Questions tagged [spell-components]

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What's the cheapest way for an Eldritch Knight to be able to wield two weapons while still being able to cast spells with somatic/material components?

For the purpose of this question, assume "two weapons" to include "a one-handed weapon and a shield". Compared to other spellcasters, Eldritch Knights are sort of at a disadvantage ...
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Are there any descriptions of the casting of Identify in official writings?

I am making a list of how my wizard would cast spells, specifically using the components supplied. Sometimes this is pretty obviously a joke which I can play upon, but sometimes the components don't ...
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How do the material components of Heat Metal work?

I'm a rookie DM with an even more rookie group of players. I have some questions about Heat Metal (2nd level transmutation). It says you need a piece of iron and a flame. It also says the target of ...
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Under what conditions does a Martial Spellcaster need the Warcaster feat to comfortably cast spells?

I had a player recently come to me about playing an Eldritch Knight character, and they had questions about their ability to cast spells while holding a weapon (or two), and were debating taking the ...
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Can I draw a weapon as a part of a Melee Spell Attack?

A spell like Steel Wind Strike requires a melee spell attack. Use an Object (PHB pg193) states, "...such as draw a sword as part of an attack." This doesn't clarify a spell or weapon attack. ...
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Is the brass brazier required for the Find Familiar spell, or can it be replaced by a spellcasting focus/component pouch?

When spell components are consumed or have a cost, they need to be provided and cannot be substituted by a spellcasting focus. The find familiar spell has such components: 10 gp worth of charcoal, ...
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Are there any monsters or races that can cast spells without verbal components

So a while back I saw the piper race in their list of racial traits they have the following Mystic Voice (Su): Piper spellcasters have a natural magic in their voice and must use it as an element of ...
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As a sword-and-board Eldritch Knight fighter, do I need to put away my sword on my turn if I want to cast the Shield spell as a reaction?

Without the War Caster feat, I can't cast spells with somatic components if I have both a shield and a sword in my hands. Putting my sword away or dropping it is a free action; however, you can't do ...
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Can an Armorer Artificer wearing Guardian-model Arcane Armor cast a somatic spell without holding tools or having the Warcaster feat?

The Guardian model described in the Arcane Armor feature of the Armorer Artificer includes "Thunder Gauntlets": Each of the armor’s gauntlets counts as a simple melee weapon while you aren’...
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Can objects created by Performance of Creation be used as expensive material components?

Tasha's Cauldron of Everything introduces the College of Creation which gets the class feature Performance of Creation: As an action, you can channel the magic of the Song of Creation to create one ...
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Does the material component of Booming blade need to the same one used in the attack?

Does the spell specify that the material component need be the same as the one used in the attack? As part of recent errata to the green-flame blade and booming blade cantrips, their material ...
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If I have a single diamond worth more than 300 gp, does Revivify consume the whole diamond?

Thanks to a heist of mixed success, I have in my possession a single diamond worth roughly 550 gold pieces. If I use this diamond to cast Revivify, will casting the spell consume the whole diamond? I ...
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What is the definition of “mineral goods” for the material component of the Galder's Speedy Courier spell?

The 4th-level spell Galder's speedy courier from the published adventure Lost Library of Kwalish has the following material component: 25 gold pieces, or mineral goods of equivalent value, which the ...
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Does the verbal component for spellcasting have to be words?

To make a long story short: for my first D&D campaign, I want to create a warlock that had to give up her voice as a part of her deal with her Patron. As such, she is incapable of speaking, but ...
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Do spells like burning hands specify specific non-material components? [duplicate]

In "Does Burning Hands really require touching thumbs?", it has been established that burning hands does indeed require touching thumbs. A question that is danced around there is, "is ...
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Can Warforged be targeted by the Clone spell?

The clone spell's components include, among other things (PHB, p. 222): at least 1 cubic inch of flesh of the creature that is to be cloned However, warforged do not have flesh as other humanoids do ...
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Can a creature under the effect of a Discord Symbol perform verbal spell components?

