5e: Conjure Elemental

Today we come to what I consider to be the main conjuring spell: conjure elemental. Previously we covered conjure animals, conjure celestial, conjure minor elementals, and conjure woodland beings.

Conjure Elemental

5th-level conjuration

Casting Time: 1 minute
Range: 90 feet
Components: V, S, M (burning incense for air, soft clay for earth, sulfur and phosphorus for fire, or water and sand for water)
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 hour

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 lower appropriate to the area you chose appears in an unoccupied space within 10 feet of it. For example, a fire elemental emerges from a bonfire, and an earth elemental rises up from the ground.

The elemental disappears when it drops to 0 hit points or when the spell ends.

The elemental is friendly to you and your companions for the duration. Roll initiative for the elemental, which has its own turns. It obeys any verbal commands that you issue to it (no action required by you). If you don’t issue any commands to the elemental, it defends itself from hostile creatures but otherwise takes no actions.

If your concentration is broken, the elemental doesn’t disappear. Instead, you lose control of the elemental, it becomes hostile toward you and your companions, and it might attack. An uncontrolled elemental can’t be dismissed by you, and it disappears 1 hour after you summoned it.

The GM has the elemental’s statistics.

At Higher Levels: When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 6th level or higher, the challenge rating increases by 1 for each slot level above 5th.

Like conjure celestial, conjure elemental brings one creature to your side. The list of creatures you can conjure includes everything you can summon with conjure minor elementals plus:

5th-level: Air elemental, earth elemental, fire elemental, water elemental, salamander, water weird, xorn
6th-level: Galeb duhr, invisible stalker
7th-level: —
8th-level: —
9th-level: —

As you can see, there are no creatures above 6th level that you can bring to the table, making this a useless spell above 6th level. At one level, I can understand such few options this because of how few 7th-, 8th-, and 9th-level spells casters receive. Having said that, they should still have at least some options. We will be working on that in the future. Have no fear.

We’ve got four new variations on the normal elementals in the MM that you can conjure with this spell in the newly released Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin. Download this 7th- or 8th-level adventure today for your Fifth Edition game from JonBrazer.com today.

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