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This will be my first time playing a Warlock class and I built a concept that resulted in an Aasimar Celestial Warlock. The party has plenty of potential healers but none with a class that focuses on it quite like the Celestial.

By the looks of it, I can not determine if it is possible to be the primary healer like they want me to be with just my Celestial given Warlock abilities as a single class. With only two 3rd level slots (then 3 slots for the long forseeable future) and no Invocations what so ever that help me heal, I wont be using a lot of Cure Wounds when better offense presents itself.

Are there any Adventurer League legal builds, multiclass or otherwise, I could consider that will help me play the role of healer efficiently?

Using 27 point buy as a level 6 character.

Party composition:

  • Bard/Hexblade Warlock

  • Storm Herald Barbarian

  • War Mage Wizard

  • Rogue/Lore Bard

  • Paladin

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    \$\begingroup\$ Just to point out this concept is not AL legal. You can't use more than one extra book. Aasimar comes from Volo's and Celestial Warlock come from Xanathar's. I would suggest changing race to half-elf or human. \$\endgroup\$ – Voromir Kadien Apr 26 '18 at 15:37
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The Healing Light feature gives you a bonus action which basically replaces the Healing Word spell — which you don't get.

You're going to be leaning heavily on that, because your selection of healing spells is limited — the warlock doesn't have any on its normal list (except some necromancy stuff, which only heals you), so all you have are those from the Celestial Expanded Spells feature: Cure Wounds, Revivify, and Lesser and Greater Restoration.

At 6th level, it is probably going to be fine. You're missing the "big guns" like Mass Cure Wounds and Heal, but those aren't available to anyone at this level. And fortunately, you've got bards for the Song of Rest, so your party has short-rest healing benefits available.

I don't think you need to do anything particularly special to "build" this — just avoid focusing on other things that will consume your bonus action for Healing Light. You could look at the Healer feat, but in most cases going for straight Charisma boost is going to do more — it increases the number of dice you can spend at once on Healing Light, and significantly improves all of your non-healing stuff, while the feat just gives you a weak alternative to the Cure Wounds spell you already have. The Acolyte background would give you story-based access to temple services, which might be handy depending on the game and setting ­— but it sounds like you already have a background in mind.

For a Charisma-based divine caster, you may look instead at the Divine Soul sorcerer — you could generally flavor this to fit many similar story ideas, and you'd have access to the full cleric spell list (and twinned Healing Word is awesome).

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Would it destroy or otherwise hamper the Celestial to mix a bit of Divine Soul as a multiclass option? \$\endgroup\$ – Airatome Dec 9 '17 at 18:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ Probably hamper, because you're cutting access to higher level sorcerer spells and your non-healing warlock abilities, and losing Healing Light Dice or Sorcery Points. Plus you're missing the Divine Soul's Empowered Healing at 6th level — this isn't a great ability because of its Sorcery Point cost, but could help if you roll badly in a crucial situation. \$\endgroup\$ – mattdm Dec 9 '17 at 18:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh, and you'd be pushing back that ability score increase (or possibly feat). In general, 5E focuses on strong single classes, and multiclassing is for flavor, not for optimization. (Multiclassing mostly comes into optimization with a few dip levels for a theoretical level-20 character.) \$\endgroup\$ – mattdm Dec 9 '17 at 18:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ The chain pact boon with the Gift of the ever-living ones significantly increases self healing, which frees up resources to heal others. \$\endgroup\$ – Derek Stucki Dec 9 '17 at 21:58
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First off, what do you mean by AL legal? You are already using Volo's for Aasimar and Xanathar's for Celestial Warlock, so you don't abide by PHB+1.

Next: Your ability to be the main healer will likely depend on how many encounters your group has between short rests. As others have mentioned, you have a Paladin and a Bard in the group, so they can likely pick up the slack.

With regards to Revivify: Carry a scroll, if you can purchase one. It's on your spell list as Celestial Warlock, so you won't have to take it as a spell known or reserve a spell slot for it. The Paladin will have a failure chance until 9th level, so that is utility to bring to the table.

