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.


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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\$ Oct 5, 2015 at 7:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ @AlexisWilke We already have a question on that here: Can you multiclass the same class twice for different class features? \$\endgroup\$
    – Miniman
    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ There are a few exceptions however, like the Oathbreaker Paladin for example. \$\endgroup\$
    – MrTakeru
    May 15, 2020 at 9:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ "There are no rules or features that contradict this statement" There are if you're playing an Adventurer's League game. \$\endgroup\$
    – nick012000
    May 15, 2020 at 9:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ @nick012000 DDAL games allow unlimited complete rebuilds until the character's first adventure at L5 - you can still only have one archetype at a time. The question is asking about cherry picking archetype features. \$\endgroup\$
    – T.J.L.
    May 15, 2020 at 12:23

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