Ask Wizards02/13/2007


Q: Dear Sage,
What exactly is the limit to what you can 'persuade' a charmed enemy to do with the charm person spell? How trusting of the caster is a charmed individual?

A: The spell description for charm person indicates that the target’s attitude toward you becomes “friendly” as defined by the Diplomacy skill (PHB, pg. 72).

Thus, a charmed enemy wishes you well, and will chat, advise, offer limited help, or advocate for you.

The spell suggests that you might convince a charmed fighter to hold back an onrushing dragon for a few seconds, but that’s a pretty extreme example and would certainly require the opposed Charisma check described in the spell entry.

A charmed enemy doesn’t automatically trust anything you say, but it “perceives your words and actions in the most favorable way” (PHB, pg. 209).

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