Hexblade Warlock in D&D 5e| Full Subclass Guide - Tabletop Joab (2023)

Do you want to play a Warlock but want to be up close to the action in combat? Does the idea of inflicting powerful curses upon your enemies then bringing the pain with a powerful weapon from the Shadowfell appeal to you?

Look no further than the Hexblade Warlock!

If the Hexblade isn’t the most popular Warlock option, it’s certainly up there! Not only is it a powerful subclass, but it also does a lot to play with the typical role of Warlocks in 5e.

So let’s get right into it with this full guide to the Hexblade Warlock in D&D 5e!

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What is the Hexblade Warlock in D&D 5e?

The Hexblade is a Warlock subclass that was introduced to 5e in Xanathar’s Guide to Everything.

Where most Warlocks tend to function as a “blaster” type character, Hexblades prefer to get up close and personal. They’re powerful frontline combatants who use a devastating mix of curses, melee prowess, and arcane abilities to further their patron’s agenda.

While some might think that the Hexblade has made their pact with a magic weapon itself, they have actually made their pact with the mysterious force behind the weapon.

Because the force behind such weapons comes from the Shadowfell, the Raven Queen is the most common patron of Hexblade Warlocks. The power she grants Warlocks in her service allows them to manifest dark energies into powerful weapons and devastating curses.


Role in the Party

The Hexblade is all about putting out as much damage as possible. They’re generally a frontline melee combatant for the party but still have access to Warlock spells to make them even more of a threat to enemies.

In many ways, you can think of the Hexblade as the Warlock’s answer to the Paladin class. However, instead of taking an oath, the Hexblade has made a pact and uses Arcane magic instead of Divine magic.

Hexblades’ focus on damage output makes for a strong aggressive subclass option. Whether you’re hacking, slashing, or blasting your enemies to bits, you’ve got plenty of hard-hitting options to help you.

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Hexblade Warlock Abilities in D&D 5e

Now that we’ve gone over what the Hexblade is and their role in the party, let’s get into the nuts and bolts of this subclass.

The Hexblade’s subclass features focus on an aggressive playstyle though you’ll also gain some defensive abilities.

Expanded Spell List

First up, we have the Hexblade’s expanded spell list.

These spells are meant to enhance your ability as a frontline combatant.

The biggest thing that you’ll want to be aware of is that most of these spells require you to maintain concentration. This means you’ll want to choose and use your spells wisely!

I’d recommend also checking out my article covering how concentration works since it’s so important to playing a Hexblade right!

Spell LevelSpells
1Shield, Wrathful Smite
2Blur, Branding Smite
3Blink, Elemental Weapon
4Phantasmal Killer, Staggering Smite
5Banishing Smite, Cone of Cold

Level 1 Spells

Shield can be useful in emergency situations and is generally viewed as a must-have spell by most casters. Unfortunately, you have limited spell slots and there’s no benefit for casting it at a higher level which means you’ll be dropping Shield pretty quickly.

Wrathful Smite is a decent low-level option to add some extra bite to your melee attacks if you are able to maintain concentration. If you’re feeling spicy, Wrathful Smite can make a great combo with the Booming Blade cantrip.

Level 2 Spells

Blur is a great defensive spell that is especially useful if you’ve got multiple enemies trying to gang up on you. Be mindful that it requires concentration and it can save your life!

You can get some decent use out of Branding Smite in certain situations. The extra Radiant damage is nice and can be extra useful against certain creatures like Shadows or vampires. Additionally, creatures that like to go invisible won’t be able to do so while affected by Branding Smite.

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It’s a bit niche, but a solid addition to your list. As with the other smites, just be aware of the concentration requirement.

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Level 3 Spells

The random aspect of the Blink spell means that it can be either very useful or total garbage. The simple fact is that you don’t have many spell slots as a Warlock and you need to take spells that are dependable. In most cases, you should skip this one.

