- Casting Time: 1 action
- Classes: Wizard
- Components: V S M
- Concentration: Yes
- Damage: 3d6
- Damage Type: Bludgeoning
- Duration: Up to 1 minute
- Level: 4
- Material: A piece of tentacle from a giant octopus or a giant squid
- Name: Black Tentacles
- Range: 90 feet
- Save: Dexterity
- School: Conjuration
- Target: A 20-foot square on ground that you can see within range
Squirming, ebony tentacles fill a 20-foot square on ground that you can see within range. For the duration, these tentacles turn the ground in the area into difficult terrain.
When a creature enters the affected area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, the creature must succeed on a Dexterity saving throw or take 3d6 bludgeoning damage and be restrained by the tentacles until the spell ends. A creature that starts its turn in the area and is already restrained by the tentacles takes 3d6 bludgeoning damage.
A creature restrained by the tentacles can use its action to make a Strength or Dexterity check (its choice) against your spell save DC. On a success, it frees itself.
The SendingStone review
#Black Tentacles is a powerful spell that can trap enemies in a mass of writhing tentacles. The spell is only available to wizards and requires a somatic, verbal, and material component to cast. The wizard must concentrate for up to one minute to control the tentacles, which deal 3d6 bludgeoning damage to any creature they touch.
Some view the spell as a useful tool for crowd control, as it can ensnare multiple enemies at once and hold them in place for up to a minute. Others criticize the spell for its potentially harmful effects on allies, as the tentacles can harm anyone caught in their grip, including party members. Additionally, the spell's relatively high level requirement makes it inaccessible to low-level wizards.
Overall, #Black Tentacles is a situational spell that can either be extremely useful or potentially harmful depending on the circumstances. It requires careful consideration and planning to use effectively, making it a valuable addition to a wizard's arsenal but not necessarily a go-to spell in every situation.
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