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For questions about simulacrums (or simulacra) in tabletop RPGs, usually referring to a constructed duplicate of another creature. In various editions of D&D (and related RPGs such as Pathfinder), the Simulacrum spell is used to create a copy of the spellcaster that obeys their commands; questions about this spell are often about its limitations or its interaction with other spells.

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Does a Simulacrum need to Eat, Sleep, Drink, or Breathe?

So I am looking for some insights into some specificities of a Simulacrum. I have a vague understanding of how the D&D rules interact with Creature types (which is that they are rarely important). ...
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How does the Infinite Simulacra exploit work? [duplicate]

I'm aware that there is a RAW legal exploit to create an infinite number of simulacra of yourself as a wizard. You cannot do it with just simulacrum, as the spell itself limits you to only one ...
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What is the alchemical laboratory required to heal a simulacrum?

The simulacrum spell says: If the simulacrum is damaged, you can repair it in an alchemical laboratory, using rare herbs and minerals worth 100 gp per hit point it regains. What else is needed ...
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Can a simulacrum from the Simulacrum spell use hit dice to recover hit points during short rests?

The simulacrum from the simulacrum spell is a partially-real "illusory duplicate of one beast or humanoid" – which, if damaged, can be repaired in an alchemical laboratory. In our game, my ...
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Would creating a Simulacrum duplicate the effects of the Fates card from the Deck of Many Things?

The text of Simulacrum states: [The Simulacrum] appears to be the same as the original, but it has half the creature's hit point maximum and is formed without any equipment. Otherwise, the illusion ...
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How does allowing or disallowing simulacra to attune to magic items separately from their creators affect game play?

This question proposes that by RAW a simulacrum can attune independently from its creator. In Adventurers League, a simulacrum cannot attune to items independently from its creator, see this question. ...
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When casting Simulacrum, do you touch the original, or the duplicate, for the entire casting time?

The spell Simulacrum says: You shape an illusory duplicate of one beast or humanoid that is within range for the entire casting time of the spell. The casting time is 12 hours, the range is touch. I ...
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Does a Genie Warlock's Simulacrum regain their Mystic Arcanum and Limited Wish?

The situation is this: A Genie Warlock comes up with an elaborate scheme relying on multiple uses of his Mystic Arcanum; Wish. They know that this can be only cast once a day, but the wizard gave them ...
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What happens to the simulacrum of a wizard who scribed a scroll of simulacrum, when the scroll is used?

Does the wizards simulacrum melt when the scroll is used? Or can the wizard make gold off scribing scrolls. I’m asking because the wizard is heir to a ruby mine but doesn’t want to be like his father ...
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Can a simulacrum (of a humanoid that can take a long rest) take a long rest?

This question is inspired by Dale M's answer to another question. In that answer, Dale M said (bold added): So if a Simulacrum of a cleric can take a long rest it can change its prepared spells. ...
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Can a simulacrum prepare different spells?

Inspired by this question about a Simulacrum copy using a spellbook, I started wondering how locked into their initial state a Simulacrum copy would be (when I was wondering exactly how useful a ...
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How do the Order of Scribes wizard's subclass features interact with the Simulacrum spell?

I'm waffling on some interpretations regarding the Order of Scribes wizard subclass in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 77-78), and would really appreciate some second opinions. Most of the features ...
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True Polymorph & Simulacrum [duplicate]

If a player casts true polymorph on themselves and changes into an adult gold dragon and then casts Simulacrum, does it create a duplicate of a gold dragon or the player?
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Does the phrase "the simulacrum lacks the ability to learn" have any implications beyond those explicitly described in the spell description?

The spell simulacrum states: The simulacrum lacks the ability to learn or become more powerful, so it never increases its level or other abilities, nor can it regain expended spell slots. The first ...
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Is there any rule that prohibits a character from using Wish to cast Simulacrum on a hostile humanoid?

Could a character use Wish to cast Simulacrum (thus requiring only one action and no material components) on any humanoid target?
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How do simulacrums being completely subservient to their creators interact with wish?