Elemental Weapon is a bit of an odd option here. The weapon you cast this on becomes magical, gains a bonus to attack rolls, and deals extra damage of your chosen elemental type.

You are able to use the Elemental Weapon spell on your Pact Weapon granted by the Pact of the Blade. This is because your Pact Weapon specifically “counts as a magical weapon for the purpose of overcoming damage resistance and immunity” but is not explicitly magical.

Where the Elemental Weapon spell suffers, though, is its concentration requirement. This doesn’t play well with your smites and defensive spells.

If you know you’re about to go against an enemy with a specific elemental weakness, this might be worth taking. Otherwise, I’d generally recommend skipping this one too.

Level 4 Spells

On a creature with low Wisdom, Phantasmal Killer can be a death sentence. Not only are they frightened, but they’re also taking psychic damage each round until they make their save or the spell ends.

It won’t scale beyond level 5 for you, but it’s still a decent option to keep in your back pocket.

Staggering Smite is a so-so spell. The biggest weakness here is that the creature you hit with it only has to deal with the effects until the end of its next turn. However, you do get to add a decent chunk of extra damage upfront without having to worry about them making a save like with Phantasmal Killer.

Between the two, I’m personally more partial to Phantasmal Killer. It’s a little riskier but can deal some truly disgusting damage in the long run. If you want something a bit safer, Staggering Smite isn’t a bad option.

Level 5 Spells

Both of your level 5 spells are fantastic.

Banishing Smite throws down some big boy damage while also potentially banishing the creature to a different plane.

In the case of something like a demon from a different plane than what you’re on (assuming you’re currently on the Material Plane), it’s sent back home.

If the creature is from your current Plane, they’re still out of the combat for up to a minute which gives you and your allies plenty of time to act strategically. It’s plenty of time to do some quick healing and ready some actions so that you can dogpile them the second they return from their banishment.

Meanwhile, Cone of Cold deals high damage in a large 60-foot cone. If you can line up your enemies just right, it can be completely devastating.

Hexblade’s Curse (Level 1)

The Hexblade’s features start with a bang at level 1 with Hexblade’s Curse.

As a bonus action, choose one creature you can see within 30 feet of you. The target is cursed for 1 minute.

The curse ends early if the target dies, you die, or you are incapacitated.

Until the curse ends, you gain the following benefits:

  • You gain a bonus to damage rolls against the cursed target. The bonus equals your proficiency bonus.
  • Attack rolls you make against the cursed target are critical hits on a roll of 19 or 20.
  • If the cursed target dies, you regain hit points equal to your Warlock level + your Charisma modifier (minimum of 1.)

There’s a lot here, so let’s break it down.

Hexblade’s Curse is a bonus action which means you can put the curse on an enemy right before using your action to start getting the benefits right away.

Keep in mind that Hexblade’s Curse works with more than just your melee attacks. There might be some situations where you’ll want to throw an Eldritch Blast at your cursed target. In fact, Hexblade’s Curse applies to each of the attacks from Eldritch Blast which gives it a ton of extra value!

You’re dealing extra bonus with your attacks equal to your proficiency bonus which will increase as you continue to level up. What’s more, you have an even better chance to land a critical hit against a cursed target! You may not be recovering a huge amount of hit points from this ability, but it’s still more than enough to keep you going!

This feature can be used once per short or long rest. That might seem limiting, but Warlocks require lots of short rests anyways so you should be fine!

Stacking Curses

It’s worth noting that the Hexblade’s Curse feature does not require concentration. However, the Hex spell does. It can be easy to mix these up and realistically Hex is a great spell to add to your list!

This means that you are able to stack Hex and Hexblade’s Curse.

If you really want to get crazy with it, you could even add Bestow Curse (as a 5th level spell if you’re able to pick it up via multiclassing or another way) to the mix to completely ruin your enemy’s day.

Once again, just be aware that your smites are concentration spells. If you have cast Hex on a creature then go for a smite, the hex will end!

