Encode Thoughts 5E Spell

Hello magic practitioners of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spelbook and thank you so much for checking out the 10th episode of our cantrip series. May i introduce to you the fairly new dnd 5e encode thoughts usable by the wizard class and through extension anyone with access to their spellbook and found in the guild masters guide to ravnica book. One of my personal favorites it must read for anyone interested in war etc. If you’re interested in prestidigitation spell in dnd then be sure to click on the link after you are done with this spell. In any case let’s take a look at some mechanics here.


  • Level: Cantrip
  • Casting Time: 1 Action
  • Range/Area: Self
  • Components: S
  • Duration: 8 Hours
  • School: Enchantment
  • Attack/Save: None
  • Damage/Effect: Creation

The cast time is one action, the range is self, the duration is an impressive eight hours. Its components are just somatic, so you just have to gesture which is fairly convenient and the school is unsurprisingly enchantment. Now let’s take a look at its effect and it’s full description here to give you a better idea. Have you read dnd command?

The effect is a little complicated so i’ll break it down point form for it here: You pull an idea memory or message from your mind and it manifests is a piece of string. You can combine it with the spell or ability that allows you to read or manipulate thoughts so that someone else’s thoughts are recorded. You can cast this spell or another mind-reading spell in-order to read the string. Make sure to check out toll the dead 5e spell.


In this Encode Thoughts 5E spell by keeping one of the fingers on your head, you shall pull a memory, an idea, or even a message from your mind and also transform it into the tangible string of a glowing energy which is called a thought stand, which would persist for a duration or else until you cast this dnd 5e spell again.

Actually, the thought strand would appears in unoccupied space within a 5 feet of you like a tiny, weightless, semisolid object which can be held and even carried as a ribbon. It is otherwise a stationary.

But if you cast this spell at the time of concentrating on a spell or else an ability which allows you to read or even manipulate the thoughts of others (like Detect Thoughts or Modify Memory), you can even transform the thoughts or some of the memories you read, rather than your own, into the thought stand.

By the way casting this dnd spell while holding a thought strand would allow you to instantly receive whatever the memory, idea or else the message the thought strand contains (Casting Detect Thoughts on the strand has the similar effect.)

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So pretty cool there a lot of flavor in terms of how usable it is! i’m not super sold on it. A couple reasons being firstly only people with access to these kinds of magic can really take advantage of it. So right there you eliminate quite a few of the classes i mean they can always make something work with, i don’t know magic initiate i suppose feats in general i guess.

So it’s not really usable by everyone it’s really cool it’s kind of a bummer you can only really cast at once like i might homebrew that out of there. Lots of flavor though. So let’s look into some alternative uses. You may also like to read infestation dnd.

Alternative Uses

So personally i really like the flavor of this spell as a way to kind of start up certain quest lines for example the party stumbles across a box filled with these thoughts friends (check out friends dnd 5e spell here) and you have to kind of piece everything together to kind of cover their mystery and some of them can be like cut in half there’s only half the memory some of them can be altered i think that’d be very cool idea.

Alternatively i could imagine like especially a setting like ravnica i think this might be kind of cool like a police precinct if you will that kind of records things like witness testimonies or emissions or various pieces of evidence through thought strands. I think that’d be really cool like it have like gloves or like eye pieces or even their badge could actually serve as a way to cast that spell and i think that’d be really cool as well from a DM standpoint. Check out 5e mind sliver.

Attributes Of Encode Thoughts

Casting Time1 action
Duration8 Hours
NameEncode Thoughts

In any case i’d like to see what you guys think of it, If you have any alternative uses or any ideas down in the comments. I hope you guys have a great day and as always happy casting everyone. If you missed our blink dnd , sapping sting 5e article just read it now.

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