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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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(Clockwork Automaton) construct back to 1 HP with repair spell wand? additional cost, how?

The Clockwork Automaton template makes a creature a construct with a soul. Inorganic Functioning (Ex) A clockwork automaton can only be repaired by spells that affect the construct type such as rapid ...
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What's the cheapest way for an Eldritch Knight to be able to wield two weapons while still being able to cast spells with somatic/material components?

For the purpose of this question, assume "two weapons" to include "a one-handed weapon and a shield". Compared to other spellcasters, Eldritch Knights are sort of at a disadvantage ...
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Are there any monsters or races that can cast spells without verbal components

So a while back I saw the piper race in their list of racial traits they have the following Mystic Voice (Su): Piper spellcasters have a natural magic in their voice and must use it as an element of ...
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If you use the Still Spell metamagic feat to cast the Fireball spell, do you still have to aim with your finger?

The description for Fireball says You point your finger and determine the range (distance and height) at which the fireball is to burst. A glowing, pea-sized bead streaks from the pointing digit ...
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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 you target yourself with touch spells [duplicate]

I have been asked by one of my players “can I touch myself with a spell the has a range of touch?” Most touch spell say “you touch a willing creature of your choice,” or something along those lines. ...
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Should magic items which allow to cast spells be considered as material components? [duplicate]

For using Counterspell, a spell needs to contain some kind of component, otherwise it cant be countered. https://twitter.com/jeremyecrawford/status/642086415040294912?lang=en When casting spells from ...
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Copy Spells creating a logic paradox [duplicate]

So with the addition of Order of Scribes wizard I read about its abilities, since I heard a claim that they can potentially be better evocation wizards than the school subclass itself. While reading, ...
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Ways to destroy a casters arcane focus [duplicate]

I want too make a character explicitly too shut down mages and was curious what methods of destroying an arcane focus or component pouch exist. Getting the item away would also work. Unfortunately ...
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Do warlocks require alchemist's supplies to cast healing elixir? [duplicate]

I play a Celestial Warlock in a campaign we just started, who took healing elixir (link to Unearthed Arcana document) as one of his first spells to support our party. I plan to expand into Divine Soul ...
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Is Charm Monster obvious to bystanders? [duplicate]

Is Charm Monster (or similar magic) obvious to bystanders that the spell is being cast? I've looked at a number of sources, for example I've looked at the "Sage Advice Compendium" which reads: Do ...
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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 ...
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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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What is the definition of "mineral goods" for the material component of the Galder's Speedy Courier spell?

The 4th-level spell Galder's speedy courier from the published adventure Lost Library of Kwalish has the following material component: 25 gold pieces, or mineral goods of equivalent value, which the ...
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Do NPC spellcasters need a component pouch or an arcane focus?

By D&D 5e RAW, is it possible for the BBEG (or any NPC) to cast spells without needing material components? Alternatively, is there any powerful magic item (e.g. a ring or pendant) in the ...
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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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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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Are the Power Word spells especially easy to identify?

There are various high level spells named "Power Word: X". They are all verbal-only spells (except Power Word: Heal), and tend to have the following text in them(...except Power Word: Heal): You ...
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Is a custom spell that requires touching an object somatic/material based? [closed]

Is a custom spell I would create that reinforces the structure of an object considered as a somatic or material one? I want to recreate Shirou "trace on" spell from the Fate Unlimited Blade Works ...
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how to present and use the metamagic spell component 'trapped voidstone'?

for a special occasion I am planning to donate the players some spells with metamagic spell components as described here. one of the spells concerned will be the Disintegrate spell empowered with the ...
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Spellcasting with focus and shield [duplicate]

Warlock with Wand +1 and shield (hexblade, he has proficiency in shields) A spellcaster must have a hand free to access a spell's material components—or to hold a spellcasting focus—but it can be ...
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Material components for Commune spell [duplicate]

The spell Commune specifys (incense and a vial of holy or unholy water) obviously, holy water and incense have a definition but I couldn't find a definition or cost for "unholy water". ...
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What would verbal components actually sound like?

Something I've always wondered is what does a verbal component actually sounds like in-universe. Is it random sounds, gibberish, or do you anime it and chant something in actual words. Given that the ...
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Is the star chart a material component for the Guidance and Guiding Bolt spells from the Circle of Stars druid's Star Map feature?

