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Questions tagged [summoning]

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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Cast Summon Monster inside a Rope Trick? [on hold]

Can a wizard summon a monster or elemental inside a Rope Trick then exit that space into the prime material plane with that summoned creature and still control it?
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Can I cut the hair of a conjured korred with a blade made of precious material to harvest that material from the korred?

The Korred (Volo's Guide to Monsters, p. 168) is a CR 7 Fey that can be summoned by the Conjure Fey spell. The description of the Korred has this bit of text: Korreds have hair all over their ...
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How weak can the Conjure Animals spell be, in terms of the CR of the creature(s) summoned?

If the caster chooses "one beast of challenge rating 2 or lower", well, one tiny little CR 1/8 insect is that. Is that legal, or even a good idea, for the DM to choose? There is already a question on ...
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For creatures that have a death burst ability, is it triggered if they are summoned and reduced to 0 HP?

Certain creatures have a death burst ability that applies when they die eg. steam mephits. If the creature is only present on the battlefield due to a spell like conjure minor elementals, does the ...
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What magic item can I give my NPC to summon monsters?

Is there anything a low-level NPC could get their hands on to summon monsters? Preferably an option where the monsters simply infest the location and are non-responsive to the summoner. I'm looking ...
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Can a Spectator be a bodyguard? Can the treasure/item it guards be a person/person's item?

Basically, my question if is it possible to summon a spectator as a bodyguard. But let me first explain it: Monster Manual p. 31 says, about Spectators: A spectator is a lesser beholder that is ...
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Can 5 Aarakocra PCs summon an Air Elemental?

According to the Elemental Evil Player's Companion, a player can be an Aarakocra. According to the Monster Manual (p. 12), five Aarakocra can perform a ritual and summon an air elemental: ...
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Do the Beast Sense and Beast Bond spells work on creatures from Conjure Animals?

The Beast Sense and Beast Bond spells, as their names imply, require the target to be of type "beast." Now looking to the Conjure Animals spell, its description says: You summon fey spirits that ...
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How would strategic but non-damaging actions affect monster CR?

I'm in the middle of designing a dungeon with heavy fire and ice elemental themes influencing a lot of undead enemies. I'm relying on CR a lot to rough out encounters, as I don't have a super great ...
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Does Planar Binding require you to keep concentrating on the summoning spell?

Planar binding states: With this spell, you attempt to bind a celestial, an elemental, a fey, or a fiend to your service. The creature must be within range for the entire casting of the spell. [......
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Is there a quick and fair way to adjust stats for an upcast Conjured Elemental?

The 5th level spell Conjure Elemental spell states (PHB, p. 225, bold added): An elemental of challenge rating 5 or lower appropriate to the area you chose appears in an unoccupied space within 10 ...
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What are the effects of a Dispel Magic on a Conjure Elemental spell?

If you cast a "successful" Dispel Magic in the following cases, what are the possible outcomes? An active Conjure Elemental spell, i.e. the caster is maintaining concentration at the time you cast ...
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What happens if I cast Planar Binding on a creature who was brought by a spell that has ended?

Planar Binding states: You attempt to bind a celestial, elemental, fey, or fiend to your service. It must be within range for the entire casting of the spell. At completion, it makes a ...
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Is Summon Lesser Demons strictly worse than Conjure Animals?

Summon Lesser Demons and Conjure Animals both summon creatures of equal CR (with CA potentially summoning a single CR 2 creature where SLD cannot), however: Conjure Animals summons creatures that are ...
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Can I Charm a creature I’ve summoned with Conjure Fey, to keep them in check if my concentration breaks?

If I summon a creature with Conjure Fey first, and then cast Charm Monster on it, would that prevent my CR 6+ Beast/Fey from attacking my group should my concentration later be broken?
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Do animals summoned by magic items obey player commands?

