I started this blog as a way to force myself to learn the D&D 5e Spells and then other things got added and it started to seem useful. I'm still adding spells, but It's not my day job, so I might be a bit slow about it. ~Dave
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Wizard using Detect Magic

Detect Magic

Classes: Artificer, Bard, Cleric, Druid, Paladin, Ranger, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard
level: 1
School: Divination
Casting Time: 1 Action
Concentration, Ritual

Detect Magic – Can it be used to see invisible objects or creatures? Let’s review!

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DnD Cleric Heals Wounds

Cure Wounds

Classes: Artificer, Bard, Cleric, Druid, Paladin, Ranger
level: 1
School:
Casting Time: 1 Action

Cure Wounds – Even in 5e D&D, having healing spells is still necessary. Now available to … not quite everybody, but a lot more than it used to be.

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5th edition cantrip spell Thunderclap

Thunderclap

Classes: Artificer, Bard, Druid, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard
level: Cantrip
School: Evocation
Casting Time: 1 Action

Thunderclap – Thunder… Thunder… Thunder-Claps Ho! This is not a sneaky spell.

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programmed illusion DnD spell

Programmed Illusion

Classes: Bard, Wizard
level: 6
School: Illusion
Casting Time: 1 Action

Programmed Illusion – Is this illusion spell useful? Maybe, if you have enough time to prepare.

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image for Mage Hand, a DnD 5th edition cantrip-level spell

Mage Hand

Classes: Bard, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard
level: Cantrip
School: Conjuration
Casting Time: 1 Action

This is another great utility spell. There are a lot of times when having an extra hand 30ft away is useful, especially in the first few levels. I think combining this with other cantrips like prestidigitation, and dancing lights can make for a great show.

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placard with Friends on it

Friends

Classes: Bard, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard
level: Cantrip
School: Enchantment
Casting Time: 1 Action
Concentration

Basically, you can take a creature that isn’t hostile to you, and make it hostile to you after getting 1 minute of advantage on Charisma checks and  you have to waste concentration on it.

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sad ogre hit by vicious mockery

Vicious Mockery

Classes: Bard
level: Cantrip
School: Enchantment
Casting Time: 1 Action

What’s so great about Vicious Mockery? It’s D4 damage only. Well, let’s look into why this is still a good cantrip.

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Faerie Fire - It can light up your enemies, even invisible ones, but can it overcome magical darkness? Let's review!

Faerie Fire

Classes: Artificer, Bard, Druid
level: 1
School: Evocation
Casting Time: 1 Action
Concentration

Faerie Fire – It can light up your enemies, even invisible ones, but can it overcome magical darkness? Let’s review!

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5e Message Cantrip image

Message

Classes: Artificer, Bard, Sorcerer, Wizard
level: Cantrip
School: Transmutation
Casting Time: 1 Action

Message cantrip- super useful, but what are the limitations?

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Speak with Animals spell

Speak with Animals

Classes: Bard, Druid, Ranger
level: 1
School: Divination
Casting Time: 1 Action
Ritual

Speak with Animals spell – What do those animals know? And, how much can they tell you?

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Bard using Major Image Spell

Major Image

Classes: Bard, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard
level: 3
School: Illusion
Casting Time: 1 Action
Concentration

Major Image – what can you do with this? Let’s explore!

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elephant eating to illustrate D&D 5e spell animal friendship

Animal Friendship

Classes: Bard, Druid, Ranger
level: 1
School: Enchantment
Casting Time: 1 Action

Animal Friendship – Combo with Speak with Animals or you might be disappointed. Still a great spell, though.

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D&D Cantrip Spell Mending broken chain

Mending

Classes: Artificer, Bard, Cleric, Druid, Sorcerer, Wizard
level: Cantrip
School: Transmutation
Casting Time: 1 Minute

Did you break and arrow? Mend it! This is a great utility spell that deserves more love.

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Witch scrying SB, a good example Scrying spell for 5th edition D&D

Scrying

Classes: Bard, Cleric, Druid, Warlock, Wizard
level: 5
School: Divination
Casting Time: 10 Minutes
Concentration

Scrying – how can it be used best by players and DMs? PS, don’t let it ruin your game.

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adventurers sleeping in a forest - Catnap

Catnap

Classes: Artificer, Bard, Sorcerer, Wizard
level: 3
School: Enchantment
Casting Time: 1 Action

Catnap – Sounds good in life, but is it good in D&D?

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Cleric Casting 5e spell Bane

Bane

Classes: Bard, Cleric, Warlock
level: 1
School: Enchantment
Casting Time: 1 Action
Concentration

Bane Spell- Is it as good as Bless? Let’s review.

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Hands casting colorful spell

Prestidigitation

Classes: Artificer, Bard, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard
level: Cantrip
School: Transmutation
Casting Time: 1 Action

This is another classic D&D spell going back several editions and has been either under-used and ignored, or used to create effects it really shouldn’t.

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5th Edition Spells - Blade Ward

Blade Ward

Classes: Bard, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard
level: Cantrip
School: Abjuration
Casting Time: 1 Action

Would you give up an action in one turn to reduce the damage you’re going to take for ONE round?

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