In Dungeons and Dragons
, the lowest available level of spell for Bard
s and Wizard
s. Known as cantrip
s by arcane spellcasters
(Bard, Sorcerer and Wizard), or orison
s for divine spellcasters
(Cleric and Druid), level 0 spells
are the weakest and most simple kinds of magic
You won't find the likes of lightning bolt, fireball or even mage armor as level 0 spells - Cantrips and orisons are very limited in their power. Ray of frost, for example, deals a pathetic 1d3 points of damage - less than a successful hit with a mundane arrow. The cleric's cure minor wounds heals only a single point of damage.
Level 0 magic can be all but useless at later levels. Still, their minor effects can occasionally come in handy - temporarily changing an item's colour, creating an illusory sound as a distraction or healing up that wound from the caltrop you stepped on earlier.