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Hex Warrior (Level 1)

As a frontline combatant, the Hexblade is tougher than the average Warlock thanks to the Hex Warrior feature.

You gain proficiency with medium armor, shields, and martial weapons.

Not bad at all, but there’s more to it than that! Your patron has an extra gift for you…

Whenever you finish a long rest, you can touch one weapon that you are proficient with and that lacks the two-handed property.

When you attack with that weapon, you can use your Charisma modifier instead of Strength or Dexterity for the attack and damage rolls.

This benefit lasts until you finish a long rest.

If you later gain the Pact of the Blade feature, this benefit extends to every pact weapon you conjure with that feature, no matter the weapon’s type.

Charisma is your most important ability score as a Warlock and now it powers your melee attacks!

It’s still worth investing in your Dexterity score (though the limits on Medium armor mean there’s no real reason to have a Dexterity score higher than 14). If you’re so inclined, Strength could even be your dump stat now!

If you plan on dual-wielding as a Hexblade, Hex Warrior combines with the Pact of the Blade feature to effectively allow you to have two weapons that use your Charisma to attack.

Accursed Specter (Level 6)

When you hit level 6 as a Hexblade Warlock, your patron teaches you how to make friends.

Like… literally make friends… out of the souls of your slain enemies…

Okay, maybe it’s an unconventional approach but I’m not judging!

Jokes aside, though, this is one of the more interesting Hexblade features. Unfortunately, it’s the only one that’s a little awkward in practice.

When you slay a humanoid, you can cause its spirit to rise from its corpse as a specter. When the specter appears, it gains temporary hit points equal to half your Warlock level.

Roll initiative for the specter, which has its own turns. It obeys your verbals commands and gains a special bonus to its attack rolls equal to your Charisma modifier (minimum of +0).

The specter remains in your service until the end of your next long rest, at which point it vanishes to the afterlife.

Once you bind a specter with the Accursed Specter feature, you can’t use the feature again until you finish a long rest.

As for the specter’s stats, you can find those in the Monster Manual. It will be fairly helpful in combat for a while but it doesn’t exactly scale as you continue to level up. Eventually, it will be more of a scout than anything.

You’ll want to be mindful of the specific wording and limitations of this feature. It has to be a humanoid and you have to have been the one who dealt the final blow. If both of those criteria are met, you’ll have a spooky new friend!


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Armor of Hexes (Level 10)

At level 10, you get a handy defensive buff: Armor of Hexes.

If the target cursed by your Hexblade’s Curse hits you with an attack roll, you can use your reaction to roll a d6. On a 4 or higher, the attack misses you, regardless of its roll.

This is so good that it’s almost broken. Your Hexblade’s Curse is now even more devastating to opponents!

If the enemy is able to get past your Armor Class and spells like Blur, you still have a 50% chance for them to miss you. Considering it only costs your reaction, this is an incredible buff to the already impressive Hexblade’s Curse.

Master of Hexes (Level 14)

The Hexblade Warlock’s capstone feature buffs your Hexblade’s Curse even further.

When a creature cursed by your Hexblade’s Curse dies, you can apply the curse to a different creature you can see within 30 feet of you, provided you aren’t incapacitated.

When you apply the curse in this way, you don’t regain hit points from the death of the previously cursed creature.

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The biggest (and honestly ONLY) downside to the Hexblade’s Curse feature is that it could feel wasted. Generally, you’d want to throw it on the biggest threat to help you take them down. But what if there’s an even bigger threat around the next corner and you haven’t taken a rest?

Now, your curse passes from creature to creature. You can throw your curse on one of the weaker enemies, focus them down, and then move the curse to the next one.

It might sound like a small buff, but it has major implications. You’ll virtually always be running at peak performance in combat with your Hexblade’s Curse out now!

