The Bladesinger Wizard gives an unhinged grin as he steps around the battlefield, suddenly hemmed in by two zombies. Without flinching, he swings his scimitar, and green flames leap from the blade, burning both of his attackers.
Green-Flame Blade is a handy spell for melee fighters who must simultaneously hit multiple enemies. We’ll dive into it in the sections below.
What is Green-Flame Blade Spell?
The spell’s text from the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide reads: “You brandish the weapon used in the spell’s casting and make a melee attack with it against one creature within 5 feet of you. On a hit, the target suffers the weapon attack’s normal effects, and you can cause green fire to leap from the target to a different creature of your choice that you can see within 5 feet of it. The second creature takes fire damage equal to your spellcasting modifier.
This spell’s damage increases when you reach certain levels. At 5th level, the melee attack deals an extra 1d8 fire damage to the target on a hit, and the fire damage to the second creature increases to 1d8 + your spellcasting ability modifier. Both damage rolls increase by 1d8 at 11th level (2d8 and 2d8) and 17th level (3d8 and 3d8).”
Green Flame Blade 5e Stats
|Casting Time||1 action|
|Range/Area||Self (5 ft radius)|
|Classes||Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard & Artificer|
How Does Green-Flame Blade Work?
Green-Flame blade works by enhancing a normal melee weapon attack. All of its effects stack on top of whatever your weapon typically does.
For a Rogue, your Sneak Attack feature fully applies with this spell. Crucially, there is some hair-splitting over what type of action this is. You’re technically using the Cast A Spell action, but you’re still making a weapon attack. The usual limitations of Cast A Spell all apply.
Is Green-Flame Blade a Good Spell?
Green-Flame blade is good for melee combatants, although it does rely on your spellcasting modifier, so the number of characters who can use it effectively is relatively small. Hexblade Warlocks are the best suited for this spell. Arcane Tricksters, Artificers, and Eldritch Knights may also find it very useful.
No Sorcerer is meant to be in melee, and most Wizards and Warlocks shouldn’t be close enough to use this spell, either. Bladesinger Wizards are the exception. If your class can make multiple attacks with the attack action, you can’t make them if you use the Cast A Spell action. Fighters may not find the trade-off worth it, especially at higher levels.
Which Classes Can Use Green-Flame Blade?
Green-Flame Blade is available in the Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard, and Artificer spell lists. High Elves can take it as their cantrip from their racial feat. Eldritch Knight Fighters and Arcane Trickster Rogues both have access to the Wizard spell list at 3rd level, so they can also take Green-Flame Blade.