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We recently had a situation at our table where we had to chase down a mob of Goblins. One of the clerics had cast Spiritual Weapon and found quickly that it was not very helpful as the spectral weapon created can only move up to 20 feet. He kept moving it towards where the battle was going on, but never caught up with the party and it was a waste of a spell.

The spell states: As a bonus action on your turn, you can move the weapon up to 20 feet and repeat the attack against a creature within 5 feet of it. (Player's Handbook, p.278)

Is there any way to increase the speed of Spiritual Weapon by RAW?

I'm looking for an answer that might include feats, multi-classing or a magic item.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Not all spells are applicable to every situation. It seems like the best solution is find a different form of consistent damage when facing moving targets, and save Spiritual Weapon when facing opponents in a relatively stationary area. \$\endgroup\$
    – Shadomew
    Aug 7, 2023 at 17:44

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No.

There might be some ways to change the range or the damage type or even add some kind of additional effect to the spell, but changing a spell's text is basically unheard of and to change the speed at which something moves when it isn't a creature is something I don't expect will ever be around in any form.

The only way to make the spiritual weapon 'catch up' is to recast the spell which causes the previous spiritual weapon to disappear and a new one to form. It would soon be outpaced by creatures taking the Dash action however, and would likely only get to attack once or twice.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you - I suspected as much, but just wanted to know if anyone knew of something I might have missed in increasing the speed of Spiritual Weapon. I guess re-casting is the only option here. \$\endgroup\$
    – Senmurv
    Aug 7, 2023 at 10:01

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