No, I'm not talking about magical pollution.

Specifically, I mean how with Fabricate you

Choose raw materials that you can see within range. (120 ft)

Nothing about needing materials to occupy the same spot as the finished product.

This strongly implies that you are moving actual materials in the world to form a 10-foot cube at a location you desire. Could you use this to move a rock out of the way? To dig a hole? Clear a forest?

The amusing implications are whether you could form a (small 5-ft cube) cave in a rock wall while making a nice statue made of the rock, or a really lazy wizard clearing all trees in the nearby area to make a giant pile of firewood.


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Yes, this is within the scope of the spell

For many applications of the spell, things would have to move around. For instance, the spell says

For example, you can fabricate a wooden bridge from a clump of trees

A bridge would definitely have to move from the exact shape of the trees to be put in a bridge form, because a bridge has a different shape from a tree. So, I think it implies that you can put the bridge wherever you want (because what use is a bridge on the ground?).

Additionally, the spell says that the objects only need to be seen by you, so the materials are able to start apart (i.e two trees 50 ft. from each other). In this case, it is impossible to not move the materials around.

However, spells only do what they say they do, so I would not allow someone to gain a huge advantage from this spell (i.e. fabricating a tree into a wooden wrecking ball 120 ft above a building.)

In conclusion, I would rule that you could move things around, but only to a certain degree of versatility.


No, this is not supported.

The spell only asks you to select (and only defines) one target location. That location must therefore contain both the raw materials and be the target for the finished product.

Nothing in the spell indicates that the location of the resources and the location of the finished product are different. My interpretation (and admittedly only that) from reading, is that you choose a location within 120 feet that has raw materials. Those raw materials assemble themselves into a finished object, but both the raw materials and the finished object are bounded by the same volume constraint (a 5' cube for minerals and metal, 8 contiguous 5'cubes for everything else) and occupy the same location. I.e., the start and finish locations are one in the same.

So, material will move freely within the volume allotted based on the material, but you do not get to use the spell to excavate one area AND create an object in a completely different one, unless you can connect those two locations within the same bounding volume as specified by the spell.

This does allow a poor man's meteor strike to occur by dropping 5 square feet of non-mineral material from about 35' above and 5' over from its starting position by choosing a 5' cube of stuff, and chaining your 8 5' cubes to go up 35', then over 5', then your finished object is left suspended in air, whereupon gravity takes over. I wouldn't allow this, and insist on the final product requiring a solid surface to be fabricated on, but that is simply a personal interpretation and not strictly supported by the text.

And yes, by this interpretation, your bridge would be constructed on land and need to be moved into its final position manually (unless the trees were suitably close to the water). Considering the space constraints of the spell, it is a fairly small bridge anyway, so this is not unreasonable.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Heh, looks like people don't like it when you rain on their use spells to emulate other higher level spells parade. \$\endgroup\$
    – cpcodes
    Mar 6, 2019 at 19:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ Interesting point \$\endgroup\$
    – Nacht
    Oct 6, 2020 at 10:19

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