Dispel Magic 5E Spell

Hello magic casters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 15th episode of our third level spell series. Today we have a very interesting and very popular spell in store for us today, we’re looking at d&d 5e dispel magic spell. This is one of the staple spells in d&d i’d put it right up there with magic missile encounter spell.

It is very cool almost everyone who’s remotely heard of d&d has heard of the spell magic. That being said, this spell is usable by the bard, cleric, druid, paladin, sorcerer, warlock and the wizard and it is found in the good old players handbook.

There’s a lot of misconceptions about the way the spell is used and we’re gonna be going over those sage advice is a couple very interesting entries along the spell so we’re gonna be addressing those kind of in sequence right after we get into the description, so we are gonna covering those in this article. But before we do let’s take a quick look at its mechanics here, so you can understand how the spell functions on a basic level.


The effect at a glance is as followed: Cancel a spell of 3rd level or lower. If the spell is above 3rd level, you can make an ability check using your spellcasting ability to attempt to cancel the spells effect: The DC is 10 plus the spells level.

  • Casting Time: 1 Action
  • Range: 120feet
  • Duration: Instantaneous
  • Components: Verbal and Somatic
  • School: Abjuration

Your cast time is one action, the range is an impressive 120 feet, the duration is instantaneous, At higher levels the spell is stopped if it is at least equal in level to the spell slot used. The components are verbal and somatic and the school is abjuration. Now let’s take a look at its full description here so we can kind of explain what’s going on and then we will look into the sage advice right after.


As per this Dispel Magic 5E Spell you need to chose any of the creature, object, or any magical effect within a range. Any 5e spell of 3rd level or the lower on any target ends. For each and every spell of or else higher on the target and also make an ability check by using the spell casting ability of you. Actually the DC equals to 10 plus that specific spell’s level (DC= 10+ level of spell). Finally, this spell will end on the successful check.

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At Higher levels:

Whenever you cast this d&d 5e Dispel Magic Spell by using the spell slot of the 4th level or higher and you will automatically end the effects of a dnd 5e spell on the particular target if the spell’s level is equal to or else less than the level of the spell slot which you’ve used.

Fantastic stuff! now with that out of the way let’s take a quick look at some sage advice kind of rulings here. So the first being is can it despite the dispel magical effects like the vampires charm ability or a druids wild shape. Sadly it cannot, this spell is strictly meant to effect spells.

That’s it if it’s a spell like ability no cigar..my apologies just the way it is. The second sage advice addresses spells like animate dead. So how does it affect summoning spells, so the rule of thumb you’re gonna want to use here is if it’s instantaneous as in the duration for animate dead is instantaneous there’s a no effect. Dispel magic does nothing, the skeletons are still skeletons even if you burn through the spell slot.

However if you look at spells like conjure woodland beings the duration there is not instantaneous as a direct result to spell magic would work on conjure woodland beans. Very cool stuff. The third can you already dispel magic to stop another spell from taking place. Technically yes and no. So you cannot use dispel magic in the same way that you would use counter charm just because counter charm kind of prevents the whole spell from taking place in the first place it interrupts it at the casting stage.

Dispel magic only gets rid of the effects after they have occurred. So it is to pull important to draw that distinction however you can still ready to dispel magic as an action but just as a quick heads-up. That does not mean that the creature targeted by the spell will not be affected.

The fourth point they bring up is one regarding the globe of invulnerability can dispel magic and a global invulnerability…the answer is yes. But dispel magic cannot affect anything that happens within the globe while it is operational. The fifth and final point if dispel magic targets the magical effect from blessed by a cleric does it remove the effect on all targets.

So what this question really gets at is if a spell affects multiple targets..how does this spell magic and delay with it. The short answer is that it only affects one target. So it would only affect one of the recipients of bless it would not affect the other.

Now the reason why this is important is it kind of gives you insight as to another key difference between a counter spell and dispel magic. Dispel magic only affects the effect on a given target, it does not affect all targets and it does not inherently affect the spell itself. Counter spell on the other hand affects the spell itself. Which is very interesting. That being said, let’s get into some quick alternative uses here.

Alternative Uses

The first that i really thought of and to be honest these are gonna be lacking in depth a little bit just because it’s a tricky spell to find alternative uses for because it’s a responding spell. So the best way i thought about using this is using this to punch up. But this is what i mean is using it to debuff your opponent from the spell effects.

Now if they have spell like abilities you’re kind of hooped if they have enchanted gear you’re kind of hooped but if they’re as mentioned previously the recipient of something like bless you can get rid of it. Alternatively can use this to get rid of debuff’s on your own  party.

So there’s that to add through extension that can help drastically with action economy for example dispelling someone’s haste. I think that great, this is also a great way of keeping various NPC’s safe and protected from D buffs kind of alluded to earlier once again but i really did struggle with this one.

Attributes Of Dispel Magic

Casting Time1 action
ClassesBard, Cleric, Druid, Paladin, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard
ComponentsV S
Higher Spell Slot DescWhen you cast this spell using a spell slot of 4th level or higher, you automatically end the effects of a spell on the target if the spell's level is equal to or less than the level of the spell slot you used.
NameDispel Magic
Range120 feet
TargetOne creature, object, or magical effect within range

That being said, if you have any alternative uses, thoughts, questions, comments, concerns or stories involving dispel magic please put it 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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