What's a Warlock

With a pseudodragon curled on his shoulder, a young elf in golden robes smiles warmly, weaving a magical charm into his honeyed words and bending the palace sentinel to his will.

As flames spring to life in her hands, a wizened human whispers the secret na me of her demonic patron, infusing her spell with fiendish magic. Shifting his gaze between a battered tome and the odd alignment of the stars overhead, a wild-eyed tiefiing chants the mystic ritual that will open a doorway to a distant world, Warlocks are seekers of the knowledge that lies hidden in the fabric of the multiverse, Through pacts made with mysterious beings of supernatural power, warlocks unlock magical effects both subtle and spectacular. Drawing on the ancient knowledge of beings such as fey nobles, demons, devils, hags, and alien entities of the Far Realm, warlocks piece together arcane secrets to bolster their own power,

Hit Points

Hit Dice: 1d8 per warlock levei
Hit Points at 1st Level: 8 + your Constitution modifier
Hit Points at Higher Levels: ld8 (or 5) + your Constitution modififer per warlock level after 1st


Armor: Light armor
Weapons: Simple weapons
Tools: None
Saving Throws: Wisdom, Charisma
Skills: Choose lwo skills from Arcana, Deceplion, Hislory, !nlimidalion, Invesligalion, Nalure, and Religion


You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by your background:
*(a) a light crossbow and 20 botls or (b) any simpleweapon
*(a) a componentpouch or (b) an arcane focus
*(a) a scholar's pack or (b) a dungeoneer's pack
*Leather armor, any simple weapon, and two daggers

Quick Build

You can make a warlock quickly by following these suggestions. First. Charisma should be your highest ability score, followed by Constitution. Second, choose the charlatan background. Third. choose the eldritch blast and chill touch cantrips, along with the 1st-level spells ray of sickness and witch bolt.

Class Features

As a warlock, You gain the following class features.

Your patron's demands might drive you into adventures, or they might consist entirely of small favors you can do between adventures.
What kind of relationship do you have with your patron?
Is it friendly. antagonistic. uneasy. or romantic?
How important does your patron consider you to be? What part do you play in your patron's plans?
Do you know other servants of your patron?
How does your patron communicate with you? If you have a familiar, it might occasionally speak with your patron's voice. Some warlocks find messages frolll their patrons etched on trees, mingled among tea leaves, or adrift in the clouds-messages that only the warlock can see. Other warlocks converse with their patrons in dreams or waking visions, or deal only with intermediaries.

Level Proficiency Bonus Features Cantrips Known Spells Known Spell Slots Spell lvl Invocations Known
1st +2 Otherworldly Patron, Pact Magic 2 2 1 1st -
2nd +2 Eldritch Invocations 2 3 2 1st 2
3rd +2 Pact Boon 2 4 2 2nd 2
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement 3 5 2 2nd 2
5th +3 - 3 6 2 3rd 3
6th +3 Otherworldly Patron feature 3 7 2 3rd 3
7th +3 - 3 8 2 4th 4
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement 3 9 2 4th 4
9th +4 - 3 10 2 5th 5
10th +4 Otherworldly Patron feature 4 10 2 5th 5
11th +4 Mystic Arcanum (6th level) 4 11 3 5th 5
12th +4 Ability Score Improvement 4 11 3 5th 6
13th +5 Mystic Arcanum (7th level) 4 12 3 5th 6
14th +5 Otherworldly Patron feature 4 12 3 5th 6
15th +5 Mystic Arcanum (8th level) 4 13 3 5th 7
16th +5 Ability Score Improvement 4 13 3 5th 7
17th +6 Mystic Arcanum (9th level) 4 14 4 5th 7
18th +6 - 4 14 4 5th 8
19th +6 Ability Score Improvement 4 15 4 5th 8
20th +6 Eldritch Master 4 15 4 5th 8

Warlocks are driven by an insatiable need for knowledge and power, which compels them into their pacts and shapes their lives, This thirst drives warlocks into their pacts and shapes their later careers as well. Stories of warlocks binding themselves to fiends are widely known, Sut many warlocks serve patrons that are not fiendish. Sometimes a traveler in the wilds comes to a strangely beautiful tower, meets its fey lord or lady, and stumbles into a pact without being fully aware of it. And sometimes, while poring over tomes of forbidden lore, a brilliant but crazed student's mind is opened to realities beyond the material world and to the alien beings that dwell in the outer void.

