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Backbiting Blow

1st-level transmutation

Classes: sorcerer, warlock, wizard

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: 30 feet

Components: V, S

Duration: concentration, up to 10 minutes

You cause a manufactured weapon to twist around and strike its wielder. The next time the target weapon is used to make a melee weapon attack, its shaft twists around and strikes at its wielder instead. The wielder makes a normal attack roll against its own AC, dealing normal damage on a hit. Resistances still apply to this attack. If the weapon wielder misses, the backbiting blow effect persists and each attack the creature makes with the target weapon twists around to attack them instead until they successfully hits and damage themself or switches to a different weapon.

This spell affects weapons entirely made of wood, such as a club or staff, as well as hafted or handled weapons such as axes, maces, spears, mauls, polearms, and the like. It does not affect entirely metallic weapons such as swords and daggers.

At Higher Levels: When you cast this spell using a 3rd level spell slot or higher, you can affect one more weapon within range. You can effect one more weapon for every 2 spell slots above 3rd.

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