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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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Does True Strike alert an enemy to my presence? [duplicate]

The spell text makes no mention of any effect that would be perceived by the target, so unless there is another rule that would come into play, I suspect that a player could use True Strike without ...
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Using identify's pearl for homunculus summoning?

My artificer acquired a pearl to cast identify. Would he be able to also use it to create a homunculus servant, as pearls could be classified as gems in the real world?
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On the Subtlety of Verbal and Material use During Spellcasting [duplicate]

In a campaign amongst my friends and myself, I am playing a divination wizard who enjoys utilizing suggestion in social activities from time-to-time. In this particular scenario, my party and I were ...
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For spells that require non-consumed gold, do you need the actual gold? [duplicate]

If a spell says it has a gold requirement but doesn't say it consumes the gold, do you still need the gold? I have been told that regardless if the spell has a gold requirement, that your focus can't ...
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Does a spell with verbal components that is cast because of Contingency take effect in a Silence spell?

I GM a campaign where the main villain is a 20th level wizard called EM (short for Evil Mage), with the spells contingency and dimension door. EM has a contingency spell, set to go off when xe drops ...
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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 a kraken cast wizard spells which require verbal and somatic components?

The Kraken, according to the monster manual, can "Understand Abyssal, Celestial, Infernal, And Primordial But Can't Speak, Telepathy 120 Ft." The Kraken also does not have hands. It seems as ...
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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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