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Tainted Scholar Tree

From DDO Compendium
Tree For: Warlock
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Tainted Scholar Tree.png
Overview
Great secrets await those minds skilled enough to unearth them, and great secrets unlock great power. let others speak in fearful whispers of secrets humanity was not meant to know. No secret is barred from a tainted scholar's grasp, and if such forbidden knowledge comes at the cost of his soul, he's willing to pay that price
Core enhancements


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Enhancement Tainted Spellcasting Icon.png
Tainted Spellcasting

Activation Cost: 10 Depravity
Cooldown: 1 Minute

  • You gain 1 Depravity each time you damage enemies with Eldritch last or spells (except with Positive Energy).
    • You can gain 1 Depravity every 6.5 seconds
    • Each additional trained Tainted Scholar Core enhancement reduces this cooldown by 1 second, to a minimum of 1.5 seconds
    • You can have up to 10 Depravity, which disappears on rest, death or entering public space.
  • Activate:
    • +25 Universal Spell Power
    • +2 bonus to all Spell DCs
    • Lasts 20 seconds
  • Passive:
    • Each point spent in Tainted Scholar provides +0.75 Universal Spell Power
    • Spell Feather Fall Icon.png The spell Feather Fall is added to the Warlock spellbook as a level 1 spell.
110
  • Warlock 1
Enhancement Tainted Lore Icon.png
Tainted Lore
  • +10% Spell Critical Damage
  • +1 Spell Penetration
    • This also applies to criticals with Eldritch Blast
  • +10 Maximum Depravity
  • Spell Web Icon.png The spell Web is added to the Warlock spellbook as a level 2 spell.
115
  • Tainted Spellcasting
  • Warlock 3
Enhancement Stanch Icon.png
Stanch

Activation Cost: 7 Depravity
Cooldown: 12 Seconds

  • Activate:
    • Gain temporary hit points equal to 50% of your maximum hitpoints
    • Lasts 1 minute
    • -3% maximum hit points until you rest
    • stacks up to 330 times
  • Passive:
    • +10 Maximum Depravity
    • Spell Crushing Despair Icon.png The spell Crushing Despair is added to the Warlock spellbook as a level 3 spell.
1110
  • Tainted Lore
  • Warlock 6
Enhancement Tainted Lore Icon.png
Tainted Lore
  • +20% Spell Critical Damage
    • This also applies to criticals with Eldritch Blast
  • +1 Spell Penetration
  • +10 Maximum Depravity
  • Spell Death Ward Icon.png The spell Death Ward is added to the Warlock spellbook as a level 4 spell.
1120
  • Stanch
  • Warlock 12
Enhancement Blood Component Icon.png
Blood Component
  • Your Eldritch Blast Shapes attack 10% faster
  • +10 Maximum Depravity
  • -25 Maximum Hit Points
  • Spell Greater Heroism Icon.png The spell Greater Heroism is added to the Warlock spellbook as a level 5 spell.
1130
  • Tainted Lore
  • Warlock 18
Enhancement Heretical Lore Icon.png
Heretical Lore
  • Your Eldritch Blast deals 1d6 damage
  • +30% Spell Critical Damage
  • +4 Charisma
  • +1 Spell Penetration
  • +10 Maximum Depravity
  • Spell Energy Drain Icon.png The spell Energy Drain is added to the Warlock spellbook as a level 6 spell.
1140
  • Blood Component
  • Warlock 20
Tier 1 enhancements
EnhancementBenefitRanksAPPoints SpentRequirements
Enhancement Planar Power Icon.png
Planar Power
Rank 1:
  • +30 Spell Points
Rank 2:
  • +60 Spell Points
Rank 3:
  • +90 Spell Points
311
  • Warlock 1
Enhancement Feigned Health Icon.png
Feigned Health
When you cast spells on yourself of allies, You grant temporary hit points equal to:
Rank 1:
  • 33% of your Charisma
Rank 2:
  • 66% of your Charisma
Rank 3:
  • 100% of your Charisma
Lasts for 3 minutes
311
  • Warlock 1
Spell Command Icon.png
Command
Cooldown: 5 Seconds
Spell Command Icon.png Spell-Like Ability: Command
You may use Metamagic Feats when casting Spell-Like Abilities at no additional cost.
Rank 1:
  • Activation Cost: 3 Depravity
Rank 2:
  • Activation Cost: 2 Depravity
Rank 3:
  • Activation Cost: 1 Depravity
311
  • Warlock 1
Enhancement Strong Pact Icon.png
Strong Pact
  • +1d4 Pact damage with Eldritch Blast
121
  • Warlock 1
Enhancement Eldritch Focus Icon.png
Eldritch Focus
Rank 1:
  • +1 Spellcraft
  • +1 Concentration
Rank 2:
  • +2 Spellcraft
  • +2 Concentration
Rank 3:
  • +3 Spellcraft
  • +3 Concentration
311
  • Warlock 1
Tier 2 enhancements
EnhancementBenefitRanksAPPoints SpentRequirements
Enhancement Utterdark Blast Icon.png
Utterdark Blast