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Pact Boons for Hexblade Warlocks

As with all Warlocks, Hexblades choose a Pact Boon at level 3. The Pact Boon that you choose determines what kinds of Eldritch Invocations are available to you and gives you some extra abilities. Each Pact Boon focuses on a different role that your Warlock can play within the party.

This is actually a pretty big decision that you have to make.

To learn all about Pact Boons and how they work, I recommend checking out my article that fully covers them here. There’s a lot to them that you need to be aware of that’s out of the focus of this subclass guide.

For now, we’re going to look at a quick overview of each of the Pact Boon options and how they relate to Hexblade Warlocks.

Realistically, however, there’s really one option that needs to be considered for most Hexblades.

Pact of the Blade

The synergy here is through the roof. Realistically, the Pact of the Blade will be your go-to Pact Boon option as a Hexblade.

Be sure to also take the Thirsting Blade and Improved Pact Weapon invocations!

Generally, I try to look at why you would or wouldn’t take each of the pacts in these guides. But this is the clear and obvious best pick for Hexblades!

Pact of the Chain

There’s no Warlock subclass that isn’t at least somewhat compatible with the Pact of the Chain.

Having a familiar is incredibly useful, but it’s nowhere near as useful as what Hexblades gain from the Pact of the Blade.

Worst case: you still get your specters once you hit level 6!

Pact of the Talisman

The Pact of the Talisman lets you offer some extra support to your allies.

It’s not bad, but it doesn’t really enhance your role in the way that Pact of the Blade does.

Your focus needs to be entirely on maximizing your damage output and combat abilities. Unfortunately, there isn’t really anything to the Pact of the Talisman that directly helps you to that end.

Pact of the Tome

Just skip this one.

Hexblades are plenty capable of casting spells, but there’s nothing in the Pact of the Tome for them. The most you’d really gain are some utility spells, but there’s just no reason to take this over the Pact of the Blade.

While Pact of the Tome tends to be my favorite Pact Boon, it’s just simply not meant for the Hexblade.

Square peg meet round hole.

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What Weapons Should a Hexblade Use?

While you have no shortage of weapon options, there are some weapons that are especially appealing based on how you build your Hexblade.

The standard weapon option for Hexblades is a longsword or rapier. These provide solid damage while also leaving your other hand free.

Remember that Hexblades are able to use a shield thanks to the Hex Warrior feature. Using a shield will give you a vital +2 bump to your Armor Class.

Considering that you still have lower hit dice than most other frontline martial classes and are restricted to medium armor unless you build towards gaining the Heavily Armored feat, this is a strong choice. The “sword and board” combo is a classic for a reason!

Alternatively, you might swap out a shield for a hand crossbow. Picking up the Crossbow Expert feat gives you an extra ranged attack each round if you’d prefer to trade AC for damage output.


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The combination of the Pact of the Blade and the Hexblade’s Hex Warrior feature means that you can also go for a two-handed weapon build.

If that’s your goal, I’d recommend considering using a halberd or glaive and picking up the Polearm Master feat. Not only do you have reach, but Polearm Master can greatly help you lock down enemies and maximize your damage per round.

If you don’t plan on grabbing the Polearm Master feat, I’d instead recommend going with a greatsword in a two-handed weapon Hexblade build.

What Armor Should Hexblades Use?

The default Warlock starting armor is leather and your top priority at low levels should be getting something sturdier. If you are taking the variant starting equipment, grab some scale mail ASAP with your starting gold.

Unless you’re building towards gaining proficiency with heavy armor, your best bet as a Hexblade is going to be Half Plate armor.

Generally speaking, Half Plate should be sufficient for most Hexblades without requiring too much extra squeezing in your character’s build.


Connecting a Hexblade character to the party’s goals and the game world is actually pretty easy.

The entity behind most Hexblades’ powers is the Raven Queen. She is revered as a deity who presides over life and death from deep within the Shadowfell. Her goals and methodologies are just as cryptic as they are mysterious.

