Play Your Next 5E D&D Game with 3 New Druid Cantrips
I’ve always been an avid fan of the druid class in fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons. Whether playing a tabletop roleplaying game or MMO with friends there’s always been something I love about the notion of calling to the wilderness and having it answer in kind. In our campaign for Those Bastards! over on the Nerdarchy Live channel my character at present, Prudence, is a druid with some monk splashed in for good measure. No matter how you spin it, druids are my jam, hardcore. However, sometimes I get tired of the same old druid cantrips and I feel like there are things druids in 5E D&D should be able to do that isn’t really represented yet. As such, I’ve devised some cantrips for your favorite druid characters I think help to fill in some gaps the class currently possesses.
New druid cantrips to call on nature’s power
Casting Time: 1 reaction
Components: S, M (a drop of blood that has been spilled within the last minute)
You draw power from freshly spilled blood as a reaction either from a wound you incurred or a one incurred by a creature within 5 feet. The blood seeps into your skin, blackening the area for a moment as necrotic energy swells. You then choose a creature within 5 feet. The creature must make a Constitution saving throw as its veins blacken briefly across its body. On a failed saving throw, the creature takes 1d10 necrotic damage and it cannot recover hit points until the beginning of your next turn.
This spell’s necrotic damage increases by 1d10 when you reach 5th level (2d10), 11th level (3d10), and 17th level (4d10).
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 120 feet
Components: V, S
You extend your hand and unleash a streak of lightning from your palm at a creature within range. Make a ranged spell attack. This spell ignores the armor benefit of metal armor. On a hit, a creature takes 1d6 lightning damage and it cannot take a reaction until the beginning of your next turn.
This spell’s necrotic damage increases by 1d6 when you reach 5th level (2d6), 11th level (3d6), and 17th level (4d6).
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
You choose an area of nonmagical plants you can see that can fit within a 5-foot cube. You affect the plants in the area in one of the following ways:
You instantaneously cause the plants in the area to flourish, growing rapidly 5 feet outward in all directions.
- You instantaneously cause the plants in the area to wither, up to crumbling into ashy dust.
- You cause the plants in the area to instantaneously bear fruit, bloom flowers or change according to their natural cycles. These changes last for up to one hour.
- You cause the plants in the area to move, shape or otherwise shift in form for up to 1 hour. You cannot cause the plants to uproot themselves in this way.
If you cast this spell multiple times, you can have up to three of its non-instantaneous effects active at one time, and you can dismiss any number of these effects as an action.
What do you think?
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