Hypnotic Pattern

3rd level Illusion
Casting Time
1 Action
120 Feet
Concentration, up to 1 minute
Materials Required
A glowing stick of incense or a crystal vial filled with phosphorescent material

Spell Description

You create a twisting pattern of colors that weaves through the air inside a 30-foot cube within range. The pattern appears for a moment and vanishes. Each creature in the area who sees the pattern must make a Wisdom saving throw. On a failed save, the creature becomes charmed for the duration. While charmed by this spell, the creature is incapacitated and has a speed of 0.

The spell ends for an affected creature if it takes any damage or if someone else uses an action to shake the creature out of its stupor.

Is Hypnotic Pattern Good?

Overall Rating: Sky Blue. This means that hypnotic pattern is an amazing spell. If you do not take this spell your character would not be optimized.

Overall Notes: Good range, good AoE, and its effect are potent. Incapacitating multiple enemies is a fantastic tactic to passively flee from the situation or do massive damage with automatic crits. The effect can be ended by a friendly creature taking an action to wake the affected creature from its stupor, but that will eat up a lot of action economy. Either way you slice it, hypnotic pattern is one of the best crowd control spells at this level.

Class Specific Ratings for Hypnotic Pattern

Arcane Trickster rogue: One of the best crowd control options that come naturally as part of the Arcane Trickster's spell list.