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Power word, kill, formerly known as Xanad's killer,[1] was a powerful conjuration spell that instantly killed one target creature.[6][3][2]

Aramil issued a long, heroic challenge, then the lich felled him with a single word.[11]


After the Year of Wild Magic, 1372 DR, the spell was able to instantly slay a single living creature in close range, under a certain, high degree of health, whether they could hear it not. Creatures more robust were unharmed.[3]

The post–Second Sundering version of the spell could still kill a single creature instantly, provided it was not extremely powerful.[2]


The spell required only a verbal component, the uttering of the power word itself.[3][2]


The spell was attributed to the Netherese arcanist Xanad in the Year of Fleeting Courage, −683 DR and was originally called Xanad's killer.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), pp. 25, 28. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 207, 209–211, 266–267. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 189, 196, 263. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  4. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 62, 64. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  5. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 86, 89. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  6. 6.0 6.1 David "Zeb" Cook (August 1989). Player's Handbook (2nd edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 196. ISBN 0-88038-716-5.
  7. Richard Baker (1996). Player's Option: Spells & Magic. (TSR, Inc), p. 185. ISBN 0-7869-0394-5.
  8. Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 153. ISBN 978-1560763581.
  9. slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), p. 121. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  10. Gary Gygax, David Cook, and François Marcela-Froideval (1985). Oriental Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 97. ISBN 0-8803-8099-3.
  11. Andrew Veen, et al. (2021). Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, #114, "power word kill". Wizards of the Coast.