As an action, you choose a portion of dirt or stone that you can see within 9 meters and that fits within a 1.5-meters cube. You manipulate it in one of the following ways:
- If you target an area of loose earth, you can hurl it. Make a ranged spell attack against a creature within 9 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 earth, you can instantaneously excavate it, move it along the ground, and deposit it up to 1.5 meters 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 dirt or stone, spelling out words, creating images, or shaping patterns. The changes last for 1 hour.
- If the dirt or stone you target is on the ground, you cause it to become difficult terrain. Alternatively, you can cause the ground to become normal terrain if it is already difficult terrain. This change lasts for 1 hour.
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 as a bonus action.
This spell’s damage increases by 1d8 when you reach 5th level (2d8), 9th level (3d8), 13th level (4d8), and 17th level (5d8).