Hello spellcasters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking in to the 31st episode of our second level spell series. Today we’re gonna be taking a look at a very special and very controversial spell within the d&d community we’re looking at dnd 5e flock of familiars spell which basically does like it sounds like it does which is really nice.
I like it when spells are accurate like that so it’s a good feeling. It is usable by the wizard and the warlock and it is found on the lost laboratory of kwalish. That being said, let’s take a look at its mechanics.
- 2nd-level conjuration
- Casting Time: 1 minute
- Range: Touch
- Components: V, S
- Duration: 1 hour (Concentration)
- Levels: Each spell slot level above 2nd.
- School: Conjuration
Your casting time is 1 minute, the range is touch, the duration is one hour and this is a concentration spell. So please do bear that in mind. At higher levels you gain one extra familiar for each spell slot level above 2nd and in terms of components you’re looking at verbal and somatic.
The school of course being conjuration. Which makes a lot of sense. So i like it. Something worth pointing out here is that it is a concentration spell and the traditional find familiar is not so make sure you are well aware of that. Also if you already have a familiar that is counted towards your maximum of three. So you’d be able to get two additional ones if you already had one.
The effect at a glance is as followed: You can summon a maximum of 3 familiars. You can telepathically communicate with them, And cast touch spells through them. That being said let’s move on to its full description here, so we know exactly what we’re talking about.
As per this dnd 5e Flock of Familiars spell you’re temporarily summon three familiars-some of the spirits which can take some animal forms of your choice. Of course each and every familiar can use similar rules and also the options for the sake of a familiar conjured by a find familiar dnd 5e spell.
Almost all of the familiars which are conjured by this specific spell should be a similar type of creature (celestials, fey, or fiends; your choice). Actually, if you are already have the familiar which has conjured by Find Familiar spell or else similar means, also then one fewer familiars are conjured by this flock of familiars spell.
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Some of the familiars those are summoned by this specific spell able to be telepathically communicate by you and also share their visual or else auditory senses because of they are within 1 mile of you. But whenever you cast this dnd spell by a range of touch, even one of the familiars conjured by this spell could be delivered a spell, as usual. However, you are able to cast the touch spell via only a familiar per each turn.
At Higher Levels: Whenever you cast this dnd 5e spell by using the spell slot of 3rd level or more than 3rd level, you can also conjure an additional familiar for each and every slot above 2nd level.
Spell Lists: Warlock, Wizard.
Very nice stuff here, so good. Now the reason why there’s a little bit of controversy surrounding the application and use of this spell is predicated around the fact that the warlock becomes equipped with this. Now that being said! if you’re a warlock and you have picked the pack to the chain the question is can you use those extended familiar options towards this spell.
Now it’s tricky because the spell itself specifies that you have to use the find familiar options. But the pact of the chain says it lets you add a couple other options to that. So i don’t know personally i would allow it, i know that to be sure i understand there’s some balance and issues regarding it just due to the fact that we’ve covered literally every familiar option.
That being said however, i can see a DM not allowing it to especially at early levels. It’s a little tricky because a lot of the familiar abilities are quite nice and they’re kind of meant to prop up the warlock in a couple ways.
So having the three of them or more running around might be a little bit of a headache for your average DM especially the imp i can imagine the imp being an absolute shitstorm the deal with the ability to turn invisible and you throw devils site into the mix and shape-shifting and poison and it doesn’t, i can see why dm’s are apprehensive is all i’m saying.
In any case let’s move on to some alternative uses here just to kind of get our creative juices flowing here.
So one of the most important alternative uses that i think relates to this spell is the ability to make plans go off seamlessly. Not only it does it’s misspelled provide you a great way of gathering auditory senses but it also provides a great way to communicate with your allies or maybe even the enemies during intense negotiation.
For example let’s say you have a signal where one of the birds cross and that is the sign to move forward and press the advantage. I think that’s great and the fact that you can have three or more of these is super great in terms of planning complicated procedures or maybe even using it as a great distraction. Also i think this is a great spell to be used for scouting out ahead and mapping out terrain.
Especially since a lot of the familiars have to ability to fly over great distances and the owls ability of flyby you could get very close and personal to an enemy camp and not worry about taking any real damage. Outside of that this is a great spell to use if you want to balance an encounter and your favor.
Not through virue of exclusively using the top-tier familiars that the warlock pack provides but just through virtue of using the help action that all familiars can use and have access to. Essentially giving three or more of your allies advantage on basically whatever they it is they want to do.
It’s really great, really nice there are a lot of DM’s who do not allow this spell in their game and just because it is a very keen and very eager for manipulation. So just bear in mind that your DM has the final approval so don’t abuse it too too much.
That being said! If you have any alternative uses, ideas, concepts, questions or concerns please put them down beneath in the comment section. I really enjoy reading them over i really enjoy hearing from you guys. That being said, i hope you’ve a wonderful day and as always happy casting everyone.