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For questions about the warlock, a traditional character class in RPGs that learns and casts arcane magic through deals with supernatural forces.

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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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Are Blastlocks not Special?

I am making a character for D&D 5e and I am thinking about playing an Abjurer Eldritch Knight with a dip of Warlock for some refluffed flavor, out of combat utility, in combat utility, and I just ...
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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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When a Warlock Invocation lets me cast a spell, do I also have to make it one of my Spells Known?

My friends and I are going to be starting another campaign in the near future. I've going to be playing as a Warlock and I was hoping to get some clarification on the use of the Eldritch Invocation ...
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If a warlock's invocation states that they can use a spell without a slot does that mean they can cast the spell as often as they want?

On page 111 of the 5E hand book the invocations Misty Visions, Mask of Many Faces, Master of Myriad Forms, and Otherworldly Leap all they that you can cast them without expending a spell slot. Does ...
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Can a Warlock become a lich?

I'm going to play a Warlock character starting at 3rd level. I want to know if he can become a lich. If this is possible, is there something that I must do before he can become a lich, such as take ...
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Can a Warlock have both a Sentinel Raven and a familiar?

I have a warlock player who chose Patron of the Raven Queen giving him Sentinel Raven and Pact of the Chain giving him Find Familiar. Is this fair? It seems almost like he has two familiars. The spell ...
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Can a multiclass Cleric/Warlock hold a Holy Shield and an Arcane Staff and still cast spells?

The PHB (pg. 151) states that a Cleric may use a shield with a holy symbol as a spellcasting focus: A cleric or paladin can use a holy symbol as a spellcasting focus, as described in chapter 10....
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Would it be game breaking to allow a Warlock to use his Mystic Arcanum to cast his spells at a higher level?

I'm looking for ways to make the Warlock feel more flexible with his castings, and I like this solution, especially since it's limited by how few spellslots Warlocks have of higher level spells (...
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Can a Pact of the Chain warlock's sprite familiar use the Help action and stay invisible?

According to the D&D 5th edition Player's Handbook, the description of the Help action in combat states (page 192; bolding made by me): You can aid a friendly creature in attacking a creature ...
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Warlock Expanded Spell List

Expanded Spell List The Fiend lets you choose from an expanded list of spells when you learn a warlock spell. The following spells are added to the warlock spell list for you. Should this mean, ...
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Does damage from Armor of Agathys take place before or after a character takes damage from an attack that hits?

Suppose I cast Armor of Agathys at level 2 as a Warlock, which will provide +10 temporary hit points. If an attacker hits with a melee attack and deals 11 damage, does the attacker take the 10 damage ...
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Does reapplying Hex have any spell components?

Casting Hex requires a verbal, somatic, and material component. For the duration (1/8/24 hours), if something dies while hexed, I can use a bonus action to apply it to a different creature. Does ...
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Can a Hexblade Warlock use a bonus action to attack with an offhand weapon, using both as Pact weapons?

Xanathar's Guide To Everything added a clarification on the type of weapons you can use with Pact of the Blade: If you later gain the Pact of the Blade feature, this benefit extends to every pact ...
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Can a Helpless Warlock Activate Fell Flight to Move Underwater?

There is a warlock in our party whose strength was just reduced to 0 by a sea hag. He is underwater. Can a helpless Warlock activate Fell Flight to move underwater?
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How much control do you have over a charmed creature from the Great Old One warlock's Create Thrall feature?

In the Great Old One branch of Warlock, there is a Create Thrall effect, which states that if I touch an incapacitated creature it becomes charmed toward me - but it describes nothing else about the ...
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How many spell slots does a Level 3 Warlock have in 5E?

The Warlock Table in the PHB (p106) states that a Warlock has the following: 1 First-level spell slot at level 1. 2 First-level spell slots at level 2. 2 Second-level spell slots at level 3. Does ...
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Does Hex disadvantage apply to the next concentration spell?

I am trying to build a Warlock and see how I can optimize the hex spell and this question came up: will the disadvantage from the hex spell apply to the next concentration spell when I cast it? Or ...
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Can Warlock with the Polearm Master and War Caster Feats cast Eldritch Blast as an Opportunity Attack while wearing a shield, RAW?

I realize there is the RAI note out there that indicates Polearm Master's opportunity attack is only intended to work with the polearm that you're wielding, but some DMs accept the RAW interpretation ...
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Can Frost Lance Invocation's movement penalty stack?

The 5E Warlock Invocation 'Frost Lance' (from Unearthed Arcana) says: You draw on the gifts of the Prince of Frost to trap your enemies in ice. When you hit a creature with your eldritch blast ...
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Does Eyes of the Rune Keeper allow a Warlock to cast other classes' spells from Scrolls?

The rules for Spell Scrolls state that: If the spell is on your class’s spell list, you can read the scroll and cast its spell without providing any material components. Otherwise, the scroll is ...
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What happens to the Warlock Spell Slots when he obtains new Spell Levels?

This isn't explained on the spellcasting section of the warlock. On the table, it's shown the warlock acquires new spell slots as it levels up, for example, starts at level 1 with 1 1st level slot, ...
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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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Are there rules regarding a found Warlock grimoire? [closed]

I'm currently playing a 'pact of the tome' Warlock in a 5e campaign. In our last session, we were exploring an ancient library and my character managed to find an item that the DM described as a ...
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Is this Supernatural warlock patron balanced?

