[Mod 16] Charisma’s Warlock Compendium

by Charisma on June 1, 2019
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Last Updated: June 1st, 2019

Please remember everything in this guide is evolving.  I have done a lot of testing, but I make mistakes.  Unfortunately, I am only human~

Hello everyone!

My name is Charisma and I’ve been playing Neverwinter since the end of Mod 4.  I have played a Warlock for a long, long time and I’ve seen the game change a lot over the years.  Mod 16 is another huge change, including a level cap increase and a complete rework of how basic stats work.  Before we really get into the guide, I have to note almost everything in this guide is Temporary and evolving.  The info here is entirely from the test server, seeing as (when this was written) the launch of mod 16 is just on the horizon.  Comments and theories are extremely helpful in keeping the information here updated, and correct.  If there’s something I missed (and I know there will be!) please leave a comment!

IMPORTANT:  This is just a starting point.  I will tell you do’s and don’ts and tell you why, but if you don’t use the information or if you care to experiment with your own ideas please feel free to.  This is the setup that I’ve found to give the most effective output, but this is in no way the only build SW’s can run!

Please keep in mind my gear in this picture is not Best in Slot, and won’t be for some time.  I talk about gear and what you should be using in the ‘Gear’ tab.

If you have any questions about my build you can always message me in game, my username is [email protected] or you can leave a comment on this guide and I’ll reply ASAP.

If you would like to see walk-throughs and explanations of end game content from a warlock’s perspective, you can check out my YouTube channel by clicking here.

I livestream every Sunday at 1PM PST, you can watch by clicking here.

Okay, now that the introductions are out of the way, click the tabs above to get into the build!


Your race choice is very important in Neverwinter.  Every race can play any class, but some races do certain classes much better than others!

Significant changes have been made to races in Mod 16, and this shakes up the Tier list a little.

Dragonborn (Metallic Ancestry if you have it) are at the top because of their additional 3% power and critical strike.  This works really well for obvious reasons as a dps.  Also, you get to choose what ability score bonuses you want, which means no wasted bonuses!

Sun Elf The Extra AP isn’t great, in-fact with how slowly we generate AP in mod 16, it’s hard to notice.  The Ability Score Bonuses line up, which is awesome, so no wasted bonuses.

Tiefling are still okay.  The extra % damage buff when targets are below 50% synergies extremely well but the ability score bonuses don’t line up perfectly.  CHA isn’t useless, it contributes to recharge speed, but the amount you get from +2 CHA won’t be noticed.

Moon Elf is tied for last on the list, hard to tell if it’s better or worse than Tiefling.  Moon Elf is just a worse version of the Sun Elf for us.  The only real difference is the AP gain, as a Moon Elf you trade 1% AP gain for 1% Stamina Gain.  Honestly, when we are talking about bonuses this small, it doesn’t matter.  I would pick for aesthetics, unless you really care about that 1%.

Ability Score Bonuses should always be (if possible) DEX and INT.  INT is now your main attribute, contributing now to a +% magic damage bonus, and DEX increases Crit Severity.

All Ability Score points should be put into Intelligence and Dexterity.

Intelligence gives us bonus magic damage, and Dexterity increases our critical hit severity.


Stats and adjusting said stats has never been as important as it is in Mod 16.  The entire system has had some major changes, and if you don’t have the right stats in the right places, your character will feel significantly under-powered.  Undermountain adds new stats (Crit Resist, Accuracy, Awareness), removes some (Lifesteal, Recovery), and implements a system of “Opposing Roles”. The idea is just like we have Critical Strike, enemies have a new stat, Critical Avoidance, and our chance to crit is calculated like so:

((Your Crit) – (Their Crit Avoidance)) / 1000 = Your Critical Hit %

Enemies have a base stat value of 15,000 Defense, Deflection, Critical Strike, Critical Resist, and Combat Advantage, and a base 66,000 Accuracy,  Armor Penetration, and Awareness.  These numbers are super important when thinking about our stat caps because in order to be maxed out in a stat we must factor in enemies rolls.

Critical Strike caps at 60k (50%)

Armor Pen caps at 65k

Accuracy caps at 65k

Combat Advantage caps at 100k (100%)

Power has no cap.

Stat priority or what you should cap first is as follows:

Armor Pen > Accuracy > Crit Chance > Power > Combat Advantage

Ac is the most noticeable if you’re below cap, and that’s why it’s first on the list.  If an enemy deflects an attack it will negate a massive amount of damage.  You want to minimize the chances of that happening ASAP.  Armor Pen does the same thing, only to Defense.  Minimizing the damage reduction from your foe’s 60k defense is super important.

An amazing resource for balancing your stats in the new mod is Rainer’s Mod 16 Pocket Wiki, and it can be found here.