(Honestly, I think it would be fun to do an article all about her. If that’s something you’d like to see, let me know in the comments!)

Why the Raven Queen has taken an interest in you is a very open question. What led you to come into contact with her? As a collector of memories, has the Raven Queen begun helping you solve some burning questions in exchange for your service?

If you choose to go with another entity as the Hexblade’s patron, consider basing them off of how the Raven Queen operates. She doesn’t appear in person but instead will manifest little mementos or appear as dreams or an overall intuition.

Hexblades tap into a mysterious power to use their abilities so it’s only fitting that their patron is similarly mysterious!

These are beings that play the long game with those who serve them. A small direction, in the beginning, telling the Hexblade to join the party might simply be the first of many steps towards a much larger goal. Exactly what that goal is, however, remains to be seen.

Is the Hexblade Warlock Good?

Even with the Pact of the Blade being available right from the start in D&D 5e, Warlocks were still much more of a caster-oriented class. The Hexblade doubles down to create a Warlock that is more than capable of standing on its own in melee combat.

Not only is the Hexblade Warlock a very good subclass option, but it’s also among the best and certainly one of the most popular.

In fact, most complaints you’re bound to hear about the Hexblade are that it’s “broken” because it’s so good.

But is the Hexblade Warlock broken?

I wouldn’t say so. Taken on its own, it still has the limitations of any Warlock with a low hit die and an incredibly limited amount of spells. While they’re capable of putting out incredible amounts of damage in combat, you still need to play smart and manage your resources effectively.


The “broken” part of Hexblades is more related to how strong their first level abilities are. A quick dip into the Warlock class if you’re multiclassing can have an immediate major impact on a character’s performance abilities.

Sure, the Hexblade is a very easy piece of low-hanging fruit for those who like to hyper-optimize their characters, but that’s not enough to claim that it’s broken.

At the end of the day, play the character that you want. As it just so happens, the Hexblade has style and the combat prowess to back it up!

Conclusion – Guide to the Hexblade Warlock in D&D 5e

There you have it: the guide to the Hexblade Warlock in D&D 5e!

This is such a crazy good subclass that really stretches the Warlock’s typical role and playstyle in a way that still works well.

However, because it’s so different than every other Warlock subclass it’s kind of easy to get confused on exactly how the Hexblade works.

I hope this guide has been helpful to you! If you still have questions about the Hexblade, let me know in the comments and I’m happy to help you out!

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Is Hexblade the best Warlock subclass? ›

The hexblade is very good at what it does, but there are other rounder subclasses. No in single class characters it is not close to the best. I would put Genie and Undead well above Hexblade and Fathomless generally better depending on the campaign.

What ability scores do you need for Hexblade Warlock 5e? ›

Ability scores are crucial for the Hexblade Warlock, but also easy to achieve. Look for some combination of Charisma and either Dexterity and Constitution in most cases, but you only need 14 Dexterity if you're happy in medium armor.

What is the best cantrip for Warlock Hexblade? ›

The Best Hexblade Cantrips & Spells

First and foremost, Eldritch Blast is any Warlock's go-to cantrip, and it only gets more powerful as the player (not the class) levels up. Green Flame Blade is also useful early on, though it's not nearly as efficient at higher levels.

Can your Hexblade be your pact weapon? ›

Pact of the Blade says "You can't affect an artifact or sentient weapon in this way" in regards to making a magic weapon your pact weapon. A Hexblade is a sentient magic weapon, as read in XGtE, "a force that manifests in sentient magic weapons..."

What is the strongest Warlock subclass? ›

1. Voidwalker (Void 3.0) With all of its buffs, debuffs, and ad clear potential, Voidwalker is one of the most well-rounded subclasses in the entire game. It has a good mix of options for both boss and ad clear scenarios and even has one of the coolest aspects in the game (in Child of the Old Gods).

