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What happens when true polymorph is cast on a conjured creature?

The scenario is as follows: Shem the Wizard first casts Conjure Elemental into a Glyph of Warding, setting it up to summon a Fire Elemental. Shem triggers the glyph, summoning the elemental with no ...
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Can summoned creatures take reactions?

Animate Dead is used to summon a Hollow Serpent. An ally within the hollow serpent's reach is attacked, triggering Divine Guardian. Does the summon have a reaction with which it can use Divine ...
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Does an Unseen Servant on the Prime Material extend into the Border Ethereal?

The basic rules include in the description of the Border Ethereal: Some magical effects also extend from the Material Plane into the Border Ethereal, particularly effects that use force energy such ...
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How can I bind a draconic spirit?

My wizard is fond of summoning or conjuring elementals and binding them using planar binding, keeping them around for a while. Even keeping them a day is awesome, because concentration is not ...
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Are there any summoning spells on the warlock spell list that don't require high Charisma to be effective?

Me and my friends are running a campaign in D&D 5e. I am playing a Genie-patron (Marid) Pact of the Blade warlock (with a 1-level fighter dip at the start) currently. My Str and Con scores are 16 (...
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Can a gem dragonborn use the Psionic Mind trait to telepathically issue commands to an elemental spirit from the Summon Elemental spell?

Gem Dragonborn, from Fizban's Treasury of Dragons (p. 11), have the Psionic Mind trait: You can send telepathic messages to any creature you can see within 30 feet of you. You don’t need to share a ...
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What summons that are casters themselves are available to a Sorcerer/Wizard or a Cleric? [closed]

Character: support spellcaster with access to level 5 sorc/wiz spell list and level 4 cleric spell list. I'm looking for thematic combat-ready summons for my character: I need summons that are casters ...
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If the caster of the Unseen Servant spell is more than 60 feet away when giving a command, or when the Unseen Servant attempts a task, what happens?

The only mention of the Unseen Servant spell ending due to distance from the caster is found at the end of its description: If you command⁠ the servant to perform a task that would move it more than ...
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How do players get a devil's talisman?

The spell Infernal Calling is all about summoning and controlling powerful devils. However, the description also provides a way to basically prevent a devil from getting a saving throw against the ...
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What happens when a summoned demon goes out of range?

The spell Summon Greater Demon is quite clear on where your summoned demon appears at. The demon appears in an unoccupied space you can see within range... The wording of this spell is very similar ...
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Do the relevant stats of a creature summoned via a "Summon [Creature Type]"-style spell change, if your stats change after you summoned it?

If you cast a "Summon [Creature Type]"-style spell, and then your relevant stats change afterwards, do the summoned creature's stats change as well? Specifically, my character refuses to ...
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Does the Chromatic Draconic Spirit from the spell "Summon Draconic Spirit" get resistance to Acid, Cold, Fire, Lightning and Poison or is it a choice?

The spell states: When you cast this spell, choose a family of dragon: chromatic, gem, or metallic. The creature resembles a dragon of the chosen family, which determines certain traits in its stat ...
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How can I summon a willing target from elsewhere?

I am the leader of my own crew of high-level characters. We have Necromancers, Brawlers, Assassins, Mind-Readers, etc. Because the world is always about to come to an end, they mostly wander in pairs ...
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Can a Conjured Elemental become hostile towards a caster and/or their companions if the caster maintains concentration?

If "Yes", under what conditions can this happen? Conjure Elemental is a D&D 5e spell available to Wizards and Druids and can be found on p. 225 of the PHB. The spell description states: ...
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For the Conjure Fey spell, who chooses the CR, whether it's a beast or fey, and the actual creature - the player, or the DM?

The description of the conjure fey spell says (emphasis mine): You summon a fey creature of challenge rating 6 or lower, or a fey spirit that takes the form of a beast of challenge rating 6 or lower. ...
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Communicate with Conjured Animals in Wild Shape

Can a Circle of the Moon Druid in Wild Shape issue commands to creatures summoned with Conjure Animals? The accepted answer to this question: Communicating with Conjured Creatures suggests that the ...
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Does Wand of the War Mage improve the accuracy of the creatures summoned from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything?

The Wand of the War Mage gives a bonus to spell attack rolls: While holding this wand, you gain a bonus to spell attack rolls determined by the wand’s rarity. [+1, +2 or +3] The summoning spells ...
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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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Can the rats summoned using a Hat of Vermin allow a character to use the Pipes of the Sewers to call forth a swarm of rats?

(Full disclosure: this is a silly question, not to be taken too seriously.) A Hat of Vermin (XGtE, p. 137) can be used to conjure up to 3 rats: This hat has 3 charges. While holding the hat, you can ...
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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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