When wish is used to emulate a spell of an allowed level that has a lengthy casting time, what is the casting time for the wish?

The same as the standard wish time, or the same as the emulated spell?

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    – NotArch
    Commented Sep 14, 2017 at 17:40

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Your casting time is 1 action

Wish only takes a casting of time 1 action to fulfill your wish. In this case of emulating a spell with longer casting times, it bypasses that longer casting time because (PHB, p. 288; emphasis is mine):

You don't need to meet any requirements in that spell, including costly components. The spell simply takes effect.

Using your 9th-level slot as a Wish to reproduce a lower-level spell basically allows you to get what you want now (ignoring any casting times that it would have cost) and without any material component cost.

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    \$\begingroup\$ So, basically, for any character that can cast wish: upcasting a spell to 9th level slot makes it eschew the components and the longer casting time. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 14, 2017 at 18:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ Correct, the spell simply takes effect. \$\endgroup\$
    – NotArch
    Commented Sep 14, 2017 at 18:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yep, so if you have nothing else to Wish for that day you can avoid expensive spell components and longer casting times (making an area Hallowed, Resurrecting a dead ally). \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 31, 2017 at 13:25

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