The description says:

Up to ten berries appear in your hand and are infused with magic for the duration. A creature can use its action to eat one berry. Eating a berry restores 1 hit point, and the berry provides enough nourishment to sustain a creature for one day.

The berries lose their potency if they have not been consumed within 24 hours of the casting of this spell.

How should I read "up to ten"? Should I roll d10, or does it depends on the spell slot, or can the caster decide how many berries it creates? If it is up to the caster, I can't think of a good reason for creating less than ten.


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Since the spell does not provide a roll, it is left to the caster's discretion how many Goodberries are created.

Producing less than ten: Aside from roleplaying factors (which are nearly unlimited), Goodberries are magical for the duration of their existence and are therefore detectable. If one was trying to remain undetected, the spell allows you to produce only what you require.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Is there a reason for creating less than ten? \$\endgroup\$
    – enkryptor
    Dec 4, 2016 at 8:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ Good role playing involves selfishness sometimes. \$\endgroup\$
    – tillmas
    Dec 4, 2016 at 11:59

If a spells description doesn't say that you roll, then you don't roll. Additionally, if a spell has an effect when used with a higher level spell slot, then the spell will have a section titled "At Higher Levels" which describes what the added effect is.

Since the spell description for goodberry has mentions neither a roll, nor a higher level casting effect, the caster chooses a number to create between 1 and 10 when they cast the spell.


It’s up to the caster how many berries are created (up to 10) exactly as stated in the spell description.

Creating less than 10

As to a “reason for creating less than ten,” imagine a prisoner has a short period of time when a guard is distracted. He casts Goodberry to create one berry and eats it. In two rounds, he has sustenance for the day without eating any of the suspect food that is provided, and the guards are none the wiser.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't think any "secretly cast spells in prison" scenario is plausible for any spell that has a material component which is not water or blood (Goodberry needs a sprig of mistletoe or a casting focus). Moreover, normally people in a fantasy setting are aware of magic users, so the caster probably will be chained in manacles.. \$\endgroup\$
    – enkryptor
    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ @enkryptor, so you are saying any time a spell casters have their freedom of movement limited, the captors must tie them up and take down the holiday decorations? All captors will understand taking the casters wands away isn’t sufficient? And any village bumpkin glancing at an adventurer, say an armed and armored ranger, will know they can cast spells? \$\endgroup\$
    – Tim Grant
    Dec 5, 2016 at 12:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ If the guards are ignorant about magic, they probably won't mind berries as well. \$\endgroup\$
    – enkryptor
    Dec 5, 2016 at 12:43

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