As the title asks - is any official content available that brings the Eberron concept of Living Spells to 5th Edition?

I'm okay with Unearthed Arcana or other articles, as long as it's published officially.

Living spells are creatures; the magic of a spell cast that has gained a mind of its own. They used to be available in the 3.5e and 4e versions of Eberron.

I know there's no official Eberron setting yet, but parts of it have been converted in UA articles and since the Living Spells were (IMHO) quite iconic of the setting, I'm hoping they've also been made available.


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They can be found in Eberron: Rising from the Last War

With the official release of the Eberron sourcebook – Eberron: Rising from the Last War – living spells were finally converted to fifth edition rules. They can be found in Chapter 6: Friends and Foes.

If you don't have the Eberron book, you can also find the rules for living spells on edition 28 of the Dragon+ magazine. Featuring the template on how to create new living spells and three examples: burning hands, lightning bolt, and cloudkill; you can download the preview here.



There is not UA or other 5e Wizards content about living spells.

(As of June 11, 2018)

The existing Eberron UA only covers some mechanics for Eberron races and dragonmarks.

There is Keith Baker.

The main creator of the Eberron setting continues to write his opinions and how he personally runs the setting in 5e on his personal website. This can be useful in determining how to run your Eberron setting in 5e.

For example, page on Mournland alludes to a living spell that is similar to an elemental. Modifying an air elemental to behave more like razor wind could be appropriate for your campaign.

DMG has monster creation section in the Dungeon Master Workshop chapter.

It may be easier to use the guidance there to modify and existing monster and re-skin it as a living spell.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Did Keith Baker including 5e living spells on his website? That would make is a much more useful inclusion in the answer. You also may want to caveat that his opinions, and how he personally runs things, can and does run counter to the official material at times. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Jun 11, 2018 at 13:40
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan They are mentioned, but not in a UA here are the mechanics way. I'll add an example. \$\endgroup\$
    – GcL
    Jun 11, 2018 at 13:43

Dungeon of the Mad Mage has a brief section about living spells as hazards.

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    \$\begingroup\$ We expect answers to be self sufficient and follow the Back It Up! principle. Can you provide/quote the relevant information from the source book in your answer here? \$\endgroup\$ Nov 11, 2018 at 2:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KorvinStarmast true. But most new users aren't familiar with a lot of formatting aspects of this site and that hasn't stopped them before; that's where other users who are familiar with the formatting come in. At the very least even providing a page number where the info can be found would be more helpful than it's current form. Josh, please consider quoting the relevant info here using >! to format it as spoilers if need be or at least provide the page number(s) where the info can be found. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 11, 2018 at 20:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PurpleMonkey Great comment, I tip my chapeau to you! Josh, what Purple Monkey said! \$\endgroup\$ Nov 11, 2018 at 21:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ @PurpleMonkey page numbers aren't available for Dungeon of the Mad Mage yet as the hardcover copies haven't been distributed, however it has been released in digital format on D&D Beyond. I have access to the relevant source material there, and could provide relevant quotes from it if required. \$\endgroup\$
    – illustro
    Nov 11, 2018 at 21:37

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