Dwarven Ancestry Feats Level 5: Boulder Roll

Hello adventurers of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my guide and thank you for checking out the first of our fifth level ancestry feats for the dwarf so before really dive in to boulder roll which is super cool! Let’s check out the description for boulder roll.


So this is the first ancestry feat we’ve covered that actually deals with actions. So to perform the boulder roll feat, you need to use two actions to do so so 2/3 of your total action economy. The prerequisite is that you took rock runner at some point before you took of this. Pretty interesting, it might be worth noting as well that whenever it says you can select an ancestry feat you can select one of lower level as well, if you feel the need to. I don’t know if i really went into that earlier but you can just going over it now. Boulder rolls description reads as followed.

Your dwarven build allows you to push foes around, just like a mighty boulder tumbles through a subterranean cavern. Take a Step into the square of a foe that is your size or smaller, and the foe must move into the empty space directly behind it. The foe must move even if doing so places it in harm’s way. The foe can attempt a Fortitude saving throw against your Athletics DC to block your Step. If the foe attempts this saving throw, unless it critically succeeds, it takes bludgeoning damage equal to your level plus your Strength modifier. If the foe can’t move into an empty space (if it is surrounded by solid objects or other creatures, for example), your Boulder Roll has no effect.

Very interesting stuff, i really love anything to do with controlling the battlefield, this has served me on a smaller scale but has the added benefit of being able to do damage as well which i really like. Now let’s take a quick moment here and check out the breakdown.


So really it’s pretty simple! You step into a target space, the target makes a fourth route saving throw against your athletics DC and if they get pushed back and fail they take damage equal to your level plus your strength modifier. Pretty simple stuff, pretty cool really like it kind of turns you into a battlefield bully a little bit and i think that could be a lot of fun to roleplay.

Is it worth to actions, you know i think it kind of depends on what you’re doing. Once again this is gonna be one of those feats that i haven’t gotten an opportunity to really play around with yet, so in terms of how effective it is, i personally genuinely don’t know. It seems relatively useful, i mean control plus damage is always a good combination and a high end does scale with level as well which i think is always important when you’re taking a look at a long term character.


However with that being said, let me know what you think doen beneath in the comment section. Be sure to mention any thoughts, questions, concerns, ideas, concepts or really anything else you can think of down there as well. I hope you all have a great day and as always happy adventuring.

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