Hot answers tagged

70

Yeah, you would end up with a spell you can't cast. Fortunately, at level 17, you are not stuck with it forever, because: Additionally, when you gain a level in this class, you can choose one of the sorcerer spells you know and replace it with another spell from the sorcerer spell list, which also must be of a level for which you have spell slots. So at ...


67

There are some other benefits that aren't as obvious. First of all, you gain access to many spells that are either not known/prepared or appear on other class spell lists. Possibly more potent, however, is the removal of expensive material components and long casting times. Some spell like resurrection, simulacrum, or temple of the gods have much more ...


63

That would be very powerful. Let's compare the effect with the other things Wish can do: You grant up to ten creatures you can see immunity to a single spell or other magical effect for 8 hours You undo a single recent event by forcing a reroll of any roll made within the last round You grant up to ten creatures that you can see resistance to a damage type ...


62

Well there's no base rule on that, but there are several issues with the idea, mainly with how the DM decides the outcome of your wish. If player tried to have their character say "I wish to be higher level", the DM would very likely immediately go "hold on, your character is not aware that they are in an RPG game with mechanics like that, you can't have ...


50

Per RAW the DM decides about wishes. You did the right thing. The PHB treatment of wish is pretty clear about - beyond the duplication of other spells - wish being finally adjudicated by the DM. The DMG does not counter that with any further guidance on the results of wishes. This makes it simplest to treat any wish as an iteration of the wish spell. ...


49

The consequences of the wording of a wish are, as you note, entirely at the whim of a DM. No one can answer how any particular DM will rule, so keep in mind that any answer is on shaky ground, subjectively. A DM could rule that you are granted this ability by virtue of being unable to cast Wish for anything but spell duplication, for example. However, the ...


49

The basic use of Wish is flexibility: It can duplicate any spell of 8th level or lower. You don't need to have it prepared and it doesn't even need to be in your class's spell list!


46

The wish spell says that, if you wish for too much: the spell might simply fail, the effect you desire might only be partly achieved, or you might suffer some unforeseen consequence... If someone says they want their wish "with absolutely no adverse side effects whatsoever", three obvious solutions are: to rule that the spell simply fails to rule that ...


45

It's up to the GM A wish like this falls under this section: You might be able to achieve something beyond the scope of the above examples. State your wish to the DM as precisely as possible. The DM has great latitude in ruling what occurs in such an instance, the greater the wish, the greater the likelihood that something goes wrong. The question is ...


44

Yes, using Wish to wish someone dead is possible and is even presented as an example of a "custom wish" apart from the bulleted suggestions. However, it is specifically listed as an example where the Wish might not work as the caster intends. Terms of fullfillment of wishes are up to the DM - the spell description states that wishing that a villain was dead ...


43

It is stated in the spell's description that the DM always decides if the desired effect is fulfilled or not, or if it works only partially. In this case, the spell would probably just be wasted*. *If the DM decides the Wish will have some odd side-effect, then that would ofcourse happen instead. Could make for some awesome plot, too.


40

Make a Simulacrum, have them cast Wish instead The material costs for a Simulacrum are only an arbitrary quantity of snow and hair/fingernail clippings, along with 1,500gp of Ruby dust. Wish itself is capable of generating an object worth at least 25,000gp, meaning it can generate 25,000gp worth of Ruby Dust (or a 25,000gp Ruby that can then be smashed into ...


40

Divine Intervention isn't spellcasting An important distinction here is this... Describe the assistance you seek [...] The GM chooses the nature of the intervention; the effect of any cleric spell or cleric domain spell would be appropriate. The deity is not actually casting a spell. They are wielding their divine might to directly implement a ...


37

I first want to know if a caster is bound to not be able to cast wish anymore, meaning that in the best case after 33 casts without suffering the stress, the caster will definitely suffer it on the 34th cast. If the caster fails their "stress test" then yes, they are bound do not be able to cast wish anymore. But the "33 tries, then fail on the 34th" isn't ...


37

Up to you Quoting from the rules of the Wish spell: You might be able to achieve something beyond the scope of the above examples. State your wish to the DM as precisely as possible. The DM has great latitude in ruling what occurs in such an instance, the greater the wish, the greater the likelihood that something goes wrong. However, "casting all my ...


