The spell true polymorph ends when dispelled - even when the creature has been in their 'new' shape for hundreds of years. According to the Clone spell, any such polymorphed creature should still be able to use their (transformed) flesh as a component for this spell. If so, any Clone should grow as the spell suggests, as their present form / in four months.

Assume thereafter: the host creature goes to zero hit points. Thus the True Polymorph ends and they revert to their origin-creature (ibid). If this original-creature then dies, can their soul claim the Clone that they made whilst polymorphed?

Simple example: an orc is true polymorphed into a dragon. Dragon clones itself. Dragon-form 'dies' / reduced to zero & it turns back into orc. Orc then dies. Can this orc-soul (re) claim the clone-dragon body?

  • \$\begingroup\$ I've tried to clarify what you mean by your question. Please check to make sure my summary is correct. \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Nov 15, 2018 at 23:34

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Yes, it works

However, how it works differs between the spells.


This spell transforms a creature with at least 1 hit point that you can see within range into a new form.

This is the same creature. Clone "grows an inert duplicate of a living creature" so the clone you grow will be in its original, not transformed form. If the creature dies, its soul occupies the clone irrespective of the form it was in when it died.

True Polymorph

You transform the creature into a different creature ...

Clone will grow a duplicate of this different creature. If the different creature dies, its soul will move to the clone. If this different creature returns to the original creature then if it dies the clone won't work since the clone is not of the original creature.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Just an FYI, True Polymorph can be dispelled. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 16, 2018 at 1:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ Interesting! Best make sure you die on your own terms if you're True Polymorphed, then XD If you disintegrate during your or an ally's turn you can go to 0 hp, die, and then revert to your original form versus going to 0 hp, reverting to true form, and then dying if it's the turn of an enemy who knows about your cloning plans. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 16, 2018 at 1:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ This answers the question very well. So Truly Polymorphed creatures could theoretically make a copy of themselves that cannot be dispelled. Thanks, this was what i was wondering. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 16, 2018 at 2:46

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