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Questions tagged [warlock]

This tag is for questions pertaining to the D&D warlock class, in editions where it exists.

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Do you go blind and deaf when you see through the eyes of a sentinel raven, like a regular familiar?

I have a warlock player who chose Patron of the Raven Queen giving him Sentinel Raven. I'm familiar with the Find Familiar spell which says: While your familiar is within 100 feet of you, you can ...
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Is Phantom Steed considered a Familiar?

If I already have Find Familiar from Pact of Chain cast, does it become the phantom steed when I cast that spell? Since I can't have two familiars, I want to see if phantom steed was defined as a one. ...
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Does Hex disappear if combat resolves peacefully?

Just finished a combat where I cast Hex but then managed to de-escalate the combat and have it resolve peacefully. Everyone went their own separate ways and my Hex target walked away without ever ...
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Are spellbook spells copied from scrolls also single-use?

My warlock has Book of Ancient Secrets which allows the warlock to copy spell scrolls into his Book of Shadows, provided he spends both the time and the rare inks. When a copied spell is used, is the ...
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Why do warlocks get 9th level spells? [duplicate]

In the warlock spell list, it says that they have 9th level spells, but they only get up to 5th level spell slots. How does that work?
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Can I cast spells with one hand and wield a sword with another?

I’m starting to play as Hexblade warlock and I have some kind of a brain lag. Can I wield a sword and cast spells with my free hand? Since my sword can be a spellcasting focus and I can perform ...
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Can a Kusari-gama or Kyoketsu-shoge be used as a Pact Weapon?

I was wanting to create a pact of the blade warlock for D&D 5e. I had a sort of Mortal Kombat Scorpion type of idea. I'm not in a group right now, but I was wondering... Is there a rule about ...
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Why would I choose anything other than a Greataxe as my Warlock Pact weapon?

In the PHB p.107 on Pact of the Blade boon it is stated: You can choose the form that this melee weapon takes each time you create it (see chapter 5 for weapon options). You are proficient with ...
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Is Hunger of Hadar seriously overpowered or am I reading it wrong?

I'm not even going to go into the debate about whether darkvision can see through hunger of hadar, the thing that I think makes it overpowered is the this line. creatures fully within the area are ...
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Stacking Improved, Superior, and Ultimate Pact Blade Weapon

This Unearthed Arcana article lists several new invocations, one of which has been slightly modified and published in Xanathar's Guide To Everything, page 57. Improved Pact Weapon (XGtE) states: ...
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Does a warlock have to know his patron?

I'm in a game that has a lot of first-time players (myself included) however the person I am questioning I do not believe is a first time player. We've been playing for about 6 months now (October - ...
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Can a ritual caster learn weapon bond

I couldn't find an answer to my during a search so I thought I would pose it here. While peering through the eldritch knight subclass I read the following description for weapon bond (emphasis mine): ...
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Can I cast a Warlock spell with another (higher) spell slot from a different multiclass?

Reviewing an answer to a recent question I posted, I had a thought about Armor of Agathys. In the event of a Sorcerer 18 / Warlock 2 build, would the character be able to cast Armor of Agathys with a ...
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How do I create an Accursed Specter?

The XGE Hexblade Warlock unlocks an ability called Accursed Specter at level 6. Starting at 6th level, you can curse the soul of a person you slay, temporarily binding it to your service. When you ...
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What can a creature affected by a Warlock's 'Hurl Through Hell' do?

A 14th level Warlock whose patron is a Fiend gains access to the Hurl Through Hell ability: Hurl Through Hell Starting at 14th level, when you hit a creature with an attack, you can use this ...
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If I scribe a scroll of a spell I know, and then give it to another caster, is it cast as a caster of my level or of the level of the one casting it?

I am a 6th level Warlock, meaning all of my known spells are cast as if 3rd level. If I then write a scroll of one of my known 1st-level spells and hand it to an allied spellcaster, when they use it, ...
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Pact of the Blade and Antimagic Fields

So, after reading this answer on a question on Antimagic Field, something that has come-up is a question about Pact of the Blade Warlocks. One of the features of Pact of the Blade is that one can ...
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What kind of action does an Invocation take?

