What action traits or tags, especially for spells, require the user to have a free hand (if any)?

I am asking because I was caught by surprise to this answer to a question regarding lay on hands and how many free hands it required. Specifically that the somatic trait - which as I understand it means physical movement, such as hand gestures - does not in fact require a free hand.

N.b. I am the GM.


1 Answer 1


When spellcasting, spells with the material component trait explicitly require a free hand to manipulate the physical component. This is true even if the material component itself is unnecessary due to the Eschew Materials feat.

Other actions which require a free hand include:


You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .