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Do you need to provide Somatic Components when casting from a spell scroll?

The general rules provided in the DMG for Magic Item Scrolls states: Most scrolls are spells stored in written form, [...]. [...] [...] Whatever the nature of the magic contained in a ...
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Can I pretend to be casting from a spell scroll, but instead cast normally, or vice versa? [closed]

Background I am working on a tactic for my artificer for combating mages which focuses on out-sustaining their spell slots. To do so he asked a companion (the cleric in the party) to craft a dozen ...
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If I am holding a shield and sword, do I need the Improved Pact Weapon eldritch invocation to cast spells with a material component?

I am playing a Hexblade, who is holding a shield in one hand, and a sword in the other. Because I don't really want to use a bow, and like a lot of other invocations, I have decided not to take ...
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Is the War Caster feat effectively required for a sword-and-board Hexblade/Paladin multiclass?

In our next campaign I want to play a Hexblade - Vengeance Paladin multiclass. The campaign will eventually reach the high levels. I want my final level split to be 14 levels in Hexblade and 6 in ...
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With only one free hand, can I still cast spells with somatic components?

I have a doubt about this. I have had various answers and they contradict each other so I would like some clarity on this. I am a Cleric, I have a shield (which is also my focus), I want to wear my ...
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Can Bard spellcasting go unnoticed by their audience?

I've noticed that it explicitly states in some spells, such as Dissonant whispers which has a verbal component only, that it can only be heard by the target The caster would whisper a cacophonous ...
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Does a dragon need material components, specifically body bits, for a Simulacrum spell?

Please consider an ancient Green dragon with the variant ability to cast spells. She would like to cast Simulacrum. Monster Manual Page 86 / Variant: VARIANT: DRAGONS AS INNATE SPELLCASTERS: ...
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Does an artificer's magical focus replace costly spell components?

To my knowledge, an artificer must use thieves' tools, artisan's tools they are proficient with, or an infusion as a magical focus when casting spells. However, some artificer spells, such as ...
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Does the Githyanki's racial spellcasting ignore all spell components, or only the material components?

The githyanki playable racial option has the Githyanki Psionics trait, which permits limited casting of a few spells. It is similar to the spellcasting granted to several other racial options, but ...
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Can a familiar deliver only a portion of a touch spell? [duplicate]

Can I have my familiar deliver only a portion of a touch spell and the caster deliver the other portion of it. The specific spell in question is Fly (upcast to 5th level because Warlock) and my ...
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What is a mud-filled cyst?

The 8th-level spell Clone has a mention of a mud-filled cyst in the ground in its spell components: a vessel worth at least 2,000 gp that has a sealable lid and is large enough to hold a Medium ...
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Can the Mage Hand Spell do somatic components if the person who cast it doesn't have a free hand?

A wizard casts the Mage Hand spell. They then pick up a short sword and a shield. They then want to cast Burning Hands against an opponent. Can they use the active Mage Hand to provide the somatic ...
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Can an arcane caster cast a spell that has as its only focus component a divine focus? [duplicate]

Magic on Components on Divine Focus (DF) says A divine focus component is an item of spiritual significance. The divine focus for a cleric or a paladin is a holy symbol appropriate to the character’...
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What happens if I try to use a magical piece of ammunition/thrown weapon as a spell component for the Conjure Volley spell?

The spell conjure volley has one piece of ammunition or one thrown weapon as its material component. The spell effect further describe the requirement of the said ammunition or thrown weapon: they ...
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Can an artificer cast spells with a free hand and a shield without using an object interaction action?

Suppose a level 1 artificer has a hand free and the other wielding a shield. Can the artificer cast spells without using up their object interaction action? For most spellcasters, a free hand is ...
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What exactly is the verbal component of the Prestidigitation cantrip?

The prestidigitation cantrip may be among the most versatile spells in the whole game, and the effects that can be created with it vary widely. Since the spell requires verbal and somatic components, ...
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In RAW for 5e, can a player use a monster as a spell component?

