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E31 YR1- Beware the Warlocks of 5e D&D Classes Podcast

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Episode 31 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One. This was our 1st video talking about the warlock character class in 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons. Warlocks are probably one of the most popular character classes in the game.

Our 1st warlocks video certainly our most popular video with the highest view count. It is a super thematic class and quite different from what we have gotten from D&D in the past editions. The tail end of 3.5 is where the warlock 1st appeared as playable character class. Fully came into it’s own in 4e and is back in 5e.

Beware the Warlock of 5e D&D| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Classes

Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Classes| Beware the Warlock of 5e D&D Nerdarchy sits down to discuss what very well maybe our favorite class in 5th edition dungeons and dragons the warlock. These guys are super cool in how thematic they are. With an arsenal of eldritch blasts, invocations, spells, and pact magic with a super powerful being what is not to love. These spell casters feel so much different than any other spell slinger out there from any edition of dungeons and dragons. That’s just from the players side of things. As a DM these guys are walking plot hooks for days. Any guys have experience play the 5e warlock? Tell us all about it down in the comments below.

 

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Modifying Classes and Class Options from Unearthed Arcana

I recently read an article that I had not realized I was waiting for since the Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition Players handbook came out last year.

unearthed arcanaIt is part of the awesome online article series, Unearthed Arcana, from WotC.

For those of you familiar with my writing you know I like both modifying classes and having new class options. When I made Psionics in this edition I had to check what I was making against the other classes that were out there.

I basically had to construct the plan for modifying classes without the benefit of this article being available.

It was hours of work that I no longer have to do thanks to Rodney Thompson, the writer of Modifying Classes – unearthed arcana. He lays it out and gives us insight into modifying classes and the strategy needed to create new class options. So 100 Nerd Appreciation Points to Mr. Thompson!

I like how they tackled a hard class, Favored Soul from the Complete Divine. Another 100 NAPs! Unlike when the WotC team gave Aasimar as an example of a custom race that was a mirror image of Tiefling.

Modifying Classes and Class Options from Unearthed Arcana

This time around they did not disappoint the homebrewers. They took sorcerer as the base and made a completely difference class out of it while staying within the power level of the other classes. It is fantastic!

They also made a spell-less ranger more akin to Strider than the magical Ranger of the past few editions. Another 100 NAPs!

Your fellow Nerdarchists checked it out earlier this week. Below is the video of our thoughts on this addition to the Dungeons and Dragon 5th Edition set.

Modifying Classes and Class Options from Unearthed Arcana

That is Nerdarchy’s first impressions of the article check out the full write up by Rodney Thompson here and let us know what you think of them in the comments below.

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Until next time, Stay Nerdy!

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The Psy-lock: Warlock as Psychic Warrior or Psionics | Character Build D&D 5e

The Psy-lock: Warlock as Psychic Warrior or Psionics | Character Build D&D 5eWant the feel of Psionics or Psychic Warriors with little to no work? Want Psionics without your DM complaining about home brews or game balance?

Well the Psylock may be your answer. A.K.A as re-skinned Warlock. Thankfully there isn’t much to do for this build. Why?

Because most of it is right there waiting to be used. Now some of you who have read my work on psionics and psychic warrior are saying, ” Why didn’t you use Warlock in the first place?

Well I decided early on that sorcerer worked great for Psionics since it added spontaneous casting and metamagics.

And Favored soul wasn’t a created class yet and I did not expect WotC to be cool with altering sorcerer so much to basically make it a fighter sorcerer.

So I originally went with Paladin for Psychic Warriors-supernatural powers and magic enhanced offense and defense.

The above reasons are just a part of why I ignored the warlock as a possible base class for this character build.

The final reason was that I do not like the premise of the warlock due to out-of-game, pact magic hating bias. I just don’t like a class that is beholden to some strange non-god power on a level akin to “selling one’s soul for power”.

From the same standpoint I disagree with playing evil characters and roleplaying a person who makes a deal with the devil / supernatural power. Flawed characters are great but the flaw doesn’t have to be that they are evil, etc…

I just feel the bad vibes of it all.

But if we look at those same powers in a different light, say we gained them through training with a mentor and we start heading in another direction thematically even though the powers remain the same.

In walks the The Psy-lock:

A Warlock as Psychic Warrior or Psionics |Character Build D&D 5e

A great example is the warlock ‘s 1st level feature: Otherworldly patron. Re-skinned to be a psionic entity.

It could be that this being opens up your psychic well to allow more and more of your own power to fill you or it is a relationship with the entity more in line with that of a mentor and apprentice.

It does the same duty as the original class feature but fits our theme better than a crazy Cthulhu elder being.

Class Features:

1st level: Gain the Awakened Mind feature from Great old one

2nd Level: Invocations: Select the Repelling Blast to give the cantrip the look of a telekinetic shove. Then select Armor of shadows and have it look like a translucent shield that floats around you at all times.

Those two would be a good lead into 3rd level if you will go with the pact of the blade.

crystal chest The Psy-lock: Warlock as Psychic Warrior or Psionics | Character Build D&D 5eWant to go Pact of the Tome? Then at 2nd level select two of the following invocations; Book of Ancient Secrets, Fiendish Vigor, or Agonizing Blast.

These choices lead to a more psionic character build, especially if you then select either the wizard or psionicist* cantrips (*with DM permission) for Pact of the Tome at 3rd level.

3rd Level: Pact of the Tome. I would re-skin the tome to resemble some type of crystal (like this spiffy crystal chest to the left <—) or a  reflecting surface that you commune with your mentor through rather than a book.

The rest of the class can go along with the rest of the great old one except I would allow a player to exchange Evard’s black tentacles for a spell themed to the psychic bend of their character build.

Telepath? Select Confusion or Locate Creature. Relativist? (space-time) Select Conjure minor elemental or Mordenkainen’s Private Sanctum, Kineticist? Select Fabricate or Fire Shield (but really select fabricate bc it is awesome!)

Almost ever other invocation can be spun to seem like psionics, for more information on possible spell groups and spell selections as the warlock progresses check out the spells as I have grouped them in my various psionic custom class articles for D&D 5e, here

These are not the only one’s possible. If you want my opinion on some other spell substitutions or class feature changes let me know in the comments below.

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Until next time, Stay Nerdy!

Oh in case you haven’t seen it why not take a bit of time to check out the Nerdarchists’ opinions on the warlock class