Fire Bolt: 5e Mechanics and Guide to Using the Spell

Casting Time

1 action




Fire Damage




Artificer, Sorcerer, Wizard


Spell Attack Modifier






Verbal, Somatic

Spell Description:

You hurl a mote of fire at a creature or object within range. Make a ranged spell attack against the target. On a hit, the target takes 1d10 fire damage.

A flammable object hit by this spell ignites if it isn’t being worn or carried.

This spell’s damage increases by 1d10 when you reach 5th level (2d10), 11th level (3d10), and 17th level (4d10).

1st level5th level11th level17th level
Damage Dice1d102d103d104d10
Minimum Damage1234
Average Damage5.510.515.520.5
Maximum Damage10203040

Cantrip, Evocation, Damage, Fire

Level: Artificer (1), Sorcerer (1), Wizard (1), Eldritch Knight (3), Arcane Trickster (8), Bard (10, Magical Secrets)

Materials Required: None

Number of Targets: 1

Die Type: d10

Number of Dice: 1 (increased by 1 at 5th, 11th, and 17th level)

Damage Type: Fire

Save: None

Damage On Successful Save: N/A

Statuses Inflicted: Ignites flammable, non-living objects that are not being carried or worn

Status Duration: Until put out

Affected By Cover: No

Advantage: None

Disadvantage: None

Who Can Cast Fire Bolt?

Artificers, Wizards, and Sorcerers can all take Fire Bolt at level 1 as Fire Bolt is a cantrip on their spell lists. Bards can take Fire Bolt when they reach level 10 and get access to Magical Secrets.

What Is Fire Bolt?

Fire Bolt is a damaging cantrip from the Evocation school of magic. It deals Fire damage on hit and ignites flammable objects so long as they are non-living and not being worn or carried.

When and Where Should I Cast Fire Bolt?

Fire Bolt is the primary damaging spell for low-level Wizards, Sorcerers, and Artificers. Its high base damage output and low resource cost make it a perfectly spammable damage option for players to nuke down small enemies. 

Why Should I Take Fire Bolt?

 It does so much damage for a cantrip. It is, by and far, one of the most reliable damage cantrips in the game so far.

Common Questions About Fire Bolt