What kind of action is it to use invocations such as Armor of Shadows and Fiendish Vigor? Are they defined as action, bonus action or free action? The book doesn't clarify.
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Can brimstone blast's bonus fire damage benefit from Mortalbane?

Brimstone blast (Complete Arcane p.132) is intended to be a non-stacking damage effect as opposed to vitriolic blast which just adds more damage every round. However, the wording used to accomplish ...
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When a Hex Warrior uses Charisma to attack, are they using their will?

This question is in reference to this Warlock archetype: Hex Warrior (XGtE 55,56) You gain proficiency with medium armor, shields, and martial weapons. When you attack with [a weapon you touch ...
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Warlock(Fiend)/Warlock(Hexblade) 'multi'class build balancing question [closed]

I currently play a level 4 Blade-pact-Warlock with the Fiend-patron in my friend's campaign. Even though Blade-pact was considered less than ideal, from what I've read, it seemed like the only viable ...
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Can a multiclassed Hexblade warlock/monk use their Hex Warrior class feature on their Martial Arts unarmed strike?

Can a multiclassed Hexblade warlock/monk use their Hex Warrior class feature on their Martial Arts unarmed strike? How about the Pact of the Blade feature to make their unarmed strikes magical?
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Is there anything preventing warlocks from learning and casting invocations listed in warlock prestige classes?

This question has opened a Pandora's Box in my head. The first answer (and resultant discussion) states that warlocks are unable to learn invocations described in prestige class descriptive text ...
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Can a spell-mimicking invocation be used in lieu of an arcane spell for Spellblast and Greatreach eldritch essence invocations?

Complete Mage contains a lesser eldritch essence, Spellblast (p.57), and a greater essence, Greatreach Blast (p.58), that allow a warlock to place an AOE or touch arcane spell, respectively, at the ...
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Does not having flight nerf a warlock's familiar?

Core Question: Is restricting a warlock's familiar to not be able to fly (or turn into any animal capable of flight) too much of a nerf to its functionality? Background: I'm about to DM a new ...
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Can A Warlock Change Patrons?

This is primarily a "Flavor" question (or maybe not given the long range ramifications) that came up during a game session from reading the late 4th edition "Dungeons and Dragons" comic where the ...
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Can a Pact of the Tome warlock get a Pact of the Chain-type familiar?

I am having trouble with a friend's warlock character. At level 3, a warlock gets the Pact Boon feature. The Pact of the Chain feature lets you learn find familiar and let that familiar take some ...
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Does a warlock have to use Hex Warrior every day?

My warlock player and I are unsure about the rules of the Hexblade Warrior. Whenever you finish a long rest, you can touch one weapon that you are proficient with and that lacks the two-handed ...
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Switching to Improved Pact Weapon at level 3

My player (Warlock lvl 3. Hexblade, Pact of the Blade) and I are in a discussion about switching Invocations. He wishes to, now that he's went from level 2 to level 3, switch to 'Improved Pact ...
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Could you use levitate on the dirt or ground?

Specifically, if a thing was visibly charging me from outside combat could you levitate 500lbs of dirt further ahead of it, but in spell range, making a hole for it to fall into. Then simply allow the ...
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How do warlocks enter into a pact with a patron?

How do warlocks get into a pact with their patron? I want to multiclass my rogue but I don't know how that works into any story. Are there any published official material (or Unearthed Arcana) that ...
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Can a warlock revoke the patronship relationship but keep their powers?

I am making a gnome warlock. I want his patron to be Cthulhu. You may know that warlocks get their powers from a patron. You may also know that in order for a warlock to keep his powers, he must do ...
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How powerful would a pair of pact weapons be?

In my game one of the players is a hex blade warlock that wants to dual wield. If I was to create a paired magic weapon and let them make it their pact weapon what risks are there? Specifically, I'...
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Can a multiclassed Warlock's Book of Shadows double as their Wizard spellbook?

