The Hexsinger

The Hexsinger

“Would you sell your soul for 1d10 Cantrip?"

Hex/Bladesinger gish meme

A guide by Lilith


(Disclaimer: this build is silly jank but does its own gimmick well enough, and I won’t recommend this as a well-thought-out “powerful” character, hence the attitude)

Preface

Ohhh you just LOVE the Gish don't you? You're a magic wielder who will later bitch slap Tiamat with no counterplay using two spell slots, and you just want to stoop down to compete with the grimy big stupid fighter in the fray? Fine! Here's an Arcane "Gish" build that gives as little shit as possible while still delivering that fantasy of rolling around with those primitive "weapons". Enjoy.

Concept

This build will use the gimmick from new Bladesinger, which is basically a better Eldritch Knight’s War Magic. Crossbow expert gives you a bonus action attack if you took the Attack action, which you now qualify for. The go-to move will be: Attack: crossbow + Eldritch blast + bonus action crossbow.

You will be boosting CHA for your attacks and still be able to perform Wizardy shenanigans with spells that don’t key off your INT, because good lord are Wizard spells strong.

Build

Race: cUStoM LInEaGE

Play a god damn medium sized Kobold for all I care! Grab that darkvision, +2 to CHA, and that free Feat. You're a cool kid with 18 attack stat now.

The Feat is Fey touched (CHA), you get Misty step, and your Divination spell is gonna be gift of Alacrity. You don't care too much about slots, and you'll have warlock slots to spam short rest on anyways, just slap it on the teammates you deem worthy.

Oh, you can't bully your DM into allowing Duramancy spell because only Chrono wiz can have fun? Fine, get Dissonant Whisper or Hideous Laughter or whatever, we don't actually have any cheap control spell anyways. 

Custom Lineage is too busted and banned? Tough luck, I’ll pretend that I care and say just go Vuman with CBE/Res con instead, it’s the same shit with different order. 

Alternatively, if you just want to be naked and have boosted AC, go Tortle. Bladesong adds to your natural armor and saves you the effort of balancing your ASI budget..

Ability Scores:

Str 8 / Dex 14 / Con 13 / Int 13 / Wis 8 / Cha 18

(for practicality, go 14 con 16 cha instead)

Alternatively, just go Tortle lul

Oh did I say main stat? I'm sorry, we're just slapping our points into Eldritch blast point and still be a Wizard. Save DC? Spell attacks? Yea no dice rolling is for weaklings, you got plenty of no save toys anyways.

Con 13 is because you deserve it for wanting a Gish, boost that to 14 with Res Con later.

1: Hexblade 1

+Pact Magic

+Hex curse

+Hex Warrior

Armor: Medium, shields

Weapons: Simple/martial weapons

Saving Throws: Wisdom, Charisma

Skills: Pick 2

0: +Eldritch Blast, +Magic stone

1: +Hex, +Shield

Oh yea, you're a dirty powergamer now. If you get weird looks remind them that the rest of your levels are gonna be Wizard with 13 INT. Still don't like Hexblade? Dip a level in Fighter for armor and Archery style then, and pick whatever cool non mainstream Warlock you want next, I hope you rolled a couple 18s at home. Actually if you rolled well at home just use Bladesong.

Slap that CHA fix on your hand crossbow (yes, you can use hand crossbow with hex warrior), but pick up Eldritch Blast anyways, we'll use them later. Magic stone too because we're so Chad. Buy some good Medium armor and shield to use when you feel like it, the alternative is a crappy bladesong that gives slightly less AC but you get some cute bonuses. For now you can hold shield cause your magic stone is the same thing as hand crossbow, although you can still shoot a loaded crossbow once to set up hex and stuff with ba before dropping it.

2: Hex 1/Wiz 1

(Note: the practical path is to Hex 2 and just eb spam until 8th level, but since you’re a gish fan, you deserve this version)

0: Eldritch Blast, Magic stone, +boomer blade, +minor illusion, +mage hand

1: Hex, Shield, +detect magic, +find familiar, +unseen servant, +absorb element, +sleep, +magic missile, +comprehend language

Mystra slaps you and reminds you of your godhood, so we're picking up Wizard for a while. 

Grab your wizard essential kit. Congratulations, you now have the overpowered class feature called Familiar, and a bunch of handy wizard stuff.

Boomer blade because sometimes you feel feisty and wants to pick up a *gasp* melee weapon or something as hex weapon. Pick rituals, cause you have only 2 prep slots.

Oh yea, there’s Hex curse MM nuke meme if you want I guess

3: Hex 1/Bladesinger 2

+Bladesong

0: Eldritch Blast, Magic stone, boomer blade, minor illusion, mage hand

1: Hex, Shield, detect magic, find familiar, unseen servant, absorb element, magic missile, comprehend language, +feather fall, +identify

Wow Bladesinger, so exciting. If someone bully you and steal your armor, pop a slot for Mage armor then do Bladesong and you'll have about as much AC. 

4: Hex 1/Bladesinger 3

+Cantrip Formula

0: Eldritch Blast, Magic stone, boomer blade, minor illusion, mage hand

1: Hex, Shield, detect magic, find familiar, unseen servant, absorb element, magic missile, comprehend language, feather fall, identify, 

2: +Invisibility, +Mirror Image

Mirror image is our new combat’s party trick, do it when you feel like.

Cantrip Formula is silly. Just scribe all the situational cantrips then swap back to your loadout. 

5: Hex 1/Bladesinger 4

+Feat: Crossbow Expert

0: Eldritch Blast, Magic stone, boomer blade, minor illusion, mage hand

1: Hex, Shield, detect magic, find familiar, unseen servant, absorb element, magic missile, comprehend language, feather fall, identify

2: Invisibility, Mirror Image, +Darkness, +Rope trick

Normally a martial would get extra attack by now. Oh wait you kinda do, with CBE in play. Drop that shield, shields are for little babies. 

