Hello magic casters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 4th episode of our second level spell series. Today we’re gonna be taking a look at one of the thematically very cool but mechanically i don’t know, i got beef with it on a mechanical anti but i really like thematically.
I don’t know i’ll leave it up to you guys to decide. But today we’re gonna be taking a look at dnd 5e animal messenger. This spell is usable by the bard, druid and the ranger and it is found in the good old players handbook. So we should all have access to it. Honestly it’s yeah i’ll look at the mechanics and then we’ll talk about a little bit latter.
The effect at a glance is as followed: Choose a tiny beast and get it to deliver a message to a specified target and a described individual. The message can be at 25 words and is relayed in your voice. The speed of the delivery varies based on the type of beast.
- Casting Time: 1 Action (Ritual)
- Range/Area: 30ft
- Duration: 24 hours
- Components: Somatic, Material and Verbal
- School: Enchantment
- Damage/Effect: Communication
- Attack/Save: None
Moving on to the mechanics…the cast time is the standard one action but it can also be ritual casted for an additional ten minutes which is great. Ritual spells in five 5e super awesome. Make sure your class has the ritual tag by the way but assuming it does it’s good. The range on this is 30 feet, the duration is 24 hours which is pretty awesome.
The components are somatic, material and verbal. Its a holy trinity spell, a somatic means you have to gesture with one hand, the material component in this case is a morsel of food and the spell doesn’t say it gets consumed when it kind of makes sense that it would you know you give a pet a treat he does a thing for you. But whatever and the verbal component means you speak forth an incantation.
At higher levels: the duration of the spell increases by 48 hours for each slot level above 2nd. The school is enchantment which makes a lot of sense you’e making something talk that order otherwise can’t talk and enchantments a good way to do that. In any case lets move on to the full description.
By means of this dnd animal messenger spell, you have a chance to use an animal for delivering an important message. You can simply select a tiny beast that you are able to see within a specific range, like a squirrel, a blue ray, or a bird. You do specify the location, that you should have visited, and of course a recipient those who can matches the general description, like a man or woman dressed in a uniform of a town guard or else a red-haired dwarf is wearing the pointed hat.
You can also speak the message spell of up to almost twenty-five words. The target is beast travels for a particular duration of the spell towards to the specified location, which is mostly covered about 50 miles per 24 for particular for a flying messenger or 25 miles for some other Animals.
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Mainly, when a messenger would be arrived and it delivers your message for the creature which you described and replicating the sound of your voice. Any way the messenger could speak only to the creature which is matching a description that you given.
Suppose, if the messenger does not reach to its destination before end of this spell, the message is lost, and also the beast could make its way back to wherever you cast this spell.
At Higher Levels: Suppose, if you’re casting this animal messenger dnd spell by using the spell slot of 3rd level or higher, the duration of the spell will be increased by 48 hours for each slot above the 2nd level.
Oh my goodness! that’s a long one. Really cool in theory to summorize super generally, i get an animal to deliver a message for you. Pretty cool! what i don’t like about it is the distance they cover are quite small i think it ends up working out to be something like less than 2 miles an hour or something like that.
And there’s a ton of animals that can move fast in that all their own and a lot of them you get it as familiars. So i don’t know if you can’t find familiar through like magic initiate or ritual caster or any of those feats there’s no real benefit to using this, not in my opinion.
This spell also doesn’t say that it makes it so the creature doesn’t need to eat or sleep or any of that stuff so it’s really really hard for me to justify and if it’s a pivotal plot point a DM could kind of just mess you up by saying yeah the bird was waylaid by a snowstorm and couldn’t make it to the town in time.
Like there’s there’s just a lot of ways this could kind of backfire and i don’t really like that as much as i should like i get a still low level spell and then get making those alterations might cause it to move up a level but it’s just it seems really hard to me.
That being said though, it’s not without its fair share of interesting uses. Let’s get into that now. Moving on to the alternative uses section here, there’s a couple things that would be worth touching on.
First and foremost if you are role playing a character who is a grand strategist, this could be a fantastic way of implementing certain plans use creatures that are very inconspicuous and found adjustable anywhere cats, pigeons, birds, rodents would be a really common as well and get them to deliver the messages at key places, at key times, to key individuals and kind of just plan your plan that way.
Alternatively the fact that this is a ritual spell that does not require concentration for the duration you can use this multiple times on multiple different animals and through that you can achieve some sort of a nexus hub of communication, it is one-way communication but if you’re the central leader or figure that’s all you need this would especially work well if you were a scout waiting on or relating instructions back to the leader so that the party might catch up to where you are.
I think it could be used to great effect there. It could also be used to broker deals, in order to do this correctly however it would kind of have to imply that there’s a mutual location on which they accept information and relay it back like they does hinge on a couple things but i could definitely see it playing out.
For example between two groups of druids, i think that could be a very good, very cool idea, in all honesty it’s just a communication spell so really anything to do with communication this should be able to do to one degree or another.
Attributes Of Animal Messenger 5E Spell
|Casting Time||1 action|
|Classes||Bard, Druid, Ranger|
|Components||V S M|
|Higher Spell Slot Desc||If you cast this spell using a spell slot of 3rd level or higher, the Duration of the spell increases by 48 hours for each slot level above 2nd.|
|Material||A morsel of food|
|Target||A tiny beast you can see within range|
That being said, if you have any alternative uses, interesting ideas, or cool stories about animal messenger i’d really like to hear them down beneath in the comment section, i just like to reading them they give me a lot of ideas they five the community a lot of ideas, it’s just a great space to be a part of. Thank you so much have a great day and as always happy casting.