Enchantments should be used to push you to the stat caps listed above.  The best Warlocks use a combination of multiple types of Enchantments to minimize wasted states and maximize stats at cap.  This means that there’s no cookie cutter setup for you to run.  Enchantments and your stats are customized to fit each characters unique stats.  With that said there are a few things to note about enchantments.

Be sure to use Three Stat Enchantments like the Draconic Enchantment, or the Black Ice Enchantment if you are not capped on stats.  These give you more bulk stats total.  If you are capped on one stat, focus on stats you aren’t capped on by slotting enchantments to boost stats you’re short on. If you’re capped on all stats, slot some Radiants. Remember, Power has no cap.


Companions can be a complex topic and the easiest way to cover them is to simply state the facts.  Right now, the best option for stats are augment companions.  VERY few non-augment companions are worth using right now (to be honest I can only think of one off the top of my head).  This is because augments give you an additional portion of their stats on top of any bonding runestones you may have.  This means you can get a massive amount of additional stats from your companion.

The companion I recommend using, and would argue is best in slot, is the Bulette Pup.  This companion is an Augment that gives additional Power, Combat Advantage, and even increases our Maximum Hit points, all on top of Bondings and it’s Augmentation Bonus.  This means we can get a massive amount of power out of this little guy, and since power is king in Mod 16, the Bulette Pup is very good.

As far as Companion Powers go, The best Offense Slots I’ve found are the Tamed Velociraptor, Deepcrow Hatchling, Assassin Drake, Razorwood, and the Cambian Magus.  You’ll notice how I mentioned more than 3, and you’ll only have 3 slots.  I would strongly advise always using the Velociraptor and the Hatchling, as these two give massive bonuses to power, and I would swap the Assassin Drake depending on needed stats.  Should you need additional Accuracy, perhaps Cambian Magus is the right choice.

For Utility slots, I currently have the Owlbear Cub selected, but I’m not sure he’s working.  He doesn’t show in the ACT logs, but I think I can see damage procs.  Hard to tell.  Not sure he would even be worth using if he was working as intended however, I’m sure there’s probably something better.  I will update this when I find out.

For Defense,  I just kinda slapped whatever I had on.  I know it’s nowhere near best.  will update this too when I do some more research.

Here are some other companions with worth-while bonuses:

Deepcrow Hatchling – +8,000 Power
Ghost – +4,000 Power, + 2,000 Critical Strike
Assassin Drake – +4,000 Armor Penetration, +2,000 Accuracy 
Cambian Magus – +4% Critical Hit Severity, +2,000 Accuracy
Red Slaad – +2,000 Armor Penetration, +4,000 Accuracy
Cantankerous Mage +2,000 Defense, +4,000 Accuracy
Fawn of Shiallia – +2,000 Power, +4,000 Critical Strike
Flame Sprite – +2,000 Critical Strike, +4,000 Accuracy
Razorwood – +4% Critical Severity, +2,000 Accuracy

Another thing to keep in mind, there are 5 different companion types, Fighters, Creatures, Invokers, Mystical, and Beasts.  Your summoned companion is granted a bonus to attack power based on how many companions you have of a specific type, and their rarity, with a cap at 15%.

Uncommon: +1.5%

Rare: +2%

Epic: +2.5%

Legendary: +3%

This is another reason why using an Augment is very strong.  Augments give you their stats, on top of bonding runestones, meaning that this bonus goes straight to you.  Its very important that this bonus is as close to 15% as possible ASAP.

Companion Equipment:

Companion gear is found in campaign, as you level up.  There isn’t (as far as I know) anywhere else to get companion gear of the same item level or with the same amount of stats in the game currently.

As far as Runestones to enchant said gear goes, remember that it’s all completely reliant on stats that you need to hit your caps.  Some stronger and more generally used Runestones are the Empowered and the Recondite Runestones.



Feats have been hugely simplified, in an effort to cut out all the decisions that were mostly pointless.  Cryptic has tried to make each feat impactful, and for the most part they succeeded, some are just slightly better than others.

Currently, I am running:

Double Scorch, Parting Blasphemy, Risky Investment, Executioner’s Gift, and Soul Spark Recovery.

From my testing, Most of these choices can be argued either way.  Most of the new feat choices are strong, and there really isn’t a way you could go wrong here.  I’m aware that I haven’t done enough testing on the test server to know 100% for sure what is, and isn’t best to be using however I’m confident that these choices will get you to 80 no problem, and serve you pretty well afterwards.  I will update the guide if needed when more testing is done.

With all that said, let me tell you a short bit about my choices:

Double Scorch: With the removal of recovery and the nerfs to Artifacts, we don’t cast anywhere near as many dailies as we used to.  Because of this, and how easy it is to generate Soul Sparks just by using Hellish Rebuke, Increasing Soul Scorch’s damage is more effective.

