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Magical Components - Material or Focus

The 6th level Wizard/Sorceror spell Emblem of Greed has a requirement of using a masterwork or magical weapon as the target to be enchanted by the spell. That is already a limitation, but then it ...
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The Magic Circle spell requires powdered silver and iron worth at least 100 gp to cast it; how much powder is that?

The component for casting Magic Circle is 100 gold pieces worth of Powdered Silver and Iron (or Holy Water, which we are not discussing here). 100 gold pieces is equivalent to 1000 silver pieces. At ...
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Do bards have to make sounds to cast spells?

Bard spellcasting is described as In the worlds of D&D, words and music are not just vibrations of air, but vocalizations with power all their own. The bard is a master of song, speech, and the ...
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What happens if the black onyx used in an Animate Dead spell isn't expensive enough?

Consider the following situation: The group kills a monster, and one PC wants to use Animate Dead to turn it into an skeleton under his control. But the players have no idea what the monster is, much ...
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What happens if I use a material component of greater value than spell requires?

This question arose when my players have diamonds worth of 2000gp and were thinking of casting restoration. If they cast restoration using that specific gem, does the worth just drop, or is the whole ...
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Do handcuffs prevent you from casting spells with somatic components?

Is a handcuffed spellcaster still capable of executing the somatic components of spells? I'm asking about rulings in the official rulebooks, not "This is how I'd do this" responses.
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Does the Cartomancer feat's Hidden Ace benefit require the imbued spell's components at the time of casting and/or imbuing?

The new Cartomancer feat from The Book of Many Things (p. 49) states that "You can use a card deck as your spellcasting focus." It also has a feature, Hidden Ace, that says "when you ...
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Could a familiar use a Spellwrought tattoo?

The description of a Spellwrought Tattoo states: Produced by a special needle, this magic tattoo contains a single 1st level spell, wrought on your skin by a magic needle. To use the tattoo, you must ...
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Can you wear a magic spell component?

To cast a "Hex" spell (Player's Handbook, pg. 251, Warlock 1 lvl spell), you must use an arcane focus or a component called "petrified eye of a newt". I thought it was very cool to ...
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Are the spell descriptions detailing movements a part of the spell's somatic component? For example with Message "you point your finger" [duplicate]

I am specifically asking this, whether Subtle Spell would eliminate all signs of casting a spell or not, as many have additional movements or actions described in them. Message needs pointing a finger ...
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What's the price of blood?

The class Tainted Sorcerer from Unearthed Arcana (p. 191) has, among other abilities, the class feature "Blood Component": Blood Component A tainted sorcerer must use blood in place of any ...
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Dual wielding magic items vs spell components [duplicate]

Say, we have a caster (e.g., wizard or warlock) who is holing a (distinct) magic item in each of their hands (arcane grimmoire or rod of the pact keeper in one hand, and wand of the war mage in the ...
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Is there a way to obtain, from one's own spells, creatures that could be True Polymorphed into objects?

TL;DR: How can a character produce, ->via spells<-, creatures that can be True Polymorphed into objects without disappearing later? [NOTE: for the scope of the question, I am not concerned with ...
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Can material spell components be reused? [duplicate]

Some spells with material components are consumed in some spells, such as the resurrection spell. Most spells with a material component do not claim anything about what happens to their materials ...
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Is the vial necessary to Summon Greater Demon?

Summon Greater Demon has material component "a vial of blood from a humanoid killed within the past 24 hours". I'm having trouble parsing whether "vial" is an actual vial or just a ...
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Is there thought and emotion component for psychic spells?

I could have sworn that psychic spells had there specific components listed like regular spells. For example, the fireball spell tells you the material component is bat guano. I seem to remember ...
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How many spells require expensive components for each casting?

As someone who doesn't have much Pathfinder experience (and, in particular, is more used to various editions of D&D), I was surprised to read that only seven spells in the SRD include the word &...
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SoP. If i wear armor without the Somatic Casting Drawback do I still impose arcane spell failure?

