Which types of spells can damage vehicles?

When considering spells that require a target, and spells with area affect, which types of spells can also damage vehicles?

Player’s Handbook (Chapter 9):

Choose a target. Pick a target within your attack’s range: a creature, an object, or a location.

Player’s Handbook (Chapter 10):

A spell’s description tells you whether the spell targets creatures, objects, or a point of origin for an area of effect …

Spells that require a creature to be a target

Where a spell calls for the target to be a creature, can a vehicle also be a target?

Examples which specify a creature is the target

Chill Touch

You create a ghostly, skeletal hand in the space of a creature within range. Make a ranged spell attack against the creature to assail it with the chill of the grave.

Magic Missile

Each dart hits a creature of your choice that you can see within range.

Chromatic Orb

You hurl a 4-inch-diameter sphere of energy at a creature that you can see within range.

Spells that don’t require targetting

These spells may have a clarification that specifies that objects other than the target creatures may be damaged. Would vehicles take full damage from the effects of these spells?

Examples where a target is not specified


A bright streak flashes from your pointing finger to a point you choose within range and then blossoms with a low roar into an explosion of flame.

It ignites flammable objects in the area that aren’t being worn or carried.


A sudden loud ringing noise, painfully intense, erupts from a point of your choice within range.

A nonmagical object that isn’t being worn or carried also takes the damage if it’s in the spell’s area.

Lightning Bolt

A stroke of lightning forming a line 100 feet long and 5 feet wide blasts out from you in a direction you choose.

The lightning ignites flammable objects in the area that aren’t being worn or carried.