5E Move over Fireball and Spirit Guardians, there is a new best 3rd level spell sheriff in town!

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
Greetings friends and fellow forumites. I am the bearer of great news. D&D has a new best spell.

Those who have the newly release Xanathar's Guide to Everything will of course know that I am talking about the superlative spell, Tiny Servant.

Tiny Servant lasts for 8 hours and doesn't take concentration. But it's much more than say, Unseen Servant. It can *kick some ass*. +5 to hit? 1d4+3 dmg? Send a few of those in and beat your enemies up. Fill one up with a dangerous substance and send it after your foes - even in death, the Tiny Servant will shower your enemies with acid - or worse!

Invisible creatures troubling you? Say no more, the Tiny Servant can handle it. Need someone to hold the torch? Get the torch to hold itself! Feeling squeamish about sending your familiar on a dangerous scouting mission? The Tiny Servant's got this, they aren't unionized! Impress officials with a small box filed with gold coins! Propose to your paramour with an animated ring case! Wow your fans with your own baby-groot! Need to throw that grappling hook up but every party member has 8 strength? Have no fear, with Tiny Servant the hook will climb up the wall, and if necessary impale itself in that troublesome's guard chest!

But this spell is not only good for players. Oh no, any GM with a gram of creativity can have tremendous fun with this spell, especially in dungeons. The party found a priceless vase? It's running away, it's a Tiny Servant. The party manage to vanquish it? Oh well, oops so much for the vase! That brick wall? It's made of Tiny Servants! Oh, I found a magical dagger - oh no it's stabbing me in the face, it's a Tiny Servant!

Mark this moment my friend, we are living in exciting times. One day you will be able to tell your grand-kids where you were when you laid your eyes upon the new signature spell. Tiny Servant - the fireball for the 21rst century.
 
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Hussar

Legend
Nicely done.

But, all things being said, it's a great spell. I've always been shocked at how little unseen servant gets used. Back in the dark ages, I actually had a conjurer (2e) that researched a series of Unseen Servant spells, each iteration getting a bit stronger than the original.

Great minds thinking alike.
 

Severite

Visitor
Nicely done.

But, all things being said, it's a great spell. I've always been shocked at how little unseen servant gets used. Back in the dark ages, I actually had a conjurer (2e) that researched a series of Unseen Servant spells, each iteration getting a bit stronger than the original.

Great minds thinking alike.
It is odd how underrated unseen servant is, I keep it up all the time as it is a ritual, and adds wonderfully to the action economy when your bonus action is not otherwise engaged, or you need to do thing, like feeding your ally a potion on your turn....So good.
 

MechaTarrasque

Adventurer
Just wait until someone figures out that a flask is a tiny, nonmagical item. And if the flask is full of acid, poison, or explosive.......
 

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
Just wait until someone figures out that a flask is a tiny, nonmagical item. And if the flask is full of acid, poison, or explosive.......
You and I are on the same wavelength my friend, I am glad you too are seeing the light.

Fill one up with a dangerous substance and send it after your foes - even in death, the Tiny Servant will shower your enemies with acid - or worse!
A bit more seriously, with some creativity - like what we suggested - the combat utility of the tiny servant is not negligible. Cannon fodder is useful in a fight, and if you have some kind of "affect many people" buffing effect, if you include the tiny servant you may even be able to get more bang out of it.
 

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
I've always been shocked at how little unseen servant gets used.
It's because it's *unseen*. Too subtle. With Tiny Servant, everyone sees the magnitude of your eldritch might.

I mean, a fireball lasts but a moment. Tiny Servant is 8 hours of "I can cast 3rd level spells, fear me!" services. And if they don't fear you, Tiny Servant will punch them in the face!
 

MechaTarrasque

Adventurer
You and I are on the same wavelength my friend, I am glad you too are seeing the light.



A bit more seriously, with some creativity - like what we suggested - the combat utility of the tiny servant is not negligible. Cannon fodder is useful in a fight, and if you have some kind of "affect many people" buffing effect, if you include the tiny servant you may even be able to get more bang out of it.
Sorry, totally missed that.
 

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
Sorry, totally missed that.
No worries my friend, the brilliance of the spell has dazzled us all and makes it hard to see.