Parting Blasphemy : Paired with Curse bite this feat is really strong.  If you aren’t using Curse Bite, take Warlock’s Curse.

Risky Investment:  Very strong in Boss Fights since we can stack it easily with Hadar’s Grasp.  Keep in mind though that this feat is pretty useless in AoE situations since with the rotation I am currently running there is no way to actually stack it.

Executioner’s Gift: Executioner’s Gift vs Creeping Death is a hard decision.  With the way dungeons are running now, I believe we will get more benefit from the extra damage below 50%, rather than a flat 10%.  However, I could be wrong here.  I’ve yet to test much in the new dungeon, so I’m sure things will change and be tweaked after I get a chance to run it a couple more times.

Soul Spark Recovery: Previously I listed Wrathful Souls as the best option here because in my testing I neglected the fact that we gain soul sparks from critical hits.  I am only human!


This is the part of the guide where I once again tell you to keep in mind that this guide isn’t 100% complete.  I have done a lot of testing here, and there have been a lot of changes, but like everyone else I am human. I suggest that you take my findings into account, and test things yourself.  With that out of the way, I recommend using 2 different rotations while leveling/dungeon-ing, depending on the amount of enemies you are fighting.


For Encounters I suggest using Fiery Bolt, Curse Bite, and Hellfire Ring.

To start, Catch as much as you can inside Hellfire Ring to apply Lesser Curse.  Curse Bite, then cast Fiery Bolt and Curse Bite again.  Remember to always use Soul Scorch (tab) when you have 18 Soul Sparks (3 green orbs).  Anything that doesn’t die to our initial rotation will burn from SS while you spam Hellish Rebuke.

For Class Features I recommend using Dust to Dust and No Pity No Mercy.

Dust to Dust is really strong now, and seeing as we don’t need All Consuming Curse to Curse everything anymore (simply use any ability without a curse consuming effect), we are free to use it!

Encounter powers are easy.  Hellish Rebuke is a must with either Dark Spiral Aura or Eldritch Blast (purely preference).

Hellish Rebuke should be your main damage dealer.  I like using Dark Spiral Aura since it’s a very passive skill with a quick animation that I can cast whenever it’s fully stacked for some extra damage, but Eldritch Blast is an okay alternative.

Dailies are important, even if we can’t cast them as often as we used to.  I recommend using Accursed Souls and Tyrannical Curse.

If you are fighting a small group, or if there aren’t any elites in the group you’re fighting, Accursed Souls is very good.  It will do a nice chunk of damage and drop Lesser Curse on everything.  If there’s an elite in the party, drop Tyrannical Curse on it and focus the hell out of it.  All the little enemies nearby will melt.

Single Target/Boss Fights:

The Idea here is to keep Soul Investiture stacked at the maximum 5 stacks as much as possible.  This will net us an additional 25% encounter damage for as long as we can keep these stacks going.  Your rotation here should be as follows, to ensure you’re stacking efficiently:  Hellfire Ring for Lesser Curse and the Dot, Hadar’s Grasp (be sure you have Lesser Curse before using HG, if your target for some reason doesn’t have Lesser Curse, wait to use HG until the end), Killing Flames (this will also add Lesser Curse).  Remember to use Soul Scorch when you have 18 stacks for a 3 second Cooldown Reduction, and repeat.

I would also swap from Accursed Souls to Brood of Hadar, although I believe the bats are bugged and de-spawn too fast right now.


Soulweaver is our new healing paragon and as far as healers go, I believe we are the weakest.  That doesn’t mean we are bad, but it does mean Warlock players will have to try significantly harder to heal everyone then a Cleric, or a Paladin.

Ability Scores:

For Healing we must change our ability score bonuses.  Wisdom gives a bonus to outgoing healing and that’s a must.  Charisma increases cooldown reduction and companion influence.  Constitution gives Maximum Health and AP Gain.  These are both good choices.  Personally, if you have under 240k Maximum HP (which should be most of us) I would recommend using Constitution for the additional Health.  Constitution will help you survive large AoE attacks in LoTMM and other various dungeons.


Lots of Soulweaver Feats come down to preference.  I recommend using this feat setup, but you can feel free to make adjustments as you see fit.

Essence of Power, Transfusion Tactics, Lingering Sustain, From the Brink, Spark Energy

Here’s the part where I tell you a little bit about each choice and why I picked them. Feats that are this color are feats that are essentially down to personal preference.

Essence of Power: I prefer using Essence of Power over Essence of Time since I find that I waste a LOT of time holding Tab to generate Soul Sparks.  This does however, lock you into making sure that you get enough healing out of the 15 Soul Sparks since it’s cooldown is pretty long and not effected by cooldown reduction.

