A moderate wind (at least 10 miles per hour) disperses the cloud after 4 rounds. A strong wind (at least 20 miles per hour) disperses it after 1 round.

I would assume that it refers to the strength of any wind that might come along (such as from gust of wind and could disperse it. But in that case, there should be a can somewhere in there; ie:

A moderate wind (at least 10 miles per hour) can disperse the cloud...

The way it's written makes it sound like a strong wind emerges after a round and blows the cloud away; in that case it might as well be an instantaneous effect rather than 1-minute concentration spell.


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It informs the reader of how quickly a wind can disperse the cloud

We can see from the spell description that Stinking Cloud has a duration of one minute (with concentration), and that

You create a 20-foot-radius sphere of yellow, nauseating gas centered on a point within range. The cloud spreads around corners, and its area is heavily obscured. The cloud lingers in the air for the duration.

(Emphasis added)

If a wind of that type appeared by default, it seems unlikely that it would be dispersed twice, or that the winds would be mentioned in that order.

  • \$\begingroup\$ That's how I assumed it worked. It'd make sense. The "can" omission seems odd, but the declaration of lingering probably overrules it. Thank you! \$\endgroup\$
    – user55434
    Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 0:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ You're right that it's a bit of a confusing way of wording it, but as far as I can see you made the right call. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 0:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ Actually, I think the missing word is “would” - “can” implies such a wind might optionally disperse it. \$\endgroup\$
    – Dale M
    Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 0:37

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