In the Monster Manual there's this lore:

Invisible stalkers are creatures native to the Elemental Plane of Air. They sometimes serve wizards and sorcerers, who summon them to perform specific tasks.

But how about the rest of it? Can a PC summon one? Are there any rules that explain how to do it? I can't find anything in 5E besides this.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Historical note: Prior to third edition, most editions of D&D included an invisible stalker spell that would summon exactly what it said on the tin. Third edition introduced the consolidated planar binding spells that allowed a caster to summon almost any outsider. \$\endgroup\$ – GMJoe Jun 19 '17 at 9:31

The spell Conjure Elemental, cast as a 6th level spell, can summon an Invisible Stalker. It's available to Druids and Wizards at 9th level, but obviously they will have to wait until 11th level to cast it as a 6th level spell.

If you know the name of an Invisible Stalker, you could also summon it with Gate, a 9th level spell available to Clerics, Sorcerers and Wizards at 17th level.

Finally, Planar Ally, a 6th level spell available only to Clerics, can summon an Invisible Stalker if your otherworldly entity of choice deems it appropriate.

Note that neither Gate nor Planar Ally place any restrictions on the creature's action, and from the description of the Invisible Stalker it probably won't be too happy to help you. The combination of Magic Circle and Planar Binding can be used to make it serve you, though.

Outside of these options, it's important to remember that the Monster Manual is intended as a DM resource. The description of the Invisible Stalker is meant to provide you with potential story hooks. The sentence you're asking about could probably be rephrased as:

An Invisible Stalker makes a great servant for a wizard or sorcerer NPC.

(Not actually a quote.)

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    \$\begingroup\$ Planar binding can be used to extend the duration of the elemental's service. \$\endgroup\$ – Josh Clark Sep 4 '15 at 2:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ @JoshClark Yeah, although you need magic circle to make it work. I thought about adding it in, but I wasn't sure if I was over-complicating the answer. \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Sep 4 '15 at 2:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ +1 Very nice answer. I wonder if you can expand on magic items that might summon an invisible stalker? (For example, I haven't seen PotA yet, but imagine that there might be elemental-themed items there capable of doing so.) \$\endgroup\$ – Lexible Sep 5 '15 at 0:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Lexible Sadly, I already went through the DMG and PotA magic items, and there's none that help here. \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Sep 5 '15 at 1:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh, but how awesome of you to have done so! :))) \$\endgroup\$ – Lexible Sep 5 '15 at 3:50

An Invisible Stalker can be summoned by casting Conjure Elemental using a 6th-level or higher spell slot.

Planar Ally also has the potential to summon one if the primordial being the PCs are trying to beseech decides to send one to help.


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