I probably wouldn't multiclass to add healing. If you really need more healing oomph, the Healer feat is an option, though it tends to be more effective at lower levels and you are already in Tier 2.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Just as an aside, we have a party member with a healer feat in a tier three game, and we use it a lot. For example, my level 13 Fighter being given a boost by that feat adds 13 + the die rolls. That's more than a single first level cure wounds spell, and it avoids the cleric burning a slot. It was when I was at level 11 that I began to see the lonf range wisdom in our budgets for healing kits ... \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Apr 26 '18 at 15:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ Note that unlike other classes, warlock Patron spells are not learned for free and instead are presented as additional options and do count towards your maximum warlock spells known. See this Q/A for details. \$\endgroup\$ – Sdjz Oct 1 at 21:39
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So I'm a bit late to this, but I'll give my opinion, because it could help for when you next level up.

I see one big problem for you: Spells. You are the only person who can cast Revivify, so in a tight situation, you'd need to keep a Warlock spell slot for incase someone dies, leaving you a single spell slot, and then you're left only using cantrips during the fight, never able to put out real spells. So, if you want to stay solo class, I would suggest taking the Healer feat. The Healer's Kit only cost 5 gold and weighs 3 pounds, and they have ten uses, so it's 25 gold and 15 pounds to get 50 uses of 1d4 + 4 + # of hit dice, once per person, per short rest.

So, if you want to cast more than Cantrips and a single slot-using spell (or two, if you're certain nobody is gonna die), take at least 1 level in Cleric, Life Domain. You get two extra 1st level slots that can cast spells from either class, and you always know Cure Wounds, outside of the spells you can prepare daily, letting you change that Cure Wounds in your Warlock spells (though the spell uses the casting ability of whichever class it was prepared from), and on top of that, the first level ability is amazing:

Disciple of Life: ...Whenever you use a spell of 1st level or higher to restore hit points to a creature, the creature regains additional hit points equal to 2 + the spell's level. (PHB, 60)

That means if you've got +2 Wisdom, your two first level Cure Wounds are 1d8 +5, and your one 3rd level is now 3d8 + 7. Then you can also take Healing Word as a back up healing spell, at 1d4 + 5 or 3d4 + 7, bonus action range of 60 feet (good incase you run out of Healing Light), and then you can take Inflict Wounds as an emergency hitter. Seriously, 1st level does 3d10 Necrotic and 3rd level does 5d10 Necrotic.

On top of all that, you gain proficiency in medium and heavy armor, which lets you snag a Breastplate for 14 + 2-max, and if your dex is over +2, you can later get the feat Medium Armor Mastery and wear Half-plate for 15 +3 while ignoring the stealth disadvantage.

And then, if you like having the extra low-level spells, you can take two more levels in the class and you've got Turn Undead, four 1st level slots, and two 2nd level slots.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ By fifth level Warlock, there are invocations. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Apr 26 '18 at 15:04
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For anyone still looking for a good healer build for this, check out Dawnforgedcast ultimate healer build here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LKajQE_-rQI

The lvl by lvl guide here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pUfBpqHQeqMcjFKW_JBS-57mkBL0J3wG8tUA8yjqX0M/mobilebasic

It's overall a Life Cleric 6 / Celestial Warlock 14 that has tons of heals, blasts out sacred flame and eldritch blast for major damage, plus allows several invocations.

I'm currently running this build at Cleric 4 so I'll see how it actually plays once I get my first warlock lvl soon! I've copied the full breakdown below in case the links ever expire for these.

***Disclaimer: The details below are not of my creation, I have not leveled past Cleric 4 in my own campaign! I also prefer point buy to standard array but it's viable regardless.

Standard Array gives you: STR 8 DEX 12 CON 13 INT 10 WIS 15 CHA 14

Choose the Half-Elf race to gain: • +2 CHA, +1 WIS, +1 CON. • Darkvision 60ft. • Immune to magical sleep effects. • Advantage on saves vs charmed. • Proficiency with Perception and Stealth.***

Choose the Acolyte background to gain: • Receive aid from those who share your faith. • Proficiency in Insight and Religion.

