All you need to know about Subtle Spell 5e in dnd

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Subtle Spell 5e

Subtle Spell 5e dnd

The Subtle Spell will eliminate the verbal and somatic elements of the Spell. This feature does not have any effect on the other aspects of the Spell. For example, the charmer claims that the person you are targeting has have charmed them. The 5e subtle Spell doesn’t have any effect on this assertion. When you cast a Spell, you can use 1 Sorcery Point to Cast it without any verbal or physical Components.

Can you counterspell a subtle spell?

Counterspell claims that the Spell is performed due to a reaction triggered when you spot an animal close to 60 yards from you when casting the Spell. Therefore, a spell has to be cast to be eligible to be counterspellable. Spells that do not have any components can’t be counterspelled.

The parts of a spell makes the casting visible since the Spell will not have effects (visual or not) until the casting is completed. Thus, eliminating those components can make the casting of a spell invisible. A paragraph also confirms that in Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, which says:

Suppose the requirement for a spell’s parts has been eliminated by a unique ability like that of the wizard’s Subtle Spell feature or the Innate Spellcasting ability of various creatures. In that case, the use of the Spell will be inaccessible.

So, if putting a Subtle Spell on a spell could result in the Spell being void of any component in the casting, this casting will be unaffected by counterspells. That is especially true on spells with no material component. Dnd Spells with a material element will remain easily counterspellable and visible even after applying five subtle 5e spells.

Can a Sorcerer who is restrained make use of Subtle Spell metamagic? Is is possible for Subtle Spell metamagic to cast spells of attack without disadvantage?

Subtle Spell 5e doesn’t remove/affect circumstances (but it may assist you in casting spells to escape)

Sorcerers Subtle Spell metamagic option says:

If you make a casting, you’ll be able to spend one sorcery point to cast it with no somatic or verbal component.

It’s that simple. It doesn’t state that it will remove or change any of your character’s conditions, but it does what they say they will.

Suppose you employed Subtle Spell to remove the somatic and verbal elements of the firebolt (which are the only two components). It is unlikely that other characters will be able to detect your Spell until it has already been cast. It doesn’t have any discernible components. However, the attack roll, an element of Spell’s effect, is still at a disadvantage. Similar is the case with the shocking grasp.

The intention behind Subtle Spell is not to alter or remove the conditions of being gripped or restrained. The goal is to block the ability to discern that you’re performing the magic (if it has only verbal or somatic components) until you’ve completed the casting. It is, therefore, impossible to reverse spell this Spell (if it is only the V/S component).

Furthermore, it frequently allows you to cast spells out of combat without anyone being able to discern that you’re casting the Spell. That is advantageous when you are being observed as a spell could be perceived as an offensive act.

For instance, you may decide to cast a domineering person spell on someone else. However, it’s only for use in combat because others will notice that you’ve used the Spell before someone does something odd (and are likely to identify you as the culprit). When you cast Subtle Spell, though, there’s no way to show that you’re using a spell. Therefore, it allows the Spell more practical use.

You may wish to create a magic spell similar to a fog cloud that blocks the battlefield and causes trouble for adversaries. But it will be apparent to anyone who can see you casting the cloud if you cast it as standard. It appears after you’ve spoken the verbal part and make gestures the somatic part. Suppose you choose to use Subtle Spell. However, the fog cloud seems to appear without performing any apparent motions. 

Subtle Spell performs what it claims to do. It’s not making it any easier to craft an attack by itself, but it does so in a controlled manner. Still, it does get rid of the somatic and verbal aspects of an attack.

Fireball provides an effect that is visible and originates by pointing your finger at the person who is the subject of the Spell. Be aware that certain aspects of the description of the Spell, for example, the actual Suggestion made when casting Suggestion, differ from the verbal part. They’re not like the physical component of the Spell.

Can you subtle spell in silence?

The subtle metamagic of spells allows the spell caster to cast spells without any verbal or physical elements. That’s the purpose of it. That doesn’t mean everyone does not notice that they’re casting. It’s simply that they can cast even when tied or in a gagged or restrained position or within the range of a spell of silence, or whatever.

What is the best way to make Suggestion  5e & Subtle Spell, work together?

The answer, even at least not in the most direct way by the Sage Advice Compendium (version 2.3 if relevant).

Certain spells are so subtle that you don’t even know you’ve ever been under their influence. One example of this kind of Spell would be Suggestion 5e. Suppose you don’t remember how the spellcaster casts the magic. In that case, you may only recall the spellcaster saying, “The treasure you’re seeking isn’t in the area. Look for the treasure in the area on high up on the building.” You didn’t make your saving throw, and then you’re off to the opposite tower and thought you planned to visit there.

What the caster is saying does not count as “casting the spell”.

In general, when a spell’s description describes an activity required by a spell, you need to perform the task even if it is possible not to use components of this type.

For instance, if you must touch the object of a spell, simply removing the somatic element doesn’t eliminate the requirement to touch the object. In the same way, eliminating the verbal component of Suggestion does not eliminate the requirement to make the Suggestion. It just means that you don’t need to utter any words of power or make it appear in a manner that it’s clear that you’re casting.

As per that Sage Advice example, you must speak, but you can converse conversationally. And there’d be no evidence to suggest that you’re causing magic to the person you’re talking to or spectators. (They may still be able to guess it was magic if spoke absurdly, and the person who was listening immediately accepted it, however.)

There’s still a physical component. That’s why you’ll need to hold the components or have an arcane focus. However, since there’s no material component in the Suggestion, it’s unnecessary to play around with it -hold it. Your DM may require an order to hand over the components or set up your arcane focus, but not be too explicit about it. However, it’s entirely dependent on the DM and the specific situation and the type of device you’re employing. The act of pulling a wand or an orb from your robes is likely to be more accessible. It is to conceal than a staff that you’re constantly holding or leaning on. If the item is in the palm of your hand, it might not be evident that you’re making use of it instead of using it.