Power Word Plague

8th-level necromancy

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: 60 feet

Components: V, M (a vial containing diseased skin)

Duration: Instantaneous

You speak a word of power, infecting a creature within range that can see and hear you with a virulent disease.

If the target has 150 hit points or fewer, it contracts the disease. In addition, choose a number of creatures equal to your spellcasting ability modifier within 30 feet of the target. Each of those creatures must succeed on a Constitution saving throw or also contract the disease.

These secondary targets can have any hit point total.

While diseased, a target suffers the following effects:

  • At the start of each of its turns, the target’s hit point maximum decreases by 20.
  • The target can’t regain hit points, except by magical spells higher than 5th level.
  • The target’s speed is halved.

The disease ends on a creature when the creature is reduced to 0 hit points. The disease can also be ended by a greater restoration, heal, or wish spell.

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