I need to summon a specific devil (an imp), whom I've met recently and whose name I know. He is not hostile to me, and is willing to be summoned.

I know I can do this with the spells Planar Ally:

If you know a specific creature's name, you can speak that name when you cast this spell to request that creature, though you might get a different creature anyway (DM's choice).

and Gate:

When you cast this spell, you can speak the name of a specific creature (a pseudonym, title, or nickname doesn't work). If that creature is on a plane other than the one you are on, the portal opens in the named creature's immediate vicinity and draws the creature through it to the nearest unoccupied space on your side of the portal.

but those are high level spells, and I might not have access to them. What are my other options for summoning this particular imp? Other high level magic, rare items, or similarly uncommon means are all acceptable answers, as long as the requirements and limitations are clear.

  • \$\begingroup\$ @enkryptor I've clarified now, hopefully, that these two spells are useful to me, but they have their limitations, so I'd like to know what other options there are. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mark
    Aug 21, 2019 at 19:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Mark "give me the full list of all the options possible" is too broad. It'd help if you describe the final purpose — what limitations of the mentioned spells you are trying to overcome. \$\endgroup\$
    – enkryptor
    Aug 21, 2019 at 19:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ @enkryptor what I'm trying to overcome is summoning spell's tendency to summon a random creature, unspecified apart from its type, instead of summoning a specific named one. I asked this question in hope of learning more options to do this apart from the two I already knew about. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mark
    Aug 22, 2019 at 9:04

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Try infernal calling, although you'll need the imp's talisman

The spell infernal calling (XGtE, p. 158) also allows the summoning of a particular devil. The spell usually just allows you to specify the CR, meaning that there's no guarantee that you'll get a specific devil:

You choose the devil's type, which must be on of challenge rating 6 or lower [...]

At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 6th level or higher, the challenge rating increases by 1 for each slot about 5th.

So you can summon a devil of up to CR 10 (if cast with a 9th level spell slot). However, you specified an imp, so that's well within the CR range.

However, later in the spell's description, it goes on to say:

If you possess an individual devil's talisman, you can summon that devil if it is of the appropriate challenge rating plus 1, and it obeys all your commands, with no Charisma checks required.

So, if you can somehow get hold of this particular imp's talisman, you can summon that specific imp with infernal calling. This is still a 5th-level spell, so not that much lower than your stated options, but it's at least a Tier 2 level spell rather than a Tier 3/4 level spell, and is probably the most reliable method without needing access to 9th-level spells (although it does require the imp's talisman).

There isn't much information out there about these talismans, since I imagine it's intentionally left vague so that DMs can fill in the blanks themselves and decide how such things work in their worlds. However, in the Monster Manual, there is a little additional information on these talismans (p. 67):

Devil True Names and Talismans


A mortal who learns a devil's true name can use powerful summoning magic to call the devil from the Nine Hells and bind it into service. Binding can also be accomplished with the help of a devil's talisman. Each of these ancient relics is inscribed with the true name of a devil it controls, and was bathed in the blood of a worthy sacrifice - typically someone the creator loved - when crafted.


Only imps are truly content to be summoned and they easily commit to serving a summoner as a familiar, but they still do their utmost to corrupt those who summon them.


The Gate spell is the only reliable way to summon a fiend of a particular name. Even the mentioned Planar Ally spell isn't guaranteed to work.

If there was an easier (lower level) way to do it, why would anyone use Gate to do so? Lower level spells and common magical items generally don't do what higher level spells do.

So, what can you do in your situation? You can look for a scroll of Gate or convince a high level NPC to cast it for you.

  • \$\begingroup\$ There is an easier (lower level) way to do this: Planar Ally. Despite it's uncertainty, it gives a better chance of summoning a particular imp than dumb luck on a theoretical "summon devil" spell. Uncertain or limited options are welcomed as answers, as long as the limitations and uncertainties are clearly stated. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mark
    Aug 22, 2019 at 9:07

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