It has come to my attention that the text of Warding Bond, the legal target(s) of Warding Bond, and the rules as written for target's and spell casting and such; leave it possible that Warding Bond can be cast on multiple targets; each casting of the spell targeting a new willing creature; so long as you are able to provide the material components to each creature.

PHB pg 287.

1 Action

Range of Touch

Components: A pair of Platinum Rings which you and the target must wear for the duration.

This spell wards a willing creature you touch and creates a mystic connection between you and the target....

The spell ends if .... the spell is cast again on either of the connected creatures ...

So we know Warding Bond only targets one creature, as emphasized by me above, the creature that you touch and thus designate as the singular target of the spell. The spell doesn't have a target of 'Self' , nor does the spell have the ability to target more than the designated touched creature when you cast it. The spell also lasts for a full hour of non concentration.

So it occurs to me that, if I have several complete sets of Platinum Rings, let us say 3, and I am wearing 3 of them on separate fingers and give each matching ring to 3 of my companions; I can cast this spell 3 times on each of them, never once targeting anyone already affected by the spell and never once being affected by someone else casting the spell. I would then be sharing 1/2 damage from 3 separate sources for about 1 hour.

Nothing I have found prevents this except for A: I cast the spell again on one of the already affected companions. B: Someone ELSE casts the same spell on one of the already affected companions OR on me, effectively ending the spell.

Does anything, RAW, prevent me from having multiple instances of Warding Bond active as long as a different creature has been targeted for each separate instance?


Departing from my previous answer from the rules perspective, Jeremy Crawford has answered this question in a tweet:

Airatome118 @Airatome

@JeremyECrawford Can Warding Bond have multiple active casts if mats are fulfilled? 3 SETS of rings divided out = 3 ongoing separate spells?

Jeremy Crawford @JeremyECrawford

You can maintain warding bond on multiple creatures at once if you have a pair of the rings for each casting. #DnD

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This spell ... creates a mystic connection between you and the target

Its hard to read this and come to your conclusion that the spell has not been cast on you in some way, shape or form.

Casting a spell "on" someone does not require that they be the target of the spell; if you are rendered unconscious by a Sleep spell then the spall has been cast on you even though a creature is not a valid target for Sleep. Similarly, if you are part of the mystic connection and you are affected by another Warding Bond then the first mystic connection breaks irrespective of if you were the target or the caster.

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As long as you are affected by the spell's magic, you are one of the targets for the spell.

Targets (PHB p. 204)

A typical spell requires you to pick one or more targets to be affected by the spell’s magic. A spell's description tells you whether the spell targets creatures, objects, or a point of origin for an area of effect.

So the second casting of Warding bond also targets you, breaking the first casting of it.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Warding Bond's description is worded as "between you and the target", so the target is the other creature, not you. \$\endgroup\$ – anaximander May 6 '16 at 12:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ @anaximander Couldn't that be seen as creating a link between two targets, but restricting one of them to yourself? While I agree that it's stretching the wording a bit, I think it's a perspective worth being mentioned in an answer. \$\endgroup\$ – Olorin May 6 '16 at 12:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ I think the phrase "the target" is pretty self-explanatory. If the caster was considered a target, it would say "the other target". \$\endgroup\$ – anaximander May 6 '16 at 12:17

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