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Can I use the Conjure Animals spell to drop cows on targets in order to deal damage to the targets?

Can cows that I conjure using the conjure animals spell fall onto targets, thereby dealing damage? The feys summoned by conjure animals take the shape of a beast (a cow, in this case). But since the ...
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Does “resistance to damage from spells” reduce damage caused by summoning spells?

A few creatures, such as the Archmage, have resistance to damage from spells. If I cast a summoning spell such as Conjure Animals, do the summoned creatures do half damage against an enemy that has ...
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Does a Shepherd Druid's Mighty Summoner apply to creatures transformed by polymorph?

Does the language used in the Mighty Summoner feature, "Summoned OR Created", allow the ability to apply to a player transformed by polymorph? Does polymorph, which reads, "This spell ...
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Earliest access to 3 action Harm while sustaining Animate Dead

I seems to be a great combo to use 3 action Harm while you have an undead minion, to heal it while you harm your enemies. Unfortunately you need one of your actions to sustain Animate Dead. Haste does ...
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Can you call another PC via Gate?

One use of the 9th-level spell Gate is to call a creature : Calling Creatures: The second effect of the gate spell is to call an extraplanar creature to your aid (a calling effect). By naming a ...
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What abilities does a similacrum of a summoned creature possess?

I was trying to work out the effects of creating a similacrum based on a summoned creature. I had a few questions that I could not resolve. First and foremost was if the abilities of the similacrum ...
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Can a Circle of Wildfire druid command a Wildfire Spirit non-verbally?

The Circle of Wildfire Druid subclass released in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything has the feature Summon Wildfire Spirit (p. 40), which (appropriately) summons a Wildfire Spirit. The feature includes ...
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Does a Firbolg lose their invisibility granted by the Hidden Step trait if a creature they summon attacks or deals damage?

The description of the firbolg trait Hidden Step states (VGtM, p. 107): As a bonus action, you can magically turn invisible until the start of your next turn or until you attack, make a damage roll, ...
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What creatures can you summon with Summon Greater Demon?

If you cast summon greater demon, it says You utter foul words, summoning one demon from the chaos of the Abyss. You choose the demon’s type, which must be one of challenge rating 5 or lower, such as ...
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What happens to a Summoned Demon when it hasn't been given new commands?

This assumes that you use Summon greater demon (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 166), and command it to attack your enemies. This summoned Barlgura succeeds in killing all enemies you ordered it to,...
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How can I maintain control over a Dybbuk for over an hour?

A Dybbuk has Magic Resistance (advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects), and can cast Dimension Door at will. This means it can get out of a Magic Circle pretty quickly, it ...
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Does the Shepherd Druid's Mighty Summoner feature apply to creatures summoned through their Faithful Summons feature?

Mighty Summoner says (emphasis mine): Any beast or fey summoned or created by a spell that you cast gains the following benefits: [...] Faithful Summons says (emphasis mine): If you are reduced to ...
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How does fearful empowerment work on summon monster?

The dread witch prestige class offers the ability fearful empowerment: Fearful Empowerment (Su): Starting at 3rd level, once per day you can add the fear descriptor to any spell you cast that has ...
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When does a warlock's familiar make their attack if the warlock has the Investment of the Chain Master eldritch invocation?

So, Tasha's Cauldron of Everything introduces a lot of new "pet" mechanics in DnD 5e. An emerging trend for some of them is that the master can take a bonus action to command the pet to take ...
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Can Minor Conjuration be on my space?

From the way I asked the question, it would seem to me that the answer is yes, because it can be on my hand. However, that's not really what I want. My character is a just-over-3-foot currently 2nd-...
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When do the skeletons, zombies, or ghouls created by Orcus' lair action take their turns in initiative?

Orcus' second lair action reads Orcus causes up to six corpses within the lair to rise as skeletons, zombies, or ghouls. These undead obey his telepathic commands, which can reach anywhere in the ...
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Does the Construct Spirit from the Summon Construct spell cast at 4th level have 40 HP, or 55 HP?

I believe that there is a typo in the summon construct spell from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything. The spell is shown as a 4th-level spell in the table at the beginning of the chapter (p. 105) and in ...
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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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