Neverwinter Nights 2 - Warlock Guide
Version 1.3 

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Table of Contents
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O.   Revision History
I.	Introduction
II.	Caveats
III.	Which race?
IV.	Stats
V.	Feats to get (non-epic spells)
VI.	Feats to get (epic spells)
VII.	How do invocations work?
VIII.	Invocations (blast shapes and essences)
IX.	Invocations (non-blast shape modifier)
X.	Skills to get
XI.	Should I get Spellcraft?
XII.	Thoughts on multiclassing
XIII.	Equipment
XIV.	Final words
XV.	Acknowledgments

O.  Revision History
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1.3 - My final revision on whether Spellcraft is required
or not.  (Yes, it's required.)

1.2 - Quick and minor changes, partially due to privacy 
issues and some (constructive) bashing on the forums.

1.1 - Updated based on e-mail comments and for Mask of the 
Betrayer expansion pack.  I apologize for being so late on 
this update, but I've had a very busy time at work.

1.0 - Initial release

I.  Introduction
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I'm going to start this by a big bashing of the warlock 
class, and it's not going to be pretty.

The warlock class is not a particularly effective class 
in any way, shape, or form, at least early on. 

If you want a good analogy with other classes, take the 
sorcerer, give him/her half the spells, but allow them to 
cast the spells as many times as they want.  However, now 
make their spells deal less than half damage, and you have 
a warlock.  A warlock is in no way more resilient than the 
sorcerer or the wizard, despite what the manual says (and 
let's not forget the rampant errors in the manual).  In 
fact, in my experience, I've found that sorcerers and 
wizards are a lot more resilient, at least in the beginning 
of the game.

Basically, don't use your warlock to fight Lorne in the OC.  
It simply does not work.

Now, for the good news.  If you're patient enough to get 
your warlock powerful enough to use the dark invocations, 
you now have a character that will literally stay alive a 
lot longer than any wizard or sorcerer out there, and allow 
you to do a lot more damage than most fighters out there.  
If you couple a warlock with a party full of melee units, 
you will literally sail through battles with taking very 
minimal damage.

Furthermore, if you continue playing as a pure warlock into 
the epic levels in the expansion pack, you literally can 
sail through the fights with almost no problems, and a lot 
of the warlock abilities and invocations can erase the 
negative effects of the spirit eater curse.

II.  Caveats
------------

This guide assumes you are using the latest version of the 
Mask of the Betrayer expansion pack.  I also don't talk 
about multiplayer because I don't play this multiplayer.

III.  Which race?
-----------------

Since the invocations are Charisma-based, you will need to 
have that as your primary stat.  Basically, any race that 
is good as a sorcerer is good for a warlock.  Also, like a 
monk, the true potential of a warlock is only realized when 
you get close to all 20/30 levels, so a race that has a hefty 
level adjustment is also not a good idea.  Finally, any 
race that has serious hits in Intelligence, Dexterity, or 
Constitution is also not a good choice.

a.  Humans:  They are a good choice as a warlock, and the 
extra feat, although not absolutely necessary, can be used 
for a crafting feat if you want.

b.  Planetouched:  Both the aasimar and the tieflings make 
good warlocks.  An aasimar warlock seems a bit out of 
character, but tiefling warlocks are quite in vogue (and in 
character).  The +1 level adjustment is not exactly a show-
stopper as you don't really need the last dark invocation.  
If you do play as a tiefling warlock, watch out for the -2 
Charisma modifier, although the +2 Dexterity helps.

c.  Elves:  These are kind of a mixed bag.  Almost every 
elf sub-race is playing with fire (if you'll pardon the 
pun) with making a warlock, because you have to work around 
a -2 Constitution modifier.  Remember that having more hit 
points is more important than how much dexterity you have.  
The drow also has the +2 Charisma modifier, but the +2 
level adjustment offsets any advantage.

d.  Dwarves:  Shield dwarves have -2 Charisma, so they're 
out.  Gold dwarves have a -2 Dexterity, but the +2 
Constitution makes up for it, so it's a passable.  As for 
the duergar, the -4 Charisma and the +2 level adjustment 
don't make for a good warlock (or at the least, a warlock 
that is unable to cast the needed dark invocations).

e.  Half-elves:  Treat as a human without the extra feat, 
which makes them acceptable.

