Prismatic spray was an evocation spell that could affect multiple targets with a variety of effects.[2]


A cone of multicolored rays emanated from the caster's hand, hitting creatures in their paths at random. Multiple rays could hit the same target. There were seven possible colors, each either dealing damage from a different element or causing a different effect:[2]

Inflicted fire damage.[2]
Inflicted acid damage.[2]
Inflicted lightning damage.[2]
Inflicted poison damage.[2]
Inflicted cold damage.[2]
A creature affected by this ray became paralyzed and was subsequently turned to stone.[2]
A creature struck by this ray became blind, and could be subsequently banished to another plane.[2]


The spell required only verbal and somatic components.[2]


The spell was attributed to Netherese arcanist Anglin of Seventon in -1929 DR and was originally called Anglin's spray.[1]

Notable UsesEdit

Prismatic spray - DC Comic

Luna casting prismatic spray at the false avatar of Selûne.

During the Time of Troubles of 1358 DR, Luna confronted the false avatar of Selûne and the two broke into a spell-battle. Luna tried a prismatic spray, but it could not penetrate the other's magical defenses.[6]


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. 23,26. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 209–211,267. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  3. David "Zeb" Cook (August 1989). Player's Handbook (2nd edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 186. ISBN 0-88038-716-5.
  4. Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 153. ISBN 978-1560763581.
  5. slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), p. 121. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  6. Dan Mishkin (June 1990). “Selune Rising”. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons #19 (DC Comics), pp. 20–21.