As an action, you shape a small amount of water, ice, or snow within 5 meters and that fits within a 1-meter cube. You manipulate it in one of the following ways:
- If you target an area of loose snow, you can hurl it. Make a ranged spell attack against a creature within 5 meters. On a hit, the target takes 1d8 bludgeoning damage. If you miss by 4 or less, the target takes half as much damage.
- If you target an area of loose snow, you can instantaneously excavate it, move it along the ground, and deposit it up to 1 meter away. This movement doesn’t involve enough force to cause damage. This can be used to create a small foxhole with half cover.
- You cause shapes, colors, or both to appear on the ice or snow, spelling out words, creating images, or shaping patterns. The changes last for 1 hour.
- You freeze water, provided that there are no creatures in it. The water unfreezes in 1 hour.
- You can melt ice or snow, provided that there are no creatures supported by it.
- You can create an item by freezing water or forming snow or ice. The item created cannot exceed half a cubic meter in volume. It melts early if it is exposed to extreme heat or a flame. Objects created in this manner may be used as tools, but they are too fragile to be extensively used. They are also too fragile to be used as weapons except for arrows, bolts, bullets, and darts (casting this spell will create up to three of such at once).
If you cast this spell multiple times, you can have no more than two of its non-instantaneous effects active at a time, and you can dismiss such an effect on your turn (no action required).
At higher levels
This spell’s damage increases by 1d8 when you reach 9th level (2d8) and 17th level (3d8).