Newest D&D Unearthed Arcana Introduces New Subclasses

Published: June 28, 2023 2:29 PM /


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Wizards of the Coast have announced a new batch of D&D Unearthed Arcana. This new playtest material will cover new material in the revised 2024 Player Handbook. While past playtest material has made adjustments to certain casting classes and gave martial classes Weapon Mastery, this new Unearthed Arcana will feature revisions to certain spells, more adjustments to character classes, and brand-new subclasses.

The D&D Unearthed Arcana Announcement video

The announcement of D&D Unearthed Arcana comes from an official video on the Dungeons & Dragons YouTube channel. In the video, Todd Kenreck and Lead Rules Designer Jeremy Crawford discuss its contents and address player feedback from prior Unearthed Arcana. Crawford mentions that this playtest material will be the largest to date, beating the new Weapon Mastery rules which equaled about fifty pages.

As for what the content will contain, Crawford remained vague. He mentions that it will contain revised spells from the Player Handbook, as well as a brand-new spell. The biggest draw however is the introduction of multiple character subclasses. Some of these subclasses will be rebalanced by older ones. Other subclasses will be brand new.

In the second half of the video, Crawford explains this D&D Unearthed Arcana is a result of player feedback. He mentions that the new Weapon Mastery system was received positively and will be refined. Furthermore, it's a system that will expand to the Rogue, Paladin, Ranger, and Monk classes respectively. Alternatively, Epic Boons have been scaled back with 20th Level abilities returning. Crawford explains the idea behind Epic Boons is interesting, but players didn't like them replacing endgame class features. Finally, character subclass progression will remain the same as in the 2014 rules, but now all characters will unlock their subclass at level 3. As for how this change will affect Druids, Warlocks, and Clerics going forward remains to be seen.

The new D&D Unearthed Arcana will be available on June 29.


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