Sorlock (5e Optimized Character Build)

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Why Use The Sorlock?[edit]

The Sorlock is an extremely powerful build, that involves spamming Eldritch Blast until you've defeated all the monsters.

A Sorlock is a combination of the SORcerer and the WarLOCK class. Generally the level division is Sorcerer-17 and Warlock-3, or what we'll be using in this build which is Sorcerer-18 and Warlock-2. The most obvious reason to combine these, is that they both share Charisma as their primary spell casting ability.

How many Warlock Levels?[edit]

That depends on what you're after:

  1. This immediately gets you a subclass, so its value depends on which Warlock subclass you take. If you're going to murder people with a weapon, this is enough Hexblade for both a charisma weapon and medium armor.
  2. Doubles your short rest spell slots, and unlocks invocations - probably Devil's Sight and Agonizing Blast, with Eldritch Mind and Repelling Blast as strong contenders.
  3. Doubles your slots again, this time to level 2. Also gets you a Pact Boon, which may be clutch - if you're still interested in weapon-murder, Pact of the Blade is now available, so you can bond with any magic weapon you find. Finally, one of your invocations can have a Pact prereq.
  4. An ASI and a cantrip. Both of your invocations can have a Pact prereq.
  5. Level 3 short rest slots, a third invocation, and two of your three invocations can have level 5 as a prereq.

Generally speaking, you shouldn't go past Warlock 5. 2, 3, and 5 are optimal if you want short rest spell slots to fuel your sorcery points, so 1 and 4 are the least interesting numbers of Warlock levels to take here.


Half-Elf which gives you the following bonuses:

  Lineage: Drow (SCAG)
  CHA +2
  2 Other Ability Scores +1
  30 ft 
  Adv. on ST on Charm
  Magic can't put you to sleep
  Drow Magic
     1 - Dancing Lights
     3 - Faerie Fire
     5 - Darkness
  +1 Lang. of your choice


Using the Point-Buy System Without Racial Modifiers

  STR: 8 (-1)
  DEX: 13 (+1)
  CON: 15 (+2)
  INT: 8 (-1)
  WIS: 12 (+1)
  CHA: 15 (+2)

With Racial Modifiers

  STR: 8 (-1)
  DEX: 14 (+2)
  CON: 16 (+3)
  INT: 8 (-1)
  WIS: 12 (+1)
  CHA: 17 (+3)


These 6 skills are the ones you want as a Sorlock, ranked from highest to least priority

  1. Perception
  2. Persuasion
  3. Stealth
  4. Deception
  5. Intimidation
  6. Investigation  

Level by Level Summary[edit]

Sorcerer 4 -> Warlock 2 -> Sorcerer 14

Level 1 Sorcerer 1

  Sorcerous Origin
  Shadow (Damage) 
  Dragon (Survivability) 
  Divine (Utility) 

For this build we are going to use the Shadow subclass, which with the darkness combo is exceedingly powerful. However if what you want is more survivability and extra fire damage Dragon is the way to go. But for more general flexibility, as well as healing and support options Divine is the best.

     + Mage Hand
     + Minor Illusion
     + Message
     + Firebolt
  Level 1
     + Mage Armor
     + Sleep

Level 2 Sorcerer 2

  Level 1
     + Absorb Elements

Level 3 Sorcerer 3

  Quickened Spell
  Twinned Spell - (does not work with eldritch blast only works with single target spells)
  Level 2
     + Invisibilty

Level 4 Sorcerer 4

  Elven Accuracy (XGE)
     +1 CHA (CHA: 18)
     + Message    
  Level 2
     + Mirror Image

Level 5 Warlock 1

  Otherworldly Patron
  Hexblade (XGE)
     + Eldritch Blast
     + Friends
  Level 1
     + Hex
     + Shield

Level 6 Warlock 2

  Eldritch Invocation
  Repelling Blast
  Agonizing Blast
  Level 1
     + Armor Of Agathys

Level 7 Sorcerer 5

  Level 1
     - Sleep
  Level 3
     + Fireball
     + Haste

Level 8 Sorcerer 6

     + Hypnotic Pattern

Level 9 Sorcerer 7

  Level 1
     - Mage Armor
  Level 3
     + Counterspell
  Level 4
     + Polymorph

Level 10 Sorcerer 8

  +2 CHA (CHA: 20)
  Level 4
     + Greater Invisibility

Level 11 Sorcerer 9

  Level 5
     + Banishment

Level 12 Sorcerer 10

  Careful Spell 
     + Mold Earth
  Level 3
     + Blink

Level 13 Sorcerer 11

  Level 6
     + Mass Suggestion

Level 14 Sorcerer 12

  Spell Sniper (Druid)

Cantrip "Thorn Whip"

Level 15 Sorcerer 13

  Level 7
     + Reverse Gravity

Level 16 Sorcerer 14


Level 17 Sorcerer 15

  Level 5
     + Telekinesis

Level 18 Sorcerer 16


Level 19 Sorcerer 17

  Level 9
     + Wish

Level 20 Sorcerer 18


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