Guile of the Cloud Giant 5e
Published on August 1, 2023
Confound your enemies as you flit around the battlefield with the tricky power of cloud giants!
Anna Steinbauer - Wizards of the Coast - Elusive Tormentor
What Is Guile of the Cloud Giant 5e?
Guile of the Cloud Giant is a feat introduced in Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants that provides reaction-based damage reduction, akin to the rogue’s Uncanny Dodge, while also allowing you to misty step to safety.
There are a cycle of 6 feats included in this book, each of which are thematic to a sub-type of giants. Guile of the Cloud Giant allows players to channel the elusive, tricky ways of cloud giants in combat.
How Does Guile of the Cloud Giant Work?
Like all of the 4th-level Bigby feats, Guile of the Cloud Giant provides an Ability Score Increase (ASI) to one of three thematic choices based on the giant type this feat stems from. In this case, you can choose to increase your Strength, Constitution, or Charisma by 1.
You also get access to a reaction that can be used when you’re hit with an attack roll. If you can see the creature attacking you, you can use your reaction to gain resistance to the attack and teleport 30 feet to safety. This can be used a number of times equal to your proficiency bonus (pb) per long rest.
This feat is reserved for 4th-level and above characters, and also requires that you take the Strike of the Giant (Cloud Strike) feat before you gain access to this one.
Is Guile of the Cloud Giant Good?
In our 5e Feats Tier List, Guile of the Cloud Giant was given a B Tier rating, making it a niche feat that can improve some builds in D&D 5e.
Misty step is an incredible spell that most builds will want access to. Unfortunately, you can only use this ability when you’re hit by an attack so it’s a bit more limited than the actual spell version, which can be easily acquired through Fey Touched.
Gaining resistance to the attack’s damage is a nice little boost to survivability, as is the fact that this can be used pb number of times per long rest.
Ultimately, this is a solid defensive and evasive ability, which unfortunately reduces its effectiveness in a game like D&D 5e where outputting damage is usually the best gameplan.
Guile of the Cloud Giant 5e Interactions
There are a couple things to keep in mind when choosing this ability:
- This is only applicable when you’re hit by an attack roll. AoE attacks cannot cause this to activate.
- If you’re willing to game the system a bit, you can use this out of combat by getting an ally to unarmed strike you. You’ll then be able to gain resistance to the damage and use your teleport. This can be infinitely useful for when you need to sneak into somewhere and nobody stocked misty step.
- If you want to gain resistance to the triggering attack, you must also teleport. This can be a bit clunky if your a tanky build that wants to stay between your foe and your squishier party members.