Power word, kill

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Caster level: Wizard / Sorcerer 9

Innate level: 9

School: Divination

Component(s): Verbal

Range: Short

Save: None

Spell resistance: Yes

Immunity type: Death

Area of effect/target: large, single

Duration: Instant

Additional counterspells: Death Ward

Description: This spell may be cast on a single creature or as an area effect. A targeted creature of up to 100 hit points is killed instantly. As an area effect, this spell will kill all creatures with fewer than 20 hit points, to a maximum total of 200 hit points.

HG Enhanced

Adds +1 CL per Divination focus. Adds 30 HP to each single-target effect range per CL above 20 (doubled/halved as appropriate for area of effect). Treated as a Necromancy spell when cast by a Pale Master.


This spell does not have a somatic component, so it can be cast while wearing full armor and shield, ignoring arcane spell failure.

Items with Power word kill Immunity

Whilst immunity to this spell can be added as a random property there are several set items that have it as listed below -

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