In the official version of artificer, the ability to create a homunculus servant is gained at 6th level. Among its other abilities, the homunculus can:

Channel Magic The homunculus delivers a spell you cast that has a range of touch. The homunculus must be within 120 feet of you.


The homunculus regains 2d6 hit points if the mending spell is cast on it

Mending has a range of touch. Is there any reason an artificer cannot use the spell to repair his homunculus servant so long as it is within 120 feet?

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    \$\begingroup\$ If you're asking about the official version, you shouldn't link to the UA version. That will only confuse the issue. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 18, 2020 at 19:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RyanC.Thompson, Okay, I rolled back the link. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 18, 2020 at 19:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ @NathanS The only official 5e artificer is from Eberron: Rising from the Last War, so the question is presumably asking about: dndbeyond.com/classes/artificer#HomunculusServant (No page numbers because I don't own the physical book) \$\endgroup\$ Jan 18, 2020 at 20:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Ryan Yes, you are right. Thanks for that. Also, your comments on the deleted answer now clear up my initial confusion. \$\endgroup\$
    – NathanS
    Jan 18, 2020 at 21:01

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Yes, the homunculus can channel a Mending spell to itself

Since Mending has a range of touch, it can be delivered through the homunculus using its Channel Magic ability. And the rules explicitly call out that touch-range spells can target the caster (or in this case, the deliverer):

Some spells can target only a creature (including you) that you touch.

Hence, the homunculus can use its Channel Magic ability to deliver a Mending spell cast by its master to itself.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Only the Homuculus of an Artificer is not as powerful as the one in the MM. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 18, 2020 at 19:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ That's why it is called a "homunculus servant" in its statblock and not a "homunculus". WotC should have been consistent in the rest of the entry however, to prevent confusion. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 18, 2020 at 23:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ Too bad Mending takes a minute to cast. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 7, 2021 at 19:13

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