Transfusion Tactics: Obvious choice here, since Dark Revelry is fairly useless.

Lingering SustainAnother Obvious choice here.  Additional healing.  The other choice here seems powerful, but very risky since we use a lot of skills that also cost health.

From the Brink: This is what I believe to be the better choice, however if you are not using Essence of Power, you might find some use from Thief of Life.

Spark Energy: If you are for some reason using Curse Bite, you can set up a really fun build with Consuming Action HOWEVER, fun doesn’t mean good.  Unfortunately from what I’ve seen Consuming Action doesn’t give enough AP to really make a difference, even when you are using it as effectively as possible and neglecting healing all together.  Because of that, Spark Energy is the better choice, giving us a sizable increase in AP generation.



For Encounters I recommend using Pillar of Power and Shatter Spark at all times.  These two are your bread and butter as a Soul Weaver.  Pillar of Power increases both your outgoing healing and allies’ outgoing damage.  Shatter Spark is a very large team-wide heal with little to no cool down and a short animation.  Warlock’s Bargain is another team-wide heal, although the heal itself isn’t worth the HP 20% HP it costs you to use it.  However it also cleanses debuffs, which is very important.  Harrowstorm is a relatively weak heal, but you can stack it on top of each-other and it also does damage to enemies.  You’ll want to swap between Harrowstorm and Warlock’s Bargain depending on the situation.

For Class Feats I recommend using Warding Curse and All Consuming curse.  These paired together make it easy to apply lesser curse to targets and Lower their damage output by 5% (which is 5% less damage you have to heal :D)

For at wills I recommend using Essence Defiler and Dark Spiral Aura.  Dark Spiral will generate Soul Sparks, which makes it very useful!

**You can replace Dark Spiral Aura with Soul Reconstruction if you’d like. Soul Reconstruction is a very weak heal however, and it gets canceled often, so keep that in mind.**

For dailies, Tyrannical Curse and Soul Pact are the obvious choices.  Soul Pact is a large heal and a large damage resistance buff, but at the cost of 2% of your maximum HP a second.  That’s not a lot of damage in reality, and it’s very easy to heal this damage without even trying.  Tyrannical Curse is Tyrannical Curse.  The extra damage is nice, but I almost always use Soul Pact instead.


Min/Max-ing stats is something that each player will have to do for themselves, since every individual’s stats vary on a case by case basis, and should always be kept in mind when picking gear.  As long as you keep these general guide-lines in mind, you shouldn’t have any trouble.  Newer players shouldn’t worry too much about their stats until they have most if not all of the gear recommended in this guide.  Artifacts and artifact weapons included.


In Mod 16 Cryptic has introduced some new artifacts which are drastically stronger than the older ones.  This means that we are practically forced to use them.  Unfortunately, since most if not all of this gear is brand new, I can’t find the kind of images I want, so screengrabs from in-game will have to do for now.

For Artifacts I recommend using:

With the Wyvern-Venom Coated Knives as your Active Artifact.  At Mythic this Artifact gives a whopping 12% extra Damage to anything, and that alone makes it BiS.

I am still using the Orcus Set for Artifact Equipment, since the extra damage this set provides is still good.  I would argue that the Music Box set is however best in slot.


Lair of the Mad Mage has been released and the gear that drops from it are pretty lack luster.  As far as what’s best in slot, You’ll want to have two items with Sniper’s Perk.  This is because Sniper’s Perk only stacks only stacks two times.  The best way I’ve found to stack this is by having two of the Ebonized Raid Rings, which drop from Master Expeditions.  This way, we can safely get rid of Hags Rags.

Murme’s Soup Bowl/Broken Cap of the Omnipotent  is still best in slot for Helm.

Robes of the Last Profit are best in slot for Chest.

Terrored Grips are still best in slot for Arms.

Root Stompers look like they have potential to be best in slot but I haven’t tested them.  Until then Gurtunk’s Booties and Hard Rock Kickers are both good.

For weapons, the Alabaster weapon set is best for clearing trash, but the Burnished set is better for Boss Fights and Single target.  Burnished should outperform significantly on boss fights and boss fights are a significant portion of Lair of the Mad Mage, and most other dungeons too, so I would recommend Burnished.

I am currently testing Armor Enchantments, I haven’t picked a favorite.  Soulforged seems to be bugged and Negation isn’t impactful enough.  I will update this when I pick a favorite.

Vorpal is currently the best Weapon enchantment.

Coming Soon!

Thank you for reading!

Thanks to everyone for the constructive feedback and ideas.  Without all the helpful and creative input from members in the community this guide wouldn’t be anywhere near as complete.  Special thanks to:
[email protected]#8859 – for helping me test all my stupid ideas
[email protected]#7236 – for their help with the Single Target loadout
[email protected] – for their help with brainstorming ideas and new things to test
Enyo@Yopuko – for their help with resources, and for being a friend 🙂
[email protected]#8575 – for their amazing Mod 16 Wiki, which can be found here.

