[RPG] cantrip or spell that grants resistance to damage from natural attacks in the way Blade Ward does for weapon damage


The spell blade ward (PHB, p. 219) has the following effect:

Until the end of your next turn, you have resistance against bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage dealt by weapon attacks.

Is there a cantrip or spell similar to this that works against natural attacks or non-weapon damage such as claw, bite, tail, or slam attacks?

Best Answer

Blade ward already works for natural attacks

It may not seem obvious, but Blade Ward already does this. A claw or bite attack (etc) are classed as Melee Weapon Attacks.

This can be seen if you look at any monster description, where under Actions it will typically say something like:

Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5ft, one target. Hit: 6 (1d6+3) piercing damage

Blade Ward will not protect you against other forms of damage such as that caused by spells or by falling (which is bludgeoning damage but not weapon damage).