f.  Gnomes:  Rock gnomes have +2 Constitution, but -2 
Strength, plus the fact that they can't carry as much 
weight.  If you do choose this subrace, buy lots of magic 
bags to hold stuff.  Svirfneblins are not acceptable for 
the same reason as duergars are (-4 Charisma, +3 level 
adjustment).

g.  Halflings:  Both halfling subclasses make acceptable 
warlocks like rock gnomes, but they do suffer from the same 
problem of not being able to carry lots of stuff.  Again, 
buy lots of magic bags.

h.  Half-orcs:  The 2 Charisma AND Intelligence hurts a 
lot.  You need a lot of the skills that are available to a 
warlock, or else it's not going to be very fun.

IV.  Stats
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As I mentioned previously, Charisma is your main stat and 
most of your points should be there.

Strength:  This stat is not really important because you do 
not need a high attack bonus to hit an enemy with the 
eldritch blasts that are ranged touch attacks.  However, it 
does get annoying when you pick up some nice armor and all 
of a sudden you can't run.  I suggest keeping this stat at 
10 or 11, and just leave it there.

Dexterity:  This is the second most important stat.  Since 
you will be wearing light armor (NOT medium armor unless if 
you're multiclassing, which I will explain later why), 
having a high Dexterity score will boost your AC even 
higher.  Having a high AC is good for a warlock as you will 
often be casting your invocations at pretty close range.  I 
suggest keeping this stat at around 13-14.  You should 
probably not add to this stat when you get the chance to 
during level up; you should instead find items that boost 
this.

Erik Jonker mentioned to me that DEX modifier also affects 
the modifier used to determine when a ranged touch attack 
does hit.  This is important in the earlier stages of the 
game, as it would allow you to make more hits.  Later on, 
this becomes a less of a concern as you'll be using 
Eldritch Cone/Eldritch Doom/Chilling Tentacles/Wall of 
Perilous Flame, which do not use a ranged attack to hit.  
If you play a halfling, you have a slight advantage in this 
department, without suffering from the stupid -2 CON that 
the elves have to go through.

Constitution:  Yes, you have a d6 hit point die.  No, it 
does not make a whit of difference compared to a sorcerer 
or a wizard.  This score, however, does make a difference.  
I suggest leaving this at 12 at character creation.  If you 
leave it lower, be prepared to die a lot.  (This also makes 
elves very unattractive warlocks.)

I've had people disagree with me on the amount of 
Constitution placed in here.  I've had people suggest that 
I put 14 or 16 in this stat and take it out of Charisma.  
The good thing about the OC is that there's plenty of +CON 
items which can accomplish the same thing.

Intelligence:  Set this score to about 12 as well.  
Warlocks have a lot of nice skills that will need plenty of 
points.  If you want crafting skills, set this to 14.

Wisdom:  Set this stat to anywhere from 8-10.  You don't 
need this stat for anything useful.

Charisma:  Get this as high as you can.  I prefer starting 
out with about 18 Charisma base, and just keep adding to it 
during levelups when I can add them.

Most of the criticisms I've gotten so far with this have to 
do with my sorcerer playing roots.  Do note that you can
have the lowest amount of CHA and still cast dark 
invocations.  However, it does limit the usefulness of your
invocations.

In the expansion pack, having only 14 CHA will get you into 
serious trouble, especially if you use eldritch essences.  
In particular, all the essences are subject to a Fortitude 
and Reflex save check by the enemy.  From my experience 
with a high CHA character, the enemies are still making 
about half of the saves.  By having only 14 CHA, you are 
literally hamstringing yourself.  Yes, you can avoid the 
problem by only using a pure eldritch blast, but that's not 
always practical.

V.  Feats to get (non-epic levels)
-----------------------------------
As a warlock, there are not a lot of feats that you don't 
get by default that you can really use.  The ones that are 
the most important are:

a.  Combat Casting  Remember that it is not practical to 
expect a warlock to always cast invocations far away from 
enemies.  This helps considerably in not having your 
invocations being interrupted.  Remember that you must have 
defensive casting mode on in order to use this.

b.  Spell Penetration  Invocations are subject to spell 
resistance checks.  You don't want your Wall of Perilous 
Flame or Noxious Blast to not work when you really need it, 
right?

c.  Greater Spell Penetration  I rather not gamble with my 
chances of invocations being resisted.

d.  Toughness  Extra hit points makes for a happy warlock.

e.  Skill Focus (Concentration)  Again, we are talking 
about practical issues here.  Never expect to be 
uninterrupted while casting.  This will help considerably.