If this guide helped you, please rate it at the top of the page, it really helps me out 🙂

If you’re looking for more information, check out my YouTube channel by clicking here.

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  • Jon Reese
    April 23, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Not gonna lie, waiting a few days in hopes you will save me from myself. I’m afraid I’m going to pour a lot of resources into the wrong area, and they’ll have to get a dart gun whenever I go on the forums to rant. Thank you for putting in the time on these guides, Charisma.

  • ashley
    April 23, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    i am so glad to see this even if it is still being worked on. i’m new to SWs on pc and have completely messed mine up! thank you so much!

  • OldNewbie
    April 24, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Is it a bug, but I guess you need only one set of gear and runestones. I put most of what you suggested on my C. Tiger and when I switched to “gear” another companion, but the companion gear and runstones were still there from the dismissed one.

    • April 25, 2019 at 1:51 am

      Not a bug, I believe companion gear is shared between companions, when you swap summoned the gear and runestones, (as far as I know) should stay equipped and transfer to the new summoned one.

  • Gwen
    April 24, 2019 at 11:56 am


    Thank you for you guide!

    I have one question tho. Why accuracy is so important? AFAIK, deflect chance caps at 50% and when you deflect, you deflect half of the damage.

    Meaning, if you have 0 accuracy and your opponents have (at least) 25000 deflect stat, they get 50% chance to deflect 50% of your damage. That is, if you hit them 1000 times dealing 1000 damage points each time, on average they get 750.000 damage points instead of 1.000.000. That’s only a 25% mitigation.

    If you compare with armor penetration, defence caps at 80%. If you have 0 penetration and your opponents have 40000 defense, they mitigate 80% of the damage. In the example above, they’d receive only 150.000 damage point.

    Now, you have a choice of bonus: either +4000 accuracy or +4000 armor penetration.
    With +4000 accuracy, you reduce their deflect change from 50% to 42%. They receive 158.000 damage points (+5,3%).
    With +4000 armor pen., you reduce their defense mitigation from 80% to 72%. They receive 210.000 dp (+40%). This is the best case scenario for ap, but hardly a realistic one (nobody in MOD 16 can have 0 armor penetration). The worst case scenario: ff you already have 36000 armor penetration, and add +4000, you reduce their mitigation from 8% to 0%, from 690k dp to 750k dp (+8.7%).

    So, if my math is correct, +4000 armor pen grants you from 40% to 8.7% damage increase, while accuracy only 5.3%.

    • OldNewbie
      April 25, 2019 at 1:27 am


      I am not sure if you have seen this. She does a good job explaining it.

    • April 25, 2019 at 1:50 am

      I believe you are correct and I mis-typed the stat priority. You are correct, armor pen is the most important stat. (in order to get this info up in time I had to write most of this at around 4am, so some mistakes have been made :P) I will retype it in the stats section.

  • Quietwaters
    April 24, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks, Charisma! Having your guide to start Mod 16, even in progress, was a wonderful help in rebuilding my main. Thank you for the wonderful breakdown on the stats. I’m doing good damage while others in my Alliance are floundering. I’ve linked your guide telling ALL DPS toons to come read it!

    Gwen, I think you might be correct with the math. What I noticed in moving my toon from Mod 15 is that I already had too much armor pen and crit for Mod 16, as I was close to hitting those old 100% marks. I was scrambling last night to get gear from my inventory to get my accuracy up. So I appreciate Charisma’s emphasis for those of us transitioning over from Mod 15. I was a 12.5k ilvl in mod15, so I had decent gear, but not BiS all around. I came really close to hitting the stat numbers given with gear I had in my inventory, but the accuracy is the new kid on the block that I think most of us will need help with to start.

  • Onishiro
    April 25, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Just my .02 for Soulweaver path (my pref) Stats for me where All Con, Cha… load up on HP for those sacrificing powers to heal others… and recharge rate for encounter abilities… As for the feats options… (Note: I started leveling a fresh lock to 50 prior to mod16 so I’m getting first hand experience towards these choices.)

    Essence of Power – Hands down the better option here… converts our tab ability into a 4th encounter power (basically)
    Essence of Time – The inability to move while channeling as well as not using any other abilities makes me not favor this option.

    Dark Revelry – 2500 is a drop in the bucket and would really only show a result if you are close to cap but not quite…
    Transfusion Tactics – Moar Healing! Lets face it, your picked this role for this exact reason…

    Life Bind – Unless your built to be a “healtank” sinking stats into defense, reflect, and HP You will easily get wiped when the group potentially derps up and doesn’t dodge easy to dodge attacks…
    Lingering Sustain – Moar Healing! Lets face it, your picked this role for this exact reason… sounds like a broken record.

