Revanent Blade 5e

Published on August 28, 2023

Draw your double-bladed scimitar and channel your inner Darth Maul, it’s time to dive into the Revenant Blade feat in 5e!

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What Is Revanent Blade 5e?

If your character hails from the mystical lands of Eberron and  descends from the Valenar elves, the Revenant Blade feat can make you a formidable warrior. This feat not only allows you to increase your Dexterity or Strength score, but it also provides you with a unique mastery over the double-bladed scimitar. Prepare to become a whirlwind of steel on the battlefield!

How Does Revanent Blade Work?

This feat provides you with three key benefits:

  1. You can increase your Dexterity or Strength score by 1, up to a maximum of 20.
  2. While holding a double-bladed scimitar with two hands, you gain a +1 bonus to Armor Class.
  3. A double-bladed scimitar has the finesse property when you wield it.

Let’s dissect these benefits:

The ability to increase either Dexterity or Strength by 1 offers flexibility in character builds, allowing you to optimize your primary attack stat. This combines well with the third ability, which allows you to use a double-bladed scimitar as a finesse weapon, opening up this weapon to Dexterity builds.

The second benefit is a nice, flat bonus to AC, which will help offset the downside of not wielding a shield.

Double-Bladed Scimitar

A double-bladed scimitar is a unique martial weapon from the Eberron setting. This weapon, which is used by the Valenar elves, deals 2d4 slashing damage, as opposed to the regular scimitar’s 1d8. It also provides a bonus action that allows you to deal 1d4 + Dexterity when you attack with your double-bladed scimitar as part of the Attack action.

Is Revanent Blade Good?

We gave Revanent Blade a C Tier rating In our 5e Feats Tier List, making it a below-average feat in D&D 5e.

Double-bladed scimitars are a very powerful weapon for  Dexterity builds. Being able to take a bonus action attack that you can add your ability modifier to without having to take pick up a Fighting Style is incredibly efficient. Plus, the damage being 2d4 instead of 1d8 makes it more consistent (5 damage per attack vs 1d8’s 4.5 damage). This feat offers an ASI, added AC, and the ability to use this weapon for a Dexterity build, making it a valuable pickup if you’ll be using this weapon.

Which 5e Classes Make the Most of Revanent Blade?

The color code below has been implemented to help you identify, at a glance, how good the Revanent Blade 5e feat is for a specific class/subclass.

  • Red isn’t going to contribute to the effectiveness of your character build at all
  • Orange Situationally good, but a below-average option otherwise
  • Green is a good option
  • Blue is a great option, you should strongly consider this option for your character
  • Sky Blue is an amazing option. If you do not take this option your character would not be optimized

Seeing as the double-bladed scimitar is a martial weapon, this feat has its effectiveness limited to classes that gain this proficiency. Also, double-bladed scimitars are technically only available in the Eberron setting, so ask your DM if they’ll be included in your campaign before taking this feat.

Artificer: Artificers don't gain anything from this feat.

Barbarian: While this is a solid weapon, you're probably still better off with a heavy weapon + Great Weapon Master.

Bard: Most bards can skip this, but Valor and Swords bards will love access to the best Dexterity-based weapon in the game. Unfortunately, the double-bladed scimitar's bonus action will interfere with your bard's Bardic Inspiration usage.

Cleric: Nothing here for clerics. Even martial clerics would rather have a shield to boost their AC, rather than this two-handed scimitar.

Druid: Nothing here for druids.

Fighter: Awesome option for Dexterity-based fighters as you can use your Fighting Style to pick up Defense, rather than having to take Two-Weapon Fighting.

Monk: Most monks don't get martial weapon proficiencies, but the Way of the Kensei monk could make good use of this weapon and feat combo.

Paladin: Paladins aren't usually one for Dexterity builds, so stick to maxing out your Strength and using heavy weapons.

Ranger: Great option for Dexterity-based rangers. The bonus action attack granted by the double-bladed scimitar will also work very well with your extra damage from hunter's mark.

Rogue: This is an incredible feat for rogues as it allows you to push out max damage with your Attack action while also getting access to a good bonus action attack. This can be helpful for activating Sneak Attack when you miss with your Attack, or just squeezing in some extra damage. Unfortunately, rogues don't normally get access to martial weapon or scimitar proficiencies, so you'll need to take either the Valenar high elf or wood elf race during character creation.

Sorcerer: Nothing here for a sorcerer.

Warlock: Nothing here for a warlock.

Wizard: Most wizards can ignore this feat, but Bladesingers will love the added AC, boost to Dexterity, and offensive capabilities

Mike Bernier

Mike Bernier is the lead content writer and founder of Arcane Eye. He is a Adamantine best-selling author of Strixhaven: A Syllabus of Sorcery on DMs Guild and is a contributing author at D&D Beyond. Follow Mike on Twitter.

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