Dungeons\nand Dragons may seem complicated at times. There are still some\nthings my friends and I are unsure of when it comes to gameplay, like\nmagic scrolls in the 5th edition. After a little research, I wanted\nto share what was helpful to us.\n\n\n\nWho\ncan use scrolls in DnD 5e? The\nsimple answer is that any creature that can understand written\nlanguage can attempt to use a scroll. Whether it will be effective or\nnot depends on the type of scroll, if the scroll is on your class's\nlist, and if the scroll is within your spellcasting level.\n\n\n\nMany\nthings can impact scroll usage in DnD 5e, and it may take playtime\nand practice before you feel fully confident in your character\u2019s\nability to use them. I hope the information I've gathered will\nbenefit your gameplay.\n\n\n\nHow do Scrolls Work in DnD 5e?\n\n\n\nThere are two types of scrolls in Dnd\n5e. A scroll of protection is very rare. Spell scrolls are\nessentially a scroll with a spell written on it that must be\ndeciphered by the caster. Spell scrolls come in different levels that\nwill vary from common to rare, and their attack bonus increases the\nhigher the level of the scroll.\n\n\n\nA scroll of protection can be used by\nany creature with the ability to read, but you must make sure the\nscroll of protection you use is specific to the monster you are\nattempting to protect yourself from. After using an action to read\nthe scroll, this barrier will follow you for five minutes, the\nduration of the scroll. When moving with the protective barrier, use\ncaution. If you encase the creature, it will end your protection.\n\n\n\nThe rules for spell scrolls are a\nlittle more complicated. You will know the spell scroll is in your\nclass's list if you can decipher the spell written on it. If you are\nunable to read the spell on the scroll, you aren\u2019t able to cast the\nspell. If you can read the spell but aren\u2019t sure if the spell level\nis too high for you to cast, it is best to do an ability check.\nUnsuccessful casts will result in a useless scroll. \n\n\n\n\nScroll levels range from Cantrip to the\n9th level. The level of a cantrip spell is 0, and it is so immersed\nin the caster's mind they can use it over and over. As the level\nincreases, so do the rarity of the scroll and the damage it will\nproduce. Follow this link for a helpful chart on spell\nlevels.\n\n\n\nGame Masters are also able to create\nspell scrolls, and may even allow their characters to create them in\ntheir downtime. These spell scrolls would function as the ones\nalready found in gameplay.\n\n\n\nWhat Scrolls Can My Character Use\nDepending on Their Class?\n\n\n\nSo your character can use a scroll\ndepending on if the spell on the scroll is in their class, and if the\nspell is on their class\u2019s spell list. Classes like Sorcerers,\nBards, and Warlocks will know however many spells are in their \u201cknown\nspells\u201d and are not able to learn more. If the scroll contains a\nknown spell and is within your character's casting level, you will be\nable to use that scroll.\n\n\n\nEvery class can use a\n\tscroll of protection. Non-magic classes, or classes without spell\n\tlists, like Fighter\u2019s and Barbarians, would only be able to use a\n\tscroll of protection.\n\n\n\n\nDruids and Clerics will\n\tonly know the spells on their list and also are not able to learn\n\tmore. So if a scroll contains a spell from their spell list, they\n\tcan use that scroll. \n\t\n\n\n\n\nWizards are the only class\n\tthat can learn spells from scrolls instead of being restricted to\n\tonly using the scrolls. The spells on scrolls will come from one of\n\tthe eight schools of magic.\n\n\n\n\nHow Scrolls and Schools of Magic Work\n\n\n\nIn Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition,\nschools of magic have no impact on the rules for how scrolls are used\nscrolls.\n\n\n\nIn D&D 3.5e it worked like this:\n\n\n\nYou can specialize in a particular\n\tschool of magic, which will give you the ability to learn extra\n\tspells in your chosen school. Choosing to specialize will force you\n\tto choose two schools of magic that you will no longer have the\n\tability to learn or use spells from. \n\t\n\tThere is an exception for those\n\tthat specialize in Divination. They only give up one other school of\n\tmagic. Any spell that doesn\u2019t fall into one of the categories is a\n\tuniversal spell. So as long as a scroll doesn\u2019t have a spell from\n\tthe one school of magic a Wizard that specializes in Divination\n\tcan\u2019t learn from, they will be able to cast the spell if it's\n\twithin their level.