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Questions tagged [arcane-focus]

For questions about items which serve as a focus for arcane energy. Examples include wands and staves. NOTE: For questions about magic items such as magic wands or staves, use [magic-items] instead.

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How does a character multiclassing into warlock get a focus?

I have a martial character I want to multi-class into warlock but from what I can see in the book, it looks like they would not receive an arcane focus since they don't get their new class' starting ...
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If a character can use a +X magic weapon as a spellcasting focus, does it add the bonus to spell attacks or spell save DCs?

My 5e College of Swords bard can use a weapon as a spell focus for their spell casting. If they have a +1 rapier and cast a spell requiring a spell attack roll, do they get the +1 added to their ...
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Can a Bard use an arcane focus?

The description of the Weave of Magic in the Spellcasting chapter says Bards are users of Arcane magic, but they seem to only be offered the use of an instrument as a focus. Can they use a standard ...
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If a UA Artificer infuses a weapon and uses it as a spellcasting focus, can it be used for the somatic component of a spell too? [duplicate]

The new Artificer class (from Unearthed Arcana) for 5e can infuse magic into weapons or shields, and use the infused item as a spell focus for material components. However, can you wave your focus for ...
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Can a 2019 UA Artificer use a Mizzium Apparatus as a spellcasting focus?

In the 2019 Unearthed Arcana version of the Artificer, they are noted as using artisan's tools as the foci of their spells, rather than the more typical arcane or divine focuses, though the ...
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Which components for the Simulacrum spell are consumed?

The components of the simulacrum spell read as follows Components: V, S, M (snow or ice in quantities sufficient to made a life-size copy of the duplicated creature; some hair, fingernail clippings,...
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Can a Spell Focus or Component Pouch be used with a spell that has costless consumed components?

Spellcasters do not always need to provide the literal materials when casting spells with costless components, that's what pouches and foci are for. A character can use a component pouch or a ...
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Are all magical staves and wands spellcasting foci? [duplicate]

Are magical items such as: Staff of Frost DMG page 202 Staff of Power DMG page 202 Wand of Fireballs DMG page 210 Wand of the War Mage +1 DMG page 212 Considered to be foci usable ...
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Can Hexblade warlocks use a staff and shield?

Hexblade warlocks gain proficiency with shields at 1st level from the Hex Warrior feature (p. 55): At 1st level, you acquire the training necessary to effectively arm yourself for battle. You ...
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Is a Hexblade Warlock's weapon their arcane focus by default?

I'm playing a Hexblade with Pact of the Blade, and I was wondering whether the weapon you use as part of the Hex Warrior ability counts as an arcane focus, or only if it's a pact weapon and you have ...
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Are Arcane Foci universal for Arcane casters?

Do I need one focus per spellcasting class I have, or does one work for both? In other words if I multi class from Warlock to Sorcerer, do I need an Arcane Focus for both classes or use just one ...
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Can Yew Wands be used as a focus for both druids and wizards?

As I was developing a level 4 character for a 5th edition D&D campaign I was playing with my friends, I settled on a multi-class character using the Druid and Wizard classes. When I went to choose ...
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If a bard uses a musical instrument as their spellcasting focus, can they add their proficiency bonus to an ability check made as part of a spell?

The following things are true: Bards are allowed to use their musical instruments as spell focuses. Proficiency with a musical instrument allows you to add your proficiency bonus to ability checks ...
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Can a bard use a musical instrument as a spellcasting focus if they aren't proficient with it?

The bard's spellcasting class features (PHB, pg. 53) includes the following: Spellcasting Focus You can use a musical instrument (found in chapter 5) as a spellcasting focus for your bard ...
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Can the Staff of the Woodlands be used as a druidic focus?

First of all, I play in Adventurers League, so if anyone answers this - please no house rules. I have a druid character that, for the most part, fights in melee range (up close and very personal). ...
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Can any magic item rod be used as an arcane focus?

