Illusory Script Spell 5E

Hello spellcasters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 50th episode of our first level spell series. Let’s take a look at today’s spell d&d 5e illusory script this is in my opinion is probably one of the most overwhelmingly broken first level spells in the entire game.

It is usable by the bard, warlock and wizard and it is found in the player’s handbook and my goodness is this thing great. Also do check out longstrider 5e after you’re all done with this page. That being said, let’s take a look at its mechanics we can kind of understand what is getting at any suggest of it.


  • Level: 1st
  • Casting Time: 1 Minute (Ritual)
  • Range/Area: Touch
  • Components: S, M * (a lead-based ink worth at least 10 gp, which the spell consumes)
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • School: Illusion
  • Attack/Save: None
  • Damage/Effect: Communication

So, its cast time is one minute and it can be casted as a ritual for an additional 10 i would highly recommend that i mean one minute to 10 minute not a huge difference there or 11 minutes technically speaking i guess. But in any case must move on it. The range is touch, the duration is 10 days.

The components are somatic and material so no verbal components here and that is kind of important. In terms of the material component it is a lead-based ink worth at least 10 gold piece which this spell consumes so bear that in mind. And the school as you might have figured out already is illusion. If you’re curious about unseen servant 5e then proceed with this article.

The effect at a glance is as followed: Infuse your writing with illusionary magic, designated creatures can see through the illusions, others view it however the caster wishes. Perfect with all that out of the way let’s take a look at the full description here so we know exactly how this thing’s so great. Do you want to keep reading our other spells then our most recommended one is comprehend languages 5e.


You can also write on the parchment, paper, or else some other suitable writing material and also imbue it by a potent illusion which can lasts for a specific duration. For you and also any kind of creatures which you designate whenever you cast the spell, also the writing appears as normal, also written in your hand and even it also conveys whatever the meaning that you’re actually intended whenever you have written the text. Also read: hypnotic pattern 5e spell

To all of the others, the writing could be appeared like if it was written in the unknown or else the magical script which is unintelligible. So, Alternatively, you are able to cause the writing for being appeared to be an entirely different message, written in the different hand and also the language which must be one you have to know or you do know it.

Shall the spell has been dispelled, the original script and also the illusion both will be disappear. Also a creature with the truesight able to be reading the hidden message. Please do check out distort value 5e spell also.

Wowsers! So absolutely incredible, man this in most of my games is considered to be quite a game breaking spell. If used correctly i am a very fortunate that not a lot of people actually know how devastating that this can be. With that being said, let’s take a look at some alternative uses here.

Alternative Uses

So, imagine if you let’s say needed to gain access to council with the king that was only available through invitation. This would be the best way to do it. You don’t need an invitation, don’t need anything just need a piece of paper with some writing on it. Doesn’t even have to be real like words or anything just needs to be writing, it could be the middle finger if you want i don’t know.

But whatever, show that to the guard they’ll probably let you in. Just present it as though it is in the kings hand presumably written in common. If you notice this spell actually lacks quite a few things and that’s what makes it so broken.

So what i mean by that before you get too far ahead in the examples here. What i mean by that is it doesn’t provide any kind of DC for the person appear through the illusion it’s a guaranteed success, it also doesn’t say you have to be you have to know the person who’s writing you know like it doesn’t say you have to have a sample of another person’s writing in order to replicate it.

It’s like a doctor who has the something passport like the magical thing that he has in his license it’s just a blank sheet of paper but it can dominate the minds of other and make them see what they want to see basically. It’s literally that, this is earth-shatteringly game-breaking.

Imagine if you wanted to get past guards or people looking for, you could just present them with a pardon that isn’t really a pardon but they perceive it as a pardon or if you wanted to rob a bank just say that you were working with a police or whatever guards or whatever patrols the tallinn city whatever. This was your letter of authorization and you were to move the money to safe location in disguise right!

Or if you need to gain access to a church just say the pope gave you a letter saying you’re allowed to go in. Present it as borderline blank sheet of paper and they’ll give you access. I love this, it is on all of my characters but i have to tone back its usefulness so the DM doesn’t straight-out ban it. It is a super great though, so please use it in your characters just don’t make it look too good because then everyone will get it.


That being said! if you have any alternative uses, interesting ideas or crazy concepts involving illusory script please let me know down in the comment section beneath i really do appreciate it. Also have a look at silent image 5e. That being said guys, thank you so much for checking this article, have a great day and as always happy casting.

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