Restraining Bolt

New Spell for 5e D&D

This spell was inspired — as many of my designs are — by banter around the gaming table. Someone made a Star Wars reference. Someone else mentioned restraining bolts. And still someone else quipped, “That might be a cool spell”. And here, gentle reader, is the result.

Restraining Bolt

1st-level evocation
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 ft.
Components: V, S, M (a bit of string)
Duration: Concentration, up to 5 rounds

You unleash a beam of actinic violet energy from your outstretched palm at a creature or object in range. Make a ranged spell attack against the target. On a hit, the target is anchored by invisible grasping bands of force to the nearest solid surface within 10 feet of the target, pulling it to that surface, if necessary. The target is Restrained for as long as you maintain concentration, up to three rounds. If there is no solid surface within 10 feet of the target, it does not suffer the movement speed reduction, but does suffer the other penalties of being Restrained.

When you cast this spell at 2nd level, the spell lasts for three rounds, without concentration. When you cast this spell at 3rd level or higher, remove the concentration requirement and add three rounds to the duration for each spell level above 2nd.