In the list of spells in the Player's Handbook, one of the level 5 paladin spells is "Destructive Smite". However, I can't find the spell description.

Where can I find the description of the "Destructive Smite" spell?


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Destructive Smite is most likely renamed to Destructive Wave, as it is also a 5th level spell, and has the same spell description as the spell Destructive Smite which was in the Alpha playtest.

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    \$\begingroup\$ FYI, it looks like this was officially answered via errata. You may want to adjust your answer from speculation to proof :) \$\endgroup\$
    – NotArch
    Oct 21, 2019 at 15:55

It should be listed as destructive wave, as corrected in errata.

The very first PHB errata in 2015 corrected the spell name in the paladin spell listing from destructive smite to destructive wave. The description of destructive wave appears on p. 231 of the PHB.

D&D 5e co-creator Mike Mearls had earlier confirmed that this was an error in a September 2014 tweet:

Destructive smite spell in paladin listing should refer to destructive wave in spell descriptions


Destructive Smite has been renamed into Destructive Wave, as far as I can tell.

This post by Brian Michaluk on the ENWorld forums should have the answer you are looking for. I cannot speak for reliability. The post states:

Is Damning Smite in? And what is it like now?

I dont see anything by that name but there are some smites as class features and some as spells.

uhh ohhhh I think I just found a typo in the book

lvl 5 paladin spell list "destructive smite" but in the spells list descriptions I only find "Destructive wave" which I think is what its supposed to be

  • \$\begingroup\$ Could you include some quotes from the link for posterity in case it goes down? \$\endgroup\$
    – Jason_c_o
    May 8, 2015 at 6:38
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    \$\begingroup\$ Could you explain what relevance that quote has to your answer? It is not obvious what this cut-and-paste of an effect description is supposed to demonstrate to a reader here. \$\endgroup\$ May 8, 2015 at 14:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SevenSidedDie I was asked to copy the post that I referenced into my answer. Though I've probably copied the wrong information on reflection. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mourdos
    May 8, 2015 at 15:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ I've edited the answer to point to the post in that thread that actually mentions that destructive smite (which appeared in the paladin spell list in the first printing) should have referred to destructive wave instead. That said, as noted in my answer, the very first PHB errata in 2015 acknowledged and corrected this error. \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Oct 22, 2019 at 6:04

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