[RPG] How to convert the AD&D “Bee” cantrip to D&D 5e


It was recently brought to my attention that there existed a cantrip from the first edition of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons called "Bee". In the original description, it reads as follows:

Bee (Summoning)

Area of Effect: One bee
Casting Time: 1/2 segment

When this cantrip is used, the caster summons a honey bee from someplace—where is of no importance, for the creature appears in seconds. The bee will appear in whatever spot the caster is gazing at, up to 1ʺ distance from him or her. The bee is, of course, annoyed, and it is 90% likely to sting any living creature it finds itself upon. (This will certainly cause the subject to react violently if it would otherwise be so affected by a bee sting.) The verbal component is a low buzzing sound, made while the caster moves a forefinger through flight-like passes.

(The 1" here isn't an error: it's table inches, equal to 10 feet indoors and 10 yards outside.)

I want to try making this cantrip available to learn in my 5e campaign (mostly for laughs), but I wanted to get some input first on how to transfer it from the older format to the new one. I know there are usually problems with that regarding other spells, but I think this might be simple enough to rework. For instance, I think "1/2 segment" for casting time could easily translate to "bonus action". Does anyone have advice for me going forward? Is there anything else I should consider?

Best Answer

Consider using the Infestation cantrip from Xanathar's Guide to Everything

From the spell:

You cause a cloud of mites, fleas, and other parasites to appear momentarily on one creature you can see within range.

Simply reflavouring this spell as Bees could easily achieve the effect you're looking for, in addition to dealing some damage and making the target move on a failed save.

Note this spell uses an Action, rather than a Bonus Action, but has a more substantial effect.

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