I'm looking for a spell which a spell caster would cast to permanently light a torch in their home. Or, maybe a hired arcanist would go around town at sundown to light the street lamps until the morning.

I'm certain I've seen an 'eternal flame' or similar spell around. Unfortunately, my Googling and Player's Handbook searching skills seem to be lacking today.

Is there any such spell, or do I need to look into homebrewing some permanent-enchantment rules?


Continual Flame

The spell you are thinking of is called continual flame which is a 2-nd level evocation spell on Cleric and Wizard spell lists (also the 2019 UA Artificer one). Each casting costs 50 gp worth of ruby dust and creates a torchlike-flame which lasts indefinitely (until dispelled; notably by darkness, dispel magic, or antimagic field).

  • \$\begingroup\$ Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks. I guess only fancy cities would spend 50gp on each torch... But it seems to be a one off until the Torch Bearer dies, at least. \$\endgroup\$ – Shane Apr 21 at 8:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Shane what do you mean, "until the Torch Bearer dies"? The Continual Flame burns forever. Literally. It doesn't matter if its caster dies, the only case where it goes out is if it gets dispelled with Dispel Magic. \$\endgroup\$ – PixelMaster Apr 21 at 10:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ @PixelMaster Or I guess if the light from the Continual Flame comes into contact with the area of darkness generated by the Darkness spell? Or perhaps not: I'm not entirely sure if that's intended. That might warrant its own question. \$\endgroup\$ – Gandalfmeansme Apr 21 at 13:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ Important qualifier: this spell only generates light, not heat, so it isn't truly a fire - the name is somewhat misleading. But if OP just wants illumination, then this is the spell. \$\endgroup\$ – Geoffrey Brent Apr 21 at 13:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Gandalfmeansme I do think that would be an interesting question. Do you want to post it? \$\endgroup\$ – PixelMaster Apr 21 at 14:11

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