Last Updated on January 22, 2023
Slogging through the endless dunes of the desert, all of the party members wipe their foreheads. Everyone is drenched in sweat and taking damage from the extreme heat. Only one appears less affected, only swigging from their flask occasionally.
The scout has been prepped for these conditions with resistance to fire damage from the Protection From Energy spell so they can stay on the lookout for what may come.
What is Protection From Energy Spell?
The spell’s text from the Player’s Handbook reads: “For the duration, the willing creature you touch has resistance to one damage type of your choice: acid, cold, fire, lightning, or thunder.“
Protection From Energy 5e Stats
|Casting Time||1 action|
|Class||Cleric, Druid, Ranger, Sorcerer, Wizard, Artificer & Paladin*|
|Duration||Concentration up to 1 hour|
How Does Protection From Energy Work?
Protection From Energy lasts for one hour and provides resistance to one of the damage types on the spell’s list. Resistance allows a character to only take half as much damage when they receive damage of that type. For example, if a character is dealt 42 points of fire damage, resistance allows them to only take 21 points of damage.
Is Protection From Energy a Good Spell?
Considering that Protection From Energy is a 3rd level spell and provides resistance to some of the most common types of damage in the game, it is a fantastic spell at lower levels. However, it does take concentration, so it may not be practical during combat unless the party is approaching an enemy known to focus on one of the listed damage types.
Many players use this spell when dealing with traps or entering an environment with extreme weather conditions. Resistance to cold would be highly beneficial for a party about to trudge through the arctic on a mission. However, you can only affect one creature with the spell, and upcasting it does not allow you to increase the number of targets.
Which Classes Can Use Protection From Energy?
Protection From Energy is available on the spell lists for Clerics, Druids, Rangers, Sorcerers, Wizards, Artificers, and Paladins who have the Oath of the Ancients, Oath of Vengeance, or Oath of Glory subclasses.