Encode Thoughts DnD 5E Spell

Hello magic practitioners of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 10th episode of our cantrip series. May i introduce to you the fairly new encode thoughts 5e usable by the wizard class and through extension anyone with access to their spell book and found in the guild master’s guide to ravnica book. One of my personal favorites it must read for anyone interested in war etc. 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 impressive eight hours and 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 thoughts are recorded. Also read this 5e magic effects.

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You can cast this spell and or another mind-reading spell in order to read the string. 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 the full description here to give you better idea. Also visit our sleep spell 5e explained.


Putting a finger to your head, you pull a memory, an idea, or a message from your mind and transform it into a tangible string of glowing energy called a thought strand, which persists for the duration or until you cast this spell again. The thought strand appears in an unoccupied space within 5 feet of you as a Tiny, weightless, semisolid object that can be held and carried like a ribbon.

It is otherwise stationary. If you cast this spell while concentrating on a spell or an ability that allows you to read or manipulate the thoughts of others (such as detect thoughts or modify memory), you can transform the thoughts or memories you read, rather than your own, into a thought strand.

Casting this spell while holding a thought strand allows you to instantly receive whatever memory, idea, or message the thought strand contains. (Casting detect thoughts on the strand has the same effect.)

So pretty cool there a lot of flavor in terms of how usable it is, i’m not super sold on it. A couple reason 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 alsways make something wok 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.

Encode Thoughts 5E 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 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 a very cool idea. Also check out this detect thoughts 5e.

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. Please do read this mind sliver 5e.


In any case i’d like to see what you guys think of it down in the comment section. If you have any alternative uses or any ideas or anyways that the spell like it will be tweaked so if you look for more people i’d be super interest in hearing those down below. In any case i hope you guys have a great day. Also read friends 5e.

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