Dev Update #33 - Warlocks: So anyway I started Blasting

Tactical SatrianuM
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4 weeks ago (edited)

Heya people!

Less than 1 week before the release of the Inner Strength DLC, coming out Monday November 14th! And you know what that means - it's time to talk about the last class of the trio. Warlocks!


If Sleep affects 5d8 HP and a cat has 2 HP, how many cats can Sleep put asleep? Mili and Oliver say at least 2. 


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So you're telling me you want to learn magic, but you've got no money to enter a magic academy and no ancient bloodline running through your veins? It's alright, just sign here and I'll take care of it. What is this? You can't read either? Even better!

Jokes aside, Warlocks are spellcasters whose magic originates from their pact with an otherwordly being - a pact that could be your stereotypical deal with the devil, a whimsical interest from a powerful fey, or even the protection of a compassionate entity. Their patron grants them power in exchange for services, a facet of the class that can be very interesting to explore on Tabletop but which could not be implemented in Solasta.


First drafts of the Warlock outfits

Starting at level 1 Warlocks get access to Pact Magic. This type of magic is very different from other spellcasters, as Warlocks know very few spells and have even less spell slots... with only 1 at level 1, 2 at level 2 and 3 at level... 11! What sorcery is this?! However they regain their spells on a short rest instead of a long rest, and all their spells are automatically upcasted to the highest level they can cast (which caps at 5th spell level)! This makes Warlocks very explosive spellcasters who can afford to go all in during each and every fight. Also, don't forget to learn Eldritch Blast - Warlocks' signature cantrip! It's by far the most powerful cantrip in the game, and it synergizes with many Eldritch Invocations. 


You will learn to love that cantrip. Because you'll be throwing it around a lot.

At level 2 Warlocks get their first two Eldricht Invocations. Those are like special Feats available only to them, which can go from granting them additional spells to greatly improving Eldritch Blast. There are a total of 22 Eldritch Invocations available in Solasta, and Warlocks can learn an additional one at level 5, 7, 9 and 12. On top of that, they can also swap one of them each time they level up so you won't ever be stuck with one you dislike!


Here's a couple of old sketches when doing research on the Warlock's visuals.

At level 3 Warlocks get their Pact Boon, which gives them the choice between Pact of the Blade, Pact of the Chain and Pact of the Tome:

  • Pact of the Blade: Weapons wielded by the Warlock count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity.
  • Pact of the Chain: As Solasta does not handle familiars, Pact of the Chain has been adapted to grant Warlocks the power to bind themselves to one of four creatures for a minute (bonus action, recharges on a long rest). The Imp grants them darkvision, resistance to fire and poison. The Pseudodragon grants them advantage on all saving throws against spells and magical effects. The Quasit grants them resistance against bludgeoning, piercing and slashing non-magical attacks. The Sprite grants them +2 cells movement speed and immunity to opportunity attacks.
  • Pact of the Tome: The Warlock can immediately choose 3 additional cantrips from any spellcasting class.


Excuse me sir I believe that's yours.

At level 11, Warlocks unlock Mystic Arcanum. As stated above, Pact Magic is limited to spells below level 5 (as getting 9th level spells refreshed on short rests would be insanely strong) - but that doesn't mean Warlocks can't get access to them! Mystic Arcanum allows them to choose a 6th level spell that they can cast once per long rest. 


Eat some of this, you dang oversized lizards! 


The Fiend (SRD)

When we were talking about your stereotypical deal with the devil, Fiend Warlocks are the first thing that come to mind. Having made a pact with a powerful demonic (or devilish!) entity, Fiend Warlocks get access to the Dark One's Blessing, which makes them gain temporary hit points every time they kill a hostile creature (reminder: temporary HP do not stack), At level 6, they can call upon the Dark One's Own Luck, granting them an additional d10 to all their ability checks and saving throws for one minute. And at level 10, their Fiendish Resilience allows them to choose one damage type that they'll gain resistance again - which can be swapped at the end of each short rest! Although be careful, magical weapons will bypass it.


