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As far as Spell Components are concerned, what do “retrieve”, “manipulate” and “stow” mean?

From Core Rulebook (p. 303): Focus: A focus is an object that funnels the magical energy of the spell. The spell gains the manipulate trait and requires you to either have a free hand to retrieve ...
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If a sorcerer rolls on the Wild Magic Surge table and gets a result that says they cast a certain spell, does it require the usual components?

Several effects from the Wild Magic sorcerer's Wild Magic Surge table (PHB, p. 104) tell you, the sorcerer, to cast a spell as the result, for example: You cast fireball as a 3rd-level spell ...
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What is Jester using as a focus for Scrying in Critical Role?

Reading through the PHB, I found the spell Scrying, which has the following Components: Components: V, S, M, (a focus worth at least 1000 gp, such as a crystal ball, a silver mirror or a font ...
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Does a countered spell expend its material components?

When a spell which consumes an expensive material component fails due to counterspell, is the material component consumed?
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If you cast a spell with a focus component and a long duration, does it end if the focus component goes missing?

I can't seem to find a good example outside of 3rd party materials right now and pending GM or Dev input I figured I'd ask here. The example I'm specifically looking at is the Dart Gun I spell from ...
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Does Shades/Shadow Conjuration/Evocation requires material components?

I'm pretty sure the answer is no, but I just wanted to be sure I didn't miss a rule somewhere, after all it is an illusion. Let's say I use Shadow Conjuration, Greater to duplicate Acid Storm that ...
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Where in 5e does it state that the Plane Shift spell's target plane has to be the plane that its tuning fork is attuned to?

Judging from previous editions, the Plane Shift spell's target plane and the plane its material components are attuned to both have to be the same plane. But, does it actually say that anywhere in ...
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Can a druid who is wild shaped into an ape cast spells that only have somatic components (e.g. Thunderclap)?

The question Can a druid use a focus to cast beast spells while in wild shape? is related, but does not deal with "somatic-only" spells; they only say "no" due to lack of access to verbal or material ...
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Do you need to provide Somatic Components when casting from a spell scroll?

The general rules provided in the DMG for Magic Item Scrolls states: Most scrolls are spells stored in written form, [...]. [...] [...] Whatever the nature of the magic contained in a ...
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Can I pretend to be casting from a spell scroll, but instead cast normally, or vice versa?

The strategy I am working on a tactic for my artificer (battlesmith) for combating mages which focuses on out-sustaining their spell slots. To do so he asked a companion (the cleric in the party) to ...
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Can you cast spells with a Somatic component if you're holding a two-handed weapon?

I have a halfling cleric of Bahamut who wears his holy symbol as an amulet around his neck as a spellcasting focus (so material components are not an issue). However, as per this question, this does ...
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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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Does using material components in spells make D&D 5e more challenging?

In my campaigns we typically don't rely on material components, allowing casters to use any spells as long as they have the right spell slots available. My impression is that using components would be ...
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If I am holding a shield and sword, do I need the Improved Pact Weapon eldritch invocation to cast spells with a material component?

I am playing a Hexblade, who is holding a shield in one hand, and a sword in the other. Because I don't really want to use a bow, and like a lot of other invocations, I have decided not to take ...
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Is the War Caster feat effectively required for a sword-and-board Hexblade/Paladin multiclass?

In our next campaign I want to play a Hexblade - Vengeance Paladin multiclass. The campaign will eventually reach the high levels. I want my final level split to be 14 levels in Hexblade and 6 in ...
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How does War Caster interact with Hexblade?

I'm playing a Hexblade warlock with the War Caster feat. While holding my staff (an arcane focus) and a shield, can I cast spells without penalty? What if the spell has a consumable component?
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With only one free hand, can I still cast spells with somatic components?

I have a doubt about this. I have had various answers and they contradict each other so I would like some clarity on this. I am a Cleric, I have a shield (which is also my focus), I want to wear my ...
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Can Bard spellcasting go unnoticed by their audience?

I've noticed that it explicitly states in some spells, such as Dissonant whispers which has a verbal component only, that it can only be heard by the target The caster would whisper a cacophonous ...
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Does a dragon need material components, specifically body bits, for a Simulacrum spell?

Please consider an ancient Green dragon with the variant ability to cast spells. She would like to cast Simulacrum. Monster Manual Page 86 / Variant: VARIANT: DRAGONS AS INNATE SPELLCASTERS: ...
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Are normal spell components consumed by the spell?

I was reading through the basic rules and noticed that the only time spell components were explicitly stated as being consumed was when they had a gp value attached to them. For example: Arcane ...
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Is the material component of the Protection from Evil and Good spell supposed to be that pricey?

The Protection from Evil and Good spell has a material component of holy water or powdered silver and iron, which the spell consumes So, to make use of this spell we have to spend holy water (or ...
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Does an artificer's magical focus replace costly spell components?

To my knowledge, an artificer must use thieves' tools, artisan's tools they are proficient with, or an infusion as a magical focus when casting spells. However, some artificer spells, such as ...
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How does the Mizzium Apparatus's ability to serve as an arcane focus interact with its ability to let you cast a spell you don't know/have prepared?

I recently got to DM my first campaign, and I was planning on letting my players get their hands on a Mizzium Apparatus. However, reading what the Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica says about the item, ...
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Can a druid use a focus to cast beast spells while in wild shape?

As a level 18+ druid I may use a Druidic Focus, may assume a Wild Shape, and may cast Beast Spells. May I do all three at the same time? Can a druid use a focus to cast beast spells? Druidic Focus: ...
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Do the Warlock's Pact of the Tome cantrips need their material components?

