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Questions tagged [summoning]

Process of bringing an object or creature to the spell caster via magic to aid them.

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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 ...
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Can a spellbreaker immune to conjuration be attacked by summoned monsters?

The spellbreaker inquisitor archetype has this nice capstone candy: Impervious (Ex) At 20th level, a Spellbreaker becomes immune to the effects of a single school of arcane magic. That school ...
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Are casters aware of when their summons are dismissed by any effect? [duplicate]

If a caster has summoned a monster or creature, are they aware when it gets dismissed either by magic like dispel magic or if its "killed" by damage? Not what caused it, just that the summon(s) is ...
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Does a “Minor Conjuration” object contain details of the original even if the caster did not see those details?

For example, conjuring a sheet of paper which was face down, or a portrait with an inscription on the back. Can the object be conjured in order to examine details which cannot be seen on the original? ...
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Can “Minor Conjuration” create a physical key?

I'm creating a campaign which one of the quest requires the party to obtain a key (ordinary, not magical) to a room. One of my PCs is a Wizard that specializes in Conjuration. I'm considering whether ...
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Is there a means to summon a treant?

So, I have a druid character who will be taking a custom feat called Beckon the Flaming (i.e. Beckon the Frozen from Frostburn with the element types switched): When you summon a creature or ...
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What are limitations of casting range for an intelligent stronghold core item?

If an intelligent item is acting like a core for a fortress from wondrous architecture per The Stronghold Builder's Guidebook would it be able to cast any spell it wants within the fortress limits or ...
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Can a creature summon monsters within itself?

If a hero went inside a colossal dragons stomach and started stabbing him in there would the dragon be able to use summon monster within itself in order to fight the hero that is in his stomach?
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Calculating the Spell Resistance benefit of a summoned creature with the Celestial Template

When calculating the Spell Resistance benefit of a summoned creature with the Celestial template, the template adds 1 CR if the creature has 5 HD or more. The spell resistance factor is based on 5 + ...
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How would Conjured Animals work as mounts in combat? [duplicate]

A previous question "Can Conjure Animals beasts be used as mounts?" suggests that a Druid could use a summoned animal as a mount. However, how might this work in combat? Would the conjured animal ...
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LotFP Combining Power for Summon

I have a bit of a fascination with the lamentations-of-the-flame-princess summon spell (Grindhouse Rules & Magic p142). I am wondering if there are any rules or guidelines for combining HD of ...
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How to decide what creatures are summoned?

The Conjure Woodland Beings spell says You summon fey creatures that appear in unoccupied spaces that you can see within range. Choose one of the following options for what appears. One fey ...
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What's the proper environment for a Land Shark? (Cthonic template summon monster shark)

"... the Land Shark is considered the cleverest of all sharks. Unlike the Great White shark, which tends to inhabit the waters and harbors of recreational beach areas, the Land Shark may strike at any ...
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Can 3.5e Psions Summon above CR10 before Epic Level?

I think my title narrowed down the question, but I would like to further qualify the question by asking if there are ways for Psions and their variant classes (using powers and power points) to summon ...
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Why is planar ally/binding regarded as so powerful?

Binding outsiders is often described as an extremely powerful, or even game-breaking ability. But it is not exactly cheap. Why is it regarded as so powerful? Are there specific ways it gets used such ...
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My Wizard is conjuring a piece of the sun. How will this affect my setting?

In my game there is a high level wizard conjurer. He wants to cast a force wall around himself and the party, then use minor conjuration to create 10 pounds of the center of the sun, which he scried ...
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How friendly or hostile are creatures summoned by a Wild Magic Surge likely to be? [closed]

A Wild Magic Surge has a 6% chance to summon one or more creatures. They are all lawful good or lawful neutral: Unicorn, Flumph, Modron. Thus I would imagine that being summoned by a chaotic event ...
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Which summoning spells conjure willing creatures, and which unwilling?

