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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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 ...
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Can anyone tell my why someone would cast Conjure Minor Elementals? [duplicate]

If I understand this right - you don't pick the CR of the elementals, you pick their maximum CR. You don't pick where it actually appears, it just appears somewhere within 90 feet of you. You don't ...
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Can you heal a summoned creature?

In D&D 5e, when a creature is summoned through the bag of tricks or other magical means, can you heal these allies? Or are they meant to not be healed but just used until their expiry?
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How does dismissing my familiar from the Find Familiar spell interact with the Flock of Familiars spell?

In the wording of the Flock of Familiars spell (Lost Laboratory of Kwalish, p. 57), we find: You temporarily summon three familiars – spirits that take animal forms of your choice. Each familiar ...
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Can I summon an otherworldly creature with the Gate spell without knowing its true name?

Can I summon an otherworldly creature with the gate spell without knowing its true name? For example, say I cast gate and say Orcus's name. Assuming he didn't veto the gate opening, would this summon ...
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Can a demon summoned by the Summon Greater Demon spell be summoned into and contained by the spell's blood circle?

Can a demon summoned by the Summon Greater Demon spell be summoned into and contained by the spell's blood circle? I'm designing a character who can summon demons and bind them with Planar Ally. The ...
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Does an inverted Magic Circle spell prevent a conjured creature from vanishing at the end of its spell's duration?

The Magic Circle spell (which takes a minute to cast but lasts an hour) can be used in an inverted way: When you cast this spell, you can elect to cause its magic to operate in the reverse ...
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Is there enough time to Planar Bind a creature conjured by a 1-hour-duration spell?

Many planar entity conjuration spells, such as Conjure Woodland Beings, last up to exactly an hour, at which point the creature vanishes: A summoned creature disappears when it drops to 0 hit ...
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Can you summon yourself?

Assume two characters, a summoner and a wizard. (The wizard is, in theory, not necessary, but let us assume them anyway.) The wizard has learned the Path of Creation spell Chimera (Creation 80). ...
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How are conjured creatures controlled?

Looking at the various summoning spells that I could find: Conjure Animals (level 3) Conjure Minor Elementals (level 3) Conjure Woodland Beings (level 4) Conjure Elemental (level 5) Conjure Fey (...
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Is this Magnificent Summoning homebrew conjuration spell balanced?

I have been looking at playing a conjuration wizard, but annoyingly the only spells that I am interested in are Unseen Servant and Tenser's Floating Disk neither of which have any real use beyond RP (...
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If you subscribe to JC's ruling, are enemies attacked by a conjured creature considered “targets” of the conjuration spell? [closed]

According to Jeremy Crawford the "Dragon's Breath" spell also targets the creatures hit by the exhalation, and Green-Flame Blade targets two creatures. My understanding is that according to JC, any ...
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Can PCs be Summoned?

Context My 5e homebrew world is set in the same cosmos as Faerun, but on a different world, so this is a Forgotten Realms question. I want to introduce a mercenary guild that issues magical items to ...
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Can conjured creatures act in the round they're conjured in?

Specifically, if someone casts the Create Homunculus (Creation 26) spell, could the homunculus created thusly act immediately? Taken to extremes, this could well set up a budget grey goo scenario: ...
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Cast Summon Monster inside a Rope Trick? [closed]

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 ...