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?


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Continual Flame

The spell you are thinking of is called continual flame which is a 2-nd level evocation spell on the Artificer, Cleric, and Wizard spell lists. 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
    Commented Apr 21, 2019 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\$ Commented Apr 21, 2019 at 10:53
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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\$
    – G_B
    Commented Apr 21, 2019 at 13:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ I made a remark about the caster dying because I assumed the magic wouldn't continue after they did! I'm not quite sure why I had that in my head though. \$\endgroup\$
    – Shane
    Commented Apr 21, 2019 at 14:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Joshua or Fireball... \$\endgroup\$
    – G_B
    Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 1:01

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