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My Wizard is conjuring a piece of the sun. How will this affect my setting?

This could go a number of ways, depending on how you rule it. I'll address the problems first. What is an Object? First and foremost, you have to consider what the definition of an Object is. The ...
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What do I do about a game-breaking ruling on how summoning works?

No, you are not overreacting. First off, every "Conjure Something" spell I checked specifically calls out that the summoned being appears "in unoccupied space". I'm curious how the DM thought it was ...
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What does "Summoned creature has maximum hit points" actually mean?

It means that the elementals will have 144 Hit Points If the designers instead wanted the air elementals to have rolled or average hit points they could have said: Summoned elementals have their ...
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How do I, as the DM, decide what creatures are conjured by a summoning spell?

I play a druid character who regularly uses conjuration spells. To make life easy on my DM I prepared a cheat sheet of all the summonable subjects. It's just a little sheet that has AC, relevant ...
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How to effectively deal with advanced "remote control" tactics in dungeons?

What you are thinking is a problem is actually players engaging with the exploration pillar The issue I think you have is that the exploration pillar is talked about, but never explained very well. ...
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Can I summon an otherworldly creature with the Gate spell without knowing its true name?

You must know the target's actual name to summon them via Gate (but there's no indication that Orcus's name isn't really Orcus) As the gate spell describes: When you cast this spell, you can speak ...
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Is the vial necessary to Summon Greater Demon?

A vial is (probably) not needed but is a good idea It's a fair question On the one hand, "a vial of blood" could mean you need a literal vial. On the other hand, perhaps you need a 'vial's ...
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Can you voluntarily end concentration on part of a spell?

No You can stop concentrating to make them all disappear but concentration is either on or off - it's never half on.
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What's the difference between the Find Steed and Find Greater Steed spells?

Find Greater Steed generally provides more powerful creatures Below is a table showcasing the creatures that can be summoned by each spell. Find Steed Name CR HP Speed Attack(s) Special Warhorse 1/...
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Can "Minor Conjuration" create a physical key?

Yes (no other requirements) The text for this feature clearly spells out the limitations for items it can conjure: This object can be no larger than 3 feet on a side and weigh no more than 10 pounds, ...
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Is the Conjure Woodland Beings spell (to summon pixies) broken?

As answered in Sage Advice (see How to decide what creatures are summoned?), the spell is expected to work like this: the caster chooses the number and CR of creatures, and the DM fills the request (...
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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?

Ask your DM and hope they majored in philosophy. You're asking, "when have I added enough rats to make a swarm?" This is identical to the 2400 year old Sorites Paradox: The sorites paradox (...
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Can a single casting of Dispel Magic dispel every creature conjured by a Conjure Animals spell?

No, it only ends the spell on a single target We can extrapolate an answer based on how dispel magic interacts with spells like bless: From the Sage Advice Compendium: If dispel magic targets the ...
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How can I make combat with a lot of summoned creatures quicker?

There is no easy answer This is a tough situation and the solutions are all generally things that can make players feel that their strategies are being specifically targeted. That doesn't leave you ...
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Why use the Conjure Minor Elemental spell when its results are so unpredictable?

You Can Request From the Sage Advice Compendium: When you cast a spell like conjure woodland beings, does the spellcaster or the DM choose the creatures that are conjured? [...] Some spells of this ...
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Is this 9th-level spell Find Greatest Steed balanced with respect to other 9th-level spells?

Frame challenge: Find 'whatever' steed is a class feature, not a spell Attempting to balance this as a spell is a poor idea, because this is just a 5e method of giving a Paladin a steed in a similar ...
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Can invisibility be countered by "ramming" the whole room with lots of conjured animals?

You know where the invisible creature is Invisible is not hidden. Your BBEG needed to become invisible and then take an action to hide. This would likely require 2 turns unless he had some way of ...
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Which summoning spells conjure willing creatures, and which unwilling?

Most creatures are summoned unwillingly, or are otherwise unhappy about being summoned. The Monster Manual is rife with examples of creatures that hate being summoned, under almost any circumstances. ...
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Does "resistance to damage from spells" reduce damage caused by summoning spells?

No The spell Conjure Animals doesn't deal any damage, since no damage is mentioned in the text. Thus, the damage dealt by any creatures summoned by the spell comes from the creature, not the spell.
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How do I, as the DM, decide what creatures are conjured by a summoning spell?

Cutting through the red tape The most straightforward way to deal with this is just to let your players choose the creatures they want. In my experience, players casting these spells know what they ...
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How can I design a witch (or other enemy) that summons/controls lightning birds at sea to attack the party while hidden on a ship?

My idea is that there is a hidden pirate witch on board that can get a lightning bird to attack once a day, or something, but that she needs to burn incense as a consumable part of the spell. This is ...
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Can the Conjure Animals spell summon swarms?

No; conjure animals summons a specified number of beasts of a certain CR, not a swarm of them As written, the conjure animals spell summons a specified number of beasts, and a swarm is a collection of ...
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Do animals of the same CR summoned by Conjure Animals have to be the same animal?

There is nothing that says they have to be the same creature The only thing the spell says about what creatures are summoned is: You summon fey spirits that take the form of beasts and appear in ...
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Can I use the Conjure Animals spell to drop cows on targets in order to deal damage to the targets?

Yes! Anvil Cows is a creative and fun idea With the Conjure Animals spell, you can definitely try this! You summon fey spirits that take the form of beasts and appear in unoccupied spaces that you ...
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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?

No, mage hand can't be used to cast spells The vial of blood and using it in that way are spell components. Spell components have to be performed by the caster, or the spell isn't cast. Having a mage ...
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Could you replicate a spell book using minor conjuration?

No. Minor Conjuration would need to say “an exact replica of an object you've seen” or some other very precise wording, if it was capable of doing that. Instead, it allow you to conjure objects ...
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Can "Minor Conjuration" create a physical key?

A key Yes without any other requirements. Key fits requirements of the spell. The key There are currently no rules specifically saying one way or the other. It is, thus, a DM call to say if created ...
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Do animals summoned by the Conjure Animals spell get extra HP from the Circle of the Shepherd druid's Bear Spirit Totem?

Conjured animals would gain temporary hit points The Bear Spirit option of the Shepherd Druid's Spirit Totem feature states (XGtE, p. 23): The bear spirit grants you and your allies its might and ...
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My Wizard is conjuring a piece of the sun. How will this affect my setting?

Regardless of whether or not the player would be able to conjure bits of the sun, let's take a look at what would happen if he could. After all, one of the joys of tabletop games is letting the ...
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If a creator of a Shield Guardian gives the control amulet to the Shield Guardian, what would happen?

A shield guardian that owned its own amulet would guard itself. It would simply protect itself as that is its only focus. A shield guardians solitary focus is to protect the amulet's wearer. The ...
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