Do animals summoned by magic items, such as the robe of useful items or the marble elephant figurine of wondrous power, follow player commands, Or are they wild animals? Or is this up to the DM's ...
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To Beef up my Summon Spell, do I need Thaumaturgic Circles, or will Human Sacrifice alone suffice?

Specifically, my question's about the wording of this sentence in LotFP's Summon Spell (Rules & Magic pg. 134-143). 500 sp worth of materials is required to invest in a circle for every +1 ...
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Can summoned creatures wield magic weapons?

Can a Pit Fiend summon from an Infernal Hexblade's Greater Summon Warlock's Ally pick up (or be given) a magic sword and use it (without proficiency) as a basic attack, like characters from any class ...
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Which Elementals can a Conjuration (summoning) spell summon?

Based on the note to Hey I Can Chan's answer here. Both Summon Monster and Summon Nature's Ally list Elemental(small) in their level 2 versions (and larger elementals for higher spell levels). Are ...
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What do I do about a game-breaking ruling on how summoning works?

I'm playing in a 5e campaign, and one of the other players convinced the DM to let him summon animals inside of other animals - for example, summoning a wolf inside of a cow. The player has exploited ...
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Does Conjure Minor Elementals let the caster choose which elemental to summon?

Does conjure minor elementals, with respect to the restriction on its CR, let the caster choose which elemental to summon? If no, is it determined randomly?
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Is there no way for a lone caster to planar bind a demon/devil with the Xanathar's spells?

Is there no way for a lone caster to planar bind a demon/devil with the Xanathar's spells? I refer specifically to the spells infernal calling and summon greater demon. Unlike the conjure elemental ...
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Do animals of the same CR summoned by Conjure Animals have to be the same animal?

Do animals of the same CR summoned by conjure animals have to be the same animal? I had a ranger player of mine ask. I know that the DM chooses which animals are summoned, and that the creatures are ...
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A permanent portable Magic Circle

So, a Wizard just got their hands on the Planar Binding spell line, and wants to start utilizing it. Said Wizard also likes to be self-sufficient AND is invested in their alignment - which means they ...
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Is it possible to harvest parts of elementals summoned by the Conjure Elemental spell?

From the conjure elemental spell description (PHB, pg. 225): The elemental disappears when it drops to 0 hit points or when the spell ends. Can I rip parts off of an elemental before it ...
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Can I summon a flail snail or invisible stalker with Conjure Elemental?

The conjure elemental spell says: You call forth an elemental servant. Choose an area of air, earth, fire, or water that fills a 10-foot cube within range. An elemental of challenge rating 5 or ...
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Summoning high CR monsters with Planar Ally

Given that a character can cast Planar Ally, what is the highest CR they can summon? Can they summon a monster with a CR higher than their own level? Would a level 11 cleric be able to summon a CR 19 ...
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Can you cast the Conjure Elemental spell to summon an elemental within the area of effect of the Forbiddance spell?

The forbiddance spell description states: You create a ward against magical travel that protects up to 40,000 square feet of floor space to a height of 30 feet above the floor. For the duration, ...
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Is the demon summoned by the Summon Greater Demon spell hostile to you?

Assuming that you use summon greater demon (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 166), and on your next turn, you still have the "control" over him granted by summon greater demon. Now I want to use ...
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How can a Summoning Ooze command their summoned monsters?

Summoning Oozes (Monster Manual III, excerpted here) can use a Summon Monster spell-like ability - but they have no language. How can they command the summoned monsters?
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What Attributes does a Flesh Form Inhabitating Spirit Ally have?

I have a player who wants to bring back a loved NPC to life. I'll Spare you the cheesiness of the story, I told him that there is no known way to do that and that it could be a very dark thing to do. ...
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How to summon risk free with Gate

Related: Does Mordenkainen's Private Sanctum block summoning? I am attempting to create a scenario where a single wizard of 20th level with no special items can summon a creature of great strength (...
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Does the Mordenkainen's Private Sanctum spell block summoning creatures into the warded area?

