A spell scroll contains the words of a single spell written in a mystical cipher text. Any player can use the spell scroll to cast its spell without providing any material Components.
Creating a magic scroll is essential in the game since it can temporarily boost the capabilities of a group in D&D 5e by using the magic spells written in the magic scroll under normal circumstances.
This article will acknowledge the process of creating a spell scroll, in brief, to correctly determine the spell’s saving throw DC and attack bonus earned by any player or character in the game.
How Can a Character Create a Spell Scroll in D&D 5E?
The Xanathar’s Guide to Everything (XGtE) mentions the rules for creating spell scrolls on page 133. According to the rules, a character should have proficiency in the Arcana skill and spell prepared/ known. A character should also possess the material components required to cast the spell in the game. The gold cost and time needed to create a spell scroll vary with the level in the game, as shown in the table below.
|Level||Gold Cost||Time Cost|
|Cantrip||15 gp||1 day|
|Level 1||25 gp||1 day|
|Level 2||250 gp||3 days|
|Level 3||500 gp||1 week|
|Level 4||2,500 gp||2 weeks|
|Level 5||5,000 gp||4 weeks|
|Level 6||15,000 gp||8 weeks|
|Level 7||25,000 gp||16 weeks|
|Level 8||50,000 gp||32 weeks|
|Level 9||2,50,000 gp||48 weeks|
The Crafting a Magic Item section of page 128, mentioned in the Dungeon’s Masters Guide (DMG), specifies that Player Characters (PC) can create spell scrolls if their DM (Dungeon Master) allows them to do so.
However, depending on the degree of rarity of each character, your character can make the magic scroll. The value of a consumable item, such as a potion or scroll, is usually half the value of a permanent item belonging to the same rarity class.
Spell Scroll Creation table based on level rarity
|Spell||Level Rarity||Save DC||Attack Bonus|
|Level 6||Very Rare||17||+9|
|Level 7||Very Rare||18||+10|
|Level 8||Very Rare||18||+10|
The above table guides you to the “value” of the scroll, not the cost to create the scroll. The creation cost can be lower than the value, or no one would sell at such low prices. If you consider Xanathar’s Guide to price the scrolls, the value of the scrolls will be substantially higher.
How Do Spell Scrolls Work in D&D 5E?
According to pages 200-201 of the Dungeon Master’s Guide (DMG), Spell scrolls are pieces of parchment inscribed with the words of a single spell. Spell scrolls are a handy way of giving players access to spells that cannot tap out at will.
The character may not have any knowledge of and a way of allowing them to learn new spells without resources to train with a teacher-mentor or engage in research. Its words are inscribed in a magical cipher text that only a character with the spell on their class’s spell list can read.
For example, Eldritch Knights and Arcane Tricksters take spells from the wizard’s spell list and can read the wizard’s spell scroll. These characters can use their action to read the spell and cast it without needing to provide any components. The spell scroll turns to dust after reading the spell from it. Every scroll has a spell that saves DC and attacks bonus instead of using the caster’s spellcasting ability, as shown in the below table:
|Spell Level||Attack Bonus||Save DC|
|Cantrip, 1st, and 2nd level||+5||DC 13|
|3rd and 4th level||+7||DC 15|
|5th and 6th level||+9||DC 17|
|7th and 8th level||+10||DC 18|
|9th level||+11||DC 19|
Some cantrips could become stronger as the spellcaster reaches a certain level. For example, the damage done by Ray of Frost increases by 1d8 at the 5th level, 11th level, and 17th level.
What Must a Spell Scroll Look Like in D&D 5E?
Spells and spell scrolls are analogous to items in a fantasy world and are limited only by the players and Dungeon Master’s imagination.
You can create a spell scroll from various (portable or non-portable) writing surfaces, inks, and other magical and non-magical ingredients. It also depends on the era of your envision in which you campaign, such as the Middle Ages, ancient age, stone age, Renaissance, or Victorian (Steampunk).
Here are some ingredients to create a spell scroll:
- Vellum and parchment papers with expensive, glittering magical inks ( traditional and medieval era).
- Writing cuneiform or arcane sigils on little baked clay tablets ( ancient era).
- Using skins of the victim (gothic) to make the necromancer scrolls.
- Small carved fetishes, with each one serving as a spell scroll and vanishing after using it once(stone age era)
- A thin sheet made from wood or woven reeds (stone age, or druidic).
- Dragon scale in which each scale has its own spell- and arcane tradition states that you can only use dragon scales to write scrolls to hold magical powers.
- Papyrus scrolls made from papyrus plants (ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome)
These are some ideas, and matching and combining them up to the statistical rules is the other necessity in the game.
Who Can Use Spell Scrolls?
According to the general rule mentioned in D&D RAW (Rules As Written), any creature that can understand a written language can read the arcana script or magic spell written on a spell scroll and activate it. If the spell is in your class’s list, you can perform an action to read it; otherwise, the scroll is illegible. Anyone can read the spell from the scroll unless it belongs to a specific type of spell scroll, which must be on your class list to be read and used.
Who Can Use a Spell Scroll Scribed by a Bard Who Learned the Spell Using the Magical Secrets Feature if It Is Not Normally on the Bard Spell List?
Spell scrolls do not care who created them because the rules for using spell scrolls say that: If the spell is on your class’s spell list, you can read the scroll and cast its spell without providing any material components. The scroll does not care about the creator’s class, and the only requirement is that a particular spell should appear on your class’s spell list.
However, Magical Secret Spells count as Bard spells. If a scroll-bearing Bard has one of their Magical Secret spells, the chosen spell will count as bard spells for you. So, a Bard can use a spell scroll bearing one of their spells learned through Magical Secrets. If a Bard knows haste through Magical Secrets, he can use a haste spell scroll created by anyone, regardless of class.
Does a Spell Scroll Remove the Need for ‘Special’ Material Components?
Special Material Components are not required to cast a spell from a spell scroll. According to Chapter 7- Activating a Magic Item, users can cast spells from some magic items by expanding their charges.
The spell is cast at the lowest possible caster level and does not expand the user’s spell slots. It requires no components unless stated in the description of the items. Casting is a one-time event: The writing vanishes from a scroll when the character reads it. Once used, a consumable object loses its magic and becomes non-functional.
Can You Create a Scroll by Using a Spell Cast from a Magical Item?
No, you cannot create a spell scroll by using a spell cast from a magical item because casting a spell from an object is a distinct action from casting a spell by yourself.
Jeremy Crawford (lead designer of the PHB) says that an action is one of the named actions only if it says it is a specific action. The character must be a spellcaster with the spell slots, must be able to cast any spells that the item can produce, and should have the ability to cast the spell.
Can I Cast a Spell from a Spell Scroll without Holding It?
According to the Dungeon Master’s Guide (DMG), you cannot cast a spell from a spell scroll without holding it. The rule says that “unleashing magic requires using an action to read the scroll.” It means you must read the spell from the scroll while holding it in your hand. You cannot memorize the scroll and later on recite it or take phonetic notes and use them or even make a photocopy and read from that. No, you must read from the scroll.