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Power Word, Blind will render sightless all creatures within the area of effect for 6 rounds.


Power Word, Blind
When a Power Word, Blind spell is cast, one or more creatures within the area of effect become sightless. The spellcaster selects one creature as the target center, and the effect spreads outward from the center, affecting all within a 4-ft. radius. This lasts for 6 rounds or until dispelled. All of the effects of blindness apply to the victims, such as a penalty to hit and to AC. The visibility range of the afflicted character is also decreased.


The spell may be launched at a single enemy creature within the visual range of the caster. It's casting time of 1 means this spell is rarely disrupted.

If the target is under Improved Invisibility, then that creature cannot be targeted with the spell.

The target and non-party creatures within 4 feet of the target are all exposed to the spell's effects.

The spell causes a Blindness status effect on the affected creatures in the AoE.

If the spell doesn't fail, or for example, isn't blocked by magic resistance, then the combat log will display a text string stating "Blinded" applicable to each creature.

There is a sound audibled when the spell is cast, as well as 3D effect graphic/color glow played over each affected creature.

Party members affected by this spell will have an icon in the character's portrait (No. 8) Blind.

This is a spell with an 8 Power level and can be blocked by Magic resistance. The original target can also defend against this spell with a Spell Protection such as Spell Deflection, Spell Turning or Spell Trap. In addition, Spell Immunity Conjuration will also block it.

The spell's effects are subject to being cured from Dispel Magic.

Where to obtain its scroll[]

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn[]

Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal[]

Mod Content[]

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Spell Revisions mod has changed this arcane spell, revising its area of effect, duration, effects, school and description:

Power Word Blind
Level: 8
School: Enchantment
Range: Long
Duration: Special
Casting Time: 1
Area of Effect: 1 creature
Saving Throw: None

When a Power Word Blind spell is uttered, any creature of the mage’s choice within visual range becomes sightless. This lasts for 1 turn or until dispelled. Creatures with less than 6 Hit Dice are blinded permanently. All of the effects of blindness apply to the victims, including a decreased visibility range and -10 penalty to THAC0.

Note:The -10 THAC0 penalty applies to the original game. In the Enhanced Edition, the blindness applies a -4 THAC0 and -4 Armor Class penalties to the affected creature. This spell has no Area of Effect beyond the single-targeted creature.

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