Sanctuary Spell 5E

Hello magic casters of all shapes and sizes! welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 61st episode of our first level spell series. Today we’re gonna be talking about dnd 5e sanctuary spell which is an oldie but a goodie.

Let me tell you i think this has been around almost as long as DMD has it’s a true classic spell, it’s mechanics haven’t changed a whole lot since it was initially started. It’s just a great spell. It is usable by the cleric and the artificer which is super great i’m really happy there to forgot this. It is found in the good old players handbook. With that hyped-up intro out of the way let’s take a look at its mechanics.


It’s effect at a glance at least is as followed: You ward a target from harm, if any creature attempts to directly harm the target, they must first make a wisdom save if they fail the save. The warded target can not be targeted. This effect can be ended if the target does anything to effect an enemy or deals damage. Which kind of makes sense you know.

  • 1st-level abjuration
  • Casting Time: 1 bonus action
  • Range: 30 feet
  • Components: V, S, M (a small silver mirror)
  • Duration: 1 minute

Its cast time is one bonus action which is awesome. It also has a range of 30 feet which is pretty good considering it’s a buff. Duration is one minute and it is not concentration which is particularly impressive. So its components are somatic, material and verbal meaning you have to gesture with one hand use the material component in this case a small silver mirror or component pouch and speak forth an incantation.

The school is unsurprisingly abjuration. It’s all about protection so it makes sense right! That being said lets take a look at its full description and let’s better understand the way the spell works.


Basically, in dungeons and dragons 5th edition role playing game you can use this Sanctuary spell as you ward a creature within a specific range which is against to the attack. Until unless the spell ends, any kind of creatures those whoever targets a warded creature with either an attack or else with a harmful spell which must first make a wisdom saving throw.

Basically, on a failed save, the creature must need to select the new target or else lose an attack or even a spell. Normally, this dnd spell does not protect the warded creature from an area effects, like the explosion of the fireball. Suppose, if the warded creature could make an attack or else cast a spell which may affects an enemy creature, then this spell will end.

Also check: stoneskin spell 5e

Which kind of makes sense it’s kind of peace in exchange for peace let’s at least the general idea here. Now something i would like to point out here is by harmful effects it doesn’t just mean damage. For example something like bane would be considered a harmful effect so bear that in mind. Also based on the way this spell is worded in terms of deactivating the spell prematurely.

You can cast spells that effect friendly or neutral targets. So for example you can still heal, you can still buff your allies or you can do harmful effects to an enemy that doesn’t quote know they’re an enemy yes so isn’t a hostile. You know if that makes sense.

That mean i think that last one might be up for a little bit of debate but i would probably allow it one of my games so use your dms discretion. That being said, let’s take a look at some alternative uses here.

Alternative Uses

So the best one i can think of personally at least would be to protect an important NPC more than likely they’re not going to be doing any attacking anyways so this is just one other layer of protection on them. Outside of that they could really really useful when it comes to helping allies or friendly units escape harm’s way. Not only do they have to make that attack role but they also got to make wisdom save as well so i just think it works really well for that too.

Spell Lists: Artificer, Cleric.


That being said, if you have any alternative uses for sanctuary please put them down in the comments beneath, If you have any cool stories, thoughts, ideas, questions put it all down there and i really appreciate it and i know everyone else does as well.

That being said guys thank you so much i really do appreciate it, i hope you all have a wonderful day and as always happy casting.

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