Roguish Archetypes

Rogues share many features—quick reflexes, expertise in a wide range of skills, and a deadly precision-based approach to combat. But different rogues steer those talents in different directions. Do you like to steal, stealth, or cheat your marks? Do you fight from the shadows, or dance in the center of battle? Do you favor the weight of a loaded crossbow, or the cold metal of a freshly-sharpened dagger?

Choose a Roguish Archetype to reflect your own focus and preferred techniques.

Choose Your Archetype

Choose your archetype from one of the following options:

  • Thief: You have sticky fingers and a somewhat flexible attitude towards personal property—what belongs to other people, belongs to you.

Creating an Archetype

To create your own Roguish Archetype (or to convert an existing archetype from other sources), follow these steps:

  1. Add 4 Exploits: At 1st-level, roguish archetypes expand the rogue exploit list with 4 unique exploits. Create interesting ways to act in battle that are thematic to your archetype—be flavorsome.
  2. Create 3rd and 7th-level Features: Rogue archetypes grant features at 3rd and 7th-level.
  3. Create a 9th-level Capstone: At 9th-level, rogue archetypes grant a unique capstone feature that is the pinnacle of your archetype's theming.

And that's it, your archetype is complete!


You hone your skills in the larcenous arts. Burglars, bandits, cutpurses, and other criminals typically follow this archetype—but so do treasure seekers, explorers, delvers, and investigators.

In addition to improving your agility and stealth, you learn skills useful for delving into ancient ruins, reading unfamiliar languages, and using magic items you normally couldn’t employ.

1Roguish Exploits

Add the following four exploits to your list of exploit options: heist, pickpocket, robbery, and slink.


When you make an ability check and use Deception or Sleight of Hand, you can roll 1d6 and add it to the result. You can wait until after you roll your check before deciding to use this exploit, but you must decide before the GM says whether your check succeeds or fails.

Greater Heist: (5th-level) Your bonus increases from 1d6 to 1d8.

Superior Heist: (9th-level) Your bonus increases from 1d8 to 1d10.


When you hit an adjacent Large or smaller creature with a melee weapon attack and you have at least one free hand, you can attempt to pickpocket it. The creature must make a Wisdom saving throw. If it fails, you take hold of one item of your choice that the creature carries and is not currently wearing or wielding.

You must be able to hold your pickpocketed item comfortably with one hand. If you had advantage on your attack roll, the creature is not immediately aware that they have been pickpocketed by you.

Greater Pickpocket: (5th-level) You can use this exploit against Huge creatures.

Superior Pickpocket: (9th-level) You can use this exploit against Gargantuan creatures.


When you deal your sneak attack damage to a Large or smaller creature, you can attempt to make the creature drop an item. The creature must make a Wisdom saving throw. If it fails, the creature drops one item of your choice that it is holding.

If you are adjacent to the creature, you can catch the dropped item if you are unrestrained and have at least one free hand.

Greater Robbery: (5th-level) Your bonus increases from 1d6 to 1d8.

Superior Robbery: (9th-level) Your bonus increases from 1d8 to 1d10.

When a creature hits you with an attack roll and you are not incapacitated, you can spend your reaction and attempt to evade the attack. Roll 1d6 and add the result to your AC—if the attack roll doesn't beat your slink AC, it misses.

Greater Slink: (5th-level) You may roll 1d8 when you attempt to slink.

Superior Slink: (9th-level) You may roll 1d10 when you attempt to slink.

1Fast Hands

You can spend a bonus action to make a Dexterity (Sleight of Hand) check, use your thieves' tools to disarm a trap or open a lock, or take the Use an Object action.

3Second-Story Work

You gain the ability to climb faster than normal—climbing no longer costs you extra movement.

In addition, whenever you make a running jump, the distance you cover increases by a number of feet equal to your Dexterity modifier.

7Supreme Sneak

You have advantage on a Dexterity (Stealth) check if you move no more than half your speed on the same turn.

9Stolen Secrets

You have acquired enough magical knowledge that you can now improvise the use of items—even when they are not intended for you. You ignore all class, race, and level requirements on the use of magic items.

Spellcasting: If an item requires you to use your own spellcasting ability when you cast a spell from the item, your spellcasting ability modifier is +0.