Fighting Initiate 5e
Published on March 12, 2022, Last modified on May 26th, 2022
Fighting Initiate allows you to pick up a fighting style for a passive boost to your martial character. This is a fairly niche feat that only certain builds are interested in.
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What Is Fighting Initiate 5e?
Compared to spellcasters, martial classes can often feel like they lack variety or versatility. With the release of Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, a new feat specifically designed for martial classes attempts to give a little extra choice to every martial class: Fighting Initiate.
Can Fighting Initiate improve martial classes? And is this feat as good as its magical counterpart, Magic Initiate? Let’s find out.
How Does Fighting Initiate Work?
Fighting Initiate is one of the most straightforward feats. When you select this feat, you can choose one of the Fighting Styles from the fighter class. If you somehow already have a Fighting Style, you can’t pick the same one again. Additionally, whenever you reach a level where you can pick up an ASI, you can swap this Fighting Style for any other one.
Note that only those characters that can use martial weapons can choose this feat.
Is Fighting Initiate Good?
We gave Fighting Initiate a C Tier rating In our 5e Feats Tier List, making it a below-average feat in D&D 5e.
While the initial idea is great, this feat just lacks the power it needs to be a truly sought-after feat. Most builds that use fighting styles will get access to the ones they need through their class features. Even if you don’t have access, taking a dip into the fighter class provides a d10 hit dice, tons of good proficiencies, a fighting style, and second wind.
Fighting Initiate 5e FAQs
Does Fighting Initiate give you a second Fighting Style?
Yes, it can if you already have a Fighting Style.
Can I change my Fighting Style 5e?
With this feat, you can change your Fighting Style whenever you would gain an Ability Score Increase.
Can I take Fighting Initiate twice?
You cannot take a single feat more than once unless the feat says otherwise. This feat does not allow you to.
Can you pick the same Fighting Style twice?
You cannot take a Fighting Style twice, As per page 72 of the Player’s Handbook.
Unlike its magical counterpart Magic Initiate, this feat falls flat in most applications. The Fighting Styles in 5e are fine on their own but are nowhere near as powerful as three spells.
The difference between casters and martial classes is massive, and this feat is proof of it.
How do you feel about this feat? Do you think it could be improved in some way? Let us know down below!