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5e: Conjure Minor Celestial

Not long ago we shared with you one of my favorite creations for 5e, the lantern archon. This little talking ball of light is a guide through the heavens and a great helper to servants of a deity. There’s just one little problem with it, a cleric has to be level 13 to summon one and they cannot cast resurrection that day if they want to do so. I mean, I like that little guy and all but not that much.

It never seemed fair to me that wizards and druids can conjure up some help at much lower levels, but not the cleric. In other editions clerics are just as good at calling up help from beyond as wizards. So it only seemed logical that I do something about it.

Conjure Minor Celestial

5th-level conjuration
Casting Time: 1 minute
Range: 90 feet
Components: V, S
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 hour
You summon celestials that appear in unoccupied spaces that you can see within range. You choose one of the following options for what appears:

  • One celestial of challenge rating 2 or lower
  • Two celestials of challenge rating 1 or lower
  • Four celestials of challenge rating 1/2 or lower
  • Eight celestials of challenge rating 1/4 or lower.

A celestial 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.
At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using certain an 8th level spell slot, you choose one of the summoning options above, and twice as many creatures appear.

Here’s the only problem with this spell, the MM as a total of 1 celestial you can conjure with this spell—the pegasus. Even worse, VGtM doesn’t add any. There are a decent number of beasts, fey (mostly evil ones), and elementals in that book, but not a single celestial a cleric can conjure up at any level. The flail snail is conjurable for wizards and druids (or crying out loud), but nothing for the cleric.

So I will continue to correct that oversight, both in our blog and in the book Book of Magic: Conjurable Creatures, coming late 2018/early 2019. This is without a doubt a book focused on spellcasting players, but it is also great for GMs as well. I mean, its a book of monsters; every GM can use more monsters, even ones that are primarily good ones. If you are a GM or someone that primarily players spellcasters, I hope you check this book out.

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5e: Shadow Elemental

In our quest to increase the number of creatures you can bring to the table with the conjure spells, the most obvious place to expand is the number and type of basic elementals in existence. My interests in the shadow lands means a shadow elemental should be in the game. Naturally that also means there’s a light elemental somewhere but we’ll save that for another day. Today I just hope you enjoy this one.

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Shadow Elemental

Large elemental, neutral


Armor Class 15
Hit Points 90 (12d10 + 24)
Speed 0 ft., fly 90 ft. (hover)


STR 14 (+2) DEX 20 (+5) CON 14 (+2)
INT 6 (–2) WIS 10 (+0) CHA 6 (–2)


Damage Vulnerabilities radiant
Damage Resistance bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons
Damage Immunities necrotic, poison
Condition Immunities exhaustion, grappled, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, prone, restrained, unconscious
Senses see in darkness, passive Perception 10
Languages Shadowspeak
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)


Aura of Darkness. All non-magical light in a 20-foot radius from the elemental is treated as 1 level lower (bright light is dim light, dim light is darkness).
Light Blindness. The shadow elemental is blinded when in bright light.
See in Darkness. The shadow elemental can see in dim light and darkness like a human can in bright light.
Shadow Form. The shadow elemental can enter a hostile creature’s space and stop there. It can move through a space as narrow as 1 inch wide without squeezing.

Actions


Multiattack. The elemental makes two slam attacks.
Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 14 (2d8 + 5) bludgeoning damage. The target must succeed a DC 15 saving throw or be blinded by shadows until the start of the shadow elemental’s next turn.
Douse Light (Recharge 4–6). A shadow elemental’s touch puts out nonmagical light sources (such as flames) of Large size or smaller and magical light sources of 3rd level or lower. The elemental can dispel magical light sources of 4th level or higher it touches with a Wisdom ability check against a DC of 10 = the spell’s level; a successful check dispels the light (as dispel magic).

Few things are as symbolic of Shadowsfall as a shadow elemental. They are dark, dangerous, all-concealing, and fatal to those unprepared for such an encounter. Summon one at your own peril.
—Irodia, “Collected Knowledge on the Shadow Realm

Composed of physical darkness, a shadow elemental wings its way about the shadowlands concealed in a deeper darkness. It is truly the horror of midnight imagings, but reports typically describe a black four-legged creature with only a pair of slitted eyes and a toothy grin clearly discernible. The elemental glides through the darkness as easily as a ghost through the ether. Swallowing any light encountered, it prefers to strike targets from this natural concealment catching them unaware.

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5e: Great Eagle

How many times have we all said that the answer is the giant eagles? I mean, come on. That has been the answer to how many problems in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies? Yet the one in the book is only CR 1 and Large size. There’s no way that thing can go toe to toe with the great flying creatures that the Nine ride. So if you are a druid looking to call upon wondrous help when you cast conjure fey, you will need this choice creature.

