Alter Self 5e | Spell Guide for 5th Edition of D&D

The alter self spell is a powerful transmutation spell. In this post, we have briefly discussed their range, casting time, duration, components, and all hitting points are fully described. As you can see below;

2nd Level Transmutation

Casting Time: 1 action
Components: V, S
Range: Self
Concentration: Yes
Spell List: Sorcerer, Wizard
Duration: Up to 1 hour

You assume a different form. When you cast the spell, choose one of the following options, the Effects of which last for the Duration of the spell.

While the spell lasts, you can end one option as an Action to gain the benefits of a different one.

Aquatic Adaptation: You adapt your body to an aquatic Environment, sprouting gills, and growing webbing between your fingers. You can breathe Underwater and gain a Swimming speed equal to your walking speed.

Change Appearance: You transform your Appearance. You decide what you look like, including your height, weight, facial features, sound of your voice, hair length, coloration, and distinguishing Characteristics, if any.

You can make yourself appear as a members of another race, though none of your Statistics change.

You also don’t appear as a creature of a different size than you, and your basic shape stays the same, if you’re bipedal, you can’t use this spell to become quadrupedal, for instance.

At any time for the Duration of the spell, you can use your Action to change your Appearance in this way again.

Natural Weapons: You grow claws, fangs, spines, horns, or a different natural weapon strike deal 1d6 bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing damage, as appropriate to the natural weapon you chose, and you are proficient with your Unarmed strikes.

Finally, the natural weapon is magic and you have a +1 bonus to the Attack and Damage Rolls you make using it.

Frequently Asked Question of Alter self

Alter Self is one of the most popular spells in DND, however, it is also very confusing, so many people ask questions about it. Here is the answer to those questions;

1. What Does Alter Self Do In DND 5e?

Your appearance is transformed. Your appearance, including your height, weight, facial features, voice tone, hair length, coloration, and distinguishing characteristics, if any, is determined by you.

The statistics of your profile will not change if you appear as a member of another race.

2. Can Alter Self Give You Darkvision?

The alter self spell allows the caster to take the form of a small or medium humanoid creature.

Moreover, the text explicitly states that the ability will be added if the assumed form has any of the following abilities: Darkvision 60 feet, low-light vision, scent, and swim 30 feet.

3. How Long Does Alter Self Last?

If you take an additional three levels of sorcerer, you will be able to sustain your alter self for a period of four hours using the extended spell metamagic.

If you are the DM creating an NPC, I recommend that you either grant them the spell at will or model them after a shapeshifter fiend.

4. What Level Spell Is Alter Self?

Alter Self is a 2nd level transmutation spell, which belongs to the transmutation school of magic.

5. Who Can Use Alter Self?

The Alter Self spell is available to sorcerer and wizard classes with spellcasting abilities, but not all classes are able to use it on every spell.

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