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If a 6th level Sorcerer with Elemental Affinity (lightning) casts Witch Bolt, is only the inital bolt's damage is increased, or the damage of every one of them?
[...] when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ancestry, add your Charisma modifier to that damage.
[...] on each of your turns for the duration, you can use your action to deal 1d12 lightning damage to the target automatically.
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Jun 6, 2017 at 21:38
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Elemental Affinity adds damage "when you cast a spell..."
The damage of
witch bolt that can be applied on subsequent turns is not "casting a spell" but instead taking a special action granted to you by the witch bolt spell. Since you're not casting a spell, the additional damage from Elemental Affinity will not apply.
Jun 6, 2017 at 21:47
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Yes, only to when you first cast the spell.
The Player's Handbook Errata,
Elemental Affinity (p. 102). The damage bonus applies to one damage roll of a spell, not multiple rolls. Old Answer
Since you're not casting a spell to automatically deal the damage, Elemental Affinity only applies for the initial damage.
Jun 6, 2017 at 21:48
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