Inspired by this question: Multi purpose Arcane Focus? The premise of the other question is about using the Rod of the Pact Keeper as a focus, and although it implies it can be used as a focus ...
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Can a multiclass Warlock/Sorcerer use the Rod of the Pact Keeper as a spellcasting focus for both classes?

Warlocks and Sorcerers share Charisma as their spellcasting ability and both can use an arcane focus. The Rod of the Pact Keeper is a focus for warlocks. Can a multiclass Warlock/Sorcerer use the Rod ...
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Is it possible to use a weapon as a normal weapon and an arcane focus at the same time?

I am relatively new to D&D, and am currently creating my very first PC, a Tiefling Sorcerer with a Draconic Origin. As I was working on my weapons and items, I got into what an arcane focus is and ...
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Does Wild Shape require a Druidic focus?

I have recently ran into a situation where my druid was kidnapped from the rest of the group. Most likely the DM will have my character's armor, weapons, and items taken away. One of said items is a ...
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Can I use a spider leg as wand for my druidic focus?

So I'm making a hill dwarf underdark druid who became a druid because while exploring he came across the mother of all giant spiders that for some reason gave him a long look and let him live. ...
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Is there a difference between the sprig of mistletoe used as a druidic focus and the one Goodberry requires as a material component?

When casting Goodberry spell with a Component Pouch it is assumed that the pouch has a sprig of mistletoe to be used in the spellcasting as the material component. Can a druid simply take this sprig ...
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Can a Shadow Weapon be used as Sword College bard’s spellcasting focus?

Let's say I have a College of Swords bard (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 15) that uses the Magical Secrets feature to learn the shadow blade spell and add it to the bard's spell list. At level 3,...
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Can I use a hand holding a focus from one class to cover somatic components for a spell from another class?

I want to try playing a multiclass Hexblade 2 / College of Swords Bard 18, but I'm concerned about how focused will work. I intend to hold a shield in one hand with a sword in the other. Thanks to ...
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Does acquiring a new spellcasting focus require attunement?

Our wizard goes to spend his quest reward to buy an expensive looking wand (because he was from a rich family). At the shop, the rogue is caught shoplifting and the shopkeeper calls guards, so we ...
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Can an arcane trickster/wizard multiclass use an arcane focus for their arcane trickster spells?

By default, an arcane trickster cannot use an arcane focus to cast their spells, as they lack the class feature that wizards and warlocks have that allows them to; this forces them to use a component ...
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Can a Spell cast with Subtle Spell and an Arcane Focus be Counterspelled?

Recently, this question asked whether you could Counterspell a spell without a material component that completely eliminates component requirement via Subtle Spell. The answer was no, with a Crawford ...
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What is allowed to be an Arcane focus?

Reading the PHB chapter 5 equipment pg. 151. It describes an arcane focus as such: Arcane Focus. An arcane focus is a special item — an orb, a crystal, a rod, a specially constructed staff, a wand ...
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Can a glass eye be an Arcane focus?

Let's say a player's wizard character has lost their eye in some event and replaced it with a glass eye. Would they be able to use that glass eye for an Arcane focus while it is in their head?
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What's the mechanical difference (as related to somatic components) between a holy symbol on a donned shield and a focus held in the hand?

I want to play a Hexblade Tomelock with a shield and rod without the War Caster feat. And I want to shoot sparklies out of my rod. I understand the general rules of components and the examples of ...
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Can a 1-handed weapon and a spellcasting focus both be ready to be used?

I want my PC to be able to choose between swinging a sword or casting a spell. Can he be ready to do either? That is, on my sorcerer's turn, can he be ready to swing a sword or cast a spell, or does ...
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Do the Warlock's Pact of the Tome cantrips need their material components?

I want to create a celestial warlock and I want to have Shillelagh as one of my Pact of the Tome cantrips. I also wanted wooden staff as an arcane focus so I can use melee and free up my other hand. ...
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Spell-casting: somatic component (shield+arcane focus; dual class)

My Druid (who uses shield+staff) and has the staff as a focus, just took a level in Wizard. DM said that since RAW says Druidic and arcane focus can both be staff it’s fine. (The Druid wields staff as ...
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How does SoP focus use work?

