12
\$\begingroup\$

In D&D 5e, there are a few items that can absorb spells cast by another wizard. I know of at least two: the Staff of the Archmagi and the Rod of Absorption.

If I'm about to cast a spell and an enemy wizard casts counterspell to negate my spell, can I use my spell-absorbing item to negate their counterspell?

\$\endgroup\$
13
\$\begingroup\$

Yes.

The text of those items says that they can only absorb spells that target you and only you: (DMG 195)

While holding this rod, you can use your reaction to absorb a spell that is targeting only you and not with an area of effect.

The text of counterspell states that its target is a single creature that is casting a spell:

You attempt to interrupt a creature in the process of Casting a Spell.

Therefore, it fulfills those criteria and can be absorbed.

| improve this answer | |
\$\endgroup\$
  • 3
    \$\begingroup\$ There are certain schools of thought which argue that Counterspell has NO target, in which case this wouldn't work. But I agree with you. \$\endgroup\$ – GreySage May 12 '17 at 22:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ Looks good, I thought that would be the case. Thanks! \$\endgroup\$ – Rob Rose May 13 '17 at 1:58

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.