Start at level one as a Cleric to gain: • Proficiency with simple weapons, light armor, medium armor, and shields. • Proficient with History and Medicine. • Cleric Archetype: Life. • Proficiency with Heavy Armor • Disciple of Life: Healing spells of at least 1st level heal an additional 2 + spell level.

Equipment at 1st level: As a first level cleric you want to take: • Mace *** • Scale Mail Armor • Light Crossbow and Bolts • Shield • Explorer's Pack • Equipment given by your Acolyte background

Notes on equipment: You will eventually replace the mace with the Rod of the Pactkeeper, which may be available as soon as Character level 5. This is to support your casting ability as a Warlock, especially since Sacred Flame (one of your two main offensive spells) becomes a Warlock spell (uses your CHA based spell DC). You do not have the Str score for heavy Armors, despite proficiency. Upgrade to the Breastplate as soon as possible.* Use the Breastplate over the Half-Plate that Andrew uses in the video to avoid taking disadvantage to stealth checks. In both the Mundane and magical versions of this armor, you are only losing 1 point of AC to Half-Plate, I think that is a fair trade. Sell the Crossbow and Bolts during character creation for 12g 5s, you have spells. Use your shield as your holy symbol, PHB 151.

Cleric Cantrips: Take the Guidance, Spare the Dying, and Word of Radiance cantrips at first level.

A Word on Cleric spells 1st level +: As a life cleric you have specific spells always prepared, based on the level of spells you can cast. As you level up using this guide, the cleric spells you will need to prepare yourself (# = Cleric level+Wisdom modifier, max 11 as a 6th level cleric when you include all the ASI bumps and Ioun Stone) are subject to your own fancy. But, because this is an Ultimate Healer build, I recommend focusing on preparing the following list of spells as you gain access to the appropriate spell levels.*** • First level spells: Healing Word • Second level spells: Aid, Silence, Warding Bond • Third level spells: Magic Circle, Mass Healing Word, Remove Curse, Spirit Guardians

Why Silence, Magic Circle, or Spirit Guardians? Like Andrew pointed out, control effects are just as good as Healing. Enemy casters in the area of a Silence spell are useless until they move out of it, allowing melee party members the chance to close in on them. While situational to creature type, Magic Circle is a great control effect. Spirit Guardians is also very good in that, if you find yourself in melee, you can pop this to punish enemies that don't immediately run away from you, with Opportunity Attacks to those that do.

Anyway, time to level up. First, get to Cleric 4. At cleric 2, you get your Channel Divinity Feature once per short or long rest. As a Healer, use Preserve Life often. Turn Undead is lackluster and far too situational. At cleric 3, you gain access to 2nd level cleric spells. At cleric 4, you want to take the Inspiring Leader feat. Andrew explains how, as the Ultimate Healer, this is very useful. Alternatively you could take the Healer feat to make Healer’s Kits awesome.***

A Word on Warlock Spells as you Level Up: As a warlock, you have a set number of spells known and only from 1 to 3 spell slots with which to cast them; even when they refresh every short rest. Or do you? If you check out the multiclassing rules in the PHB on page 164, you will see that, while your warlock spell slots remain separate from your cleric ones, you can cast any spell you know with either set of slots as long as the minimum or maximum spell level of a spell is of a level you have slots for. For example, as you will see below once you reach your 9th level in warlock, your warlock spell slots become 5th level slots. You cast any warlock spell you know as a 5th level spell, BUT you can also use these 5th level slots to cast any of your 1st, 2nd, or 3rd level cleric spells for their “at higher level” effects. Vise versa, you can also use your 1st, 2nd, or 3rd level cleric spell slots to cast your warlock spells of those same spell levels. This means unfortunately, that your 4th and 5th level warlock spells must always use warlock spell slots. The good news is that you can cast Hex as long as you have ANY spell slots available.