Symbol (PHB, pg. 280) allows you to create a magical glyph that triggers on a condition you determine. One of the glyphs you can create is called Discord: Each target must make a Constitution saving ...
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What’s easier for a new dnd player, component pouch or arcane focus?

I’m just starting out in dnd and creating my first character (a half-elf wizard) and I’m at the equipment section. I’ve looked up the differences between the component pouch and arcane focus and can’t ...
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Where might one find copper wire? [closed]

The Message spell requires a short piece of copper wire to cast. Suppose you do not have access to a spell component pouch. Where might copper wire exist? And how might it be used outside of ...
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Does simplifying spell component management using a taxation system unbalance spell casting?

I have started a new campaign and am considering making life a little easier for my spell casters by not expecting them to source and find all their components ahead of time, especially where ...
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Can a wereraven Way of Shadow monk cast Darkness while in raven form?

In my ongoing Curse of Strahd game, The question has arisen about what spells a wood elf Way of the Shadow Monk would have access to in the various wereraven forms. In the humanoid (wood elf) form, ...
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How to use the material components for Pass Without Trace [closed]

I am aware that many material components are either a joke (good or bad) or somehow related to how the spell works (IE: fleece for illusion is pulling the wool over someone). But for Pass Without ...
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Does an artificer require two hands to cast spells with a costly material component?

An artificer must use an appropriate spellcasting focus when casting artificer spells. And they must use costly material components when applicable. Neither can replace the other. But can they handle ...
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How big is a 5000 gp diamond? [duplicate]

I play a teleportation and extra dimensional sorcerer in my group and I'm getting close to obtaining the spell Gate which requires "a diamond worth at least 5,000 gp". How big would a ...
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Does a Druid with the Archdruid feature need spell components when under effects like Shapechange?

Does a level 20 druid need components for spells when in another form caused by non-wildshape effects that change their form but still allow them access to their class features, like the spell ...
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Does an artificer's Spell-Storing Item bypass the need for costly/consumed material components?

Suppose I am an 11th-level Artificer with a +5 intelligence modifier, and I use my Spell-storing Item feature to store Continual Flame, whose material component is "ruby dust worth 50 gp, which ...
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Do you need a free hand for your holy symbol if you're wearing it visibly?

I've been creating a Paladin who uses the Defense fighting style while wielding two weapons (instead of the more common Dueling style with weapon and shield). However, I was worried that spell ...
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How do spell components work in regards to the UA Psionic Soul Sorcerer's Psychic Sorcery ability?

The UA Psionic Soul Sorcerer has the following Psionic Talent option: Psychic Sorcery. When you cast a spell, you can use your mind to form it, rather than relying on words, gestures, and materials. ...
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Can the Chromatic Orb diamond be used as an Arcane Focus?

Chromatic Orb Components: V, S, M (a diamond worth at least 50 gp) You hurl a 4-inch-diameter sphere of energy at a creature that you can see within range. You choose acid, cold, fire, lightning, ...
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Is there a way to bypass the somatic components of spells?

I was thinking of making a character that has no hands, and was wondering if there's any way to get around somatic components of spells. I made a list of all the spells that don't have somatic ...
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What is the verbal component of the Dissonant Whispers spell?

This was thought up while reading the following question: Increase the range of Dissonant Whispers The dissonant whispers spell has only Verbal components and states: [...] You whisper a discordant ...
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What appendages are needed to perform the somatic components of a spell?

In Dungeons & Dragons, many sentient beings or devices could learn spells &/or rituals. But it's unclear who is able is able to perform somatic components normally done by a humanoid of 3' to ...
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Can you tell if someone transfers Hunter's Mark or Hex after the original target is reduced to 0 HP?

The spells hunter's mark and hex both include this clause: If the target drops to 0 hit points before this spell ends, you can use a bonus action on a subsequent turn of yours to [mark/curse] a new ...
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Does contingency work if you are polymorphed and so the statuette merged with your body?

