Anstruth Harp is a magic item that allows you to cast a 5th level version of cure wounds

You can use your action to play the instrument and cast one of its spells

Cure Wounds states (emphasis mine):

When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 2nd level or higher, the healing increases by 1d8 for each slot level above 1st.

Since you are not casting with a higher level spell slot, does the status of the spell as 5th level serve no benefit to the healing?


Cure Wounds would heal 5d8+spell mod

Casting a Spell at a Higher Level

When a spellcaster casts a spell using a slot that is of a higher level than the spell, the spell assumes the higher level for that casting. For instance, if Umara casts magic missile using one of her 2nd-level slots, that magic missile is 2nd level.
(PHB 201)

Using the Magic Item bypasses the need to use a spell slot and enables you to cast it at a higher level. The next paragraph of the rulebook even states that some spells have more powerful effects when cast at a higher-level.


Just as it says: Cure Wounds cast as a 5th level spell; it will cure 5d8 (+ the player's stat bonus) in hp.


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