Hello magic casters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 27th episode of our 3rd level spell series. Today we have a one of the coolest most somatic spells in the game, not to mention one of my favorite spells to give BBeg NPCs when they’re kind of on the ropes, daniel’s obviously see why in a little bit.
But this is awesome today we’re talking about gaseous a form which, it’s a pretty good descriptor of what the actual spell does so it’s pretty cool. Now this spell is usable by the sorcerer, warlock and wizard as so far as to say it is found on their spell lists and it is found in the good old players handbook so we should all have access to it. Now without further ado let’s take a quick look at its mechanics here and flesh the spell out.
The effect at a glance is as followed: A willing creature along with their items become a vapor. The target speed is replaced with a 10ft fly speed, and the ability to enter and occupy the space of another creature. The target also gains resistance to nonmagical damage, and it has advantage on strength, dexterity and constitution saves.
- Casting Time: 1 Action
- Range: Touch
- Duration: 1 Hour (Concentration)
- Components: Verbal, Material and Somatic
- School: Transmutation
The cast time is one action, the range is touch, and the duration is one hour and it is a concentration spell, the components are the holy trinity of verbal, material and somatic. If you curious about that material component, it is a bit of gauze and a wisp of smoke very cool stuff. Now the school is also a transmutation which of course makes sense because you’re a change in forms. Now let’s take a quick look at the full description here just better flesh the spell out.
You are transform a willing creature that you touch, along with everything that it is wearing and also carrying, into the misty cloud for the particular Duration. Of course the spell will end if a creature drop to 0 Hit points. However an incorporeal creature has not been affected.
But while it this specific form, the target’s are only the methods of Movement that is a flying speed of 10 feet. Actually, the target can enter and also occupy the space of another creature. Usually, the target has the resistance to the non-magical damage, and also it has an advantage on the strength, dexterity and even the constitution saving throws.
The target can also pass via the small holes, narrow openings, and of course mere cracks, though it shall treat liquids as though they were solid surfaces. However the target can not be fall and even remain hovering in an air even when it is Stunned or otherwise Incapacitated.
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While in the specific form of the misty cloud, the target can not even talk or else manipulate some objects, and even any type of object that it was carrying or else holding can not be dropped or used or else interacted with. Of course the target could not even attack or cast the spells.
Very cool stuff! I absolutely love this spell, i think it’s amazing, very fun, tons of great thematic uses and a great thing to give NPCs when you want them to be more-long term characters as it were. A couple things i want to quickly go over though. So there’s a strange argument to be made for getting into places you really shouldn’t be able to get into namely inside of people.
It’s a really tricky thing because it does say you can pass through small holes like a nose for example and it also says that you can occupy the same space is another creature i mean i guess you could make an argument for the liquid thing probably being a problem like you can’t really get inside of a person.
Well i don’t know i’m really not a doctor but i’m assuming you got a lot of fluid in it i don’t know i’ll let you guys work that out in the comment section but i personally would not allow it to be used that way just same i don’t think this is a spell that’s intended to be weaponized. However i could make an argument for this being the ultimate trolling move of a necromancer because the spell specifies that you cannot attack.
But if you have a zombie/skeleton horde at the ready and then you basically just eat yourself out of existence for an hour and like you’re a just rampage i think that’s allowed and i dare say that’s probably one of the best in combat uses for this spell, it’s very interesting. Once again run it past your DM and make sure they don’t have a huge grievance with it but overall i think that’s a pretty strong case.
Outside of that a lot of this spell just makes standard common sense. It’s cool you get access to an advantage on all these saving throws i think that’s awesome, the resistance and on magical damage goes a long way as well and i mean not being able to interact with objects makes sense overall i just think it’s a really cool spell. Now let’s take a quick look at some alternative uses here.
So i think the best way to use the spell outside of combat and the whole zombie horde example is to just straight up use it to jailbreak. I mean this could also be applied to getting inside of certain basic bank vaults or things of that nature but it’s a little risky in the sense that you can’t get anything out of there directly on your own.
So you probably have to have explosives with you and on your persons and then cast a spell and then go in or something of that nature bag of holding maybe i think this is a just a very good spell for trickery and pulling disappearing acts for lack of a better term.
Along the same vein a thought if you’re looking to get out of a situation in a hurry and just straight-up flee this is a great way of doing it. Not only do you gain access to fly speed which is super cool. But you can move through most mortar walls right! Like especially if it’s like an old-timey setting there’s gonna be cracks, there’s gonna be fractures, there’s gonna be broken bits of brick and mortar.
You’re gonna be able to go places that other people just simply can’t and if another caster in your party cast something like clogged cloud or if it’s naturally foggy already.
Man good luck to the poor town guards keeping track you then i mean seriously poor guys and a another great way of using this is using it for almost control this spell essentially lets you move around the battlefield virtually unnoticed and with a fly speed it lets you get into vantage points it would otherwise be impossible for most of these classes to get to on their own.
I think that’s pretty cool, i think that’s another great way to use gaseous form setting up an ambush for example this would be perfect.
Attributes Of Gaseous Form DnD 5E Spell
|Casting Time||1 action|
|Classes||Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard|
|Components||V S M|
|Duration||Up to 1 hour|
|Material||A bit of gauze and a wisp of smoke|
|Target||A willing creature you touch|
That being said! Let me know what you think down in the comment section beneath. That being said, i hope you all have a great day and as always happy casting everyone.