Word of Radiance 5e: Mechanics and Guide to Using the Spell

Casting Time

1 action






5 feet










Verbal, Material

Spell Description:

You utter a divine word, and burning radiance erupts from you. Each creature of your choice that you can see within range must succeed on a Constitution saving throw or take 1d6 radiant damage.

The spell’s damage increases by 1d6 when you reach 5th level (2d6), 11th level (3d6), and 17th level (4d6).

1st level5th level11th level17th level
Damage Dice1d62d63d64d6
Minimum Damage1234
Average Damage3.56.59.512.5
Maximum Damage6121824

Cantrip, Evocation, Damage, Radiant

Level: Cleric (1), Divine Soul (1), Bard (10, Magical Secrets)

Materials Required: A holy symbol

Number of Targets: Any number that you can see within 5 feet of you

Die Type: d6

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

Damage Type: Radiant

Save: Constitution

Damage On Successful Save: None

Statuses Inflicted: None

Status Duration: None

Affected By Cover: No

Advantage: None

Disadvantage: None

Who can cast Word of Radiance?

Clerics and their cousins, Divine Soul Sorcerers, can both take Word of Radiance at 1st level as it is a cantrip on the Cleric spell list. Bards can take Word of Radiance when they reach 10th level and get their first spells through Magical Secrets.

Outside of these classes, the Magic Initiate feat will give players the ability to cast Word of Radiance if they desire it.

What is Word of Radiance?

Word of Radiance allows the player to force nearby enemies to make a Constitution saving throw to avoid taking Radiant damage from the spell.

The player can designate any number of creatures within 5 feet of themselves that they can see that will make the saving throw, allowing them to avoid any other close-range allies being harmed.

When and Where should I cast Word of Radiance?

Word of Radiance is an excellent spell for Clerics to use to clear large groups of smaller mobs. The lower innate damage is supplemented by the fact that the spell is an Area of Effect spell with the ability to choose non-targets.

At higher levels, Word of Radiance’s damage is significant enough to drop smaller additional enemies who may be present with bosses as well.

Why should I take Word of Radiance?

Word of Radiance is best on melee-focused casters as ranged-focused casters will rarely be in range to make use of it. Clerics are defacto melee casters making them great candidates for Word of Radiance usage, but Sorcerers can take melee-focused spells if they would like as well.

Common Questions About Word of Radiance