I want to create a celestial warlock and I want to have Shillelagh as one of my Pact of the Tome cantrips. I also wanted wooden staff as an arcane focus so I can use melee and free up my other hand. ...
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Can an artificer cast spells with a free hand and a shield without using an object interaction action?

Suppose a level 1 artificer has a hand free and the other wielding a shield. Can the artificer cast spells without using up their object interaction action? For most spellcasters, a free hand is ...
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Does the Githyanki's racial spellcasting ignore all spell components, or only the material components?

The githyanki playable racial option has the Githyanki Psionics trait, which permits limited casting of a few spells. It is similar to the spellcasting granted to several other racial options, but ...
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Can a familiar deliver only a portion of a touch spell? [duplicate]

Can I have my familiar deliver only a portion of a touch spell and the caster deliver the other portion of it. The specific spell in question is Fly (upcast to 5th level because Warlock) and my ...
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What is a mud-filled cyst?

The 8th-level spell Clone has a mention of a mud-filled cyst in the ground in its spell components: a vessel worth at least 2,000 gp that has a sealable lid and is large enough to hold a Medium ...
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Can the Mage Hand Spell do somatic components if the person who cast it doesn't have a free hand?

A wizard casts the Mage Hand spell. They then pick up a short sword and a shield. They then want to cast Burning Hands against an opponent. Can they use the active Mage Hand to provide the somatic ...
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Can an arcane caster cast a spell that has as its only focus component a divine focus? [duplicate]

Magic on Components on Divine Focus (DF) says A divine focus component is an item of spiritual significance. The divine focus for a cleric or a paladin is a holy symbol appropriate to the character’...
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How do wizards cast spells which appear on their spell list when it has a divine focus component?

What does a wizard do to cast a spell which contains a DF component? Take magic weapon for example, Components V, S, DF Divine Focus (DF) A divine focus component is an item of spiritual ...
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What happens if I try to use a magical piece of ammunition/thrown weapon as a spell component for the Conjure Volley spell?

The spell conjure volley has one piece of ammunition or one thrown weapon as its material component. The spell effect further describe the requirement of the said ammunition or thrown weapon: they ...
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Does using the Silent Spell metamagic change the action cost for a spell?

Silent Spell costs 1 action, but allows you to waive the spell's verbal component. Does waiving the verbal component reduce the spell's action cost by 1, thus producing no net change in the number of ...
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What exactly is the verbal component of the Prestidigitation cantrip?

The prestidigitation cantrip may be among the most versatile spells in the whole game, and the effects that can be created with it vary widely. Since the spell requires verbal and somatic components, ...
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Material Component of Reviving Spells

All the revive spells say in their material requirement that they need "A diamond worth at least X gp, which the spell consumes". My question is what counts as a diamond? Does it need to be a clear ...
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Are the somatic and verbal components of a spell the same for everyone?

My question: is there any official statement that says that a spell has the same words/gestures independent of who's casting it? So, for example, if a halfling wizard casts fireball: would the words ...
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In RAW for 5e, can a player use a monster as a spell component?

One of the D&D legends stories that floated around my campus involved a poorly balanced boss fight in a 3.5 game. The players were facing a Giant Spider Wizard, and it was wiping the floor with ...
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Spellcasting and interactions with S/M components when hands are in use

Let's say I've got a creature who has a shield in one hand and their focus in another. They also have the war caster feat They'd like to cast a spell requiring a Material component with cost/that ...
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Do you need an empty hand to cast spells?

The Weapon Storm spell has a somatic component1 (CRB p384): [...] This damage has the same type as the weapon and uses the same die size. Determine the die size as if you were attacking with the ...
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Druids, Focuses, Shields, and Spells involving a weapon

One of my players has a 2nd level Druid. He’s been casting shillelagh on his club, he’s also using a shield. I’ve been a little loose with the Druidic focus mechanics but I desire to be more precise ...
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Can I use a salad fork to get into the Prime Material Plane?

In several editions of Dungeons and Dragons, the Plane Shift spell requires a forked metal rod, the design and material of which varies depending on the destination plane. Is there any canonical list ...
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Do I need both foci listed as material components in order to both see and hear with the Clairvoyance spell?

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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Can you use Thunderous Smite and other “Smite” spells with unarmed strikes?

Since unarmed strikes are considered melee weapon attacks, and the 'smite' spells don't have the same restriction as booming blade or green-flame blade (the part where it requires "a weapon" as the ...
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What's the point of requiring specific inexpensive material components?

I understand the necessity of consumable or costly material components, but what is the point—in terms of making the game more interesting—of inexpensive material components, like a leaf of sumac or a ...
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Do I need to put copper pieces on the eyes to cast the Gentle Repose spell if I have a spellcasting focus?

The material components of the gentle repose spell are: a pinch of salt and one copper piece placed on each of the corpse's eyes, which must remain there for the duration The rules for material ...
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Do I need to hold an actual copper piece in order to cast the Detect Thoughts spell?

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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Is psychic casting (with Thought/Emotion components) detectable in the same way as Somatic/Verbal components?

I'm starting a new campaign and for the first time ever and I'm trying a Psychic spell caster (Psychic, specifically.) My GM is pretty adamant that the metamagic Still Spell and Silent Spell exist ...
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How do I handle spell components?

In the AD&D Player's Handbook, many of the spells require spell components. However, there are no rules associated with spell components. So I'm guessing it's safe to assume that this is one of ...
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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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