5E Survivor Worst Spells: FIND TRAPS IS THE WORST!

lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
[h/t Zaardnar]

This thread is inspired by the prior threads the core races, the core alignments, and so on. This is a special request after the "worst spell" thread, so we are going to give it a shot ... mmkay?


IMPORTANT NOTE- DOWNVOTES ARE 2 IN THIS THREAD.

REPEAT- DOWNVOTES ARE TWO IN THIS THREAD.

Each spell starts with 20 points and you vote for one spell you think is the worst which gets 1 point and a spell you are okay with which loses 2 points. It is intentional that a negative vote is worth more than a positive vote- first, because we don't want to be here all year. Second, because.

Upvotes are in green, downvotes are in in red (unless you are on your phone, and are unable to, in which case please indicate your votes some other way). Copy and paste the previous posters vote and change the numbers. You may vote once per day. This is an honor system, and we are all honorable gamers; please do not abuse it. If this means you vote once at night one day, and once the next morning - that's fine, but don't vote again until the following day.

This is purely a popularity contest and you do not have to explain an upvote or downvote, but feel free to- explanations are where the fun is! When downvotes reach 0 the spell eliminated (FATALITY! RESURRECTION IS NOT A LISTED SPELL!). Finally, if a spell has one vote left, then you have to make the choice to use all of your downvotes to eliminate it; there is no vote splitting.

Some important points that you must read before voting-
1. This is a pure popularity contest, and is meant to be fun. You can cast your votes for whatever reason you want. Spite, irrational love/hate, gameplay mechanics, strategic voting, and hating all spells because the Champion IS THE BEST is perfectly acceptable. It's all good! This vote does not affect anything in real life, and no spells will be removed, added, or altered in 5e because of your vote. You can comment for the reasons for your vote, or not- up to you! But this is for enjoyment only.

2. This is the list of "worst spells" as enworld commenters came up with in the prior thread on the subject.

3. WE WANT THE WORST SPELL. THE SURVIVOR IS THE WORST. DOWNVOTE SPELLS YOU LIKE, UPVOTE THE SPELLS YOU THINK ARE THE WORST.

​4. These spells are considered the worst for their spell level, or because they aren't good enough compared to what they should be. It's all subjective, man.


As always, the list is the list, please do not alter it.


Katana Nope.

IMPORTANT REMINDER- THE SURVIVOR IS THE WORST SPELL! So ... UPVOTE THE WORST, and DOWNVOTE THE BEST!


Find Traps DIDN'T FIND THE TRAP! IT IS ... THE WORST!



UPDATED- FATALITIES ... um, NOT REALLY THAT BAD!

Animate Dead #32
Wish #35
Mending #53
Time Stop #86
Barkskin #107
Divine Word #119
Witch Bolt #170
Phantasmal Killer #186
Blade Ward #201
Ray of Enfeeblement #224
Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting #278
Friends #296
Feign Death #389
Drawmij's Instant Summons #392
Mordenkainen's Sword #400
Weird #412
True Strike #512 (confirmed #513)




 
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lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
IMPORTANT REMINDER- THE SURVIVOR IS THE WORST SPELL! So ... UPVOTE THE WORST, and DOWNVOTE THE BEST!

Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 20
Animate Dead 20
Barkskin 20
Blade Ward 20
Drawmij's Instant Summons 20
Feign Death 20
Find Traps 20
Friends 20
Holy Word 20
Mending 20
Mordenkainen's Sword 20
Phantasmal Killer 20
Ray of Enfeeblement 20
Time Stop 20
True Strike 20
Weird 20
Wish 21
Witch Bolt 18

Man, I wish they hadn't nerfed wish.
 

JonnyP71

Explorer
Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 20
Animate Dead 18 - why is this even on this list? It's a great spell!
Barkskin 20
Blade Ward 20
Drawmij's Instant Summons 20
Feign Death 20
Find Traps 20
Friends 21 - whereas......
Holy Word 20
Mending 20
Mordenkainen's Sword 20
Phantasmal Killer 20
Ray of Enfeeblement 20
Time Stop 20
True Strike 20
Weird 20
Wish 21
Witch Bolt 18
 
Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21 - deserves it for the name, alone.
Animate Dead 18
Barkskin 20
Blade Ward 20
Drawmij's Instant Summons 20
Feign Death 20
Find Traps 20
Friends 21
Holy Word 20
Mending 20
Mordenkainen's Sword 20
Phantasmal Killer 20
Ray of Enfeeblement 20
Time Stop 20
True Strike 20
Weird 20
Wish 21
Witch Bolt 16
 

