Is it possible to start the Eldritch Knight progression then switch to another archetype, say Battle Master archetype, later?

I'm thinking that I'd like to get a Hammer of Thunderbolts, but if I do it would be really nice to have the Eldritch Knight archetypes's weapon bond so that I can recall it easily instead of having to retrieve it every time I throw it far enough to stay out of the blast radius. (Throwing it at least 30′ would make it take more than a round for a typical dwarf to chase after it.) It looks like Eldritch Knight is the only way to get weapon bond, but I am not interested in any of the other Eldritch Knight abilities beyond that.


As far as the rules are concerned, no.

At 3rd level, you choose an archetype [...]

There are no rules or features that contradict this statement. You choose an archetype at 3rd level and it's yours for life.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Just wondering, couldn't another archetype be considered another class? Thus having a dual class Fighter - Fighter with two different archetype would offer the feat (at a rather high cost I guess... but he only needs to waste 3 levels). \$\endgroup\$ – Alexis Wilke Oct 5 '15 at 7:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ @AlexisWilke We already have a question on that here. \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Oct 5 '15 at 10:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KorvinStarmast Personally, I'm happy not to have "Your DM can change this" on every single D&D answer on the site. It just seems unnecessary. \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Oct 5 '15 at 12:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Miniman There are quite a few new players that get locked in to thinking D&D works like a board or video game, and don't consider the always-present "your DM can change this at any time." That said, I don't think it bears stating unless the asker says or heavily implies that they're fresh to role-playing games. \$\endgroup\$ – Lucas Leblanc Oct 5 '15 at 20:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ It always bears stating. New players to D&D, especially 5e, should be heavily encouraged to explore the creative aspect of the game. Far too often are people focussing on RAW alone, while ignoring both RAI and the most important rule, Rules as Fun. Which means if your party and DM expectation is a fantastic story of magic and imagination, you should be embracing things that promote that. As a house rule, just treating a separate archetype as a dual class wouldn't hurt anything. As long as the fighter starts at level 1 again. \$\endgroup\$ – Lino Frank Ciaralli Oct 8 '15 at 13:28

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