Death Domain (5A)

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This is a Cleric domain for 5A.

The Death domain is concerned with the forces that cause death, as well as the negative energy that gives rise to undead creatures. Deities such as Chemosh, Myrkul, and Wee Jas are patrons of necromancers, death knights, liches, mummy lords, and vampires. Gods of the Death domain also embody murder (Anubis, Bhaal, and Pyremius), pain (Iuz or Loviatar), disease or poison (Incabulos, Talona, or Morgion), and the underworld (Hades and Hel).

Source: Dungeon Master's Guide

Subclass Features

Death Domain Spells
Cleric Level Spells
1 False Life, Ray of Sickness
3 Blindness/Deafness, Ray of Enfeeblement
5 Animate Dead, Vampiric Touch
7 Blight, Death Ward
9 Antilife Shell, Cloudkill

Bonus Proficiency

When you choose this domain at 1st level, you gain proficiency with martial weapons.


At 1st level, you learn one necromancy cantrip of your choice from any spell list. This counts as a cleric cantrip to you, but does not count against your number of cantrips known. When you cast a necromancy cantrip that normally targets only one creature, the spell can instead target two creatures within range and within 5 feet of each other. Your spells that heal Hit Point damage can heal undead.

Channel Divinity: Touch of Death

Starting at 2nd level, you can use Channel Divinity to destroy another creature's life force by touch.

When you hit a creature with a melee attack, you can use Channel Divinity to deal extra necrotic damage to the target. The damage equals 5 + twice your cleric level.

Inescapable Destruction

Starting at 6th level, your ability to channel negative energy becomes more potent. Necrotic damage dealt by your cleric spells and Channel Divinity options ignores resistance to necrotic damage.

Blessed Strikes

When you reach 8th level, you are blessed with divine might in battle. When a creature takes damage from one of your cantrips or weapon attacks, you can also deal 1d8 radiant damage to that creature. Once you deal this damage, you can't use this feature again until the start of your next turn.

Improved Reaper

Starting at 17th level, when you cast a necromancy spell of 1st through 5th level that targets only one creature, the spell can instead target two creatures within range and within 5 feet of each other. If the spell consumes its material components, you must provide them for each target.

Editor's Notes