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The Sorcadin With a Trusty Steed | Build Guide for D&D 5e

Updated: Sep 25, 2023

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Race: Variant Human

-Feat: Mounted Combatant

Alternate Race Option: Harengon(mainly for initiative boost)

Background: Strixhaven(if allowed)

Starting Ability Scores(Point Buy):

Str: 15

Dex: 8

Con: 15(+1)

Int: 8

Wis: 8

Cha: 15(+1)

Ability Score Priorities(if rolling):

#1: Cha

#2: Con

#3: Str

Level 1:

-Paladin 1: Divine Sense, Lay on Hands

-Starting Equipment: Need Lance and Shield. Pick up another weapon to use with the shield until we get Find Steed or use a normal mount

Level 2:

-Warlock 1:

-Otherworldly Patron: Hexblade

-Hexblade’s Curse: Bonus Damage and Crit on 19 or 20, big damage increase

-Hex Warrior: Can now use Cha for attacks as well, less MAD(Multiple Ability score Dependent) more SAD(Single Ability score Dependent)

-Spellcasting: Booming Blade, Shield, Maybe Hex(would only use for a couple levels)

Level 3:

-Paladin 2:

-Fighting Style: Dueling, Always on +2 to damage even while mounted with our Lance

-Spellcasting: Bless(Main Concentration until Paladin 5), Smite spells(decent for damage at this level), Command, Cure Wounds, Detect Magic

-Divine Smite: Huge source of damage on our nova round

Level 4:

-Paladin 3:

-Sacred Oath: Oath of Conquest

-Oath Spells: Armor of Agathys will work great with Find Steed once we get it

-Channel Divinity: Conquering Presence is good but we will likely use Guided Strike on our nova round

-Harness Divine Power: Regain Spell Slots by using Channel Divinity, will use at lvl 6

Level 5:

-Paladin 4:

-ASI or Feat: War Caster

Level 6:

-Paladin 5:

-Extra Attack

-2nd Level Spells: Mainly Find Steed and Hold Person, Spiritual Weapon is decent for sustained damage and can have a similar damage output as Hexblade's Curse at this level

Tactics: Level 6 is where it really starts to come together. As of right now its a 50/50 but we are going to assume you go before your horse so you get 1 round of setup. On said first round against a humanoid enemy, we will cast Hold Person followed by a Harness Divine Power to get our spell slot back. Then our Warhorse will take its turn and take its hooves attack at advantage assuming Hold Person worked. If it hits it auto crits and they will be automatically knocked prone because they automatically fail Str saves and then your Warhorse will get to make a second attack which will also auto crit if it hits. Then on your next turn you will strike twice with your lance smiting on both strikes. They will again both crit if they are paralyzed. If the target is not humanoid replace the cast of hold person with bless and you will still be able to get advantage if your Warhorse succeeds in knocking your target prone.

Damage against 16 AC:

Hold Person: 105.27 Damage

Non-Humanoid With Prone: 74.74 Damage

Non-Humanoid Without Prone: 49.58 Damage

Level 7:

-Paladin 6:

-Aura of Protection: One of the best defensive abiilities in the game

Level 8:

-Sorcerer 1:

-Spellcasting: Green Flame Blade, Maybe Lightning Lure, Silvery Barbs

-Sorcerous Origin: Clockwork Soul

-Clockwork Magic: Swap Protection from Evil and Good for Absorb Elements

-Restore Balance

Level 9:

-Sorcerer 2:

-Font of Magic

-Spell Slot/Sorcery Point Conversion. Will become more useful once we get Metamagic

Level 10:

-Sorcerer 3:

-2nd Level Spells: Enlarge/Reduce

-Metamagic: Quickened Spell is all we need. Pick whichever you would like for the 2nd one

Tactics: At level 10 our tactics change a bit. We also have many more concentration options

-Concentration: Hold Person(if humanoid), Enlarge(if enemy is large or smaller), Bless(if enemy is huge or greater)

-Setup Round: Cast Concentration spell as action, Hexblade’s Curse target as bonus action

-Warhorse: Attack, hopefully knock prone and attack again. Same as before

-Nova Round: Attack twice likely at advantage and auto crit if they are paralyzed by hold person. Smite on both hits and then quicken spell booming blade and do it again but this time with a bit more damage from booming blade.

Damage against 18 AC:

-Hold Person: 162.36

-With Prone: 117.51

-Without Prone: 107.17

Level 11:

-Sorcerer 4:

-ASI or Feat: Fey Touched: Gift of Alacrity, it is late but it helps us go before our warhorse in initiative. This would be the reason to go Harengon if you want something like this earlier but you wouldn’t be able to cap your charisma score if your using point buy as a Harengon. Misty Step can also be done with your steed

Level 12:

-Sorcerer 5:

-3rd Level Spells: Haste and Fly, both can eventually be a 3rd level clockwork spells and both work on you and your steed

-Switch Concentration for enlarge and bless to haste if youre focused on your own damage. Haste can be cast on you and your Warhorse. This does give your Warhorse 2 chances now instead of one to knock your target prone which is great.

-Magical Guidance, better ability checks

Level 13:

-Sorcerer 6:

-Bastion of Law, good defensive ability to help avoid some damage

Level 14:

-Sorcerer 7:

-4th Level Spells: Fire Shield, Greater Invisibility, and Polymorph(Clockwork Spell), again all can be done on you and your steed

Level 15:

-Sorcerer 8:

-ASI or Feat: Any Half Feat for 18 Charisma

Level 16:

-Sorcerer 9:

-5th Level Spells: Hold Monster, new concentration for everything other than humanoids except undead, then we go back to haste

Possible Fighter Multiclass. Will miss out on higher level spells with alot of synergy but will end up with about 100 more nova damage, an additional fighting style, second wind, and possibly a fighter subclass. I’m going to stick sorcerer but I will give the damage numbers for both at level 20.

Levels 17-20:

-Sorcerer 10-13:

-ASI or Feat: Cha +2 for 20 total

-Additional Metamagic Option, Pick whichever you think is best

-6th Level Spells: Tasha’s Otherworldly Guise, Fizban’s Platinum Shield. Both cool defensive options

-7th Level Spells: Crown of Stars, Draconic Transformation. Both great sustained damage options an Draconic Transformation is the best flight spell for us by far

Damage against 20 AC(tactics haven’t changed much for single target nova damage):

-Hold Monster/Hold Person: 222.39

-Same but with Action Surge(not including possible subclass): 321.45

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