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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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Do you need components for the necklace of prayer beads? [duplicate]

With a bit of luck one can find a necklace of prayer beads that has the greater restoration spell stored in it. That spell has an expensive component, namely 100 gp worth of diamond dust. Do you need ...
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Ways to destroy a casters arcane focus [duplicate]

I want too make a character explicitly too shut down mages and was curious what methods of destroying an arcane focus or component pouch exist. Getting the item away would also work. Unfortunately ...
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When do you decide variable material components for Restoration in a ring of spell storing?

The Ring of Spell Storing allows you to store any spell by casting it into the ring as the spell would normally be cast, presumably expending any material components required at this time as general ...
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Do warlocks require alchemist's supplies to cast healing elixir? [duplicate]

I play a Celestial Warlock in a campaign we just started, who took healing elixir (link to Unearthed Arcana document) as one of his first spells to support our party. I plan to expand into Divine Soul ...
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Does a player character automatically know the cost of their spell components?

I have seen powerful spells that require a material component that costs a fair number of gold pieces. If a character chooses one of these spells, do they know what the cost is?
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Can you use your infused Armor as your spellcasting focus?

Artificers have to hold a tool or an infused item in hand to cast spells... Tools Required You must have a spellcasting focus—specifically thieves' tools or some kind of artisan's tool—in hand when ...
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What spells on the TCoE Artificer Spell List require a free hand when the Artificer holds an infused item in their hand?

Considering the class feature Tools Required: You must have a spellcasting focus—specifically thieves’ tools or some kind of artisan’s tool—in hand when you cast any spell with this Spellcasting ...
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Does the Order of Scribes wizard's "Master Scrivener" feature remove the need for costly material components?

The Order of Scribes wizard's Master Scrivener feature provides the ability to create a magic scroll of 1st or 2nd level (TCoE, p. 78): Whenever you finish a long rest, you can create one magic ...
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What are the benefits of being able to remove somatic components from casting a spell?

What are the full benefits if somatic components are removed from casting a spell (ie. using still spell metamagic feat.)? A lot of d20 based video games have the benefit of removing the arcane spell ...
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Bladesinger Extra Attack, dual wielding and cantrips, how does it work?

I've always liked the idea of playing a wizard that has some combat skills and high dexterity (but mainly wizard). That being said, I started a wizard with the Bladesinger sub-class that is currently ...
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When a caster affected by the Slow spell doesn't complete the spell they're casting, does it consume the spell slot and material components?

One of the effect of slow on a creature is (emphasis mine): If the creature attempts to cast a spell with a casting time of 1 action, roll a d20. On an 11 or higher, the spell doesn't take effect ...
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Is the star chart a material component for the Guidance and Guiding Bolt spells from the Circle of Stars druid's Star Map feature?

The Circle of Stars druid's Star Map feature grants the following benefits (TCoE, p. 38): You've created a star chart as part of your heavenly studies. It is a Tiny object and can serve as a ...
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Can you target yourself with touch spells [duplicate]

I have been asked by one of my players “can I touch myself with a spell the has a range of touch?” Most touch spell say “you touch a willing creature of your choice,” or something along those lines. ...
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Can a character with the Magic Initiate feat use the appropriate arcane/druidic/holy focus?

The Magic Initiate feat lets you pick a few spells from a number of classes' spell lists, each of which has their own rules for using a focus in place of material components - notably, it excludes the ...
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Can I just hold my Spellcasting Focus, instead of a material (with a price) that I own, to cast a spell?

Let's say that I want to cast Soul Cage. I know that I need the tiny silver cage worth 100gp. Can I just have it attached to my belt and cast the spell using my Spellcasting focus, or do I need to ...
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Can an Aberrant Mind Sorcerer cast Scrying using sorcery points without a 1000 gp focus?

Scrying has an M requirement of a focus worth at least 1,000 gp, such as a crystal ball, a silver mirror, or a font filled with holy water. While not explicit, this focus is presumably used to ...
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Does a warlock require material components for a Mystic Arcanum spell?

The description in the Warlock class says only: At 11th level, your patron bestows upon you a magical secret called an arcanum. Choose one 6th-level spell from the warlock spell list as this arcanum. ...
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how to present and use the metamagic spell component 'trapped voidstone'?

for a special occasion I am planning to donate the players some spells with metamagic spell components as described here. one of the spells concerned will be the Disintegrate spell empowered with the ...
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Do NPC spellcasters need a component pouch or an arcane focus?

By D&D 5e RAW, is it possible for the BBEG (or any NPC) to cast spells without needing material components? Alternatively, is there any powerful magic item (e.g. a ring or pendant) in the ...
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Material components for Commune spell [duplicate]

The spell Commune specifys (incense and a vial of holy or unholy water) obviously, holy water and incense have a definition but I couldn't find a definition or cost for "unholy water". ...
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Can an Alchemist Artificer use Alchemical Savant on the casting of a spell with no Material components?

I have looked for any rules on this and cannot find any, and before you say "It doesn't matter flavour however you like", I have a specific example. In the alchemist subclass for the ...

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