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Mage hand was a transmutation cantrip that allowed a caster to manipulate an object some distance away from themself.[8]

I'm always happy to lend a hand![9]


On casting mage hand, the caster pointed at an object and move it 30 feet (9.1 meters) in any direction. A magical, ghost-like hand was conjured, which could be used to interact with objects weighing 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) or less. The hand had the equivalent speed of a human and could easily drop items or, given a moment, pick up new ones. The mage could keep the hand conjured for up to a minute per cast.[1]

When cast on Avernus, the first layer of the Nine Hells, the hand looked like a fiendish claw.[10]


Casting mage hand required somatic and verbal components.[8][1]


Before the Spellplague, though mage hand could only be cast a limited number of times per day during this era, its effects were otherwise similar.[8]

Notable Users[]

  • Arcane tricksters: A profession that could only be picked up by people who were capable of casting mage hand.[11]


See Also[]


Video Games
Baldur's Gate III
Card Games
Magic: The Gathering (AFR)

External links[]



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  9. Magic: The Gathering (July 2021). AFR symbol.svg AFR #051 "Clever Conjurer", illus. Zoltan Boros. Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Adam Lee, et al. (September 2019). Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. Edited by Michele Carter, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 77. ISBN 978-0-7869-6687-5.
  11. Monte Cook, Jonathan Tweet, Skip Williams (July 2003). Dungeon Master's Guide v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 177. ISBN 0-7869-2889-1.