D&D (2024) 2024 Player's Handbook reveal: "New Warlock"

"The character builder's paradise".

"The character builder's paradise".


We last saw the Warlock in Playtest 7, with a lot of features from 2014 restored from the previous version. Still, a lot of questions (for me) remain: here's my list from before the video ran:
  • Will the three pacts still be invocations, and will it be possible to get all of them by level 2? (I hope not). Yes.
  • If they are invocations, will people still believe they are getting more invocations than thry had in 2014? Yes.
  • What will the Pact of the Chain special creature options be? (We've seen the Sphinx of Wonder previewed already.) Is there still going to be a (M-sized) skeleton option? YES!
  • Will Pact of the Tome still have the lame rewritten Ritual Caster rules, of only two 1st level rituals, and never any more? (I hope not). No answer, but I doubt it's been changed.
  • Is it conceivable that anyone would not take Pact of the Blade as one of their Invocations? (Doubt it.) No answer. They did not talk about whether later invocations will give Extra attack, or other concerns here.
  • Will anyone be able to take Eldritch Blast? "Warlock Specific"
(Happily, many of these questions were indeed answered in the video!).
I think warlock really benefits from having the subclasses come at level 3: you can "dabble" in the occult without selling your soul until level 3 (though admittedly, the wording of the fluff text does not require you to sell your soul).

OVERVIEW
  • Invocations at 1, Magical Cunning at 2 (as in PT7)
  • Crawford claims we will get more eldritch invocations. Assuming the table's as in PT7, this is a bit of a fudge: there's one for a pact at level 5 (no gain) and one extra, at level 5, and for most it will go, I feel, to another pact). Yes there's more flexibility.
  • Main choices are Pact Boons. "This is a big deal" -- "it is a juicy choice" they say, and Crawford makes it clear you can get them all "over time". "Over time", though, is by level 2. To me this is too much too early.
  • NEW: all pact boons at level 1 now.
  • NEW: "More Spooky critter options" for Pact of the Chain, speaking to Patron types. Complete list: Slaad tadpole. Skeleton, Imp, Pseudodragon, Quasit, Sprite (Fey), Sphinx of Wonder (Celestial), Venomous Snake. All will be in the PHB.
  • Spellcasting has been enhanced: more invocations work with warlock spells. Now they don't just affect Eldritch Blast (which is warlock-specific -- not clear how that's mechanized, though). You can have Ray of Frost with Repelling Blast.
  • NEW: Lessons of the First Ones only lets you take an Origin Feat.
  • Contact Patron at 9, Mystic Arcanum at 11+, expanded spell list (though not as big as sorcerer).
  • All subclasses get an expanded spell list.
SUBCLASSES

ARCHFEY - "a teleportation fantasia"
  • Gameplay was not living up to the flavour. Going "all-in" on Teleportation.
  • Additional effects occur whenever you cast the spell, not just the free casting from Steps of the Fey. (Refreshing step and Taunting Step confirmed, as in PT7 apparently).
  • Beguiling Defenses, causing psychic damage
  • Bewitching magic at 14 as in PT7 -- "ridiculous in all the best ways".
CELESTIAL
  • NEW: from expanded class spell list. Summon Celestial on spell list.
  • NEW: Guiding Bolt, Cure wounds and Aid (Aid was not on PT7 list) on subclass list
  • You can be "a hired hitman from the gods"
  • NEW: Searing Radiance at 14 now can apply to an ally.
FIEND
  • Magical weapons no longer pass your damage resitance (in reference to Fiendish Resilience at 10?)
  • "tankiness" seen in BG3 is also here: Dark One's Blessing seems completely rewritten, as it was described in the Design Note of the PT7.
GREAT OLD ONE
  • NEW: Summon Aberration might be a version of the Mind Flayer (an option in the Summon Abberation spell)
  • when you do damage, you can do psychic.
  • Psychic Spells for enchantment/illusion without Verbal/Somatic (but you still need Material); damage may be Psychic. Clairvoyant Combatant can be a battle of wills (focusing damage to one target -- a nod to AD&D psionic battles). Eldritch Hex also as in PT7.
 

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Arguably, PF2 actually made casters weaker (though almost entirely because of the incapacitation trait), and boy howdy do people complain that wizards are only the best at 80% of the game.
 

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Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
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but seriously, casters will be fine. you can chill out.

I cut it for brevity, but this includes the video - If all you are going to do is wave a hand dismissively, and not add anything of value to the conversation, next time, just don't bother with the post, please.
 


tglassy

Adventurer
Look, I went to school for eight years post-grad and spent almost two years on my illusionist thesis. And let me tell you about my student loans.

I'd better be godlike and dominant!
it is true, though. Wizards are the only class with a built in money sink. Every other class needs a good bit for equipment (plate, etc), but wizards need money all the way through to buy spells.
 

it is true, though. Wizards are the only class with a built in money sink. Every other class needs a good bit for equipment (plate, etc), but wizards need money all the way through to buy spells.
A fighter with plate mail is forklift certified and "owns his own forklift" - once the loan is paid off he's set for life!
 





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