If you secure an area with the Mordenkainen's private sanctum spell and choose the effect: Planar travel is blocked within the warded area. Does this prevent summoning creatures into the area via ...
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Does the steed summoned by Find Greater Steed act on the turn you cast the spell?

Can I cast find greater steed (XGtE, p. 156) to summon a creature, hop on it, and use its movement, action, or both - all in the same turn?
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Are aberrations of CR 6 and below approximately as powerful as demons of CR 6 and below?

Background I'm currently playing a Great Old One (GOO) Pact of the Chain warlock in one homebrew campaign. Originally, I had designed the character to be evil and roleplay-heavy, with skill and spell ...
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Can you summon a spell caster using Summon Monster?

The Dungeon World 5th-level spell summon monster lists some choices, one of them being a useful adaptation. If the player picks "spell caster" for a useful adaptation, could they end up with an Orc ...
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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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Does Sanctuary end if my Conjured Animals attack an enemy?

The sanctuary spell description states: If the warded creature makes an attack or casts a spell that affects an enemy creature, this spell ends. If I conjure 8 wolves with conjure animals, and ...
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Can Conjure Animals summon swarms?

The spell conjure animals (PHB, pg. 225) says: You summon fey spirits that take the form of beasts and appear in unoccupied spaces that you can see within range. Choose one of the following options ...
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Do attacks from Conjure Animals creatures count as magical?

In our last session, the party was fighting a Ghost. A ghost has, among other characteristics, damage resistance to "Bludgeoning, Piercing, and Slashing from Nonmagical Attacks". The Druid had ...
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Where does a creature summoned by planar ally appear?

The spell planar ally has a range of 60ft and says: That entity sends a celestial, an elemental, or a fiend loyal to it to aid you, making the creature appear in an unoccupied space within range. ...
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Are Spirit types for traditions mandatory?

The Hermetic tradition lists Fire spirits for the Combat category. The description of the traditions seems to make this optional: [...] indicating which types of spirits and spirit powers they ...
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Controlling Summons via alternative means

The summon monster spell can be very useful and powerful, but one of the limiting factors is the ability to give summons complex commands. What's the point of your celestial eagle if you can't tell it ...
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If a PC summons creatures to help fight does it lower your party’s XP?

Do summoned creatures take a share of the XP of an encounter? Let’s say a PC in a party of 3 uses a spell like Conjure Animals. He uses it to summon all 8 creatures. If they contribute to the combat, ...
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Is the spell Giant Insect affected by a Shepherd Druid's Mighty Summoner and Guardian Spirit abilities?

Xanathar's Guide to Everything introduced the Circle of the Shepherd subclass option for druids. This circle gets the Mighty Summoner ability at level 6 and the Guardian Spirit ability at level 10. ...
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Can one be Summoned Away from Ravenloft?

Inspired by this question. The Demiplane of Ravenloft has the "quirk" of preventing any magic that would allow one to "escape" it: No spell — not even wish — allows one to escape from Strahd’s ...
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Is there any way for a wizard to summon a Celestial or Fey for Planar Binding?

Planar Binding allows a wizard to attempt to bind a celestial, elemental, fey or fiend to one’s service. Only clerics seem to have the spell Conjure Celestial and Druids or Warlocks have Conjure Fey. ...
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How to make a decision on the power level of conjured elementals?

Conjure Woodland Beings allows the player to choose one option, ranging from a single fey creature with CR 2, up to eight fey creatures with CR ¼. But which fey creatures of the chosen CR actually ...
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Does a dagger summoned by Minor Conjuration overcome resistances?

The object is visibly magical, radiating dim light out to 5 feet. If I summon a dagger (or 10 daggers), will attacks made with them be able to overcome a creature resistance (which can normally be ...
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Can I conjure a dagger or dart in my offhand and use bonus action to attack with it?

I'm considering getting two levels as Conjuration Wizard to multiclass my Rogue, just because what I'm about to ask seems cool. I want to use Minor Conjuration as an action to summon a dagger in my ...