The stress of casting wish for creative effects has a 1/3 chance of preventing the caster from ever casting wish again. (There are plenty of cites all over RPG Exchange.) Does this preclude using wishes from sources that do not involve the PC casting wish?

Related: Does a character suffer negative effects from using a Wish spell cast from a magic item? — This question addresses an item that enables the PC "to cast the wish spell from it".

Do the negative effects of wish apply to free wishes? — This question's second bullet point is similar to my question, but is phrased as being able to use items' properties that enable a PC to cast wish.

Does the wish-granting Efreeti from an Efreeti Bottle suffer wish stress? — This discusses whether an efreeti granting a wish suffers wish stress. This approaches my question: Can a PC that cannot cast wish due to the stress have their wish fulfilled by an efreeti or similar?

(This question arose from a dream I had last night: Dream-me took a ring that I had collected during my adventuring days. This was not a Ring of Three Wishes, rather a ring like the lamp in "Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp" from Arabian Nights: The host vessel for a djinni that could grant wishes without numerical limit. I was negotiating with the djinni on the phrasing of a wish that would cancel the contagious aspect of SARS-CoV-2; the djinni told me that if I wished for that, I would never be able to use a wish ever again. I was willing to pay that price; wouldn't you?)

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm not sure how the related links you put in aren't duplicates. Can you explain further how your question is different? \$\endgroup\$
    – NotArch
    Apr 14, 2020 at 13:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ As I understand it, two of the linked questions address a PC casting wish from an item, and the third is whether an efreeti suffers stress from wish. I am asking about the case between those questions. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 14, 2020 at 14:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ Can you clarify that case? The "free" wishes question includes 3rd parties (as also seen in the answer) - how is that not the same? \$\endgroup\$
    – NotArch
    Apr 14, 2020 at 14:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Medix2 Right, and that seems to be the question about free wishes. \$\endgroup\$
    – NotArch
    Apr 14, 2020 at 14:57

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You cannot cast wish, even through a magic item; this does not affect anybody who casts wish on your behalf

The wish spell states:

[...] Finally, there is a 33 percent chance that you are unable to cast wish ever again if you suffer this stress.

This clause affects only the caster, it does not impact anybody else. You, the caster, cannot cast wish ever again; it has no effect on whether an Efreeti can cast a wish for or whether somebody can cast wish from a scroll you made.

Given that you cannot cast wish you also cannot use any magic items that allow you to cast wish because in that case you are still casting wish, the very thing you cannot do. The fact that you are still the caster is gone over in more detail in the following question:


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