Cutting Words

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Cutting Words is a Reaction available to the College of Lore College of Lore Bards. This ability allows these Bards to distract and confuse their foes, potentially causing attacks to miss, or ability checks or saving throws to fail.


Use your wit to distract a creature and sap its confidence. It receives a D6 Physical.png-1d6 penalty to Attack roll, Ability check, or Saving throw.


Reaction + Bardic Inspiration Charge
Range: 18 m / 60 ft

At Higher Levels

  • At Bard Level 5, the Cutting Words penalty increases to D8 Physical.png-1d8
  • At Bard Level 10, the Cutting Words penalty increases to D10 Physical.png-1d10

How to learn



  • Unlike in D&D 5th Edition Rules, Cutting Words cannot be applied to damage rolls. However, it can be applied to Saving Throws (which is normally available only to Eloquence Bards).