Spiritual Weapon 5e: Mechanics and Guide to Using the Spell

Casting Time

1 bonus action






60 feet




Melee Spell Attack


1 minute




Verbal, Somatic

Spell Description:

You create a floating, spectral weapon within range that lasts for the duration or until you cast this spell again. When you cast the spell, you can make a melee spell attack against a creature within 5 feet of the weapon. On a hit, the target takes force damage equal to 1d8 + your spellcasting ability modifier.

As a bonus action on your turn, you can move the weapon up to 20 feet and repeat the attack against a creature within 5 feet of it.

The weapon can take whatever form you choose. Clerics of deities who are associated with a particular weapon (as St. Cuthbert is known for his mace and Thor for his hammer) make this spell’s effect resemble that weapon.

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

2nd level5th level7th level9th level
Damage Dice1d8 + X2d8 + X3d8 + X4d8 + X
Minimum Damage1 + X2 + X3 + X4 + X
Average Damage4.5 + X8.5 + X12.5 + X16.5 + X
Maximum Damage8 + X16 + X24 + X32 + X

2nd Level, Evocation, Force, Damage

Level: Cleric (3), Divine Soul (3), Oathbreaker (5), Bard (10, Magical Secrets)

Materials Required: None

Number of Targets: 1

Die Type: d8

Number of Dice: 1 (increased by 1 for every 2 spell slot levels above the 2nd)

Damage Type: Force

Save: N/A

Damage On Successful Save: N/A

Statuses Inflicted: None

Status Duration: None

Affected By Cover: None

Advantage: None

Disadvantage: None

Who can cast Spiritual Weapon?

Clerics and Divine Soul Sorcerers can cast Spiritual Weapon at level 3 when they get their first 2nd level spell slots. Oathbreaker Paladins get access to Spiritual Weapon at level 5 on their expanded spell list.

What is Spiritual Weapon?

Spiritual Weapon allows the player to manifest a spectral weapon using one Bonus Action and make a melee weapon attack against a creature within 5 feet of the weapon.

Using another bonus action, the player can then move the weapon up to 20 feet and make a melee weapon attack against any creature within 5 feet of it.

When and Where should I cast Spiritual Weapon?

Spiritual Weapon can be cast any time a player does not use a leveled spell as their main action and can be maintained and commanded alongside any future leveled spells cast.

It’s an excellent additional damage option that can bolster the damage of any caster.

Why should I take Spiritual Weapon?

Spiritual Weapon is a powerful spell because all of its interactions are bonus actions rather than main actions. Spiritual Weapon can be cast in conjunction with a cantrip such as Sacred Flame for extra damage.

Once cast, its remaining uses are movement and melee spell attacks that do not count as leveled spells, so they can be cast alongside any spell.

Common Questions About Spiritual Weapon