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No, critical hits must be linked with attack rolls. I checked with Jeremy Crawford on Twitter and he says that critical hits must come from attack rolls: @JeremeyECrawford No, since only attack rolls can score critical hits. In response to @Kevinaskevin Can my Rogue's Assassinate cause my Wand of Magic Missile to crit against surprised creatures? ...


By strict reading of the text, Yes. Although you are not rolling to hit, the spell itself says it automatically "Hits" and therefore fulfills the requirement of: In addition, any "hit" you score against a creature that is surprised is a critical hit. Critical hits with spells are double damage dice. Therefore, each missile you produce would deal ...

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