Can you ritual cast the Phantom Steed spell multiple times and in practice just re-summon them while you are traveling? So for example, could a Wizard ritual summon a horse, three times in a row. And then just focus on re-summoning them while he's riding one of them. The spell lasts 1 hour, ritual casting it 3 times would take 33 minutes. So he should have more than enough time to summon new horses for himself and his party before any of the individual horses disappear. Is this correct?

  • \$\begingroup\$ This might be considered two questions, but I'll let others express views on that. \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Jul 14 '19 at 13:48

There is no rule stopping you from doing this

The relevant aspects of phantom steed is a casting time of 1 minute, the ritual tag, the duration of 1 hour and absence of a concentration requirement.

Ritual casting a spell means the casting time increases by 10 minutes to 11 with no other requirements added.

Certain spells have a special tag: ritual. Such a spell can be cast following the normal rules for spellcasting, or the spell can be cast as a ritual. The ritual version of a spell takes 10 minutes longer to cast than normal. It also doesn't expend a spell slot, which means the ritual version of a spell can't be cast at a higher level.

--- Player's Handbook, p. 201

Note that casting a spell with a casting time of more than 1 action requires your concentration, fortunately we don't need our concentration to maintain phantom steed and so can use it on the new instance.

There are also no rule saying you can't have the same spell cast multiple times, or said another way the rule on combining magical effects does not apply as it reads:

The effects of different spells add together while the durations of those spells overlap. The effects of the same spell cast multiple times don't combine, however. Instead, the most potent effect—such as the highest bonus—from those castings applies while their durations overlap.

--- Player's Handbook, p. 205

However we are not trying to combine the effects, but have them benefit separate creatures. (If you are trying to ride two horses simultaneously, or heavens forbid stack them, you might get a problem with this rule.)

So, between these you can have up to 5 steeds active at the same time, giving yourself a 5 minute break every hour to relax and of course switch to your new phantom steed.

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    \$\begingroup\$ This evokes a high fantasy version of The Pony Express the way you describe this. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Jul 14 '19 at 21:26

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