\n\n\n\n\n\n\t\t\tSchool of Magic\n\t\t\n\t\t\tWizard Classification\n\t\t\n\t\t\tSpell Power\n\t\t\n\t\t\tAbjuration\n\t\t\n\t\t\tAbjurer\n\t\t\n\t\t\tProtect, block, or banish\n\t\t\n\t\t\tConjuration\n\t\t\n\t\t\tConjurer\n\t\t\n\t\t\tBrings creatures or materials to the caster\n\t\t\n\t\t\tDivination\n\t\t\n\t\t\tDiviner\n\t\t\n\t\t\tReveals information\n\t\t\n\t\t\tEnchantment\n\t\t\n\t\t\tEnchanter\n\t\t\n\t\t\tGives a property to the caster or grants power over another being\n\t\t\n\t\t\tEvocation\n\t\t\n\t\t\tEvoker\n\t\t\n\t\t\tManipulates energy or creates something from nothing\n\t\t\n\t\t\tIllusion\n\t\t\n\t\t\tIllusionist\n\t\t\n\t\t\tAlters perception or creates false images\n\t\t\n\t\t\tNecromancy\n\t\t\n\t\t\tNecromancer\n\t\t\n\t\t\tManipulates, creates, or destroys life or life force\n\t\t\n\t\t\tTransmutation\n\t\t\n\t\t\tTransmuter\n\t\t\n\t\t\tTransforms physically or subtly changes its properties\n\t\t\n\n\n\nThis\nwebsite lists the schools of magic and all of the\nexisting spells for scrolls in more detail.\n\n\n\nWhat Happens When a Scroll Fails?\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nIf the spell cast succeeds, the spell\nfades from the scroll, and the scroll crumbles to dust. If it fails,\nthe spell words simply disappear from the scroll. But what kind of\nmishaps can occur if your character attempts to use a scroll and the\nspell cast fails? \n\n\n\n\nIf your saving throw fails, a six-sided\ndie is rolled to reveal the outcome. The number shown on the die\nreflects the outcome listed.\n\n\n\nA surge of magical energy will be\n\tdealt, equal to the level of the spell.\n\tThe spell will rebound or you or\n\tan ally randomly. If the caster was the target, it would affect a\n\trandom target nearby.\n\tAffects a random location within\n\tthe spell range.\n\tThe spell effect is neither\n\tharmful nor beneficial and is reversed. \n\t\n\tYou suffer a minor, yet odd effect\n\tfor the duration of the spell.\n\tThe spell activates after 12\n\thours.\n\n\n\n\nAre Monsters and NPC\u2019s able to use\nscrolls?\n\n\n\nIf a monster is intelligent enough to\nread the spell written on the scroll, I would have to say yes. The\nscroll would have to be a scroll of protection. Alternatively, the\nscroll would have to include a spell from the type of magic the\ncreature can perform spells from a certain class. They could use a\nscroll with a spell from that class\u2019s spell list.\n\n\n\nNon-classes NPCs would not be able to\nuse a scroll, except, of course, a scroll of protection. If the NPC\nhas a class, they would be able to use any scroll that had a spell\nfrom that class's spell list. \n\n\n\n\n\nThis is according to the rules for using scrolls in Dnd 5e. Of\ncourse, a Game Master can decide whether or not they want monsters\nand NPC\u2019s to have the ability to use scrolls in their campaign.\n\n\n\nHow are Scrolls Beneficial to Game Play in\nDnD 5e?\n\n\n\nYou might be wondering why scrolls are\nan element of gameplay if your character can only use one if they are\nable to perform the spell anyway. It was something that I didn't\nquite understand when I started researching scrolls, but only because\nI didn't really understand how spellcasting works. \n\n\n\n\nSave time and Money: To\n\tcast a spell, it first needs to be on your character\u2019s spell list,\n\tjust like with scrolls. However, all the materials and ingredients\n\tneeded to cast a spell are "baked" into the scroll, saving\n\tyou time and money since you no longer need to gather those\n\tingredients or materials.\n\n\n\n\nSave spell slots: Your\n\tcharacter also has a limited amount of spell slots, which are\n\tnecessary for spell casting. Using a spell scroll doesn\u2019t require\n\ta spell slot. A spell scroll allows you to use a spell if your spell\n\tslots are full or if you don\u2019t want that spell to take up a slot\n\tbecause you only need to use it once.\n\n\n\n\nPerform more powerful spells:\n\tSpell scrolls also give you the chance to perform more powerful\n\tspells than normal. Be sure to do a skill check before using a\n\tscroll with a spell that is a higher level than you're able to cast,\n\tor the scroll will be useless.\n\n\n\n\nStore spells: You can even\n\tuse spell scrolls as a way to store rarely used, but useful spells,\n\tand bypass the preparation time of some spells. Wizards can even\n\tcopy spells from scrolls into their spellbook to learn a new spell.\n\n\n\n\nThe best thing about Dungeons and\nDragons, in my opinion, is that the rules are really just guidelines.\nYou can adjust them for your group or campaign if you find them too\nrestrictive or not restrictive enough. The best way to learn about\nscrolls is to play the game. Don't worry about being new or not\nunderstanding something fully. The most important thing is to have\nfun with your friends because that has always been the heart of\nDungeons and Dragons.