Once a pact is made, a warlock's thirst for knowledge and power can't be slaked with mere study and research. No one makes a pact with such a mighty patron if he or she doesn't intend to use the power thus gained. Rather, the vast majority of warlocks spend their days in active pursuit of their goals. which typically means some kind of adventuring. Furthermore, the demands of their patrons drive warlocks toward adventure.

As you make your warlock character, spend some time thinking about your patron and the obligations that your pact imposes upon you. What led you to make the pact, and how did you make contact with your patron?

Were you seduced into summoning a devil, or did you seek out the ritual that would allow you to make contact with an alien elder god? Did you search for your patron, or did your patron find and choose you? Do you chafe under the obligations of your pact or serve joyfully in anticipation of the rewards promised to you? Work with your DM to determine how big a part your
pact will play in your character's adventuring career.


Your arcane research and the magic bestowed on you by your patron have given you facilily with spells.


You know two cantrips of your choice from the warlock spelllisl. You learn additional warlock cantrips of your choice a higher levels, as shown in the Cantrips Known
column of the Warlock table.


Charisma is your spell casting ability for your warlock spells, so you use your Charisma whenever a spell refers lo your spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your Charisma modifier when selling the saving throw DC for a warlock spell you cast and when making an attack roll with one.

  • Spell save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier
  • Spell attack modifier= your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier

Spellcasting Focus

You can use an arcane focus (found in chapler 5) as a spellcasting focus for your warlock spells.


In your study of occult lore, you have unearthed eldritch invocations, fragments of forbidden knowledge that imbue you with an abiding magical ability.


AI 3rd level, your otherworldly patron bestows a gift upon you for your loyal service. You gain one of the following features of your choice.


You learn the find familiar spell and can cast it as a ritual. The spell doesn't count against your number of spells known. When you cast the spell, you can choose one of the normal forms for your familiar or one of the following special forms:

  • Imp, pseudo dragon, quasit, or sprite.

Additionally, when you take the attack action, you can forgo one of your own attacks to allow your familiar to make one attack of its own.


Vou can use your aclion lo creale a pacl weapon in your emply hand. Vou can choose lhe form thal this melee weapon lakes each time you creale il (see chapler 5 for weapon oplions). Vou are proficienl with il while you wield il. This weapon counls as magical for lhe purpose of overcoming resislance and immunily lo nonmagical allacks and damage.

Your pact weapon 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 weapon (no action required), or if you die,

Vou can transform one magic weapon into your pact weapon by performing a special ritual while you hold the weapon. Vou perform the ritual over the course of 1 hour, which can be done during a short rest. Vou can then dismiss the weapon, shunting it into an extradimensional space, and it appears whenever you create your pact weapon thereafter. Vou can't affect an artifact or a sentient weapon in this way. The weapon ceases being your pact weapon if you die, if you perform the l.hour ritual on a different weapon, or if you use a l.hour ritual to break your bond to it. The weapon appears at your feet if it is in the extradimensional space


Your patron gives you a grimoire called a Book of Shadows. When you gain this feature, choose three cantrips from any class's spelllist. While the book is on your person, you can cast those cantrips at will. They don't count against your number of cantrips known. [f you lose your Book of Shadows, you can perform a l.hour ceremony to receive a replacement from your patrono This ceremony can be performed during a short or long rest, and it destroys the previous book. The book turns to ash when you die.


At 11th level, your patron bestows upon you a magical secret called an arcanum. Choose one 6th-level spell from the warlock spell list as this arcanum. You can cast your arcanum spell once without expending a spell slot. You must finish a long rest before you can do so again. At higher level, you gain more warlock spells of your choice that can be cast in this way: one 7th.level spell at 13th level, one 8th.level spell at 15th level, and one 9th-level spell at 17th level. You regain all uses of your Mystic Arcanum when you finish a long rest.


At 20th level, you can draw on your inner reserve of mystical power while entreating your patron to regain expended spell slots. You can spend 1 minute entreating your patron for aid to regain all our expended spell slots from your Pact Magic feature. Once you regain spell slots with this feature, you must finish a long rest before you can do so again.

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