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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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If a sorcerer rolls on the Wild Magic Surge table and gets a result that says they cast a certain spell, does it require the usual components?

Several effects from the Wild Magic sorcerer's Wild Magic Surge table (PHB, p. 104) tell you, the sorcerer, to cast a spell as the result, for example: You cast fireball as a 3rd-level spell ...
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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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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 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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Can you use a resurrected creature's blood as the material component for the Summon Lesser Demons spell?

The material component of the summon lesser demons spell is a vial of blood from a humanoid killed within the past 24 hours If a creature is killed and brought back to life, could their blood (if ...
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Is it possible to substitute actual items for the material components in spells?

Generally speaking, material components and focus objects for spells (or at least, the ones without costs listed) are there purely for flavour and the occasional lame joke (like using fur and an amber ...
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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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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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Does Bless Have Costly Material Components?

Bless, along with several other spells, like Commune and Dispel Good and Evil, list Holy Water as a material component. None of them list a cost for this holy water, but the items table says that a ...
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Does the verbal component for spellcasting have to be words?

To make a long story short: for my first D&D campaign, I want to create a warlock that had to give up her voice as a part of her deal with her Patron. As such, she is incapable of speaking, but ...
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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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How does a light shield impact your ability to cast spells with a somatic component?

Im trying to understand the somatic component of spellcasting, in pathfinder, and how it relates to shields. The core rule book has this to say about bucklers: You can cast a spell with somatic ...
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Do these spellcasting foci from Xanathar's Guide to Everything have to be held in a hand?

I see that, for example: A cleric or paladin can use a holy symbol as a spellcasting focus, as described in chapter 10. To use the symbol in this way, the caster must hold it in hand, wear it ...
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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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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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RAW, can innate spellcaster dragons cast spells with somatic components?

The rules on dragons as innate spellcasters state (MM, p. 86): Dragons are innately magical creatures that can master a few spells as they age, using this variant. A young or older dragon can ...
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Bladesinger Extra Attack, dual wielding and cantrips, how does it work?

I've always liked the idea of playing a wizard that has some combat skills and high dexterity (but mainly wizard). That being said, I started a wizard with the Bladesinger sub-class that is currently ...
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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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How does a Spell Scroll function when the spell has a special relationship to its material components?

According to the rules for Spell Scrolls, casting from a scroll requires no material components other than the scroll itself; similarly the rules in Xanathar's Guide for scribing a spell scroll say ...
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What does it mean for a spell component to be consumed?

When the body of spell's description explicitly says a component is 'consumed' or it is implied by the material components description, what exactly happens to that component? In essence what does '...
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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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Is my interpretation of somatic components, object interactions, and the second benefit of the War Caster feat correct?

The War Caster feat (PHB, p. 170) allows a player to avoid the somatic requirement of spells when casting. However, since you can drop a weapon for free and then pick it up as a free interaction, you ...
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Can a creature under the effect of a Discord Symbol perform verbal spell components?

Symbol (PHB, pg. 280) allows you to create a magical glyph that triggers on a condition you determine. One of the glyphs you can create is called Discord: Each target must make a Constitution saving ...
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Does Shapechange consume its material component?

Does the jade circlet worth 1,500 gp (the material component of the spell) get consumed every time you cast shapechange? Or does it remain and you must simply be wearing it in order to cast the spell?
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Is there a way to bypass the somatic components of spells?

I was thinking of making a character that has no hands, and was wondering if there's any way to get around somatic components of spells. I made a list of all the spells that don't have somatic ...
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Can a Pearl of Power be used to cast Identify?

My group recently located a Pearl of Power on their adventures. The campaign setting is not always a place where spell components are easy to come by. As a consequence, the players have asked me if ...
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Do you need a free hand for your holy symbol if you're wearing it visibly?

I've been creating a Paladin who uses the Defense fighting style while wielding two weapons (instead of the more common Dueling style with weapon and shield). However, I was worried that 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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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 transmuter’s ...
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Can a component pouch be emptied of its materials?

Since the component pouch has materials in it, would you be able to empty the pouch for its materials? Say for example you need something to light a fire; could you pull a piece of coal from your ...
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Can the School of Conjuration wizard's Minor Conjuration feature be used to summon rare, expensive, and/or consumable spell components?

Can the School of Conjuration wizard's Minor Conjuration feature (PHB, p. 116) be used to summon rare, expensive, and/or consumable spell components? It seems to fit within the scope of the feature in ...
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Can objects created by Performance of Creation be used as expensive material components?

Tasha's Cauldron of Everything introduces the College of Creation which gets the class feature Performance of Creation: As an action, you can channel the magic of the Song of Creation to create one ...
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How can I add material components to my bardic spells?

College of Spirits in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft seems to be a really great subclass. Powerful enough, and having an interesting spin for storytelling purposes. But, as a D&D Beyond author ...
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Can a focus replace a material component if it doesn't state a value in the component list?

There are times where a component has an intrinsic value, but the value isn't listed in the component requirement. In these cases, can you use a focus? Some Examples: Healing Elixir from Unearthed ...
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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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Recommendations for game mechanics that emphasize reagent or component based spellcasting [closed]

I'm researching spell component systems for a 3.5e campaign. In 3.5e, spell components are an inconvenience at best and a waste of time at worst. I'd like to homebrew a solution drawing from mechanics ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Does a spell with verbal components that is cast because of Contingency take effect in a Silence spell?

I GM a campaign where the main villain is a 20th level wizard called EM (short for Evil Mage), with the spells contingency and dimension door. EM has a contingency spell, set to go off when xe drops ...
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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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Does moving the curse from the Hex spell to a new target have any spell components?

Casting the Hex spell initially requires a verbal, somatic, and material component. For the duration (concentration up to 1, 8, or 24 hours depending on spell level), if something dies while hexed, I ...
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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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Does holding a wand and speaking its command word count as V/S/M spell components?

Magical wands need to be held to cast their spells. Does holding the wand count as a material component for the wand's spell? And if a command word needs to be used, is it considered a verbal ...
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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 people (other than the target) hear me casting Message?

The Message spell requires verbal, somatic, and material components. The text of the spell says: You point your finger toward a creature within range and whisper a message. The target (and only ...

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