Physical items that are required for use in the casting of certain types of spells.

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How much does a corpse cost?

I was looking over the core rules of Pathfinder, and found specifics in Eschew Materials stating that "you can cast any spell with a material cost of 1G or less without needing that component". As ...
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Does a bard have to play a musical instrument when using it as a spellcasting focus?

At my table I have ruled that 'to use as a spellcasting focus' does not imply 'to play'; since the sorcerer can simply point a wand, it seems like an undue burden that the bard should have to use both ...
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Can the Minor Conjuration ability gained by Wizards of the School of Conjuration be used to summon rare, expensive, consumable spell components?

Can the Minor Conjuration ability gained by Wizards of the School of Conjuration (PHB p. 116) be used to summon rare, expensive, consumable spell components? It seems to fit within the scope of it in ...
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Are component costs fixed in D&D 4e?

How do we actually calculate components cost? In the books there is always the name of the ritual, the price in the market, and the component cost. Is this a fixed price? I usually like to have all ...
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Can I use a salad fork to get into the Prime Material Plane?

In several editions of Dungeons and Dragons, the Plane Shift spell requires a forked metal rod, the design and material of which varies depending on the destination plane. Is there any canonical list ...
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Plane shift material component origins

A forked, metal rod worth at least 250 gp, attuned to a particular plane of existence. PhB 245, emphasis mine. The metal rod must by attuned to a particular plane of existence, does that means ...
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Does using material components in spells make D&D 5e more challenging?

In my campaigns we typically don't rely on material components, allowing casters to use any spells as long as they have the right spell slots available. My impression is that using components would be ...
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Does the Eldritch Knight need the Warcaster feat to cast spells when using 2h or sword/shield?

Many of the spells that an Eldritch Knight can cast have a somatic component. If I am playing as an Eldritch Knight with a two-handed sword or weapon/shield combo, would I require the Warcaster feat? ...
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What is Wychwood?

In D&D 5th edition the dancing lights cantrip has "wychwood" as one option for its spell component. However googling for wychwood brings up a brewery, an art space, and wychwood forest in ...
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Can Magic Mouth be used to speak the verbal component of a spell?

Could a wizard use the magic mouth ritual on an item, telling it to repeat the Verbal Component of a specific spell when the wizard touches said item, thus allowing a wizard to cast a Verbal spell ...
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What is the point of a spell component pouch?

While I'd like to think I know the general Dungeons and Dragons / Pathfinder rules pretty well, one thing I've never quite understood is the spell component pouch, especially in relation to the Eschew ...
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Which spells can a multiclass bard cast with an instrument focus?

If I were to multiclass Sorcerer 9 Bard 1, could I use an instrument (per Bard Level 1 feature) as my focus for spells that appear on both class spell lists? For example, Polymorph, Confusion, and ...
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Can a druid use a focus to cast beast spells while in wild shape?

As a level 18+ druid I may use a Druidic Focus, may assume a Wild Shape, and may cast Beast Spells. May I do all three at the same time? Can a druid use a focus to cast beast spells? Druidic ...
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Can I cast a spell without an Arcane Focus?

My wizard was caught reading the thoughts of a city guard as I was trying to dig for info about a friends wrongful arrest. As a result I was also arrested and thrown in prison. I was stripped of my ...
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How do you obtain a petrified eye of newt in the Out of the Abyss campaign?

In the Dungeons & Dragons Out of the Abyss campaign, players start off with no equipment at all. How would a player obtain a petrified eye of newt logically within the game context? Background: ...
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Can anyone make any circle of blood to protect themselves from the demons of Conjure Lesser Demons?

The Conjure Lesser Demons spell states: The demons attack the nearest non-demons to the best of their ability. As part of casting the spell, you can scribe a circle on the ground with the blood ...
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Can an item be both an arcane and a divine focus?

I'm building a variation on the Palalock combo build from this Q&A, and noticed that Warlocks can use an arcane focus for their spellcasting. Since Paladins already cast through a divine focus ...
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Can a character craft expensive material components?

One example of a spell that has a material component of non-negligible cost is True Seeing. Basically, this can be read as the spell costing 250 gp a pop. However, a player could suggest that they can ...
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Can a character without arms cast spells with somatic components? [closed]

My DM and I have been having friendly arguments, and we recently came to what would happen if my character lost all their limbs. As a gnome beastmaster I said I would always sit on my mount and use ...
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The verbal component of 'Suggestion'

In a recent game the verbal component of 'Suggestion' came up. I had assumed that the verbal component was just me saying the words and was added to mechanically stop me from casting it in magical ...
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Is there any material about words and gestures for Verbal and Somatic components?

I think that casting a spell in-game is one of the actions more difficult to portray for the players. You can at most point your finger at your DM and pretend to scorching ray-him or say Shirak a-la ...
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Is the Dweomerkeeper unacceptably powerful thanks to Supernatural Spell?

