The spell requires 1 Reaction to cast on a creature that has damaged me.

In this scenario, let's say I attack a Warlock. He then casts Hellish Rebuke on me as his reaction. In response to his Hellish Rebuke, can I cast Hellish Rebuke on him too, even if it's technically still in my turn? (I don't know whether Reaction can only be used on other player's turn or not.)


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Yes - you can use a reaction on your turn to cast this if you have one available

A reaction is an instant response to a trigger of some kind, which can occur on your turn or on someone else's.

Since hellish rebuke takes a reaction to cast, it obviously qualifies.

If a spell can be cast as a reaction, the spell description tells you exactly when you can do so.

The spell specifies that it can be cast

in response to being damaged by a creature within 60 feet of you that you can see

A common cause of getting damaged on your own turn is getting hit by an opportunity attack as a result of your movement1. This would be a valid trigger for the casting of hellish rebuke.

So, if it is your turn and you get damaged and you have a reaction you can cast hellish rebuke as a reaction.

Note: No bonus action spells on your turn before or after hellish rebuke

Note that this means that you cannot cast a bonus action spell on your turn after casting hellish rebuke. If you have cast a bonus action spell already, you cannot cast hellish rebuke during your turn at all2. However, casting a bonus action spell on your turn would not affect your ability to cast hellish rebuke as a reaction outside of your turn. This is confirmed by Jeremy Crawford here.

Note: This means you spend your reaction

If you use your reaction on your turn, you are not able to use another one until the start of your next turn3.

1thanks @NautArch

2thanks @goodguy5

3thanks @SteveBauer

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    \$\begingroup\$ Relevant \$\endgroup\$
    – Ben
    Commented Feb 27, 2018 at 4:48
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    \$\begingroup\$ As an aside, if you use your reaction on your turn you can't do another reaction till the start of your next turn, I always find it harder to remember when it happens on my turn. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 27, 2018 at 5:10

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