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Suggestion - DnD 5e stats


  • Casting Time: 1 action
  • Classes: Bard, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard
  • Components: V M
  • Concentration: Yes
  • Duration: Up to 8 hours
  • Level: 2
  • Material: A snake's tongue and either a bit of honeycomb or a drop of sweet oil
  • Name: Suggestion
  • Range: 30 feet
  • School: Enchantment
  • Target: A creature you can see within range that can hear and understand you

You suggest a course of activity (limited to a sentence or two) and magically influence a creature you can see within range that can hear and understand you. Creatures that can't be charmed are immune to this effect. The suggestion must be worded in such a manner as to make the course of action sound reasonable. Asking the creature to stab itself, throw itself onto a spear, immolate itself, or do some other obviously harmful act ends the spell.

The target must make a Wisdom saving throw. On a failed save, it pursues the course of action you described to the best of its ability. The suggested course of action can continue for the entire duration. If the suggested activity can be completed in a shorter time, the spell ends when the subject finishes what it was asked to do.

You can also specify conditions that will trigger a special activity during the duration. For example, you might suggest that a knight give her warhorse to the first beggar she meets. If the condition isn't met before the spell expires, the activity isn't performed.

If you or any of your companions damage the target, the spell ends.

The SendingStone review

Opinions on the suggestion are quite varied, with many players and DMs seeing it as a potentially powerful spell for its level. The ability to speak with animals for up to eight hours with only a second-level slot and a few components is a useful tool in many situations, allowing communication with creatures that are otherwise impossible to speak with. However, some argue that the spell has limited use outside of niche scenarios where an animal's help might be needed. Additionally, some argue that it might be difficult to make meaningful or worthwhile conversation with animals, further limiting its usefulness. Overall, whether or not to use this spell depends on a player's personal preferences and the type of campaign they are playing in.

Suggestion is D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) 5th edition content, but other TTRPGs may have their own version such as a Suggestion Pathfinder edition. Want to use Suggestion in a VTT (virtual tabletop)? Try out SendingStone for free today!

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