The spell Contingency has a material component of: a statuette of yourself carved from ivory and decorated with gems worth at least 1,500 gp The spell also ends if this statue isn't on your person. ...
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Should magic items which allow to cast spells be considered as material components? [duplicate]

For using Counterspell, a spell needs to contain some kind of component, otherwise it cant be countered. https://twitter.com/jeremyecrawford/status/642086415040294912?lang=en When casting spells from ...
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Can two spells with different types of components be cast in the same action?

Would someone who is casting something with a Somatic and Material component, say Minor Illusion, also be able to cast something with only a Verbal component, say Thaumaturgy, in the same action? I'm ...
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If a spellcaster's racial trait grants a spell that requires material components, can they use their class' focus to cast that spell?

Based on the answer to this question about non-spellcasters, spells granted by racial traits don't waive the need for material components. However, can spellcasters use their class' allowed focuses ...
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What would verbal components actually sound like?

Something I've always wondered is what does a verbal component actually sounds like in-universe. Is it random sounds, gibberish, or do you anime it and chant something in actual words. Given that the ...
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Can concentration spells be “adjusted” while silenced?

For an example, the party is fighting Strahd, a vampire spellcaster. The party cleric casts Dawn, off center on Strahd to only affect him. Then the party wizard casts silence directly on top of ...
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If a Cleric uses “a sprinkling of holy water” in a spell, does the flask eventually get used up?

e.g. the Bless spell calls for "a sprinkling of holy water" Is the flask essentially unlimited for Bless, or is there a conversion of X sprinklings in 1 flask?
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Does Green-Flame Blade benefit from the Alchemist artificer's Alchemical Savant feature if they use alchemist's supplies as an improvised weapon?

The Alchemist artificer's 5th-level Alchemical Savant feature states (WGtE, p. 180; E:RftLW, p. 58): Whenever you cast a spell using your alchemist’s supplies as the spellcasting focus, you gain a ...
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Are the Power Word spells especially easy to identify?

There are various high level spells named "Power Word: X". They are all verbal-only spells (except Power Word: Heal), and tend to have the following text in them(...except Power Word: Heal): You ...
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Can spellcasters try to make it difficult to identify what spell they're casting?

How to identify a spell being cast? discusses how to identify a spell. This question seeks to discover whether there are steps a spellcaster could take during casting to make this identification more ...
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If one of the platinum rings that serves as a component of the Warding Bond spell is removed and then replaced, do the effects of the spell resume?

Warding Bond has a duration of 1 hour and has a material requirement of a pair of platinum rings worth at least 50 gp each, which you and the target must wear for the duration If one of the two ...
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Does activating a scroll require satisfying the spell's verbal and somatic components?

Example: The wizard is in the area of a silence spell effect and wants to activate a scroll. The spell on the scroll normally requires verbal and somatic components. Is the wizard prevented from ...
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Does using an arcane focus reduce the cost of adding a spell to your spellbook?

The material explanation in chapter 10 of the Players Handbook states that: 'A character can use a component pouch or a spellcasting focus in place of the components specified for a spell. But if a ...
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Spirit Guardians Material Components

Short Version: The 5e rules state that a player can substitute material components with a focus. Could the player provide the actual material instead? If so, could a Divine Soul Sorcerer/Paladin use ...
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As far as Spell Components are concerned, what do “retrieve”, “manipulate” and “stow” mean?

From Core Rulebook (p. 303): Focus: A focus is an object that funnels the magical energy of the spell. The spell gains the manipulate trait and requires you to either have a free hand to retrieve ...
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What is Jester using as a focus for Scrying in Critical Role?

Reading through the PHB, I found the spell Scrying, which has the following Components: Components: V, S, M, (a focus worth at least 1000 gp, such as a crystal ball, a silver mirror or a font ...
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If a sorcerer rolls on the Wild Magic Surge table and gets a result that says they cast a certain spell, does it require the usual components?

Several effects from the Wild Magic sorcerer's Wild Magic Surge table (PHB, p. 104) tell you, the sorcerer, to cast a spell as the result, for example: You cast fireball as a 3rd-level spell ...

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