Phantasmal killer

Spell level: sorcerer/wizard 4; cleric with death domain 4

Innate level: 4
School: illusion
Descriptor: fear, mind-affecting
Components: verbal, somatic
Range: medium (20 meters)
Area of effect: single
Duration: instant
Save: will and fortitude
Spell resistance: yes
Additional counterspells: true seeing

Description: The caster conjures an image of utmost horror to strike down a single creature. The target may attempt a will save to disbelieve the spell, avoiding all ill effects. Failing that, the target then makes a fortitude save to avoid instant death. A successful save still inflicts 3d6 points of magical damage.


  • The mind-affecting descriptor applies to the "versus" part of the will saving throw. The fortitude save is "versus death" even though this is not death magic (immunity to death magic does not apply).
  • Immunity to fear is applied between the will and fortitude saves, with no feedback if this immunity applies.
  • The will and fortitude saves make this spell rather ineffective against fighters and mages, yet it will still work well against rogue characters.
  • Due to a .2da bug, true seeing is not an additional counterspell of this spell.

Previous versions[]

  • Prior to version 1.66, this spell used death immunity instead of fear immunity.

Custom content notes[]

  • script: NW_S0_PhanKill

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