Xanathar's Guide to Everything (p. 157) features the spell Illusory Dragon. Maybe it's me, but doesn't the spell description scream Sorcerer (especially Draconic Bloodline)? Imagine my surprise when I saw that the spell is only available to Wizards.

Would it be balanced to allow this spell for Sorcerers?

Maybe I am missing some extreme synergy with a Sorcerer class feature that would make it overpowered...

  • \$\begingroup\$ Interestingly, a similar question was asked before but was opinion based due to its wording: "Should I allow a Sorcerer to learn illusory dragon? [closed]" \$\endgroup\$ – Medix2 Mar 12 at 23:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SeriousBri I don't even play a sorcerer, I just noticed it when reading through some spells. And it made me curious. \$\endgroup\$ – Mars Plastic Mar 13 at 12:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Medix2 Yes, I saw that too. I first considered simply editing that question, but I wasn't sure if it would be okay to guess the OP's intent or change it to fit mine... \$\endgroup\$ – Mars Plastic Mar 13 at 12:09

It's fine

It's a really high level spell, and I doubt it's on very many Wizards' short-list of spells they would choose on level-up. It screams Illusionist to me, but I could certainly see a Draconic Bloodline sorcerer having it, even if just for flavor. It doesn't seem unbalanced at all with other Sorcerer Level 8 spells, and you will have to take it instead of a different spell that you'd take/swap between levels 15 and 20.

To add to this, even the DMG (p. 287) says changing spell lists isn't generally a problem, except for the Warlock spell list due to short rest recovery:

Modifying a class’s spell list usually has little effect on a character’s power but can change the flavor of a class significantly.

Which I suspect is exactly what you want. No problem at all.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'd like to upvote this for how it answers the question, but there's a fundamental flaw in the first sentence. If you don't believe this should be a go-to-spell for Wizards, you don't realize how good it is - it is a repeating AoE damage spell that targets Intelligence saves. The fear bit is just gravy. \$\endgroup\$ – T.J.L. Mar 13 at 14:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ @T.J.L., it's not a bad spell but it's competing with other real winners. It might be the best spell ever, but I challenge you to find it anywhere on a best spell list. Most players just won't be interested. \$\endgroup\$ – Tiger Guy Mar 13 at 19:23

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