Best Sorcerer Spells in 5E Ranked | Sorcerer Spells 5E Guide

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     Welcome to our top ten Sorcerer spell list! We went through every available spell in the Warlock’s arsenal and came out with a list that we believe to have the most reliable and efficient spells a Warlock can wield. We wanted to have a good mixture of utility, efficient damage dealing, and role-playing when creating this list, as every campaign should have a good mixture of all three of those aspects. So without further ado, here are our top ten Sorcerer spells 5E Rankings.

10. Hypnotic Pattern

  • School: Illusion
  • Level: 3rd
  • Casting Time: One Action
  • Range: 120 feet
  • Components: Somatic, Material (a glowing stick of incense or a crystal vial filled with phosphorescent material)
  • Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute

The first entry on our Sorcerer spells 5E list is Hypnotic Pattern. A twisting pattern creates a thirty-foot cube, catching the attention of everything in the area and forcing them to make a Wisdom saving throw. If the character fails the saving throw, they become charmed for the duration of the encounter, giving them a speed of zero. The spell’s effect ends if the character takes any damage or if someone else takes an action to knock the character out of their trance.

9. Dispel Magic

  • School: Abjuration
  • Level: 3rd
  • Casting Time: One Action
  • Range: 120 feet
  • Components: Verbal, Somatic
  • Duration: Instantaneous

You can end one spell that is still in effect that is within this spell’s range and under the level that you set it at. For example, if set at its traditional third level, it will end any active effects from a spell that was cast from a third level or lower spell slot. If the spell is of a higher level than where you placed Dispel Magic, you will need to make a spell check using your spell modifier, and beat a DC of ten plus the target’s level.

8. Counterspell

  • School: Abjuration
  • Level: 3rd
  • Casting Time: Reaction to another character casting a spell within range
  • Range: 60 feet
  • Components: Somatic
  • Duration: Instantaneous

You interrupting another character’s casting process. If the spell they are casting is at the same or at a lower casting slot than Counterspell’s, the spell fails instantly. If the spell is above the casting level, you need to make a successful spellcasting ability roll against the spells DC, which is equal to the spell’s level plus ten.

7. Mirror Image

  • School: Illusion
  • Level: 2nd
  • Casting Time: One Action
  • Range: Self
  • Components: Verbal, Somatic
  • Duration: 1 minute

Three copies of yourself appear next to you. They will not deal any damage, but they will copy every move that you make. If an opponent tries to do anything to you, you have to roll 1d20 to see if they are successful, and the number needed to roll is determined based off of the number of duplicates that are present – six or higher with three, eight or higher with two, and eleven or higher with two. Duplicates have an AC of ten, and one successful hit will make one of them disappear.

See Also: The Best Bard Spells in 5E

6. Light

  • School: Evocation
  • Level: Cantrip
  • Casting Time: One Action
  • Range: Touch
  • Components: Verbal, Material (a firefly or phosphorescent moss)
  • Duration: One Hour

For one hour, an item you touch will brighten up a twenty-foot radius, and dimly light an additional twenty feet beyond that. If the item is attached to a hostile being, that being must make a successful Dexterity check to avoid their item from being affected by the light spell. Not only does Light cut the need to worry about the weather with a torch it, but can also be used to redirect a potential thread in a different direction.

5. Shield

  • School: Adjuration
  • Level: First
  • Casting Time: One Reaction to when you are targeting by an attack or spell
  • Range: Thirty Feet
  • Components: Verbal, Somatic
  • Duration: One Round

In response to an attack, you can cast Shield to give yourself a plus five bonus to your AC for one round. Normally, your AC is 10 plus your Dexterity modifier. The additional plus five will make it nearly impossible to take damage while under Shield’s protection. This will be incredibly useful if your team is facing a horde of enemies.

4. Mage Hand

  • School: Conjuration
  • Level: Cantrip
  • Casting Time: One Action
  • Range: Thirty Feet
  • Components: Verbal, Somatic
  • Duration: One Minute

A spectral hand appears that can do the following actions:

  • Manipulate lightweight objects.
  • Open an unlocked door or container.
  • Pour contents out of a vial

The hand cannot pick anything up that is heavier than 10 pounds, activate enchanted items, or attack. Mage Hand is primarily used to solve puzzles and distract enemies.

3. Hold Person

  • School: Enchantment
  • Level: 2nd
  • Casting Time: One Action
  • Range: 60 feet
  • Components: Verbal, Somatic, Material (small, straight Piece of Iron)
  • Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute

A humanoid target within sixty-feet must make a successful Wisdom check or they will become paralyzed. A character paralyzed by Hold Person can make another Wisdom roll at the end of their turn and will lose their paralyzed condition if their Wisdom roll is successful. If you prepare Hold Person in a higher spell slot, you can target one additional humanoid for each slot above the second level you prepare this at.

2. Fireball

  • School: Evocation
  • Level: Third
  • Casting Time: One Action
  • Range: 150 Feet
  • Components: Verbal, Somatic, Material (a tiny ball of bat poop and sulfur)
  • Duration: Instantaneous

Near the top of our Sorcerer Spells 5E List is Fireball. You target a specific spot that is at most 150 feet away with a giant ball of fire that forces every creature in a 20-foot radius from the impact spot to make a Dexterity saving throw. If they fail, they take 8d6 damage. If they succeed, they take half of 8d6 damage. For the cost of a little bit of bat poop, you can clear out an entire army!

1. Message

  • School: Transmutation
  • Level: Cantrip
  • Casting Time: One action
  • Range: 120 feet
  • Components: Verbal, Somatic, Material (short piece of copper wire)
  • Duration: One round

And number one on our Sorcerer Spells 5E list is Message. You point your finger at your target that is in range, and you can whisper a message to that person. This is one of the strongest abilities in the game, as it will let you get information to your party without having to be right next to them. It could save your team a whole lot of time, especially if you are in a situation where you both need to remain silent. This spell also ranks on our list of Best Sorcerer Cantrips in 5E.

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A life long gamer, Travis spends his time writing about and playing games when he's not suing people or hanging out with his family.

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A life long gamer, Travis spends his time writing about and playing games when he's not suing people or hanging out with his family.

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