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Witch Bolt 5E Spell

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All magic casters, all sizes and shapes! Welcome to my spellbook. We are grateful that you have listened to the 74th episode in our first level spell series. We’re going to look at witchbolt 5e spell. This spell can be used by the sorcerer or warlock, and is also available in the players handbook. It is a favorite spell thematically, but i think it falls short in terms of its mechanics. Let’s now take a closer look at the mechanics of this spell and I’ll show you how it works.

  • Damage: 1d12(*1d12 per spell slot above 1st)
  • Casting Time: Action
  • Range: 30ft
  • Duration 1 minute (concentration).
  • Components Material, Verbal and Somatic
  • School: Vocation
  • Damage type: Lightning

Your damage is one die 12, plus an additional d12 each level above the first. Cast time is 1 action. The range is 30 feet. It takes one minute to cast. This is a concentration spell. You can gesture with one hand, and each component is somatic, verbal, and material. The material component is a twig taken from a tree struck by lightning. The component punch cannot be used, so it will not work. The verbal component requires you to say an incantation. It is not surprising that the school is an evocation and that the damage type is lightning, which is also not surprising.

It makes a ranged attack. You can inflict 1d12 additional damage on a hit. This is provided the target is within reach and not completely covered. Let’s now take a closer look at the description to get more details.


One of the beams of cracklings, blue energy lances towards the creature that is within a certain range and formatting sustained lightning between you an the target. This creature is the target of your ranged spell attack. You can use your action to deal 1d12 Lightning damage to the target every time you hit it.

The spell automatically ends when you use your action to do anything else. The spell can also end if the target is outside the spell’s reach or if you have total cover.

Our article on the glyph of warding 5e spell is available.

Higher Levels

Cast this Witch Bolt 5E spell by using the spell slots of 2nd or higher level. The initial damage will be increased by 1d12 for every slot above the first level.

There are two reasons I don’t believe this scholar is the best to cast the first level spells. One, concentration makes it very soft. It is also a bit disappointing that the cast and up casting only affect the initial damage, and not the longer damage. You can also burn up your actions. I would take this back if the Paladin or the Clergy had it. He could still use something similar to a spiritual weapon, so it might be a bit better.

You could stack this with something like Flaming Sphere, but that would be more difficult because Flaming sphere is a concentration. The spiritual weapon would be best to use with this, but it cannot naturally byrock anything that’s not on either the character spell or cleric spell lists. It could be obtained through magic initiate or through various class features, but that would be it. Let’s take a look at other uses.

Other uses

I can’t think of any witch bolt. It specifies that you must target a creature to use it, so it can’t be used on objects. It’s a very limiting spell. I have never liked it and it has always been to my disadvantage.

Attributes of Witch Bolt 5E Spell

Casting Time 1 action
Range 30 feet
Components V, S, and M (a twig taken from a tree struck by lightning)
Time Concentration up to one minute
School evocation
Niveau 1
Classes Wizard, Warlock, Sorcerer
Name Witch Bolt

That said, I’m sure you will. If you have any other uses for witch bolt, or cool stories about it, please let me know. I really appreciate you guys tuning in today. I wish you all a wonderful day and happy casting.

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