Hello spellcasters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 55th episode of our first level spell series. Today we’re going to be talking about dnd 5e longstrider spell This spell has a couple misconceptions about it but i’ll get into that in a little bit here.
Longstrider is usable by the bard, druid, ranger, wizard and artificer and it is found in the good old players handbook so we should all have access to it. With that hyped-up introduction out of the way let’s take a look at its mechanics.
- Level: 1st
- Casting Time: 1 Action
- Range/Area: Touch
- Components: V, S, M * (a pinch of dirt)
- Duration: 1 Hour
- School: Transmutation
- Attack/Save: None
- Damage/Effect: Buff (…)
The cast time is the standard one action, it’s range is touch, its duration is an impressive 1-hour, its effect at a glance: targets speed increases by10 feet. At higher levels one extra target per spell slot above first.
And it has the holy trinity for components somatic, material and verbal meaning that you have to gesture with one hand there is a material component, if you’re curious it is a pinch of dirt and a verbal component which means you have to speak forth an incantation.
The school is interestingly enough transmutation which kind of implies it physically changes the creature a little bit but neither here not there let’s check out its full description.
As per this spell you can touch a creature. Actually, the target’s speed has been increased by 10 feet until unless the spell ends.
At Higher Levels: Whenever you cast this spell by using the spell slot of 2nd level or else higher and also you can target one extra creature for each of the slot level above the 1st.
Really interesting stuff honestly this gets a terrible rep as a spell and i can kind of see why to be honest upon first reading i wasn’t super impressed with it either it seems like it’s something like expeditious retreat or a ton of other spells might have actual been better even just taking the dash action would be substantially better but i got news for you i don’t get into that in a little bit.
Something i want to clarify is this as a touch spell which means you can apply it to other people which is really cool, it doesn’t necessarily have to affect you and that’s gonna be important for a little bit later. That being said, let’s take a look at its alternative uses and see if we can make this spell a little bit more useful.
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So, something else i’d like to point out. It just says speed it doesn’t specify walking speed so it increases all your speeds by 10 feet. Well this is actually really good stuff, so if you’re a character with a flight speed or a swim speed or uses flying swimming or climbing regularly then this might actually be quite beneficial to you or your companions if you find they use those speeds quite a bit.
Something else i would like to point out and this is actually advice from one of our followers…”If you’re in a quest line where you have to escort a slower NPC?” This is a great way to make it a heck of a lot easier for you and speed up that quest by quite a significant margin. I really do think this is an incredibly a circumstantial spell but i really think that circumstantially it can really come in handy if you’re in a pinch.
That being said, if you have any cool ideas or alternative uses for longstrider please put them down in the comments beneath. As well as if you have any cool stories or ideas i’m just really curious to see what you guys have to say. That being said guys thank you so much for checking this out today i really do appreciate it. I hope you all have a wonderful day and as always happy casting.
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