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    Bugbear in the Playground
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    Default Glyph of Warding / Heat Metal combo

    Curious, lets say you encase a sword loosely in some stone and cast Glyph of Warding on it and use the spell Heat Metal to be activated anytime someone successfully removes the sword.

    Can Heat Metal be cast to target the armor of whoever pulls the sword out?

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    Bugbear in the Playground
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    Default Re: Glyph of Warding / Heat Metal combo

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    If the sword fun can't happen I can cast it on a suit of +1 plate armor and have the activation be when the suit is fully donned!

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    Barbarian in the Playground
     
    Chimera

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    Default Re: Glyph of Warding / Heat Metal combo

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkVIIIMarc View Post
    Curious, lets say you encase a sword loosely in some stone and cast Glyph of Warding on it and use the spell Heat Metal to be activated anytime someone successfully removes the sword.

    Can Heat Metal be cast to target the armor of whoever pulls the sword out?
    Quote Originally Posted by MarkVIIIMarc View Post
    !
    If the sword fun can't happen I can cast it on a suit of +1 plate armor and have the activation be when the suit is fully donned!
    Both are possible, glyph of warding works within 10 feet of where it's cast.
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    Ettin in the Playground
     
    EvilClericGuy

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    Default Re: Glyph of Warding / Heat Metal combo

    No. GoW has to target the triggering creature or an area centered on that creature. Heat Metal targets objects.
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    Titan in the Playground
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    Default Re: Glyph of Warding / Heat Metal combo

    Even if you do work out the targeting, there's an additional problem: Heat Metal only applies the damage once, unless the caster uses bonus actions to apply it again. And a single application of the damage is less even than a Glyph of Warding by itself, with no other spell.
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