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    Default Homebrew Spell Feedback please: Illusion Cantrip

    My spell on D&D Beyond had a -1 rating, but I'm not sure why. Is it too overpowered? UNDERpowered? I've been playing with the spell for a while and if anything, results show it to be more underpowered, but I'd really like to know what you guys think. Hold nothing back!

    Level: Cantrip
    Casting Time: 1 Action
    Range: 15 ft
    Components: V, S, M *
    Duration: 1 Minute
    School: Illusion
    Save: INT Save
    Damage: Psychic

    Pantomiming with your weapon, you create the illusion of a vicious attack. The target creature must succeed on an Intelligence saving throw against your spell save DC, as it bleeds from illusory wounds.

    On a failed save, roll 1d12. If the target's total remaining hit points is equal to or less than the total, it falls unconscious for the spell's duration. If the creature's remaining hit points is greater than the total, it takes half the total rolled in psychic damage.

    On a successful save, the target realizes that the wounds are illusory, and takes no damage.

    This spell's effect increases by 1d12 when you reach 5th level (2d12), 11th level (3d12), and 17th level (4d12).

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    Default Re: Homebrew Spell Feedback please: Illusion Cantrip

    It's overly complicated, with saves, partial damage. Plus a 15 foot range doesn't make a whole lot of sense when you are making people think they are being attacked by a weapon. Also, there is a material component, but no definition of what it is.

    Simplify, make it actual psychic damage (1d8 should be fine) and add the unconcious rider as a bonus. Fix the range, and define the material component and you should be fine.

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    Default Re: Homebrew Spell Feedback please: Illusion Cantrip

    This is either moderately good (facing a bunch of mooks who can easily be one-shot by it) or completely useless (any other situation).

    In other words... Not so hot. I'd second the notion to just make it a psychic damage cantrip.
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    Default Re: Homebrew Spell Feedback please: Illusion Cantrip

    I'd suggest something more like this:

    Illusory Attack
    Illusion Cantrip
    Casting Time: 1 action
    Range: 30 feet
    Components: S
    Duration: Instantaneous

    With a flourish as if wielding a weapon, you cause a creature that can see you of which you are aware within 30 feet to perceive you as using a weapon with appropriate range or reach to strike them. They must make an Intelligence saving throw. On a successful save, they take no damage. On a failed save, they take 1d6 psychic damage. If they are reduced to 0 hp by this spell, they are automatically stable, and not dead or dying.

    The damage done by this spell increases to 2d6 at 5th level, 3d6 at 11th level, and 4d6 at 17th level.


    Illusory Weapon
    1st level Illusion
    Casting Time: 1 bonus action
    Range: personal
    Components: S
    Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute

    Pantomiming drawing a weapon, an illusory version of it appears in your hand. It can be any weapon you like, and uses the range and reach statistics thereof. You are proficient with this weapon, and never suffer Disadvantage on attack rolls with it. It deals 1d6 plus your spellcasting modifier points of psychic damage on a successful strike. Once per turn, instead of attacking, you may declare a lethal blow. The target makes an Intelligence saving throw. On a success, it sees through the illusory nature of your weapon and is immune to further damage from this spell. On a failure, if the target has fewer hit points than double your maximum damage with this weapon, he falls unconscious for the remaining duration of the spell. Otherwise, he takes psychic damage as normal for a successful hit.

    At higher levels. When cast using a 2nd level or higher spell slot, the weapon deals an additional 1d6 points of psychic damage for every level above 1st.
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    Default Re: Homebrew Spell Feedback please: Illusion Cantrip

    I'd make the cantrip do 1d8 per tier. While psychic is a good damage type, usually, its short range and lack of generally useful rider means it can easily be better in the damage department.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickl_2000 View Post
    Simplify, make it actual psychic damage (1d8 should be fine) and add the unconcious rider as a bonus. Fix the range, and define the material component and you should be fine.
    Are you saying it should be INT save vs 1d8 psychic and unconscious at a 5ft range? That sounds crazy OP....

    INT saves have the best chance for success, Psychic damage is rarely resisted. If it were just 1d8 damage, I'd have a hard time looking at my DM with a straight face.

    I do want a spell that could knock out a commoner or town guard without hurting them while still being able to do something productive against tougher foes.

    The material component is the dagger used to make the attack. 5ft range is a bit scary. This is a spell for wizards, afterall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menson View Post
    Are you saying it should be INT save vs 1d8 psychic and unconscious at a 5ft range? That sounds crazy OP....

    INT saves have the best chance for success, Psychic damage is rarely resisted. If it were just 1d8 damage, I'd have a hard time looking at my DM with a straight face.