Cooldown: 6 Seconds

  • Eldritch Essence Stance:
    • You Eldritch Blast base damage is no Evil instead of Force
Evil Damage from spells is usually boosted by alignment-based Spell Power, and normally deals full damage to enemies regardless of enemy alignment, through particular enemies may have special defenses.
125
  • Warlock 2
Enhancement Eldritch Blast Shape- Chain Icon.png
Eldritch Blast Shape: Chain

Cooldown: 6 Seconds

Eldritch Blast Shape:

  • Toggle on to turn your automatic attack into a ranged magical bolt dealing Eldritch Blast damage, which them jumps to two or more nearby enemies.
  • While active:
    • You have -1 Eldritch Blast Pact damage die
    • This spell scales with 95% Spell Power
125
  • Warlock 2
Enhancement Stunning Blast Icon.png
Stunning Blast
Cooldown: 6 Seconds
Activate: Attack an enemy with an Eldritch Blast that stuns your target into helplessness for 12 seconds on a failed Fortitude saving throw.
  • Scales with 150% Spell Power
  • This is considered a level 4 Evocation SLA.
  • Metamagic: Empower, Maximize, Quicken, Heighten, Intensify
Rank 1:
  • Activation Cost: 6 Depravity
Rank 2:
  • Activation Cost: 4 Depravity
Rank 3:
  • Activation Cost: 2 Depravity
315
  • Warlock 2
Enhancement Strong Pact Icon.png
Strong Pact
  • +1d4 Pact damage with Eldritch Blast
125
  • Strong Pact (Tier 1)
  • Warlock 2
Enhancement Wand and Scroll Mastery 2 Icon.png
Wand and Scroll Mastery
Increases the effectiveness of your wands, scrolls, and other items that cast spells.
Rank 1:
  • +25% healing and damage
  • +1 Save DC to offensive Wands
Rank 2:
  • +50% healing and damage
  • +2 Save DC to offensive Wands
Rank 3:
  • +75% healing and damage
  • +3 Save DC to offensive Wands
315
  • Warlock 2
Tier 3 enhancements
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Enhancement Faltering Blast Icon.png
Faltering Blast

Cooldown: 6 Seconds

  • Eldritch Essence Stance:
    • Your Eldritch Blast attacks have 10% chance to slow enemy movement speed by 50% for 6 seconds
    • Does not effect bosses
1210
  • Utterdark Blast
  • Warlock 3
Enhancement Efficient Heighten Icon.png
Efficient Heighten
Reduce Metamagic Heighten cost by:
Rank 1:
  • -1 Spell Point cost
Rank 2:
  • -2 Spell Point cost
2210
  • Heighten Spell Feat
  • Warlock 3
Enhancement Confusion Icon.png
Confusion
Activate: Targeted non-boss monster becomes Confused on a failed Will Saving Throw
  • Confused monsters attack and are attacked by both monster characters and player characters
  • This is considered an Enchantment SLA.
  • Metamagic: Quicken, Heighten, Enlarge, Embolded
Rank 1:
  • Activation Cost: 3 Depravity
  • Cooldown: 12 Seconds
Rank 2:
  • Activation Cost: 2 Depravity
  • Cooldown: 9 Seconds
Rank 3:
  • Activation Cost: 1 Depravity
  • Cooldown: 6 Seconds
3110
  • Warlock 3
Enhancement Strong Pact Icon.png
Strong Pact
  • +1d4 Pact damage with Eldritch Blast
1210
  • Strong Pact (Tier 2)
  • Warlock 3
Increase Ability (Charisma-Intelligence) Icon.png
Increase Ability

