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Can a bard of the college of creation use their animating performance class feature to make an instrument play itself?

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Maybe with the "Rule of Cool"

According to the rules as written, the Creation bard's Animating Performance feature (TCoE, p. 29) creates a Dancing Item that can dodge, walk, hover, and slam enemies. None of these would allow it to "play itself."

However, the artwork introducing the subclass (on p. 27) clearly shows a Dancing Item which is a humanoid statue that's animated enough to make eye contact with its partner and to move its arms, legs, etc. well enough to dance with her. I therefore believe the answer to this question comes down to your DM's judgement.

In my opinion, most DMs would allow it under "rule of cool" as long as it's not for something ultra-critical that wouldn't be able to be done any other way.

For example, if you want to have your Dancing Item play a particular tune several feet away from you because that's the only way you can think of to release yourself from a trap within the effects of a Silence spell, some DMs are likely to disallow it.

However, if you just want to perform a cool duet at a concert, I think most DMs would allow it.

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