Create Food And Water 5e Spell

Hello spellcasters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 13th episode of our 3rd level spell series. Today we have a very underestimated spell in store for us. We’re gonna be taking a look at create food and water spell 5e to be honest i think this is gonna be my new favorite spell to give problematic NPCs there’s just a lot of upside to it and i’ll explain why that is in a little bit.

This spell is usable by the cleric, paladin and the artificer and this found in the good old players handbook. Here is our purify food and water 5e spell. Now it’s pretty easy to figure out what this spell does just by reading it but let’s check out its mechanics so you can figure out the exact details.


  • Level: 3rd
  • Casting Time: 1 action
  • Range/Area: 30ft
  • Duration: Instantaneous
  • Components: Verbal and Somatic
  • School: Conjuration
  • Attack/Save: None
  • Damage/Effect: Creation

The effect at a glance is as followed: Create 45 pounds of food and 30 gallons of water, enough to sustain up to 15 humanoids or 5 steeds for 24 hours; the food spoils if uneaten after 24 hours, and the water does not go bad. The cast time is one action, the range is 30 feet, the duration is instantaneous.

The components are verbal and somatic and the school is conjuration. Which isn’t too surprising. Now looking at this it doesn’t seem like a huge deal. Now there’s a little bit of discrepancy when it comes to the amount of food and how long you can sustain you but we’ll talk about that in a little bit here. Please do check out heroes’ feast 5e. That being said, before we do it let’s take a look at its full description.


In this Create Food And Water 5e spell you can create 45 pounds of food and 30 gallons of water on the ground or else in the containers within a range and it’s enough to sustain up to either fifteen humanoids or else five steeds for the 24 hours of duration. Basically the food is accurately bland but nourishing and also it could spoil if it would be uneaten after 24 hours of its actual duration. The water is not like food it can be long lasted it’s clean and doesn’t even go bad. Which makes sense. Check more about time stop spell

Before i do a deep dive though let me explain the discrepancy. So it maintains that it’s enough for 15 humanoids for 24 hours. However the food component alone is technically enough to satiate 45 humans. Basically how it works honestly this is worth an article all to itself is you need one pound of food per day and one gallon of water per day. Unless it’s hot in which case you need to double that so bear that in mind and the consequences of course exhaustion.

So the discrepancy comes from the spell itself. So 30 gallons of water should technically be enough for 30 people but i don’t know it’s kind of one of those rules as written versus rules as intended arguments and i’ll leave it up to your DM to decide. You may also like to read about goodberry spell dnd 5e. That being said, let’s take a look at its alternative uses really quick and i’ll get into why this spell is so great.

Alternative Uses

So, the coolest thing about this spell is it doesn’t specify what kinds of food it creates which is super interesting. So i mean the intended way to use this is to gain essentially favor or restore vitality to you and a group of people. However you could really easily use it as planning. For example let’s say you need to make it into a city relatively unnoticed but they’re screening everyone at the border.

You could very easily kind of hijack a caravan and load it up with food that’s about to spoil through its vegetables things of that nature and then you could roll into town and try to be a merchant. Also I think that’d be very very cool stuff. If you’re curious to know more about water walk 5e then please do read this article.

Alternatively you could kind of weigh out how much certain food items are, for example items like donuts occupied quite a bit of space it’s actually quite light and because the spell doesn’t give a space requirement it only gives a size requirement. You can make 45 pounds of donuts which would occupy quite a space one would argue enough to block off a doorway or things of that nature so it’s very cool stuff and along that lines you could use it to run away.

You may also like to read 5e control water. For example let’s say you’ll create i don’t know like 45 pounds of spaghetti on the ground, i would consider that to be difficult terrain to be honest with you so i don’t know there’s a lot of very interesting food combos i suppose you could use. Check out 5e shape water too.

The spell is left relatively ambiguous as to how it actually functions. What i mean by that is although the range is 30 feet, it doesn’t give area-of-effect so it’s kind of left your DMs discretion i suppose. I think this has a lot of cool upside to it and the fact of the food spoils after 24 hours means it exists in the real world.

A lot of the time the spell gets a lot of hate for not being as good as like good berry but good berry doesn’t actually cover your water needs which is gonna be worth noting and there’s a saint advice about that. You may also need to check create or destroy water 5e uses.

But what makes this spell unique as this actually brings things from magical essence into physical objects in the real world and that makes it a lot different from things like flame blade or shadow blade or all those other spells that disappear after your durations over.

This is exists, so what that means is hypothetically, you could create a ton of fruit and leave it to rotten and ultimately just take the seeds and use it as fertilizer and possibly even create a farm just on your own. So, it’s very easy for me to just sit here and rattle of hypotheticals.

Create Food And Water dnd 5e Attributes
Casting Time1 action
ClassesCleric, Paladin
ComponentsV S
NameCreate Food and Water
Range30 feet
TargetThe ground or containers within range.

That being said, tell me how you would use this spell. Be sure to list any hypotheticals any questions, comments, or concerns down beneath in the comment section. That being said, i hope you all have a great day and as always happy casting everyone.

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