Pact Magic Variants (5e Variant Rule)

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Pact Magic Variants[edit]

In the Player's Handbook there is only one version of spellcasting using pact magic, the pact magic used by the warlock.

There is however numerous other ways to go about providing class's with pact magic that this rule will attempt to address, specifically:


These variants will be useful for homebrew classes which want to give their classes pact magic, but the warlock's version of pact magic would not work in the class.

When using these pact magic variants, you may want to add the following design note to the pact magic feature to signify that you are using a variant of the warlock's pact magic.


Design Note: This class uses the Pact Magic Variants (5e Variant Rule), which gives classes access to a variant of pact magic.

Pact Magic Without Mystic Arcanum[edit]

This pact magic is given to classes that want the warlock's pact magic, but don't want to have features that give the class single use spells of higher levels. This version of pact casting specifically does not give classes access to additional spells through Mystic Arcanum.

Inside is a transcribed copy of pact magic without Mystic Arcanum to be put into the 5e Class Feature preload after |classfeatures20= . Your spellcasting is almost identical to the warlock's pact magic(just change the warlock name whenever it mentions a table to the homebrew class name).

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Below is an example of pact magic without Mystic Arcanum.

Class Spellcasting
Class
Level
Cantrips Known Spell Known Spell Slots Slot Level
1st 2 2 1 1st
2nd 2 3 2 1st
3rd 2 4 2 2nd
4th 3 5 2 2nd
5th 3 6 2 3rd
6th 3 7 2 3rd
7th 3 8 2 4th
8th 3 9 2 4th
9th 3 10 2 5th
10th 4 10 2 5th
11th 4 11 3 5th
12th 4 11 3 5th
13th 4 12 4 5th
14th 4 12 4 5th
15th 4 13 4 6th
16th 4 13 4 6th
17th 4 14 5 6th
18th 4 14 5 6th
19th 4 15 5 6th
20th 4 15 5 6th

1/2 Pact Spellcasting Without Mystic Arcanum[edit]

This pact magic is usually given to classes that are more focused on martial combat compared to spellcasting. This version of pact casting specifically does not give classes access to additional spells through Mystic Arcanum.

Inside is a transcribed copy of 1/2 pact magic without Mystic Arcanum to be put into the 5e Class Feature preload after |classfeatures20= and what your pact magic feature feature would look like.

Pact Magic[edit]

At 2nd level, your arcane research and the magic bestowed on you by your patron have given you facility with spells.

Spell Slots

The Class table shows how many spell slots you have. The table also shows what the level of those slots is; all of your spell slots are the same level. To cast one of your warlock spells of 1st level or higher, you must expend a spell slot. You regain all expended spell slots when you finish a short or long rest.

For example, when you are 5th level, you have two 2nd-level spell slots. To cast the 1st-level spell hellish rebuke, you must spend one of those slots, and you cast it as a 2nd-level spell.

Spells Known of 1st Level and Higher

At 2nd level, you know two 1st-level spells of your choice from the warlock spell list.

The Spells Known column of the Class table shows when you learn more warlock spells of your choice of 1st level and higher. A spell you choose must be of a level no higher than what's shown in the table's Slot Level column for your level. When you reach 9th level, for example, you learn a new warlock spell, which can be 1st, 2nd, or 3rd level.

Additionally, when you gain a level in this class, you can choose one of the warlock spells you know and replace it with another spell from the warlock spell list, which also must be of a level for which you have spell slots.

Spellcasting Ability

Charisma is your spellcasting ability for your warlock spells, so you use your Charisma whenever a spell refers to your spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your Charisma modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a warlock spell you cast and when making an attack roll with one.

Spell save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier

Spell attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier

Spellcasting Focus

You can use an arcane focus as a spellcasting focus for your warlock spells.


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Below is an example of 1/2 pact spellcasting without Mystic Arcanum.

Class Spellcasting
Class
Level
Spell Known Spell Slots Slot Level
1st
2nd 2 1 1st
3rd 3 2 1st
4th 3 2 1st
5th 4 2 2nd
6th 4 2 2nd
7th 5 2 2nd
8th 5 2 2nd
9th 6 2 3rd
10th 6 2 3rd
11th 7 2 3rd
12th 7 2 3rd
13th 8 3 4th
14th 8 3 4th
15th 9 3 4th
16th 9 3 4th
17th 10 3 5th
18th 10 3 5th
19th 11 3 5th
20th 11 3 5th

1/2 Pact Spellcasting With Mystic Arcanum[edit]

This pact magic is usually given to classes that are more focused on martial combat compared to spellcasting. This version of pact casting specifically gives classes access to additional spells through Mystic Arcanum.

Inside is a transcribed copy of 1/2 pact magic with Mystic Arcanum to be put into the 5e Class Feature preload after |classfeatures20= and what your pact magic and mystic Arcanum features would look like.

Pact Magic[edit]

At 2nd level, your arcane research and the magic bestowed on you by your patron have given you facility with spells.

Spell Slots

The Class table shows how many spell slots you have. The table also shows what the level of those slots is; all of your spell slots are the same level. To cast one of your warlock spells of 1st level or higher, you must expend a spell slot. You regain all expended spell slots when you finish a short or long rest.

