July 10, 2017

Power Word Spells

Spells
Notes from the Nails: Power word spells have always struck me as the purest manifestation of magic in d&d. A wizard takes up magic in order to tell the universe what to do - no ifs, no buts, no silly hand waving, no saving throws. So imagine my shock when there were only three in the PHB! Here's my attempt to remedy that.

Power Word: Annihilate
9th-level transmutation

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
Components: V
Duration: Instantaneous

You utter a word of extreme and terrible power that can completely destroy one creature, object or creation of magical force you can see within range. If the creature or object you choose has 150 hit points or fewer, it dies or is destroyed. Otherwise, the spell has no effect.
     When killed by this spell, a creature and everything it is wearing and carrying, except magic items, are reduced to a pile of fine grey dust. The creature can be restored to life only by means of a true resurrection or a wish spell.
     This spell automatically disintegrates a Huge or smaller nonmagical object or a creation of magical force. If the target is a Gargantuan or larger object or creation of force, this spell disintegrates a 15-foot-cube portion of it. Magic items are unaffected by this spell.
     Regardless of whether this spell has any effect on the target, the amount of energy required to cast it is immense, and very harmful to the caster. When you cast this spell, you take 10d6 psychic damage, which cannot be avoided or resisted in any way.



Power Word: Blind
7th-level enchantment

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
Components: V
Duration: Instantaneous

You speak a word of power that can overwhelm the mind of one creature you can see within range, leaving it blind. If the target has 150 hit points or fewer, it is blinded. Otherwise, the spell has no effect.
     The blinded target must make a Constitution saving throw at the end of each of its turns. On a successful save, this effect ends.


Power Word: Deafen
5th-level enchantment

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
Components: V
Duration: Instantaneous

You speak a word of power that can overwhelm the mind of one creature you can see within range, leaving it deafened. If the target has 150 hit points or fewer, it is deafened. Otherwise, the spell has no effect.
     After 1 minute, the deafened target must make a Constitution saving throw at the end of each of its turns. On a successful save, this effect ends.


Power Word: Distract
6th-level enchantment

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
Components: V
Duration: Instantaneous

You speak a word of power that can overwhelm the mind of one creature you can see within range, leaving it distracted. If the target has 150 hit points or fewer, all attacks against the creature have advantage. Otherwise, the spell has no effect.
     The distracted target must make a Constitution saving throw at the end of each of its turns. On a successful save, this effect ends.


Power Word: Fatigue
5th-level necromancy

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
Components: V
Duration: Instantaneous

You speak a word of power that drains the body of one creature you can see within range, leaving it tired and fatigued. The target gains one level of exhaustion.


Power Word: Pain
7th-level enchantment

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
Components: V
Duration: Instantaneous

You speak a word of awful power that can overwhelm the mind of one creature you can see within range, leaving it in intense pain. If the target has 150 hit points or fewer, it is incapacitated. Otherwise, the spell has no effect.
     The incapacitated target must make a Constitution saving throw at the end of each of its turns. On a successful save, this effect ends.


Power Word: Scan
5th-level divination

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
Components: V
Duration: Instantaneous

You speak a secret word of power that reveals to you details about one creature you can see within range. Choose one of the following pieces of information: armor class, current hit points, damage immunities, damage resistances, damage vulnerabilities, enchantments. The DM must share with you the requested information (enchantments reveals any spells that are currently affecting the target creature, such as bless or haste).


Power Word: Sicken
6th-level necromancy

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
Components: V
Duration: Instantaneous

You speak a word of disgusting power that can overwhelm the body of one creature you can see within range, leaving it sickened. If the target has 150 hit points or fewer, it is poisoned. Otherwise, the spell has no effect.
     The sickened target must make a Constitution saving throw at the end of each of its turns. On a successful save, this effect ends.


Power Word: Silence
7th-level enchantment

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
Components: V
Duration: Instantaneous

You speak a word of power that can overwhelm the mind of one creature you can see within range, leaving it silenced. If the target has 150 hit points or fewer, it is unable to speak or perform the verbal components of spells. Otherwise, the spell has no effect.
     After 1 minute, the silenced target must make a Constitution saving throw at the end of each of its turns. On a successful save, this effect ends.



11 comments:

  1. Great work as usual with these spells. The power words are some of my favorites. Could I make a request for the next group of spells? I'm currently running a campaign where one of my players found a book of forbidden magic but I'm having trouble thinking up spells to put in it. Could you maybe make some evil spells? Stuff that you might find in the Book of Vile Darkness, for example.

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    1. Here is a compendium including evil races, subclasses and spells if you need some ideas: https://www.reddit.com/r/UnearthedArcana/comments/6gsyb9/dark_arts_players_companion_v20_rebalanced_and/

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    2. Well, Complete Witch is coming out in September, I think. That will have a range of evil-sounding spells in it.

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  2. Beauty given shape nails.a wizard points their focous and utters but one word at the ulithard Annihilate
    As six seconds later all that's left is a fine gray dust where once stood a powerful foe.

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    1. The universalist will make good use of these new spells

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  3. Woohoo! I'm a big fan of those, and these look great!
    Why not use all conditions? Power Word: Fall (prone) could be a nice 1st level spell.

    PWK works on creatures of hp 100 or less. PW Annihilate works on 150 and disintegrates, preventing resurrection (and affects objects, but this doesn't really change the power level). Theoretically, you're trading 35 (10d6) hp for 50 damage and some extra stuff, which also potentially gives this higher damage than a meteor swarm (140 avg), albeit to a single target (and unlikely to actually deal this much).
    ...Eh well. It's a 9th level spell. It can't really be not-overpowered anyway.

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    1. That's a lot of math.

      If I had to do a Power Word: Fall, it would work for any target under 50HP and be first level

      Have you read the Draconis Fundamentalis? It has a draconic word: force (like in Skyrim)

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    2. If you think that's a lot of math, you should see my posts when there's a new monk subclass here ;)

      I thought the exact same thing about PW fall, and haven't had a chance to look at the Draconis Fundamentalis (due to patreon/credit card issues).

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  4. Oh man, Power Word: Fatigue would become my go-to debuff spell. No save inflict Exhaustion on a creature would be really strong given enough times to cast it, but also expensive to cast with 5th level slots. Reserved for BBEG fights.

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  5. Just pair these with the Mailman sorcerer and the BBEG is DOA.

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  6. I was actually thinking about new Power Word spells last week and I think these are all really great. I do want to share my favorite one I had came up with as well.

    Power Word: Deny
    9th-level Abjuration
    Components: V
    Range: 120
    Duration: Instantaneous
    Casting Time: Reaction

    Counter target spell or dispel one effect. If a spell was countered, the caster of the countered spell becomes Silenced for 1 minute.

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