Understanding Greater Restoration 5e

The Dungeons and Dragons game is a pretty interesting game. One in which danger lurks and you’re never sure what to expect. There are hundreds of monsters that may do you harm and terminate your campaign even before you’re even started. This is why you need someone in your campaign who has the power and ability to heal.

Healing is very important in the Dungeons and Dragons game. It can save you from harm that has already been done to you, it can help you regain your strength. The presence of a healer in your campaigns cannot be overlooked. Whether it is an alchemist who can make portions that will save you or the Paladin’s spell that would reverse the effect and damage that has been done to you.

It is worthy of mentioning that restoration and healing spells are subdivided into tiers. While Restoration and some healing spells can remove the status effects on dangers that have been done to your character, others will restore hit points.

What is a Greater Restoration?

That said, it is pertinent to have some sort of healing or restoration spell in your arsenal. This saves you big in times of trouble. One of the most sought spells in Dungeons and Dragons 5e is the Greater Restoration. So what is the greater restoration all about and how and when should you use this spell?

According to the Player’s handbook, when you possess the Greater restoration spell, you can confer positive energy to undo a debilitating effect on that creature. For example, if a creature is hit by a spell, you can undo the damaging effects of that spell. You are already excited because every single one of us could use a spell like this to better ourselves.

The restoration spell not only will confer positive energy and undo a debilitating effect but also can reduce the target exhaustion level by one or end one of the following effects on the target creature.

  • One effect that charmed or made the target to be fearful
  • One curse including the target’s attunement to a cursed magic item
  • Any reduction to one of the target’s ability score
  • One effect that reduces the target’s maximum hit point.

According to the Players handbook, these are the greater restoration Statistics. It is important to get a player’s handbook. If you don’t already have one, you can get it through this link.

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  • Casting time: 1 action
  • Range: Touch
  • Classes: Bard, Cleric, Druid
  • Components: V, S, M
  • Duration: Instantaneous
  • Level: 5th Level abjuration spell
  • Effects: You can confer a creature of your choice with a positive energy to undo a debilitating effect with your touch. You can also reduce the target’s exhaustion level by one or end the following effects on the target;

One effect that charmed or made the target to be fearful, One curse including the target’s attunement to a cursed magic item, Any reduction to one of the target’s ability score, One effect that reduces the target’s maximum hit point.

Components of the Greater Restoration Spell

There are 3 components needed to pull off a Greater restoration spell. These components are the Verbal, Somatic, and Material components. We will explain the three components to get you started. For a spell like the greater restoration that needs these 3 components, you will be well on your way to succeeding in the activation of the spell.

The Verbal component: As you already know, most spells if not all require the spell caster to chant or mutter some mystic words or abracadabra. If you have this spell and you don’t have the perfect abracadabra for its activation, the spell will not work.

The Somatic component: This component is a basic part of casting spells. Many spells would require some sort of motion for the casting creature to perform it. In situations where the spell caster cannot pull these motion stunts, the spell cannot be activated.

The material component: Sometimes, you would need material to be able to cast a spell. This is not always the case as some spells can be cast without having any material. An example of a material component that is required to cast the Greater restoration spell is the diamond dust.

Who can use the Greater Restoration spell?

Not all creatures are allowed to wield this spell, in Dungeons and Dragons 5e, the creatures allowed to use this spell are the Druids, Bards, and Clerics.

However, apart from the base game, the Celestials and artificers can also use this spell. Greater restoration is a very good spell to covet and it is necessary for one of the party members to have it.

When should Greater restoration be used?

As the name suggests, one often would need restoration after danger or harm has been done to the creature. The greater restoration spell is usually used to undo a debilitating effect that has been done to a creature. For example, Greater restoration should be used to undo the paralysis done to a party member after a medusa must have paralyzed a party member.

Must I know the effect before I could undo it?

Greater restoration does not provide that you can only end a debilitating effect that you know. In fact, you don’t even need to know what caused the effect to undo it. This is why the greater restoration spell is very flexible.

This is well demonstrated in situations where a character suffers an effect that is not known by any party member. This is a very good use case for the Greater restoration spell as you could salvage the situation without having to know what the party member is suffering or who caused it.

Is Greater restoration elixir?

Elixirs are portions that are known to cure all ills. Some have asked me if greater restoration serves as an elixir to cure all ills that are done to a party member.

The answer is a No. There are effects that even the greater restoration cannot cure. A perfect example is Vampirism and lycanthropy. If you possess the greater restoration spell, you won’t be able to cure these. It is also worth mentioning that Greater restoration does not curb the conditions ended by lesser restoration.

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