Destructive Wave 5e: Mechanics and Guide To Using the Spell

Casting Time

1 action




Thunder, Necrotic, Radiant, Prone


Self (30-foot sphere)











Spell Description:

You strike the ground, creating a burst of divine energy that ripples outward from you. Each creature you choose within 30 feet of you must succeed on a Constitution saving throw or take 5d6 thunder damage, as well as 5d6 radiant or necrotic damage (your choice), and be knocked prone.

A creature that succeeds on its saving throw takes half as much damage and isn’t knocked prone.

5th level, Evocation, Damage, Thunder, Necrotic, Radiant, Control

  • Level: Paladin (17), Tempest Domain (9), Bard (10, Magical Secrets)
  • Materials Required:  None
  • Number of Targets: Any within 30 feet of self
  • Die Type: d6
  • Number of Dice: 5
  • Damage Type: Thunder, Radiant, Necrotic
  • Save: Constitution
  • Damage On Successful Save: Half
  • Statuses Inflicted: Prone
  • Status Duration: 1 turn
  • Affected By Cover: No
  • Advantage: None
  • Disadvantage: None

What Is Destructive Wave?

Destructive Wave is a 5th level damage dealing spell. The caster unleashes a burst of energy from where they stand dealing thunder and either necrotic or radiant damage to the creatures around them.

They can choose which creatures have to make the saving throw, those they do not choose do not take any damage.

Who Can Cast Destructive Wave?

Paladins are the only base class to have Destructive Wave on their spell list. They won’t get it until level 17 when they get their first 5th level spell slots, though.

Tempest Domain Clerics have Destructive Wave on their expanded spell list and can start casting it at level 9. Bards will get it one level later at level 10 with their Magical Secrets feature.

When and Where Should I Cast Destructive Wave?

Destructive Wave can be used to deal high damage to enemies nearby. It’s amazing for clearing out groups of smaller enemies or additional enemies that may be present within boss battles.

Why Should I Take Destructive Wave?

Destructive Wave is a highly potent 5th-level spell. The damage is relatively high and since it deals multiple kinds of damage it can be effective against many different enemies.

Even if it can’t be upcast, its raw power as a 5th-level spell is immense and should not be overlooked by those who can use it.

Common Questions About Destructive Wave