Could a character use Wish to cast Simulacrum (thus requiring only one action and no material components) on any humanoid target?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't understand what you want. Your question-body asks something different from the title. Please make sure that the question body contains the full question and explain why you ask so we have an easier time understanding what kind of answer you need/want \$\endgroup\$ – Trish Jul 16 at 8:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ To me it seems clear. The only point of confusion might be casting wish "into" simulacrum, but the context resolves that. Should be edited into "as" or "simulacrum with wish" maybe... \$\endgroup\$ – Szega Jul 16 at 8:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ Is this the feature of wish that you are trying to exploit? The basic use of this spell is to duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. You don't need to meet any requirements in that spell, including costly components. The spell simply takes effect If so, please fold that into the question. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Jul 16 at 11:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ Question is in good shape, I’ve voted to reopen. \$\endgroup\$ – Thomas Markov Jul 20 at 3:23

Yes, you could make a Simulacrum of another creature, even an unwilling one. The spell doesn't require a willing target, saving throw or spell attack. Merely that the target is within touch-range for the casting.

You don't even need Wish for this; if you can somehow keep a creature in place for 12 hours you can already make a duplicate of an unwilling target. (For example because they are sleeping, knocked out, imprisoned, or in a coma)

Wish just makes it a lot easier because the casting time is so short. But nothing in the Simulacrum spell prevents its use on hostile targets. You'll end up with a duplicate of your enemy except they're friendly to you and have half of their hit points.

(Keep in mind the spell does not say it also knows everything the original knows. If this was a plan to steal a secret from them, it might not work.)

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    \$\begingroup\$ Erik, the casting time is 12 hours, not 8. I edited that in. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Jul 16 at 11:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ That's exactly it. It's an expensive doppelganger, of course, but it might be useful. Thanks! \$\endgroup\$ – Dremons Jul 20 at 2:50

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