Gadget

Explorer
Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21 - deserves it for the name, alone.
Animate Dead 16
Barkskin 20
Blade Ward 20
Drawmij's Instant Summons 20
Feign Death 20
Find Traps 20
Friends 21
Holy Word 20
Mending 20
Mordenkainen's Sword 20
Phantasmal Killer 20
Ray of Enfeeblement 20
Time Stop 20
True Strike 20
Weird 20
Wish 21
Witch Bolt 17

I'm not sure why people are down voting WB, but there others on the list that deserve to be down voted much more.
 

Yunru

Villager
Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
Animate Dead 16
Barkskin 20
Blade Ward 20
Drawmij's Instant Summons 20
Feign Death 20
Find Traps 20
Friends 21
Holy Word 20
Mending 20
Mordenkainen's Sword 20
Phantasmal Killer 20
Ray of Enfeeblement 20
Time Stop 20
True Strike 20
Weird 20
Fish 19
Witch Bolt 18 Baaaaad.
 

Gradine

Archivist
Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
Animate Dead 16
Barkskin 20
Blade Ward 20
Drawmij's Instant Summons 21 For the GDP of a relatively large town, you too can pull a rabbit* out of a hat! (*rabbit must not be living)
Feign Death 20
Find Traps 20
Friends 19 When are we going to need to deal with that guy again?
Holy Word 20
Mending 20
Mordenkainen's Sword 20
Phantasmal Killer 20
Ray of Enfeeblement 20
Time Stop 20
True Strike 20
Weird 20
Fish 19
Witch Bolt 18
 

Dausuul

Legend
Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
Animate Dead 14
Barkskin 20
Blade Ward 20
Drawmij's Instant Summons 22
Feign Death 20
Find Traps 20
Friends 19
Holy Word 20
Mending 20
Mordenkainen's Sword 20
Phantasmal Killer 20
Ray of Enfeeblement 20
Time Stop 20
True Strike 20
Weird 20
Wish 19
Witch Bolt 18

It was a tough call between Drawmij's and witch bolt, but witch bolt is just run-of-the-mill useless. Drawmij's is spectacularly, flamboyantly, extra useless. It starts out useless and then adds special clauses to make sure that if you try to use it anyway, you will fail in multiple ways. It's the gauntlet thrown down before optimizers: "You think you're good? Create a build that makes use of this!" It's the One With Nothing of D&D.

As for the downvote, I'm really not clear on why animate dead is on this list to begin with. It's a decently effective spell, especially in the hands of a necromancer, and very flavorful.
 
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Seramus

Explorer
DOWN IS GOOD. UP IS BAD.

Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
Animate Dead 12 - Lovely spell. I love free servants.
Barkskin 20
Blade Ward 20
Drawmij's Instant Summons 22
Feign Death 21 - You live. Your whole party is dead. You are now being eaten. Way to go.
Find Traps 20
Friends 19
Holy Word 20
Mending 20
Mordenkainen's Sword 20
Phantasmal Killer 20
Ray of Enfeeblement 20
Time Stop 20
True Strike 20
Weird 20
Fish 19 - No Change, but it should stay Fish. =D
Witch Bolt 18
 

Gladius Legis

Explorer
DOWN IS GOOD. UP IS BAD.

(Apparently this reminder bears repeating constantly.)

Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
Animate Dead 12
Barkskin 20
Blade Ward 20
Drawmij's Instant Summons 22
Feign Death 21
Find Traps 20
Friends 19
Holy Word 20
Mending 20
Mordenkainen's Sword 20
Phantasmal Killer 20
Ray of Enfeeblement 20
Time Stop 20
True Strike 20
Weird 20
Wish 17 - Come on, people, this spell has no place on this list. It's still godly and still the best 9th-level spell, even if it's not AD&D-level godly.
Witch Bolt 19 - Yeah, this one is just plain bad.
 

Belltent

Villager
Edit: copied the wrong post
Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
Animate Dead 12
Barkskin 20
Blade Ward 20
Drawmij's Instant Summons 22+1=23 so bad
Feign Death 21
Find Traps 20
Friends 19
Holy Word 20 what spell is this??
Mending 20-2=18 a get what you pay for cantrip. This won't trap you like the other cantrips on this list can.
Mordenkainen's Sword 20
Phantasmal Killer 20
Ray of Enfeeblement 20
Time Stop 20
True Strike 20
Weird 20
Fish 17
Witch Bolt 19
 
Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
Animate Dead 10 This spell has terrific concentration and action economies. It's like an all-day Spiritual Hammer that stacks with itself.
Barkskin 20
Blade Ward 20
Drawmij's Instant Summons 23
Feign Death 21
Find Traps 20
Friends 19
Holy Word^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HDivine Word 20
Mending 18
Mordenkainen's Sword 20
Phantasmal Killer 20
Ray of Enfeeblement 20
Time Stop 20
True Strike 21 Every time you think you've thought of a use for it, it turns out there's another restriction in the spell text that makes it actually useless for the contingency you had in mind.
Weird 20
Wish 19
Witch Bolt 18
 

OB1

Jedi Master
Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
Animate Dead 10
Barkskin 20
Blade Ward 20
Drawmij's Instant Summons 23
Feign Death 21
Find Traps 20
Friends 19
Holy Word^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HDivine Word 20
Mending 18
Mordenkainen's Sword 20
Phantasmal Killer 20
Ray of Enfeeblement 20
Time Stop 18 - The right choice twice a day!
True Strike 22 - Even worse than you think
Weird 20
Wish 19
Witch Bolt 18
 

Yunru

Villager
Vote up bad spells! Vote down good spells!

Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
Animate Dead 10
Barkskin 20
Blade Ward 20
Drawmij's Instant Summons 23
Feign Death 21
Find Traps 20
Friends 19
Divine Word 20
Mending 18
Mordenkainen's Sword 20
Phantasmal Killer 20
Ray of Enfeeblement 20
Time Stop 18
True Strike 22
Weird 20
Fish 17
Witch Bolt 19

Adjusted for a missed post.
 

mellored

Explorer
Vote up bad spells! Vote down good spells!

Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
Animate Dead 10
Barkskin 20
Blade Ward 20
Drawmij's Instant Summons 23
Feign Death 21
Find Traps 20
Friends 19
Divine Word 20
Mending 18
Mordenkainen's Sword 20
Phantasmal Killer 20
Ray of Enfeeblement 20
Time Stop 18
True Strike 23 just attack twice.
Weird 20
Fish 15 instant simulacrum, or resurrection, or clone, or awaken, or...
Witch Bolt 19
 
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Ath-kethin

Explorer
Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
Animate Dead 8 -2 like others, I'm not sure why this spell is on the list. It's more than decent for what it does.
Barkskin 20
Blade Ward 20
Drawmij's Instant Summons 23
Feign Death 21
Find Traps 20
Friends 20 +1 all respect to the others, a spell that sort of makes people like you for a few seconds then they realize you tricked them is just not useful.
Divine Word 20
Mending 18
Mordenkainen's Sword 20
Phantasmal Killer 20
Ray of Enfeeblement 20
Time Stop 18
True Strike 23
Weird 20
Fish 15
Witch Bolt 19
 

Immoralkickass

Explorer
Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
Animate Dead 8
Barkskin 20
Blade Ward 20
Drawmij's Instant Summons 23
Feign Death 21
Find Traps 20
Friends 20
Divine Word 20
Mending 18
Mordenkainen's Sword 21
Phantasmal Killer 20
Ray of Enfeeblement 20
Time Stop 18
True Strike 23
Weird 20
Wish 13
Witch Bolt 19
 

Phazonfish

Explorer
Vote up bad spells! Vote down good spells!

Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
Animate Dead 8
Barkskin 20
Blade Ward 20
Drawmij's Instant Summons 23
Feign Death 21
Find Traps 21 - My worst spell thread revealed useful properties of all spells mentioned. Except this one. It actually got worse the harder you look and think about it.
Friends 20
Divine Word 20
Mending 18
Mordenkainen's Sword 21
Phantasmal Killer 20
Ray of Enfeeblement 20
Time Stop 18
True Strike 23
Weird 20
Wish 11 - No one really thinks this spells is bad. A shadow of its former self is a valid arguement, but I personally wouldn't even go that far. Let's shoo out the clowns, shall we?
Witch Bolt 19
 
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Find Traps 21 - My worst spell thread revealed useful properties of all spells mentioned. Except this one. It actually got worse the harder you look and think about it.
It's not that bad. If you get a negative result ("no traps here!") you can skip a bunch of poking around with 10' poles.
 

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