Understanding the Wild Magic Surge Table | Wild Magic Table 5E

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The central theme of Wild Magic Sorcerous Origin is the uncontrollable effects that follow the sorcerer. When casting spells, the wild magic sorcerer has the chance of also creating unexpected magical effects that can be either helpful or harmful. These effects are determined at random through the use of the wild magic surge table. Below, we provide the official wild magic table as well as popular homebrew options.

Wild Magic Table – PHB

The official wild magic surge table is found in the Player’s Handbook. Determining the wild magic effect involves the roll of a d100, although there are only 50 possible outcomes. Some of these options are beneficial, while others have a negative impact. While this table works fine, some players find 50 options to be inadequate.

Wild Magic Surge
01-02Roll on this table at the start of each of your turns for the next minute, ignoring this result on subsequent rolls.51-52A spectral shield hovers near you for the next minute, granting you a +2 bonus to AC and immunity to Magic Missile.
03-04For the next minute, you can see any invisible creature if you have line of sight to it.53-54You are immune to being intoxicated by alcohol for the next 5d6 days.
05-06A modron chosen and controlled by the DM appears in an unoccupied space within 5 feet of you, then disappears I minute later.55-56Your hair falls out but grows back within 24 hours.
07-08You cast Fireball as a 3rd-level spell centered on yourself.57-58For the next minute, any flammable object you touch that isn’t being worn or carried by another creature bursts into flame.
09-10You cast Magic Missile as a 5th-level spell.59-60You regain your lowest-level expended spell slot.
11-12Roll a d10. Your height changes by a number of inches equal to the roll. If the roll is odd, you shrink. If the roll is even, you grow.61-62For the next minute, you must shout when you speak.
13-14You cast Confusion centered on yourself.63-64You cast Fog Cloud centered on yourself.
15-16For the next minute, you regain 5 hit points at the start of each of your turns.65-66Up to three creatures you choose within 30 feet of you take 4d10 lightning damage.
17-18You grow a long beard made of feathers that remains until you sneeze, at which point the feathers explode out from your face.67-68You are frightened by the nearest creature until the end of your next turn.
19-20You cast Grease centered on yourself.69-70Each creature within 30 feet of you becomes invisible for the next minute. The invisibility ends on a creature when it attacks or casts a spell.
21-22Creatures have disadvantage on saving throws against the next spell you cast in the next minute that involves a saving throw.71-72You gain resistance to all damage for the next minute.
23-24Your skin turns a vibrant shade of blue. A Remove Curse spell can end this effect.73-74A random creature within 60 feet of you becomes poisoned for 1d4 hours.
25-26An eye appears on your forehead for the next minute. During that time, you have advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.75-76You glow with bright light in a 30-foot radius for the next minute. Any creature that ends its turn within 5 feet of you is blinded until the end of its next turn.
27-28For the next minute, all your spells with a casting time of 1 action have a casting time of 1 bonus action.77-78You cast Polymorph on yourself. If you fail the saving throw, you turn into a sheep for the spell’s duration.
29-30You teleport up to 60 feet to an unoccupied space of your choice that you can see.79-80Illusory butterflies and flower petals flutter in the air within 10 feet of you for the next minute.
31-32You are transported to the Astral Plane until the end of your next turn, after which time you return to the space you previously occupied or the nearest unoccupied space if that space is occupied.81-82You can take one additional action immediately.
33-34Maximize the damage of the next damaging spell you cast within the next minute.83-84Each creature within 30 feet of you takes 1d10 necrotic damage. You regain hit points equal to the sum of the necrotic damage dealt.
35-36Roll a d10. Your age changes by a number of years equal to the roll. If the roll is odd, you get younger (minimum 1 year old). If the roll is even, you get older.85-86You cast Mirror Image.
37-381d6 flumphs controlled by the DM appear in unoccupied spaces within 60 feet of you and are frightened of you. They vanish after 1 minute.87-88You cast Fly on a random creature within 60 feet of you.
39-40You regain 2d10 hit points.89-90You become invisible for the next minute. During that time, other creatures can’t hear you. The invisibility ends if you attack or cast a spell.
41-42You turn into a potted plant until the start of your next turn. While a plant, you are incapacitated and have vulnerability to all damage. If you drop to 0 hit points, your pot breaks, and your form reverts.91-92If you die within the next minute, you immediately come back to life as if by the Reincarnate spell.
43-44For the next minute, you can teleport up to 20 feet as a bonus action on each of your turns.93-94Your size increases by one size category for the next minute.
45-46You cast Levitate on yourself.95-96You and all creatures within 30 feet of you gain vulnerability to piercing damage for the next minute.
47-48A unicorn controlled by the DM appears in a space within 5 feet of you, then disappears 1 minute later.97-98You are surrounded by faint, ethereal music for the next minute.
49-50You can’t speak for the next minute. Whenever you try, pink bubbles float out of your mouth.99-00You regain all expended sorcery points.

Wild Magic Table – Homebrew Options

There are a few interesting homebrew options out there. While I won’t take up the space needed to list them out here, I have linked a few of my favorites below.

Wrapping up the Wild Magic Table Guide

That concludes our Wild Magic Table guide. Whether you use the official tables or homebrew content, we hope the rolls are ever in your favor!


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