Can the thorn whip cantrip lift the target 10 feet into the air?

I can’t find any reason that casting thorn whip from above wouldn’t cause an extra d6 of falling damage.

This isn’t that difficult to achieve with a roof of the right height and some form of spider climb.


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It can, if you are also in the air.

From the spell description of Thorn Whip, emphasis mine:

...if the creature is Large or smaller, you pull the creature up to 10 feet closer to you

If you are an aarakocra druid, and you are airborne, you could pull the target 10 feet closer to you, in the air, and drop them to inflict falling damage.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Also works if the caster is standing, say, on a platform high above the target. \$\endgroup\$
    – Rykara
    Oct 24, 2019 at 21:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ Do you need to be able to lift their body weight for this to work? \$\endgroup\$
    – Mark Wells
    Oct 24, 2019 at 22:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ The restriction is that the spell allows for pulling the creature if the creature is Large or smaller. \$\endgroup\$
    – Cold Fish
    Oct 24, 2019 at 22:27
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MarkWells - No, the spell does the pulling. There's no strength check involved. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 24, 2019 at 23:58

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