Are there any spells that are permanent in 5th edition? By permanent, I mean a spell that doesn't end on its own, having a duration of "until dispelled", or not specifying when the spell ends.

I've found magic mouth which has a duration of "until dispelled" so it could potentially be permanent but what other spells are there?

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    \$\begingroup\$ This is a list question right? \$\endgroup\$ May 18, 2018 at 15:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ @JamieBrace My guess is that it is because this is simply asking others to look through the books to find "Until Dispelled" or "Permanent" in spell descriptions. \$\endgroup\$
    – Slagmoth
    May 18, 2018 at 15:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ @VoromirKadien Maybe not actually. One way to define list questions is questions that have a non-finite or very very large amount of things that can go in the list thus making it impossible to get one answer with a concrete solution (see what are list questions?). My problem with this question is that it is essentially a legwork problem where OP is asking us to basically do a tedious task (that doesn't really involve expertise, only time) and that it doesn't seem to be solving any actual problem. \$\endgroup\$ May 18, 2018 at 15:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ Agreed with @Rubiksmoose. This is not trying to solve any specific problem OP is having, it's just asking for a list of things (that don't solve a common problem either - it's different from "what spells do fire damage?" which might solve "I want to hit something vulnerable to fire"). Altho it's not a list question as defined in meta, it still "shows lack of research" and might be considered "not useful" by most people. \$\endgroup\$
    – HellSaint
    May 18, 2018 at 16:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ @NautArch An instantaneous spell does end on its own though... that is where I feel there is confusion and needs clarification. I know we are hashing this in the chat though. \$\endgroup\$
    – Slagmoth
    May 18, 2018 at 16:47

1 Answer 1


Here's a list*:

Spells that last permanently until dispelled or triggered:

  • Animate Dead (control ends after 24 hours without recast, but remains Animated)
  • Arcane Lock
  • Awaken (Charm is lost after 30 days, but remains Awakened)
  • Continual Flame
  • Create or Destroy Water
  • Drawmij's Instant Summons
  • Druid Grove (daily casting for a year)
  • Fabricate
  • Forbiddance (daily casting for 30 days)
  • Guards and Wards (daily casting for a year)
  • Glyph of Warding (until triggered)
  • Hallow
  • Imprisonment
  • Magic Jar
  • Magic Mouth
  • Major Image (upcast to 6th+)
  • Mighty Fortress (cast once every 7 days for a year)
  • Modify Memory
  • Mordenkainen's Private Sanctum (daily castings over a year)
  • Nystal's Magic Aura (daily castings for 30 days)
  • Programmed Illusion
  • Sequester
  • Simulacrum
  • Symbol (until triggered)
  • Teleportation Circle (daily castings over a year)
  • Temple of the Gods (daily castings over a year)
  • Transmute Rock
  • True Polymorph (if concentrated on for full 1 hour duration)
  • Wall of Stone (if concentrated on for full 10 minute duration)

*Official Content Only. Currently includes spells with instantaneous duration but continuing effects that can't be dispelled.


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