Can the Book of Shadows from a Warlock pact double as a Wizard's spell book if the character has multiclassed? If the Book of Shadows was lost and the character summoned a new one, would the ...
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Does Shadow of Moil grant the user advantage against enemies?

Shadow of Moil strikes me as the Warlock's equivalent of Greater Invisibility, with a few perks. One major point of contention among my party, however, is whether or not it grants the user advantage ...
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What's the mechanical difference (as related to somatic components) between a holy symbol on a donned shield and a focus held in the hand?

I want to play a Hexblade Tomelock with a shield and rod without the War Caster feat. And I want to shoot sparklies out of my rod. I understand the general rules of components and the examples of ...
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Can Dark Delirium be used to charm an opponent into hurting itself?

The Dark Delirium Warlock ability plunges a creature into an Illusory Realm and it rolls a Wisdom Save. Upon a failure, the creature is either Frightened or Charmed by the Warlock. Things about the ...
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Is there any way for a warlock to learn a non-warlock spell?

In the campaign I am DM-ing, I have created an Atlantis-like underwater city, and to get there I need my players characters to travel under water, and naturally they will need to breathe. Currently ...
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How powerful is a fiend entering into a pact with a warlock?

I have a warlock PC, who has left the nature of their pact fuzzy, and I'm going to fill in the gaps to help drive the story along as necessary. How powerful does it make sense for the fiend to be? ...
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Does the cantrip Shillelagh and Hex Warrior class feature work together when you attack?

If a Hexblade Warlock used the cantrip Shillelagh and attacked with a Quarterstaff would the class feature Hex Warrior and Shillelagh both apply to the attack and damage rolls? Hex Warrior When ...
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Do either Speak with Animals or Awakened Mind let me use Command on animals?

The spell Command states the following: You speak a one-word command to a creature you can see within range. The target must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw or follow the command on its next turn. ...
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Warlock/Paladin: Using pact magic spell slots for Divine Smite [duplicate]

I'm currently thinking about doing an Aasimar Paladin / Celestial Warlock sometime in the future. Now, I've been looking at the Divine Smite feature of the Paladin (p. 85, PHB), which states the ...
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For battlefield control, what’s the optimum mix of a Paladin dipping Warlock? [closed]

Brief backstory here, since I feel like Palalock gets enough of a backlash that I want to justify it. My group are longtime 3.5/Pathfinder players dipping our toes into 5e for the first time; we're ...
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Do the Warlock's Pact of the Tome cantrips need their material components?

I want to create a celestial warlock and I want to have Shillelagh as one of my Pact of the Tome cantrips. I also wanted wooden staff as an arcane focus so I can use melee and free up my other hand. ...
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Do you get Hex Warrior's Cha bonus with a two-handed Pact Weapon?

Hex Warrior says: you can touch one weapon with which you are proficient and that lacks the two-handed quality. When you attack with that weapon you can use your Charisma for attack and damage ...
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Is a Barbarian 1/Warlock n effective as a tank?

Playing my first 5e game soon. We're using PHB material only for characters. Is it possible to have a character that is sort of the main tank/off tank with a character who will start as a barbarian ...
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Does the Warlock's Thought Shield effectively act like a Ring of Mind Shielding?

Ring of Mind Shielding (DMG, p. 191) While wearing this ring, you are immune to magic that allows other creatures to read your thoughts, determine whether you are lying, know your alignment, ...
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Can a warlock ready an action to shatter an incoming arrow?

A warlock is flying above the trees, and an enemy shoots him with an arrow. Fully expecting another arrow, can the warlock ready his shatter invocation to destroy the next arrow mid-air before it hits ...
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Just what are the differences between Spellcasting and Pact Magic?

Many classes incorporate the Spellcasting feature. One, Warlock, instead has the feature Pact Magic. What are the mechanical differences between the two, or is this just a distinction without a ...
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How can I build a Celestial Warlock as a primary healer?

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 ...