Since we last looked at the new Warlock class, I’ve had some time to experiment with the Eldritch Blast feature, using the Tainted Scholar enhancement tree only. I suspect most of this information will apply to all three types of Warlocks, but will update should I learn differently.
Eldritch Blast Lesson 1: you need your main hand free to blast
Check out this video showing a Warlock using Eldritch Blast while holding a variety of weapons and shields. Note how the weapons are always moved to the offhand. You can really see this with the shield and sword (both end up on the offhand) and the quarterstaff which literally flies from one hand to the other when the warlock toggles in and out of her Come-At-Me-Bro “ready” mode.
Eldritch Blast Lesson 2: meta magics do not work on blast damage
Which is weird, because according to the blast descriptions, they scale with spellpower, and meta magics like Maximize increase spell power. Nonetheless, no.
Eldritch Blast Lesson 3: other spellpower boosts do work on blast damage
Spellpower applies to all blasts. Impact to force Blasts, combustion to fire Blasts, pretty much as one would expect.
Eldritch Blast Lesson 4: the Tainted Scholar has three different types of Blast toggles
I am making up the term “type” for the purposes of this discussion, it is not in the game anywhere. But there are toggles, and they do logically group by function.
- Type 1 is the Pact toggle. When it is on, blasts look fiery and do fire damage on top of their normal damage
- Type 2 is “shape” or “stance” toggles. Only one of these can be active at a time, clicking one deactivates the other. One stance causes Blasts to do force damage and “chain” damage to all other enemies within an area of effect. The other stance makes the blasts big and slow (about character run speed) but they track the target and have a 10% chance of level draining
- Type 3 is the damage type toggle. So far I have three kinds of damage: faltering (force damage with a chance of slowing enemies), utterdark (does Evil damage), or penetrating (does Piercing physical damage)
Here is what the blast looks like when the Tainted Scholar Pact toggle is on:
Here is how the blast looks when the chain shape toggle is on and the pact toggle:
Notice that I only clicked the Attack button once but still got two missiles and quite the cloud of damage numbers. The blasts are Force-colored (because of the chain toggle) but do two kinds of damage, Force (because of the chain toggle) and Fire (because of the pact toggle).
I have more to say about Warlocks, but am running out of time again.
What do you think of Warlock Eldritch Blasts so far?
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