Does Wand of the War Mage bonus apply to spells like green-flame blade and booming blade?

I could make an argument for this either way. On the one hand, these spells "Make a melee attack with a weapon" which makes me think that it would not. On the other hand, from an action standpoint, it is clearly a spell and not an attack. Has this been settled?


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Wand of the War Mage does not affect these spells.

"Spell attacks" and "weapon attacks" are mutually exclusive attack types (All attacks are one or the other, not both; See also), and the attacks made as part of these spells are melee weapon attacks; they use your normal attack stats/bonuses rather than your spell attack stats/bonuses, etc.

As such, effects that benefit spell attacks have no impact on the attacks for these spells.

  • \$\begingroup\$ thanks for the response. I was starting from a place of assuming there was something preventing stacking a +X WoWM and a +X weapon for a single attack roll. Now I know how to explain it to my bladesinger that has both! \$\endgroup\$
    – Darin
    Jul 1, 2018 at 0:57

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