We have a lot of questions about the spell Wish across various D&D editions, largely of the form, "I thought of X, can the Wish spell do that?" or "One of my players cast Wish and asked for X, can it do that? What should happen?"

I think we would benefit from either a single cross-edition canonical question, or one canonical question per edition, that new instances of these questions can be closed as duplicates of. This could then have a solid community wiki response covering both what Wish can do (anything) as well as what the DM should probably allow the Wish spell to do (nothing too crazy).

How does the community feel about this?


For me: No

I think its pointless because:

  • OPs are unlikely to find it - there is no way that this "canonical" question could stand out in a search from all the myriad of non-canonical ones.

  • it seems inherently too broad since the list of things Wish can do is boundless

  • it can't have a canonical answer and so is primarily opinion based

For you: You do you

If you want to ask it, ask it: questions are free.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Canonical questions are what you close tons of largely similar questions as duplicates of. An answer saying, "Yes, Wish can do that, but it's up to the DM and the DM should be pretty careful about what they allow Wish to do," will cover 90% of those questions. \$\endgroup\$ – Oblivious Sage Oct 3 '19 at 3:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ObliviousSage: The issue to me seems to be that such a question would be way too broad. The only way I see it being asked without being closed is to ask "What exactly can wish do?" with the only answer being to just quote the spell description, and that doesn't seem very useful a question to me. Any questions that would be closed as a duplicate of it don't seem like very good questions in their own right; whether a "canonical question" exists doesn't really seem to change that. And questions that are good would be better asked separately anyway; we don't need this kind of question for that. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Oct 3 '19 at 4:51

I don’t really care one way or the other, but for what it’s worth, my impression is that canonical answers to be used as dupe targets never seem to work.


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