Keenness of the Stone Giant 5e
Published on August 1, 2023
Chuck magical stone giant-infused rocks at your enemies!
Ryan Pancoast - Wizards of the Coast - Pharagax Giant
What Is Keenness of the Stone Giant 5e?
Keenness of the Stone Giant is a feat introduced in Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants that provides a bonus action ability where you can pelt your enemies with magical rocks, as well as some other goodies.
There are a cycle of 6 feats included in this book, each of which are thematic to a sub-type of giants. With Keenness of the Stone Giant, your character will be able to see in the darkness of underground caverns while also wielding rocks with the skill akin to a stone giant.
How Does Keenness of the Stone Giant Work?
Like all of the 4th-level Bigby feats, Keenness of the Stone 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 Wisdom by 1.
You also get 60 feet of darkvision, or an upgraded 120 feet of darkvision if you already have the usual 60 feet.
Finally, you get access to a bonus action ability where you can throw rocks to great effect at your opponents. These attacks have a range of 60 feet, deal damage akin to a heavy crossbow (1d10), and can knock targets prone, making it an extremely useful ability for martials and casters alike.
This feat is reserved for 4th-level and above characters, and also requires that you take the Strike of the Giant (Stone Strike) feat before you gain access to this one.
Is Keenness of the Stone Giant Good?
In our 5e Feats Tier List, Keenness of the Stone Giant was given an A Tier rating, making it an excellent pickup for specific classes.
While the darkvision isn’t anything to get excited about, the stone-throwing bonus action is a huge damage boost for just about any class that doesn’t want to be in melee distance of their opponent.
Not only that, it’s also a magical attack which can skirt around damage resistances and can knock your target prone, which is hugely beneficial when you have martial party members around.
Unfortunately, the main limiting factor is that you can’t pump Dexterity, Charisma, or Intelligence with the ASI, thus limiting the bonus action’s effectiveness to builds that are stacked into Wisdom, Strength, or Constitution.
Keenness of the Stone Giant 5e Interactions
There are a couple interactions worth discussing for this feat:
Keeness of the Stone Giant + Magic Stone
The magic stone spell states you can imbue rocks with magic and make a ranged spell attack to do 1d6 bludgeoning damage + your spellcasting ability modifier. Seeing as Keeness of the Stone Giant says the attack is also a ranged spell attack, there’s nothing here that explicitly means you can’t combine magic stone with Keeness of the Stone Giant.
This means you can imbue 3 stones with magic stone before combat, then launch them at your enemies using Keeness of the Stone Giant’s Stone Throw ability for 1d10 force damage + 1d6 bludgeoning damage + your spellcasting ability modifier.
Ranged Spell Attacks in Melee
Be careful using this ability if you’ve got an enemy within melee distance as your attack will have disadvantage.