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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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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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