Magic Missile 5E — DnD spell explained 2024

Unerring accuracy is yours with our guide to the Magic Missile 5E spell in DnD. Launch mystic darts that strike unerringly.

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What is Magic Missile 5E?

Magic Missile 5E is a 1st level evocation spell, which is only natively available to Sorcerers, and Wizards. It requires vocal and somatic components and takes an action to cast. When cast it creates three darts of force that can hit a creature within 120 feet. You can direct all three darts to a single creature, or split them up among multiple creatures. Each dart deals 1d4+1 force damage and hits automatically without needing an attack roll or saving throw.

If you cast this spell with a 2nd level or higher spell slot, you add an additional dart for each spell level. For example, a 4th level casting would create six darts.

Is Magic Missile 5E a good spell?

Magic Missile is a great spell that trades raw damage for reliability, which makes it an excellent choice for attempting to break an enemy caster’s concentration or finish off an already injured monster. This makes it a great alternative to casting a cantrip as your character increases in level.

If you want to improve this spell then a Sorcerer’s Metamagic offers many options, such as casting it as a bonus action or using Subtle Spell to prevent it from being blocked by Counter Spell. Certain features, such as a Hexblade Warlock’s Hexblade’s Curse and an Evocation Wizard’s Empowered Evocation, can add damage to the darts created by the spell.

How can you get Magic Missile 5E spell?

If this spell interests you, then don’t worry! There’s a surprisingly long list of ways you can grab it:

  • Sorcerer, Wizard – These classes get Magic Missile on their spell lists natively.
  • Arcane Trickster (Rogue Subclass) – This Rogue can choose spells from the Wizard spell list, and can choose Magic Missile as one of their unrestricted spells as early as 3rd level.
  • Eldritch Knight (Fighter Subclass) – Similar to above, this Fighter subclass can choose spells from the Wizard list and can choose Magic Missile as one of their spells as it matches their evocation restriction.
  • Armorer (Artificer Subclass) – This Artificer gets Magic Missile through the Armorer Spells feature.
  • Arcana Domain (Cleric Subclass) – Arcana Clerics always have Magic Missile prepared as it is one of their Domain Spells.
  • Magic Initiate (Feat) – By choosing Sorcerer, or Wizard as the class spell list, you can choose Magic Missile as the spell you can cast once per day, along with two cantrips from the chosen list.
  • Aberrant Dragonmark (Feat) – This half-feat allows you to bump your Constitution by +1, grab Magic Missile, and a cantrip of your choice from the Sorcerer spell list. Just be careful casting Magic Missile in case you accidentally hurt your allies if you choose to empower it with a Hit Die.
  • Strixhaven Initiate (Feat) – You can get a free casting of Magic Missile with this feat by choosing any college besides Silverquill, as long as you choose the relevant spell list. In addition, you’ll also get two cantrips, the specifics depending on your choice of college.

How to roleplay the Magic Missile 5E spell

Need some help roleplaying the Magic Missile spell? Here are some examples to help you out:

  • Surrounded by a group of snarling kobolds, the Wizard knows she must act quickly to protect her allies. She extends her fingers, muttering the incantation for the Magic Missile spell. Three darts of shimmering arcane energy burst forth, streaking unerringly towards the kobolds. Each projectile finds its mark, striking with a burst of force that sends the creatures reeling, buying the party precious time to regroup and counterattack.
  • As the enemy Rogue attempts to flee, vanishing into the shadows of the darkened alleyway, the Sorcerer refuses to let him escape. She concentrates, feeling the familiar surge of arcane power building within her, and releases it as she casts a spell. A trio of glowing, ethereal darts arcs through the darkness, homing in on the rogue and striking him with pinpoint accuracy. The sudden, forceful impact was enough to finish the assailant off, the shadowy figure crumpling to the floor.
  • As the party confronts the nefarious illusionist, they find themselves confounded by a web of dazzling illusions and misdirection. The Warlock, relying on the innate power of her eldritch heritage, casts Magic Missile, knowing that the spell’s accuracy will not be fooled by mere illusions. Her arcane darts pierce through the veil of deception, striking the true form of the illusionist and disrupting his concentration, allowing the party to seize the advantage and turn the tables.

Hopefully, this article was informative and taught you all you need to know to blast the nearest monster into a paste. if you’re interested in this spell because you’re planning to play an Armorer, then check out our Artificer 5E guide, or If you’re interested in researching other spells then check out our 5E spells section, Good luck out there adventurers, until next time, let loose the whistling birds!

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