The ones which you MIGHT want to get:

a.  Battle Caster.  Since you don't get Medium Armor 
Proficiency for free as a warlock, this feat is kind of 
useless.  I rather spend my feats on things that help me in 
other ways or on crafting feats.  There is one exception to 
this that will be mentioned later (in the multiclassing 
section).

b.  Medium Armor Proficiency.  Don't get this unless if 
fall under the one exception for Battle Caster.

c.  Shield Proficiency.  If you can find a shield with
a 0% arcane casting penalty, get this feat.

d.  Dodge/Mobility.  If you have the feats to spare and the
needed amount of DEX, go for them.

The ones you should NEVER get:

a.  Any spell focus feat.  My main problem is that you 
cannot counterspell with warlocks, so those are only good 
if you want to see what spells other spell casters are 
casting.

b.  Any weapon feat.  You're not going to be using your 
weapons to kill things.  You're going to be using your 
invocations to kill things.  There are exceptions that can 
be made if you are multiclassing with a fighter class or 
one of the fighting-oriented prestige classes.  

Besides from these, the remaining feat slots can be filled 
with what suits you the best.  You could probably use one 
of the feat slots for the crafting feat of your choice.

VI.  Feats to get (Epic levels)
-----------------------------------
It's nice to get some really powerful warlock specific 
feats in the epic levels.  If you chose to up your 
Spellcraft, warlocks also have access to epic spells (with 
reservations from me that I'll discuss later).  Again, 
here's a list of the feats you should definitely get:

a.  Eldritch Master  50% more damage from eldritch blasts 
is nothing to pooh-pooh about.  God, I love doing so much 
damage with a nice well-placed Eldritch Doom with a 50% 
damage boost....  You do need 24 Spellcraft for this feat,
though....

b.  Epic Fiendish Resilliance  Although the resting 
situation in the expansion pack kind of goes against it, 20 
(not 25 in the manual) points per second of healing is, 
again, not something to laugh at (and your boss fights 
become much easier).

c.  Epic Toughness  A live warlock is better than a dead 
warlock.  You only need to get it once or twice, though.

d.  Epic Spell Penetration  In the expansion, you're 
already having trouble making enemies fail checks; don't 
hamstring yourself by not getting this.

On the "maybe" category, we have:

a.  Armor Skin - +1 AC is nice, but I kind of wish it were 
much larger than that.  It's close to worthless.

b.  Epic Energy Resistance (pick your element)  Since 
these aren't free, don't get them unless you don't have 
anything else to pick.  You already get a free upgrade at 
level 30 anyway.

c.  Epic Eldritch Blast (1d6)  Adds another 1d6 to your 
blast damage rolls.  It can be taken multiple times, but 
again, you will end up getting them for free anyway.  Just 
get this on occasion.  You should have enough feats left
over to get this a few times.

d.  Great Charisma  Luckily, you don't need THAT high of a 
Charisma.  Your Charisma needs to be relatively high, but 
adding to Charisma during the levelups where you can add 
stats will get you to a high enough level.

e.  Epic Spell: (any)  If you got enough Spellcraft and 
are willing to accept the limitations on these spell, get 
whatever suits your fancy.

The ones I did not mention are usually of limited use or 
you don't have the requirements to get them.

VII.  How do invocations work?
-----------------------------

Let's set aside the "lore" of how a warlock gets 
invocations and go down to the nitty-gritty on how an 
invocation works.

An invocation has the following properties:
1.  You may use them as many times as you want.
2.  Invocations have either a somatic or verbal component, 
or both.  Therefore, if you are silenced, certain 
invocations cannot be cast.
3.  Invocations cannot be used with metamagic.
4.  Certain invocations can be used alone, but others must 
be used in conjunction with an eldritch blast.  The blast 
shape invocations and eldritch essence invocations must be 
used with an eldritch blast.

The invocations that can be used alone are the low-damage, 
status-affecting buffs and dispels that you will typically 
use.  For example, Retributive Invisibility, Beguiling 
Influence, and Wall of Perilous Flame are examples of this 
type of invocation.

