Banishment 5e Guide: How Does it work?

Spells are a life-saver in the Dungeons and Dragons game. They are very fundamental to the game and are indispensable when planning your campaigns.

In this article, we will discuss the Banishment spell. We will expound your knowledge on how to properly use the spell and explore the best use cases.

What is a Banishment Spell?

Banishment is a 4th level abjuration shell. You attempt to send one creature that you can see within range to another plane of existence. The target must succeed on a Charisma saving throw or be banished.

If the target is native to the plane of existence you’re on, you banish the target to a harmless demi-plane. (A demi-plane is one of the smaller planes of existence, and the target is incapacitated while they are there. After one minute, they will always reappear in the spot they vanished from).

While there, the target is incapacitated. The target remains there until the spell ends, at which point the target reappears in the space it left or in the nearest unoccupied space if that space is occupied.

However, if the target is native to a totally different plane of existence other than the plane you are native to, the target is banished with a faint popping noise returning to its home plane.

If the spell terminates before the 1 minute has elapsed, the target will reappear in the original space or in the nearest unoccupied space. If these spaces are not available, the target will not return.

Banishment Spell Statistics

It is important to get a player’s handbook. If you don’t already have one, you can get it through this link.

If you need the Players handbook with DND dice and a complete printable kit-DND core rule book all in one pack, click this link. This will save you some cash than having to buy them separately but you will have to pay more upfront. However, if you don’t have the funds at this time to purchase one, we got you covered as we will supply you with the most important statistics for the Banishment spell excerpted from the Player’s handbook.

Spell level: 4th level abjuration spell

Casting time: 1 action

Range: 60 feet

Components: V, S, M (An item distasteful to the target)

Duration: Concentration, Up to 1 minute

Classes: Paladin, Cleric, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard.

Banishment Spell at Higher levels

Remember, since it is a 4th level spell, a higher level means levels that are greater than level 4; such as level 5, 6, and so on.

When the banishment spell is cast at a higher level using a spell slot of a higher level, you can target an additional creature for each spell slot level above the 4th level.

Who can use the Banishment Spell?

The banishment spell is available to the following classes; Paladin, Cleric, Sorcerer, Warlock, and Wizard.

What creatures can be Banished

There are a plethora of creatures that can be affected by the banishment spell. Basically, when a creature is not of your world, you can banish them to their own plane during combat. The fiends and elemental are examples of creatures that can be banished. However, the undead cannot be banished because their soul is native to the material plane.

Can I banish myself?

From the provisions given to us by the Player’s handbook, it seems as if you can banish yourself provided you can see yourself. This is because the player’s handbook does not expressly state that it has to be another creature.

Where do enemies go when they are banished?

This question has been asked severally by beginners especially. Creatures that have been banished go to their respective plane provided that they are not native to the plain of the caster. However, creatures in their native plane already will go to a demi-plane instead.

Can an enemy be immune to banishment?

Yes. Some enemies are immune to banishment. This means that the banishment spell will not work on them.

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