Holy sword

Spell level: paladin 4

Innate level: 4
School: evocation
Descriptor: weapon enchantment
Components: verbal, somatic
Range: touch
Area of effect: melee or creature
Duration: 1 round / level
Save: none
Spell resistance: no

Description: This spell transforms the caster's melee weapon into a powerful holy avenger, a specially blessed weapon that, when wielded by paladin, acts like a +5 holy weapon that dispels magic on-hit, delivers an additional +1d6 divine damage against evil aligned creatures and grants the wielder a spell resistance of 16.


  • Requires Hordes of the Underdark.
  • For details of the dispel check and effects for non-paladins, see the holy avenger article.
  • An existing holy avenger property will block the addition of the holy avenger property from this spell. In particular, a player should wait for this spell to expire before casting it again on the same weapon.
  • The holy avenger property cannot be added to creature weapons.
  • If this spell is cast on a weapon with an enhancement bonus greater than +5, that larger bonus will apply (as expected) for the duration of this spell. However, once holy sword expires, a bug in the game causes the weapon's enhancement bonus to be effectively reduced to +5 until the weapon is unequipped. (Once the weapon is re-equipped, it will again function as expected.)
  • This spell can be cast with extend spell if a level 5 paladin spell slot is obtained (from an item property, which still requires a base wisdom of 15).

Pencil and paper[]

  • In the pencil-and-paper version the Holy Sword spell, doesn't temporally enchant a weapon to a holy avenger. Instead it becomes +5 holy weapon, which deals 2d6 extra damage against evil opponents and emits a magic circle against evil (as the spell). Also, it would temporally overwrite any existing enchantments and abilities of a magic weapon and the spell would automatically end, if the weapon was to leave a paladin's hands for 1 round.
  • Clerics with access to the Glory Domain could cast Holy Sword as a 5th Level Spell.

Custom content notes[]

  • script: X2_S0_HolySwrd

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