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The material component was a basic part of casting most spells.[2]


A material component consisted of one or more physical objects or substances. Depending on the spell, once it was cast, the material component was annihilated. However, a spellcaster could often use a spellcasting focus to substitute for most components, which would not be consumed by the spell. Casters who wielded priestly magic usually used a divine focus such as a holy symbol, which had higher spiritual significance than the standard focus, while druids often employed a druidic focus.[2][3]

Arcane spellcasters usually employed component pouches with individual compartments to store most material components required for their spells,[4] unless they chose to employ an arcane focus instead.[3]

Valuable or rare material components often had to be stored separately and could not be replaced by a focus.[3]


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