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Questions tagged [spell-components]

For questions about the components that go into spells, or how they get involved in spellcasting.

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Can you cast spells with verbal components if you have no tongue?

A situation occurred where a cheeky Bard spoke afoul one too many times in the presence of some seriously bad hombres, and as a result, he got half his tongue cut out. Now I'm not familiar with how ...
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Can a forge cleric use Artisan's Blessing to make diamond rings?

Our forge cleric wanted to manufacture diamond rings and use the diamonds later for raise dead and similar spells. Artisan's Blessing states that the end product must include some kind of metal. The ...
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What is the game design purpose behind tracking material spell components in DnD? [duplicate]

It seems like an extra bit of resource tracking fiddly nonsense to me, frankly. I can get the same amount of 'fun' from an accounting text. I get the big spells requiring expensive items to cast as ...
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Can I cast spells with material components while wielding a two-handed weapon without the Improved Pact Weapon invocation?

I plan on creating a Hexblade warlock. I want to use a two-handed weapon by level 3 and until then a longsword. I won't use a shield. So if I cast a spell without any material components, I won't have ...
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RAW, can Mordekainen's Magnificent Mansion create components for activities/spells?

Suppose I wanted to repair a simulacrum. Am I able to cast magnificent mansion and furnish it such that the materials required to repair the simulacrum are inside the mansion, thus circumventing the ...
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If a spell has verbal and/or somatic components, are they necessary for its casting?

If a spell has verbal and/or somatic components, are they absolutely vital for its casting? Let me give a clear example: suppose a wizard is trying to cast Detect Magic on a creature they are ...
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Can Drawmij’s Instant Summons and Magic Jar both be used with one sapphire?

Let’s say my character wants to use magic jar for an assassination. He possesses the best friend of the target, brings in his own catatonic body, and acts like he just passed through and saw him ...
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How to cast wizard spells with verbal components in a vacuum?

The only real solution to surviving the hard vacuum of space for four years is being polymorphed into a lich-like form. I've worked out the entire rest of the sequence for star travel but it depends ...
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Is a custom spell that requires touching an object somatic/material based? [closed]

Is a custom spell I would create that reinforces the structure of an object considered as a somatic or material one? I want to recreate Shirou "trace on" spell from the Fate Unlimited Blade Works ...
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RAW, can innate spellcaster dragons cast spells with somatic components?

The rules on dragons as innate spellcasters state (MM, p. 86): Dragons are innately magical creatures that can master a few spells as they age, using this variant. A young or older dragon can ...
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Can a lizardfolk using Cunning Artisan build a club I can cast Shillelagh on?

One of the racial features of lizardfolk is the Cunning Artisan trait (Volo's Guide to Monsters, p. 113), which states: As part of a short rest, you can harvest bone and hide from a slain beast, ...
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Does a non-spellcasting Drow PC need material components to cast Dancing Lights?

A Drow's Drow Magic racial trait means that they know the Dancing Lights cantrip at level one, regardless of class. Dancing Lights requires a material component: a bit of phosphorus or wychwood, or a ...
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If a bard uses a musical instrument as their spellcasting focus, can they add their proficiency bonus to an ability check made as part of a spell?

The following things are true: Bards are allowed to use their musical instruments as spell focuses. Proficiency with a musical instrument allows you to add your proficiency bonus to ability checks ...
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How much does it cost to cast Raise Dead on a Zealot Barbarian in Adventure's League?

Based off of the question, How much should NPCs charge for spells cast as services to PCs?, the cost of spells from NPCs follows the formula: Spell Service Cost = Square of the spell level, then ...
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Can you use a resurrected creature's blood as the material component for the Summon Lesser Demons spell?

The material component of the summon lesser demons spell is a vial of blood from a humanoid killed within the past 24 hours If a creature is killed and brought back to life, could their blood (if ...
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What exactly is ignored in the “requirements” of a spell when Wishing for it?

