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Chromatic Orb

Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:22 am
by TPK - The Pirates
This recently came up fo some reason.

So for casters out there, just a heads up on Chromatic Orb.

These are the three most pertinent lines --

If the chromatic orb misses its target, it dissipates without effect. If the target creature makes a successful saving throw (spell), the chromatic orb is also ineffective. Otherwise, the color of the orb determines the amount of damage inflicted and its special power, as summarized on Table 16; details about the special powers are listed below.

Long story short...

Caster must roll to hit;
Target must fail save vs spells;
Target then must save vs special effect (with potentially disastrous effects even on a save).

Moral of the story..don't fail the first save if you're hit.

Re: Chromatic Orb

Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:32 pm
by JB - Jana Boulderbrew
When I played A D&D in high school, my DM didn't want to use that spell because it was too confusing.

Re: Chromatic Orb

Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:02 pm
by DM Juan
It is poorly written, indeed.