Bard, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard - Cantrip Level Spell
Casting Time: 1 Action
Components: Verbal and Somatic
Duration: 1 Round
Reference: PHB 218
You extend your hand and trace a sigil of warding in the air. Until the end of your next turn, you have resistance against bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage dealt by weapon attacks.
My Comments: Sure, it’s a cantrip so you can’t expect much, but still, I can’t say I’m impressed. Basically, you give up an action in one turn to reduce the damage you’re going to take for ONE round.
Personally, I think you’re probably better off using your action to do some damage.
The saddest part is that the spell sounds so cool and just isn’t.
I agree. Maybe if you could cast it on another target it would be worth using.
Or if it would at least last until the next time you get hit within a minute…
I mean, it’s got such a cool name, it seems like it should be more useful. 🙂
Most criticism I see is ‘you might as well dodge’, except blade ward lasts until the end of your next turn. So really you could stack dodge and blade ward together, or attack while blade ward is still active…but like you said it’s probably better to just do some damage both rounds if possible.
If you’re in the situation where you can’t do anything, but you know some action is coming your way, and arrow, or you are a warcaster…it might come in handy. I think I want it to be more useful than it actually is…if I just think hard enough, but i can’t. 🙂
or if you were attacking something really strong you could take the cost of every other turn (you still have bonus actions and opportunity attacks?) in order to take half damage even vs. magic weapons…but you only get half your turns…i’m still thinking 😛
Ha! Well, I’m impressed you put so much effort into it. 🙂
We ended up leaving “Bladeward as an Action” unchanged, for its situational full-round benefits. But we added “OR, as a Bonus Action, you benefit from Bladeward against the single next triggering attack, and then the effect is removed.” So the EK 5 can attack, attack, bladeward, and take half damage from a single attack. Great when he was battling the single remorhaz, but sucked when surrounded by the flock of 12 werepenguins (don’t ask)…
I … I am so happy to have the opportunity to imagine a party surrounded by werepenguins. That’s really all the matters in this post now.
And I like your homebrewing of it. Seems reasonable to me.