5E How can I optimize a hexblade pact of the blade warlock?

mellored

Explorer
Start with 15+2 Cha.
Polearm master, Elven accuracy (18 Cha), resilent Con, great weapon master, +2 Cha.

Taking scouting invocations, and then try to cast darkness (+devils sight) -> shadows of moil -> foresight + elemental weapon before battle.
Otherwise, use spells like suggestion.

For your last 3 levels, go battlemaster fighter with defensive style.
 

krunchyfrogg

Explorer
Melee or ranged?
Loner or team player?
Tanky or elusive?

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Melee
Team player (the other melee combatants are a ranger with two short swords and a greataxe wielding barbarian).
Tanks *and* elusive? IDK, which is a better option?
 

UngeheuerLich

Adventurer
Melee
Team player (the other melee combatants are a ranger with two short swords and a greataxe wielding barbarian).
Tanks *and* elusive? IDK, which is a better option?
Hmmh.
Both of your buddies can hold theor own in melee. So you don't have to worry too much about drawing fire.

Darkness and devil sight combo is ill advised. Your barbarian would hate you.
The ranger would be ok with it.

Which subclass is the barbarian?
If he is wolf totem you nearly always have advantage to attacks anyway. That would be important for further considerations.

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krunchyfrogg

Explorer
Hmmh.
Both of your buddies can hold theor own in melee. So you don't have to worry too much about drawing fire.

Darkness and devil sight combo is ill advised. Your barbarian would hate you.
The ranger would be ok with it.

Which subclass is the barbarian?
If he is wolf totem you nearly always have advantage to attacks anyway. That would be important for further considerations.

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I’m not sure what subclasses most people plan on taking. I wish I could give more info.

There are 6 party members.

Barbarian
Dual wielding ranger
Rogue
Celestial warlock
Druid
 
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mellored

Explorer
Sword and board with booming blade and green flame blade. Go Tome lock to get rituals (tounges, leomunds tiny hut, telepathic bond) and some utility cantrips (minor illusion, mage hand, light), your party is a bit low on utility.

Focus on disables. hold person, suggestions, enemies abound, hypnotic pattern. Possibly elemental weapon on the barbarian. As well as more utilities like fly and invisibility (rogue). Probably put foresight for he ranger if you make it that far. Though ask the celstial/druid what their taking so you don't overlap.

Inspiring leader (barbarians love THP with their resist, everyone else likes it too), warcaster, +2 Cha, resilent Con. Possibly healer.

See if you can get the celestial go get repelling blast to combo with your booming blade. As well as their wall of fire, and maybe druids spiked growth. It might not be a bad idea for you to grab it as well. Just because you have a sword, doens't mean you need to use it all the time. Be flexible.

And while darkness + devils sight will annoy the barbarian (it cancels out all advantage and disadvantage, so his reckless attack), shadows of moil still works and boosts both your personal offense and defense.
 
Start with 15+2 Cha.
Polearm master, Elven accuracy (18 Cha), resilent Con, great weapon master, +2 Cha.

Taking scouting invocations, and then try to cast darkness (+devils sight) -> shadows of moil -> foresight + elemental weapon before battle.
Otherwise, use spells like suggestion.

For your last 3 levels, go battlemaster fighter with defensive style.
I'm probably missing something here but if you take the last 3 levels as fighter, how do you pick up the ASI to get the final +2 Cha ?

I love the elven accuracy build, but my only issue with it is that leaving GWM until 16 and +2 Cha until 19 is very late in the game, most games won't even reach that high. I'm not sure much can be done about it though, I'm guessing in practise skipping Resilient Con / Warcaster to bring GWM & +2 Cha earlier gives unsatisfactory results with losing concentration ....
 

mellored

Explorer
I'm probably missing something here but if you take the last 3 levels as fighter, how do you pick up the ASI to get the final +2 Cha ?
Hmm... you can't. I got a little greedy there.

Maybe go warlock 19 / bard 1 for some inspiration dice.
Not sure if that's better or worse than staying with 18 Cha and going fighter 3.

I love the elven accuracy build, but my only issue with it is that leaving GWM until 16 and +2 Cha until 19 is very late in the game, most games won't even reach that high. I'm not sure much can be done about it though, I'm guessing in practise skipping Resilient Con / Warcaster to bring GWM & +2 Cha earlier gives unsatisfactory results with losing concentration ....
GWM doesn't add much unless you have advantage (or other to-hit boost). And if you lose concentration, you lose advantage (and elven accuracy). Though you shouldn't be hit often if you hide in darkness.

Once you reach level 17, it's not as big of a deal, since foresight is not concentration.
 

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