Darkness DnD 5E Spell

Hello magic casters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 18th episode of our second level spell series. Today we’re going to be taking a look at one of the most edge lordy spells in 5e. Today we’re gonna be taking a look at darkness 5e it’s kind of pretty much is what you might think it is, it’s pretty awesome though, pretty awesome.

It is usable by the sorcerer, warlock and the wizard and it is found in the good old players handbook. Needless to say this is one of the coolest spells out there and tons and tons and tons of cool stories practical applications it’s been featured in almost every mainstream dungeons & dragons podcast and i just really like it. That being said, let’s move on to its mechanics. Apart from this we recommend you to read this maddening darkness dnd 5e.

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  • Level: 2nd
  • Casting Time: 1 Action
  • Range/Area: 60 ft (15 ft Radius)
  • Components: V, M *
  • Duration: 10 Minutes (Concentration)
  • School: Evocation
  • Attack/Save: None
  • Damage/Effect: Control

Your cast time is the infamous 1 action, the range is 60 feet but the actual effect takes place in a 15 foot radius sphere. The duration is 10 minutes and sadly it is concentration. The effect at a glance is as followed:

You make a sphere of magical darkness on an object you are holding, or one that isn’t being worn or carried. The sphere is considered to be magical; non magical light cannot illuminate it and magical light under 3rd level is dispelled. The source of the darkness can be covered, although it is able to spread around corners. In any case you can also read this darkness dnd 5e spell familiar.

In terms of the components it is material and verbal. The material component in case you are curious is bat fur and a drop of pitch or piece of coal and the school is interestingly enough evocation. I would have thought maybe illusion but i mean i guess not. That being said, let’s move on to its full description and break it down a little bit further. also read how do you get rid of darkness spell 5e?


Magical darkness spreads from a point you choose within range to fill a 15-foot-radius sphere for the duration. The darkness spreads around corners. A creature with darkvision 5e can’t see through this darkness, and nonmagical light can’t illuminate it.

If the point you choose is on an object you are holding or one that isn’t being worn or carried, the darkness emanates from the object and moves with it. Completely covering the source of the darkness with an opaque object, such as a bowl or a helm, blocks the darkness.

If any of this spell’s area overlaps with an area of light created by a spell of 2nd level or lower, the spell that created the light is dispelled. * – (bat fur and a drop of pitch or piece of coal).

Wowzers! Such a cool spell. very edge ordy but very nice. When a creature is caught in darkness it is considered to be a heavily obscured area. So from the PHB a heavily obscured area such as darkness, opaque, fog or dense foliage—blocks vision entirely. A creature is effectively suffers from the blinded condition when trying to see something in that area. Also read can you see out of darkness spell 5e?

And the blinded condition we’ve covered it a couple times on the website…a blinded condition can’t see and automatically fails any ability check that requires sight. Attack rolls against the creature have advantage and the creatures attack rolls have disadvantage. Very very cool stuff here. With that all being said and done let’s check into some alternative uses here. Also check out this what is the permanent darkness spell in d&d?

Alternative Uses

So something i would like to point out is that once again after the spell is cast on the object, the sphere of darkness moves with the object. So something else that’s going to be worth pointing out, the only real way to be able to see through this stuff as a player at least our early levels is to be a warlock and grab the devil’s sight 5e invocation.

And what that does is it’ll let you look through magical darkness so imagine this, imagine you cast darkness on an arrow and shoot it at opponent or enemy trying to run away and you watch them as they become blinded and takes a little bit of damage probably run into a tree or something. If you shoot them in the back they’re not gonna be able to pull it out, so it’s pretty cool, i think it’s a pretty fun idea. You can check out the difference between daylight vs darkness 5e.

Another great way to use this is to actually cast it on an item of importance either something that you are trying to steal something that is other being stolen from you, something like that. It just serves as one added layer of defense or an added layer of evasion. If you can see through the darkness at least. Check out this dark elf dnd 5e.

And the third is if you’re trying to run away cast this on something that you’re holding and run away with darkness cast on you, once again this would require devil’s sight or some other way around it. But i think those are all pretty dang cool stuff! Don’t miss this dark gifts dnd 5e | dark sun dnd 5e | dark souls dnd 5e | dark star dnd 5e | dark powers dnd 5e | drow 5e | druid 5e | dagger 5e |


That being said, if you have any alternative uses, interesting ideas or cool concepts i’d really like to hear them down in the comment section beneath. I just enjoy reading them and i know everyone else does as well. That being said, i hope you all have a wonderful day and as always happy casting. Also check out heart of darkness dnd 5e | daylight 5e | dispel magic 5e | dancing lights 5e | divine smite 5e |

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