Green Flame Blade Spell Guide – Dungeons & Dragons

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Green Flame Blade is an evocation cantrip spell that targets 1-2 enemies within a range of 5 feet. It is effective in certain situations but is often second in efficacy to Booming Blade.

Green-Flame Blade
Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard – Cantrip Level Spell
School Evocation
Level Cantrip
Casting Time 1 Action
Range Self (5-foot radius)
Components Verbal, Material (A Weapon)
Duration Instantaneous
Spell Lists Artificer, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard

Sources:
Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything (p107)
Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide (p143)

Base Spell – Green Flame Blade

The caster must wield a weapon and make a melee attack against a creature within 5 feet, or the spell fails. The target creature, upon being hit, takes the weapon’s normal effect. You can choose a 2nd creature that green fire leaps out to attack, provided it is visible and within 5 feet of the 1st creature. The damage done to the 2nd creature is equal to your character’s SAM.

Higher Levels

5th Level: Both the 1st and 2nd creatures suffer a further 1d8 fire damage.
11th Level: An additional 1d8 is added to both damage rolls (2d8 fire each)
17th Level: An additional 1d8 is added to both damage rolls (3d8 fire each)

5th Level
1st Creature Additional 1d8 Fire
2nd Creature Additional 1d8 Fire
11th Level
1st Creature Additional 2d8 Fire
2nd Creature Additional 2d8 Fire
17th Level
1st Creature Additional 3d8 Fire
2nd Creature Additional 3d8 Fire

Popular Opinions of Green Flame Blade

Green Flame Blade is popular but generally considered less useful than Booming Blade. This is attributed to the secondary attack damage which is not brilliant, even at higher levels, and that Booming Blade gives the enemy a good reason not to move.

It can be a useful multi-target attack in the right situation – handy for characters that usually attack a single target. However, it is not very diverse and is best suited to circumstances with large numbers of weaker opponents.

Anyone can cast it but sorcerers, warlocks, and wizards won’t burn a feat to use it.

The overarching reasons to use this spell are that it potentially hits multiple targets…and is pretty cool!

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