D&D 5e: Dragonborn Warlock Guide

D&D 5e: Dragonborn Warlock Guide

Do you want to make a powerful Warlock character that is as scary and unique as can be? Do you want to play a Sorcerer character who is also the descendant of an ancient dragon? If so, you’re sure to have fun as a Dragonborn Warlock in your next game. 

The Dragonborn race can be found in the Player’s Handbook OR an updated version can be found in Fizzban’s Treasury of Dragons. Click here to pick up your own copy of the Player’s Handbook or click here to pick up your own copy of Fizzban’s Treasury of Dragons!

The Warlock class can be found in the Player’s Handbook. Click here to pick up your own copy of The Player’s Handbook!

How to Make a Dragonborn Warlock

Here is your checklist for building a Dragonborn Warlock:

  • Make Charisma the highest ability score
  • Make Constitution the second-highest ability score
  • Pick a Dragonborn color 
  • Decide the Patron you’ll follow
  • Select your Eldritch Invocations
  • Choose a Pact Boon

Your Dragonborn color will dictate what kind of special resistance and breath weapon you’ll have. For example, green means you’re a descendant of a green dragon. You’ll have a poison breath weapon and resistance to poison. 

When you design your character, speak with your DM about the Patron that your character is loyal to. This Patron is the source of your abilities and power. It can be an Archfey, a Fiend, or a Great Old One. 

Your Eldritch Invocations are class-unique features that enhance or act as key Warlock tools. Before you decide on an Eldritch Invocation, make sure you’ve accomplished the prerequisite for it first. Two good picks are the Repelling Blast and 0Agonizing Blast. 

Finally, at level 3, you’ll get a Pact Boon or a gift from your patron. Choose between a familiar (Pact of the Chain), melee weapon (Pact of the Blade), and Book of Shadows (Pact of the Tome).

How to Play a Dragonborn Warlock

Most Warlocks are built with an out-of-combat focus in mind. However, when done correctly, Warlocks can be built as potent combatants. You have the potential to create a Warlock as a tank and a dealer of melee and ranged damage. 

Since Warlocks have limited spell slots, you’ll heavily depend on your cantrips in combat. Eldritch Blast is one of the best and most spammed cantrips in combat. It’s your Warlock’s best friend (other than your Patron, of course). Also consider cantrips like Mage Hand, Minor Illusion, and Chill Touch.

As for the spells, the following will prove useful in combat and even non-combat situations:

  • Hex
  • Hold Person
  • Banishment
  • Armor of Agathys
  • Suggestion or Mass Suggestion
  • Misty Step
  • Counterspell

Don’t forget to use your Eldritch Invocations and draconic Breath Weapon during battle, as well. 

How to Roleplay as a Dragonborn Warlock

Dragonborn Warlocks have naturally high Charisma. After all, no patron will support and become fond of them if they weren’t that charismatic. There are many creative ways to roleplay a character with high Charisma, even when you’re not that charismatic. 

One way is to try impersonating a charismatic entity. This can be a celebrity, a cartoon character, or a stand-up comedian’s persona. Here, you can let your imitation skills show. You can also prepare quotes for your character to say. 

You can also create a character who has such a powerful strength of will or presence. This may mean your character is quiet but very intimidating. 

Finally, have fun!

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