Is it possible to store a Glyph of Warding in a Glyph of Warding spell? And so on, so that it casts X times spells on a triggering effect?

Why? For example, I could trigger 4 level 3 Glyphs of Warding at once to regain 24 hp on my Abjuration Wizard's Arcane Ward.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you explain what the trigger would be? \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Jul 16 '19 at 16:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ Any trigger, maybe standing on it \$\endgroup\$ – Elvenis Jul 16 '19 at 16:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you sure that this specific interaction between Arcane Ward and Glyph of Warding triggers on the triggering, rather than the casting, of the glyph? \$\endgroup\$ – 40355 says Reinstate Monica Jul 16 '19 at 22:32


Only spells that target either a creature or an area are eligible to be stored:

Spell Glyph. You can store a prepared spell of 3rd level or lower in the glyph by casting it as part of creating the glyph. The spell must target a single creature or an area. ...

Glyph of Warding is a Touch spell that targets a surface or an object that can be closed. Eligible spells must target a single creature (like eg. Witch Bolt) or an area (like eg. Fireball).

While Glyph of Warding does cover an area in a sense, it does not target an area. There are three important locations for the spell:

  • Where the spell was cast (unimportant otherwise, but the glyph's undone if it is moved far from its original site)
  • Where the glyph is (actually determines when the glyph is triggered)
  • Where the creature triggering the glyph is (determines where the resulting spell is cast)

Seeing that the Glyph can be moved from its original location, my interpretation is that the target of "Touch" means the spell's target is the object or surface that has the glyph. However, the object or surface can move and the glyph moves with it (functioning only up to a small distance, but still!) suggesting that indeed the spell doesn't target the abstract area, but the concrete object, be that wall, door, book or floor.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Why can't the area contain the object for the glyph? \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Jul 16 '19 at 16:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ Providing evidence that glyph of warding does not, itself, target an area would improve this answer \$\endgroup\$ – Medix2 Jul 16 '19 at 16:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ Spells that target areas have the area specified in their "Range/Targets" section. GoW specifies "touch" instead, as I note. Any ideas on how I could clarify that? \$\endgroup\$ – kviiri Jul 16 '19 at 17:00
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    \$\begingroup\$ I think should be explained the line on the spell description stating "If you choose a surface, the glyph can cover an area of the surface no larger than 10 feet in diameter". \$\endgroup\$ – Elvenis Jul 16 '19 at 17:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ If the stored GoW triggers at same condition (standing near of it, for example) it has to trigger too, immediately or at the beginning of the next turn, so that it can be chained to cast multiple spells without taking actions \$\endgroup\$ – Elvenis Jul 16 '19 at 20:26

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