Adventuring is a tricky, dangerous business. Skilled adventurers take every advantage they can get and inventive wizards can find uses for almost any spell.
Inventive play is one of the hallmarks of an experienced, skilled gamer. I recently blogged about clever uses for mundane items and so it seemed natural to turn my baleful eye to low-level spells. My favourite character class is wizard, and so—without further ado—here are some inventive uses for low-level wizard spells.
- Continual Flame: Cast this on an arrowhead and then encase it in wax. When it hits a target, the wax breaks and the area is illuminated (along with any enemies lurking within) while you stay hidden in darkness. This also (obviously) works on bolts and sling stones as well.
- Magic Mouth: Magic mouth is a great reusable alarm spell. Cast on a object – with a command to scream if anyone passes by without uttering a certain word – camping adventurers can affix the object to doors, walls, trees and so on. Such an early warning system provides adventurers notice intruders are approaching their camp, which could prove the difference between life and death. Magic mouth can also be cast on missile weapons with a command to scream when it hits a target. Being hit by an arrow is annoying, being hit by a screaming arrow is doubly so!
- Mount: Mount is a great spell for a wizard to keep handy, as it allows them to run away very quickly. Mount, though, can also be used to block corridors and slowdown pursuit (a horse is a Large animal, after all). The summoned creature is able to attack, albeit not particularly effectively, and so the spell also has some combat application. Finally, of course, the spell caster does not have to ride the mount. Rather it could be used to haul a loot from a dungeon! Unscrupulous spell casters could even summon the mount, sell it to an unsuspecting mark and flee before the trick is revealed.
- Rope Trick: Mainly used as a handy, safe camp rope trick’s utility doesn’t end there. It can be used as an excellent spot from which to launch a sudden ambush. With the rope pulled up so those below can’t reach it, those within are virtually unassailable. Rope trick can also be used to get across a pit or climb a tricky wall (with clever positioning) because the spell not only creates an inter dimensional space but also suspends a rope up to 30 ft. long in midair. Adventurers can use the rope simply to climb, or could use it to swing across the aforementioned pit.
- Web: A classic low-level wizard spell, web has tons of uses beyond the obvious of ensnaring enemies. It can block line of sight and line of effect which means it can make a handy, if flimsy, shield against certain spell effects. It can also be used as a crash mat. Cast in a pit or at the bottom of a wall its springy tendril are sure to provide some cushion for falling characters. (To be fair, I didn’t come up with this one—one of my players used it to stop a comrade plunging to their death in a pit trap).
Help Fellow Gamers
Do you have inventive uses for other low-level wizard spells? If you do, let us know what they are in the comments and help your fellow gamers get more out of low-level spells!