In Fear 5e, encounters take on a whole new meaning. All creatures that fail they’re saving must drop what they are holding to escape the caster. The dash action is required each time they take the turn, as they’re saved if they fail. They can’t get another save until they are out of the caster’s line of sight.
Fear can be used in combat to make it more exciting, but it promotes bonding, role-playing, character development, and role-playing with your party members is better.
Cause of Fear 5e Spell
Duration: 1 action
Distance: 60 feet
The components are: V, S.
Concentration: Up to 1 minute
A creature might sense its mortality through you, and you may also be able to see within a range. Constructs and undead have been impervious to this Effect. It would be best if you succeeded on the wisdom saving throw, or else the target will become terrified of you until the spell ends. Essentially, each time the frightened target ends its effects on a specific success, it can repeat its last saving throw.
Combat with Fear 5e: How to use it?
To use a creature with an ability, you must have it. For example, the Mummy and Mummy Lord can “Dreadful Gaze,” which works like this:
The glare of dread. Whenever a mummy can see a creature within 60 feet of it, it targets it. The DC 11 Wisdom saving throw is required for targets who can see a mummy, or they will be terrified until the mummy’s turn ends. The target is paralyzed for the same amount of time if it fails the saving throw by five or more. In the next 24 hours, a mark that makes a saving throw is immune to all mummies (but not mummy lords) glaring at them.
It has the same DC as nearly every monster with the “frighten” option, while a Mummy Lord has a significantly higher DCC (DC 16).
Based on the monster’s power and, therefore, threat level, the DC will change. The Monster Manual contains DCs for all the demons that can “Frighten.”. The fear DCs for your homebrewed monsters can be calculated using this chart.
Terms and Conditions
Conditional effects affect a creature’s abilities in various ways and can result from spells, class features, the attack of a monster, or any other outcome. Several conditions, such as blindness, can be advantages, but most are impairments. The Duration of a condition depends on how it is countered (standing up counters the prone state) or on how long the Duration is for the Effect that imposed it. The Duration of a condition doesn’t increase if it is imposed by multiple effects, but the results don’t worsen if they are caused by different conditions. Either a creature has an illness, or it doesn’t. According to these definitions, a creature’s behavior changes when it is subject to a condition.
- Blind creatures can’t see, so they fail any ability check that requires vision.
- Attack rolls of the creature are disadvantageous, as are attacks of the attacker.
In Charming State
- You cannot attack a charmer when they are charmed, or you cannot target them with any harmful abilities or effects.
- Whenever the charmer interacts with the creature socially, he gains the advantage.
- Deaf creatures are unable to hear, and all ability checks that depend on hearing fail automatically.
- A creature’s fear is indicated by its disadvantage on Ability Checks and attack rolls when within line of sight.
- Fear prevents the creature from approaching where it is frightened.
- When a creature grapples, its speed becomes 0, and it cannot receive any speed bonuses.
- Grappler is rendered incapacitated if incapacitated.
- If an Effect, such as a Thunder Wave, hurls a creature away from a grappler, the condition ends. The controller retakes the control.
Terrible Combat Tactics
Fear effects usually do not grant additional attempts at saving throws when someone takes damage to be more effective than charm effects. The sources of fear are typically close to creatures which are frightened, so once the creatures are far enough away or out of sight of the source of fear, the situation ends. Though it may sound easy to overcome fear, let’s ponder this for a moment.
- A creature is scared.
- When a creature becomes fearful, it cannot move closer to the source of fear, and it will be pushed away from the head of the suspicion by some effects. Movements like these can give rise to opportunity attacks.
- Staying and fighting have disadvantages for the creature when it comes to raids and skill checks. Dash may be able to end his fear of these creatures if he gets far enough away, but they’re still far away. Due to the distance required to end a Fear spell once the line of sight is broken, dealing with it will be more difficult. A Wisdom saving throw is therefore required.
Since the creatures are far away, they have to decide whether to attack from a distance or dash back into melee combat. A creature that was frightened and the spell that caused it lost two turns and took damage by not ending the condition.
It is best to inflict fear close to your target by following the three-step timeline. By doing so, you will cause your victims to distance themselves from you. This will result in more wasted turns and actions for your opponents and more opportunities for attacks.
Considering your scary spells will require concentration, plan your fear-inducing characters accordingly. Whenever possible, avoid learning or preparing attacks requiring concentration. Take advantage of bonuses that do not require attention, such as Long strider, to chase down enemies who are scared of you.
Frightened is primarily advertised for its disadvantage on attack rolls (ignoring other spells and abilities added afterward), but the penalty on ability checks can also be useful. Dispel Magic checks and Counter spell checks are among the assessments that will suffer. For identifying illusions, investigation checks will be weakened. If the terrain is steep, Athletics checks will be disadvantageous.
Strong characters are better suited to grappling frightened creatures, which pairs well with their desire to run away when fighting. Fearsome creatures have a disadvantage on Perception rolls to detect Rogues when hiding behind concealed terrain; this fits in with the metaphor of fear, as they may be surprised to see their enemies appear out of nowhere, as if from haunting poltergeists.
There isn’t much more I can say about her frightening condition, but it’s much more than I imagined I’d find to describe. Utilize distance and positioning efficiently when using fear effects to maximize their effectiveness.
Are you of the opinion that fear is underplayed thematically and mechanically?