One of the uses of the wish spell is to emulate any spell of 8th level or lower "without meeting any requirements" of that spell. It is already clear from wish's description that costly material ...
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Does using a Spell Scroll always include a verbal component?

I've been told that, when you use a Spell Scroll, there's always a de facto verbal component involved, as you have to read the scroll's contents out loud. That would mean that a Sorcerer using a ...
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Can I use Creation to create a diamond for a material component?

I was making a wizard, and I need a diamond, or diamond dust. Am I able to use creation to create a giant chunk of rock and then use that chunk to make a (probably rough) diamond? I know I don't have ...
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Wizard Scrying Spell Components - Do you need both a pool of water and a mirror, or just one?

Scrying says: Components V, S, M/DF (a pool of water), F (a silver mirror worth 1,000 gp) The Magic rules say that: If the Components line includes F/DF or M/DF, the arcane version of the ...
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Can Eldritch Knights Use Spell Foci? [duplicate]

Can Eldritch Knights Use Spell Foci and if so what things do they use as them?
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When can a Ranger get a component pouch (or material components) outside of starting equipment?

I'll start by staying I'm brand new to D&D. I just made my first character and started my first campaign last week. I am playing 5e with a forest gnome ranger based on the specs in the PHB. We are ...
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Do you need a “gameplay-wise” free hand to handle material components?

(I started this question with the title "How do you manipulate material components when using Somatic Weaponry?" but I realized the current title is more appropriate) This is along the lines of this ...
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Can Mage Hand be used to scribe the circle of blood used in the Summon Lesser Demons and Summon Greater Demon spells?

The spells summon lesser demons and summon greater demon from Xanathar's Guide to Everything both say: As part of casting the spell, you can form a circle on the ground with the blood used as a ...
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Does Shapechange consume its material component?

Does the jade circlet worth 1,500 gp (the material component of the spell) get consumed every time you cast shapechange? Or does it remain and you must simply be wearing it in order to cast the spell?
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If a spell has material components that are normally consumed, would casting that spell on an invalid target still cause them to be consumed?

This question piqued my curiosity and prompted me to wonder about this issue: "Can True Resurrection be used to raise a creature whose body is still intact, but not within the range of touch?" (...
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How does an upcasted Banishment function on creatures with different distastes?

The banishment spell requires "an item distasteful to the target" as a material component. The spell can be upcasted to affect multiple creatures. What happens when the different creatures you ...
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If a reaction spell has material components, do I already need to be holding them to cast it?

Some spells that are cast with a reaction, such as Feather Fall, require material components. Suppose I am using a component pouch instead of a focus, but I'm not currently holding a small feather. If ...
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Does casting a spell use a spell slot if you have the components for the spell?

Both my DMs say that if you have the components for the spell you can cast the spell without using a spell slot. Is this true normally in D&D 5e, or is it more of a DM discretion thing?
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When Contingency is cast, what are the contingent spell's material requirements?

I thought of this looking at this question, where contingency is used to cast revivify (which consumes 300 gp worth of diamonds). A more common example would be stoneskin, which consumes 100 gp worth ...
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Do you waste a spell slot if you try to cast a spell without the correct components?

A recent question got answers indicating, among other things, "If you spend 100gp on a pearl but the seller ripped you off and the pearl you got is only worth 50gp, then it doesn't count as a 100gp ...
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What makes a spellcasting component worth x gp?

Let's just pick on identify as a concrete example, but this applies to any spell with a material component with a cost. So identify requires a pearl worth 100gp. What makes a pearl worth 100gp? Is it ...
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What would be the impact of ignoring material components with a price?

Problem Whenever I play a spellcaster, and I level up and it's time to pick/prepare new spells, I almost always avoid those with material components that have a price, since you can't just substitute ...
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Is there a difference between the sprig of mistletoe used as a druidic focus and the one Goodberry requires as a material component?

