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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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How does Wish work with spells that interact with material components?

How does wish work with spells that interact with material components? For example, how does wish work with a spell like leomund's secret chest? Do an exquisite chest and small chest just appear with ...
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Does the Voice of the Chain Master eldritch invocation let me cast a purely verbal spell through my familiar?

In D&D 5e, as a Pact of the Chain Warlock, I can choose an eldritch invocation that lets me speak in my own voice through my familiar called Voice of the Chain Master (PHB 111): You can ...
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Must a component pouch/focus be “out” to be handled, or can I keep it in my pocket?

When casting a spell with a material component, does one have to spend an object interaction taking the component pouch/focus out of wherever it's kept, or can it just be "handled" by touching it and ...
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Does the spell “Silence” affect the caster?

While I was DMing a 5th Edition game, one of my player's sorcerers cast the spell Silence while they were 5 feet away from an enemy caster. They centered the spell on the space that the enemy caster ...
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Can trinkets created by the Prestidigitation cantrip substitute material components?

The prestidigitation cantrip (SRD V5.1, p. 170) allows the caster to create a number of magical effects, one of which is: You create a non-magical trinket or an illusory image that can fit in ...
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What is the expected way to acquire costly material components?

If a spell's material components include any items with an indicated cost (such as the pearl worth at least 100 gp needed for identify), those items cannot be satisfied via a component pouch or ...
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Would casting the Ventriloquism spell into a Silence field allow you to cast silently?

I know Ventriloquism is an arcane spell and Silence divine, so normally most people wouldnt be able to cast both without needing magic items or such. But if you were to use Ventriloquism to throw ...
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How would a mute spell caster work?

Would a PC with no or limited ability to speak (like a character born deaf or mute) be able to use spells with Verbal components?
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Can a gem used as the material component for the Magic Jar spell also be used for the Imprisonment spell?

I want to cast Magic Jar to transfer my soul into a gem, then possess someone, then cast Imprisonment (using the Minimus Containment option) on my now-soulless body to store it safely into the same ...
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If a dragon uses Change Shape to turn into an Evoker, does it gain/have the material components for its spells?

Nuanced question about true polymorph (TP) and dragons changing shape: I have a wizard who has a simulacrum (sim). Wizard TPs the sim into an Adult Bronze Dragon, which can then Change Shape into a ...
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How big are somatic components? [duplicate]

I am wondering how large the hand gestures have to be for spells with somatic components. I know in the question How loud/obvious is a wizard casting a spell? the Player Basic Rules p.79 say, ...
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Do all 2019 UA Artificer spells have a de facto material component?

The 2019 UA Artificer's Spellcasting feature contains this sentence: You must have a spellcasting focus—specifically thieves’ tools or some kind of artisan’s tool—in hand when you cast any spell ...
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Can a warlock shoot multiple beams from the Eldritch Blast cantrip with only a single free hand?

How do multiple beams of eldritch blast work with a Pact of the Blade weapon? When I, as warlock, have my Pact of the Blade rapier in one hand and cast multiple beams to hit either single or multiple ...
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Can I counterspell a Subtle spell without material components?

Counterspell 1 reaction, which you take when you see a creature within 60 feet of you casting a spell. Can I Counterspell a creature that completely eliminates component requirement? Subtle ...
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Cleric player in Adventurer's League may have extorted us for Revivify

In an Adventurer League game, while we were starting a session, a player I didn't know until now plays a cleric. He told everyone at the table that unless they gave him 300 GP at the start of the ...
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If I counterspell with subtle metamagic, can my counterspell be counterspelled? [duplicate]

BBEG casts a spell, I counterspell, and the mob has a chance to counterspell my counterspell under normal circumstances, leading to a wasted slot and some hurt from the incoming spell. If however I ...
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If you use the Still Spell metamagic feat to cast the Fireball spell, do you still have to aim with your finger?

The description for Fireball says You point your finger and determine the range (distance and height) at which the fireball is to burst. A glowing, pea-sized bead streaks from the pointing digit ...
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If you cast Darkness using sorcery points as a Shadow Magic sorcerer, do you need material components?

Shadow Magic sorcerers at 3rd level gain the spell Darkness, which doesn't count against their spells known. In addition, they can cast it by expending 2 sorcery points. Can you circumvent the need ...