Warlock Spell Selection: Just as with the cleric spells I mention above, the warlock spell selection found below are suggestions only. Feel free to change them to suit your own play style. The spells I suggest are based mostly on the philosophy that the best kind of Healing is not taking damage in the first place. To that end I have selected spells based mostly on utility or battlefield control since warlocks do not have access to restorative magics.

With the addition of Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, our key Archetype has changed from Undying Light (UA: Light, Dark, Underdark) to The Celestial (XGE pg.54-55). The changes made from UA to Official are as follows: 1 - Changes to and expansion of the Expanded Spell List. This is a minor change since most of the Expanded Spell list is offensive in nature and our spell selection process focuses primarily on healing, mitigation, and buffing spells. 2 - Our bonus cantrips Sacred Flame and Light are no longer tied to the Radiant Soul Feature. They are now given at warlock level 1 as a separate feature. 3 - Our level 1, 6, and 14 features have been swapped around. Radiant Soul is now level 6, Searing Vengeance is now level 14, and Healing Light is now level 1. 4 - Healing light is now has a range of 60 feet (from touch), has a maximum die pool of 21 (from 15), and limits your die expenditure to CHA modifier (from choice of 1 to 5). Overall, these changes are for the better, The fact that you get this feature at warlock level 1 also make you even more of an Ultimate Healer. 5 - Searing Vengeance now deals 2d8+CHA (from a static 10+CHA) and you can now choose which creatures are hit (from “all hostile creatures”). 6 - Radiant Resilience has been renamed to Celestial Resilience, but is otherwise unchanged in both feature level and what it does.

Next, take 6 levels of Celestial Warlock. At warlock 1, you gain the cantrips Light and Sacred Flame. Choose Eldritch Blast and Minor Illusion as your basic warlock cantrips. Choose Hex and Hellish Rebuke as your 1st level warlock spells. You now have access to the Healing Light feature.

A Note on Sacred Flame: Because we get Sacred Flame as a warlock spell, it uses Charisma as its Spellcasting modifier. This is lucky for us because we will be focusing on boosting Charisma first. It also means that Sacred Flame will enjoy the boost to effectiveness given to us by our Rod of the Pact Keeper, which increases the Spell DC of our warlock spells. This spell is one of our two main offensive spells (the other being Eldritch Blast) because this.

At warlock 2, choose Agonizing Blast and Repelling Blast as your invocations. Add Unseen Servant to your warlock spells known. At warlock 3, choose Pact of the Tome. Gain the Dancing Lights, Message, and Thorn Whip cantrips. Add the Hold Person spell to your warlock spells known and retrain Hellish Rebuke for the Darkness spell. At warlock 4, increase your Charisma by 2. Add the Friends cantrip. Add the Invisibility spell to your warlock spells known. At warlock 5, choose the Book of Ancient Secrets invocation, adding Find Familiar and Tenser's Floating Disc as rituals to your spells known. Add Dispel Magic to your warlock spells known. At warlock 6, gain the Radiant Soul feature and add the Major Image spell to your warlock spells known.

You are now level 10. Take 2 more levels of Cleric to get to level 12. You are finished with cleric levels. At cleric 5, you get Destroy Undead as an upgrade to your Turn Undead channel divinity. Again, situational as this will only be useful against CR ½ undead. At cleric 6, you gain a second use of Channel Divinity, and you gain your Blessed Healer domain feature.

Lastly, you will take another 8 levels of Celestial Warlock. At warlock 7, you gain the Beguiling Influence or Fiendish Vigor*** invocation, whichever one you think is better. Add the Banishment spell to your list of warlock spells known. At warlock 8, increase your Charisma score by 2 (20). Add the Fly spell to your list of warlock spells known. At warlock 9, Take the Devil’s Sight invocation (Combos well if you cast Darkness). Add the Hold Monster spell to your list of warlock spells known. At warlock 10, gain the Celestial Resilience feature. Add the Mage Hand cantrip to your list of cantrips known. At warlock 11, you gain the Mystic Arcanum feature (6th level spell). I suggest you choose the Conjure Fey*** spell (1 CR 6 or lower Fey [Annis Hag from Volo's for example], becomes hostile if you lose concentration). Add the Dimension Door spell to your list of warlock spells known. At warlock 12, increase your Wisdom score by 2 (18). Take the Sculptor of Flesh invocation. At warlock 13, you gain the Mystic Arcanum feature (7th level spell). I suggest you choose the Plane Shift*** spell. Add the Fear spell to your list of warlock spells known. At warlock 14, you gain the Searing Vengeance feature.

