Witch Bolt 5E Spell

Hello magic casters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking in to the 74th episode of our first level spell series. Today we’re taking a look at witch bolt 5e spell to add this spell is usable by the sorcerer, warlock and the wizard and it is found in the players handbook so we should all have access to it.

Which both thematically is one of my favorite spells however in terms of mechanics i find it comes a little bit short personally. That being said let’s take a look at its mechanics and i’ll explain a little bit better what i mean. You can also read dnd chaos bolt 5e.


Your damage is a die 12 plus an additional d12 for each spell out level above first. The cast time is one action, the range is 30 feet, the duration is one minute and it is a concentration spell. The components are somatic, material and verbal meaning you have to gesture with one hand and the material component is a twig that is from a tree that has been struck by lightning. Would you also like to read chromatic orb 5e!

  • Damage: 1d12(*1d12 per spell slot above 1st)
  • Casting Time: 1 Action
  • Range: 30ft
  • Duration: 1 Minute (concentration)
  • Components: Somatic, Material and Verbal
  • School: Evocation
  • Damage type: Lightning

It is not consumed so component punch will work and the verbal component means you have to speak forth an incantation. The school is evocation which isn’t too surprising and the damage type is a lightning which is also isn’t too surprising.

The effect is as followed: It make a ranged spell attack. On a hit deal damage, and you can use your actions to inflict 1d12 more damage (so long as the target is within range, and not totally covered). That being said let’s take a look at the full description and just better flesh this out. You may also have interested in lightning bolt dnd 5e.


One of the beam of cracklings, the blue energy lances out towards the creature which is within a specific range and formatting sustained arc of lightning between you and a target. You make a ranged spell attack against to that specific creature.

So, any how on a hit the target have a chance to take 1d12 lightning damage and also on each of your turns for a specific duration, you can able to use your action to deal 1d12 lightning damage for the target automatically.

Normally the spell ends whenever you use your action for doing anything else. Actually, the spell also ends if the target is over outside to the spell’s range or else if it has total cover from you. Also check out our article on glyph of warding 5e spell

At Higher Levels:

While you cast this Witch Bolt 5E Spell by using the spell slot of 2nd level or higher and then the initial damage will increase by 1d12 for each slot above the 1st level.

So a couple of reasons why i don’t think this is the best scholar to the first level spells is the concentration kind of makes it soft quite a bit. Also the fact that cast and the up casting it only affects the initial damage and doesn’t affect the prolonged damage is kind of a downer.

It’s also just burning up your actions. If the cleric or the paladin had this then eventually i take it back if the cleric add this. It might be a little bit better because he could still use something like spiritual weapon.

I suppose you can still stack this with something like flaming sphere but it’d be a little bit trickier because flaming sphere is a concentration, the spiritual weapon would be the best way to go with this but it can’t naturally byrock that’s not on the character spell list or the cleric spell list.

You could get it through magic initiate and through various class features but that’d be about it. Without further ado lets take a look at some alternative uses. Would you like to read crown of madness dnd 5e.

Alternative Uses

Honestly i couldn’t really think of any for witch bolt it specifies that you have to target a creature so you can’t use it on objects and it’s just quite a limiting spell as far as i can tell. Every time i’ve used it it’s always been to my own detriment so they don’t really have the best relationship with it.

Attributes Of Witch Bolt 5E Spell

Casting Time1 action
Range30 feet
ComponentsV, S, M (a twig from a tree that has been struck by lightning)
DurationConcentration, up to 1 minute
ClassesSorcerer, Warlock, Wizard
NameWitch Bolt

That being said! may be you do so if you have any alternative uses any cool ways to use witch bolt or any cool stories about it i’d really like to hear down comment section beneath, i know everyone else checking this article would as well. That being said guys thank you so much for tuning in today i really do appreciate it. I hope you all have a great day and as always happy casting.

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