Certain summoning spells seem to force unwilling creatures to do your bidding - examples include the D&D 5e spells Conjure Fey and Conjure Elemental, where the summoned creature becomes hostile if ...
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Can you voluntarily end concentration on part of a spell?

Unearthed Arcana: That Old Black Magic provides Conjure Lesser Demon which allows up to eight demons to be summoned. They disappear when reduced to zero hit points or the spell ends. It is implied ...
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Are void zombies controllable by the akata that created them, and by the summoner of the akata?

Are void zombies controllable by the akata that created it? More importantly, since akatas are a possible Summon Monster II creature, if I summon one, have it infect another creature, and then kill ...
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How exactly does Mortalbane work when used with conjuration (especially for warlocks)?

At first I thought Mortalbane was very straight-forward. An example I read is a warlock casting Chilling Tentacles. Enemies take 2d6+2d6 cold damage from the effect, plus they take 1d6+4+2d6 ...
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Does a summoned swarm's Distraction use the caster's save DC or the one in the MM?

When a druid casts Insect Plague, is the save DC of the swarm's Distraction ability 12 (what's written in the MM), or is it based on the 5th level druid spell (15+ability)?
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Does Invisible Spell make summoned creatures invisible?

I'm looking for a clarification for my group about the Invisible Spell feat from CityScape on how it interacts with Summon Monster (specifically Summon Undead). The book states: You can modify any ...
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What exactly is the difference between conjure animals and woodland beings?

In D&D 5e, the Ranger can get Conjure Animals as a 3th level spell, and Conjure Woodland Beings as a 4th level spell. I'm unsure what they do differently, their descriptions seem to be largely ...
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Accessing 'Summon Eidolon' as a Druid

I'm currently playing as an Elemental Ally Druid, an archetyped class I'm enjoying considerably, in spite of the somewhat-nerfed Eidolons. I've been able to build each of them as a distinct character, ...
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When you lose control of Conjure Elemental, is it still hostile towards your enemies or just you?

Conjure Elemental: If your concentration is broken, the elemental doesn’t disappear. Instead, you lose control of the elemental, it becomes hostile toward you and your companions, and it might ...
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What is the lowest hit dice outsider that can use teleport?

I'm using planar ally to summon a creature that lets me teleport me and my team of 4 people, one animal companion and 2 undead to a city roughly 600 miles away. What is the lowest HD outsider that I ...
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Summoning a spider onto a wall or ceiling

The conjuration rules state: A creature or object brought into being or transported to your location by a conjuration spell cannot appear inside another creature or object, nor can it appear ...
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Is the ability Steward of the Great Beyond like a permanent Detect Teleporation?

The arcane discovery steward of the great beyond says Whenever a creature attempts to use a teleportation effect or summon a creature within 30 feet of you, you may attempt to block the effect. ...
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How to effectively use summons when the house rule is that they remember?

I am playing a game where the DM has ruled that conjuration (summoning) is more similar to conjuration (calling). Specifically what is happening is that the manifestation of what I am summoning is a ...
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How does the summoning ability affect the encounter difficulty?

The Drow Mage (CR 7) has the Action Summon Demon (1/day), which allows him to summon a shadow demon (CR 4). Is the shadow demon already included in the CR of the Drow Mage, or do I have to count the ...
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What does an Invisible Stalker do if not given a command by its summoner?

In Storm kings thunder, there is a part where One of the people has a "smiling bag" which is actually a bag of holding that contains an Invisible Stalker. What I'm trying to figure out is how the ...
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How does empower interact with summon monster?

When a wizard prepares an empowered summon monster 3, does this affect their health? I feel this question was asked before, but I can't find it. Sorry if it has.
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What elementals can I summon with Summon Monster?

I am confused as to exactly which elementals I can summon using summon monster 1-9, and where some of them are suppose to fit. So the summon monster spell lists the elementals as following: Small - ...