Lighting Arrow is a Ranger’s level 3 transmutation spell. It is cast as a bonus action and requires somatic and verbal components. The spell lasts for up to one minute with concentration.
Lightning Arrow turns the Ranger’s projectile into a bolt of lightning. On a hit, the target takes 4d8 lightning damage and half damage on a miss. Creatures within 10ft must make a DEX save if the attack misses or hits. These creatures take 2d8 lightning damage on a failed save, and half damage on a successful save.
Lightning Arrow 5e Spell Description
Source: Player’s Handbook
The next time you make a ranged weapon attack during the spell’s duration, the weapon’s ammunition, or the weapon itself if it’s a thrown weapon, transforms into a bolt of lightning. Make the attack roll as normal. The target takes 4d8 lightning damage on a hit, or half as much damage on a miss, instead of the weapon’s normal damage.
Whether you hit or miss, each creature within 10 feet of the target must make a Dexterity saving throw. Each of these creatures takes 2d8 lightning damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.
The piece of ammunition or weapon then returns to its normal form.
At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 4th level or higher, the damage for both effects of the spell increases by 1d8 for each slot level above 3rd.
|3rd||4d8 + 2d8||6||27||48|
|4th||5d8 + 3d8||8||36||64|
|5th||6d8 + 4d8||10||45||80|
|6th||7d8 + 5d8||12||54||96|
|7th||8d8 + 6d8||14||63||112|
|8th||9d8 + 7d8||16||72||128|
|9th||10d8 + 8d8||18||81||144|
Lightning Arrow 5e Stats
|Casting Time||1 bonus action|
|Duration||Concentration, up to 1 minute|
Is Lightning Arrow a good spell?
Lightning Arrow is a good spell. It has the potential to be great in the right situation.
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