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Does a material component cost for one component require all components involved for the spell?

When a cost is listed for a component, does that mean you need all components to cast the spell or only the one with the cost included? Guards and wards, page 248 PHB. burning incense, a small ...
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Can a humanoid character cast still spells without free hands?

Can a humanoid character cast spells with Still Spell metamagic feat (without material components or with Eschew Materials) that has his arms occupied (or is being pinned)? For example Magic missile ...
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Can a spellcaster use a focus not specified by his or her class?

The question speaks for itself, but here are a few examples: My cleric's holy symbol is broken, but she still has an arcane orb. My bard wants to sing and speak instead of using instruments, and ...
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Are there spells that simply cannot be used to create spell-trigger items such as wands or staves?

Unlike wondrous items that require GM approval if a player wants to invent something new (because it can become easy to completely break the game otherwise), wands and staves are mostly left to the ...
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Limits of Unseen Engineers

The Pathfinder spell Unseen Engineers has the following description: Unseen Engineers You conjure an invisible team of tiny engineers to construct a trap at alarming speed. Originating at ...
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What are the details surrounding the brass brazier required for the Find Familiar spell?

In our campaign, I play a warlock and brass braziers are hard to come by. I want to carry a brass brazier in case my familiar dies and I need to again cast find familiar. How bulky is a small brass ...
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Do spells cast through magic items require expensive material components?

I have a Staff of the Woodlands, which allows me to cast the spell Awaken. Awaken has an expensive material component of "an agate worth at least 1,000 gp, which the spell consumes". Is that agate ...
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Can False Focus be used to supply multiple material components to the same spell?

As an example, if I'm casting Ray of Frost, can I use False Focus to supply both Liquid Ice and Black Powder? False Focus: By using a divine focus as part of casting, you can cast any spell with a ...
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How does Liquid Ice work as a material component for Ray of Frost?

Primarily, does it add 1d3 piercing + 1 cold damage, making it 2d3+1 total, or does it become 1d3 piercing + 1 cold damage total? I've seen some disagreement on this and would love a clear answer. ...
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How much holy water is needed to cast Protection from Evil and Good?

In the PHB on page 270 we can read in the desription of Protection from Evil and Good that: Components: V,S,M(holy water or powdered silver and iron, which the spell consumes) Since the material ...
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Can I fulfill somatic casting components if I'm a squirrel right now?

I recently lost my form to a polymorph spell and I am a caster so I am trying to figure out what I have open to me. I am currently a squirrel. Somatic components are vaguely defined in the rules: ...
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Can a humanoid character with no arms cast spells?

Can a player character that has his arms chopped off still cast spells? Note: Follow up to this question
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When a transmuter uses his Master Transmutation/Restore Life feature, does he have to supply the material component of raise dead too?

A 14th level transmuter wizard has this feature: Master Transmutation Starting at 14th level, you can use your action to consume the reserve of transmutation magic stored within your ...
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Can a transmuter make silver for his cleric buddy to make holy water?

A transmuter can use his minor alchemy feature to transmute stone or wood into silver (other stuff too, but that is irrelevant). Starting at 2nd level when you select this school, you can ...
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How is Magic Circle's material component interpreted?

Magic circle specifies "holy water or powdered silver and iron worth 100 gold pieces, which the spell consumes" as material components. But, I'm a bit confused by the structure of the description. If ...
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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'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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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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Does a focus have to be exact or is there some leeway?

There are many kinds of components to spells. Scrying requires a Focus of a silver mirror worth 1,000 gp. So its a reflective item, made of silver, which costs 1,000+ gp. Could that item be replaced ...
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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 is the weight of diamond dust?

I am in a game where the DM likes us to track the weight of everything. I even have every single coin tracked. As a cleric I am going to be carrying around diamond dust for some spells, but I cant ...
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Is swift girding spell components wrong?

It recently came up in a game that some of my spells have some weird material components, so I have been updating my spreadsheet to know what kind of requirements I have. I found one which has to be a ...
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Can diamond dust be substituted for diamonds for material components?

Some spells have expensive material components. In the case of restoration(s) it takes the form of 100-5,000gp worth of diamond dust, which seems to be a common spell casting material component. Now ...
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Are there any spells that have Somatic components, but not Verbal components? (Material/Focus components irrelevant) [closed]

Pretty straight forward Q. I suspect not, but I thought I'd open it up to the internet for comment.
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If you have a focus for your spell casting do you need to pay materials?

In D&D 5E, if you have a focus (like bards have instruments and clerics have holy symbols) for your spell casting do you need to pay for materials?
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The rule basis for “aerial traceries” of a spell [closed]

On most illustrations of a spellcasting the somatic component means doodling glowing magical glyphs in the air —Warcraft game and movie exemplify this, but the PHB itself has also images of it. (I am ...
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How do you find smaller diamonds for Revivify?

