I have never once used this spell in twenty years of D&D. Is it good in 5th edition -- worth a precious bard spell slot -- or are there better debuff options?
"The Epic Level Handbook wasn't that bad, guys.Guys, pls."
Yay...when it is appropriate to the character.
It is a solid debuff skill that allows you to choose the debuff...and it is a good selection for either a "creepy" character, or a character who is naturally a beguiler.
In a intrigue campaign, or a campaign that involves affecting NPC's, it is a humorous use of spell...frightening or incapacitating that key someone who shouldn't be alone with you.
I agree with Tony1Adobe. I think there are even more reasons that others can imagine for this spell... it can definitely be a 'pick your moment' type of situation.
Toren "Tickle-Whiskers," human abjurer 13, Coliseum of ConquestJoben, halfling bard 1, Village of NowhereMaghdim, human enchanter 3, Daphitra's Domain
I'm sure it's useful, but since my bard isn't very "dark" (and so the spell isn't thematic for him,) I can't see myself picking it over Mass Suggestion or Otto's Irresistible Dance.
Elwin Cold - Hexblade Warlock 1 - [Pic] - now playing in Talaveroth: Knights of the Hanging Chicken