Today we come to the third major group of conjuring creatures to your side: conjuring elementals. If you haven’t read conjure animals and conjure celestial, be sure to check them out.
Conjure Minor Elementals
Casting Time: 1 minute
Range: 90 feet
Components: V, S
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 hour
You summon elementals that appear in unoccupied spaces that you can see within range. You choose one the following options for what appears:
- One elemental of challenge rating 2 or lower
- Two elementals of challenge rating 1 or lower
- Four elementals of challenge rating 1/2 or lower
- Eight elementals of challenge rating 1/4 or lower.
An elemental summoned by this spell disappears when it drops to 0 hit points or when the spell ends.
The summoned creatures are friendly to you and your companions. Roll initiative for the summoned creatures as a group, which has its own turns. They obey any verbal commands that you issue to them (no action required by you). If you don’t issue any commands to them, they defend themselves from hostile creatures, but otherwise take no actions.
The GM has the creatures’ statistics.
At Higher Levels: When you cast this spell using certain higher-level spell slots, you choose one of the summoning options above, and more creatures appear: twice as many with a 6th-level slot and three times as many with an 8th-level slot.
Between conjure animals and conjure celestial, this one more closely resembles the former. Like the druid/ranger spell, it brings a number of lower powered creatures.
This spell let’s a wizard do something similar to their nature-loving counterparts, having cannon fodder to attack in their stead. However, the kinds of creatures you can someone with this spell gives the wizard far more options. Creatures like an azer, fire snake, gargoyle, or magmin possess both a small measure of intelligence and hands. So the creatures summoned to a wizard’s side, while no more powerful than those conjured with the druidic spell, provides more options. Not only can they attack on the character’s behalf, they can build and they can provide information to the conjurer. If monsters are coming to attack, you can prepare and have additional help. If the characters are stuck, these conjured creatures can help provide answers.
Here’s the full list of what you can conjure from the MM:
- CR 2: azer, gargoyle
- CR 1: fire snake
- CR 1/2: magmin, mephit (dust, ice, magma)
- CR 1/4: mephit (mud, smoke, steam)
If these is one problem with this spell is a lack of options. Unless you desire something of the fire or earth elements, your option is a mephit. This is an issue that we at JBE wish to see rectified. Every Wednesday, we share a monster, either a new creature or one from our adventures. Stop by every week; we will be creating creatures for you to conjure.
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