Druid - Cantrip Level Spell
Casting Time: 1 Action
Range: 30 ft
Components: Verbal and Somatic
Reference: PHB 282
You create a long, vine-like whip covered in thorns that lashes out at your command toward a creature in range. Make a melee spell attack against the target. If the attack hits, the creature takes 1d6 piercing damage, and if the creature is Large or smaller, you pull the creature up to 10 feet closer to you.
At higher level
This spell’s damage increases by 1d6 when you reach 5th level (2d6), 11th level (3d6), and 17th level (4d6).
My Comments: I feel like this would be a nice addition for an Oath of Vengeance Paladin. Basically, you’d never be able to get away from them. Between Hunter’s Mark, Hold Person, Misty Step, and this cantrip, there would never be any getting away from them. They could move their full move, grab a runner 30 ft away and drag them back 10 ft… Makes for a great bounty hunter and an even better NPC.
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No, it would be considered a melee spell attack. There are basically 4 kinds of attacks: ranged weapon, melee weapon, ranged spell, melee spell (might be odd corner cases where you do a ‘spell attack’ that is neither melee nor ranged, not sure).