Last week, we took a look at the lowest level spell to conjure monsters to fight on your behalf: conjure animals. Today, we are skipping to the opposite extreme and going to the highest level spell that lets you have help from beyond (other than gate): conjure celestial.
Casting Time: 1 minute
Range: 90 feet
Components: V, S
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 hour
You summon a celestial of challenge rating 4 or lower, which appears in an unoccupied space that you can see within range. The celestial disappears when it drops to 0 hit points or when the spell ends.
The celestial is friendly to you and your companions for the duration. Roll initiative for the celestial, which has its own turns. It obeys any verbal commands that you issue to it (no action required by you), as long as they don’t violate its alignment. If you don’t issue any commands to the celestial, it defends itself from hostile creatures but otherwise takes no actions.
The GM has the celestial’s statistics.
At Higher Levels: When you cast this spell using a 9th-level spell slot, you summon a celestial of challenge rating 5 or lower.
First point to notice about this spell versus conjure animals is that you can only bring one creature. With conjure animals, you can bring a greater number of lower level creatures, using them as cannon fodder if need be. This spell, however, you can only call in one creature. So you are going to want to make sure it is exactly the creature you want for the situation.
The next point to note is that you are limited to creatures of challenge 4 or below (5 if you cast it as a 9th level spell). As a 7th-level spell (which you have to be 13th level to cast in the first place), you can either call upon a single celestial for 1 hour that is of a difficulty that your group was defeating 9 levels prior. At a time when you can cast plane shift, regenerate, and resurrection, this spells seems under-powered. However, this can be countered be a large number of creatures with a wide variety of abilities that you can call upon. Which brings me to the most important point concerning with this spell…
There are not that many creatures that qualify for this spell. Like I mentioned you are limited to Challenge 4 and below (5 if you don’t need to use true resurrection today). In the MM, these are all the creatures this spell can conjure: couatl (Challenge 4), pegasus (Challenge 2), and a unicorn (Challenge 5). That’s it. If there were a spell called conjure fiend for an evil cleric (which, I assume there is), that cleric would have 11 creatures to summon (16 if cast as a 9th-level spell). That is more than 5 times as many. Sure the MM is designed with things to kill in mind, but there should be more options available.
That is a large oversight that needs corrected. Follow us at JonBrazer.com as we create some celestials just for you. Every Wednesday we showcase either a new monster or one from our adventures or monster books. We are working on some monsters for your to conjure (whether for this spell or the others that we are coming here).
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