D&D 5E What are the 3 best cantrips a Tomelock can choose?

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For their Book of Shadows, I should clarify.

I was thinking Guidance, Message and Resistance. Any other opinions?

Depends on what type of warlock you are. I would say though these 3 are very good.

Vicious mockery, vicious mockery and vicious mockery. Guidance you do not need so much if you have a cleric in the party.

Kobold Stew

Last Guy in the Airlock
I would look at

Flame Strike -- Dex save for damage, for slower opponents (or, Hideous Laughter for a Wis save, but with less damage)
Spare the Dying -- for when the Cleric gets hit!
Shilleleigh -- for a Charisma-powered d8 quarterstaff.


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If you didn't have some other way of getting out of melee, Bladeward might have potential.

Heck since you get easily refreshed Temp HP, taking some hits for the team might not be the worst idea possible.

Cody Turner

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For my money Guidance, Vicious mockery or Frostbite and Minor Illusion are the best three... since you might already have Minor Illusion though, hmm how about Mold Earth which has a lot of great utility. Although personally I went with Thaumaturgy for roleplay reasons.


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Guidance and Shillelagh, for sure. 3rd is pretty open. Spare the dying is pretty good.


Spare the dying can be replaced by having healers kits. The healers kit price is insignificant when compared to a wasted cantrip. Guidance is a good one if the cleric doesnt have or forgets constantly to use it. Go for utility, as a warlock you already have the best damage cantrip in the game.

Unless if for some weird reason you are going melee, then shillelagh and/or blade cantrips from SCAG are options.
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Thorn whip from the druid list. If you hit you a get a 10 ft. forced movement pull with no save. Combine with the repelling blast invocation (a 10 ft. forced push w/no save) for a little taste of 4e-style combat in 5e.


The best use is to pickup spells that you otherwise can't access. Except for Guidance (you can never have too much Guidance), you should pretty much only consider spells the rest of your party can't cast and that aren't on the Warlock list. I'll break them down into utility and combat, since you'll probably want one of each (plus Guidance... have I stressed how awesome that is enough?).

Vicious Mockery - very little resistance/immunity to psychic damage, disadvantage is super strong until opponents get multi-attack

Sacred Flame - might be useful against low dex/high ac opponents, but in general Eldrich Blast is going to be your go-to damage dealer

Thorn Whip - pretty solid control, and since it may not come up often, shouldn't fight with EB as your primary attack

Shocking Grasp - kinda weak for your needs, but sometimes a get-out-of-melee free spell

Dancing Lights/Light - unless the party all has Darkvision, I've found that one of the spells per group is a good idea

Mending - fixing broken/damaged things, assuming you have a flexible DM, can provide a lot of extra information when delving old tombs and such

Message - I never see this come up much, but it fells SOOO good when it does :)

Resistance - not a fan of this spell, because you almost never get a chance to cast it before you need it

Did I mention Guidance? :)

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