Who is Rich Baker? The author of Complete Arcane, who helped design the warlock class.
This is an offshoot of Warlock errata by Rich Baker http://boards1.wizards.com/showthread.p … ge=1&pp=30
which has grown too large to be as useful anymore.
If you know of a thread about warlocks that would be useful to post a link to here, send me a pm and I'll happily edit a link to your thread into this post.
What is this thread for? Warlock questions. Not questions about magic item creation, spells, your own personal characters, tactics, combos, good feat combos, min/maxing, not even Complete Arcane as a whole, yada yada yada. This thread is not for discussion/debates, post questions only! That way Rich will actually read the thread.
I will update the master post here as Rich answers questions. Rich does not have time to weed through 30 pages of crap, tangents, and non-warlock questions! Rich's time is precious, and it is the duty of the community to not waste it since he answers our questions.
So I am saying thank you for all of us here, Rich.
Don't use this thread to ask quick questions, nor to be lazy in not looking someone up yourself. Therefore, I am asking all potential posters to read the entire Warlock errata thread before posting here. Ask your questions in precise language. I'm not explicitly saying that asking Rich should be your last resort, just encouraging that line of thinking. The more we respect game designers on these boards the more likely they will post and answer our questions. I make ask you to delete your post to save space because either A) your question has already been asked and answered, B) your question was asked, answered, and indexed, and thus does not need to be listed seperately, or C) Your question was off-topic.If you have gotten a conflicting (distinct from confusing) answer from CustServ, then go ahead and post.
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Lastly, generous thanks to Talmar for compiling Rich's answers.
Let's begin:Begin Q&A
Quote (Rich Baker speaking)
Just wanted to give you all a heads-up on a couple of pieces of errata for the warlock. We're not quite ready to turn out the full errata file for Complete Arcane (there's always some, as you know), but there are two things that have really been bugging me and I want to let you know about them.
1. Eldritch blast is an invocation and is subject to the arcane spell failure chance of any other invocation if you wear medium or heavy armor. On page 8, under Warlock Invocations, ignore the bold header "Invocations and Eldritch Blast."
2. Eldritch blast is equivalent to a 1st-level spell (or the spell level equivalent of any blast shape or eldritch essence you attach to it). So, you'll be able to use the Empower Spell-like Ability, etc., feats to modify your eldritch blast if you wish. On page 7, under Eldritch Blast, 2nd paragraph, just change the last sentence to read, "An eldritch blast is the equivalent of a 1st-level spell, unless modified by a blast shape or eldritch essence."
Sorry about the confusion; we'll have our standard errata information assembled soon, and we'll make it available as quickly as possible. I just wanted to get this in front of you folks, since you've been asking a lot of questions about it.Q: Is an Eldritch Blast not affected by an Essence or Shape defeated by a Minor Globe of Invulnerability?
A: Yep. If you're a warlock and you're worried about running into a Minor Globe of Invulnerability, make sure you learn a blast shape or eldritch essence that will crank up the effective level.Q: Is applying an eldritch essence / eldritch blast a free action?
A: Modifying your eldritch blast with a blast shape or eldritch essence is so free, you can do it at no cost at all. It's like the decision of how much you want to Power Attack for. I wouldn't even dignify it by calling it a free action.Q: Can the feat Supernatural Transformation from Savage Species change the Warlocks Eldritch Blast and Invocations from Spell Like Abilities to Supernatural Abilities?
A: I chatted with the developers, and we're of the opinion that the term "innate" in the description of the Supernatural Transformation feat means "spell-like abilities you got because of your race, not because of any class choices you might have made." So that would rule out the warlock's invocations and eldritch blast.
That said, we're not 100% sure that the feat would necessarily be broken for the warlock. The warlock is a pretty feat-thirsty class, so there is a real cost in picking this up to make your eldritch blast SR-proof, when you've got an eldritch essence available that can do the same thing. But just to be on the cautious side, we're saying no. Rule Zero us on this one if you like.
