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For questions about summoning, which refers to the process of bringing an object or creature to the spellcaster via magic to aid them.

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If a College of Creation bard is incapacitated, who controls the bard's dancing item?

The College of Creation bard gets Animating Performance at 6th level which allows them to animate an object and control it using a bonus action: It can move and use its reaction on its own, but the ...
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Would the 6th level Shepherd Druid's Mighty Summoner feature works on summoned creatures not made from spells

To clarify, when I say "summoned creatures not made from spells", I mean summons that are from class features and the like, so the Shadow Sorcerer's Hound of Ill Omen, the Hexblade's ...
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If a creator of a Shield Guardian gives the control amulet to the Shield Guardian, what would happen?

There was an idea pitched at one of my play sessions earlier this week that has been gnawing at me. Suppose a wizard creates a shield guardian and gives the golem the telepathic command to put on the ...
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When does a Summon spell take effect [duplicate]

!st ed: The Summon Monster and Summon Nature's ally spells all have a casting time of 1 round. My regular group have always taken that to mean that the summoned creature begins to act in the ...
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Are there spells that prevent a magic user from using a summoning spell?

Which spells can stop a magic user from using a summoning spell either by stopping the spell effect or by stopping the magic user from casting? I can only think of two: Counterspell and Anti-Magic ...
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Do I need to command creatures every turn? [closed]

Some classes have ways to summon creatures in battle: animate objects, beastmaster buddy, animate dead, sometimes a magic item like Staff Of The Python. Do I need to command these creatures every turn ...
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Do Summoned creatures trigger “on death” effects?

Taking Leshies as an example, they can be summoned with the Summon Plant or Fungus spell. They also have the Verdant Burst ability (abbreviated): When a leaf leshy dies, a burst of primal energy ...
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Are the familiars you summon the same everytime? [duplicate]

If I summon a familiar and it dies, when I resummon it, is it another spirit taking the same form? If I just recast the find familiar spell, and get it to assume a new form I assume It's the same ...
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Does Conjuration work from inside Leomund's Tiny Hut?

(Leomund's) Tiny Hut says Creatures and objects within the dome when you cast this spell can move through it freely. All other creatures and objects are barred from passing through it. Spells and ...
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How many actions can a summoned zombie use?

Many zombies - such as the Zombie Shambler - are permanently slowed 1, which reduces the number of actions they can use by 1 each round. Summoning such a zombie with a spell (such as Animate Dead) ...
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Is this 9th-level spell Find Greatest Steed balanced with respect to other 9th-level spells?

Since the paladin gets the spells find steed and find greater steed, it only seemed natural to take this theme to its logical end: find greatest steed: FIND GREATEST STEED 9th-level conjuration ...
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What beasts are likely to appear if the Conjure Animals spell is cast in the Underdark?

If the conjure animals spell is cast in the Underdark, what beasts are likely to appear?
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Can concentration be kept through dimensions? [duplicate]

Say you, in the middle of a battle, cast a spell such as Magnificent Mansion. You go inside and then start casting Conjure Elemental. You then order the elemental to exit the mansion and start ...
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Are the effects of a conjured object or creature nonmagical? [closed]

Spells like Conjure Animals and Web can conjure creatures (a wolf) or objects (a sticky web). While the conjuration itself is magical (it was created by a spell), the effects of a conjuration are not ...
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How do I get access to all summonable monsters at the lowest level?

I want to build a character with every spell that summons creatures, without using Wish or magic items. This includes all conjuration spells that summon creatures, and all necromancy spells that make ...
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How do the Planar Ally and Planar Binding spells interact with one another?

Let's say I'm a cleric of Mystra, and I need her help, so I cast Planar Ally: You beseech an otherworldly entity for aid. The being must be known to you: a god, a primordial, a demon prince, or some ...
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How many elementals can you control at once?

Criteria: any class combination is ok feats are allowed magic items are ok Constraints: no use of the wish spell no homebrew can have up to 5 people assisting turning yourself into an ...
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When are verbal commands issued to conjured animals?

