Does Sword Burst target all creatures in range or only enemies? In 4th edition it only targeted enemies but I don't see any mention of enemies in the 5th edition version (Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide p.143).


It targets everyone in range

The spell's text reads:

Each creature within range, other than you

This is intended to be read literally, like most of 5e D&D, so it means that each creature within range (in this case, 5 feet of the caster) is affected by the spell.

The Sword Burst cantrip is from the Conjuration school, so unfortunately you can't get around this by using the Sculpt Spells feature from the Evocation wizard.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Great point on the Sculpt Spell! \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch May 26 '17 at 16:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ Does anyone above 5 feet of me is targeted too? \$\endgroup\$ – Please_Dont_Bully_Me_SO_Lords May 26 '17 at 16:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ @EASI Yes, it's omnidirectional. \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch May 26 '17 at 16:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ You can get around it by using Careful Spell, though \$\endgroup\$ – user27327 May 26 '17 at 23:59

Affects all creatures in range

The spell language states (Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide pp143) :

Each creature within range[5'], other than you

Without differentiating between hostile/friendly/willing, the default is for every creature.

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