(As an aside...we've discovered that the word "innate" is one of those flavor words that often carries a mechanical connotation, and it's not always meant to. So be careful in trying to extend this particular ruling to other "innate" things, because "innate" seems to mean different things in different contexts.)Q: Would Practiced Spellcaster allow for Blast damage progression?
A: I think it should, but I doubt that the language of the feat and eldritch blast description specifically allow it. (If eldritch blast were written in such a way that it dealt damage based on the warlock's caster level, it would be fine. But the damage is based on the warlock's class level. While those two things are almost always going to be the same, you have to take a pretty liberal interpretation to let Practiced Spellcaster work on eldritch blast.)Q: If chainmail (medium armor) were made of mithril (thereby considered light), would arcane spell failure apply?
A: Nope--it's light armor now, so the warlock casts in that mithral chainmail just fine. I expect that many high-level warlocks will take the Battle Caster feat and buy themselves mithral full plate armor.Q: How do meta-spell-like feats work for the Warlock?
A: That's why we fixed the warlock's base eldritch blast as the equivalent of a 1st-level spell. You can use Empower SLA and Quicken SLA based on that 1st-level spell. Works just like it says in the MM or in CA. You get 3 uses per day, and it's basically a free action to say, "This eldritch blast is empowered," and deal your extra damage. They're a lot like the Sudden Metamagic feats that way.Q: What is the CASTER level of Eldritch Blast?
A: Caster level of eldritch blast = your warlock class level.
Spell level of eldritch blast = 1st or the level equivalent of the essence or shape you use to modify it.Q: In reference to the “Imbue Item” ability, if you have the feat "Scribe Scroll" and you create an Arcane Scroll with any spell of your choosing can a Wizard learn this as a new spell and/or copy it into his spell book? Since the Warlock doesn't know any spells, then what is to prevent him/her to try to imbue an arcane scroll with a brand new spell. Something a wizard would typically have to research to get. Assuming that you follow the guidelines for spell creation.
A: I chatted with the developers about the Imbue Item-Scribe Scroll trick for giving the warlock nigh-infinite spell diversity, and we realized pretty quick that it's not broken.
1. The warlock is supposed to be able to read off other class's scrolls and use their spell trigger items by means of a great Use Magic Device check.
2. Given that, the warlock can just *buy* scrolls or staffs at full market price and use them easily anyway.
3. Therefore, Imbue Item really only gives you the opportunity to expend a feat choice and buy one category of magic items at half-price... spending some XP and some time to manufacture your price break.
4. If you were scribing scrolls of interesting spells your wizard buddy would want to learn, you could have just *bought* your wizard buddy a scroll of that spell and given it to him. You didn't need to make it yourself, really.
So, it's a good tactic, and some smart play, but it's not as crazy as it might seem at first glance.Q: Can the Invocations "Beguiling Influence and Leaps and Bounds" stack with themselves? In other words, by the legalistic meaning of the bonus (unnamed) some folks think that the Warlock can cast this Invocation over & over on himself, gaining a +6 each time. I know that's wrong, but please make it Official?
A: You're right, it's only one at a time.Q: Is the statements on page 18 of the Complete Arcane intended to prohibit a Warlock who enters a Prestige Class that adds +1 to his caster level to not allow him to gain access to high grade invocations?
A: The intention is that when a warlock's "+1 level of spellcasting class" improves, he should gain access to better invocations as if a non-multiclassed warlock would have at that level.Q: Does using Hideous Blow in melee provoke an attack of oppertunity?
A: Hideous Blow does not provoke an attack of opportunity. Andy Collins will clarify that in an upcoming Sage Advice.Q: How does the feat Quicken Spell Like Ability interact with a Warlocks Eldritch Blast? What about Eldritch Blast in combination with Blast Shape and Essence Invocations? What about his other Invocations?
