Hypnotic Pattern 5E Spell

Hello spellcasters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 31st episode of our 3rd level spell series. Today we have admittedly one of the most underutilized spells in the game at least as far as my experience recalls i can’t remember a single caster i’ve played with ever using this spell.

Which is really disappointing cuz it’s a fantastic one in my opinion and i’ve used it several times as a DM to great effect every single time. In any case today we’re talking about hypnotic pattern 5e spell. This spell is usable by the bard, sorcerer, warlock and the wizard as so far as to say it’s 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 look at its mechanics.


It’s effect at a glance is as followed: On a failed save, creatures in the area are charmed, incapacitated, and have a speed of 0. The effect lasts for the spells duration or until an affected creature takes damage or has an action used on it. Naturally to kind of snap it out of it you know.

  • Casting Time: 1 Action
  • Range: 120ft (30ft cube)
  • Duration: 1 Minute (Concentration)
  • Save: Wis
  • Components: Somatic and Verbal
  • School: Illusion

The cast time is one action, the range is a mind-boggling 120 feet and the area of effect is a pretty substantial 30ft cube. The duration is one minute and it is concentration do bear that in mind. The saving throw is wisdom and the components are somatic and material that’s right no verbal components pretty dang cool i love it.

The school is unsurprisingly illusion. If you can’t tell i’m a pretty big fan of this spell really liked it whether or not i pick it kind of depends on the building going for but moving forward upon doing some more research on it, i do consider it a pretty strong choice if you’re not trying to build a DPS caster. That being said let’s take a look at its full description and check about it a little bit further.


As per this Hypnotic Pattern dnd spell you are able to create the twisting pattern of the colors which can weave via the air inside of a 30-foot cube within a particular range. The pattern can also be appeared for a specific moment and then vanishes.

Each and every creature in an area those who sees the pattern must be capable of making a Wisdom saving throw. Even though on a failed save, the creature can become charmed for a specific duration. So, while it charmed by this Hypnotic Pattern spell, the creature has been Incapacitated and also it has the speed of 0.

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This dnd 5e spell will end for an affected creature when if it takes any kind of damage or else if someone else uses an action for being shake the creature out of its stupor and the material component in case you were wondering i didn’t mention it earlier my bird is a glowing stick of incense or crystal foil filled with phosphorescent materials.

It’s really good, i like it yeah incredible range you got the exclusion of verbal components and naturally the charmed effect is fantastic. So it is pretty dang good it does a lot of stuff the unreal downside isn’t really available for up-casting which means warlocks aren’t super likely to take it but whatever now let’s move on to some alternative uses.

Alternative Uses

The first one is of course crowd control…this is fantastic especially if you’re dealing with a MOB or even giving a powerful speech or anything really the world is your oyster. Ultimately you could technically use this for a bank heist as well which is pretty cool which leads to this second point.

Anytime you want to plan to go off without a hitch and this is a great thing to have in your back pocket not just because of the charmed effect but also because of that speed reduction. People can’t really chase after you if they can’t move pretty fantastic and along the same way of thought this is ideal to using guards or even groups of guards.

Not just once again because of the speed but not incapacity condition they don’t know they’re gonna see it’s gonna be pretty cool, they can take actions, they can’t take reactions life is good for the party who successfully pulls a spell off.

Attributes Of Hypnotic Pattern 5E Spell

Casting Time1 action
ClassesBard, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard
ComponentsS M
DurationUp to 1 minute
MaterialA glowing stick of incense or a crystal vial filled with phosphorescent material
NameHypnotic Pattern
Range120 feet
TargetA 30-foot cube within range

That being said!  Let me know what you would think of hypnotic pattern down beneath in the comment section. Be sure to mention any thoughts, questions, comments, or concerns you have. That being said i hope you all have a great day and as always happy adventuring my friends.

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