[RPG] Are there any spells or any other way for Druids to create a focus out of a tree


I am wondering if there is any spell, or other means, for a character to create a focus for them, as described in the PHB for 5e.

A druidic focus might be a sprig of mistletoe or holly, a wand or scepter made of yew or another special wood, a staff drawn whole out of a living tree, or a totem object incorporating feathers, fur, bones, and teeth from sacred animals. A druid can use such an object as a spellcasting focus.

My question pertains specifically to the "staff drawn whole out of a living tree". Are there any means, in 5e RAW or RAI, for a Druid to draw out a whole staff from a living tree? If so, what is this?

(edited to narrow the focus, removed mentions of "other systems\previous editions", instead opened a new question Here. Thanks T.J.L.)

Best Answer


Yes, it can be done... but no, not by a druid.

There is at least one method, Fabricate (PHB p239), that allows you to take raw material and turn it into a crafted object. Unfortunately, Druids can't actually do it - it's only on the Wizard spell list. Additionally, you need to be proficient with the appropriate tools to make something nice, but that's moot if the desire is to have a druid do it personally.

It's worth noting that "drawn whole out of a living tree" is ambiguous on the state of the tree after the staff is created it. If the intention is to have the work done by nobody but the druid, the statement "living tree" may well only require the tree to be alive when the process begins.

Other Methods?

There are no rules to support it, but it's entirely plausible that some sort of woodland creature could help - like a dryad or a treant. Either creature is strongly associated enough with trees that they might be able to alter one in such a way to remove a functional staff without harming the tree.

It's certainly a much better idea than druids having to pay a visit to wizards.