Phantasmal Force 5E Spell

Hello spellcasters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking in to the 57th episode of our second level spell series. Today we are covering arguably one of the most broken spells in d&d 5e just in general.

Let me tell you i have personally use this spell to derail campaigns i’ve had it used on me to derail campaigns it is just a stupidly worded spell that is way stronger than it needs to be at least in my humble opinion and experience. Today we’re talking about the one and only dnd 5e phantasmal force spell.

It is usable by the bard, sorcerer and the wizard and it is found in the good old players handbook. Now what makes it so broken you may ask! well that is a great question but in order to answer it we’re gonna need to let take a look at the mechanics here. So let’s do that.


The cast time is just one action, the range is a decent 10 feet, but the actual area of effect takes place in a 10-foot cube. The duration is one minute and it is a concentration spell thank god. The saving throw is an intelligence which is really really strong in 5e because a lot of people pick this or dump stat.

  • 2nd level illusion.
  • Casting Time: 1 action
  • Range: 60 feet (10ft cube)
  • Components: V, S, M (a bit of fleece)
  • Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute
  • Save: Int (Success = No effect)
  • School: Illusion

The components are the holy trinity so Verbal, Material and Somatic. The material component in case you’re curious is a bit of fleece kind of meant to signify pulling the wool over one’s eyes. Pretty cool and the school is unsurprisingly illusion.

The effect at a glance is as followed: You create a hyper-realistic illusion in the mind of a target within range. They will always believe the illusion to be real, for the duration of the spell. If the illusion harms the target, they take 1d6 psychic damage. So it sounds pretty broken already but let me write the full description so you get the real grand affect.


Being a dnd phantasmal force spell you can craft an illusion which takes root within a mind of the creature which you could see within a range. The target should make an Intelligence saving throw. However on a failed save, you can easily create the phantasmal object, creature, or even the other visible phenomenon depends upon your choice which is not larger than a 10-foot cube and also which is perceivable only to a target for the duration. This specific spell has no effects on an undead or else the constructs.

Here the phantasm usually includes the sound, temperature, and the other stimuli, also the evident only to a creature. Of course the target could use its own action in order to examine a phantasm with some Intelligence (Investigation) check against your spell save DC. Suppose, if a check succeeds, then the target would realize that the phantasm is an illusion and then the spell will end.

Do you know about clairvoyance 5e spell

While a target has been affected by this spell, then the target treats the phantasm like if it was real. The target rationalizes any kind of illogical outcomes from being interacting with the phantasm. For an instance, a target has been attempting to walk across the phantasmal bridge which spans the chasm falls once it steps onto a bridge.

If a target survives the fall, then it still believe that a bridge exists and also comes up with some other explanation for all of its fall it was pushed, it slipped, or else a strong wind might have been knocked it off.

Basically, an affected target is so convinced of a phantasm’s reality which could even take the damage from an illusion. A phantasm has been created to an appear like a creature could be attack a target. Of course similarly, this phantasm force has been created to be appeared as fire, a pool of an acid, or else lava could burn the target.

Each round of your any turn, the phantasm could deal 1d6 psychic damage to a particular target if it is in a phantasm’s area or else within 5 feet of a phantasm, which has been provided that an illusion is of a creature or else hazard which could logically deal the damage, like by attacking. Of course the target perceives a damage like a type appropriate to an illusion.

Spells list: Bard, Sorcerer, Wizard.

My goodness is that a long explanation. But you see how it’s broken, the broken part stems from the fact that they’ll always justify it and that enables you to pull some rather nasty, shenanigans and just really in flex that creative muscle of yours. So let’s actually take a look at some alternative uses to give you some good examples.

Alternative Uses

I’m gonna try and use some creative ones that i have used or that have derailed some of my campaigns. So a great one is to use it to basically replicate an object that you’ve stolen or morph an object that was there into something that it isn’t for example turning the crown on the queen’s head into like a rotting structure something in that nature that causes the king to freak out and panic.

That’s one good use of it but the most game-breaking use i’ve come up with is using it to replicate loved ones in the form of ghosts. Basically letting the target know that their loved one has died and kind of once revenge for one thing or another. This is really good when it comes to murder mysteries this is once again and derailed a couple games i’ve been in to the point of just absurdity.

So it’s a great gambit because even if the person you’re replicating is still alive. The target of this spell will justify it so that they are dead if that makes sense. So it’s pretty cool, it’s very interesting at least to a lot of good RP. Another great use of this is using it to create a monster that only one person can see and having a monster overlay with an important figure.

For example if there’s a nobody keeps getting in your way have him think that the king turned into a skeleton or demon or something of those lines and have him un-wantedly attack the king. I think that’d be very cool stuff, a very interesting and once again this is a game breaking spell.


That being said! if you have any ideas, alternative uses, thoughts, questions, comments, concerns please put them down beneath in the comment section. I’m sure a lot of you are gonna have a lot to say about this spell. Thank you so much guys, i really do appreciate it i hope you’ll have a great day and as always happy casting everyone.

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