However, your main source of damage comes from eldritch 
blasts.  By default, if you cast an eldritch essence 
invocation, you would cast an eldritch blast that is 
modified by the eldritch essence.  The default eldritch 
blast hits one enemy only.

You can modify the blast by adding a blast shape.  A blast 
shape invocation is an eldritch blast that has a different 
shape/characteristic to it, which may allow you to hit more 
targets.  Since the blast shape is an eldritch blast, you 
can modify blast shapes with eldritch essences.

VIII.  Invocations (blast shapes and essences)
---------------------------------------------

For discussion of invocations, I'm going to split them up 
between blast shape/eldritch essences (since they 
intrinsically go together), and invocations not involving 
blash shapes/essences.

Least Invocations (Blast Shapes):  One of them is 
worthless, and one of them is useful.

Hideous Blow  this blast shape is worthless.  If you 
didn't have to recast it every time you hit a melee attack, 
this one might actually be useful.  The trouble you incur 
with this shape makes it not worth it for actual use.

Eldritch Spear  I recommend getting this as one of the 
first invocations that you get.  This extends the range of 
an eldritch blast (to 250 feet according to the 
description).  It's not that impressive considering you 
really can't tell how far is 250 feet in game, but if you 
can nail someone from really far away several times before 
they get into range of the other blast shapes, you make 
your job a lot easier in the earlier stages of the OC.  
However, this loses effectiveness as you get eldritch chain 
later on.

Least Invocations (Essences):  Another worthless one and 
another good one.

Draining Blast  this is a good essence to use in the 
beginning and it's probably the second invocation that I 
get.  What this does is if you hit, the monster must pass a 
Fortitude check.  If the check fails, the monster is 
slowed.  The slower the monster, the more blasts you can 
throw out and the faster you can get to a more defensible 
position.

Frightful Blast  I don't like this essence because it 
isn't as useful.  I rather not have to chase after monsters 
because they're afraid (and risk running into a trap).

Lesser Invocations (Blast Shapes):  The only new blast 
shape you get with this level of invocation is probably the 
one you'll use the most through the game.

Eldritch Chain  This blast shape starts out rather 
modestly.  It has the range of a regular eldritch blast, 
but after it hits your intended target, it will randomly 
blast a random being that is within 30 feet from you.  It 
means that you have the potential of hitting two enemies.  
At warlock level 10, this is extended to three enemies, 
four enemies at level 15, and five enemies at level 20.  If 
you miss any of the enemies, the chain stops.  This isn't 
as much of a trouble as you may think because by the time 
you get to a higher level, you should rarely be missing 
with your ranged touch attacks.  Get this as soon as you 
have access to the lesser invocations.

Lesser Invocations (Essences):  These aren't 
disappointments, but you won't be using one of them very 
long.

Hellrime Blast(a.k.a. the ice blast)  This essence does 
two things.  One, it modifies your eldritch blast to do 
cold damage.  Two, it makes everyone you hit do a Fortitude 
check or take a -4 penalty to Dexterity.  It's 
indispensable when you have to fight against a lot of 
rogues (basically when you get into Neverwinter in the OC), 
but after that, you'll rarely use it.  

Brimstone Blast(a.k.a. the fire blast)  Take your eldritch 
blast, make it do fire damage, AND make them burn with fire 
afterwards.  This will be the primary essence you'll use 
until you get access to the greater invocations.

Beshadowed Blast  This is a nice blast to have under 
certain circumstances.  I don't use this blast because 
putting opponents in darkness is not the way I play, but 
there are potential uses for it.

Greater Invocations (Blast Shapes):  The only new blast 
shape you get with this level of invocation is useful... 
until you get access to the dark invocations.

Eldritch Cone  This blast shape says what you think it 
says.  Your blast is now in the shape of a cone.  It's okay 
in certain situations, but it has been my experience that 
enemies don't like attacking you in a way that you will be 
using this very often.  I would recommend getting this as 
soon as you have access to it, but dropping it once you get 
Eldritch Doom.

Greater Invocations (Essences):  Again, we have a nice set 
of essences; choose one depending on how you play.

Vitrolic Blast(a.k.a. the acid blast)  Take the Brimstone 
Blast, but make it acid damage.  In addition, make it 
impossible to counter with spell resistance.  Once you get 
this, you will end up using this over the Brimstone Blast 
in most cases.  If you do play the expansion pack, do watch 
out as enemies do get a Reflex and Fortitude save against 
this.