One of the D&D legends stories that floated around my campus involved a poorly balanced boss fight in a 3.5 game. The players were facing a Giant Spider Wizard, and it was wiping the floor with ...
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Spellcasting and interactions with S/M components when hands are in use

Let's say I've got a creature who has a shield in one hand and their focus in another. They also have the war caster feat They'd like to cast a spell requiring a Material component with cost/that ...
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Do you need an empty hand to cast spells?

The Weapon Storm spell has a somatic component1 (CRB p384): [...] This damage has the same type as the weapon and uses the same die size. Determine the die size as if you were attacking with the ...
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Druids, Focuses, Shields, and Spells involving a weapon

One of my players has a 2nd level Druid. He’s been casting shillelagh on his club, he’s also using a shield. I’ve been a little loose with the Druidic focus mechanics but I desire to be more precise ...
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Do I need to put copper pieces on the eyes to cast the Gentle Repose spell if I have a spellcasting focus?

The material components of the gentle repose spell are: a pinch of salt and one copper piece placed on each of the corpse's eyes, which must remain there for the duration The rules for material ...
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How does the Mizzium Apparatus's ability to serve as an arcane focus interact with its ability to let you cast a spell you don't know/have prepared?

I recently got to DM my first campaign, and I was planning on letting my players get their hands on a Mizzium Apparatus. However, reading what the Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica says about the item, ...
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Must a component pouch/focus be “out” to be handled, or can I keep it in my pocket?

When casting a spell with a material component, does one have to spend an object interaction taking the component pouch/focus out of wherever it's kept, or can it just be "handled" by touching it and ...
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What is the expected way to acquire costly material components?

If a spell's material components include any items with an indicated cost (such as the pearl worth at least 100 gp needed for identify), those items cannot be satisfied via a component pouch or ...
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Would casting the Ventriloquism spell into a Silence field allow you to cast silently?

I know Ventriloquism is an arcane spell and Silence divine, so normally most people wouldnt be able to cast both without needing magic items or such. But if you were to use Ventriloquism to throw ...
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How would a mute spell caster work?

Would a PC with no or limited ability to speak (like a character born deaf or mute) be able to use spells with Verbal components?
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Does using the Silent Spell metamagic change the action cost for a spell?

Silent Spell costs 1 action, but allows you to waive the spell's verbal component. Does waiving the verbal component reduce the spell's action cost by 1, thus producing no net change in the number of ...
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Can a gem used as the material component for the Magic Jar spell also be used for the Imprisonment spell?

I want to cast Magic Jar to transfer my soul into a gem, then possess someone, then cast Imprisonment (using the Minimus Containment option) on my now-soulless body to store it safely into the same ...
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If a dragon uses Change Shape to turn into an Evoker, does it gain/have the material components for its spells?

Nuanced question about true polymorph (TP) and dragons changing shape: I have a wizard who has a simulacrum (sim). Wizard TPs the sim into an Adult Bronze Dragon, which can then Change Shape into a ...
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How big are somatic components? [duplicate]

I am wondering how large the hand gestures have to be for spells with somatic components. I know in the question How loud/obvious is a wizard casting a spell? the Player Basic Rules p.79 say, ...
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Does the spell “Silence” affect the caster?

While I was DMing a 5th Edition game, one of my player's sorcerers cast the spell Silence while they were 5 feet away from an enemy caster. They centered the spell on the space that the enemy caster ...
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Do all 2019 UA Artificer spells have a de facto material component?

The 2019 UA Artificer's Spellcasting feature contains this sentence: You must have a spellcasting focus—specifically thieves’ tools or some kind of artisan’s tool—in hand when you cast any spell ...
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Can a warlock shoot multiple beams from the Eldritch Blast cantrip with only a single free hand?

