From the description of the Helm of Teleportation:

"you can use an action and expend 1 charge to cast the teleport spell from it"

So, that establishes we are in fact casting a spell. It is not "innate". It is not "spell-like effect". We are casting a spell, but we are not consuming a spell slot.

Now, that spell in particular, Teleport, has only a Verbal component.

So, if a Sorcerer (or Metamagic Adept) with Subtle Spell expends a Sorcery Point, they can use their attuned Helm of Teleportation in a subtle manner, then they will simply POOF with no forewarning whatsoever, and thus, no chance of Counterpsell. Agreed?

I'm 90% sure this is correct but would like confirmation, and if it is not correct, where is my logic or interpretation of the rules flawed?

Now, what if it was a Scroll with Teleport instead? This I'm less sure of. Clearly others can see they are reading from a scroll. But, I could see one ruling that the verbal reading of the scroll is silent, and by the time you see something that can be Countered, it's taken effect, and they've POOFed. So again, no Counterspell option.

However, I can see my players getting super cheesed over that...but unless I'm missing something RAW these would be treated the same?

Asking for a BBG... ;-)


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Yes, but you could always be sneaky about it

For the helm of teleportation, I'd be inclined to agree with this answer. Adding subtle spell to the casting would be redundant since you don't actually need to speak the words of the spell. You simply use an action and the spell takes effect. ("The spell ... requires no components, unless the item's description says otherwise." D&D Basic Rules)

The subtle spell metamagic would allow you to cast a spell from a scroll without having to use verbal or somatic components (technically you'd never need somatic components anyway since all you have to do is read from the scroll). However, that doesn't negate the need to actually read the scroll in order to cast it. You could get around that problem by hiding the scroll from the view of anyone who might counterspell it. For example, give the BBG a shield and have the scroll stuck on the inside of it.

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    \$\begingroup\$ You are assuming that "read the scroll and cast its spell" means "read the scroll aloud and cast its spell" when it doesn't actually say that. \$\endgroup\$
    – Dale M
    Jul 1, 2021 at 23:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ People don't agree whether Scrolls require somatic components \$\endgroup\$ Jul 1, 2021 at 23:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Medix2 If reading from the scroll is silent then the question is moot. If the DM rules that it is so, then it is so, if not then subtle spell should allow the casting to be silent. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 3, 2021 at 7:45

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