Power Word, Kill

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Caster level: Wizard / Sorcerer 9

Innate level: 9

School: Divination/Necromancy

Descriptor(s): Death

Component(s): Verbal

Range: Short

Save: None

Spell resistance: Yes

Immunity type: Death (depending on the caster specific immunity to the spell may be required)

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 -

You may wonder why you need to equip an item with specific immunity to the spell, this is because when it is cast by some high level creatures it pierces basic Death Magic Immunity and as it has no save if you do not exceed its HP maximum value you will die, repeatedly, over and over ad infinitum and if this is in a Fugue zone for your character this can have unfortunate consequences.

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