robbie DeMars
                                                                                  Robbie DeMars  2 months back

                                                                                  I love the idea of this subclass, but imagine a murder hobo that leaves no trace when they kill

                                                                                  Psionics are really cool though

                                                                                  • Ryson Perry
                                                                                    Ryson Perry  2 months back

                                                                                    Don't give my players any ideas, they have ears everywhere... Seriously man don't.

                                                                                • Ahmed Yassin
                                                                                  Ahmed Yassin  2 months back

                                                                                  first seen in Happy fun hour .... darn I miss that show

                                                                                  • Trevon Zarmas
                                                                                    Trevon Zarmas  2 months back

                                                                                    The Kalasthar are perfect for all three new subclasses, imagine a person that can pop into a dream plane while sleeping and kill your psyche
                                                                                    Basically Freddy Kruger

                                                                                    • SiKaHe
                                                                                      SiKaHe  2 months back

                                                                                      God that would be cool asf

                                                                                  • Dennis Logan
                                                                                    Dennis Logan  2 months back

                                                                                    Does this remind anyone of Psylocke from the X Men when she was a ninja?

                                                                                    • Jeromy Hunt
                                                                                      Jeromy Hunt  2 months back

                                                                                      That name is a holdover from older editions 🤨

                                                                                      • Alan Schaub
                                                                                        Alan Schaub  2 months back

                                                                                        The new Telekinetic feat would also be useful for assassination. Just invisible Mage Hand someone off a high place as a bonus action and keep walking! 👋🏻