Content of the article: "Tasha’s Typo?"
In Tasha's Cauldron of Everything we get some pretty neat new summoning spells, 9 new ones to be exact. They range from levels 2-6. While what we summon changes from spell to spell (duh), they all have some pretty consistent themes, such as:
You summon 1 creature of that type (no swarm summoning)
You can choose one of 2-3 different variants, each offering different abilities depending on the form (for beast summon you can pick land, air or sea. For celestial summon you pick defender or avenger, etc)
The level of the spell used to cast it modifies the creatures statistics (everything from HP, AC, damage delt per attack and even the number of attacks made)
It's this last feature that made me realize that I think the spell "Summon Construct" has a typo. Its listed as a 4th level spell, both on the list of new spells (page 105) and in the spell itself (page 111). However, when you read the stats for the Construct Spirit, under Hit Points it says "40 + 15 for each spell level above 3rd". Reading all the other spells, they list the increase in HP as "+ (HP) for each spell level above X" and X is always equal to the initial level of the spell.
Additionally, under the "At Higher Levels" portion it also says "When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 4th level or higher, use the higher level wherever the spell's level appears in the stat block" which is inconsistent with every other spell. They all list whatever one level higher spell is, not the same level as the spell itself.
So what does this mean? Should we drop the spell to a 3rd level spell instead of a 4th level spell? Probably not. My guess is that it was a 3rd level spell at some point during R&D, but when they settled on it being 4th instead they just missed the 2 little bits that still say 3rd level. That, or they just copy pasted from one of the other summon spells and missed the "3rd level bits" (also likely, cause they all say a lot of the same things).
In any case, just be aware, both players and DMs. If someone learns this spell and casts it using the base 4th level spell slot, they probably shouldn't be expecting to get any boosts (like an increase in HP) just because of a typo. Or let them, I'm just a stranger on the internet, not your dad…
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