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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 my character cast the Shield spell while carrying a sword and shield?

I plan on taking the Magic Initiate feat with a paladin, giving him light, fire bolt, and shield from the sorcerer list. For light and fire bolt I can sheathe my sword as a free object interaction on ...
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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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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 ...
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Can you banish a mindless creature?

I ran into this situation in a gaming session last week and didn't want to make a big deal of it at the time, but I am curious. The components of the banishment spell are: V, S, M (an item ...
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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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Can you Subtle Spell Time Stop?

Subtle Spell states: When you cast a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery points to cast it without any somatic or verbal components Time Stop only has (V) Components, and The Components on page 203 ...
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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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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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Cleric spells using Holy Symbols as a focus requiring material components [duplicate]

p203 of the 5e PHB indicates that A character can use a component pouch or spell casting focus in place of the components specified for a spell. But if a cost is indicated for a component, a ...
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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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Is a hand wearing a spiked gauntlet considered to be “free” for the purposes of somatic components?

The SRD's list of weapons includes the spiked gauntlet. The given rules are: Gauntlet, Spiked Your opponent cannot use a disarm action to disarm you of spiked gauntlets. The cost and weight ...
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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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How does an arcane focus work with an Eldritch Knight?

My PC is an Eldritch Knight. I was wondering what is an Arcane Focus? Do I need to have it in my hand? If I get the War Caster Feat does my arcane focus become obsolete?
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Can a Bard cast spells with both hands full?

I was looking at Valor bards and saw they get shield proficiency later. It seems to cater to the person wanting to play a more melee-oriented bard, but I see one major problem and want to see if ...
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Casting a Somatic, non-Material spell while holding a focus

In this question a side issue came up of whether you can cast a spell with Somatic components but no Material components while holding a focus in the hand used for Somatic components. My reading of ...
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Can a wizard using an arcane focus quarterstaff and a shield still cast somatic component spells?

If there is a wizard that, by some means, has acquired proficiency in the use of shields, can said wizard use his shield in one hand and his arcane focus quarterstaff in the other and still cast ...
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When do you need a free hand for casting Shield?

Is the verbal and somatic component executed when the spell is originally cast or do they take place when the reaction takes place? For example, the fighter/sorcerer wants to use his bonus action ...
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When casting spells, must you provide all of the components?

I'm sure this is a basic answer and quite a dumb question, but I really am confused on the matter. When you cast a spell, do you have to provide every component to it, or can you settle for just one, ...
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Does Improved Pact Weapon only count as a focus for warlock spells?

In Unearthed Arcana: Revised Class Options, one of the Blade pact warlock's invocations is Improved pact weapon part of the description is: You can use any weapon you summon with your Pact of the ...
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Can foci replace the material components of Conjure Barrage and Conjure Volley?

I know conjure barrage and conjure volley are ranger spells, but bards have magical secrets so it still matters. Spellcasting foci can replace the material components of a spell as long as there is ...
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Holy Symbol and Concentration Interaction

A cleric can present their holy symbol to substitute the material part of a spell. When a spell requires concentration (e.g bless), must the cleric keep the holy symbol presented throughout the ...
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To cast Find the Path, can a caster substitute an object from the location they wish to find with a component pouch?

The components of the 6th level spell find the path are the following: V, S, M (a set of divinatory tools - such as bones, ivory sticks, cards, teeth, or carved runes - worth 100 gp and an object ...
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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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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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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 ...