Say you went down the cheese route and have an simulacrum of an Efreeti, and you make him grant you a wish and you wish for something so cheesy the DM tries to twist your words because of this lead ...
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If a clone creates a simulacrum is the original one destroyed?

So I have a BBEG wizard who has the Clone spell and Simulacrum, he has a Simulacrum (Simon) who has been his assistant for many many years. This Simulacrum was actually created by a previous clone of ...
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What abilities does a similacrum of a summoned creature possess?

I was trying to work out the effects of creating a similacrum based on a summoned creature. I had a few questions that I could not resolve. First and foremost was if the abilities of the similacrum ...
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Repercussions of creating Simulacra of Couatl, Astral Deva, or Dimensional Shambler

Suppose a character gets their hands on a wand of Simulacrum with only a single charge left. This character is wise enough to visit a library before using it so they know the full effects of the spell ...
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When I cast Simulacrum to make a copy of a creature with a feature like Rangers Companion, do I get a free animal companion to go with it?

The Simulacrum spell contains an interesting clause. It appears to be the same as the original, but it has half the creature's hit point maximum and is formed without any Equipment. Otherwise, the ...
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Is the 'copy' from Simulacrum a humanoid or a construct?

In previous editions of D&D it was possible to have two base forms or (in some editions) a creature 'template'. In 5e the base form is important and always singular: many spells &/or magics ...
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Can a Simulacrum reproduce?

The spell Simulacrum begins as follows: You shape an illusory duplicate of one beast or humanoid that is within range for the entire casting time of the spell. The duplicate is a creature, partially ...
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What happens when I cast Simulacrum while mounted on my magically-found Steed?

Let's say I have a Bard that has learned the Find Steed spell and Simulacrum through the Magical Secrets trait. Find Steed (and Find Greater Steed(XGtE 156)) both specify the following (with slight ...
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Has the Simulacrum spell changed since 2nd edition AD&D?

I've been idly scrolling through the questions on Simulacrum & find myself suffering from some serious confusion, from the answers given it doesn't appear to be the same spell I knew at all. As ...
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Now that Simulacrums are constructs, should healing methods that work on other constructs work on them as well?

The simulacrum spell description states the following: If the simulacrum is damaged, you can repair it in an alchemical laboratory, using rare herbs and minerals worth 100 gp per hit point it regains....
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Can a Simulacrum of a sorcerer regain its sorcery points?

The description of Simulacrum states: The simulacrum lacks the ability to learn or become more powerful, so it never increases its level or other abilities, nor can it regain expended spell slots. ...
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Does a Simulacrum with Regeneration regenerate hit points?

If a simulacrum has all the statistics of the creature it duplicates, could it regenerate hit points if it has regeneration? I understand that simulacrum can't recover hit points with healing magic or ...
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Could a Mimic mimic a Simulacrum?

So, a Mimic can mimic inanimate objects through it's Shapechanger trait: The mimic can use its action to polymorph into an object or back into its true, amorphous form. Its statistics are the same ...
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Does a simulacrum have a soul?

Inspired by this question about healing a simulacrum with magic jar. We know a simulacrum is a creature, but does it have a soul? Is that part of what is considered a creature's features and ...
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Questions regarding Wish+Simulacrum [closed]

An 18th level Divination wizard uses his 9th-level slot and wish to cast Simulacrum on himself as an action at the start of combat. Provided he had just started the adventuring day, and hadn't spent ...
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What does a Simulacrum know?

Somewhat a follow up to this question, when one creates a simulacrum, it obviously has to know some things (language, basic motor skills, complex motor skills needed to act in combat). It also has ...
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Can a simulacrum use magic items?

Can a simulacrum use magic items such as wands? Would it matter if the item requires Attunement?
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Can a Simulacrum cast Wish?

This question was provoked by a discussion in the comments of my answer to this question: What is the maximum number of Simulacra I can have? (the discussion itself has now been removed). The wish ...
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What is the maximum number of Simulacra I can have?

Simulacrum seems like a powerful spell; I assume that the duplicate gets all my known spells and spell slots due to this part of the description: Otherwise, the illusion uses all the statistics of ...
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