When casting Goodberry spell with a Component Pouch it is assumed that the pouch has a sprig of mistletoe to be used in the spellcasting as the material component. Can a druid simply take this sprig ...
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Does casting a spell from an Ioun Stone/Ring of Spell Storing require components?

Items such as the Reserved Ioun Stone and Ring of Spell Storing state that: The spell uses the slot level, spell save DC, spell attack bonus, and spellcasting ability of the original caster, but is ...
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Can I use a hand holding a focus from one class to cover somatic components for a spell from another class?

I want to try playing a multiclass Hexblade 2 / College of Swords Bard 18, but I'm concerned about how focused will work. I intend to hold a shield in one hand with a sword in the other. Thanks to ...
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Can I use a Trinket as a material component?

I was going to create a wizard with the sailor background. Now the Sailor starting equipment in the PHB states that I get a lucky charm. Either a rabbit foot, small stone with a hole in it, or ...
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Does casting Contingency via Wish remove the requirement to carry a statuette?

When used to cast another spell, Wish states: You don't need to meet any requirements in that spell, including costly Components. (PHB 288) Contingency states: ...contingency ends on you if its ...
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Do I need to hold an actual copper piece in order to cast Detect Thoughts?

The "Detect Thoughts" spell has as its material component "a copper piece". (Yet another in the long list of punny material components.) The rules for material components say, Casting some spells ...
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Do True dragons’ spells need spell components?

I understand they cast spells as a sorcerer, per RAW: Spells: A dragon knows and casts arcane spells as a sorcerer of the level indicated in its specific description. Its caster level depends ...
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Is Command's one-word-command the only verbal component, or is there more?

The spell states that: You speak a one-word command to a creature you can see within range. and the spell requires a Verbal component. When I cast this spell, is the one-word command the only ...
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Armor of Agathys usage of Water

The spell Armor of Agathys says: Components: V, S, M (a cup of water) Does the cup of water get used up in the casting of the spell? I have a player casting this over and over and I'm wondering ...
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Is Innate Spellcasting counterspellable?

On p.85 of Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, there’s a section clarifying that you need to perceive a spell being cast (by either a verbal, somatic or material component) in order to counterspell it. ...
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Are material spell components consumed during casting or during preparation?

Next to spells in the PHB spell list are lists of components, some of which are material. When specified, material components are expended: Arcane Lock Components: V, S, M (gold dust worth at ...
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Do I need both foci in order to see and hear with Clairvoyance?

The text of the Clairvoyance spell says: When you cast the spell, you choose seeing or hearing. You can use the chosen sense through the sensor as if you were in its space. As your action, you can ...
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What's the mechanical difference (as related to somatic components) between a holy symbol on a donned shield and a focus held in the hand?

I want to play a Hexblade Tomelock with a shield and rod without the War Caster feat. And I want to shoot sparklies out of my rod. I understand the general rules of components and the examples of ...
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Does the primal warden Unstable spellcasting require material components?

The primal warden archetype of shaman has the unstable casting feature A primal warden’s spirit is ever shifting, and the spells it grants the primal warden change from moment to moment. ...
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Subtle spells and multi-classing [duplicate]

Can we use the subtle spell metamagic to cast spells from other classes? Let's say I have a Bard lvl 5 and I want to multi-class it with a sorcerer class in order to take advantage of subtle spells. ...
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Are any material components apart from diamonds thematically linked with a specific type of spell?

In D&D 5th edition, there is a continuity among the spells that deal with returning life to the dead. Virtually all of them require an expenditure of diamond or diamond dust. Revivify diamonds ...
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Can an object created by True Polymorph be used as a consumable spell component?

Using the creature to object feature of true polymorph you can transform a creature into an object. Can you then use that object as a consumable component for a spell? How does the potential ...
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Can True Polymorph create rare inks?

I am a level 20 wizard and have been using the True Polymorph spell to create expensive spell components. However my DM, who will never overrule RAW, has recently created a spell which requires "rare ...