April 13, 2018

Eldritch Insights

Eldritch Invocations and Feats
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Eldritch Invocations

In your study of occult lore, you have unearthed eldritch invocations, fragments of forbidden knowledge that imbue you with an abiding magical ability.
     At 2nd level, you gain two eldritch invocations of your choice. Your invocation options are detailed at the end of the class description. When you gain certain warlock levels, you gain additional invocations of your choice.
     Additionally, when you gain a level in this class, you can choose one of the invocations you know and replace it with another invocation that you could learn at that level. A level prerequisite in an invocation refers to warlock level, not character level.

Chain Gang
Prerequisites: 12th level, Pact of the Chain
You can maintain two familiars at once. You can dismiss and/or summon both familiars as a single action, and when you cast the spell find familiar it affects either or both of your familiars, your choice. When you take the Attack action, you can forgo one of your own attacks to allow either or both of your familiars to make an attack of their own using their reaction.

Codex of the Abyss
Prerequisites: 15th level, Pact of the Tome
Your patron provides you access to a secret wellspring of power. Select another Warlock Patron; you learn and can cast all of the spells from that patron's Expanded Spell List. You also gain an additional pact magic spell slot.

Eldritch Claw
Prerequisite: 5th level
When you cast a cantrip that requires one or more ranged spell attacks, you can make melee spell attacks instead.

Eldritch Plate
Prerequisites: 5th level, Pact of the Blade
As an action, you can summon a suit of unearthly armor, which fits to you perfectly and dons itself instantly; this armor can be of any type. You are considered proficient with your Eldritch Plate, though you must still meet the Strength requirements for the type of armor you summon. Your Eldritch Plate disappears if it is removed and is more than 5 feet away from you for 1 minute or more. It also disappears if you use this feature again, if you dismiss the armor (no action required), or if you die.
     You can transform one suit of magic armor into your eldritch plate by performing a special ritual while you wear the armor. You perform the ritual over the course of 1 hour, which can be done during a short rest. You can then dismiss the armor, shunting it into an extradimensional space, and it appears whenever you summon your Eldritch Plate thereafter. You can’t affect an artifact in this way. The armor ceases being your Eldritch Plate if you die, if you perform the 1-hour ritual on a different suit of armor, or if you use a 1-hour ritual to break your bond to it. The suit appears at your feet if it is in the extradimensional space when the bond breaks.

Font of Energy
When you gain this invocation, select one of the following damage types: acid, cold, fire, lightning, necrotic, or radiant. When you deal damage with the eldritch blast cantrip, the hex spell, or any warlock class ability that deals damage, you can use your chosen damage type instead of the effects normal damage type.

Ghoulish Mount
Prerequisite: 7th level
You can cast the spell find greater steed without using a spell slot. Once you do so, you must finish a short or long rest before you can do so again.

Impactful Curse
Prerequisites: 5th level, hex spell or a warlock feature that curses
As a bonus action, you can attempt to shove a creature that is affected by your hex spell or by a warlock feature of yours, such as Hexblade’s Curse or Sign of Ill Omen, by blasting them with a wave of eldritch force. When attempting to shove a creature with this ability, you make a Charisma check with proficiency instead of an Strength (Athletics) check.
     To use this invocation, you must be able to see the cursed target and it must be within 30 feet of you.

Legion Blades
Prerequisite: Pact of the Blade
You can create second pact weapon and/or bind a second weapon as your pact weapon, and can summon both as a single action.

Nightmare
Prerequisites: 15th level, Ghoulish Steed invocation
When you cast the spell find greater steed, you may choose to summon a Nightmare to serve as your mount.

Shield of Atropos
Prerequisite: Pact of the Blade
You can create a Pact Shield in addition to your pact weapon, which appears strapped to your waiting arm. You are proficient with this shield, and you can summon both your shield and your weapon as a single action. Your Pact Shield disappears if it is more than 5 feet away from you for 1 minute or more. It also disappears if you use this feature again, if you dismiss the shield (no action required), or if you die.
     You can transform one magical shield into your pact shield by performing a special ritual while holding the shield. You perform the ritual over the course of 1 hour, which can be done during a short rest. You can then dismiss the shield, shunting it into an extradimensional space, and it appears whenever you create your pact shield thereafter. You can’t affect an artifact in this way. The shield ceases being your pact shield if you die, if you perform the 1-hour ritual on a different shield, or if you use a 1-hour ritual to break your bond to it. The shield appears at your feet if it is in the extradimensional space when the bond breaks.

Pages of Infinite Madness
Prerequisite: 11th level, Pact of the Tome
You permanently alter your Mystic Arcanum. At each level you gain the Mystic Arcanum class feature, you instead gain a spell slot and a spell known of that level. Unlike your Pact Magic slots, these spell slots are restored after a long rest. You can only use these spell slots while your Tome is in your possession. Once you take this invocation, it cannot be replaced when you gain a level in the warlock class.

Pale Horse
Prerequisite: 3rd level
You can cast the spell find steed without using a spell slot. Once you do so, you must finish a short or long rest before you can do so again.

Retaliating Curse
Prerequisites: 5th level, hex spell or a warlock feature that curses
When you are stuck by a creature that is affected by your hex spell or by a warlock feature of yours, such as Hexblade’s Curse and Sign of Ill Omen, you can use your reaction to deal that creature necrotic damage equal to half your warlock level.

Searing Curse
Prerequisites: 5th level, hex spell or a warlock feature that curses
As a bonus action, you cause a creature that is affected by your hex spell or by a warlock feature of yours, such as Hexblade’s Curse or Sign of Ill Omen, to explode with fire. If you do so, the creature and each creature of your choice within 5 feet of it takes 1d8 points fire damage.

