Lesser Restoration 5E — DnD spell explained 2024

Heal afflictions and ailments with our guide to the Lesser Restoration 5E spell. Restore vitality and remove debilitations in DnD.

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What is Lesser Restoration 5E?

Lesser Restoration 5E (PHB, p. 255) is a 2nd level abjuration spell, which is available natively to Artificers, Bards, Clerics, Druids, Paladins, and Rangers. It requires vocal and somatic components and takes an action to cast. When cast you touch a creature and can either end one condition or one disease affecting the creature. The conditions that can be removed are blinded, deafened, paralyzed, or poisoned.

Is Lesser Restoration 5E a good spell?

Lesser Restoration has the potential to be a life-saving spell in uncertain circumstances and otherwise can add convenience to a situation that might otherwise take a long rest or paying an NPC to resolve. However, it is certainly a niche spell as you could easily go many sessions without a disease or one of the covered conditions affecting a party member. Even if a condition does come up, then it may also be solved by a saving throw, with Lesser Restoration serving as a quicker resolution in those cases.

Some examples of making this spell better are a Divine Soul Sorcerer using Twinned Spell to cure two PCs at once or Distant Spell to avoid the limitations of a range of touch. Alchemist Artificers are also able to cast this spell several times without a spell slot from 9th level with their Reactive Reagents feature.

How can you get Lesser Restoration 5E spell?

If you find yourself in need of performing a little miracle healing on your party! Here is a list of how you can grab this spell:

  • Artificer, Bard, Cleric, Druid, Paladin, and Ranger These classes have Lesser Restoration on their spell lists.
  • Alchemist (Artificer Subclass) – Restorative Reagents, the 9th level feature for these Artificers, makes Lesser Restoration an always prepared spell and allows them to cast it without a spell slot a number of times a day equal to their Int modifier. 
  • Divine Soul (Sorcerer Subclass) – This Sorcerer can choose spells from the Cleric spell list, meaning that they can nab Lesser Restoration and apply metamagic to it.
  • Clockwork Soul (Sorcerer Subclass) – Thanks to their Clockwork Magic feature, these Sorcerers gain Lesser Restoration, along with Aid, as additional spells known at 3rd level.
  • Life Domain (Cleric Subclass) – These healing-centric Clerics get it as a Domain Spell, so they never need to prepare it for the day.
  • Lunar Sorcery (Sorcerer Subclass) – The Lunar Embodiment feature gives Lesser Restoration as an additional spell known. Also, the Lunar Boons feature from 6th level allows these Sorcerers to use Metamagic Options on Lesser Restoration for a lower cost when in the Full Moon phase.
  • Oath of Devotion (Paladin Subclass) – These righteous Paladins get the spell always prepared thanks to their Oath Spells feature.
  • Celestial (Warlock Subclass) – This Warlock has the option of learning Lesser Restoration thanks to their Expanded Spell List feature.
  • Mark of Healing (Race Variant) – From Eberron, these pint-sized healers get one free casting of Lesser Restoration per long rest from 3rd level.
  • Adept of the White Robes (Feat) – Provided that you have the Initiate of High Sorcery feat and are 4th level or higher, this feat allows you to choose this healing spell along with a free casting of it once per long rest and the excellent Protective Ward feature.

How to roleplay the Lesser Restoration 5E spell

Need some help roleplaying the Lesser Restoration spell? Here are some examples to help you out:

  • As the party treks through the poisonous marshlands, the Cleric notices the Fighter beginning to stagger, his face pale and sweaty from the toxic fumes. Acting quickly, she lays her hand on his arm and casts Lesser Restoration. A warm, soothing glow emanates from her touch, cleansing the poison from his body and stabilizing his condition.
  • After a skirmish with a ghoul, the Paladin finds his movements becoming slow and rigid, the effects of the ghoul’s paralyzing touch taking hold. Thankfully, the Druid steps forward, channeling the energy of nature into a Lesser Restoration spell. A soft green light radiates from her hands, washing over him and dissolving the paralysis.
  • Following a confrontation with a mummy, the Warlock is stricken by its horrifying gaze. Just as she feels her vitality begin to ebb away,the Ranger lays a hand on her shoulder, his attunement with the natural world allowing him to cast Lesser Restoration. The spell’s energy surges through her, lifting the effects and bringing relief to her.

Hopefully, this article was informative and helped you keep your party in tip top shape. if you’re interested in this spell for your next Paladin, then check out our Paladin 5E guide, or If you’re interested in researching other spells then check out our DnD 5E spells section, Good luck out there adventurers, until next time, remember to help that poor Barbarian out when they fail that Hold Person save!

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