    Thief of Life – I’ll be honest, I’m really torn as to which of these two are better…
    From the Brink – I’ll be honest, I’m really torn as to which of these two are better…

    And the level 80 feats:
    Spark Energy – Moar AP… Moar Dailies… Moar Powah! (sorry just felt a bit silly)
    Consuming Action – Unless you take the passive that allows At-Will’s to apply lesser curse, this is not as good as the above.

    • Jason Braine
      September 6, 2019 at 4:31 pm

      IMO while HP and staying alive is super important CON is not needed I go DEX for crit strike ( more crit bigger heals) Wisdom is a must for outgoing healing this one is not optional. You need your outgoing healing at least at 50% and higher is suggested to be able to do the job correclty. as far as surviablity you need to put in Tactical enchants over Dark BIS in slot is all Tactical but you could run one or 2 darks.

  • OldNewbie
    April 26, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Charisma first likes to say thanks for all this. My question is the comments about “They also adjusted how Bonding Runestones work, they now work like the old Eldritch Runestones. This means that Augments are back! ”

    I have no clue what this means. It doesn’t feel new player friendly if you know what I mean. Only you Endgame Geared guys know this stuff.

    • April 27, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      Bonding runestones now give a flat percentage of stats from your companion at all times. This is different from the old way seeing as your companion no longer needs to attack for you to get their stats. This means we can use Augment companions and get the Augmentation bonus (a percentage of companion stats as a buff) on TOP of Bonding runestones.

  • Jinx
    April 27, 2019 at 1:20 am

    I play on console (x1) and am trying to grasp why the removal of PoP. The dmg buff alone should be worth it for AoE.

  • Contractions of Fate
    April 27, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Excellent, thank you SO much for making this guide!

  • gkd
    April 28, 2019 at 4:08 am

    Great work!
    I look forward to your advice regarding mod 16.
    Thank you in advance!
    – Tirna Nog

  • BeWarned
    April 29, 2019 at 4:13 am

    Is it worth picking a race with Wisdom? Seems like you cant really get wisdom to high without the re-roll stats.

    I have a 46 tiefling, but if wanted to give healing a try, but i think his Wisdom might be a tad to low?

    • April 30, 2019 at 2:03 am

      from my experience I can heal well enough to keep everyone alive without the extra 2 wisdom. Keep in mind, 2 wisdom is less than 1% extra outgoing healing.

  • F3N14
    April 30, 2019 at 9:59 am

    I was just wondering where you can get those 3 new artifacts you recommend using. Btw thank you for this guide, really helping me out this mod.

    • May 9, 2019 at 1:13 am

      You can get the Music Box and the Staff of Flowers from the merchant under the stairs after completing Master Expeditions as long as you use a Rune. Keep in mind it’s a random chance and at the moment the artifacts are pretty rare.

  • nok
    May 7, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    m8 tnx for sharing ur builds with us with awesome descriptions. i mostly show ur builds who are asking me about SW .. but i m not so sure about vorpal is bis for SW dps.. with hellfire expertise paragon.. %25 more damage for fire and nacrotic.. can u pls try plaque fire or another enchant with nacrotic or fire damage base?? waiting for ur opinions about them.. its really valuable for me..
    regards m8.. ign: [email protected]

  • deathmachine
    May 15, 2019 at 10:57 am

    thx for ur hard work ur build saved me … just wondering why wont u use trobiand’s ring artifact since it gave 3k power (ps:- don’t mind my English)

    • May 16, 2019 at 11:49 pm

      3k power is nice, but the other stats aren’t important to warlocks. If you are capped in Crit and armor pen, use the Ring, otherwise Fragmented Key of Stars gives you ~ the same amount of damage stats (1k power 1k armor pen, 1k crit = 3k -vs- 3k power = 3k). It just depends on if you need the extra crit/pen.

  • Piotr
    May 17, 2019 at 10:07 am

    boons for heala and dps will be the same as you showed?

  • Tweets
    May 17, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    RE: Soulweaver, why do you suggest WIS + CHA/CON, as opposed to the rather-obvious WIS/INT?

    INT increases all of your magic damage, which alone is reason enough to make it the clear choice, and as an added bonus more magic damage means more healing is generated by your passive (a minor boon to be sure, but it’s a free side-benefit).

    Fair enough if you need X HP to survive a given fight, but surely it’s more effective reach that HP threshold via gear than it is to give up stats, which are a lot more expensive to change up.

    • BrutalDC
      May 24, 2019 at 12:58 am

      As far as i know, Soulweaver heals with self damaging skills, so you need lots of HP to not kill yourself trying to heal others, as healer your damage is the last goal for your role…it’s not Temptation, it’s a bad designed Warlock healing path. Welcome.