What is the strongest Warlock class? ›

The Voidwalker is the ultimate solo class in PvE and a great PvP subclass for aggressive play. Most Voidwalker builds spec heavily toward their grenade, using Verity's Brow or Contraverse Hold to increase their grenade uptime and damage output.

What stats are least important for warlock? ›

Strength. The least important of all, this is your "dump stat" and even Hexblades don't get much use from it.

What stats to prioritize warlock? ›

The stat priority for an Affliction Warlock is:
  • Intellect;
  • Mastery;
  • Haste;
  • Critical Strike;
  • Versatility.
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What is a good Hexblade patron? ›

A Powerful Hag like Baba Yaga or her daughter Iggwilv. These would be great patrons if you choose Pact of the Chain. Charon, the Boatman of the River Styx. Technically, Charon is a fiend but he could work well as a Hexblade Patron who grants power in return for souls.

What pact is best for Warlock? ›

I recommend allowing Pact of the Talisman on all warlocks. It's neat and offers some new play options for the Warlock, but it's not more powerful than anything else available. Eldritch Versatility (Addition): Like other spellcasters, the Warlock gains the ability to retrain a cantrip. Second, you can retrain Pact Boon.

Should I take Eldritch blast as a Hexblade? ›

As a melee Hexblade, getting just Eldritch Blast is a low cost way to always have a decent ranged attack as a backup for those moments when you really need one. It's reasonably powerful and better than trying to fumble around with alternative weapon, and the cost of a cantrip pick isn't high.

What feat is best for Hexblade Warlocks? ›

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  • 3 Shadow Touched.
  • 2 Fey Touched.
  • 1 Telekinetic.
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What to multiclass with Hexblade? ›

Hexblade covers some of the Fighter abilities, but if you want another patron, Fighter is a good multiclass for any Bladelock. Action Surge and a fighting style like Dueling are both good abilities. It can actually be useful to take your first level in Fighter to get the equipment and proficiencies.

Can you use a greatsword with Hexblade? ›

The answer is yes, you can turn a two-handed weapon (both melee and ranged) into your pact weapon with the Pact of the Blade feature, thus qualifying them for your Hex Warrior feature as well as your Great Weapon Master feat.

Can a Hexblade use a Maul? ›

Usually, Melee Warlocks need to dedicate themselves to Dexterity or Strength. It's important for Weapons, of course! But, thanks to Hex Warrior, the Warlock can use the pure power of their personality to maul their opponents. That's fantastic!

What is the most overpowered subclass 5e? ›

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What are Warlock weaknesses? ›

Weaknesses. Despite being immortal, warlocks are not invulnerable. While they are impervious to most mundane diseases, there are some illnesses that can still afflict them. They can also be killed by mortal wounds and the like if they are unable to be healed.

Which Warlock super does most damage? ›

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What race is best for Warlock? ›

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  • Dark Iron Dwarf.
  • Void Elf.
  • Human.
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What race is best for Warlock 5E? ›

What are the best warlock races in D&D 5E? Any race that gets charisma bonuses, such as half-elves, tieflings (half-demon folks) and aasimar (angel folks). Also, humans are, as per usual, a fantastic choice - just because they're so versatile.

What is the fastest Warlock spec to level? ›

Fastest Leveling Specialization for Warlocks in WotLK Classic. The fastest specialization for leveling is Affliction or Demonology, depending on the style of leveling you want to go through. Affliction excels in solo leveling, while Demonology is far stronger in party groups that are spamming Dungeons.

What is most important for a Warlock? ›

Warlocks need to focus on charisma and intelligence but don't forget about the stat that's almost as equally important. Dexterity is vital for spellcasters and fighters, and a Warlock can easily be both. Making sure you have a solid dexterity stat means your Warlock is just as deadly using both magic and blades.

What is the best overall Warlock spec? ›


By far the best Warlock spec for solo leveling, even in Dragonflight, is Demonology. The two main reasons for this are that it has a wide selection of tanky demons to choose from that can defend you while you cast spells from afar.

