Shatter: Spell Block with Min/Max/Avg Damage Calculated


  • Casting Time:  1 action
  • School:  Evocation
  • Damage/Effect: Thunder
  • Range:  60 feet
  • Class:  Bard, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard
  • Attack/Save:  Save, CON, Half DMG on Successful Save
  • Duration:  Instantaneous
  • Level:  3
  • Components: Verbal, Somatic, Material
  • Materials Required: A chip of mica
  • Number of Targets: 1 10-foot spherical area that you can see

A sudden loud ringing noise, painfully intense, erupts from a point of your choice within range. Each creature in a 10-foot-radius sphere centered on that point must make a Constitution saving throw.

A creature takes 3d8 thunder damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. A creature made of inorganic material such as stone, crystal, or metal has disadvantage on this saving throw.

A nonmagical object that isn’t being worn or carried also takes the damage if it’s in the spell’s area.

At Higher Levels: When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 3rd level or higher, the damage increases by 1d8 for each slot level above 2nd.

Shatter Damage Table

We have calculated the Minimum, Average, and Maximum damage done by the Shatter spell by level:

2nd Level5th Level7th Level9th Level
Damage Dice3d86d88d810d8
Minimum Damage36810
Average Damage12.524.532.540.5
Maximum Damage24486480

It’s important to remember that Thunder damage is concussive. That is to say, it’s the sound that deals the damage.

Shatter won’t deal any damage if the creature is not within its sphere of influence or if that sphere of influence is centered on a point that resides in some sort of soundproofing, such as the bubble created by Silence.

What Makes Shatter an Effective Spell

Shatter is a low-level area of effect spell that has the potential to deal significant damage; enough to kill many low-level enemies instantly.

Shatter’s damage potential is relatively high for such a low-level spell, and it can be an excellent spell to use to clear out space for your party.

Common Questions About Shatter

Does Shatter go through walls?

Shatter deals damage to anything within its radius, even if those things are on the other side of a wall.

Does Shatter damage walls?

Shatter completely breaks brittle objects, cracks solid objects, and damages crystal objects provided those objects are non-magical. If the wall is brittle, it may break if it is within range of Shatter’s damage.

Does Shatter damage the caster?

Shatter’s damage is Area of Effect originating from a point designated by the caster. If the caster happens to be within the area of the spell, they will take damage from it.