For example, I didn't even consider the application suggested by [MENTION=55582]Treantmonklvl20[/MENTION] , (optimizer spectacular), to use the second level spell dragon breath with it. Yes, your cute tiny servant lantern can belch fire at the foes!

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jgsugden

Adventurer
While a fine, 'around town' spell, it is not really a great dungeon delving spell. There is little this spell can do that a hired man at arms cannot. Yes, you know it will be loyal and it is generally expendable, but it really is akin to a simple guard. There is subterfuge you can do with it (give a doll as a present and then have the doll rob the target), but that is a spell to use in town. It just won't hold up to the rigors of an adventure in a dungeon.

I sat down with my wizard PC and rebuilt him assuming I had Xanathar's the entire time I played him. There were very few spells in Xanathar's that made it into his spellbook, and even fewer that he actually prepared. Most of those were in Elemental Evil and have been around a long time. This and Enemies Abound made the cut at 3rd level (it was an enchanter), but only to get in the spellbook... Not to be prepared on a regular basis.
 

flametitan

Explorer
Really, the crazy thing about the spell is how well it scales. It starts at one tiny servant, but you get an additional two per level. Simply by upcasting it a single level you've tripled the power of this spell.
 

SkidAce

Adventurer
Be neat to use as an artificier spell/ability.

Attaching clockwork arms and legs to items as the flavor.
 

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
Really, the crazy thing about the spell is how well it scales. It starts at one tiny servant, but you get an additional two per level. Simply by upcasting it a single level you've tripled the power of this spell.
It's a pretty bold design choice I have to say.
 

Harzel

Adventurer
No worries my friend, the brilliance of the spell has dazzled us all and makes it hard to see.

For example, I didn't even consider the application suggested by @Treantmonklvl20 , (optimizer spectacular), to use the second level spell dragon breath with it. Yes, your cute tiny servant lantern can belch fire at the foes!

Sent from my SM-G930W8 using EN World mobile app
Lanterns have mouths?

In any case, thank you for adding two more items to the list of things that validate my decision to ban all XGtE content from my table. May it forever stand as a monument to egregiously careless design.
 

Coroc

Adventurer
[MENTION=6857506]Harzel[/MENTION] iwould like to know your other reasons to ban XGtE on your table , please post them if you do not mind.
 

flametitan

Explorer
[MENTION=6857506]Harzel[/MENTION] iwould like to know your other reasons to ban XGtE on your table , please post them if you do not mind.
Not who you asked, but I have one world where I don't plan on using Xanathar's Guide, but that's because I was plotting out the worldbuilding well before XGtE came out, and it was written assuming Xanathar's content doesn't exist. So rather than selectively deciding what content fits and what doesn't, it's easier to say "This book doesn't exist in this world, but it will in another world."
 

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
Not who you asked, but I have one world where I don't plan on using Xanathar's Guide, but that's because I was plotting out the worldbuilding well before XGtE came out, and it was written assuming Xanathar's content doesn't exist. So rather than selectively deciding what content fits and what doesn't, it's easier to say "This book doesn't exist in this world, but it will in another world."
I was going to say "but good sir/lady, how can you deny your players *and yourself* the sheer delight of having Tiny Servant in your game?

But then I thought about it. And well... you are right? How could middle earth suddenly have helicopters? Shanara with cell phones? Forgotten Realms with frozen turkey diners? You can't make fundamental changes like that. As a GM, I feel you man/woman, I feel you.
 
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Psst. Nobody mention that we of the...*ahem*...gravedigger's union have had this sort of amusement going on since the very first days of the 5e PHB. Well, mostly. Skeletons need a certain...finishing...to serve as adequate roaming end-tables. But they masquerade quite nicely as foolhardy adventurers when properly robed.
 

Coroc

Adventurer
[MENTION=6822731]flametitan[/MENTION] kudos, that is very much considered old school style these days. It is like i do it when i prepare a new Setting,*** diversity, i take out those parts of the game that do not fit into an official campaign world or some homebrew (in the end it is always part homebrew).

In restricting things i see challenges for the players and the dm instead of limitations like younger People always seem to complain about. Guess i get to old for
this egomaniac orientated world already.

You want an adventure? You are sitting naked in a dungeon with NO starting equipment and gold. Your execution is scheduled in three hours. Try to find an item to pick the lock of your chains and the cell door if you want to escape. So now that i want this to work, that is why you are not allowed to play any teleport at will class.
 

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