Hunger of Hadar Spell DnD

Hello spellcasters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 30th episode of our 3rd level spell series. We’re getting high up there in numbers guys! Today we’re going to be taking a look at the ever popular thematically cool spell hunger of hadar 5e spell.

This spell is usable exclusively by the warlock that is so far as to say as it’s found on their spell lists and it is found in the good old players handbook so we should all have access to it. This has got to be one of my favorite spells from a thematic standpoint. However i do have a small gripe with it mechanically so we will get into that in a little bit here. That being said, let’s quickly go over to its mechanics.

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  • Level: 3rd
  • Casting Time: 1 Action
  • Range/Area: 150 ft (20 ft radius)
  • Components: V, S, M *
  • Duration: 1 Minute (Concentration)
  • School: Conjuration
  • Attack/Save: DEX Save
  • Damage/Effect: Cold and Acid

So the way the spell does damage is actually a little bit unique. When if you start your turn within the affected area it deals 2d6 cold damage and when you end your turn there it deals 2d6 acid damage and you can make a save to cut that in half but that cold damage is basically forever 2d6.

The effect at a glance is as followed: Create a sphere of darkness, that whispers and cannot be illuminated. The area of the sphere is difficult terrain. It deals cold damage upon a creature starting its turn there and acid damage when it ends its turn inside of it.

The cast time is one action, the range is an impressive 150ft and it is a 20 foot radius sphere which is  really huge. That’s basically fireball level kind of range, it’s really nice good stuff. The duration is  one minute and it is a concentration spell, the components are somatic, material and verbal. If you’re curious about that material component it is a pickled octopus tentacle which is really cool.

The way this spell does its saving throw is a little bit weird, it’s only on the damage you take upon ending your turn within the area and it is a dex save and on a success it’s half damage and that’s for that acid damage by the way. The school is conjuration and the damage type is cold and acid because it does the two. Don’t miss dnd 5e hunger of hadar devil’s sight.

This spell does a lot. Like an insane amount of and i think that’s why people defend this spell to no end it’s amazing, as a dungeon master i love using it, it’s probably one of my all-time thematically favorite spells as well. And let’s get into why that is by reading the full description.

Description / What Does The Spell “Hunger of Hadar” Do?

Hunger of hadar description

You open a gateway to the dark between the stars, a region infested with unknown horrors. A 20-foot-radius sphere of blackness and bitter cold appears, centered on a point with range and lasting for the duration. This void is filled with a cacophony of soft whispers and slurping noises that can be heard up to 30 feet away. No light, magical or otherwise, can illuminate the area, and creatures fully within the area are blinded.

The void creates a warp in the fabric of space, and the area is difficult terrain. Any creature that starts its turn in the area takes 2d6 cold damage. Any creature that ends its turn in the area must succeed on a Dexterity saving throw or take 2d6 acid damage as milky, otherworldly tentacles rub against it. * – (a pickled octopus tentacle)

Very cool stuff! Once again, thematically this spell is a fire and it does a ton of cool stuff between creating an area of darkness between blinding, between giving off  weird noises, between doing damage both at the start and end of a creature’s turn. There’s a lot going on here, it’s really incredible when you lay it out like that. However as i mentioned earlier i do have a complaint about this spell. Also know what level spell is arms of hadar?.

And the complaint isn’t so much centered on the spell itself, it’s centered on the class that uses it. If you haven’t played warlock before basically the way their spell slots work is they don’t really get a whole lot of them. If anything they i think i want to get like five max and the way that their spell slots work is the spell slot level increases as they level up.

So you’re always casting at your highest spell slot. This spell offers zero incentive to be up casted and for that reason i’m just a little bit disappointed, i’d like to see maybe at the very least an increase in damage when they end their turn in there i think that would be fair. Alternatively if they could add their charisma modifier to the damage i think that’d be fine as well. Do you want to know what level spell is misty step? and more about it then read our review.

That being said, i don’t know. It’s just a personal gripe i’ve always had with it. If you agree or disagree mention why in the comments but i don’t know. That being said, let’s move on to some alternative uses.

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Alternative Uses

Hunger of hadar uses

The only real ways i could consider using this spell creatively is using it to take down a large group of foes by just really taking advantage of that substantial area of effect and range. Outside of that you could probably use this to orchestrate some crazy plan.

This spell kinds has it all made. It can be used for intimidation purposes, it is a control spell just through virtue of it imposing blindness. As well as providing difficult terrain and thematically you could terrify the ever loving heck out of anyone who’s around when this baby pops off.


1. Can You Counterspell Hunger of Hadar?

A: Yes, you could use Counterspell to interrupt the casting of Hunger of Hadar. When you notice a caster starting to cast Hunger of Hadar, you may use your reaction to forged Counterspell. If the spell’s degree is same to or much less than the level at which you solid Counterspell, it’s far routinely interrupted. If Hunger of Hadar is solid at a higher level, you will need to make an capacity test the use of your spellcasting capability to prevent it.

2 Do You Take Damage From Your Own Hunger of Hadar?

A: No, you do now not take damage from your personal Hunger of Hadar spell. The spell’s effects goal different creatures within the region, however the caster is proof against the spell’s harm and conditions. In any case do not miss brood of hadar.


That being said though! Let me know how you would use dnd 5e spell hunger of hadar down beneath in the comment section. Be sure to mention any thoughts, questions, comments or concerns you have regarding it. That being said, i hope you all have a great day. Don’t forget to subscribe to my email subscription to get the latest updates of d&d 5th edition campaigns. That being said, have a great and as always  happy spellcasting my friends.

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