A Dungeons & Dragons YouTuber shares a Hexblade warlock and Bladesinging wizard multiclass that might be the most powerful gish build in 5th Edition.
A YouTuber may have created Dungeons & Dragons‘ most mathematically powerful gish build through a wizard and warlock multiclass.
The channel @DnDDeepDive shared a crunchy video breaking down a character’s levels up to level 17 to achieve this powerful gish build. The subclasses are the Hexblade patron for warlocks and the Bladesinging tradition for wizards. Each subclass is a departure from the core class’ typical style of play as spellcaster classes, and it instead adds physical capabilities and defenses for close-range combat. The build is somewhat weak in early levels but scales up to deal major, consistent damage at later stages, relying on the spell Eldritch Blast for a significant portion of its output.
Dubbed the “HexBladeSinger,” the host makes a ranged gish combatant by opting in for feats and abilities that add damage to both magical and non-magical attacks. Instead of opting in for a melee spellslinger, their physical weapon of choice is a crossbow. The video breaks down the spells to take at every level for maximized results and even the chance for a third multiclass option. However, the final recap puts the build at 160 damage per round on average against an opponent with an AC of 10. Against an enemy with an AC of 18, the average damage per round drops to 117.
Building a HexBladeSinger
The D&D build starts with a level in warlock due to the subclass it receives at first level and the additional proficiencies that come with it. However, the majority of it puts points into the wizard class, at 14 levels in total. The Bladesinging tradition’s Extra Attack feature is where the damage begins to increase as it allows a cantrip to replace one of the two attacks now granted by their Attack action. By doing this, one attack can be made with a crossbow, and then multiple eldritch beams or another cantrip can follow for a true sword and sorcery combination. Opportunities for feats are usually taken to boost charisma and improve sharpshooting abilities. This can sometimes call for a third multiclass for added expertise like the fighter’s Fighting Style ability.
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