Dimension Door 5E — DnD spell explained 2023

Bypass obstacles with our guide to the Dimension Door 5E spell. Teleport instantly in DnD to a distant location.

Dimension Door 5E: Warlock standing in front of a portal
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What is Dimension Door 5E?

Dimension Door 5E is a 4th level conjuration spell, which is available natively to Bards, Sorcerers, Warlocks, and Wizards. It only requires a vocal component and takes an action to cast. When cast, you teleport up to 500 ft. to a destination that you can either see, visualize, or specify by denoting the distance and direction traveled, such as 60 ft. forwards and 40 ft. up or 200ft. Southeast at a 60-degree angle.

You can bring any object that you are able to carry and which doesn’t exceed your carry capacity limit, in addition to one other creature of your choice. The creature must be willing, within 5 ft. of you when you cast the spell, it must be carrying only what is within its carrying capacity, and it must be your size or smaller. For example, a human could teleport a halfling in this fashion but not vice versa.

If the destination you have chosen is already occupied by a creature or object, the spell instead doesn’t teleport you, and both you and any creature you are attempting to teleport each take 4d6 force damage. The spell failing in this manner still consumes the spell slot.

Is Dimension Door 5E a good spell?

Dimension Door is a great spell for a few reasons, most notably it is the furthest distance teleport available at this level of spell. Being able to bring an additional creature with you when you teleport is also not common for many lower-level teleportation spells and features. Additionally, the ability to teleport without needing to see your destination makes it much more reliable to cast than a lot of other teleportation options, for example, you could teleport to the other side of a vault door just by estimating the amount of distance you need to travel. It is not without its hangups however, teleporting blind has a decent chance of ailing and injuring you and your companion. Also, it can be a lower-value spell for small races, as they are unable to teleport medium or larger creatures along with them due to the spell specifying the additional creature must be your size or smaller.

The main way to enhance this spell is through the Sorcerer’s Metamagic feature, which you can also gain a portion of with the Metamagic Adept feat. For example, using Quickened Spell would allow you to teleport as a bonus action and use your action for an offensive cantrip and the Subtle Spell option would allow you to cast Dimension Door without any components. This is very valuable for avoiding being targeted by Counterspell and also escaping being bound when you are also gagged or teleporting in an area affected by the Silence spell.

How can you get Dimension Door 5E?

If you find yourself in need of getting yourself and a friend out of danger in a jiffy, then fear not! Here is a list of how you can grab this spell:

  • Bard, Sorcerer, Warlock, and Wizard – These classes all have Dimension Door on their spell lists.
  • Arcane Trickster (Rogue Subclass) – This Rogue can choose spells from the Wizard spell list, and can choose Dimension Door as one of their spells at 20th level as it doesn’t match their restrictions.
  • Eldritch Knight (Fighter Subclass) – Similar to above, this Fighter subclass can choose spells from the Wizard list and can choose Dimension Door as one of their spells at 20th level as it doesn’t match their restrictions.
  • Oath of Vengeance (Paladin Subclass) – These vengeful Paladins get Dimension Door as an always-prepared spell from 13th level thanks to their Oath Spells feature.
  • Fey Wanderer (Ranger Subclass) –The fey association of these Rangers gives them Dimension door at 13th level as an additional spell known thanks to their  Fey Wanderer Magic feature.
  • Trickery Domain (Cleric Subclass) – These Clerics get Dimension Door as a Domain Spell from 9th level.

How to roleplay the Dimension Door 5E spell

Need some help roleplaying the Dimension Door spell? Here are some examples to help you out:

  • Cornered by an encroaching horde of goblins in a dead-end tunnel, the Sorcerer quickly sketches an arcane sigil in the air, conjuring a gash in reality. She steps through with the Ranger, instantly reappearing on a nearby ledge out of the goblins’ reach, much to their chagrin.
  • During a heated battle against a towering hill giant, the Wizard spots the stolen artifact in the creature’s pouch. He swiftly invokes a door that bends space itself, disappearing from the battlefield and reappearing directly beside the pouch, where he snatches the artifact before the giant even realizes what’s happened.
  • In the middle of a tense negotiation with a ruthless bandit king, the Warlock senses the situation turning sour. Quickly, she mutters an incantation, casting Dimension Door transporting her and the Bard into a previously scouted safe room and out of immediate danger.

Now, you can get yourself and a friend to safety in a time of need. 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, this spell can also make your grocery run that much faster!