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Great Eagle

Gargantuan beast, neutral good


Armor Class 15
Hit Points 81 (6d20 + 18)
Speed 10 ft., fly 80 ft.


STR 20 (+5) DEX 21 (+5) CON 16 (+3)
INT 9 (–1) WIS 17 (+3) CHA 12 (+1)


Skills Perception +6
Senses passive Perception 16
Languages Giant Eagle, understands Common and Auran but can’t speak them
Challenge 6 (2,300 XP)


Keen Sight. The eagle has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.

Actions


Multiattack. The great eagle makes two attacks: one with its beak and one with its talons.
Beak. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 14 (2d8 + 5) piercing damage.
Talons. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (2d6 + 5) slashing damage, and the target is grappled (escape DC 15). Until this grapple ends, the target is restrained, and the great eagle can’t use its talons on another target.

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5e: Flame Cat

Like I said a week ago, we went through the MM mentioned which monsters are usable with the various conjure spells and discovered the selection was rather thin. In an effort to correct this we are creating monsters you can conjure with these spells. Last week we shared the thunderscreech today we are sharing with you the flame cat, ideal for the conjure minor elementals spell.

Flame Cat

Small elemental, neutral evil
Armor Class 13
Hit Points 39 (6d6 + 18)
Speed 30 ft.


STR 12 (+1) DEX 17 (+3) CON 16 (+3)
INT 7 (–2) WIS 11 (+0) CHA 8 (–1)


Saving Throws Dex +5
Damage Vulnerabilities cold
Damage Resistance piercing and slashing from nonmagical attacks
Damage Immunities fire, poison
Condition Immunities exhaustion, grappled, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, prone, restrained, unconscious
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages Ignan
Challenge 1 (200 XP)


Fire From. The flame cat can move through a space as narrow as 1 inch wide without squeezing. A creature that touches the flame cat or hits it with a melee attack while within 5 feet of it takes 2 (1d4) fire damage. In addition, the flame cat can enter a hostile creature’s space and stop there. The first time it enters a creature’s space on a turn, that creature takes 2 (1d4) fire damage and catches fire; until someone takes an action to douse the fire, the creature takes 2 (1d4) fire damage at the start of each of its turns.
Pounce. If the flame cat moves at least 20 feet straight toward a creature and then hits it with a claw attack on the same turn, that target must succeed on a DC 11 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone. If the target is prone, the flame cat can make one bite attack against it as a bonus action.
Variable Illumination. The flame cat sheds bright light in a 5- to 20-foot radius and dim light for an additional number of feet equal to the chosen radius. The flame cat can alter the radius as a bonus action.
Water Susceptibility. For every 5 feet that the flame cat moves in water, or for every gallon of water splashed on it, it takes 1 cold damage.

Actions


Multiattack. The flame cat makes two attacks: one claw and bite attack.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d10+1) fire damage.
Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d8+1) fire damage. Miss: 2 (1d4) fire damage

Wizards, with their spell books, tend to get nervous around flame cats. Unsurprisingly, flame cats love to watch things burn, and spell books have a tendency to go up in flames around them. Because of this, wizards do not summon them very often. Druids that live in the forest also tend to be skittish around flame cats, not wanting their homes burned down. Those druids that live in other environments—such as caves or deserts—frequently summon flame cats, especially when in the forest or when encountering a wizard.

Flame cats stand a little under 3 feet tall, their bodies constantly rippling. Unlike fire elementals, flame cats have a distinctive shape that is always present, no matter how strained that shape might be from a tight corridor.

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5e: Thunderscreech

Thunderscreech Image by Matt Bulahao

Last year, I had a series of blog posts that shared all the conjurable creatures in the 5e MM and I noticed that it was a rather thin selection. I decided to do something about that, seeing as how summoning monsters is something I enjoy doing. I’ve been working for the last few months when I have time (both seconds) on increasing that number. Today I thought I would share with you one of those creatures. This one is ideal for the conjure minor elemental spell, usable by wizards and druids.

Thunderscreech

Small elemental, chaotic neutral
Armor Class 13
Hit Points 33 (6d6 + 12)
Speed 10 ft., fly 30 ft.


STR 13 (+1) DEX 16 (+3) CON 14 (+2)
INT 9 (–1) WIS 12 (+1) CHA 6 (–2)


Saving Throws Dex +5, Con +4
Damage Immunities lightning, poison, thunder
Condition Immunities poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 11
Languages Auran
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)

Actions

Lightning Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d6+1) piercing damage plus 2 (1d4) lightning damage. Miss: 1 (1d2) lightning damage.
Deafening Screech (Recharge 6). As an action a thunderscreech can let out a deafening cry. All creatures within 10 feet must succeed a DC 12 Constitution save or take 7 (2d6) thunder damage.

