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The spell "Flame Blade" makes a fire sword that you can perform a melee spell attack with. As a druid with higher Wisdom, I would rather have it be based on that than my Strength, but I'm not sure if I would use my Wisdom or Strength, considering it is a 'melee spell attack.

Would I use my Wisdom for the melee spell attack from Flame Blade, or my Strength? Cause I feel like if it's based on Strength, there's no real need for the spell for a druid.

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It uses your spellcasting modifier and proficiency

The pertinent part of the flame blade spell description says:

You can use your action to make a melee spell attack with the fiery blade. On a hit, the target takes 3d6 fire damage.

Melee spell attacks are also covered in PHB pg. 206, in the "Attack Rolls" section of the Spellcasting chapter (emphasis mine):

Some spells require the caster to make an attack roll to determine whether the spell effect hits the intended target. Your attack bonus with a spell attack equals your spellcasting ability modifier + your proficiency bonus.

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Spell attacks use your spellcasting ability

The Player’s Handbook says about spell attacks:

Some spells require the caster to make an attack roll to determine whether the spell effect hits the intended target. Your attack bonus with a spell attack equals your spellcasting ability modifier + your proficiency bonus.

So in the case of Flame Blade, you would use your spellcasting ability modifier + your proficiency bonus.

...But you should read the wording carefully

There are spells that use a melee attack that are not “melee spell attacks”. For instance, Booming Blade and Green-Flame Blade (SCAG, p. 142-143) are not dependent on a melee spell attack. Instead you must make an attack with a melee weapon. They say:

As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon against one creature within the spell’s range, otherwise the spell fails.

This would be different than the spell in question because, you are making an attack with a melee weapon, so you would add your modifier that applies to that weapon (Strength or Dexterity) and your proficiency (if you are proficient with that weapon).

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  • \$\begingroup\$ @V2Blast thank you for that edit. It flows much better, and is the exact spirit of the answer that I wanted to give! \$\endgroup\$ – KelvintheWizard Jul 22 '19 at 4:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ Glad to help! :) \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Jul 22 '19 at 4:07

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