Noxious Blast  Take your eldritch blast, make it daze 
people.  I typically don't use this, but if you like being 
support, this is a great one to use.  Unfortunately, as you 
play the expansion pack, if you want to make sure this 
works, you better have a high enough Charisma and the spell 
penetration feats to make sure that your enemies fail the 
Reflex and Fortitude save.

Hindering Blast  1 second of effect?  Two thumbs down. 
(stolen from Siskel and Ebert)  I rather get Draining Blast 
instead.

Dark Invocations (Blast Shapes):  This is one good reason 
why you want to be a pure warlock (or as close to it as you 
can).

Eldritch Doom  This blast shape is simple.  Target where 
you want the blast to hit.  Everything within a certain 
radius is hit.  The radius isn't as big as a Fireball or a 
Chain Lightning spell, but it's more than adequate for your 
needs.  There is a reflex save, but you should have enough
to counter it by the time you get this.

Dark Invocations (Essences):  This is a disappointment in 
the OC, maybe not for multiplayer purposes.

Utterdark Blast  If you hit with this one, the target 
takes negative energy damage and drains levels.  It sounds 
nice, but by the time you can get this in the OC, just 
about every enemy uses this to heal.  It probably works a 
lot better in a multiplayer situation.  You probably will 
just use it once, then switch to another essence, as the 
negative levels do not stack.  

Binding Blast  1 second of effect?  Obsidian, Bioware, 
Atari, Wizards of the Coast... please try to be a little 
bit more.... creative next time, shall we? 


IX.  Invocations (non-blast shapes or essences)
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These function like your typical spell.  As invocations, 
you may cast these as many times as you wish.  Most of 
these are supporting spells that make your work a lot 
easier.

Least Invocations:  A really nice array of things to choose 
from.  Some of them aren't very useful; others make your 
life so much easier.

Beguiling Influence  Get this one if you have points in 
Intimidate (which is what I usually do).  I like talking my 
way out of situations, so this is a nice thing to get.  
Even if you don't, this is useful for boosting Diplomacy 
(good) and Bluff (kind of worthless).

Dark One's Own Luck  Useful in the beginning, not so 
useful in the end.  I usually either get this or Beguiling 
Influence.

Darkness  Uhh, no thanks.  This tends to be a frame-rate 
killer.

Devil's Sight  This has limited usefulness, but if you 
really wanted what this invocation gives you, play as an 
Elf, but that's really not a good idea, eh?

Entropic Warding  I like this one.  I usually replace 
Draining Blast with this invocation later in the game, and 
watch as the archers have trouble with you as you kill them 
with an eldritch chain.  It doesn't last that long, but 
remember that you can recast it and it does last long 
enough for you to do your business.

Leaps and Bounds  Don't get this even if you have put 
points in Tumble.  It's not a high enough boost that would 
make it useful.

Seen the Unseen  I don't recommend this as you'll get 
things in the OC that give True Seeing.

Otherworldly Whispers - +6 to Spellcraft and Lore checks.  
This is a tossup.  It doesn't hurt to have this, but it 
doesn't hurt to not have this.

Lesser Invocations:  Not as good of a selection, but a 
couple of them are useful.

Charm  No thanks, I'm not out to convert people.  I rather 
summon my own skeletons.

Curse of Despair  Hmm... do those score reductions really 
do THAT much over a battle?  Skip this one.

The Dead Walk  In the OC, just let Ammon Jerro use it.  If 
you're not in the OC, this is an okay one to get; just drop 
Brimstone Blast or Voracious Dispelling for this.  It does 
have rather low HD, so it's probably no better than cannon 
fodder.

Voracious Dispelling  Get this one later on in the game.  
It's a good dispelling invocation; the times which you need 
to dispel things aren't that frequent, though.  The damage 
you do on the dispelled creatures doesn't hurt, anyway.

Walk Unseen  You're not a rogue.  No thanks for me.  There 
are applications for this for those who are inclined to be 
sneaky (and get free eldritch blasts on enemies), but to 
me, it's not worth it.

Dread Seizure  I don't see any difference with enemies 
affected by this versus regular enemies.  Skip this one.

