Kung fu styles

Hi folks,

I’m still working slowly on the details of the changes I proposed in the last couple of posts. However, I’ve decided to settle on the following list of classes and kung fu styles:


All the classes are based on an existing D&D class, with the appropriate kung fu class features added and one of their at-will powers replaced with a mandatory, kung fu styled at-will power.


  1. Soldier – based on a Fighter
  2. Guardian- based on a Paladin
  3. Spirit Warden – based on a Warden
  4. (Optional) Mystic Warrior – based on a Battlemind
  5. (Optional) Sword Saint – based on a Swordmage


  1. Champion – based on a Barbarian
  2. Knight-Errant – based on a dual-wield Ranger
  3. Spy – based on a Rogue
  4. (Optional) Warrior Monk – based on a Monk


  1. Priest – based on a Cleric
  2. Commander – based on a Leader


  1. Magician – based on an Invoker
  2. (Optional) Bounty Hunter – based on a Seeker

The optional classes are ones that do not appear in the SRD, so could be described here but not in a published game.

Kung Fu Styles

I am providing eight kung fu styles to start with since that should be plenty. There is no restriction on the kung fu style a character can learn, so they almost provide multi-classing if a style that matches a different role is chosen. I’ve included fluff text for the styles where it exists so that the feel of each one is as clear as possible.

Defender styles:

  • Golden Temple Bells kung fu:
    Golden Temple Bells kung fu is based on toughness and power. This kung fu style specialises in iron shirt and aims to make practitioners invulnerable to all damage. The main training method is a series of chi gung exercises that focus chi in all areas of the body, one by one. This builds resistance and power, finally resulting in a visible golden aura of chi that encloses the character and is shaped like a temple bell. A side effect of creating this armour of chi is that practitioners of Golden Temple Bells may also use their chi to create shields of force that protect others and to greatly enhance strikes with force damage.
    The origins of this style are disputed, but all sources agree that it was perfected in Buddhist temples. Disputes focus on the styles that were combined into this one, or whether Golden Temple Bells was a unique discovery. The commonly accepted history is that monks combined several styles of iron shirt and chi building exercises together and over generations of training created the current system.
  • Taoist Prayer kung fu:
    no finished descriptive text, this style is the softer version of Golden Temple Bells and includes the Silk Guardian class feature. Practitioners use chi to bring opponents to them and also to strike at range. Their defensive abilities include healing and increasing defenses as opposed to the armor (in the form of temporary hit points) that Golden Temple Bells grants.

Striker styles:

  • Fire Dragon kung fu:
    Fire Dragon kung fu is an ancient style and may have been one of the very first significant kung fu systems. Legend has it that the Dragon and the Phoenix taught a young man the style and that he used it to conquer a kingdom. Since that time the symbol of the style has been a five clawed dragon’s claw.
    The style is based on chi control and power, specialising in attacking and having little focus on mobility or defence. Practitioners are renowned for standing toe to toe with their opponents and overwhelming them with powerful attacks. In defence they use parries and rotations of the torso rather than footwork, avoiding the. The dragon stances that cause fire to engulf the practitioner are also very distinctive and greatly feared.
  • Lightning Fist kung fu:
    no finished descriptive text, but this style is based on speed. It’s attacks deal good damage and often grant movement bonuses. There are several attacks that use lightning chi to enhance damage or add range to attacks.

Leader styles:

  • Buddha’s Palm kung fu:
    no finished descriptive text,  this is a powerful attacking style that includes some healing and defensive powers. The primary focus is on dealing good damage and there is a secondary focus on self enhancement and healing others.
  • White Jade kung fu:
    no finished descriptive text, this style has stances that create auras to enhance the party. It includes chi healing and self enhancement using chi. It does not have particularly powerful attacks because each of them includes other abilities to support a group.

Controller styles:

  • Glorious Lotus kung fu:
    no finished descriptive text, but this style is based around throwing small balls of chi as weapons and filling areas with cyclones of chi balls. It will also include piercing and knockback attacks.
  • Heavenly Flame kung fu:
    no finished descriptive text, but this style creates white and blue flames of chi used in blasts, lines and zones. There are also stances that cause the character to burst into flame and knockback or burn attackers.

I’m hoping that I will get all the writeups for the kung fu styles finished soon, so I’ll then publish a new version of the previously posted document.


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