Spare The Dying Spell DnD

Hello magic practitioners of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 36th episode of our cantrip series. Today we’re going to be taking a look at one of the most popular cleric cantrips spare the dying 5e dnd spell usable by the cleric and naturally through extension anyone else with access to their spell list and found in the players handbook let’s take a quick look at some mechanics here. You can also read our article on spare the dying grave cleric.


  • Level: Cantrip
  • Casting Time: 1 Action
  • Range/Area: Touch
  • Components: V, S
  • Duration: Instantaneous
  • School: Necromancy
  • Attack/Save: None
  • Damage/Effect: Healing

The cast time is one action, the range is touch, the duration is instantaneous and the effect is to stabalize a living creature. The components are somatic and verbal meaning you have to gesture as well as a speak forth an incantation and the school is unsurprisingly necromancy. Also read this article on 5e dying rules, can spare the dying be a bonus action?, can you use spare the dying on enemies?.

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Let’s take a look at the full description here just for flavor purposes as well as to make sure we are all on the same page. However you can also checkout these classes such as 5e artificer and also read this dnd 5e spell spare the dying familiar.


You touch a living creature that has 0 hit points. The creature becomes stable. This spell has no effect on undead or constructs.

So a little bit to unpack there. It does all make sense. There are ways to modify this through a couple of the clerics, subclasses and i’m fairly certain is away warlock and take advantage of this as well. But by default it’s okay, it’s good. It’s very like typical cleric ability. This is how spare the dying explained. Let’s take a look at some alternative uses here. However you can also read about does spare the dying get rid of death saves? and also read this article on does spare the dying bring you to 1 hp?.

Alternative Uses

Now there really aren’t a whole lot just because the way the spells are worded but i would like to point out there’s nothing to stop you from using this on NPC’s, familiars or even monsters as well if you have a friendly monster in your group. You can also read this Help action 5e familiar and also read this 5e can you choose to fail a save.


That being said, if you have any crazy ways to use this or any cool stories involving this cantrip, i’d really like to hear it down beneath in the comments below and i know everyone else checking this article would as well. So if you’d kindly do that i’d greately appreciate it. This is all about how does spare the dying work 5e. I hope you all have a great day and as always happy casting everyone. Also read these blog posts toll the dead 5e | cure wounds 5e | sacred flame 5e | thaumaturgy 5e | healing word 5e | sleep spell 5e explained | can i use spare the dying on myself? | does spare the dying work on negative hit points?.

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