A: It's our intent that you should be able to take the feat Quicken Spell-like Ability (eldritch blast) and use it on any variation of your eldritch blast you care to use. So if you brimstone-up one blast, spear-up another blast, and spear-up and brimstone-up a third blast, it's all the same for your QSLA (eldritch blast) feat. Of coure, the level equivalents of some of your better eldritch blast-modifying invocations might make it possible for you to Quicken a basic blast but not a blast using your best modifiers--but we think that's a cool decision to make.Q: What does happen if a Warlock changes his alignment to a restricted alignment?
A: I think I'd treat it like the monk's alignment restriction. If you change alignment to something incompatible with warlock, you can't gain more levels in warlock, but you keep all your warlock abilities. (If you change it back again later, I suppose you could resume your advancement.)Q: At this point, what I'm most curious about is when we can expect the errata to be officially released.
A: (Note from Editor: here is the link to Complete Arcane errata)http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/er/20040125a Q: In reguards to Hideous Blow; Is there a somantic component involved with this invocation. If so, what form does it take? In that, would it preclude the use of two-handed weapons? Or is the somantic component subsumed into the actual attempt to strike with the weapon?
Also... Does this invocation still illicite an AoO?
A: All invocations have some kind of somatic component, ergo spell failure chance. The general rule is you need a hand free for spellcasting. However, given the number of wizards running around with staffs, a 2-handed weapon user can briefly (so briefly that perhaps it isn't even a distinct action) hold the weapon in one hand to cast a spell. So I'd be inclined to rule generously on this one, and let the warlock use his 2-handed weapon if he wants to. And you can do this without provoking an AoO.Q: With reguards to Balefull Utterance and Word of Change; Is the assumed vocal component, according to how the invocations are written, an addition to the already present somantic component? Or does it replace it?
A: Let that be a lesson to me about writing cool-sounding ability names that imply particular components. As written, I'd sure be inclined to say you can't use these if you're silenced. But there's nothing in the rules to support that.Q: Will there be any more Invocations published in future books? Are there any rules, planned or otherwise, for creating new Invocations?
A: RE: New invocations. We may have a book coming out in 2006 that will feature some, but you won't see any new ones before then. I'm afraid there isn't really a set process for thinking up new invocations, other than "look at what a sorcerer or wizard could do at least 5 times per day." In other words, an 8th-level warlock could replicate a 2nd-level spell, maybe a 3rd-level spell, with an invocation. But the invocation would have to fit the flavor. Warlocks tend to be selfish casters, too--don't give out many buff-your-friends or move-your-friends abilities. Most warlock stuff should hurt people or help the warlock and only the warlock.Q: Is the warlock still able to make use of the "Take 10" option when crafting magic items?
A: No, I wanted Deceive Item to make the warlock the master of using spell trigger items.Q: In reference to Imbue Item; would you use the warlock's class level when determining the highest level spell that could be used in the crafting of a magic item?
For example: A 12th level warlock wishes to craft a scroll, would the highest level spell he could inscribe then be either...
A: 6th level Cleric/druid/wiz/sorc spell, or any applicable spell of a varient class, such as Wu-Jen, Paladin or Ranger.
B: Any level spell, provided the warlock makes the apropriate UMD skill check.
A: I meant for the warlock to use his class level to meet caster level requirements in making magic items. In the case of a scroll, the caster level requirement is the minimum level necessary to cast the spell. So, for a 6th-level spell, you have to be CL 11.Q: Also in reference to Imbue Item; would the above level restrictions also be applicable towards other item creation feats? Such as an item that has Wish/Miracle as a prerequisite, would require the warlock to be at least 17th level to craft the item. Just as any other caster.
A: Meet the item's caster level requirement with your warlock class level, and you're OK. Most items with high-level spells as prereqs should have high CL requirements. That's what I intended.Q: At what levels can a Warlock swap out an invocation with a different invocation of equal or lesser grade? Anytime a new invocation is learned, ie 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 20, or anytime a new invocation grade is achieved, ie 6, 11 and 16.
A: I'm pretty sure that this is intended to say: "At any level where you gain access to a new power level of invocations," meaning 6, 11, 16.