I’m losing a lot of actions with my (Druid) conjured animals, especially when there are lots of actions, and the battle is fluid. So many things change during a turn, so that my verbal command, ...
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Is summoning an air elemental with the Censer of Controlling Air Elementals still a concentration spell?

Items that let you cast a spell through them (e.g. wands , staves, etc) use specific wording such as: While holding it, you can use an action to expend 1 or more of its charges to cast the xxxxxx ...
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Does a paladin's Aura of Protection grant summons a bonus to save vs. their summoner's control?

I am wondering if a paladin can boost a summoned demon's saves against hostile effects at all – it's not exactly "friendly" in most cases – and, if the demon does get the paladin's +CHA to saves, if ...
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Can three summoned hags form a coven?

It is possible, with DM Approval, for high level player character to summon a trio of hags (either a trio of Sea Hags from a single Level 8 Casting of Conjure Woodland Beings, or a trio of higher CR ...
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If I stop concentrating on Summon Greater Demon just before its full duration, could the demon stick around up to an extra 35 seconds?

Part of the description of the summon greater demon spell states (XGtE, p. 166): If you stop concentrating on the spell before it reaches its full duration, an uncontrolled demon doesn't disappear ...
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Can you use animate dead on something that was previously animated by the same spell? [duplicate]

If a zombie or skeleton that you have animated with Animate Dead is reduced to 0 hit points, can you reanimate it using Animate dead? The spell description only says: Choose a pile of bones or a ...
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For the Conjure Animals spells, are the summoned fey spirits 'smart' enough to take a form that fits the summoning locale?

Currently I'm running Conjure Animals fairly restrictively. The player says they are casting the spell and designates the locations that they will appear (I then label them, as they are designated)....
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If the Conjure Elemental spell or Conjure Minor Elementals spell is cast in an area affected by a Hallow spell, does the summoning just fail?

Hallow states "Celestials, elementals, fey, fiends, and undead can't enter the area..." but it doesn't say what would happen if someone tried to summon some into the area. Would the spell fail? Would ...
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Do summoned creatures, such as with Summon Lesser Demons, give experience points to the party?

I've looked at various conversations on here, Reddit, and other forums, but I can't seem to find any official ruling on this topic, so I figured I'd ask here and see if anyone knows of any. There are ...
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How can I make combat with a lot of summoned creatures quicker?

I currently GM for a level 13 D&D 5e group of 5 players. Recently combat has become heavily bogged down, primarily because the party has discovered their new favourite ('Death by a Thousand Cuts') ...
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What happens to creatures Swallowed Whole by a summoned creature when that creature is dismissed?

I am a conjurer and I have a particularly nefarious idea. Granted there are monsters I can summon with the "Swallow Whole (Ex)" ability, and I then dismiss my summon after the summoned creature has ...
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What happens when a summoned creature uses antimagic field?

Using the feat Expanded Summon Monster, the spell summon monster VII can bring forth a movanic deva that can itself use as a spell-like ability antimagic field. If the deva—or any summoned creature—...
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What level should this homebrew spell be? (Conjure Insect Swarm)

I'm attempting to design a spell. I think I have the base mechanics mostly covered, I just need to determine what level this spell might be to be balanced. Primary Question: What level should this ...
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Do summoned creatures die when reduced to 0 hit points?

Imagine that the conjure animals spell has been used which includes the following text: [...] Each beast is also considered fey, and it disappears when it drops to 0 hit points or when the spell ...
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Command action for strike summons/minion

Wonder if someone could help. I have created a pathfinder 2e Druid character with an animal companion (Bear) and a Summon Fey spell (Sprite). Can the bear only attack my enemy when commanded? From ...
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Is the Summon Woodland Beings spell (to summon pixies) broken?

As a DM I want to be fair and not just never allow a druid the chance of summoning pixies, but it seems so broken. At one point I had four PCs and two NPCs all running about as dinosaurs. I'm hoping ...
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How long do summoned beings last?