The Circle of Stars druid's Star Map feature grants the following benefits (TCoE, p. 38): You've created a star chart as part of your heavenly studies. It is a Tiny object and can serve as a ...
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Does True Strike alert an enemy to my presence? [duplicate]

The spell text makes no mention of any effect that would be perceived by the target, so unless there is another rule that would come into play, I suspect that a player could use True Strike without ...
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Do you need components for the necklace of prayer beads? [duplicate]

With a bit of luck one can find a necklace of prayer beads that has the greater restoration spell stored in it. That spell has an expensive component, namely 100 gp worth of diamond dust. Do you need ...
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How to use the material components for Pass Without Trace [closed]

I am aware that many material components are either a joke (good or bad) or somehow related to how the spell works (IE: fleece for illusion is pulling the wool over someone). But for Pass Without ...
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Can an arcane caster cast a spell that has as its only focus component a divine focus? [duplicate]

Magic on Components on Divine Focus (DF) says A divine focus component is an item of spiritual significance. The divine focus for a cleric or a paladin is a holy symbol appropriate to the character’s ...
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How big are somatic components? [duplicate]

I am wondering how large the hand gestures have to be for spells with somatic components. I know in the question How loud/obvious is a wizard casting a spell? the Player Basic Rules p.79 say, ...
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If I counterspell with subtle metamagic, can my counterspell be counterspelled? [duplicate]

BBEG casts a spell, I counterspell, and the mob has a chance to counterspell my counterspell under normal circumstances, leading to a wasted slot and some hurt from the incoming spell. If however I ...
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Can I pluck a polymorphed creature and keep its feathers? [duplicate]

So this is a question about the polymorph and true polymorph spells. Both spells include in their description an explanation as to what happens to the gear of the target of the polymorph spells ... ...
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If a UA Artificer infuses a weapon and uses it as a spellcasting focus, can it be used for the somatic component of a spell too? [duplicate]

The new Artificer class (from Unearthed Arcana) for 5e can infuse magic into weapons or shields, and use the infused item as a spell focus for material components. However, can you wave your focus for ...
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Can Eldritch Knights Use Spell Foci? [duplicate]

Can Eldritch Knights Use Spell Foci and if so what things do they use as them?
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RAW, can Mordekainen's Magnificent Mansion create components for activities/spells?

Suppose I wanted to repair a simulacrum. Am I able to cast magnificent mansion and furnish it such that the materials required to repair the simulacrum are inside the mansion, thus circumventing the ...
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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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Do spells like burning hands specify specific non-material components? [duplicate]

In "Does Burning Hands really require touching thumbs?", it has been established that burning hands does indeed require touching thumbs. A question that is danced around there is, "is ...
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What spells on the TCoE Artificer Spell List require a free hand when the Artificer holds an infused item in their hand?

Considering the class feature Tools Required: You must have a spellcasting focus—specifically thieves’ tools or some kind of artisan’s tool—in hand when you cast any spell with this Spellcasting ...
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Can I still attack with the focus item of Warding Weapon spell?

For an upcoming campaign I'm planning on playing a Magus. In the Magus spell list the spell Warding Weapon allows a magus to cast spells without provoking AoOs even while not casting defensively. The ...
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Does Shades/Shadow Conjuration/Evocation requires material components?

I'm pretty sure the answer is no, but I just wanted to be sure I didn't miss a rule somewhere, after all it is an illusion. Let's say I use Shadow Conjuration, Greater to duplicate Acid Storm that ...
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Can you cast Minor Illusion without being noticed? [duplicate]

The spell has a somatic and material component, can it be cast without someone knowing you are casting a spell?
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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 a spell has verbal and/or somatic components, are they necessary for its casting?

If a spell has verbal and/or somatic components, are they absolutely vital for its casting? Let me give a clear example: suppose a wizard is trying to cast Detect Magic on a creature they are ...
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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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Where might one find copper wire? [closed]

The Message spell requires a short piece of copper wire to cast. Suppose you do not have access to a spell component pouch. Where might copper wire exist? And how might it be used outside of ...

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