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Forbiddance - DnD 5e stats


  • Casting Time: 10 minutes
  • Classes: Cleric
  • Components: V S M
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Level: 6
  • Material: A sprinkling of holy water, rare incense, and powdered ruby worth at least 1,000 gp
  • Name: Forbiddance
  • Range: Touch
  • Ritual: Yes
  • School: Abjuration
  • Target: See text

You create a ward against magical travel that protects up to 40,000 square feet of floor space to a height of 30 feet above the floor. For the duration, creatures can't teleport into the area or use portals, such as those created by the gate spell, to enter the area. The spell proofs the area against planar travel, and therefore prevents creatures from accessing the area by way of the Astral Plane, Ethereal Plane, Feywild, Shadowfell, or the plane shift spell.

In addition, the spell damages types of creatures that you choose when you cast it. Choose one or more of the following - celestials, elementals, fey, fiends, and undead. When a chosen creature enters the spell's area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, the creature takes 5d10 radiant or necrotic damage (your choice when you cast this spell).

When you cast this spell, you can designate a password. A creature that speaks the password as it enters the area takes no damage from the spell.

The spell's area can't overlap with the area of another forbiddance spell. If you cast forbiddance every day for 30 days in the same location, the spell lasts until it is dispelled, and the material components are consumed on the last casting.

The SendingStone review

Forbiddance is a powerful spell in the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Its high level and expensive material components reflect the strength of the spell: it creates a boundary around an area, preventing creatures from entering and also dealing damage to those who try. While it's a powerful tool for protecting a specific location, the 10-minute casting time limits its usefulness in combat situations. Only clerics are capable of casting the spell, further restricting its usage. However, in the right circumstances, Forbiddance can be a game-changer in keeping enemies at bay and protecting valuable assets.

Forbiddance is D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) 5th edition content, but other TTRPGs may have their own version such as a Forbiddance Pathfinder edition. Want to use Forbiddance in a VTT (virtual tabletop)? Try out SendingStone for free today!

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