What Happens When I Level Up – Warlock (D&D 5e)

This guide only presents the Traits, Feats, and additional Abilities that your character will acquire when they gain a level. The character progression is broken down per level to facilitate the tracking of incremental changes that can be made for a character. This is to help avoid repeatedly jumping through different sections of the Player’s Handbook every time an additional level is gained.

Before using this guide, please take note of any and all applicable feats, racial traits or background bonuses that your character might gain before choosing a class. Most of these are one time numerical bonuses to Ability Scores or are persistent abilities that your character can use all throughout their adventuring life.

The Warlock Class Advancement Table

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Imagine if these spellcasters had full caster spell slots. Higher res image here.

General notes on Warlocks:

  • Warlocks don’t get the same leveled spell slots like other full spellcasters. Instead of selecting a slot to expend for appropriate spell levels and optional upcasting, Warlocks use their spell slots for mandatory heightened casting. For example, a 9th level Warlock has to cast a Fireball (3rd level) using one of their 5th level spell slots.
  • The maximum spell level that Warlocks can cast is 5th level. Most of the power delivered by their magic comes from Eldritch Invocations and Otherworldly Patron Features.
  • Like other magic-based classes that hake “Known Spells”, Warlocks an change one existing spell in their arsenal with a new spell with a level they can cast every level they gain in this class. The same mechanic appies with Eldritch Invocations. Fron 2nd level onwards, Warlocks can replace one known Invocation with another whenever they gain a level in this class.
  • Take Eldritch Blast.

Otherworldly Patrons

*These Patrons are featured in expansions, homebrew material and Unearthed Arcana. Ask your DM for permission if they’ll allow the use of these Patron options for your campaign. These options may have additional requirements and/or special features/bonuses when chosen .

Character Advancement – Gaining Levels

1st Level Warlock

  • Initial HP = 8 + Constitution (CON) Modifier
  • Armor Proficiency: Light Armor
  • Weapon Proficiency: Simple Weapons
  • Tool Proficiency: None
  • One (1) 1d8 Hit Die
  • +2 Proficiency Bonus
  • Proficiency Bonus added to WIS and CHA saving throws
  • Choice of Proficiency Bonus to Arcana, Intimidation, Investigation, Nature or Religion (Choose two)
  • Two (2) Cantrips from the Warlock spell list
  • Two (2) 1st level spells from the Warlock spell list
  • One (1) spell slot (1st level)
  • Spellcasting Ability (CHA) – Pact Magic
  • Otherworldly Patron

2nd Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • One (1) additional 1st level spell from the Warlock spell list
  • One (1) additional spell slot
  • Two (2) new Eldritch Invocations (Description | Options)

3rd Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • All spell slots upgraded to 2nd level
  • One (1) additional 1st-2nd level spell from the Warlock spell list
  • Pact Boon

4th Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • One (1) additional Cantrip from the Warlock spell list
  • One (1) additional 1st-2nd level spell from the Warlock spell list
  • Ability Score improvement (additional 2 points for one ability or 1 point for two abilities) OR a Feat of your choice

5th Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • All spell slots upgraded to 3rd level
  • One (1) additional 1st-3rd level spell from the Warlock spell list
  • One (1) additional Eldritch Invocation
  • Proficiency Bonus is increased by 1

6th Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • One (1) additional 1st-3rd level spell from the Warlock spell list
  • New Otherworldly Patron Feature

7th Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • All spell slots upgraded to 4th level
  • One (1) additional 1st-4th level spell from the Warlock spell list
  • One (1) additional Eldritch Invocation

8th Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • One (1) additional 1st-4th level spell from the Warlock spell list
  • Ability Score Improvement OR a Feat of your choice

9th Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • All spell slots upgraded to 5th level
  • One (1) additional 1st-5th level spell from the Warlock spell list
  • One (1) additional Eldritch Invocation
  • Proficiency Bonus is increased by 1

10th Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • One (1) additional Cantrip from the Warlock spell list
  • New Otherworldly Patron Feature

11th Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • One (1) additional spell slot
  • One (1) additional 1st-5th level spell from the Warlock spell list
  • Mystic Arcanum (6th level spell)

12th Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • One (1) additional Eldritch Invocation
  • Ability Score Improvement OR a Feat of your choice

13th Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • One (1) additional 1st-5th level spell from the Warlock spell list
  • Mystic Arcanum II (7th level spell)
  • Proficiency Bonus is increased by 1

14th Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • New Otherworldly Patron Feature

15th Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • One (1) additional 1st-5th level spell from the Warlock spell list
  • Mystic Arcanum III (8th level spell)
  • One (1) additional Eldritch Invocation

16th Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • Ability Score Improvement OR a Feat of your choice

17th Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • One (1) additional spell slot
  • One (1) additional 1st-5th level spell from the Warlock spell list
  • Mystic Arcanum IV (9th level spell)
  • Proficiency Bonus is increased by 1

18th Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • One (1) additional Eldritch Invocation

19th Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • One (1) additional 1st-5th level spell from the Warlock spell list
  • Ability Score Improvement OR a Feat of your choice

20th Level Warlock

  • Max HP increase. Add 1d8 + CON Modifier to the current total Max HP
  • One (1) additional 1d8 Hit Die
  • Eldritch Master

Please take note of all ability score and bonus increases as your Warlock gains levels and experience. These changes must be properly reflected on your character sheet to show improvements for character statistics like skill checks and attack roll. Make sure to update the character’s armor class, hit points, bonus initiative, passive perception and other skills that they are proficient with whenever any relevant changes allow you to do so.

Don’t be fooled by the spell slot limitation, Warlocks gain a ton of flexibility with their Eldritch Invocations. These invocations include casting upgrades and even free at-will spells. For additional information on Otherworldly Patrons and the features they grant, refer to resources like the Player’s Handbook, Xanathar’s Guide to Everything or expansion and online material like the ones from Roll20 or The DnD 5e Wikidot website.

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