The Supernatural You have struck a pact with a great supernatural being, a great lord over the chaotic Undead. Unnatural Aura At first level, creatures with an Intelligence score of 10 ...
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Does Warlock combat just equal Eldritch Blast spam?

Been looking over the warlock because I thought it would be cool to make a spellcaster that can also mix it up in melee combat. After all how awesome is it to conjure up a magical weapon and start ...
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Does a Warlock's pact with a Fiend always involve the transfer of his immortal soul?

Is it possible to have a pact with a fiend that does not involve the fiend owning your soul? This came up in thinking about whether it would be complicated to raise a dead fiend-pact Warlock. If the ...
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Can a Hexblade kill a party member, raise their spectre, use it for under 1 minute and then have the cleric revivify?

Situation: I am playing a Hexblade Warlock. With the willing participation of another party member, my character slays the party member. Having killed a character, the hexblade can cause their spirit ...
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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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Optimize this Scourge Aasimar Great Old One Blade Pact Warlock

I am about to start an Adventurers League game, so point buy and only published material are available. Since Volo's Guide to Monsters has been printed and made legal, I am using a Scourge Aasimar (...
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Take 2! Is this homebrew Lady of Pain warlock patron balanced?

A little while ago I posted this homebrew Patron option here. I got some great feedback and have returned not only with an update but also with some homebrew Invocations that support the overall ...
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Is this homebrew Lady of Pain warlock patron balanced?

I designed a warlock patron called the Lady of Pain. Is this subclass balanced against the other official warlock subclasses? The Lady of Pain You have quietly made a Pact with the Lady of ...
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What happens if the Fiend-patron warlock's Hurl Through Hell feature is used while in Hell?

The description of the Fiend-patron warlock's Hurl Through Hell feature says: Starting at 14th level, when you hit a creature with an attack, you can use this feature to instantly transport the ...
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When merged with the Raven (using Soul of the Raven), is the Warlock immune to damage?

A Warlock with the Raven Queen patron can use the 6th level Soul of the Raven pact ability to merge with the Sentinel Raven, as written: As a Bonus action when your raven is perched on your ...
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Should I have to roll to copy a spell into my Book of Ancient Secrets?

The Book of Ancient Secrets invocation says (PH p. 110): On your adventures, you can add other ritual spells to your Book of Shadows. When you find such a spell, you can add it to the book if ...
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Changing elements for spells

I think I remember in an older version of D&D allowing you to change a fire spell into a cold-based spell, or vice versa. In 5E, is there any way to allow you to alter say a Scorching Ray into a ...
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What's a good way to build an unseelie fey warlock?

What are some good feats/templates/racial class levels one would use for making a decent Fey-themed Warlock in D&D 3.5? To be more specific, I'm hoping to use this guy in a horror-themed campaign ...
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Warlocks and the Ring of Spell Storing: how do you fill it up?

The Warlock casts spells at one given level. Spell Slots(PHB p.107) The table also shows what the level of those slots is; all of your spell slots are the same level. {snip} ... when you are 5th ...
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Can a warlock use Pact of the Blade to restructure a magical pact weapon into a different form?

I don't have the exact text, but I'm going to be running a Fey Warlock for an upcoming campaign. I remember this for Pact of the Blade at level 3: You may create your pact weapon in any form you wish, ...
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Heavy Crossbow vs (unmodded) 5th level Eldritch Blast, which would be more reliable?

Which of these two would be more reliable at least in terms of consistently dealing damage? I'm not going to take the Agonizing Blast Invocation because I'm planning to take other Invocations, so I ...
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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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How to get advantage on all four ranged attacks in one round?

Specifically, I want to attack 4 times with Eldritch Blast as a 17th level Warlock. What is the easiest and cheapest way to gain advantage on all 4 attacks?
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Does Green Lord's Gift effectively make all heal spells roll max on the Warlock?

Unearthed Arcana: Warlock & Wizard includes the eldritch invocation Green Lord's Gift for warlocks, which reads: Green Lord’s Gift Prerequisite: The Archfey patron The Green Lord ...
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What happens to a Warlock's expended Spell Slots when they gain a Level?

Suppose a Level 6 Warlock has expended both of their Level 3 Spell Slots. Then, upon receiving XP, they gain enough to level up to Level 7. They immediately gain access to their new spell (and their ...
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Does the Hex spell give disadvantage to saving throws and attacks?

The Warlock Spell 'Hex' (PHB 251) gives Disadvantage on ability checks. Does this include saving throws and attacks? That is, in this context, are saving throws and attacks 'ability checks'?
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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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Are eldritch blasts with essences applied considered different abilities with regard to metamagic feats?

I've been searching and searching, and I cannot find a clear answer to this question: If I take Maximize Spell-Like Ability and apply it to "Eldritch Blast," giving me 3 casts per day of maximized "...
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Can a warlock summon an Improvised Weapon as its pact weapon?

I'm brainstorming a character concept, a tavern brawler specialist that summons a variety of random items usually found in a bar (just because he is more familiar with those than regular weapons). He ...
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Can a Hexblade warlock choose a lance for his Hex Warrior weapon?

The lance description says: a lance requires two hands to wield when you aren't mounted. Note that the lance lacks the two handed property but still need 2 hands to wield. The Hexblade warlock's ...
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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 ...