I am building a spellcasting character using the Spheres of Power rules and one of the casting drawbacks I have taken is focused casting. Focused Casting Your magic requires you to use an item ...
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What happens to the book after a creature is released from Scribe's Binding?

Scribe's Binding imprisons a creature in a book, that then is filled with its "memories and knowledge". If the creature is released, does the book still contains the "memories and knowledge" of the ...
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Does using Instruments of the bard gives disadvantage to enemies if I use it to cast wizard spells?

If I am a dip of bard 1/Enchantment Wizard X can I use the give disadvantage of the instrument of the bards When you use the instrument to cast a spell that causes targets to become charmed on a ...
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Casting a Somatic, non-Material spell while holding a focus

In this question a side issue came up of whether you can cast a spell with Somatic components but no Material components while holding a focus in the hand used for Somatic components. My reading of ...
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Can a wizard using an arcane focus quarterstaff and a shield still cast somatic component spells?

If there is a wizard that, by some means, has acquired proficiency in the use of shields, can said wizard use his shield in one hand and his arcane focus quarterstaff in the other and still cast ...
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Can foci replace the material components of Conjure Barrage and Conjure Volley?

I know conjure barrage and conjure volley are ranger spells, but bards have magical secrets so it still matters. Spellcasting foci can replace the material components of a spell as long as there is ...
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Would a circlet be acceptable to hold an arcane focus? [closed]

I'm currently in a homebrew campaign and the DM has stated he doesn't mind my character using a circlet (what would essentially be her crown since she's a royal type) but it has to have some sort of ...
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Can I craft an Arcane Focus Shield?

In building a Cleric/Wizard, is there a mechanism by which I could buy or craft a shield that is an arcane focus with a holy symbol emblazoned on it?
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Can a Bard use Prestidigitation to conjure a musical instrument trinket for their spellcasting focus?

Per the spell description for Prestidigitation (page 267 5e PHB), ... Components: V,S ... You create a nonmagical trinket ... that can fit in your hand and that lasts until the end of your next ...
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Are there any spells or any other way for Druids to create a focus out of a tree?

I am wondering if there is any spell, or other means, for a character to create a focus for them, as described in the PHB for 5e. A druidic focus might be a sprig of mistletoe or holly, a wand or ...
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Must a multiclassed caster use 2 different spellcasting focuses? [duplicate]

A sorcerer who multiclassed into a cleric originally used a crystal arcane focus, but as a cleric, they must cast using a holy symbol as their spellcasting focus. In order to cast the cleric spells, ...
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Does a material component cost for one component require all components involved for the spell?

When a cost is listed for a component, does that mean you need all components to cast the spell or only the one with the cost included? Guards and wards, page 248 PHB. burning incense, a small ...
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Does using a focus/divine focus to cast spells require to hold it in hand?

The eldritch archer magus archetype can cast spells with somatic components and wield a ranged weapon at the same time (most of them are two-handed). The thing is that most spells require material ...
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Can I use an Arcane Focus used as a Quarterstaff as my Pact Weapon?

As per Can the arcane/druidic focus staff double as quarterstaff?, I understand that I can use an arcane focus staff as a quarterstaff. I was wondering then if there was any limitation on that same ...
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Can a spellcaster use a focus not specified by his or her class?

The question speaks for itself, but here are a few examples: My cleric's holy symbol is broken, but she still has an arcane orb. My bard wants to sing and speak instead of using instruments, and ...
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Can a druid use a (wooden) Wand of the War Mage as a focus?

Could a Druid use a Wand of the War Mage as a Druidic focus, if the wand was made of wood?
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Can clerics use a focus instead of divine focus when casting a spell?

I am a cleric who recently had their holy symbol stolen from them (my backup was in my backpack). I needed to cast a spell. From my list of prepared spells I had summon monster, which has both a focus ...
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Can a spellcaster switch between multiple foci?

Background In a recent session, my cleric was put under the control of a Suggestion spell and was directed to discard his shield, which bears a holy symbol. The enemy knew that clerics use holy ...