Using Spheres of Power, instead of traditional casting. If I'm using a class that isn't proficient in armor, but don't take the Somatic Casting Drawback, do I still take the risk of arcane spell ...
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Can an unidentified pearl be used as a component for the Identify spell?

On our adventures we found a magic pearl that was appraised at least 300gp. We suspect it's a pearl of power. It's a two parter question: Can an unidentified (magic) pearl (thats worth more than ...
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What's the RAW most efficient way to mine for diamonds?

I have a level 20 Wizard. I'd like to mine for diamonds, but I don't want to spend literally years doing it, even if it's timeskipped. We're sort of colonists for a new country in this world (it's ...
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If you're Githzerai or have the Telepathy feat, are spell components required for the spell-slot-powered castings?

The typical concept of innate telepathy is that you just have to "think at something" in a certain way and it happens. You're not casting a spell and using magic, so you don't expect the ...
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Are there any non-concentration spells that consume a costly nonmagical component, besides True Seeing?

As per the title, limited to any official material published by WotC that isn't still in UA stages. I've scoured the wizard spells as best as I'm able and have only come up with True Seeing so far. ...
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Do I and the target have to wear the platinum rings at casting time of Warding Bond?

The material components of Warding Bond are (emphasis mine) *- (a pair of platinum rings worth at least 50 gp each, which you and the target must wear for the duration) Since the description clearly ...
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True Polymorph + True Seeing = True Death? [duplicate]

The premise is 5e D&D, setting is FR, all published sources that aren't from another setting are valid, no UA, no 3rd party. I'm the sort of caster player that looks for the funky, outside uses of ...
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Are there any V/S/M components for the Chronurgy wizard's Momentary Stasis feature?

We're having an epic scene where the tavern in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is being raided by the Waterdeep government representatives who suspect that there is a Zhentarim officer hiding in the party's ...
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Will making changes to verbal component rules break game balance?

The goal of verbal components is to prevent casters from rashly casting spells like Charm Person (as the NPCs would immediately notice it) and let prison guards debilitate a caster by gagging them. ...
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Can Glyph of Warding be used with Gentle Repose?

The spell Glyph of Warding allows one to charge the glyph with a spell that is cast when the glyph is triggered: Spell Glyph. You can store a prepared spell of 3rd level or lower in the glyph by ...
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In Critical Role Campaign 2, did Caleb keep a stock of pearls for casting Fortune's Favor?

According to this spreadsheet compiled at Crit Role Stats, Caleb cast fortune's favor 36 times over the course of Campaign 2. Notably, fortune's favor has material component: a white pearl worth at ...
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Do I need a tuning fork attuned to the Material Plane to return home with the Plane Shift spell?

If the PCs use plane shift to travel to a plane to which they have an attuned tuning fork, do they need an attuned tuning fork to return to the Material Plane?
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Can the spell component for the Summon Draconic Spirit spell be also used for the Fizban's Platinum Shield spell?

The description of the Summon Draconic Spirit spell lists the following components (FTD, p. 21; emphasis mine): Components: V, S, M (an object with the image of a dragon engraved on it, worth at ...
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Do druids need things to cast spells [closed]

I have not played a spell caster and was going to play a Druid Circle of the Shepherd and was wondering if when casting spells I need components like a wizard or some clerics need to cast their spells....
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Can the "dragon-like scales" from the Draconic Bloodline sorcerer's Draconic Resilience feature be used as the M component for Aganazzar's Scorcher?

The Draconic Bloodline sorcerer's Draconic Resilience feature states, in part: Additionally, parts of your skin are covered by a thin sheen of dragon-like scales. [...] The material component ...
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Can an Artificer cast V,S spells with no free hand

Just seeking to clear up a bit of confusion. There seems to be a lot of points and counter points floating around so I will start at the beginning. As I understand it a Artificer (RAW but perhaps not ...
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How do I generate spell component gems within the 5e Dungeon Master Guide rules as written?

