Causes the target to obey the caster's suggested course of action.

Original D&D[edit | edit source]

Suggestion[edit | edit source]

Debuted in Supplement 1: Greyhawk, for the magic-user. Dragon Magazine #1 introduced this spell to the Illusionist spell list.

  • Spell Level 3
  • Duration 1 week

The magic-user hypnotizes the target into doing some action, either immediately, or before the duration ends based on some trigger. The creature is not likely to destroy itself, even if this is the suggestion, but a carefully-worded suggestion might make self-destruction less obvious, altering the probability of self-destruction.

Mass Suggestion[edit | edit source]

Dragon Magazine #1 introduced this spell to the Illusionist spell list.

  • Spell Level 6
  • Duration 1 week

The caster hypnotizes the 1d8 creatures (or one creature, with a -4 on their saving throw) into doing one action, either immediately, or before the duration ends based on some trigger. The targets are not likely to destroy thesmevles, even if this is the suggestion, but a carefully-worded suggestion might make self-destruction less obvious, altering the probability of self-destruction. The caster may only issue one suggestion -- all targets will follow that one suggestion.

AD&D[edit | edit source]

Suggestion[edit | edit source]

Debuted in the Player's Handbook as a magic-user spell.

Level: 3 School: Enchantment/Charm
Components: V, M (a snake's tongue and either a bit of honeycomb or a drop of sweet oil)
Range: 3" Casting Time: 3 segments
Duration: 6 turns + 6 turns/level Saving Throw: Negates
Target: One creature

The caster offers up a suggestion of a short phrase or a sentence or two to the target. If the target understands, is not undead, and the suggestion is worded in such a way as to sound reasonable (and so is not obviously harmful), the target makes a saving throw, with failure indicating that they follow the suggestion to the best of their ability for the duration. A very reasonable suggestion might impose a penalty (-1, -2, etc.) on the save at the DM's option.

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