    I do want a spell that could knock out a commoner or town guard without hurting them while still being able to do something productive against tougher foes.

    The material component is the dagger used to make the attack. 5ft range is a bit scary. This is a spell for wizards, afterall.
    The unconcious is only when you would kill someone, so your rider isn't really all that great. So, effectively you are looking at psychic damage as a cantrip. Fluff it as you are faking that you are throwing the dagger, the range is 20 (first range incrimant of a dagger) and make it a d8 with int save to resist. Yes, its rarely resisted, but the range sucks.

    Sacred Flame does 1d8 with a better range and a better rider, toll the dead does even more damage at a further range. I don't think this is out of the realm, but if you do the go with a d6

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    Default Re: Homebrew Spell Feedback please: Illusion Cantrip

    I see... thanks for the feedback. I'll think about all that and rewrite something better.

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    Default Re: Homebrew Spell Feedback please: Illusion Cantrip

    I took another look at the spells I'm using to compare damage and effects.

    I discovered that a Tier 2 Cantrip deals about 80% of a comparable level 1 spell pretty consistently.
    Chromatic Orb vs T2 Fire Bolt = 13.5 to 11 (81%)
    Thunderwave vs T2 Thunderclap = 9 to 7 (78%)

    So Sleep (22.5) x 80% = 18 (4d8 @ T2)
    Leveled spells should always have some advantage over lower levels, and if everything else was equal, a single target cantrip Sleep would affect 2d8 per tier. To add half psychic damage on a fail, I should reduce the range and add a save (INT). This makes it more on par with other damage Cantrips. I already have a reliable long range damage cantrip, so I don't need a lot of range. 20ft is probably the most I'd feel right with. 5ft is too close.

    The situations I imagine this being useful in would be neutralizing Lawful Good guards without killing them, or convincing a bad guy I'm on their side by "killing" a noncombatant, or keeping the last creature in a fight alive for questioning. Now to get the flavor right with the mechanics. I'm not that concerned about it being too complicated. I know how it works: Save, roll, check hp, unconscious or math+damage.


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    Illusion Cantrip
    Casting Time: 1 action
    Range: 20ft
    Components: V, S
    Duration: 1 minute
    An illusory dagger forms in your hand as you attack a creature pantomime a vicious attack. The illusion of pain and grievous wounds that appear convince the creature of their own demise. Roll 2d8; if the creature's current hit points is equal to or less than the total, it falls unconscious. If not, the creature takes half the total rounded down in psychic damage.

    A creature that succeeds on an Intelligence saving throw recognizes the effect is an illusion and is unaffected. Undead and creatures immune to being charmed automatically pass this saving throw.

    This spell affects an additional 2d8 when you reach 5th level (4d8), 11th level (6d8), and 17th level (8d8).
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    Default Re: Homebrew Spell Feedback please: Illusion Cantrip

    Still awfully complicated, especially for a cantrip. The attack roll AND the save make it already undesirable, and having it do half damage, not on a save, but if they have more hp than the damage rolled, means that you're almost always calculating half the damage.

    For a Cantrip, it should EITHER do psychic damage, OR have the potential KO effect. Personally, I'd make it an Intelligence save or take 1d8 psychic damage, and auto-stabilize if this puts them at 0 hp.

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    Default Re: Homebrew Spell Feedback please: Illusion Cantrip

    Quote Originally Posted by Segev View Post
    Still awfully complicated, especially for a cantrip. The attack roll AND the save make it already undesirable, and having it do half damage, not on a save, but if they have more hp than the damage rolled, means that you're almost always calculating half the damage.

    For a Cantrip, it should EITHER do psychic damage, OR have the potential KO effect. Personally, I'd make it an Intelligence save or take 1d8 psychic damage, and auto-stabilize if this puts them at 0 hp.
    Whoa, no Attack roll there.... just INT save or they think they're bleeding out. Oh, I see... "as you attack a creature."

    The main purpose is the KO effect, not the damage (see Vicious Mockery for a primary rider effect). Lots of spells have conditional effects (Toll the Dead, check current hp), and calculating half damage is almost every other damage spell in the game. But should I take out the damage part just to make it simpler?
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    Default Re: Homebrew Spell Feedback please: Illusion Cantrip

    “Choose a target that can see you. The target must make an intelligence save or take 1d4 psychic damage. It this brings him to 4 or fewer hit points, he falls unconscious until he regains at least one hit point or one minute passes.”

    I worry the duration is too good, but it’s basically just a very strong thing at low level.

    Others may have better analysis.

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