Eldritch Blast 5E — DnD spell explained 2023

Master the eldritch with our guide to the Eldritch Blast 5E spell in DnD. Unleash arcane energy as a powerful ranged attack.

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What is Eldritch Blast 5E?

Eldritch Blast 5E (PHB, p. 237) is an evocation cantrip only available to Warlocks, who have many Eldritch Invocations that interact with it. It takes an action to cast with vocal and somatic components, when you do so you can make a ranged attack against a creature within 120ft. On a hit, the target takes 1d10 force damage. The number of attacks you make when casting this spell increases to 2 attacks at 5th level, 3 attacks at 11th level, and 4 attacks at 17th level, these attacks don’t have to be directed at the same creature.

Is Eldritch Blast 5E a good spell?

Eldritch Blast is arguably the best damage cantrip in the game without any modification or enhancement, it does the same amount of damage as Fire Bolt, but uses a much more reliable damage type. The multiple blast scaling, instead of increasing the damage of a single attack, makes it less likely that you will get all of your damage, but more likely that you will get some damage whilst allowing you to divide that damage amongst multiple targets.

The true potential of Eldritch Blast is only realized by a Warlock investing Eldritch Invocations into it, which can greatly increase the damage and control of the spell. For example, you could combine Repelling Blast and Lance of Lethargy to significantly reduce the mobility of monsters, saving some party members from opportunity attacks and maybe even protect the back line entirely. How much you want to invest in this spell is going to vary Warlock to Warlock, as the number of invocations gained is relatively few and every one taken for Eldritch Blast is a lost opportunity to increase your spellcasting in other ways.

How can you get Eldritch Blast 5E?

If you want to start blastin’ with the best of them, then fear not! Here is a list of how you can grab this spell:

  • Warlock – This is the only class to get Eldritch Blast on their spell list.
  • Magic Initiate (Feat) – By choosing Warlock as the class for this feat you can get Eldritch Blast, along with one other Warlock cantrip and a 1st level spell you can cast once per long rest for free.
  • Spell Sniper (Feat) – You can choose Eldritch Blast with this feat, which will then be enhanced by doubling its range and ignoring half and three-quarters cover. However, you must already be able to cast at least one spell. 
  • Magical Secrets (Bard Class Feature) – This feature allows a Bard, and Lore Bards at lower levels, to steal spells from any spell list. However, this would be a very expensive way of grabbing Eldritch Blast.

How to roleplay the Eldritch Blast 5E spell

Need some help roleplaying the Eldritch Blast spell? Here are some examples to help you out:

  • As you channel your energy, an ominous purple light begins to form in the palm of your hand. The light intensifies until it becomes a crackling ball of energy, and you hurl it at your target. As it hits, you can hear the sickening crack of bone as the magical force hits its mark.
  • You mutter arcane words under your breath and hold out your hand. A beam of otherworldly green energy shoots forth, crackling and fizzling as it slams into your enemy. They reel from the impact, clearly taken off guard by your power.
  • Your eyes blaze with an eldritch fire as you summon forth your dark magic. A bolt of pure energy shoots from your fingertips, striking your foe and leaving them wounded. As you watch, their skin starts to blister and burn from the raw power of your spell.

Hopefully, this article was informative and gave you everything you needed to know to just start blastin’ those monsters. If you’re interested in this spell for your next Warlock build, then check out our Warlock 5E guide, or If you’re interested in researching other spells then check out our 5E pells section, Good luck out there adventurers, until next time, remember to cast Hex first!