My friends and I are looking to play World of Dungeons, but I'm a little confused about the magic system: Most magic requires summoning a spirit, demon, or elemental to perform supernatural effects....
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Do animals summoned by the Conjure Animals spell get extra HP from the Circle of the Shepherd druid's Bear Spirit Totem?

Do animals summoned by the conjure animals spell get extra HP from the Circle of the Shepherd druid's Bear Spirit Totem? This came up last game and seems very powerful. A 5th-level druid gives each ...
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What does “Summoned creature has maximum hit points” actually mean?

I'm running Princes of the Apocalypse for my group, and they're about to encounter their first elemental prince, Yan-C-Bin (p. 220). I see that he has the following ability: The part I'm confused ...
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Will my familiar remember me when I re-summon it, or is it a new entity?

Playing D&D 5e, and my Pact of the Chain warlock's quasit familiar, Jimmy Peanuts, has fallen at the hands of a lizardman and vanished upon hitting 0 hp. I understand that I can cast Find ...
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What are the limits to Orcus's ability to use his wand to summon undead?

In the module Out of the Abyss, there is a stat block for Orcus (p. 245). The part, describing the abilities of his wand, says: So, my questions are: Is he allowed to choose the undead he summons? ...
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How to dismiss a conjured elemental?

Is it possible for caster to willingly dismiss an elemental who was summoned by the Conjure elemental spell? Spell description says An uncontrolled elemental can't be dismissed by you, and it ...
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What happens when a caster loses concentration on a banished creature?

The scenario is as follows. The evil wizard summons forth a demon to fight in combat against the party with the summon greater demon spell, which failed two saves against the wizard. The party's ...
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What is the caster level of a summoned creature with the Greenbound template?

The Greenbound template gives your summoned creatures the ability to cast spell-like abilities, at will, with the description: Caster level equals greenbound creature's character level; save DC 10 +...
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What's the Cap on Minion Summoning?

just screwing around with Character Creation again in Mutants and Masterminds. I'm just a little confused with how the Summon power functions, specifically its limits. I know that each attack and ...
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What other ways are there to summon a specific, named devil (besides Planar Ally and Gate)?

I need to summon a specific devil (an imp), whom I've met recently and whose name I know. He is not hostile to me, and is willing to be summoned. I know I can do this with the spells Planar Ally: ...
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Does a summoned monster's corpse vanish when the spell duration would expire?

If I summon an Eagle with Summon Monster 1 with a duration of 4 turns, but the Eagle dies after only 2 turns, does the corpse vanish after 2 more turns or does it stay on the ground indefinitely?
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Which spells count for a Shepherd Druid's features affecting creatures “summoned or created” by spells?

I was looking at making a Circle of the Shepherd Druid for a game and noticed a part of the Mighty Summoner and Guardian Spirit features regarding creatures "summoned or created" by spells. For ...
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How does concentration work in other planes where the passage of time is different?

I recently came across the following issue in a homebrew campaign setting, and am unsure how it would work RAW: Our Warlock had used Minions of Chaos to summon a Fire Elemental via Conjure Elemental. ...
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How can I design a witch (or other enemy) that summons/controls lightning birds at sea to attack the party while hidden on a ship?

The PCs (3 of them, at 3rd level) are on a disabled, abandoned pirate ship at sea in a storm. I want them to have hard encounters that become somewhat predictable and that they can put a stop to, so ...
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What's the difference between the Find Steed and Find Greater Steed spells?

What's the difference between the find steed and find greater steed spells? I found the find steed and find greater steed spells while playing 5e. By the rules as written, they seem almost identical ...
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What happens if you throw a magical creature through an antimagic field?

Inspired by this question. I have this idea. Take a creature that would be suppressed by the antimagic field, like an elemental or a celestial from conjure celestial. Since the spells creating one of ...
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Why use the Conjure Minor Elemental spell when its results are so unpredictable?

The conjure minor elemental spell states: You summon elementals that appear in unoccupied spaces that you can see within range. You choose one the following options for what appears: One elemental ...

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