Chromatic Orb 5E Spell

Hello magic casters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 16th installment of our first level dnd spells series. Today we’re going to be talking about one of the most iconic spells in d&d, may i introduce to you the ball of many flavors chromatic orb 5e spell.

It is usable by the wizard and sorcerer 5e and naturally through extension anyone else with access to their spell lists and it is found in the player’s handbook which isn’t too surprising. Well let’s get into some mechanics here.


  • Damage: 3d8+1d8 per each spell slot above 1st
  • Casting time: 1 Action
  • Range: 90ft
  • Duration: Instantaneous
  • Saving throw: N/A
  • Components: Somatic, Material and Verbal
  • School: Evocation
  • Damage Type: Acid, Cold, Fire, Lightning, Poison, or Thunder

Your damage is an impressive 3d8+an additional die for each spell slot level used above 1st. The cast time is the standard one action and the range is slightly better than average of 90 feet, the duration is instantaneous, the saving throw isn’t really applicable to because it’s a ranged spell attack. The school is evocation which isn’t very surprising

The components are the holy-trinity somatic, material and the verbal. If you’re curious about the material component it is a diamond worth at least 50 piece and it is not consumed in this spell. The damage type is a little complicated because it is acid, cold, fire, lightning, poison or thunder. it’s your choice. That being said let’s take a look at the full description so we’re all on the same page here.


As a Chromatic Orb 5e spell you do hurl a 4-inch-diameter sphere of energy at a particular creature which you able to see clearly within a range. You can chose acid, cold, fire, lightning, poison, or a thunder for the type of orb that you create and also then make a ranged spell attack which is against to the target. Suppose, if the attack hits, that specific creature will take 3d8 damage of the type you actually choose.

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At Higher Levels:

Whenever you do cast this chromatic orb dnd 5e spell by using a spell slot of 2nd level or higher, the damage increases by 1d8 for each and every slot above the level 1st.

Very cool stuff! really it’s kind of a hit hard or completely misspelled which i’m not a super huge fan of but i can see the utility behind it as well. That being said! let’s take a quick look at some alternative uses here.

Alternative Uses

To be honest, i really struggled with this one, because it doesn’t give me a whole lot to work with. I suppose you could use it to pick the damaged type that’s best complemented to the opponent but it doesn’t specify that the fire orb would light things on fire or that the coal board would cause things to freeze or the ass verb because things to melt. Would you also like to read our chromatic spells 5e!

That being said, it can only be used on a creature so it’s really rough for me to come up without any alternative uses on this one. I will say it is quite good, damage potential is definitely there and with the ray feat combination i could really see it working out for you. The thing is it doesn’t really lend the a whole lot in terms of creative play style. You can also check out our How does chaos bolt work 5e?

Attributes Of Chromatic Orb Spell

Casting Time1 action
Range90 feet
ComponentsV, S, M (a diamond worth at least 50 gp)
NameChromatic Orb

With that being said! maybe i’m wrong if you have any alternative uses or any cool stories involving chromatic orb i’d really like to hear them down beneath in the comments section and i know for a fact everyone else checking this article would as well. With that out of the way thank you so much guys and as always happy casting. You may also love to read our 5e magic missile.

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