Arcane Lock DnD 5E Spell

Hello magic casters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 5th episode of our second level spell series. Today we’re gonna be checking out the one of the lesser used spells under the second level spells if that make sense. Find out what i mean is i haven’t actually been in a campaign where this spell has done any webpage i’ve looked over it a lot.

I’ve glanced at it a few times but for the most part i’ve never seem to pick it and i gotta say upon doing more research and really thinking about it, i really think this has a lot of potential to it. Again what i mean by that a little bit later on so if you haven’t guessed it by the introduction today we’re gonna be taking a look at dnd 5e arcane lock spell now this is found in the players handbook and it is usable by the wizard and the artificer. Really good stuff it pretty much is what it sounds like it is. Anyways let’s go on to the mechanics and break it down a little bit.


  • 2nd-level abjuration
  • Casting Time: 1 action
  • Range: Touch
  • Components: V, S, M (gold dust worth at least 25 gp, which the spell consumes)
  • Duration: Until dispelled

So your cast time is one action which is pretty good, it’s range is a touch, its duration is very interesting its duration is until dispelled what that means is unless it gets dispelled it’s always there. Isn’t even that its awesome.

The components are Somatic, material and verbal. Now the material component is something worth noting because it does have a cost to it it’s gold dust, worth at least 25 gold piece which the spell consumes so very important there and the school is abjuration. Which is interesting, i would have thought enchantment but whatever i mean technically it protects the lock so maybe.

Its effect at a glance is as followed:  Magically lock a closed door, window, gate, chest, or other entryway. You and other designated creatures are not effected. You can also set a password that suppressed the spell for one minute when spoken within 5ft. While affected by this spell, the object is harder to break into, or force open add 10 to the DC. Which is pretty incredible. In any case let’s get on to the full description and just better flesh this out.


As per this Arcane Lock DnD 5E Spell you can touch to a closed door, window, gate, chest, or any other entryway, and it will become locked for the specific duration. Anyway you and also few of the creatures which you’ve designate whenever you cast this spell able to open an object usually. Even you are able to set the password that, whenever it spoken within 5 feet of an object and also suppresses this spell for a specific minute.

Otherwise, it is almost impassable unless until it will be broken or even the spell is dispelled or else suppressed. By simply casting knock on an object could suppresses the arcane lock for a specific duration almost 10 minutes. During affected by this spell, then the object is most difficult to break or else to be force open; Actually, the DC to break it or else pick up any kinds of locks on it increases by 10.

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Which is pretty nuts, i tell you. So there is a lot of very cool uses for this but something i want to point out first and foremost is any wizard with anything to protect should probably pick the spell for no other reason than to lock his spell book. Make sense like lock it to a chain or something of that nature i know the spell specifically says entryways.

But i would make an argument that anything with a lock can be casted with this spell, there can be enchanted with this spell. If that makes sense i know i’m kind of wrong on that by raw but i would certainly allow that my games and makes sense thematically and logically. That being said, let’s move on to some alternative uses and see what we can come up with.

Alternative Uses

So first and foremost and thinking about this is kind of hilarious if you get the implications behind it. Because it’s range is touch, a familiar to cast this. Now what makes that so freaking hilarious. Is imagine that you’re approaching a mafia or criminal syndicate headquarters and there’s like two or three guards out front but behind that door you know there’s a legion of them waiting for you.

Just have your cat spyder whatever walk up to the door, cast arcane lock on it and then you can deal with them at your own leisure which is very very cool. I think it’s hilarious. You’d be stuck with only facing three of them while everyone else is forced to watch or listen through the door. I think that’s great.

Outside of that, if you’re more chaotic evil character you can use this or even if you’re a cautious character. You can use this to lock your room in an inn to prevent people from sneaking in or you can just lock doors at random and kind of watch the chaos unfold.

If you’re a shopkeep or if you’re charged with protecting a store or our other venue. Arcane lock would drastically help you bolster security because you can’t be everywhere at once. Once again this is kind of a home-brewed implication or application rather of this spell but i would allow it to be used on anything with a lock and that would include restraints. So that check to break out of those restraints would increase by 10 which is massive….absolutely massive.

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That being said, guys if you have any alternative uses, interesting ideas or cool stories involving arcane lock please let me know in the comment section down below. I really do appreciate it and i really love reading them. That being said guys, thank you so much for checking this out i really do appreciate it. I hope you all have a wonderful day and as always happy casting.

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