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In 5e's version of flesh-to-stone, if the spell is maintained for the full minute duration, the effect (petrification) lasts until "removed". How can this effect be removed?

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Petrified is a condition, like sickened or poisoned. Many spells can remove harmful conditions — Greater Restoration lists petrification. I think, in fact, that it is currently the only one, short of Wish.

Wish can either emulate Greater Restoration directly (its "duplicate a spell" functionality), or as part of a greater effect healing all hit points and removing all conditions that Greater Restoration can, on up to twenty creatures all in one go (at some cost to the caster).

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Ahh, indeed. I was looking at dispel magic, but that doesn't seem to apply, and there's no spell "stone to flesh" - but, yep, indeed Greater restoration it is! – Eamon Nerbonne Sep 21 '14 at 19:14
The DMG, released after this question-and-answer, does not contain any magic items that specifically remove petrification. The only reference to petrification is the wand of wonder, which states, "The petrification lasts until the target is freed by the greater restoration spell or similar magic." – sadaqah Jan 11 '15 at 19:56

Petrified is a condition, there are currently two spells that remove it. Greater Restoration as mentioned here, and Wish, the 9th level spell.

Usually there are also consumables (potions/salves/oils) that will remove petrification, however we have not seen any of those yet (we'll likely see them with the DMG though). You can also make it a plot element to find someone who can remove petrification.

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"Usually there are also potions that will remove petrification": is that a 4e thing? That hasn't appeared in previous editions to my knowledge, so it might not in 5e either, especially considering that making a statue drink a potion is a bit challenging to suspension of disbelief. – SevenSidedDie Sep 21 '14 at 20:30
@SevenSidedDie stone salve is a thing. I mean, it's not a potion in game terms, but it is in more casual usage. (And from what I've seen of 5e, would probably be called a potion there.) – starwed Sep 21 '14 at 21:48
@SevenSidedDie 4e had an oil for it. So not a potion exactly, but a consumable (functionally a potion). – wax eagle Sep 21 '14 at 21:56
Yeah, an oil or salve makes more sense than a potion. – SevenSidedDie Sep 21 '14 at 22:07
I've gotta say, I'm somewhat surprised (and impressed :-D) that this might actually pose a real problem to some parties – Eamon Nerbonne Sep 22 '14 at 7:56

The 5e Monster Manual notes that Basilisk stomach acid is useful in potions of stone to flesh so... there's that. It's just a narrative hook at the moment, but perhaps the DMG will flesh that out further (or maybe they'll just leave that as an exercise for the DM, which would be fine since it's pretty easy to guess what that potion does).

(This would be a comment on wax eagle's answer if my stackexchange karma carried over from other stack sites).

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Mep, once you get 200 rep on a site you'll get universal commenting privs. Though, Might I recommend suggesting an edit to my answer? You'll get 2 rep when I approve it. You're paragarph will fit right after my final one. – wax eagle Sep 25 '14 at 20:39
How do you drink a potion when you are an immobile statue made of stone? – Alexis Wilke Nov 29 '15 at 22:11

Outside of the Restoration and Wish spells, and the acid from a Basilisk stomach, there is also the cockatrice feathers that can be transformed to a balm that you apply on a person who was petrified within the last 24h.

The main problem here is... you need to find the cockatrice within those 24h because the balm has to be made from fresh feathers. So this is probably not an easy one to perform (especially if you have to carry the statue of your friend without breaking it...)

Maybe if you were to capture a live cockatrice and keep it around while you are adventuring.

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A paladin's Lay On Hands can either heal, or use 5 points from the healing pool to cure one status effect.

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Lay on Hands can only cure one disease or neutralize one poison. – Purple Monkey Jul 21 '15 at 4:59
Hello, welcome to the site :) If you haven't already, take a look at the tour to see how things work here. Anyway, you may have gotten down votes because your answer is not appropriate to the tag of the answer (dnd 5e). Now, I'm not savvy with other versions of DnD but as stated by Purple Monkey, Lay on Hands doesn't work that way. – daze413 Jul 21 '15 at 5:12

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