So I am looking at the description of the 5th level spell Animate Objects, it says that its duration is up to a minute, however it also says that, "once given an order, the creature continues to follow it until its task is complete". If the task lasts longer than a minute, does it continue to stay animated?

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    Commented Aug 12, 2019 at 1:19

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An animated object is only a creature while the spell is active

The spell says (emphasis added):

Each target animates and becomes a creature under your control until the spell ends or until reduced to 0 Hit Points.

As soon as the spell ends for any reason (end of duration, loss of concentration, dispelled, etc.), an object animated by the spell ceases to be a creature and reverts to being an object. At that point, any orders you have issued to the creature become irrelevant, because the creature no longer exists.


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