So me and a friend had a small argument about the component pouch and arcane focus. That if you have an arcane focus, you can pull off any spell within your available list without any of the components needed whatsoever. Would you still need some of the required material even if you have the arcane focus?
What filcat said... and how is one meant to answer this poll? It seems if I say "yes" I am agreeing with the question's phrasing "you don't need the material", but it could also mean I'm saying "yes, you need the component" which isn't the case.
A component pouch CONTAINS the material component... hence the name...
From the paragraph on the material component:
Material (M) Casting some spells requires particular objects, specified in parentheses in the component entry. A character can use a component pouch or a spellcasting focus (found in “Equipment”) in place of the components specified for a spell. But if a cost is indicated for a component, a character must have that specific component before he or she can cast the spell. If a spell states that a material component is consumed by the spell, the caster must provide this component for each casting of the spell. A spellcaster must have a hand free to access a spell's material components -- or to hold a spellcasting focus -- but it can be the same hand that he or she uses to perform somatic components.
As specified, if a cost is indicated, a character must have that specific component.
Was researching a similar question when I found this thread.
The way I understand it is this:
If you have a Component Pouch or Focus you do not need to specifically go looking for components and write them on your character sheet. So all the feathers, fleece, leaves, etc etc that spells call for are assummed to be in your component pouch.
UNLESS the the spell indicates a monetary value, for example, Identify says you need a pearl worth at least 100gp. That pearl must be purchased by the player and written on the sheet.
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Now, the question is, which option to use? I have always liked the idea of a wizard using a staff "Gandalf-ey" style, but the age-old wand iswizardly cool! And what about an orb? How magical would it be to pull a melon-sized rock out of your pocket and conjure a lightning bolt?
Or simply dip a few fingers into a pouch and produce some bat poop that you fling at poor mister Big Bad Evil Guy and Baboom! Fireballed!