The Dweomerkeeper 3.5e prestige class (Complete Divine rulebook official web enhancement) provides multiple uses of "Supernatural Spell (Su)" per day as escalating benefits for class progression up to ...
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Do I need to spend money on Create Undead every 24 hours?

So the PHB for Create Undead says the materials required to cast it are one clay pot filled with grave dirt, one clay pot filled with brackish water, and one 150 gp black onyx stone for each ...
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Using an Improvised Spellcasting Focus

This question is a companion to this one that focused on crafting an improvised spellcasting focus. Here I wish to focus on using such an improvised focus. If a caster typically uses a spellcasting ...
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Is There Any Way To Restrict An Enemy's Somatic Component Use?

I can't find anything in the book that would allow me to prevent an enemy from using somatic components. Is there such a way to accomplish this? I originally thought that Manacles would do this, but ...
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Can an ally cast Blood Money for me?

I'm looking at Blood Money (which I keep trying to type as blood monkey). It's casting block says: Casting Time 1 swift action Components V, S Range 0 ft. Effect 1 material ...
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Can I still attack with the focus item of Warding Weapon spell?

For an upcoming campaign I'm planning on playing a Magus. In the Magus spell list the spell Warding Weapon allows a magus to cast spells without provoking AoOs even while not casting defensively. The ...
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Can you cast spells with a Somatic component if you're holding a two-handed weapon?

I have a halfling cleric of Bahamut who wears his holy symbol as an amulet around his neck as a spellcasting focus (so material components are not an issue). However, as per this question, this does ...
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Can I cast spells that require a material component and still hold my hammer and shield?

I have a human cleric (war domain) with the war casting feat. She holds a warhammer and a shield. Am I able to cast spells that require a material component and still hold my hammer and shield? If ...
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Are normal spell components consumed by the spell?

I was reading through the basic rules and noticed that the only time spell components were explicitly stated as being consumed was when they had a gp value attached to them. For example: Arcane ...
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How to make spell components relevant again?

The spell components mechanic has always seemed a bit ham-fistedly handled in D&D since 2nd edition. What should be an interesting way of defining a wizard generally becomes "I have my pouch" and ...
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Action economies, two-handed weapons, and spells with Somatic components

This is a follow-on to Can you cast spells with a Somatic component if you're holding a two-handed weapon? So, I have a spell, say Sanctuary, that is cast as a bonus action, yet requires Verbal ...
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Modifying spell components to add flavor

One of my player's character is playing a tiefling wizard (evil party). He asked me if he could modify the spells components to add flavor and narrative uniqueness. I said yes, of course, and we ...
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Why is sympathy so much more expensive than antipathy?

Antipathy and sympathy are both spells of the same level (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 8). They have basically opposite effects, and they counter & dispel each other, yet antipathy is free (requiring components ...
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How to handle spell components in AD&D 1st edition

In the AD&D players handbook, many of the spells require spell components. However, there are no rules associated with spell components. So I'm guessing it's safe to assume that this is one of the ...
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Meld Into Stone would fail if I have living spell components in my pouch?

I'm in a funny situation here. I have a gestalt Wizard/Druid (or a "Druizard", as my group call his "class") in my party, and recently his player tried to use Meld Into Stone to set up am ambush ...
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(Clockwork Automaton) construct back to 1 HP with repair spell wand? additional cost, how?

The Clockwork Automaton template makes a creature a construct with a soul. Inorganic Functioning (Ex) A clockwork automaton can only be repaired by spells that affect the construct type ...
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Would being stickler for material components break the game?

Inspired by How many times can I use a spell component pouch before having to purchase a new one? In DnD 3.5, as in 5e, the RAW say that a wizard is assumed to have any spell component that does not ...
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Channelling Spells Through Implanted Ioun Stones

The entry for Ioun Stones on the PFSRD, under the heading Implanted Ioun Stones, says this: Rumors exist of stranger, darker magics that allow spellcasters to channel spells through their ...
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Does Casting a Spell with Somatic and Material Components Require 2 Hands?

Question Can a spell with both somatic components and material, focus, or divine focus components be cast with only one free hand? To clarify further... What does it mean to prepare material ...
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Is it possible to substitute actual items for the material components in spells?

Generally speaking, material components and focus objects for spells (or at least, the ones without costs listed) are there purely for flavour and the occasional lame joke (like using fur and an amber ...
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House rules for making specific components matter for spells, magical and mundane item creation? [closed]

I started getting back into D&D edition 3.5 a few weeks ago as a DM. I do not like the generalizations in which are written into the magical item creation. I am trying to make a more specific ...
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Recommendations for game mechanics that emphasize reagent or component based spellcasting

I'm researching spell component systems for a 3.5e campaign. In 3.5e, spell components are an inconvenience at best and a waste of time at worst. I'd like to homebrew a solution drawing from mechanics ...