Note from the Palm: Unlike a few builds I've seen for hexblades, this one is a merging of the fighter and the warlock with the primary emphasis being on fighter. While this is a ready substitute for the Eldritch Knight, it's focus is more about debilitating and locking down single targets in lieu of straight damage.
Much like eldritch knights, hexblade mix skilled martial prowess with arcane powers. But unlike eldritch knights, these powers come not from study, but from pacts made with a shadowy, eldritch entity. Originally, the hexblades formed a knightly order dedicated to hunting down wayward, dangerous spellcasters, using their pacts to gird themselves against their enemies’ magic and to enhance their own deadly skills. Now, they exist as a mere remnant of that storied order, shadowy hunters giving any mage with a bad name reason to look over their shoulder.
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When you reach 3rd level, you forge a pact with an eldritch being, augmenting your martial prowess with the ability to cast spells.
Cantrips. You learn two cantrips of your choice from the warlock spell list. You learn an additional warlock cantrip of your choice at 10th level.
Spell Slots. The Hexblade Spellcasting table shows how many spell slots you have. The table also shows what the level of those slots is; all of your spell slots are the same level. To cast one of your Hexblade spells of 1st level or higher, you must expend a spell slot. You regain all expended spell slots when you finish a short or long rest.
Spells Known of 1st-Level and Higher. You know three 1st-level warlock spells of your choice.The Spells Known column of the Hexblade Spellcasting table shows when you learn more warlock spells of 1st level or higher.
Whenever you gain a level in this class, you can replace one of the warlock spells you know with another spell of your choice from the warlock spell list. A spell you choose must be of a level no higher than what’s shown in the table's Slot Level column for your level.
Spellcasting Ability. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for your Hexblade spells, so you use your Charisma whenever a spell refers to your spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your Charisma modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a Hexblade spell you cast and when making an attack roll with one.
Spell save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier
Spell attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier
At 3rd level, your new patron grants you a Pact Weapon. You can use your action to create a pact weapon in your empty hand. You can choose the form that this melee weapon takes each time you create it. This weapon counts as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity to non-magical attacks and damage.
Your pact weapon disappears if it is more than 5 feet away from you for 1 minute or more. It also disappears if you use this feature again, if you dismiss the weapon (no action required), or if you die. You can transform one magic weapon into your pact weapon by performing a special ritual while you hold the weapon over the course of 1 hour, which can be done during a short rest. You can then dismiss the weapon, shunting it into an extradimensional space, and it appears whenever you create your pact weapon thereafter. You can’t affect an artifact or a sentient weapon in this way. The weapon ceases being your pact weapon if you die, if you perform the 1-hour ritual on a different weapon, or if you use a 1-hour ritual to break your bond to it. The weapon appears at your feet if it is in the extradimensional space when the bond breaks.
Starting at 7th level, you can channel your patron's power into a wretched curse. As an action, select a creature you can see within 30 feet: that creature must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw or be Cursed. Select one option from the list below:
- Choose one ability score. While cursed, the target has disadvantage on ability checks and saving throws made with that ability score.
- While cursed, the target has disadvantage on attack rolls against you.
- While cursed, the target has disadvantage on attack rolls against your allies.
- While cursed, the target must make a Wisdom saving throw at the start of each of its turns. If it fails, it can either take an action or move that turn, not both.
- While cursed, the target cannot take reactions.
- While the target is cursed, your attacks and spells deal an extra 1d8 necrotic damage to the target.
Once a creature has been the target of this effect, it cannot be affected by your curse again for 24 hours. If the cursed creature dies before the curse duration expires, the curse immediately ends.
Once you use this ability, you must take a short or long rest before you can do so again. At 15th level, you can use this ability an additional time between rests.
Starting at 10th level, you learn to use your patron's power to shield you from other spellcasters. You can add your proficiency bonus to all saving throws you make against spells.
At 15th level, you learn to use ambient magical energy to wrap yourself in a distorting field, making you harder to hit in combat. As a bonus action, you can activate or dismiss your ward. While active, it grants you constant half-cover against ranged attacks.
While your ward is active, you can use an action to boost its power for a short time: doing so imposes disadvantage on all ranged attack rolls against you for 1 minute, after which your ward is dispelled. Once you use this ability, you can not summon your ward again until you take a short or long rest, and you can not boost its power again until you take a long rest.
At 18th level, the power of your curse increases. When a creature fails it's Wisdom save against your curse, you can select two options from the curse list; if it succeeds, its is still affected by one curse of your choice, though only for half the duration.
Sidebar: Pact magic Multiclassing
This class uses the alternate form of spellcasting shared by the Warlock, Pact Magic. Should a Hexblade wish to multiclass as a warlock, his Pact Magic is altered in the following ways:
- Number of Pact Magic slots is the higher of either Warlock or Hexblade
- Level of pact magic slots is the higher of either his Hexblade or his Warlock levels.
- Number of spells known can not be higher than 15, excluding your patron's spells
Changelog: 6/25/16: Entropic Ward: Name changed to Distortion Ward
General language: 'can' exchanged with 'may'