For example, when you are 5th level, you have two 2nd-level spell slots. To cast the 1st-level spell hellish rebuke, you must spend one of those slots, and you cast it as a 2nd-level spell.

Spells Known of 1st Level and Higher

At 2nd level, you know two 1st-level spells of your choice from the warlock spell list.

The Spells Known column of the Class table shows when you learn more warlock spells of your choice of 1st level and higher. A spell you choose must be of a level no higher than what's shown in the table's Slot Level column for your level. When you reach 9th level, for example, you learn a new warlock spell, which can be 1st, 2nd, or 3rd level.

Additionally, when you gain a level in this class, you can choose one of the warlock spells you know and replace it with another spell from the warlock spell list, which also must be of a level for which you have spell slots.

Spellcasting Ability

Charisma is your spellcasting ability for your warlock spells, so you use your Charisma whenever a spell refers to your spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your Charisma modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a warlock spell you cast and when making an attack roll with one.

Spell save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier

Spell attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier

Spellcasting Focus

You can use an arcane focus as a spellcasting focus for your warlock spells.

Mystic Arcanum[edit]

At 11th level, your patron bestows upon you a magical secret called an arcanum. Choose one 4th-level spell from the warlock spell list as this arcanum.

You can cast your arcanum spell once without expending a spell slot. You must finish a long rest before you can do so again.

At higher levels, you gain more warlock spells of your choice that can be cast in this way: one 5th-level spell at 13th level, one 6th level spell at 15th level, and one 7th-level spell at 17th level. You regain all uses of your Mystic Arcanum when you finish a long rest


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Below is an example of 1/2 pact spellcasting with Mystic Arcanum.

Class Spellcasting
Class
Level
Features Spell Known Spell Slots Slot Level
1st
2nd Pact Magic 2 1 1st
3rd 3 2 1st
4th 3 2 1st
5th 4 2 2nd
6th 4 2 2nd
7th 5 2 2nd
8th 5 2 2nd
9th 6 2 3rd
10th 6 2 3rd
11th Mystic Arcanum (4th level) 7 2 3rd
12th 7 2 3rd
13th Mystic Arcanum (5th level) 8 3 3rd
14th 8 3 3rd
15th Mystic Arcanum (6th level) 9 3 3rd
16th 9 3 3rd
17th Mystic Arcanum (7th level) 10 3 3rd
18th 10 3 3rd
19th 11 3 3rd
20th 11 3 3rd

Subclass Spellcasting akin to Pact Magic[edit]

This pact magic is designed to be used by subclasses, and can be used with or without a patron(your choice). Also, since subclasses get additional features at varying levels, it is impossible to create subclass pact casting with Mystic Arcanum that is balanced in all classes.

Below is a transcribed copy of what subclass pact casting would look like when put into a subclass and a table for it.

Subclass Spellcasting
Class Level Cantrips Known Spell Known Spell Slots Slot Level
3rd 2 2 1 1st
4th 2 2 1 1st
5th 2 3 2 1st
6th 2 3 2 1st
7th 2 4 2 2nd
8th 2 4 2 2nd
9th 2 5 2 2nd
10th 3 5 2 2nd
11th 3 6 2 3rd
12th 3 6 2 3rd
13th 3 7 2 3rd
14th 3 7 2 3rd
15th 3 7 3 3rd
16th 3 8 3 3rd
17th 3 8 3 4th
18th 3 8 3 4th
19th 3 9 3 4th
20th 3 9 3 4th
Spellcasting

When you reach 3rd level, you augment your combat techniques with the ability to cast warlock spells.

Cantrips

You learn two cantrips of your choice from the warlock spell list. You learn an additional warlock cantrip of your choice when you reach 10th level.

Spell Slots

The Subclass Spellcasting table shows how many spell slots you have. The table also shows what the level of those slots are; all or your spell slots are the same level. To cast one of your warlock spells of 1st level or higher, you must expend a spell slot. You regain all expended spell slots when you finish a short or long rest.

For example, when you are 8th level, you can have two 2nd level spell slots. To cast the 1st level spell hellish rebuke, you must spend one of those spell slots and you can cast it at 2nd level.

Spells Known of 1st Level and Higher

At 2nd level, you know two 1st-level spells of your choice from the warlock spell list.

The Spells Known column of the Subclass Spellcasting table shows when you learn more warlock spells of your choice of 1st level and higher. A spell you choose must be of a level no higher than what's shown in the table's Slot Level column for your level. When you reach 11th level, for example, you learn a new warlock spell, which can be 1st, 2nd, or 3rd level.

Additionally, when you gain a level in this subclass, you can choose one of the warlock spells you know and replace it with another spell from the warlock spell list, which also must be of a level for which you have spell slots.

Spellcasting Ability

Charisma is your spellcasting ability for your warlock spells, so you use your Charisma whenever a spell refers to your spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your Charisma modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a warlock spell you cast and when making an attack roll with one.

Spell save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier

Spell attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier

Spellcasting Focus

You can use an arcane focus/melee martial weapon as a spellcasting focus for your warlock spells.


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