If you are playing 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons, you’ve probably encountered the lesser restoration spell on more than one occasion – and, if you play often enough, the spell has probably come in handy at least once or twice! But what does the lesser restoration spell do? How does it work? What conditions can it treat? How can you maximize its effectiveness? All these questions and more are answered in this edition of How Does It Work? for D&D 5e!
Explain lesser restoration 5e
If you’re looking for a low-level spell that can help heal all your party members, look no further than lesser restoration. This spell will remove most negative status effects, such as curses and diseases, but won’t restore any lost ability score points or hit points. However, it doesn’t require much time to cast and can be done on yourself without impairing combat actions. This makes it great for emergency healing while adventuring or between encounters at home!
Two ways to cast Lesser Restoration
As a spell-like ability, Lesser Restoration can be cast in two ways: via a high-level cleric’s spellcasting or a Lesser Restoration Scroll. The scroll takes 10 minutes to read aloud and costs 500 GP. It can restore up to 2d4 points of ability damage or drain—that is, Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution damage or drain—to one creature you touch as part of the casting. This is not considered an evil act if performed with benevolent intent. Note that only creatures who have lost abilities due to injury or some other destructive forces (such as a dragon’s breath weapon) are subject to Lesser Restoration; energy drain caused by negative levels is permanent and cannot be restored in any way (although restoration does end negative levels). In addition, Lesser Restoration does not affect creatures harmed by positive energy—undead, for example. Thus, most undead cannot use Lesser Restoration scrolls even though they are living creatures.
What does Lesser Restoration do exactly?
As a 5e spell, Lesser restoration is part of an array of healing spells available to all spellcasting classes. For example, Clerics and Druids have access to Lesser Restoration while Wizards and Sorcerers do not. The main difference between Lesser Restoration and other similar healing spells (such as Cure Wounds) is that it can only be used on yourself or another creature with 0 hit points. This means that you cannot use Lesser Restoration on someone who has been knocked unconscious or killed by a damaging attack; however, you can use it on yourself if you are currently at 0 hit points or less. Lesser Restoration doesn’t always bring someone back from death, but it does prevent a creature from becoming undead after being killed. When cast upon a deceased target, Lesser Restoration will revive them immediately with one hit point remaining. If there isn’t enough time for Lesser Restoration to take effect before their body is destroyed (due to fire or acid damage), then they won’t be brought back from death.
Two situations where this spell is useful:
First, it’s a great way to regain your magic reserve after spending some time. If a caster fails to add their proficiency bonus to a check and doesn’t have inspiration points, they lose any unused magical energy in their reserve. This means you can use lesser restoration 5e on yourself or an ally to replenish those magical resources. Lastly, it works as a fantastic panic button. You can cast lesser restoration 5e to remove a single condition from yourself or an ally, particularly useful if you are afflicted with one of many common harmful conditions (like blinded). It’s also worth noting that you don’t need to be able to see your target for lesser restoration 5e to work. Lesser restoration isn’t without its drawbacks: Firstly, you need to spend 10 minutes focusing on its energies before casting it and while not necessarily a difficult time investment, spending 10 minutes out of combat isn’t always easy when enemies are lurking about nearby.
One situation where you probably shouldn’t use it
The lesser restoration spell is a powerful tool for removing status effects, but you’ll want to keep some things in mind. First, don’t expect to use it on yourself. If your character is already afflicted with a condition, lesser restoration can only help them remove one such effect. Second, you shouldn’t expect that a simple casting will be enough to get rid of everything that ails you. While less extreme than its more excellent counterpart, still expect to roll a few times when using lesser restoration on someone else. And while it may not always be necessary, try not to get overly attached to keeping certain conditions—such as blindness or paralysis—around.
Example of using this spell:
Say you were near a big, icy pond and accidentally dropped your smartphone into it. If you cast lesser restoration on it, after 24 hours, it will be completely dry (and still functional). That’s because lesser restoration returns an object to a state before damage is done. In the case of water-damaged electronics, such as phones and tablets, that means removing all of those electrical components that got water inside them. Lesser restoration is one of several spells from Dungeons & Dragons' fifth edition for characters who want to undo magical effects or reverse physical damage. For example, if someone turned you into a frog, you could use a lesser restoration to turn yourself back into a human being again—but only if you cast it within 1 hour of being transformed.