The Hive (Homebrew)

Bravery or simply insanity? Some Warlocks have chosen to make a pact with the Hive, a mysterious entity which scholars have theorized to be in control of Redeemers all over Solasta. Hive Warlocks display many similarities with those giant mutated insects, applying Weakening Pheromones whenever they hit their enemies with spells, which gives them disadvantage on their next saving throw. At level 6, they get Magic Counter which allows them to cast an improved version of Counterspell once per short rest (without using a spellcasting slot). And at level 10, Reactive Carapace makes them instantly gain temporary HP until the start of their next turn immediately after they take damage from a spell or magic effect. 


The Timekeeper (Community)

The winner of the Wishing Well, Timekeeper Warlocks have made a pact with an unknown entity from beyond space and time. At level 1, enemies damaged by their spell become afflicted with the Curse of Time, taking a small amount of damage at the start of each of their turn. At level 6, Time Shift allows Timekeeper Warlocks to vanish from the battlefield after taking damage, only returning at the beginning of their turn with all the damage taken undone by rewinding time (once per long rest). Finally at level 10, they get Accelerate - using a bonus action they can grant the effect of Haste to an ally for a single turn, without the lethargy when the effect ends (proficiency bonus per long rest).


The Tree (Lost Valley)

Those who have braved the marshes of the Lost Valley know that some trees out there are better left alone. Unlike Druids who commune with Nature, Tree Warlocks' blessings are viewed by many as a curse. At level 1, Piercing Branches start to sprout from their skin, inflicting damage to any enemy who hits them with a melee attack. At level 6, they receive the Blessing of the Tree, granting them immunity against poison effect, and resistance against poison and necrotic damage as their blood and skin start to take a greenish color. And at level 10, they can unleash an Explosive Growth, sprouting branches from all over their body to inflict heavy damage to all enemies around them, shoving and restraining them on a failed dexterity saving throw (once per short rest). 

Alright folks, this is the end for today! Next time we'll be talking about... The trailer and the Community Video :D Thank you for reading, and don't hesitate to drop by our Forums or our Discord Server.

Article by Tactical Myzzrym

Mister00ps
Level 11
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4 weeks ago (edited)

The base warlock armor is much nicer than I thought. For the usefulness of the class it is to be tested; I had very good and very badly balanced warlocks at my paper RPG table and I admit that with the current information I cannot commit myself except on one point; even if a lot of cool warlock spells are at will, it will not be a class to replace the versatility of a wizard but on this point I think we all agree.



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Mister00ps
Level 11
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4 weeks ago (edited)

The modification to the chain pact changes things quite a bit, I guess adding familiar was not chosen or possible for Tactical Adventures. In any case, the modification does not refer me to anything comparable in D&D 5 to my knowledge.

NB: If the warlock with the power over the time is a Timekeeper, does that means that this patron is a Timelord!


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JLK
Level 3
4 weeks ago (edited)

I know hexblades weren't included because they're not in the SRD, but I'm really hoping this class can be effective at melee and wear at least medium armor. I'd like my warlock to hold his own on the frontline at the very least. What made hexblades work is the fact that warlock melee can be based on charisma rather than strength or dexterity. Hopefully that translates here, maybe through pact of the blade.

Mister00ps
Level 11
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4 weeks ago

I know hexblades weren't included because they're not in the SRD, but I'm really hoping this class can be effective at melee and wear at least medium armor. I'd like my warlock to hold his own on the frontline at the very least. What made hexblades work is the fact that warlock melee can be based on charisma rather than strength or dexterity. Hopefully that translates here, maybe through pact of the blade.

We will have our answers next Monday, but with the current information nothing comes to coroborate that the warlock can attack with his bonus of charisma with the pact of the Blades (but it would not be to displease me, on the contrary). For your Hexblade, I have the same problem to "rebuild" the bard class of the college of the Blades, it will be necessary to take two additional feats to obtain a just comparable build. 


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TomReneth
Level 14
4 weeks ago (edited)

I know hexblades weren't included because they're not in the SRD, but I'm really hoping this class can be effective at melee and wear at least medium armor. I'd like my warlock to hold his own on the frontline at the very least. What made hexblades work is the fact that warlock melee can be based on charisma rather than strength or dexterity. Hopefully that translates here, maybe through pact of the blade.

Multiattacking is a standard option for Pact of the Blade Warlocks at lvl 5 (Thirsting Blade invocation), and we have medium armor from the Sellsword background, so making a decent Bladelock should be pretty easy.

I'm a bit disappointed that the Pact of the Blade won't let us summon our own weapon or bind a magical one we have, but I suppose this implementation is probably a lot easier to implement mechanically, so I can't fault them for that.