You are now a level 20 character. Congratulations.

A note on high level equipment: In the video, Andrew talks over his equipment selection briefly. This is really just a wish list, but it basically breaks down like this:

Magic Item Wishlist +3 Breastplate*** +3 Shield +3 Rod of the Pact Keeper Ioun Stone of Insight

Rod of Resurrection*** Tome of Leadership Various Potions of Healing Various Divine or Arcane Spell Scrolls

Endnote: At the peak of this build’s performance you are hitting targets with Eldritch Blast 4 times per casting with a +15 to hit, dealing 1d10+6 force damage+10ft knockback. Your Sacred Flame deals 4d8+6 radiant damage and uses your CHA spell DC because it is considered a Warlock spell for you. Your Cha Spell DC is 23, your Wis Spell DC is 19. Your AC is 23. You have 149 HP (using Andrew’s method of max hp for first 3 levels, then take the average). You have cantrips for days, invocations, spells, and healing abilities coming out the wazoo!

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  • \$\begingroup\$ This proposal for a build at level 20 does not answer the question of a sixth level warlock for adventurers league play. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Oct 2 '18 at 13:07
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I know very late but I am currently working on a similar character and wanted to add my 2c.

I'm personally combining in Divine Soul Sorcerer from XGE, this grants access to the entire cleric spell list while maintaining CHA as your casting stat. Mutli-classing into Sorc also grants metamagic, Twinned spell Cure for those situations where one just isn't enough!

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Please expand your answer to propose a 27 point buy level 6 character as stated in the problem/question. Welcome to RPG.SE. Please take the tour and visit the help center to get a feel for how a Q&A site is different from a forum or a chat room. Also, I suggest that you include recommended invocations. Thanks for joining in. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Apr 26 '18 at 15:06
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I'm running a Celestial Warlock, human... and I want to offer a different opinion about what someone said here about revivify. You do not have to hold a spell slot open at all to cast it. Do not think of yourself as a regular healer. You are an arcane field medic. If you burn your spells on say a cure wounds and guiding light cast and also use up all of your Healing Light and then one of your buddies dies, you still only have to wait by the body for an hour before your spells recharge and you can cast revivify then. (You'd need the wizard to cast gentle repose so that the revivify will take effect after the long rest) No other caster can do this.

It's not as efficient as just having more slots available, but once a cleric runs out of spell slots they have to wait at least 8 hours, more if its mid-dungeon or scenario. You can burn your spells freely until your daily Healing Light runs empty, then slow down. You never have to stress not spending or saving a slot unless the DM deprives you of short rests.

More importantly, I recommend Pact of the Tomb. It comes with two rituals when you back it up with the right invocation, which can include find familiar. But it also comes with cantrips, which can include spare the dying. A celestial familiar gives spare the dying range, same as cure wounds, so while you won't be keeping everyone at full health for two or three fights like a cleric can at that level before running dry, you can keep a whole party breathing for a never ending barrage of fights, assuming you get an hour's rest here and there.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Revivify only works on a creature that died within the last minute. \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Mar 3 '18 at 7:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ There's a spell that makes it work for longer ( gentle repose). .. and they even have a wizard to cast it... but I agree with you, warlocks Anam number of available slots can be limiting \$\endgroup\$ – Garret Gang Mar 6 '18 at 17:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ eso, I made an edit to address the points that Miniman and Garret made in their comments. Please review the edit to make sure this answer still fits your points. Also, I suggest you make a recommendation of which invocations would support this build . The premise is using 27 point buy as a level 6 character \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Apr 26 '18 at 15:02

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