Heat Metal 5e In Dungeons And Dragons

Did you recently come across this mind-blowingly awesome game called Dungeons and Dragons And felt an immediate rush of excitement inside you to know more about this fun game? As fun as it sounds, it will keep you glued to their screen until the end.

Do you have friends who also play the game and have told you how addictive and exciting it is? The game not only sounds fun or feels to be fun to play, it indeed is honestly a fun thing to play.

There are a lot of new adventures and new spells that you will get to explore throughout the game.

Today’s article circles a specific period, Heat metal 5e, that you can use in Dungeons and Dragons and have fun with against your enemies.

An Introduction To Heat Metal 5e

The armor Is one of the essential life savers in D&D 5E. It acts as a protective skin for most players, and it is rare in the rarest situations; they will decide to take it off.

However, this lifesaver can be a problem when the magical spell from a heated metal comes into the game and destroys the beautiful pre-planned game of the enemies.

It might not sound very appealing to you compared to the other super helpful and powerful spells available on the second level, but despite that, it is mighty to cast.

But it is, but is it worth using in combat?

How can it be used effectively to ensure maximum results? Should one try heat metal? Is it something to be scared of being cast upon you?

There are a lot of questions associated with heat metal 5e, and thus to answer all of them effectively, you need to know a little more about what it is and how it works.

Thus, without wasting any more moments, let’s embark on a fun journey to learn more about one of the best low-level spells you will ever encounter in the game of Dungeons and Dragons, the Heat Meta 5e which is a good 5e tool.

Not only the name of the spell is fascinating and attractive, but this is also a powerful, helpful, exceptionally excellent, yet overlooked spell.

There is a lot to this magnificent spell that one needs to know before using it first.

More About The Spell

To cast the spell upon your enemy, you need to choose a manufactured metal object, which could be a metal weapon or a suit of metal armor, heavy or medium, that is visible within the radar of your range.

You can cause the manufactured metal object to glow red hot to such an extent that it is hard even to touch it.

Any creature in physical contact with the thing you have cast the spell upon undertakes a 2d8 fire damage due to the spell cast upon it.

Until the reaction of this particular spell ends, you can use bonus actions on each of your subsequent turns and causes this damage to repeat.

If the Creature who is wearing or holding the metal object takes the damage from it, to save himself, if it can, he must opt for a constitutional saving throw or immediately drop the thing off.

When you move at higher levels, Upon casting this spell, using the spell slot of the 3rd level or above, the damage tends to increase by a rate of 1d8 for every slot level above the 2nd level.

What is heat metal 5e?

Heat metal 5e

Heat metal is an excellent casting spell that allows the caster to target manufactured metal objects such as a weapon, suit of heavy or medium metal armor, or any jewelry. The render is too hot to be even touched.

It makes the metal object so excessively and extremely hot that it is painful to touch.

Creatures in contact with the thing or are holding, feeling, or wearing the object take the damage and suffer from it upon casting the spell.

As a bonus benefit to the caster, they can cause the Creature to retake the damage as a bonus action.

Before moving further, let’s have a look at the player’s handbook for heat metal 5e –

Casting Time: 1 action

School: Transmutation

Target: Any metal object which the caster of the spell can see within the range

Damage/Effect Caused: Fire

Range: 60 feet

Class to cast the spell: Artificer, Bard, Druid, Cleric

Attack/Save: Constitution Saving throw

Duration: upto a limit of 1 minute with concentration

Level: 2

Components: Verbal, Somatic, Material

Materials Required: A piece of iron and flame

Level-wise damage :

2nd level5th level7th level9th level
Damage Dice2d85d87d89d8
Minimum Damage2579
Average Damage8.520.523.536.5
Maximum Damage16405672

The level at which heat metal is made available: Bard (3), Druid (3), Force Domain (3), Artificer (5)

Number of Targets At once: 1

Die Type: d8

Number of Dice: 2 (increased by the value of 1 with every spell slot increase beyond 2nd  level)

Damage Type: Fire

Status Duration for the continuation of reaction: Until the next turn

A creature in physical contact with the manufactured metal object will undergo a 2d8 fire damage which cannot be nullified or made ineffective with any saving throws.

If the concentration is not dropped, the spell continues to be effective till ten rounds of combat. Until it ends, the caster can use a bonus action on their turn to keep the damage ongoing.

Now if the Creature continues to hold still or wear the object which the spell’s caster has decided to set hot, they must opt for a constitutional saving throw and succeed on it to keep holding their object.

They must drop the thing if they fail to carry it out effectively. If they don’t, they will be faced with a disadvantage on their part, particularly on their ability checks and attack rolls until the next turn.