How do multiple beams of eldritch blast work with a Pact of the Blade weapon? When I, as warlock, have my Pact of the Blade rapier in one hand and cast multiple beams to hit either single or multiple ...
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If I counterspell with subtle metamagic, can my counterspell be counterspelled? [duplicate]

BBEG casts a spell, I counterspell, and the mob has a chance to counterspell my counterspell under normal circumstances, leading to a wasted slot and some hurt from the incoming spell. If however I ...
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If you use the Still Spell metamagic feat to cast the Fireball spell, do you still have to aim with your finger?

The description for Fireball says You point your finger and determine the range (distance and height) at which the fireball is to burst. A glowing, pea-sized bead streaks from the pointing digit ...
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If you cast Darkness using sorcery points as a Shadow Magic sorcerer, do you need material components?

Shadow Magic sorcerers at 3rd level gain the spell Darkness, which doesn't count against their spells known. In addition, they can cast it by expending 2 sorcery points. Can you circumvent the need ...
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Can I pluck a polymorphed creature and keep its feathers? [duplicate]

So this is a question about the polymorph and true polymorph spells. Both spells include in their description an explanation as to what happens to the gear of the target of the polymorph spells ... ...
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What are the benefits to casting without the need for somatic components?

I am playing a Shadowcaster in a 3.5e Forgotten Realms campaign and I took Still Mystery at 1st level, which lets me cast mysteries without the use of somatic components. What is the benefit of being ...
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Does a wizard need their hands free in order to cause their familiar from the Find Familiar spell to reappear?

Recently, in the first session of a new campaign, my level 1 wizard found himself held captive with his hands and feet tied by rope. The DM made it clear that I could not cast spells/cantrips that ...
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How does one acquire an undead eyeball encased in a gem?

The Shadow of Moil spell (XGtE, p. 164) requires an undead eyeball inside a gem (worth at least 150 gp) as its material component. Who would be selling such an item and if someone was selling it, how ...
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Does a caster need a free hand to cast a spell from a spell scroll?

Does a caster need a free hand to cast a spell from a spell scroll? What if they have the War Caster feat?
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How can I avoid paying for costly material components?

Create Magic Tattoo (SC p55) looks like a great spell, but it is very pricy at 100gp per casting. Is there a way to avoid/reduce the cost? The solution should be official, at least from Dragon ...
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Can I cast reaction spells like Shield or Counterspell when I'm in the middle of casting a spell with a long casting time and don't stop casting it?

Can I use reaction spells like shield or counterspell when I'm in the middle of casting a spell with a long casting time and don't stop casting it? The Sage Advice Compendium says: Can you cast a ...
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How does a Spell Scroll function when the spell has a special relationship to its material components?

According to the rules for Spell Scrolls, casting from a scroll requires no material components other than the scroll itself; similarly the rules in Xanathar's Guide for scribing a spell scroll say ...
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Does a spell scroll remove the need for ‘special’ material components?

The description of a spell scroll in the DMG states: If the spell is on your class’s spell list, you can read the scroll and cast its spell without providing any material components. Does this ...
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Is Charm Monster obvious to bystanders? [duplicate]

Is Charm Monster (or similar magic) obvious to bystanders that the spell is being cast? I've looked at a number of sources, for example I've looked at the "Sage Advice Compendium" which reads: Do ...
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Can Hunter's Mark be moved after Silence has been cast on a character?

Situation: In a battle sequence our Paladin (Oath of Vengeance) has successfully cast Hunter's mark, later in the battle our Wizard cast Silence. We know that Hunter's Mark requires V (verbal) ...
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Does a component pouch automatically contain components?

Are there any written rules on whether or not component pouches, when purchased, contain components or if users have to find the components and put them in? If it's automatic, does it auto-fill when ...
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Can a component pouch be emptied of its materials?

Since the component pouch has materials in it, would you be able to empty the pouch for its materials? Say for example you need something to light a fire; could you pull a piece of coal from your ...
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Can you use two wands to cast one spell?

Basically, in the May 2019 Artificer UA (Unearthed Arcana: the Artificer Returns), the Artificer got two mutually-exclusive ways to enhance a non-magical wand to improve the spells it casts: the Wand ...

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