      • Tweets
        May 27, 2019 at 9:33 pm

        I can’t agree that something you spend the vast majority of your time doing is the last priority.
        Last priority would come to topping people off when there’s no upcoming damage (especially considering Warlock (semi-)passively heals) or something to similar effect.
        There’s no reason to just *give up* damage you could otherwise be doing without good reason, and so unless you need the HP to survive the fight (and can’t achieve that HP in less-detrimental ways), or the cooldown reduction is so strong as to outweigh a flat bonus to all damage, I just don’t see the reason behind throwing that damage away.

        Both of Warlock’s self-damaging skills cost 20% of their HP. The first one is their cleansing skill with a tiny tacked-on healing buff, and the other’s a ridiculous affair in which you quickly drain 20% of your life to heal allies extremely strongly – completely forgetting the fact that if your allies need all that healing, *you’re going to be so low you’ll die from the self-inflicted damage.* In both of these cases the self-damage is percentage-based, and so if anything you want to keep HP lower (provided of course that you don’t need a particular HP threshold for something *else*), as you will be paying (and therefore having to recover) less for the same benefit.

        Even if you’re in a ridiculously-dire situation in which you need to be *constantly* pumping out the absolute maximum healing you possibly can to keep people alive, Warlock’s non-CD-based recovery method for their healing resource relies on using Essence Defiler (or any offensive skill) anyway, unlike Cleric or Paladin who have to *stop* attacking in order to recover their resource, and attacking provides free (though minor) healing in addition through Soul Defiler and Lingering Sustain. There’s just no scenario, short of the breaks caused by movement and use of other skills, that ought to have you stop trying to maximise your damage output.

        • June 3, 2019 at 1:53 am

          I honestly think you have a point here. However I think it’s important for us all to remember how small these bonuses actually are, seeing as this is a debated topic that a lot of people have been very passionate about.

          CON gives 0.5% maximum HP per point, and 0.25% AP per point
          INT gives 0.25% magic damage per point

          There are 8 points we can spend to increase our ability scores, and 2 of them are universal. This means that either CON or INT can be increased 6 times. This means we are debating over either 3% Maximum HP and 1.5% AP gain, or 1.5% additional magic damage. Keep in mind here that I’m not saying that just because it’s a tiny difference that it excuses sub-optimal play, I’m just trying to make sure that everyone is aware that we are talking about differences of literally a percent and a half on a build that isn’t meant to do much DPS anyway.

          Now, personally, I run LoMM a lot and unfortunately don’t have access to a guild HP boon. I can easily die on the last fight, when Trobriand uses his charged attack. This means that especially as a healer, I need all the HP I can get seeing as if I die it’s pretty much a wipe. So, if you personally don’t run LoMM, or have enough HP that you don’t find yourself dying there, by all means take the additional 1.5% damage.

          Just in case you are wondering where I got my numbers:
          26 INT: 6.5% magic damage bonus, 6.5/26 = 0.25 therefore 1 point is 0.25%
          16 CON: 8% Max HP, 4% AP, so 8/16 = 0.5 and 4/16 = 0.25

  • Simon Webb
    May 17, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    really helpful so far. was wondering when your going to talk about mounts powers and insignia bonuses

  • maxxima
    May 18, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Hi Charisma thanks for thé gréât guide what do you think of dark enchant ( companion advantage ) an utilité slot ….does bit havé à cap does it havé an impact

    • May 23, 2019 at 1:38 am

      at high ranks they can make a small difference. If you don’t have a large need for Refinement points, using Darks, as long as they are high level, will make a slight difference. For example, swapping my rank 11 dragon’s hoard enchantments to darks gave me a net bonus of 120 power each. Your results may vary, but it’s not going to be a massive change.

  • ramram1324
    May 20, 2019 at 5:12 am

    hey how is mount testing going?

  • Contractions of Fate
    May 20, 2019 at 5:49 am

    With all the higher stats on new gear, what do you think is the best artifact set? My old SW has Black Ice set because, like, what did I know in Mod 4? It seemed obvious with the +2 CHA/CON!

    10% Irresistible damage! Then I saw that 10% of my weapon damage was like 109 hp. And everyone was laughing at the worst set bonus in the history of AD&D CRPGs and MMOs. And only “a chance” to do that 10%…

    Is Demon Lord set still worth getting, or is one of the newer sets better?


  • Rm
    May 20, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks for guide, appreciate the time and effort you put into it. For soul weaver, do you recommend placing the PoP on the tank and then getting out of the way for big fights? Or do you remain in the PoP for the 10% increased heal?