Looking like a bird the size of a gnome wreathed in lightning, a thunderscreech is known for its distinctive cry as it swoops in for the kill. A favorite among druids, the thunderscreech will sit upon the shoulder of the one that summoned it until it is given a command, its eyes darting around looking for signs of trouble.

Its exact form varies, covering all types of avians. It frequently appears as an owl for a wizard and a hawk or an eagle for druids. Some scholars believe that the thunderscreech that answers the summoning shares similarities to caster. Others believe that the thunderscreech can change its form to be looked upon more favorably by the summoning caster.

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5e: Conjure Fey

Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1 (5e)

Today we come to the final conjure spell. Previously, we discussed conjure animals, conjure celestial, conjure minor elementals, conjure woodland beings, and conjure elemental. As always, let’s read the spell’s text:

Conjure Fey

6th-level conjuration

Casting Time: 1 minute
Range: 90 feet
Components: V, S
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 hour

You summon a fey creature of challenge rating 6 or lower, or a fey spirit that takes the form of a beast of challenge rating 6 or lower. It appears in an unoccupied space that you can see within range. The fey creature disappears when it drops to 0 hit points or when the spell ends.

The fey creature is friendly to you and your companions for the duration. Roll initiative for the creature, 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 fey creature, it defends itself from hostile creatures but otherwise takes no actions.

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

The GM has the fey creature’s statistics.

At Higher Levels: When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 7th level or higher, the challenge rating increases by 1 for each slot level above 6th.

This spell is quite similar to conjure elemental except it requires a higher level to cast, but it also brings a higher level creature to the table. In fact, it brings a of equal CR to one you could call upon with the conjure elemental spell if cast at the same level. This stands in sharp contrast with conjure celestial in that it uses a high spell slot that this spell requires but conjures a lower level creature.

Enough analysis of the spell itself, how about the creatures that can be summoned? Well, everything that you can bring to the table with conjure woodland beings as well as conjure animals plus:

6th-level: Ankylosaurus (dinosaur), triceratops (dinosaur), green hag, night hag, giant crocodile, giant scorpion, giant shark, killer whale, mammoth
7th-level: Giant ape
8th-level: Tyrannosaurus rex (dinosaur)
9th-level: —

I will admit that when I was preparing the list of conjurable creatures for this list, I missed that it allowed beasts as well. So my original list of creatures was just the green hag and the night hag. I couldn’t believe that the list was this short so I went back and read it again and discovered that it allowed beasts as well. That different saved the spell. It goes from 2 summomable creatures to 11. Just like conjure elemental, you do not have any creatures you can summon using a 9th-level spell slot, but at least your hero has 7th- and 8th-level options with this spell.

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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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5e: Conjure Woodland Beings

Deadly Delves: Doom of the Sky Sword (5e)

Now that we’ve covered the lowest level conjuring spells for the three classes that can summon assistance. First we covered conjure animals. Then we skipped to the highest level conjure spell: conjure celestial. Last week we talked conjure elemental. Today we talk the next logical step up from conjure animals: conjure woodland beings. First let’s take a look at the spell itself.

Conjure Woodland Beings

4th-level conjuration
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
Components: V, S, M (one holly berry per creature summoned)
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 hour

You summon fey creatures that appear in unoccupied spaces that you can see within range. Choose one of the following options for what appears:

  • One fey creature of challenge rating 2 or lower
  • Two fey creatures of challenge rating 1 or lower
  • Four fey creatures of challenge rating 1/2 or lower
  • Eight fey creatures of challenge rating 1/4 or lower

A summoned creature 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 have their 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.

So what precisely can you conjure with this spell? Well, from the MM, you can summon:
CR 2: Sea hag
CR 1: Dryad
CR 1/2: Pixie, satyr
CR 1/4: Sprite, blink dog

Like conjure celestial, the list of creatures to magically bring to the table is remarkably thin. Even then, a sea hag is going to not be a desirable creature to be summoned many players, it being chaotic evil.

That means that this spell has much needed room for expansion as far as creatures to conjure. Be sure to come back to JonBrazer.com every Wednesday for new monsters, some you can conjure with spells like conjure woodland beings or the other spells we are covering in this series. Support our efforts to cover spells like this and other exciting articles by downloading Deadly Delves: Doom of the Sky Sword for your Fifth Edition game today at JonBrazer.com.

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5e: Conjure Minor Elementals

Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider (5e)

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

4th-level conjuration
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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5e: Conjure Celestial

Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods (5e)

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.

Conjure Celestial

7th-level conjuration
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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