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The description of a Spectator from the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure says they have the following reaction (p. 62):

Spell Reflection. If the spectator makes a successful saving throw against a spell, or a spell misses it, the spectator can choose another creature within 30 feet of it that it can see. The spell affects the chosen creature instead of the spectator.

Does the target get a chance to save against the reflected spell, or is it an automatic hit?

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By the wording I'd say no or else it would say "targets the chosen creature" instead of "affects". –  MrJinPengyou Aug 8 at 15:44
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@MrJinPengyou It could be equally argued that when a spell affects you is when you get your saving throw. (Especially since older editions often used such wording.) It's unclear and a worthy question. –  SevenSidedDie Aug 8 at 15:56
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I can't imagine the idea is for the Spectator's reflection reaction to send a better version (no saving throw) of the same spell back at the party. If the original spell has no saving throw, I wouldn't add one to the reflected version, either. –  Mark Bessey Aug 9 at 0:35
    
@MarkBessey Yeah I'd probably use that –  MrJinPengyou Aug 9 at 13:46

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The PC Gets a Save

There is no effect line in 5e's magic spells, so when it says affects another creature its not calling to a mechanical keyword, but saying it shifts target. Spell Reflection is basically used to turn the party's spells against them, but a targeted PC should still get to make the normal save as if he/she was the original target of the spell.

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