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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 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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Does the sorcerer's Subtle Spell Metamagic option allow you to ignore both Verbal and Somatic components?

This may sound like a basic question, but I'd like to be 100% sure. In D&D 5e, Subtle Spell's description in the sorcerer class description says When you cast a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery ...
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Does using a Spell Scroll always include a verbal component?

I've been told that, when you use a Spell Scroll, there's always a de facto verbal component involved, as you have to read the scroll's contents out loud. That would mean that a Sorcerer using 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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Meld Into Stone would fail if I have living spell components in my pouch?

I'm in a funny situation here. I have a gestalt Wizard/Druid (or a "Druizard", as my group call his "class") in my party, and recently his player tried to use Meld Into Stone to set up am ambush point....
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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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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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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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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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Can Hunter's Mark be moved after Silence has been cast on a character?

Situation: In a battle sequence our Paladin (Oath of Vengeance) has successfully cast Hunter's mark, later in the battle our Wizard cast Silence. We know that Hunter's Mark requires V (verbal) ...
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Would being stickler for material components break the game?

Inspired by How many times can I use a spell component pouch before having to purchase a new one? In DnD 3.5, as in 5e, the RAW say that a wizard is assumed to have any spell component that does not ...
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What is Wychwood?

In D&D 5th edition the dancing lights cantrip has "wychwood" as one option for its spell component. However googling for wychwood brings up a brewery, an art space, and wychwood forest in ...
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If a Cleric uses "a sprinkling of holy water" in a spell, does the flask eventually get used up?

e.g. the Bless spell calls for "a sprinkling of holy water" Is the flask essentially unlimited for Bless, or is there a conversion of X sprinklings in 1 flask?
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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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How does Wish duplicate Magic Jar?

Magic Jar required a component to hold your soul as part of the spell. However, Wish allows you to forgo a spell's components when duplicating them. How can one possibly cast Magic Jar using Wish?
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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 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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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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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 a Spell Focus or Component Pouch be used with a spell that has costless consumed components?

Spellcasters do not always need to provide the literal materials when casting spells with costless components, that's what pouches and foci are for. A character can use a component pouch or a ...
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Can you tell if someone transfers Hunter's Mark or Hex after the original target is reduced to 0 HP?

The spells hunter's mark and hex both include this clause: If the target drops to 0 hit points before this spell ends, you can use a bonus action on a subsequent turn of yours to [mark/curse] a new ...
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When casting a spell using a magic item, is the casting itself visible?

Some magic items allow you to cast spells using them, even if you are normally unable to cast such spells, such as the Wand of Magic Missiles or the Helm of Telepathy. When you cast a spell with such ...
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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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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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Does a Druid with the Archdruid feature need spell components when under effects like Shapechange?

Does a level 20 druid need components for spells when in another form caused by non-wildshape effects that change their form but still allow them access to their class features, like the spell ...
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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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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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How to make spell components relevant again?

The spell components mechanic has always seemed a bit ham-fistedly handled in D&D since 2nd edition. What should be an interesting way of defining a wizard generally becomes "I have my pouch" and ...
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Can a Kenku use verbal spells?

A Kenku can only speak by mimicry, so can a Kenku fulfill the verbal portion of spells of his class? I would assume that he could only cast a verbal spell if he has heard the spell be cast by another ...
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Can concentration spells be "adjusted" while silenced?

For an example, the party is fighting Strahd, a vampire spellcaster. The party cleric casts Dawn, off center on Strahd to only affect him. Then the party wizard casts silence directly on top of ...
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How do the material components of Heat Metal work?

I'm a rookie DM with an even more rookie group of players. I have some questions about Heat Metal (2nd level transmutation). It says you need a piece of iron and a flame. It also says the target of ...
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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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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 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 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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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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Can Mage Hand be used to scribe the circle of blood used in the Summon Lesser Demons and Summon Greater Demon spells?

The spells summon lesser demons and summon greater demon from Xanathar's Guide to Everything both say: As part of casting the spell, you can form a circle on the ground with the blood used as a ...
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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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Can an Aberrant Mind Sorcerer cast Scrying using sorcery points without a 1000 gp focus?

Scrying has an M requirement of a focus worth at least 1,000 gp, such as a crystal ball, a silver mirror, or a font filled with holy water. While not explicit, this focus is presumably used to ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Are material components with unique attributes unable to be replaced with a component pouch or spellcasting focus?

Banishment requires a specific material component: an item distasteful to the target So does summon greater demon (XGtE, p. 166): a vial of blood from a humanoid killed within the past 24 hours ...
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What defines the "item distasteful to a target" in the components?

On the spell Banishment, a component it uses is an "item distasteful to the target." With the wording, it is rather vague on what this actually means. What defines an item distasteful to the target? ...
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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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