I'm going to use diamonds as an example, but other spell component gems may have the same problem and solution. The DM Guide outlines specific tables for random generation of gems. Diamonds at ...
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Are there material components that could be harvested from monsters? [closed]

Back in the Forgotten Realms novels based on Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, there was a female wizard character introduced after having killed a monster (I believe an owlbear) and having harvested ...
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Can a wizard cast other spells with somatic components while concentrating on Bigby's Hand?

I noticed a clause in Bigby's Hand that has me pondering... The hand lasts for the spell's duration, and it moves at your command, mimicking the movements of your own hand. Here is the situation: ...
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How does eldritch blast interact with being hidden?

A level 5 goblin warlock moves behind a large tree and uses their bonus action to Hide. Their Stealth check beats the enemy's passive Perception. The hidden warlock then casts eldritch blast and rolls....
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What are common spell materials that can't be replaced by a focus?

I want to stock a roadside magic shop, whose owner has been murdered, with some stuff that might help my spellcasters, a druid and a wizard, cast up to level 4 spells. I know that gems are pretty ...
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Can the components created by a Robe of Components be saved?

Can spell components created by a robe of components be saved to be used in the future? The only condition I see on the robe itself is that they do not leave the spellcaster. Can this be used to stock ...
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What does it mean for a spell component to be consumed?

When the body of spell's description explicitly says a component is 'consumed' or it is implied by the material components description, what exactly happens to that component? In essence what does '...
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Can the sapphire crushed as part of the Drawmij's Instant Summons spell be mended and sold for the original price?

The spell Drawmij's instant summons states (emphasis mine): [...] Components: V, S, M (a sapphire worth 1,000 gp) Duration: Until dispelled You touch an object weighing 10 pounds or less whose ...
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How does Wish duplicate Magic Jar?

Magic Jar required a component to hold your soul as part of the spell. However, Wish allows you to forgo a spell's components when duplicating them. How can one possibly cast Magic Jar using Wish?
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Can an Astral Self monk suppress the verbal components of any spells they can cast?

Can an Astral Self monk using their Word of the Spirit ability cause the Verbal component of any spells they may be able to cast to be audible only to themselves?
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Copy Spells creating a logic paradox [duplicate]

So with the addition of Order of Scribes wizard I read about its abilities, since I heard a claim that they can potentially be better evocation wizards than the school subclass itself. While reading, ...
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Does a level 20 druid bypass the costless but consumed mistletoe material component of the spell Druid Grove?

The spell Druid Grove has an oddly specific material component that is consumed but is otherwise costless: "A mistletoe harvested with a golden sickle under the light of a full moon" (XGE, p....
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What are the material components for the Enhance Ability spell?

The Player's Handbook states the components for the Enhance Ability spell as being "fur or feather from a beast". Does this mean you need fur from a bear, bull, cat and fox as well as a ...
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Would the Subtle Spell metamagic or the Aberrant Mind sorcerer's Psionic Sorcery feature let you cast spells while using a shield without proficiency?

The PHB's rule on armor proficiency states that you cannot cast a spell while wearing/using armor you are not proficient with. The Metamagic option Subtle Spell lets you cast a spell without having to ...
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How can we determine the cost of ruby dust?

There are spells like Continual Flame which require ruby dust as a material component. The rules explicitly require "ruby dust worth X gp", not "ruby dust made from rubies worth X gp&...
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What is a 500gp Ruby useful for?

After looting a body, we recently received a 750gp necklace, and were specifically told that it consisted of 250gp of gold, and a 500gp Ruby set into that gold. That seems remarkably specific, and our ...
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How can I add material components to my bardic spells?

College of Spirits in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft seems to be a really great subclass. Powerful enough, and having an interesting spin for storytelling purposes. But, as a D&D Beyond author ...
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