[RPG] Do ability scores have any effect on casting the Wish spell


Is a sorcerer able to cast wish in the same way and as effectively as a wizard can?

Recently, I had a friendly argument. I wrote my hypothetical wish somewhere around draconic sorcerer level 3. Being a lawyer I wrote about a page long wish with the intention to become a real dragon.

I got into a theoretical discussion with my Dungeon Master and his position about the matter was that my sorcerer wouldn't be able to cast this spell this way (meaning with my page-long wording), because he wouldn't be intelligent enough to phrase it in that way. My Dungeon Master would let a wizard cast it in that way though. Implications of this are that in this way a sorcerer is straight-up weaker casting wish than a wizard is.

My argument was that when we look at sorcerer versus wizard their casting abilities differ and sorcerers are probably not as smart as wizards but while casting wish a sorcerer can offset this by the fact that the magic runs through their blood. Their casting is natural, innate. They might not be able to phrase the wish that well but the nature of their casting should offset that (basically sorcerers should be able to use their charisma for formulating the wish). And both classes have the spell in their corresponding spell lists.

You might be able to achieve something beyond the scope of the above examples. State your wish to the DM as precisely as possible.

Considering the above mentioned part of the spell, does Intelligence of a caster (or any other of his ability scores) affect how well said caster is able to cast the wish spell?

Best Answer

It is entirely up to your DM

From a RAW standpoint, the actual spell is cast identically no matter what class casts it. There is no difference in the spell itself when it comes to the caster's class.

However, you aren't really asking about the spell and casting of it. You're asking about roleplaying your character and whether or not they would be able to come up with a wish request that is legalese or something similar.

At this point, you are firmly in DM territory. If they do not feel that your character is capable of this (for any reason they may have), then that is their call. You can discuss it with them, but at the end of the day this is a question of character roleplay which is decided on by player-DM communication, but ultimately the DM's decision.

Be careful what you wish for, literally

As Ryan Thompson pointed out to me, just because you believe your request is airtight, doesn't mean that it actually is. Gods are fickle and the more you try to twist or limit them, the more likely your DM(aka the gods) will respond to your wish by finding a loophole or simply by having the spell fail:

This spell might simply fail, the effect you desire might only be partly achieved, or you might suffer some unforeseen consequence as a result of how you worded the wish.