So I got an item called the Staff of Acid.

I'm a warlock with Pact of Chain (familiar) and I want to cast contagion and deliver it through my familiar. However it seems that I can't do that, either because my familiar would not be able to handle magic that isn't mine, or because I'm not casting the spell myself even though the item says otherwise.

I don't really see an issue, nor a situation where the DM chooses how it works. And would it happen with scrolls too?

Can anyone explain?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Just to be clear, your DM said that you couldn't do this? And that it was because your familiar can't use magic that isn't yours? \$\endgroup\$
    – Miniman
    Mar 14, 2017 at 5:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ I cleaned up some of your spelling and grammar. Your wording is a bit unclear, but I think I understand enough to give an answer. \$\endgroup\$
    – Icyfire
    Mar 14, 2017 at 5:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ To answear the DM said that the rules say i shouldnt do it. even tho i'm pretty sure there should not be an isssue. and thanks to the one who eddited my post. \$\endgroup\$
    – Zen
    Mar 14, 2017 at 6:05

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Spells cast using magic items are treated as if you had cast them

DMG 141 states,

Some magic items allow the user to cast a spell from the item. The spell is cast at the lowest possible spell level, doesn't expend any of the user's spell slots, and requires no components, unless the item's description says otherwise. The spell uses its normal casting time, range, and duration, and the user of the item must concentrate if the spell requires concentration.

The relevant passage in the Find Familiar spell states,

Finally, when you Cast a Spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell.

Note that both passages here use the terminology "cast a spell" in the first line. In fact, nearly all such items are careful to use this wording. The particular staff you're referencing is homebrew, but it replicates that wording exactly.

The key idea here is that the user is casting the spell from the item. For all intents and purposes, the user is casting the spell normally, as if they had known and prepared the spell themselves. Therefore, because the range of Contagion is touch, your familiar should be able to deliver the spell.


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