36

The paragraph about spell levels states that: Cantrips [..] are level 0. (PHB 201) The wish spell does not state an exception to this rule (like, eg. the sorcerer metamagic twinned spell does) and so the general rule is applied. 0d10 damage is 0.


34

No. The duration of Wish is instantaneous In the quoted Sage Advice, "duration" refers to the the "Duration" field of the spell's description, not whether the spell has a lasting effect. Wish has a duration of Instantaneous; therefore, the spell is instantaneous, even though it has a lasting effect. I realize the example you give involves an ongoing effect ...


32

The spell's school is whatever the duplicated spell's school normally is The basic use of this spell is to duplicate any other spell... Duplicate here mean to "make or be an exact copy of". Note that the wording says the entire spell is duplicated, not just its effects. An exact copy of a spell means that it is identical in every aspect, which includes ...


31

You will still get stress Jeremy Crawford has clarified exactly this in this tweet: Wish spell: (1) Duplicated a spell of 8th level or lower? No stress. (2) Did anything else with wish? Stress. #DnD A normal reading of the rules you already quote also specify "any effect other than duplicating a spell" so I think it is very clear that this is the case


30

You're casting a spell using a 9th-level spell slot, the effect of which is to create the effect of another spell of your choosing (so long as that spell is chosen from the 8th-level-or-lower set of spells). It's only one spell you're casting — wish — with an effect that is selected at the time of casting. Thus, you're expending a 9th-level slot for this ...


30

Wish can duplicate any other spell, even one not on your list You've quoted the important part yourself: The basic use of this spell is to duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower.  There are no qualifications or restrictions to this statement beyond what is said here. As long as it is 8th level or lower you can call any spell. If there were ...


29

Neither reading you suggest is correct. The 33% is conditional on whether you use wish for duplication of another spell effect or not. Any casting of wish used for an ad-hoc effect causes a kind of stress, which includes the 33% chance: The stress of casting this spell to produce any effect other than duplicating another spell weakens you. After enduring ...


29

By RAW, the effect lasts indefinitely, and can't be dispelled. The rules as written are quite clear: Up to ten creatures you can see gain resistance to a damage type of your choice. Full stop. They are not magically buffed with resistance, but instead their very nature changes such that they gain resistance. You can't dispel anything because there is ...


28

The stress of casting this spell to produce any effect other than duplicating another spell weakens you. After enduring that stress, each time you cast a spell until you finish a long rest, you take 1d10 necrotic damage per level of that spell. This damage cannot be reduced or prevented in any way. In addition, your strength drops to 3, if it isn't 3 or ...


28

No need to come with anything complicated here, really. Wish explicitly says (emphasis mine): You might be able to achieve something beyond the scope of the above examples. State your wish to the DM as precisely as possible. The DM has great latitude in ruling what occurs in such an instance, the greater the wish, the greater the likelihood that something ...


27

According to my Greyhawk book (published in 1976) On page 20 is the extended wizard spell list, on the lower right corner" "9th Level (all new)" - so the 9th level wizard spells were first introduced in this book spell #6 in the 9th level list is "Wish" On page 28, about 1/2 way down the page "Wish: The same spell as found in a Ring of Wishes (DUNGEON ...


27

There is no statuette so the requirement is always met Wish removes the need for any requirements including material components for spells. You don't need to meet any requirements in that spell, including costly Components. Note that it doesn't say that wish gives you any spell components that you are missing, just that the requirements no longer apply. ...


27

The spell that is cast is a conjuration spell Wish states (emphasis mine): ... You don't need to meet any requirements in that spell, including costly components. The spell simply takes effect. The general rule is that spells do what they say they do. The text of wish states that it duplicates a lower level spell and that the effects of the spell just ...


27

Pick your poison. He could use wish either to duplicate the teleport spell, incurring all its mechanics (including the failure chance). Or he could use wish to create the more powerful effect of “like teleport but without any mishap chance”, which instead incurs the stresses of pushing a wish spell that hard.


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible