Inflict Wounds Spell 5e

Spells are a very vital part of the Dungeons and Dragons Games. However, these spells are categorized into different schools such as Evocation, necromancy, Abjuration, Divination, Enchantment, and all whatnot.

Today we will be discussing the Inflict wound Spell which is an example of a necromancy spell. The necromancy spells are known to manipulate the power of death, unlife, and the life force. Therefore, a necromancy spell can bring the dead to life while others can push creatures to the edge of death. The necromancy spells have spells from the cantrip level to the 9th level. However, the Inflict wound is a level one necromancy spell.

What is Inflict Wounds Spell 5e?

The Inflict wound spell is a level one necromancy spell that requires an action to cast. The spell caster needs to touch the target for the spell to work.

Make a melee spell attack against a creature you can reach. On a hit, the target takes 3d10 necrotic damage.

At Higher Levels: When you cast this spell using a spell slot of second level or higher, the damage increases by 1d10 for each slot level above 1st.

Inflict Wound Statistics

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Spell name: Inflict wounds

Spell level: 1st Level

School: Necromancy

Casting time: 1 action

Range: Touch

Component: V, S

Duration: Instantaneous


Requirements for Casting the Inflict Wounds Spell

All spells demand some requirements before you can cast them. This is no different from the Inflict wounds. Here are the requirements of the Inflict wounds spell.

  1. You must have this spell in your spell list or a feature that is common to your race. Without which you cannot use it.
  2. Since the spell has a verbal component, you must be able to speak so as to cast this spell. Of course, before one could cast a spell, it is commonplace for them to say the right abracadabra.
  3. Since the spell has a somatic component, you should be able to use your hands freely or move your body to cast the spell.
  4. You must have at least a level one spell slot available which you can expend to cast the spell.
  5. You must be able to touch the victim so that the spell can work.

How to cast the Inflict Wound Spell

Once you have all the requirements which are stated above, you will be well on your way to casting the Inflict wound spell. Here is how you will go about it.

Now you have met all the requirements stated above, such as being able to speak and use your hands or move your body freely, having this spell on your spell list, having an available spell slot to cast it.

Touching the target is a very important requirement in casting the Inflict wounds spell. When you touch the target, you can deal damage to them. This is possible when the creature is 5ft or less close to you. However, for creatures that are far off, you cannot touch them without having to go close to them. This is one of the downsides of the Inflict wounds spell. A melee spell attack should be made as you cast this spell and touch the victim. You roll a 1d20 and add in the proficiency bonus.

Who is immune to Inflict Wounds Spell?

Since the inflict wounds is from the necrotic school, then creatures that are immune to necrotic damages will obviously be immune to it. For example, the Undead is immune to necrotic damage, and therefore the Inflict wounds cannot work on them. However, this spell is very potent in a lot of monsters. So it finds usefulness in dealing damages to a host of monsters.

Who can use the Inflict wounds spell?

The Inflict wounds is available to some classes and subclasses. Here is a list of these categories that can use the spell.


The Inflict spell 5e spell can be used by only the Clerics. Remember clerics? Intermediaries between the mortal worlds and the distant planes of the gods are one of the most diverse classes in D&D 5e.


There are two subclasses that can use the Inflict wounds spell. They are the Divine soul originating from the sorcerer’s class and the Oathbreaker originating from the Paladin class.

Advantages of the Inflict Wound Spell

  1. You do not need a material component to cast this spell. So it saves you the hassle of finding one.
  2. It is a Melee attack which means that you can attack enemies within 5ft from you.
  3. Inflict wounds become even more lethal when a higher-level spell slot is used to cast them. Higher-level spell slots include spell slots other than level 0 and 1 slots.
  4. Since it is a level one spell slot, the spell can be used as soon as the game begins.
  5. It deals heavy damages (3d10 necrotic damage) on the target. However, you can only hit on only one target.

Disadvantages of the Inflict Wounds Spell

  1. It is only available to only one class and a few subclasses.
  2. You need a spell slot to cast the spell.
  3. Since it has Verbal and somatic components, you will need to be able to speak and use your hands for the spell to work. If for instance you cannot speak or use your hands, this spell will not be cast.
  4. You can only deal the damage to only one target.
  5. Since it is a melee attack, it may not be ideal to deal damage on creatures that are far away from you.
  6. A whooping sum of 13 creatures is resistant to necrotic damage. Therefore this spell can not work on them.

Does the Inflict Wound Spell Heal the Undead?

Sometimes, some necrotic spells when used on the undead heal them. This is not true for the Inflict wound spell unless it is stated in the creature’s abilities and description.

Can Inflict Wound Crit in 5e?

Spells that perform melee or ranged attacks have a chance of rolling a critical hit on their attack roll. The Inflict wounds is one of those spells. So the Inflict wounds spell crit.

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