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Latest D&D Unearthed Arcana Adds New Sorcerer, Warlock Subclasses

September 5, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The latest Unearthed Arcana is out for D&D Fifth Edition, presenting new playtesting subclasses for Sorcerers and Warlocks. Wizards of the Coast released the article on Thursday morning, which introduces the Aberrant Mind Sorcerous Origin and the Lurker in the Deep Otherworldly Patron.

The Aberrant Mind presents an option for someone wishing to play an unsettling Sorcerer with psychic abilities. It is based on the idea that the PC carries the influence of an alien intelligence, whether the result of mind flayer experiments, being born with the taint of an aberration or the like. It adds spells with psychic and dissonant abilities to the Sorcerer’s spell list and adds creepy abilities to improve armor class and even, at 14th level, to manifest traits related to your aberrant connection. At 18th level you can become the focal point of a reality warp which does damage to enemies close to you and, if ended early, will teleport you and any number of creatures in your vicinity up to a mile away. The Aberrant Mind could serve as an excellent option for the upcoming Eberron campaign book, giving players a way to have characters who carry the influence of the sinister extrplanar Quori or Daelkyr.

Meanwhile, the Lurker in the Deep gives Warlocks a patron option that comes from the ocean or Elemental Plane of Water, which could be great for a Ghosts of Saltmarsh campaign. The Unearthed Arcana posits that Warlocks of the Lurker could be memburs of cults dedicated to the entity, or simply been saved from drowning by their new patron. The subclass adds water and storm-based spells to the Warlock’s spell list such as gust of wind, control water, and lightning bolt and gives the PC the ability to communicate telepathically with monsters that have swimming speeds. It also adds the ability to summon a spectral tentacle that can move and strike at opponents, somewhat like a great deep version of spiritual weapon. The 14th level ability allows you to call on your patron for help with a teleportation effect or a sudden fury of spectral tentacle attacks.

Finally, the Unearthed Arcana article includes a new cantrip for psionic-themed spellcasters, mind sliver. The spell, like many offensive cantrips, is an all-or-nothing damage attack resisted by a saving throw (Intelligence in this case) which does scaling psychic damage and reduces the next saving throw by the victim by 1d4 before the end of the PC’s next turn.

You can see the full Unearthed Arcana article here. Like all Unearthed Arcana, the subclasses are still in playtesting mode and are not Adventurer’s League-official at this time.

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