[RPG] Which spells trigger the second benefit of Shield Master


The Shield Master feat includes the following benefit:

lf you aren't incapacitated, you can add your shield's AC
bonus to any Dexterity saving throw you make against
a spell or other harmful effect that targets only you.

This sounds great, until you realise that spells like Fireball (the vast majority of spells that trigger a Dexterity saving throw) target a point, not a creature.

For a spell like fireball, the target is the point in space where the ball of fire erupts.

So what spells are there (WotC published 5e material only) that target a single creature and require that creature to make a Dexterity saving throw?

Best Answer

The spells from the Player's Handbook that target a single creature and trigger a Dexterity saving throw are:

  • Acid Splash, as long as the caster doesn't choose to target 2 creatures.
  • Chain Lightning, if there are no other targets within 30 feet of you.
  • Disintegrate
  • Hellish Rebuke
  • Otiluke's Resilient Sphere
  • Sacred Flame

And from the Elemental Evil Player's Companion:

  • Immolation

None of the new spells from the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide meet the required conditions.