What are the best Warlock talent points? ›

When it comes to the warlock class tree, there's some wiggle room for you to move around a few talent points if you feel like it, but there are a few talent points that you should pick up: Fel Domination, Burning Rush, Demonic Embrace, Demonic Inspiration, Wrathful Minion, Demonic Fortitude, Demonic Gateway, Grimoire ...

Is intelligence or wisdom better for warlock? ›

Wisdom is your spellcasting ability for your warlock spells, so you use your Wisdom whenever a spell refers to your spellcasting ability.

How many levels in Warlock should I take? ›

Basicly 1 level of warlock would be enough. Most people take a second level for the agonizing blast option that make eldritch blast much better, but you could also spend a feat to get it (eldritch adept).

What is the best Warlock spec Phase 1? ›

Affliction Warlock is the strongest specialisation for Warlocks in Phase 1, with exceptional single-target and cleave damage. Raids will still want to have at least 1 Demonology Warlock for the Demonic Pact buff.

Is the Hexblade patron the Raven Queen? ›

The Hexblade is the title of the warlock's patron—just like the Archfey, the Fiend, and the Great Old One. #DnD twitter.com/markmcmarkers/… Weird that, when people didn't like the Raven Queen patron, the Hexblade became the Raven Queen.

Is Hexblade better than Paladin? ›

Paladins get more slots and a channel divinity for smaller stuff while Hexblades get two slots and a limited use curse but they have full level slots for stuff like Fear and Fly.

Can a dragon be a Hexblade patron? ›

Hexblade - As this warlock subclass has heavy theming with the Shadowfell, Shadow Dragons make a very good option for a patron.

What are the strongest Warlock patrons? ›

The best Warlock patrons are Genie, Undead, and Hexblade. The worst ones are Undying, Great Old One, and Archfey.

Does Hex affect Eldritch Blast? ›

Hex triggers each time you hit the hexed target, so eldritch blast can trigger it on each hit.

Why is Pact of the Blade good for Hexblade? ›

The Hexblade gives you better armor, Charisma for weapon attacks, and a ton of extra reasons to go into melee. In this case, the Pact of the Blade ensures that your Hexblade will always be capable of combat.

Can you use Hex and Eldritch Blast at the same time? ›

You CANNOT cast Hex and Quicken Spell Eldritch Blast on the same turn. You CANNOT use Hexblade's Curse and Quicken Spell Eldritch Blast on the same turn.

Can Hexblade have 2 pact weapons? ›

Technically, no you can't have two Pact Weapons. But technically, yes you can have one weapon as your Hexblade Weapon and a different weapon as your Pact Weapon.

Can Hexblade summon a shield? ›

A Shield is not classified as a weapon. It is, instead, classified as a Shield. As such, it's not an eligible target for either Hexblade or Pact Weapon features.

Can Hexblade curse be counterspelled? ›

The curse doesn't use a spell slot or have any V, S, or M components and unless a dm is adding flavor or a description there is nothing in the text explaining how a creature would even know that it is cursed. Any help would be much appreciated. It's not a spell. Counterspell and dispel magic don't apply.

Does a Hexblade have to be a blade? ›

A Hexblade does not *have* to be a weapon.

Can a Hexblade warlock be a tank? ›

Hexblade is a nice option, but, until level 14, it is only good against a single creature, and once per short rest (even after 14th). That means that one of your primary abilities is not really that usable in a tank/defensive role that would be for lots of combats and usually against a group of enemies.

Is melee Hexblade good? ›

Hexblade really excels as a splash for something like mainlining Paladin - you can maximise Cha for your paladin abilities and your primary melee attacks—not to mention smite recharges on short rests—making a fairly formidable melee combatant.