Will the Pact of the Blade include martial weapon proficiency? It would be a bit of a bummer to have to pick between martial weapons (lawkeeper) or medium armor (sellsword) on a Bladelock. 


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Thaladar
Level 9
4 weeks ago

While I understand the changes to Pact of the Chain, I would much rather have seen Find Familiar added as a spell to the game.  Warlock could still have their "special" familiars, but giving Wizards, Bards and other arcane spellcasters access to a familiar that could perform the Help Action (for advantage), stabilize fallen allies, deliver touch spells, etc. would have been well received.  Maybe one day...

I also noticed that the expanded spell list for fire spells was missing from the Fiend.  I'm hoping that was just an omission in the sake of brevity of the post and not actually removed from the subclass.

Mister00ps
Level 11
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4 weeks ago

I know hexblades weren't included because they're not in the SRD, but I'm really hoping this class can be effective at melee and wear at least medium armor. I'd like my warlock to hold his own on the frontline at the very least. What made hexblades work is the fact that warlock melee can be based on charisma rather than strength or dexterity. Hopefully that translates here, maybe through pact of the blade.

Multiattacking is a standard option for Pact of the Blade Warlocks at lvl 5 (Thirsting Blade invocation), and we have medium armor from the Sellsword background, so making a decent Bladelock should be pretty easy.

I'm a bit disappointed that the Pact of the Blade won't let us summon our own weapon or bind a magical one we have, but I suppose this implementation is probably a lot easier to implement mechanically, so I can't fault them for that.

Will the Pact of the Blade include martial weapon proficiency? It would be a bit of a bummer to have to pick between martial weapons (lawkeeper) or medium armor (sellsword) on a Bladelock. 

I don't like to choose my background to optimize my build which kills me the roleplay (I love roleplay).
But in the event that we do as you describe at worst we take a lawkeeper background with a feat for intermediate armor at level 4 and that seems to be rather well optimized, doesn't it?

And me too, I'm surprised for the pact of the blades which cannot be summed up, perhaps a difficulty in doing so?


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3 weeks ago

It's a shame they didn't go with Martial Weapon proficiency + can attack with CHA for Pact of the Blade. But Pact of the Tome (which is closest to PnP) allows for Shillelagh to be picked up from the druid list. Unfortunately, then can't get extra attack (Thirsting Blade).

A shame they didn't copy paste from Kindred Spirit druids for Pact of the Chain, but some of those options look useful. I see the option of getting resistance to almost everything in conjunction with Dragonborn race and Fiend Pact.

Can Timekeeper use Time Shift to avoid damage that brings them to zero hp?

No subclass expanded spell list?

Mister00ps
Level 11
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3 weeks ago

It's a shame they didn't go with Martial Weapon proficiency + can attack with CHA for Pact of the Blade. But Pact of the Tome (which is closest to PnP) allows for Shillelagh to be picked up from the druid list. Unfortunately, then can't get extra attack (Thirsting Blade).

A shame they didn't copy paste from Kindred Spirit druids for Pact of the Chain, but some of those options look useful. I see the option of getting resistance to almost everything in conjunction with Dragonborn race and Fiend Pact.

Can Timekeeper use Time Shift to avoid damage that brings them to zero hp?

No subclass expanded spell list?

I agree with all of your comments. For the expansion of the spell list, no information yet. We'll know more next Monday, I guess.


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JLK
Level 3
3 weeks ago (edited)

So is this DLC a midnight EST release?

Mister00ps
Level 11
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3 weeks ago

So is this DLC a midnight EST release?

Are you impatient too? Probably later still, to answer your question.


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JLK
Level 3
3 weeks ago

So is this DLC a midnight EST release?

Are you impatient too? Probably later still, to answer your question.

Yeah, ha-- Thanks!

Mister00ps
Level 11
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3 weeks ago (edited)

To be honest, I'm really excited about the release of this DLC, which is why I'm squatting the forum to pass the time. I'll take a look tomorrow at 4 pm French time and I'll put a comment here if it's out, but in my opinion Tactical Adventures will make an announcement on this forum as soon as it is available. Good evening and good game to all.


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Darkmoon2310
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3 weeks ago

Question, will it be out on console to ?

3 weeks ago

Are we nearly there yet?