The description of a spell scroll in the DMG states:

If the spell is on your class’s spell list, you can read the scroll and cast its spell without providing any material components.

Does this also apply to spells that require ‘special’ components — the sort that a components pouch would not cater for? For example, Plane Shift requires a tuning fork specifically tuned to the destination plane; Imprisonment requires a variety of components depending upon the type of restraint being inflicted. Do scrolls of these spells no longer require these fancy components to cast?


Yes, components are not needed to cast from a spell scroll

The DMG covers this under Chapter 7 - Activating a Magic Item (emphasis mine):

Some magic items allow the user to cast a spell from the item, often by expending charges from it. The spell is cast at the lowest possible spell and caster level, doesn’t expend any of the user’s spell slots, and requires no components unless the item’s description says otherwise.

A Scroll is a magic item and thus follows the above guidance on activating it. Do note that this casting is a one-time event:

The writing vanishes from a scroll when it is read. Once used, a consumable item loses its magic and no longer functions

  • \$\begingroup\$ This makes sense for spells in which the material component is consumed during the casting. However, it's less clear how this would work if the scroll was for a spell such as, say, Drawmij’s Instant Summons, where the material component is not consumed by the casting but becomes a retained trigger for the delayed part of the spell (“At any time thereafter, you can use your action to speak the item’s name and crush the sapphire. The item instantly appears in your hand regardless of physical or planar distances, and the spell ends”). Any ideas on that score? \$\endgroup\$ – RickL Jun 20 '19 at 7:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RickLecoat This is a separate question you should ask separately. \$\endgroup\$ – Cubic Jun 20 '19 at 12:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RickLecoat It works the same everywhere. The quoted rule is simply "requires no components". \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Jun 20 '19 at 13:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ @NautArch in fact I think it has been asked before. \$\endgroup\$ – Rubiksmoose Jun 20 '19 at 13:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RickLecoat I've added a new question to discuss those very interesting points. rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/150327 \$\endgroup\$ – Darth Pseudonym Jun 21 '19 at 15:30

Yes. The components are used when the scroll is scribed.

From Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 133:

Scribing a spell scroll takes an amount of time and money related to the level of the spell the character wants to scribe, as shown in the Spell Scroll Costs table. In addition, the character must have proficiency in the Arcana skill and must provide any material components required for the casting of the spell.

See How can a character create a Spell Scroll? for more.


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