What is the best Warlock subclass D&D? ›

Dungeons & Dragons: All Warlock Subclasses, Ranked From Least To Most Powerful
  1. 1 Genie. The Genie is the most powerful entity in the Warlock subclasses and a major character build in Dungeons & Dragons in general.
  2. 2 Hexblade. ...
  3. 3 Fiend. ...
  4. 4 Undead. ...
  5. 5 Great Old One. ...
  6. 6 Celestial. ...
  7. 7 Archfey. ...
  8. 8 Undying. ...
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What is the best Warlock subclass Shadowlands? ›

For a total beginner to the class, although each specialization has strengths and weaknesses, we recommend Affliction as the best Warlock leveling spec. Affliction is able to damage multiple mobs at a time thanks to its potent dots and Malefic Rapture and has the easiest time healing themselves with Drain Life.

Why is Hexblade so popular? ›

Hexblade is definitely popular for its power, but I think another major factor is that the subclass has abilities that are a lot cooler than the competitors. You get anime protagonist powers as well as the ability to summon ghosts.

What is the most overpowered subclass 5E? ›

10 Most Overpowered Subclasses In Dungeons & Dragons Fifth...
  • School Of Divination (Wizard) ...
  • Arcane Trickster (Rogue) ...
  • Horizon Walker (Ranger) ...
  • Oath Of Vengeance (Paladin) ...
  • Twilight Domain (Cleric) ...
  • The Totem Warrior (Barbarian) ...
  • Way of Mercy (Monk) ...
  • Aberrant Mind (Sorcerer)
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What is the strongest warlock patron? ›

The best Warlock patrons are Genie, Undead, and Hexblade. The worst ones are Undying, Great Old One, and Archfey.

What is the best void subclass for warlock? ›

Void Aspects

Chaos Accelerant will instead be the go-to choice for many Warlocks without seasonal artifact mods to support them and with the nerf of the Vortex Grenade. This will buff Scatter Grenades by making their particles track to nearby targets, causing even more mayhem.

Which race is best for Warlock? ›

Best Alliance Races for Destruction Warlock PvP
  • Dark Iron Dwarf.
  • Void Elf.
  • Human.
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What is the coolest Warlock spec? ›


By far the best Warlock spec for solo leveling, even in Dragonflight, is Demonology. The two main reasons for this are that it has a wide selection of tanky demons to choose from that can defend you while you cast spells from afar.

What class goes best with a Warlock? ›

Bards and warlocks are two of the best utility classes in the 5th Edition, with each one bringing something a little different to the table when it comes to non-combat options. Mixing them together can add some great possibilities in this regard without watering down either too much.

What race Hexblade is best? ›

Standard Races

Half-Elf: The +2 CHA, ASI to boost DEX, and skill versatility make this is one of the better races for a Hexblade class. Tiefling: Tieflings get a +2 boost to CHA, a free cantrip, fire resistance, and free spells at higher levels making them a great choice for a Hexblade Warlock.

Can a Hexblade use a great sword? ›

Hex Warrior lets you use CHA for attacks with pact weapon regardless of the type. Yes, you can turn a greatsword into your pact weapon with the Pact of the Blade feature as the benefit extends to every pact weapon you conjure with that feature, no matter the weapon's type, which can include two-handed weapons.

Is The Raven Queen The Hexblade? ›

The Hexblade is the title of the warlock's patron—just like the Archfey, the Fiend, and the Great Old One. #DnD twitter.com/markmcmarkers/… Weird that, when people didn't like the Raven Queen patron, the Hexblade became the Raven Queen.

Should Hexblade use Eldritch Blast? ›

Yes. Even for a Hexblade who uses it as a ranged back up attack, Eldritch Blast is stupidly good.

What race is best for 5E warlock? ›

What are the best warlock races in D&D 5E? Any race that gets charisma bonuses, such as half-elves, tieflings (half-demon folks) and aasimar (angel folks). Also, humans are, as per usual, a fantastic choice - just because they're so versatile.


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