Who are eligible to cast the heat metal spell?

Heat metal 5e

The Bards, Druids, Artificers, and Force Domain Clerics can cast this simple and effective 2nd-level Transmutation spell.

Bards and Druids can begin casting heat metal from the 3rd level when they get their 2nd level spell slots for the first time.

The same applies to the Force Domain Clerics, who have the spell on their expanded spell list, starting at the 3rd level.

Only the Artificers do not get their first 2nd-level spell slots until they reach the 5th level.

Why Heat meta 5e?

‘Disarm the enemy, and victory is all yours to own’ Isn’t that what one wants when playing games like Dungeons and Dragons? This is precisely what heat metal 5e does.  

Heat metal can be significantly proven as a great casting smell spell in case of any items held or worn by an especially threatening mob or your enemy.

Also, you want to cause damage to your enemy. In that case, heat metal is an excellent option because, besides causing damage to the targeted Creature, it also causes it to continue the damage for an extended period.

For instance, a heavy armor suit requires a minimum of 5 minutes to be removed. And thus, as long as the Creature continues to hold on to it, the damage will continue, and therefore the wrong time for him will continue.

Thus, if the enemy you have targeted is wearing a suit of armor, it will have a wrong time for five long minutes as it cannot be dropped and takes considerable time to be removed.

What makes Heat Metal 5e so popular?

The reason why most of the players love heat metal is that it can guarantee you fire damage.

Though if your enemy is immune to fire and can resist it, it acts as a counter for heat metal, this ability is scarcely available to very few creatures in the game.

For most creatures, there lies no saving throw or even any minimum safe distance limit, which they must ensure to save themselves from heat metal.

In the game, you would see that there is nothing they can do in case the item on which the heated metal has been cast cannot be dropped. Thus with more bonus actions, the damage keeps going on.

The usefulness of heat metal 5e

Heat metal 5e

But is Heat really that useful? Most players often have this question if the most powerful sword is hot and the enemy drops it, does the damage not go away?

Well, it certainly does. Also, you have now disarmed a solid and rigid creature. Now, it must take action to grab the red-hot weapon or fight the caster with some other available weapon.

The other option is a less powerful weapon, which can also be their natural claws, teeth, and strength. Whatever it is, it can never be as mighty as the sword.

So for the rest of the combat, it is, on your part, an advantage and, on the part of the opposition, a significant disadvantage. Not only the sword, but you can also target and cast the spell upon their metal armor.

Can you defend yourself against heat metal?

If you are misfortunate enough to fall prey to the heat metal spell, only one thing can save you. Breaking the enemy’s concentration is the only way to protect yourself.

Getting them hit by magic attacks can be a great way to break your enemy’s attention on this spell and thus on you, too, and save you from the damage.

How about in the case of natural amours?

While we always consider that everyone uses metal to ensure their protection, we must remember that not every monster, enemy, or Creature in the game does. Some even use stone or wood for purpose as their armor.

Some are even protected without armor through magical and mundane powers. If you cast a heated metal 5e spell upon them, and they have no such metal object on, the period will go in vain and fail to have its effect.

Thus, this act as a limitation of this spell whereby you cannot just cast a spell on any creature who wears armor but clearly on any creature who wears metal armor. Metal is an important essential for heat metal to be released.

Thus you cannot use it on an enemy druid wearing stone or wooden armor, not only for armor, but the same applies to weapons not made of metal.


Now that we know the uses and how you can put Heat metal 5e to use, we hope that you will be well aware of how to use the weapon best next time you play the game.


Does heat metal affect Warforged?

The heated metal 5e does not affect the Warforged as it only affects manufactured metal objects, and Warforged is mere creatures.

What is the drawback of heat metal?

The only drawback you will ever encounter about this spell is that the attack requires concentration.

Is it possible to twin heat metal 5e?

Heat metal is one such spell that affects metal objects manufactured. Twinned spells are such that they affect creatures and not things. Whereas heat metal, on the other hand, acts as metal objects. Thus twin spells will not work with heat metal together in any way.

Does heat metal 5e work on armor?

As stated in this article, heat metal does not work on any armor, but metal amours only. If it is wooden or stone armor, a heated metal 5e spell would not work on it, and it will fail. It will work only if it is metal armor on which the spell has been cast.

What are the components or materials of heat metal 5e?

To cast the spell of heat metal 5e, you need two incidents. A piece of iron and a flame to make it work.

Does heat metal melt the metal?

No, the heated metal does not melt the metal, but it only makes metal objects hot and painful to be touched. Just as the spell description says, in combat, it just causes damage to the Creature holding the metal object.

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