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Does a wizard need their hands free in order to cause their familiar from the Find Familiar spell to reappear?

Recently, in the first session of a new campaign, my level 1 wizard found himself held captive with his hands and feet tied by rope. The DM made it clear that I could not cast spells/cantrips that ...
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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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Are there any spells that do not have any components?

In my discussion over my method answering this question, I assumed that there aren't any spells that have no components. Without being able to look through the entire set of rules myself (and as a ...
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Does contingency work if you are polymorphed and so the statuette merged with your body?

The spell Contingency has a material component of: a statuette of yourself carved from ivory and decorated with gems worth at least 1,500 gp The spell also ends if this statue isn't on your person. ...
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Do the eyes need to be in the corpse for Gentle Repose to work?

For the spell Gentle Repose, the components of the spell say: Components: V, S, M (a pinch of salt and one copper piece placed on each of the corpse's eyes, which must remain there for the ...
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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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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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If one of the platinum rings that serves as a component of the Warding Bond spell is removed and then replaced, do the effects of the spell resume?

Warding Bond has a duration of 1 hour and has a material requirement of a pair of platinum rings worth at least 50 gp each, which you and the target must wear for the duration If one of the two ...
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Should paying an NPC to resurrect a Zealot Barbarian be less costly?

Zealot Barbarians (from Xanathar's Guide to Everything) can be the target of resurrection-type spells without the caster being required to spend material components. In Adventurers League (and ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Can you use two wands to cast one spell?

Basically, in the May 2019 Artificer UA (Unearthed Arcana: the Artificer Returns), the Artificer got two mutually-exclusive ways to enhance a non-magical wand to improve the spells it casts: the Wand ...
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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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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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Would this custom Sorcerer variant that can only learn any verbal-component-only spell be unbalanced?

I recently started reading through the Shannara books by Terry Brooks, and it got me thinking about how the notion of the wishsong would translate into a system like D&D. My (very) rough idea ...
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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 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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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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How does the second bullet point of the War Caster feat change the ability to cast spells while holding weapons?

The second bullet point of the War Caster feat reads as follows (PHB, p. 170): You can perform the somatic components of spells even when you have a weapons or a shield in one or both hands. ...
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Can you use Use Magic Device to negate the "Celestial" spell component?

In How can other creatures cast last judgment? we discussed the "Celestial" spell component, which imposes a requirement: "[t]he caster must be an outsider with the good subtype to cast this spell" (...
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What is the verbal component of the Dissonant Whispers spell?

This was thought up while reading the following question: Increase the range of Dissonant Whispers The dissonant whispers spell has only Verbal components and states: [...] You whisper a discordant ...
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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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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 a spell scroll remove the need for ‘special’ material components?

The description of a spell scroll in the DMG states: If the spell is on your class’s spell list, you can read the scroll and cast its spell without providing any material components. Does this ...
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Which components for the Simulacrum spell are consumed?

The components of the simulacrum spell read as follows Components: V, S, M (snow or ice in quantities sufficient to made a life-size copy of the duplicated creature; some hair, fingernail clippings,...
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Can you cast a spell with a Somatic component if you're attacking with a two-handed weapon? [duplicate]

The related question – Can you cast spells with a Somatic component if you're holding a two-handed weapon? – says that you can cast a spell if you're holding a 2H weapon. The PHB Errata says: ...
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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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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 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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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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How can other creatures cast last judgment?

The 8th-level Sor/Wiz spell last judgment [necro] (Book of Exalted Deeds 102) has the component celestial, meaning that "[t]he caster must be an outsider with the good subtype to cast this spell" (89)....
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How loud or flashy are verbal and somatic spells? [duplicate]

I was trying to cast prestidigitation on a guard behind his back and my DM said that he would definitely know I did it because the verbal part of the spell would be in a loud voice. He also said that ...
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Can verbal spell components be fulfilled by sign language (or by a silent language)?

I know this is a little broken or over powered, but please consider the following from a RAW or RAI point of view. Please make sure your answer reflects which you mean. If a character happens to ...
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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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What grade is required of gems used as spell material components?

Quite a few higher-level spells require x GP of gemstone or gemstone dust in order to cast -- I will not bother listing them here, as it'd just take up space in the question. However, the value of a ...
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How to cast wizard spells with verbal components in a vacuum? [closed]

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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