Power word, kill was a conjuration spell that killed one tough subject or many weak ones.


When earlier versions of power word, kill were uttered, the caster could either target a single creature or let the spell affect a group.

If power word, kill is targeted at a single creature, that creature dies if it has 100 or fewer hit points.

If power word, kill is cast as an area spell, it kills creatures in a 15-foot-radius sphere. It kills only creatures who have 20 or fewer hit points, and only up to a total of 200 hit points of such creatures. The spell affects creatures with the lowest hit point totals first until the next creature would put the total over the limit of 200. (Creatures with negative hit points count as having 0 hit points.)

The post-Second Sundering version of the spell could no longer kill multiple targets at once, but could still kill a single creature instantly, provided it was not extremely powerful.[2]


The spell required only a verbal component.[2]


The spell was attributed to Netherese arcanist Xanad in -683 DR and was originally called Xanad's killer.[1]


See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), pp. 25,28. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 207,209–211,266–267. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  3. Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 263. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  4. David "Zeb" Cook (August 1989). Player's Handbook (2nd edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 196. ISBN 0-88038-716-5.
  5. Richard Baker (1996). Player's Option: Spells & Magic. (TSR, Inc), p. 185. ISBN 0-7869-0394-5.
  6. Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 153. ISBN 978-1560763581.
  7. slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), p. 121. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.