Grab darkness for some funny stuff later. If you might get bullied for yeeting half the monster manual with Ropetrick, get Locate object to solve even more plot instead. Wanted criminal got away? Locate his boots, or his nose ring. Augury is also a cute option. Don’t forget to curse missile nuke when shits gets rough. 

6: Hex 1/Bladesinger 5

0: Eldritch Blast, Magic stone, boomer blade, minor illusion, mage hand

1: Hex, Shield, detect magic, find familiar, unseen servant, absorb element, magic missile, comprehend language, feather fall, identify

2: Invisibility, Mirror Image, Darkness, Rope trick

3 +Phantom Steed, +Haste

3rd level spells! You're a big boi now. Phantom steed for 200ft dash a turn that you can hand out 1-2 more to people whom you like more. Haste will prepare us for even more attacks than regular Haste if your table uses the reading that Haste Attack Action qualifies for Bladesinger cantrip. Alternatively, if you only get to use the bad Haste, grab Fly instead for its utility and default kill potential. If the rogue is still bragging about "at will" dpr, pick a minion spell instead and hand them a couple magic stones, Tiny servant/Animate dead, whichever you find more convenient.

7: Hex 1/Bladesinger 6

+Extra attack but it’s actually superior War Magic

0: Eldritch Blast, Magic stone, boomer blade, minor illusion, mage hand

1: Hex, Shield, detect magic, find familiar, unseen servant, absorb element, magic missile, comprehend language, feather fall, identify

2: Invisibility, Mirror Image, Darkness, Ropetrick

3: Phantom Steed, Haste, +Tiny Servant, +Counterspell

Well you're a cool kid gish now. You happy? Crossbow, 2 beams Eldritch blast, cbe ba attack. That's 4 hits a turn. Go flex on that monk. If you feel like hanging with your Wizardy root, spend your ba handing out magic stone to your minions instead. Don’t foget that CBE means you can just melee shoot all of these, so if you want to be some edgy sword lad, simply opt to only attack at point blank range and flavor as whatever. Haste only lets you take the Attack action, making one attack. Too bad Bladesinger allows you to replace that one attack with more Eldritch Blast beams, so you're sitting at 6 hits a turn.

You're still a wizard Larry, grab that Counterspell.

*Editor's note: If your group gets unreasonably angry about Haste cantrip, yes, it can be controversial because Haste vs Singer attack is a case of specific vs specific. You can either switch to shooting a regular crossbow bolt, or you gesture vaguely to the regular caster person next to you plopping down Hypnotic pattern and Twin polymorph or whatever the cool kids are up to these days.

8: Hex 2/Bladesinger 6

+Eldritch Invocs

Agonizing blast (duh), Repelling Blast


0: Eldritch Blast, Magic stone, boomer blade, minor illusion, mage hand

1: Hex, Shield, detect magic, find familiar, unseen servant, absorb element, magic missile, comprehend language, feather fall, identify, +armor of agathys

2: Invisibility, Mirror Image, Darkness, Ropetrick

3: Phantom Steed, Spirit Shroud, +Tiny Servant, +Counterspell

We pick up 2nd Warlock level because you are sooo dying to get back to more gishing. Good job, your xbow x2 beam x2 salvo can now do 8 more damage. Armor of Agathys is a funny spell, upcast it when you feel zanzy.

If you want to be a disgrace, you might feel tempted to replace repelling blast with shits like devil’s sight or eldritch mind. I ain’t stopping you.

9: Hex 2/Bladesinger 7

0: Eldritch Blast, Magic stone, boomer blade, minor illusion, mage hand

1: Hex, Shield, detect magic, find familiar, unseen servant, absorb element, magic missile, comprehend language, feather fall, identify, AgA

2: Invisibility, Mirror Image, Darkness, Ropetrick

3: Phantom Steed, Spirit Shroud, Tiny Servant, Counterspell

4: +Polymorph, +Dimension Door

Well yes you can now heal a buddy for 136 hp. It’s cool doing edgy stuff with your attack rolls while still playing god isn’t it? Your number of prep slots is still sadness though, do pay attention to that.

10: Hex 2/Bladesinger 8

Res: CON

0: Eldritch Blast, Magic stone, boomer blade, minor illusion, mage hand

1: Hex, Shield, detect magic, find familiar, unseen servant, absorb element, magic missile, comprehend language, feather fall, identify, AgA

2: Invisibility, Mirror Image, Darkness, Ropetrick

3: Phantom Steed, Spirit Shroud, Tiny Servant, Counterspell

4: Polymorph, Dimension Door, +Summon Greater Demon, +Greater Invis

There are sooo many quality spells that don’t rely on your casting stat, pick whatever you feel like, or go back and grab some 3rd level rituals you missed like Tiny Hut. 

For Demon, pick between Babau Barlgura or Dybukk, and plop it near enemies so you don’t care if they make the save or you break conc.

Going from here

Your Eldritch blast will continue to scale, at 11th it's 3 beams and you’ll pop 5 attacks at will each turn, or 8 with Haste cantrip, have fun with that I guess. If you're feeling feisty, pick up Sharpshooter at any point for the funny dpr.

You’re still a wizard. Pick all the big boi no save spells and you’ll be all good. Notable mentions are:

Wall of force, Animate Object, Forcecage, Simulacrum, Mirage Arcane, Anti magic field, Maze.

When you don't feel like Wizarding further, pick up Fighter 2 for Action surge to complete your shenanigans.

Have fun. Or not.

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