Select from one of the following:

  • Enhancement Charisma Icon.png Charisma: +1 Charisma
  • Enhancement Intelligence Icon.png Intelligence: +1 Intelligence
1210
  • Warlock 3
Tier 4 enhancements
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Enhancement Penetrating Blast Icon.png
Penetrating Blast

Cooldown: 6 Seconds

  • Eldritch Essence Stance:
    • Your Eldritch Blast base damage is now Pierce instead of Force
    • You gain 1d6 base Eldritch Blast damage
1220
  • Faltering Blast
  • Warlock 4
Enhancement Steal Life Force Icon.png
Enervating Shadow

Cooldown: 6 Seconds

  • Eldritch Essence Stance:
    • Your basic attack seeks out enemies
    • Inflicts a negative level 10% of the time
    • Your Eldritch Blast damage scales with 130% Spell Power
1220
  • Warlock 4
Enhancement Bewitching Blast Icon.png
Bewitching Blast
Rank 1:
  • Your Eldritch Blast has a 3% chance to Confuse non-boss monsters for 6 seconds
Rank 2:
  • Your Eldritch Blast has a 6% chance to Confuse non-boss monsters for 6 seconds
Rank 3:
  • Your Eldritch Blast has a 9% chance to Confuse non-boss monsters for 6 seconds
3120
  • Confusion
  • Warlock 4
Enhancement Strong Pact Icon.png
Strong Pact
  • +1d4 Pact damage with Eldritch Blast
1220
  • Strong Pact (Tier 3)
  • Warlock 4
Increase Ability (Charisma-Intelligence) Icon.png
Increase Ability

Select from one of the following:

  • Enhancement Charisma Icon.png Charisma: +1 Charisma
  • Enhancement Intelligence Icon.png Intelligence: +1 Intelligence
1220
  • Increased Ability (Tier 3)
  • Warlock 4
Tier 5 enhancements
EnhancementBenefitRanksAPPoints SpentRequirements
Enhancement Eldritch Power Icon.png
Eldritch Power
  • +1d6 Eldritch Blast damage
1230
  • Character Level 12
  • Warlock 5
Enhancement Eldritch Ball Icon.png
Eldritch Ball
Cooldown: 6 Seconds
Activate: Project your terror at a distance, exploding in an area, dealing Eldritch Blast damage and effects to nearby enemies
Rank 1:
  • Activation Cost: 12 Depravity
Rank 2:
  • Activation Cost: 8 Depravity
Rank 3:
  • Activation Cost: 4 Depravity
Scales with 150% Spell Power
3130
  • Character Level 12
  • Warlock 5
Enhancement Mass Confusion Icon.png
Mass Confusion
Cooldown: 30 Seconds
Activate: A group of non-boss monsters each become Confused on a failed Will Saving Throw
  • Confused monsters attack and are attacked by both monster characters and player characters
  • This is considered an Enchantment SLA.
  • Metamagic: Quicken, Heighten, Enlarge, Embolden
Rank 1:
  • Activation Cost: 12 Depravity
Rank 2:
  • Activation Cost: 8 Depravity
Rank 3:
  • Activation Cost: 4 Depravity
3130
  • Bewitching Blast
  • Character level 12
  • Warlock 5
Enhancement Spell Focus- Enchantment Icon.png
Spell Focus

Choose a spell focus:

  • Enhancement Spell Focus- Conjuration Icon.png Conjuration: +2 bonus to your Conjuration Spell DCs
  • Enhancement Spell Focus- Enchantment Icon.png Enchantment: +2 bonus to your Enchantment Spell DCs
  • Enhancement Spell Focus- Evocation Icon.png Evocation: +2 bonus to your Evocation Spell DCs
  • Enhancement Spell Focus- Illusion Icon.png Illusion: +2 bonus to your Illusion Spell DCs
  • Enhancement Spell Focus- Transmutation Icon.png Transmutation: +2 bonus to your Transmutation Spell DCs
1330
  • Character Level 12
  • Warlock 5
Enhancement Planar Focus Icon.png
Planar Focus
  • +1 to all Spell DCs
1230
  • Character Level 12
  • Warlock 5