Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Alternative 3rd Level Warlock Pact Boons [Remaster]



Remasters are a side project I've been working on recently. Typically, this involves reworking old content to fit the new design standard set with my second template, while going back and modifying what still needed amending after whatever ended up being the final draft.

And, if I can, adding some much-needed fun, extra content to old stuff.

What did I add to this one? Well, that's why we have the

CHANGELOG:

  • Many small modifications to formatting, ability elements, and similar.
  • Expanded Invocation Drawbacks, for it you're using the Invocation Drawbacks optional rule.
CONCERNS:
  • Didn't change the balance much. The content hopefully didn't need it. 

9 comments:

  1. If my character was wielding an enchanted longbow that deals an extra 1d6 fire damage on a hit, then casted eldritch blast through the bow with the Eldritch Arrow invocation. Would the arrow/blast deal 1d10 force + 1d6 fire + Dex/ChaMod damage? *And the agonizing blast invocation* If so, a level 17 character with the bow and the invocation could deal, if all blasts/arrows hit, [1d10+1d6+Dex/ChaMod]x4? If all die were maxed, Dex/ChaMod = +5 and all hit, that would be 84 damage in total?

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    1. Regardless of how you channel it, Eldritch Blast is a spell attack, rather than a ranged weapon attack from your bow.

      Channeling it through your bow allows you to increase its range and (with Agonizing Blast) use your DEX mod in place of CHA, if you'd like. By RAW, it doesn't add additional damage inherent to a magic weapon.

      Now, this is obviously up to you and your DM, but the intent is not to let Eldritch Blast deal any more damage than the (sizable) amount it already does. I like to let WotC be the one to push the balance envelope, and to keep my own numbers in-line with what's already been released.

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  2. There's no Invocation that allows a Warlock with Pact of the Peacemaker to channel their Eldritch blast through the pistol? Was this just an oversight? The only such invocation I see in the list was for Pact of the Arc....

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    1. I've mapped the progression of the various gun damages in Pact of the Peacemaker to EB's damage progression, approximately. While there's no ability to cast EB through the pistol, using the pistol itself should do roughly the same damage.

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    2. ...Why would you even want to use the gun, then? EB has MUCH better range and built-in multiple attacks without need for any extra invocations, plus it strikes as magic (because it is, well..magic). Besides getting a free proficiency in firearms, I fail to see the benefit of this Pact boon...

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  3. Also, the Eldritch Arrows invocation *has* to use Dexterity instead of Charisma to hit? Or is that optional?

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    1. You can still cast EB normally, in which case it uses CHA, but casting it through your bow causes it to use DEX instead.

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    2. Again--why would you really want this Pact, then? Any well-built Warlock is going to have higher Charisma than Dexterity, so apparently the ONLY advantage to using EB with a bow is range, and even then really only if you also buy the Eldritch Arrows invocation so long range isn't disadvantaged. Simply by buying Eldritch Spear, you are basically getting all the same benefits except for the (exceedingly rare) instances when you might need to hit something 600' away...

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    3. >Any well-built Warlock is going to have higher Charisma than Dexterity

      Not necessarily. Most blade-locks will have a higher starting STR/DEX than CHA, and will build their spells around that. It's perfectly viable to make a lower-CHA warlock if you build for it, taking spells that don't function off of your spellcasting ability modifier or require attacks/saves.

      Further, DEX is a solid stat for any character in general, increasing AC, a variety of skills, and initiative as it does. The arc-lock functions off the assumption that you'll make DEX your priority stat, as you'll get a wealth of benefits from it, just not spellcasting.

      Also: I totally mis-read the text there. It IS a choice, RAW, whether or not you use DEX or CHA when casting through a bow. Been a while since I made this one, sorry.

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