January 27, 2021

Destruction Domain Redux

Divine Domain
Comments from the Pinky: Some clerics just want to watch the world burn.

Destruction Domain

Some gods revel only in the crushing of walls and the burning of cities. These gods of destruction, critical counterparts to the gods of creation and mercy, need not be evil, but have a strong tendency toward chaos and enforcing the eternal cycle of death and rebirth. Clerics who follow such deities often have a deep personal connection with their chosen god. In some cases, they were spared from destruction in order to wreak it upon others; in others, they have pleaded with the god for priesthood to destroy a single foe; others still simply worship their god out of reverent fear.

Destruction Domain Spells
Cleric Level  Spells
1stburning hands, thunderwave
3rdscorching ray, shatter
5thfireball, protection from energy
7thblight, wall of fire
9thcloudkill, cone of cold

Devastation Initiate
When you choose this domain at 1st level, you gain two cantrips of your choice from the wizard spell list. These cantrips count as cleric spells for you and do not count against the number of cantrips you can learn.

Channel Divinity: Calamity
Starting at 2nd level, you can funnel the entropic energies of the universe into your spells as a bonus action. For the next minute, whenever you deal damage with a cleric spell, it is empowered with ruinous potential. If you roll the highest number possible on any of the spell’s damage dice, you can roll that die again and add its damage to the total, rolling again if this number is also the highest, and so on. You can roll a total number of damage dice for this spell equal to twice the number of damage dice you initially rolled.

By 6th level, your devastating magic leaves only ruins behind. Once on each of your turns, when cast a 1st level or higher cleric spell that deals fire, force, lightning, radiant, or thunder damage, you can emit a shockwave that crumbles the environment around one creature that takes damage from the spell. The shockwave is a 5-foot radius sphere centered on the creature that only damages objects that aren’t being worn or carried. Each object in the area takes damage equal to twice the damage dealt to the creature, ignoring the object’s damage threshold. 

Potent Spellcasting
Starting at 8th level, you add your Wisdom modifier to the damage you deal with any cleric cantrip.

Havoc Spell
Starting at 17th level, when you deal damage to a creature with a cleric spell, you can expend a spell slot as a bonus action to deal bonus radiant damage to one creature that took damage from the spell. The extra damage is 2d6 for a 1st-level spell slot, plus 1d6 for each spell level higher than 1st, to a maximum of 5d6.


  1. The fire mage in me can't help but cackle at the fireball with exploding damage dice.

    1. At 17th, that's exploding dice fireball with a spells smite on top

  2. Exploding dice is really cool, even though one of my players thoroughly enjoyed the Ruin CD of the previous version (-4/-2 ac did a lot of work in that campaign).

    As for Shockwave- wouldn't it be easier to just make it a siege caster? Or is the point that a lot of spells specifically only deal damage to creatures in the area?

  3. Maybe in the Havoc Spell feature, you could make it so that it is Radiant or Necrotic damage, since it would give more variety if the Cleric is more Evil, and may make interesting scenarios where the Cleric of Tyr (It could work! Righteous vengeance and the like) blasts a Dragon (work with me, I just put in the first common enemy adventurers face in the career), with destructive necrotic energy.

    Great work as always!