Greater Invocations:  Now we're coming to the really 
offensive invocations.  You only need one of the offensive 
ones, though.

Chilling Tentacles:  Get either this one or Wall of 
Perilous Flame.  Freezing tentacles are nice.  I prefer 
Wall of Perilous Flame myself, but this is a good choice 
too.  Unfortunately, as you go up in level, this attack 
starts losing efficiency.

Devour Magic:  This is an upgraded version of Voracious 
Dispelling.  You can get this; just drop Eldritch Cone.  I 
personally find Voracious Dispelling enough for my 
purposes, though.

Tenacious Plague:  This one tends to be a wildcard.  Get it 
if you want; you'll probably find uses for it that I 
couldn't find.

Wall of Perilous Flame:  One of my very favorites; this is 
the 3rd greater invocation that I get.  You can pretty much 
single-handedly do the last part of the Crossroad Keep 
siege with this and Eldritch Doom.  What's even better, the 
magical damage this does (not the fire damage portion) 
cannot be resisted without spell resistance.  The main 
drawback is that as you play through the expansion pack, 
this starts becoming more and more useless.

Dark Invocations:  When they said warlocks were more 
resilient than sorcerers or wizards, they must have been 
talking about one of the invocations here.

Dark Foresight  Once you get access to dark invocations, 
GET THIS FIRST.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Have this hotkeyed at all 
times.  This gives 10/silver damage reduction (not 
30/adamantine as in the manual in the OC or the confusing 
statement they made in the expansion pack manual) with a 
pool of 10 points per warlock level.  This is basically the 
Stoneskin spell, but you can cast this as many times as you 
want, unlike sorcerers or wizards.  This is what will allow 
you to cast your eldritch blasts with impunity.

In the expansion pack, the pool is capped at 150 hit 
points.  This does water down the skill a bit, but it's 
still vital.

Retributive Invisibility  Don't get this for the 
retributive part.  Get it for the invisibility (which isn't 
broken by invocations or attacking).  It only lasts 3 
rounds, which is a handicap, but you just need to recast 
this, anyway.

Word of Changing  I ended up using this a lot, especially 
in the Mask of the Betrayer campaign after you have to deal 
with spirit energy drop.  Yes, it has a lot of melee 
attacking power, but the 5 HP regeneration is what I use it 
for.  If you switch to this form, you no longer suffer the 
health loss/damage vulnerabilities that having a stage 2 or 
higher status has.

One last thing... as of this writing (11/19/07), there is a 
bug in this skill that you can exploit.  If you revert to 
your original form while you are at a stage 2 or higher 
status, every time you take damage because of the spirit 
energy level, you regain 5 HP back.

The only thing that you can't do is casting invocations in 
this form.

X.  Skills to get
------------------
If you went with my suggestion of 12 INT, you should have 3 
points to use per level.  I used it on Concentration, 
Intimidate, and Lore, plus one point in Use Magic Device.

Consider getting the following:

Concentration  This is a no-brainer.  Don't blame me if 
you fail to put points in it and have your invocations 
interrupted.

Intimidate  I like talking my way out of battles.  
Diplomacy would have worked better for my style of playing, 
but it's a cross-class skill for warlocks, and this isn't.

Lore  I don't like having to go to shop to identify stuff, 
and I rather not shuffle things around to someone who can 
identify stuff.

Use Magic Device  Just get one point in this.  This with 
Deceive Item will allow you to use most things out there 
for wizards and sorcerers.  If you need more points in 
this, take them out of Lore or Intimidate.  In the 
expansion pack, you may end up needing to put more points 
in this.

Tumble  If you don't get Intimidate, consider putting it 
into this cross-class skill.  In that case, you'll end up 
getting the Leaps and Bounds invocation as well.

XI.  Should I get Spellcraft?
------------------------------
If you've read the previous versions of this guide, I
said to not to get Spellcraft.  Well, you can throw that
out because Eldritch Master requires 24 Spellcraft, which
means that if you fail to get Spellcraft, you will not
have a good time trying to deal damage.

(okay, now, please stop the e-mails to me about it)

XII.  Thoughts on multiclassing
-----------------------------
Let's talk about minor multiclassing.  The warlock is 
almost worthless as a minor multiclass character because 
warlock levels don't count as arcane caster levels, and 
simply said, warlocks aren't very powerful in the 
beginning.

As for major multiclasses with warlock as the dominant 
class, remember that the warlock's power and resilience 
comes by having access to the dark invocations.  It's 
usually best to go pure warlock, but if you're willing to 
drop one dark invocation and the additional energy 
resistance, you can go Warlock 19/Fighter 1 or Warlock 
19/Barbarian 1 to get medium armor proficiency and martial 
weapon proficiency for free.  If you do this, be sure to 
get the Battle Caster feat.

There are good multiclasses with Blackguard if you play an 
evil Warlock, but I absolutely refuse to play an evil 
character.  I'll put them in the next version of the guide.

XIII.  Equipment
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There's a dearth of good warlock-only equipment in the OC.  
As NWN2 relies on crafting skills for good armor and 
equipment, I suggest focusing on your armor class when 
choosing equipment.  What I did was take the leather armor 
that I got at the very beginning, and upgrading it to +5 
enhancement, 30/- cold resistance, and 30/- fire 
resistance.

As for weapons, use whatever weapon you feel is good for 
you.  I ended up using one of those nice crossbows that 
gave +DEX (to boost my armor class).

If you did the Warlock 19/Fighter 1 or Warlock 19/Barbarian 
1 multiclass, your choice of armor and weapons becomes a 
lot better.  However, warlocks aren't really designed for 
melee combat.

Eng-Seng Teoh sent me this e-mail about equipment, which 
shows how he did his equipment as a warlock.

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"Here's a couple of things I found when I played a 
warlock which you may find 
interesting/useful.
 
I wanted to say, spellcraft is useful for the bonus to 
saving throws.
Maybe that's a new thing with the later patches, but 
it's what I took it 
for.
 
The other thing is that mage armor, bracers of armor, 
and enhancement bonus 
to armor are the same bonus in the game.
(This is not the same as D&D in general, as mage armor 
& bracers of armor 
are meant to be armor bonuses, not enhancement)
What this means is the highest of those bonuses will 
stack with the base 
armor value of your armor.
 
So I took medium armor proficiency and battle caster on 
my warlock, and made 
a suit of mithril full plate (8 AC, 3 max dex) to wear. 
I then had it 
enchanted with fortification.
This may also be a new patch thing (as I vaguely recall 
it not being so), 
but mithril heavy shields have no arcane spell failure 
chance. So making a 
+4 (more likely, since blue diamonds are so rare in OC) 
or +5 version ups AC 
tremendously.
 
In the endgame, my lightfoot halfling warlock was 
wearing:
Mithril full plate + fortification
Bracers of Armor +8
Mithril Heay Shield +4
Gargoyle Boots (maybe there are better boots, but I 
didn't look very hard)
Amulet of Natural Armor +4 (I put my +5 on another 
character)
Dagger with (3 AC deflection) defending
Ring of Regeneration
Ring of Improved Evasion
The Regal (for resistances, but there are probably 
better choices)
Cloak of Charisma +8
 
Since I took luck of heroes, that makes an AC of 46 
(before such effects 
like haste).
Err ... I didn't take dark foresight ... I just stood 
around as my enemies 
flailed feebly at me. :D
I also made Qara cast stoneskin on me a lot.
 
Hope this helps. Bye!"
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Once you get to the expansion pack, the crafting system is 
a LOT different, and is something that I haven't been able 
to figure out how to use properly.  I believe there is a 
FAQ on GameFAQs that describes the new crafting system in 
detail.  


XIV.  Final Words
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The warlock class is a disappointment until you get to the 
later levels, when it becomes almost unstoppable.  Despite 
all the flaws, it's become one of my favorite classes to 
play, and I hope it becomes one of your favorite classes 
too.

Once you get your warlock to the epic levels, you are 
virtually unstoppable.
   
XV. Acknowledgements
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Thanks to:

-       Jeremy Wilmot, for pointing out some glaring errors
-	Eng-Seng Teoh, for his e-mail on crafting warlock 
equipment
-	Erik Jonker, for his insights on DEX, ranged touch 
attacks, and halflings as warlocks
-	borkborkbork, for his e-mail explaining how my minor 
multiclass didn't work and his evil warlock/blackguard 
multiclass, which I will include in the next revision

I probably missed a few people, but if I did, thanks to you 
all as well.

~ The End ~
PrettyLumiere
November 19th, 2007