There is a small chance that an efreeti released by this item has the following effect:

The efreeti can cast the wish spell three times for you. It disappears when it grants the final wish or after 1 hour, and the bottle loses its magic. (— DMG 167)

Would this creature be subject to wish-related stress?

The stress of casting this spell to produce any effect other than duplicating another spell weakens you. After enduring that stress, each time you cast a spell until you finish a long rest, you take 1d10 necrotic damage per level of that spell. This damage can't be reduced or prevented in any way. In addition, your Strength drops to 3, if it isn't 3 or lower already, for 2d4 days. For each of those days that you spend resting and doing nothing more than light activity, your remaining recovery time decreases by 2 days. Finally, there is a 33 percent chance that you are unable to cast wish ever again if you suffer this stress. (— PHB 289)

If so, there would be more than a 70% (19/27) chance that the Efreeti becomes incapable of casting wish if given three wishes that trigger this stress to grant.


Maybe, but it doesn't suffer an effect that would prevent it from fulfilling it's services before it casts the spell three times, or after it leaves in an hour.

Specific beats general, and the rules surrounding the Efreeti Bottle specifically state under what conditions the Efreeti no longer grants the owner wishes, as you quoted above.



The weakness you mention from casting Wish comes from the PHB and doesn't necessarily apply to monsters. You might be interested in reading the variant rule for Genies in the Monster Manual (p 144). It limits Noble Genies to granting 1-3 wishes to a non-Genie with a 1-year recharge and it can never grant wishes to that creature ever again.

Based on Genie lore through the editions, I think it is reasonable to assume that Genies have a significantly different relationship with Wish than any other creature type (short of deities). In the Pathfinder setting, there was even a Wish War between the Genies.



Why do you think 90% can’t cast wish?

D&D 5e does what it says it does: they cast wish with all the benefits and risks this entails.

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    \$\begingroup\$ May be worth noting that not all wishes involve stress, since the question seems to be missing that. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Jan 7 '18 at 22:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ @SevenSidedDie the OP doesn’t miss that - it’s in the last sentence. Anyway, what player, when granted a wish casting efreet uses it to duplicate a spell? In practice they are all going to cause stress. \$\endgroup\$ – Dale M Jan 7 '18 at 22:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ Mm, I'd read that last sentence as ambiguous, but fair enough. As to that rhetorical: resurrection and teleport come to mind as spells that fulfill some classic wishes. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Jan 7 '18 at 22:59

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