How do you make Holy Oil 5e in dnd?
There are no official stats on holy oil in dnd 5e. It is ultimately a DM-dependent thing. Ask the DM if you are keen to build it for your game. Basic smite spells can give you +2d6 damage. These are only available once per attack and depend on the spell slots. Holy Oil would be similar to once per oil flask and might last for more than one hit. Next, you have the option of ambushing unholy elements in a ring of holy oil that you put on fire.
Oil in dnd 5e
A clay flask usually holds 1 pint of oil. You can either splash the oil from this flask onto any creature within 5 feet or throw it upwards to 20 feet. You can use the oil to make a ranged attack on a target object or creature and treat it as an Improvised Weapon. The target will be covered with oil after a hit. The target will take an additional five fire-related damage if the oil is not dried within 1 minute. A flask of oil can be poured on the ground to cover an area 5 feet square. However, it must be level. The oil can be lit and burned for two rounds, dealing with five fire damage to all creatures entering the area. This damage can only be taken once per turn by a beast.
How can Holy Oil 5e be used best?
It would depend on how you use it. Is this something you would use yourself? It could be any of the following.
Oil of Etherealness (Potion, rare)
The oil of Etherealness is cloudy and gray in color. It quickly evaporates from the container. This oil can be used to cover Medium-sized creatures and the equipment they are wearing or carrying. One additional vial is needed for every size above Medium. The oil can be applied in 10 minutes. The etherealness spell lasts for one hour on the affected creature.
Oil of Sharpness (Very rare, potion)
The oil of sharpness is transparent and gelatinous, with tiny, ultrathin silver shards. One slashing/piercing weapon, up to five pieces of ammunition, or one slashing/piercing weapon can be coated with the oil. The oil can be applied in 1 minute. The oil is magical for 1 hour and gives you a +3 bonus on attack and damage rolls.
Oil of Slipperiness (Potion, rare)
The Oil of Slipperiness is a sticky black oil thick in the container and flows quickly once poured. This oil can be used to cover Medium-sized creatures and the equipment they are wearing or carrying. One additional vial is needed for every size above Medium. The oil can be applied in 10 minutes. The oil is used for the affected animal and lasts for 8 hours. You can also pour the oil on the ground, covering a 10-foot area. That duplicates the grease effect for eight hours.
If you want to give it to others, let us treat it as a reskinned snake venom. Radiant damage would be helpful instead of poison. And it requires a will save rather than a con save to deal half the damage. You need to be proficient with alchemist’s supplies and a poisoner’s kit to properly ensure that the oil doesn’t lose its charge while you prepare and bottle it. It is the same amount of time and money as it takes to make serpent venom. It’s quite a bit of work to make a single use of holy oil. However, why won’t you like to keep it in balance with the existing game mechanics?
If you use it for your weapons, you would not have any problem retexturing the mechanics behind casting smite. It is just like applying holy oil to your blade. You may treat the oil like an archer’s arrows. Anything too difficult to track gets handwaved away. That could be an excellent example of character development. The newbie Paladin thinks it’s the holy oils that allow him to smite when the power is already within him.