Shadow Warrior
Prerequisite: 5th level
You learn the shadow blade spell; this spells does not count against your total number of spells known. When you make an attack with shadow blade, you can use your Charisma modifier for the attack and damage rolls.
     When you cast shadow blade, you can choose to give the weapon the two-handed property; if you do so, the damage dice of the weapon become d10s.

Twin Sorrows
Prerequisites: 10th level, hex spell
When you cast the hex spell or use a bonus action to transfer the spell to a new creature, you can target two creatures with the spell. You must be able to see both creatures, and they must be within 15 feet of each other. You can only have two creatures affected by the spell at a time.

Vampiric Blade
Prerequisites: 15th level, Pact of the Blade
Whenever you hit a hostile creature with your pact blade, you can use a bonus action to regain a number of hit points equal to half the damage dealt.

Vengeful Resurgence
Prerequisite: 10th level
You can cast the spell death ward on yourself once without expending a spell slot. If the spell is ended by taking damage, you explode in a surge of otherworldly energy; each creature within 5 feet of you takes force damage equal to your warlock level + your Charisma modifier, and must succeed on a Strength saving throw or be shoved 10 feet away from you in a straight line.
     Once you use this ability to cast this spell, you can't do so again until you finish a long rest.

Feats

A feat represents a talent or an area of expertise that gives a character Special capabilities. It embodies training, experience, and abilities beyond what a class provides.
     At certain levels, your class gives you the Ability Score Improvement feature. Using the optional feats rule, you can forgo taking that feature to take a feat of your choice instead. You can take each feat only once, unless the feat’s description says otherwise.
     You must meet any prerequisite specified in a feat to take that feat. If you ever lose a feat’s prerequisite, you can’t use that feat until you regain the prerequisite. For example, the Grappler feat requires you to have a Strength of 13 or higher. If your Strength is reduced below 13 somehow—perhaps by a withering curse—you can’t benefit from the Grappler feat until your Strength is restored.

Lesser Bargain
Prerequisite: Charisma 13 or higher
You have sealed a bargain with an entity who grants you a modicum of power. You gain the following benefits:
  • Increase one ability score of your choice by 1, to a maximum of 20.
  • You gain a Pact Boon, as if you were a warlock of 3rd level. This must be a Pact Boon that you do not already possess.

Greater Bargain
Prerequisite: Charisma 15 or higher, Lesser Bargain feat
You broker for more power from your benefactor. You gain the following benefits:
  • Increase one ability score of your choice by 1, to a maximum of 20
  • You gain two warlock invocations of your choice. You must be able to meet the prerequisites for these invocations, if any.

Grand Bargain
Prerequisite: Charisma 17 or higher, Greater Bargain feat
Through masterful persuasion, you convince your benefactor to grant you even more power. You gain the following benefits: 
  • You gain a single Pact Magic spell slot. This slot's level is equal to 1/4 your level. If you already possess the Pact Magic class feature, this slot is the same level as slots granted by that feature. Once you expend this spell slot, you regain it when you finish a short or long rest.
  • You learn two cantrips, two 1st level spells, and one 2nd level spell from the warlock spell list. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.

21 comments:

  1. You know I've been debating long and hard between playing a divine soul sorcerer or a celestial warlock...Thanks for making this an easier choice :)

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    1. Very specifically, I wrote Font of Energy because I hate the idea that a Celestial Warlock still deals necrotic damage with her invocations.

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  2. Wonderful stuff!!! Warlock is my favorite class and I am always happy to see it get some love.

    I have but one question. Are the feats attainable by a Warlock?

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    1. Of course, as long as you meet the prerequisites.

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  3. I like eldritch plate, i like the other goals.

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  4. The wording on Retaliating Curse feels a bit off.

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    1. Ah, there is a typo: it should be "such as Hexblade's curse OR Sign of Ill Omen".

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  5. These are totally sweet. Love the feats and the seed spells.

    There was another version of Legion Blades in the Mystical Talisman warlock with different effects, are these meant to be the same?

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    1. This one should supercede the old one, but I'll double check that.

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  6. Dear Lord Jesus. Thank you guys do more AMAZING content for my favorite class! Keep it up guys! I will be a patron again soon.

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    1. For more lol not do more sorry

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    2. Don’t worry! We’re doing more warlock stuff, too 😊

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  7. Codex of the abyss completely changes the balance of the class. Learning 10 spells is enough, I don't think you need to add another spell slot to it.

    about ghoulish mount: find greater steed is a 4th level spell, but a paladin spell, so it should theoretically be available only at 13th level, and a bard can take it at 10th level. At 7th level it might be a bit too good (although not game breaking I guess).

    Retalioating curse should be when you're struck, not stuck.

    Most invocations seem cool, the feats are definitely interesting.

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    1. They clearly have no interest in balance. Your comment doesn't even scratch the surface of the poor balance decisions in these invocations, and reading around the site, it's clear that game balance is of the least concern consistently.

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  8. Quick question, the greater bargain feat says that you must meet the requirements for a invocation. Generally, invocation levels refer to warlock levels, does this mean you can only take base level ones, or do all class levels count in this case?

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    1. You can only get the base level ones, unless you also have real warlock levels.

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  9. Shield of Atropos? are you sure it is not Atropus?

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  10. Searing Curse seems to not have any limit as to how often a warlock can make someone explode. (aside from the obvious ones like Target needs to be alive to explode)

    I assume it never increasing in damage is part of the balance of exploding every round.

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  11. The Nightmare invocation requires Ghoulish Steed , is it another invocation or is it Ghoulish Mount?

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  12. Would Pages of Infinite Madness change at all when used with Patron of Karsus' Master Arcana class feature?

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