Can Prestidigitation color people’s skin?

The Prestidigitation spell in D&D 3.5 specifically says that it is possible to use it to color items (see SRD). Given the wording, “items” can be interpreted either as “inanimate object” or more generally as “physical entity”. It’s therefore not clear if the spell can be used to color a person’s face (for example, as a joke, or as a rough disguise). The fact that the spell description reports that the saving throw is “see text”, but nothing is actually said in the text leaves me even more baffled.

what harmless sensory effect meaning in Prestidigitation?


sen·so·ry

relating to sensation or the physical senses; transmitted or perceived by the senses.

like: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, we have more senses, but let’s focus on these five

exemple of harmless sensory effects:

touch: a puff of wind

hearing: faint musical notes

smell: odd odor

taste: a flavour

sigth: such as a shower of sparks


so, what is de diference of this and a illusion?

what is the sigth harmless efect?

a door is considered sigth harmless efect? a rainclound is considered? my horse can have a rainbow like nyan cat?

the sensation of an hand touching someone is considered a touch harmless efect?

and diference of this and a illusion and hearing harmless efect?

is a illusion with instantaneous duration?

i don’t understand the spell, please someone can explain for me what meaning harmless sensory effect?

What are the limits of the harmless sensory effect of the Prestidigitation spell?

If i cast prestidigitation the first bullet point says:

You create an Instantaneous, harmless sensory effect, such as a shower of sparks, a puff of wind, faint musical notes, or an odd odor.

So, a harmless sensory effect, would include these: Touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. How far I can use visual sensory effects?

Can I conjure a small rain cloud above a creature’s head?

Also what is the difference between this and illusions?

I need to know the limit, because the spell doesn’t say the size of the effect, or its limits. Sight is a harmless sensory effect, so what the limit of the spell?

Would the flavoring from the Prestidigitation cantrip mask a food/drink that is otherwise inedible?

Based off of this other question about flavoring swamp water, and highly related to this question about the “limits” of the flavoring.

It’s been kind of skirted around, but can magical “flavor” mask something that the body would normally reject if tried to consume?

A clear cut example would be poisons. Many poisons are detected by the human body as they are bitter so they are spat out. Could a poison be flavored to the point where the body would accept it? This isn’t neutralizing the poison in any way, it’s still poison.

Can the flavoring of something override the natural gag reflexes?

Can prestidigitation flavor magical food?

Prestidigitation description say:

You chill, warm, or flavor up to 1 cubic foot of nonliving material for 1 hour.

Create food and water description say:

The food is bland but nourishing, …

My DM has established that goodberry also follows the same pattern with create food and water, they are bland. Then it occured to us that we can use prestidigitation to flavor the food (and berry) created to basically write off the need for ration when dungeon delving.

Can prestidigitation flavor magical food?

What Are the Limits of Flavoring Things with Prestidigitation?

Inspired by this question, I’m curious about what exactly a “flavor” is with regard to effects of the Prestidigitation spell. The relevant text of the spell is

  • You chill, warm, or flavor up to 1 cubic foot of nonliving material for 1 hour.

In general, changing something’s flavor involves adding things to it– adding sugar to tea makes the tea sweeter, adding pepper to potatoes makes them spicier, and so on. Other cases of changing flavors involves changing the composition of an item of food itself: cooking a steak changes how it tastes.

In any case, a single item of food or drink, left specifically unchanged, won’t exhibit differences in flavor. Magic allows some direct ways around that constraint (illusions create effects out of applied magical energies, or alter the perceptions of a person such that they imagine different flavors), but Prestidigitation is a Transmutation spell, not an Illusion spell.

It seems to follow that using Prestidigitation to alter something’s flavor then adds mundane elements (albeit through magical means), such as conjuring appropriately dissolved sugar into a cup of tea.

So my question, then, is to what degree can using Prestidigitation to change the flavor of something actually change the composition of that thing in a meaningful way?

In the linked question, making the swamp water taste like a Piña Colada could just make it taste like pineapples and cream. But if the flavor were altered to specifically be an alcoholic Piña Colada (which should specifically work with this spell), could that altered flavor be a consequence of magic-ing ethanol into the swamp water making it actually alcoholic?

Or are there explicit limitations on the spell that I’m missing? Using flavor as a verb, as the spell description does, doesn’t necessarily mean “make the food taste like something else”, which would open the doors for “other natural flavors”-style, inactive imitation flavors.

Magic can solve the problem of whether or not there is a chemical component which duplicates any given flavor but has no effective properties other than that flavor, but that seems like a strong limitation to read into the spell.

I’m only interested in answers based on rules as written, at least by analogy to other effects, even if that leaves the best answer as “the rules are unclear”.

Can the Prestidigitation cantrip make swamp water into cocktails?


This question was inspired by “Can the Purify Food and Drink spell make ocean/sea water drinkable?”.

Prestidigitation can do the following (among other things):

• You instantaneously clean or soil an object no larger than 1 cubic foot.

• You chill, warm, or flavor up to 1 cubic foot of nonliving material for 1 hour.

• You create a nonmagical trinket or an illusory image that can fit in your hand and that lasts until the end of your next turn.

Let’s say I cast Prestidigitation to make trinket, this trinket is a glass.

I use the glass and fill it was swamp water.

I cast Prestidigitation to instantaneously clean the object (water filled glass) and I have clean water.

I cast Prestidigitation to flavour the water, let’s make it pina colada flavoured.

I cast Prestidigitation to chill the pina colada flavoured clean water.

Bam – One cool, delicious pina colada made from swamp water and magic.

Would the actions listed above work? Have I just invented the most profitable tavern ever?

Can Prestidigitation “Clean” Salt Water?

I have a very clever player that uses Prestidigitation for many useful things and one of the questions he asked me the other night is if he could use Prestidigitation to clean the salt out of the water. I wonder if water that has salt in it would be considered dirty. If I were to allow the cantrip to clean water in such a way am I forgetting another spell that would be tossed to the side because of this cantrip?

What exactly is the verbal component of the prestidigitation cantrip? [duplicate]

This question already has an answer here:

  • The verbal component of 'Suggestion' 5 answers

The prestidigitation cantrip may be among the most versatile spells in the whole game, and the effects that can be created with it vary widely.

Since the spell requires verbal and somatic components, we should probably assume that this applies to all of these different effects. However, if for example you want to use it in order to fool somebody or create a distraction, the verbal component might completely ruin your plan.

Has there ever been any clarification about what the verbal component is and how it might dependent on the desired effect?