One of my players' PC just learned Revivify. The text for Revivify requires "diamonds worth 300gp, which the spell consumes." But the only diamond I was able to find was under Treasure in the DMG, ...
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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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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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Do Shadow Monks need to carry around a piece of fleece in order to use their Minor Illusion?

The 3rd-level Way of Shadow Monk ability, Shadow Arts, gives the monk access to certain spells. It reads as follows: Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you can use your ki to ...
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Can you use Major Creation to create the diamond dust required for Resurrection?

I have a character who is able to cast major creation and resurrection. He has a CL of 15. He starts by taking a really small piece of diamond (not enough to cast Resurrection), and casts major ...
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Does a wizard need to hold a component pouch or focus in one hand in order for it to work?

One of my PCs is a (weird) wizard who is frequently switching quickly between items—one turn he's wielding a quarterstaff two-handed, the next he's got a component pouch and a dagger, and after that, ...
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Does a bard have to play a musical instrument when using it as a spellcasting focus?

At my table I have ruled that 'to use as a spellcasting focus' does not imply 'to play'; since the sorcerer can simply point a wand, it seems like an undue burden that the bard should have to use both ...
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How much does a corpse cost?

I was looking over the core rules of Pathfinder, and found specifics in Eschew Materials stating that "you can cast any spell with a material cost of 1G or less without needing that component". As ...
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Are component costs fixed in D&D 4e?

How do we actually calculate components cost? In the books there is always the name of the ritual, the price in the market, and the component cost. Is this a fixed price? I usually like to have all ...
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Can spells with a verbal component be cast underwater if the caster can't breathe water?

My party recently tipped over a boat of enemies into what was essentially rapids and trapped the enemies in a cube of force underwater. The warriors inevitably drowned as they had no way out. However, ...
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Plane shift material component origins

A forked, metal rod worth at least 250 gp, attuned to a particular plane of existence. PhB 245, emphasis mine. The metal rod must by attuned to a particular plane of existence, does that means that ...
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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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Can Magic Mouth be used to speak the verbal component of a spell?

Could a wizard use the magic mouth ritual on an item, telling it to repeat the Verbal Component of a specific spell when the wizard touches said item, thus allowing a wizard to cast a Verbal spell ...
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Which spells can a multiclass bard cast with an instrument focus?

If I were to multiclass Sorcerer 9 Bard 1, could I use an instrument (per Bard Level 1 feature) as my focus for spells that appear on both class spell lists? For example, Polymorph, Confusion, and ...
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How do you obtain a petrified eye of newt in the Out of the Abyss campaign?

In the Dungeons & Dragons Out of the Abyss campaign, players start off with no equipment at all. How would a player obtain a petrified eye of newt logically within the game context? Background: ...
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Can anyone make any circle of blood to protect themselves from the demons of Conjure Lesser Demons?

The Conjure Lesser Demons spell states: The demons attack the nearest non-demons to the best of their ability. As part of casting the spell, you can scribe a circle on the ground with the blood ...
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Can a character craft expensive material components?

One example of a spell that has a material component of non-negligible cost is True Seeing. Basically, this can be read as the spell costing 250 gp a pop. However, a player could suggest that they can ...
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Can a character without arms cast spells with somatic components? [closed]

My DM and I have been having friendly arguments, and we recently came to what would happen if my character lost all their limbs. As a gnome beastmaster I said I would always sit on my mount and use ...
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Can an item be both an arcane and a divine focus?

I'm building a variation on the Palalock combo build from this Q&A, and noticed that Warlocks can use an arcane focus for their spellcasting. Since Paladins already cast through a divine focus (...
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Is there any material about words and gestures for Verbal and Somatic components?

I think that casting a spell in-game is one of the actions more difficult to portray for the players. You can at most point your finger at your DM and pretend to scorching ray-him or say Shirak a-la ...
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Do I need to spend money on Create Undead every 24 hours?

So the PHB for Create Undead says the materials required to cast it are one clay pot filled with grave dirt, one clay pot filled with brackish water, and one 150 gp black onyx stone for each corpse ...
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Can I cast a spell without an Arcane Focus?

My wizard was caught reading the thoughts of a city guard as I was trying to dig for info about a friends wrongful arrest. As a result I was also arrested and thrown in prison. I was stripped of my ...
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Using an Improvised Spellcasting Focus

This question is a companion to this one that focused on crafting an improvised spellcasting focus. Here I wish to focus on using such an improvised focus. If a caster typically uses a spellcasting ...
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Is There Any Way To Restrict An Enemy's Somatic Component Use?

I can't find anything in the book that would allow me to prevent an enemy from using somatic components. Is there such a way to accomplish this? I originally thought that Manacles would do this, but ...