  • kedgallifrey
    May 24, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Hey! Thanks for the guide. One question, are the shirt and pants you have on the image BiS?

  • Jason
    June 2, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Silly question, but how do you proc Soul Investiture on a boss? Killing Flames tries to summon a pet if it kills, and Accursed Souls on activation, but what else will grant you stacks, enough to keep the 20 second timer from ending? Sorry I don’t main warlock so I’m not totally up to speed on all the abilities.

    Right now I’m looking at the 70 average magnitude/second from Eldritch Blast, versus the 53.6 magnitude/second of Hellish Rebuke + NPNM, and questioning if the faster spark stacking is really worth it, for a slow animating 108 mag hit and 3s cooldown, vs just getting 0.5s every time your soul puppet swings.

    But that’s because I guess I’m not valuing the Soul Investiture enough. Thanks for any explanation.

    • lord salad bin
      July 1, 2019 at 5:26 am

      using hadars grasp on the boss once you’ve applied lesser curse will grant you stacks of soul investure,

  • June 3, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Since, mobs have to remain inside the circle of Hell Fire Ring, wouldn’t Killing Flames be better or have you tested otherwise.

  • Danilo Silva
    June 12, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Hello my dear, I’m setting up a WARLOCK to be a full HEALER, investing even in defensive rather than offensive status. In your opinion, will I have any disappointments with my HEALER, or not? I do not see many WARLOCK HEALER requests.

  • June 18, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Decided to check out your guide, everything seem in order here <3

  • KimiMai
    June 27, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Hi, Charisma. I wanted to thank you for all the work you’ve put into testing items and working on the builds. Your guide has been very helpful for me since I started playing almost a year ago.

  • Nikki
    June 28, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks so much for your insight! I’ve actually found much use in the rotation thus far and agree with your thinking on its utility.

    Now, for soul weaver once again, I agree with you on practically everything. However I recently decided to change from speccing into CON/WIS to INT/WIS instead. I found that with CON I was still squishy— and strangely enough both load outs for HB and SW had the same gear but were specced into different stats, INT/DEX and CON/WIS respectively, yet my SW only had about 1k more HP vs the HB—despite the added constitution. Puzzling.

    I also found that healing was very difficult because it seems like certain skills really depend on your damage to provide added healing (like harrowstorm). Once I switched over to INT/WIS I found healing (even healing bad teams) to be much easier and I was wondering if you could provide some insight on that. I can only say that it’s working, but you are much better at testing things.

    How do you feel about this build, and is it viable?

    • Solus Andrion
      July 14, 2019 at 12:37 am

      Hey, Charisma. I’m a ps4 player that’s been using your guide for appx a month now. I’m level 80 and I really appreciate you posting this. It makes making a warlock pretty simple. Keep up the great work and I’m itching for that “Boons” section!

      Malevolently yours,

  • Brian Hogwood
    July 3, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Been following your guide for 2 mods, love the warlock so much! Glad to see it updated as mod 16 has confused me so much. Two questions though, what gear can/should I run when trying to get the BiS gear? And artifacts, can I run a Sigil of the cleric until I get a wyvern coated blades? Thanks for the guide as always Charisma!

  • Dakota
    July 14, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Just wandering how to increase accuracy haven’t played since mod 10 so all my stats are far behind being capped but accuracy is one of my lowest so wandering how to boost this right up?

  • NetDemon
    July 15, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Hey there charisma first off pretty nice guide and i have 1 small question in regards to combat advantage and power. That is would you give up power to increase combat advantage or would having more power be best? Currently right now my lock is running 171K power with 87K combat advantage which I do high end dmg in lair of mad mage but still would like to know if giving up power for combat advantage increase my dmg or not.

  • Jessica Bauer
    July 22, 2019 at 6:58 pm


    What should the ability scores be for the Hellbringer? I can’t find anywhere in your build but you do have it on the soulweaver

    • August 10, 2019 at 2:54 pm

      ability scores are explained on the Race page, plus i think this is a dead build now as it hasnt been updated or replied to in months.

  • Harry
    August 29, 2019 at 11:36 am


  • Thornzz
    September 6, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    The soulweaver build you have posted is a good solo low end content build but won’t be able to compete in the healer role. The soulweaver is a ton a fun you just have to dump a ton of Ad into it for it to compete as a healer

  • Ricardo F.S.
    October 6, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    I don’t understand having “Risky Investment” without having a skill that summons “Soul Puppet”… and even “Killing flames” only summons / stacks dmg , when you kill the target with it. .. so…. Idk…

    • October 11, 2019 at 8:30 pm

      Hadar’s Grasp summons a soul puppet when it consumes a curse. The feature Dark Prayer should also summon a puppet when a cursed target dies, though it’s currently bugged at doesn’t work–but that won’t help with a boss fight much anyway.

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