Does the Weapon Master feat grant you a fighting style?

I've heard this, and even seen this somewhere, but I cannot find the right source/book for this. Maybe my PHB is just outdated?

My confusion was from this video and the feat's description from third party content that listed a different weapon master feat and did not clarify that it was homebrew.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Relevant: As of July 2020, the latest Feats UA does include one called "Fighting Initiate" (with a prereq of proficiency in a martial weapon) that grants one fighting style from the fighter's list of options. \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Jul 14, 2020 at 1:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ With the release of Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, the Fighting Initiate feat is now official rather than UA \$\endgroup\$ Dec 5, 2020 at 3:37

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Your PHB is correct: Weapon Master does not grant you a fighting style

The Weapon Master feat (PHB, p. 170) grants you:

  • +1 to your Strength or Dex, to a max of 20.
  • proficiency with four simple or martial weapons of your choice.

There's no mention of acquiring a fighting style. Modifying the feat to include one would be introducing homebrew to your game.

No other official feats currently allow a PC to learn a fighting style, either.

Note: One possible source of your confusion (suggested by linksassin in the comments) could be the similarly named Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, p. 167) - which is different from the Weapon Master feat, but also doesn't grant a fighting style - and the name of the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style.

The Great Weapon Master feat and the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style work well together for obvious reasons. There is no overlap in the benefits they provide.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I have seen a blog post arguing that it should grant a fighting style to be worthwhile. I agree, but I cannot find the link. The querent might have seen the same post. \$\endgroup\$
    – András
    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ There could also be confusion with the "Martial Adept" feat which grants two maneuvers. While not the same as the "Fighting Styles" feature, I could see people swapping names without thinking. \$\endgroup\$
    – MivaScott
    Apr 18, 2019 at 16:47
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    \$\begingroup\$ In my case, the confusion is caused directly by certain websites that share plain misinformation regarding the feat, such as: "Weapon Master. Increase your Strength or Dexterity by 1, to a maximum of 20. You gain proficiency with any four weapons of your choice; OR you gain a fighting style of your choice from the Fighter's list." \$\endgroup\$
    – Vadruk
    Apr 23, 2019 at 8:07

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