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Looking at the list of monsters, it seems that the Conjure Celestial spell really only act on three possible creatures:

  • Pegasus (CR 2)
  • Couatl (CR 4)
  • Unicorn (CR 5—requires spell slot 9)

Am I missing something? It seems very restrained for a spell level 7 to only be able to conjure 3 creatures...

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Yep, you've found them all.

As far as this spell lacking versatility is concerned, remember that versatility is not the only measure of power. (Power is power.) For example, the 6th-level spell Planar Ally can summon pretty much anything, but the caster has no control over it whatsoever. Going outside of the Cleric spell list, the 7th-level spells Mordenkainen's Sword or Finger of Death are both entirely without versatility.

Conjure Celestial, on the other hand, is reliable and controllable. As far as versatility is concerned, one of the creatures you can summon is the Couatl. The Couatl has 14 different spells, almost all of which it can use multiple times per day. It can also use its Change Shape ability to turn into a bunch of other things. In fact, the Couatl is so ridiculously versatile that I'd argue that it inherently makes Conjure Celestial a well and truly versatile spell.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Keep in mind that the DM has control over 'Conjure' spells such as Conjure Celestial as per the Compendium : media.wizards.com/2015/downloads/dnd/SA_Compendium_1.03.pdf at the top of page 7. The player can certainly express a wish for a Couatl to appear, but it hinges on the whim of the DM granting such a request. I don't know if that level of randomness changes your opinion or not, but thought I'd include it here. \$\endgroup\$ – Airatome Mar 22 '16 at 0:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Airatome Ah crap, I forgot about that. Conjure Celestial still grants control where Planar Ally doesn't, so it's not a total loss...I'll have to think about how to edit that. \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Mar 22 '16 at 1:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ @AlexisWilke I don't know anyone who actually runs it that way, because everyone I've talked to agrees that it's dumb. \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Mar 23 '16 at 1:00
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Airatome I dunno, I sometimes think it was actually a stealth nerf to prevent pixie abuse. \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Mar 24 '16 at 2:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ETgothome Yes. One in the Volo's Guide to Monsters: the Ki-rin. (CR 12) \$\endgroup\$ – Alexis Wilke Jan 25 at 17:56
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Perhaps the easiest way to obtain such a list is using a website like D&D Beyond. You can select filters to choose up to max of CR5 and list celestials: https://www.dndbeyond.com/monsters?filter-type=0&filter-type=3&filter-cr-max=9

As of September 30, 2020, this search yields 8 creatures:

  • Pegasus (CR 2)
  • Couatl, Winged Bull, Winged Lion (CR 4)
  • Battleforce Angel, Felidar, Hollyphant, Unicorn (CR 5)

Winged Bull and Winged Lion from the Mythic Odysseys of Theros might also provide the DM some ideas for creating new celestials from animals.

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