Specific manifestations of magic that can be generically called "spells". Use [magic] for more generic questions about magic.

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Changing elements for spells

I think I remember in an older version of D&D allowing you to change a fire spell into a cold-based spell, or vice versa. In 5E, is there any way to allow you to alter say a Scorching Ray into a ...
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How can one establish communication with intelligent creatures lacking language?

The ice toad (Frostburn 140-1) is a magical beast with an Intelligence score of 6 yet no language. Beyond being conceptually annoying and making me feel bad for the handful of aberrant genius ice ...
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Does Ray of Enfeeblement affect a Hunter's Mark too?

If a creature is affected by Ray of Enfeeblement, reducing the damage of strength based attacks by half, and that creature attacks another affected by Hunter's Mark, is the Hunter's Mark damage also ...
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Does “Immune to sleep” affect the Sleep power?

This seems like a silly question at first, but I am not clear how this works with rules as written. The 1st level spell Sleep has the keywords Arcane, Charm, Enchantment, and Implement. It previously ...
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Using downtime activity to research spells

I run a D&D 5E campaign. I have a player who is playing a wizard. This player would like to use his downtime to learn new spells. Specifically, he doesn't want to create any new spells of his ...
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In what state is a person affected by Hypnotic Pattern? Can they make saving throws?

I'm reading the Hypnotic Pattern description and it says "Charmed, Incapacitated, Speed (0)" and "Snaps out of it, if being shaken or takes damage." Then I read the various states you can be under: ...
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Do you break concentration on your current sustained spell if a new concentration spell you try to cast fails?

If I'm sustaining Enhance Ability on myself by concentration, and then during a combat that arises a few minutes later, I try to cast Hold Person on an enemy, but they pass their first roll to save ...
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What happens if a wizard uses Command Undead to command an undead to keep fighting even though it has been Turned by a Cleric

The cleric's turn undead ability sends undead fleeing, but the wizard's spell Command Undead enables him to give orders to the same undead. What happens when a Wizard uses Command Undead to force a ...
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Geas spell effect [closed]

From page 244, PHB - description of the 5th level spell Geas: You place a magical command on a creature that you can see within range, forcing it to carry out some service or refrain from some ...
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List of all core Bard spells in an excel format

Is there a list of Bard spells in an excel format from the SRD? A Google search pulls up lists like this one but if I copy and paste them they paste into a single column with name and description on ...
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chants and incantations [closed]

i have been in a larp group for 2 years now, and i offered to help create some classes, specifically mages. they are almost done, but i have run into a problem. some of the spells require chants, and ...
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How do spells which affect fire interact with magical fire?

Specifically, the question came up in tonight's session whether the spell Gust of Wind would extinguish the flames created by the spell Wall of Fire. How about stronger or weaker spells that interact ...
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How can I redeem the unjust?

I'm playing a LN paladin (vengeance)/warlock (Great Old One/Tome) soon, and I want to redeem enemies I deem worthy of my mercy. With create thrall I expect to be in complete control of an enemy at ...
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Can Detect Magic reveal illusions?

In 5th edition, would Detect Magic reveal illusions such as Invisibility, Disguise Self, etc? While it would not reveal the nature of the illusion, it would reveal that one is present I believe. I ...
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How does Elemental Adept change the damage dice?

The Elemental Adept feat says that I can treat any 1 on the damage dice as a 2. Does that meant that, if I've chosen fire, when casting the Fire Bolt cantrip I can roll 2d20 instead of 1d10?
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How can I increase the 'special modifiers' section of my spell saving throw?

I've been looking into ways to make it harder for monsters to make savings throws against me, and I noticed savings throws = 8 + your spellcasting ability modifier + any special modifiers. What is the ...
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How do the Spirit Guardian and Sanctuary spells interact?

A player in my group asked the DM: What if Cleric 1 was to cast Spirit Guardians and go for the heart of battle Then Cleric 2 cast Sanctuary on him Then Cleric 1 just sits there not actively ...
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How can a Good-aligned cleric cast Desecrate?

A Cleric5/Malconvoker5 needs to cast Desecrate. He is currently Good aligned and wants to maintain that alignment in order to avoid complications from pesky adventurers' overzealous use of Detect ...
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What is the name of the spell or effect that prevents resurrection?

I remember seeing a spell (or perhaps a weapon enhancement?) that prevents the target from being resurrected if killed in DnD 3.5. However, I don't remember the spell name, nor its source, so any ...
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How does Resilient Sphere work?

Resilient sphere works basically like a wall of force, except in a sphere around a targeted creature. I have two questions about how it works, mostly with regards to the save it allows: The sphere ...
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Reactive Shield Spells in DFRPG

So after reading the Paranet Papers, my group is now attempting to sort out the new rules concerning reactive shield spells. The main issue we're having is what to do about rote spells. PP doesn't ...
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Can you choose to cast a lower level version of a cantrip?

As a 1st Level character the Warlock cantrip Eldritch blast can be used with the Twinned Spell meta magic feature of the sorcerer. However, when a character reaches 5th level it becomes a spell with ...
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Can clerics use spell scrolls for spells they receive through their Divine domains?

I've been trying to resolve some edge cases with who can use which spell scrolls. As the DMG says in the Spell Scroll entry on page 200: "If the spell is on your class's spell list, you can use an ...
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How are statistics determined for an awakened animal?

Do published awakened creatures exist? Is there a stat block in any official text—including Dragon and Dungeon magazines—for a creature that's been the target of the 5th-level Drd spell awaken ...
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How does the spell “Blood of the Martyr” work?

The spell reads: You cause the target to bleed from every orifice, and her organs and blood become suffused with positive energy. If the subject fails her Fortitude save, she takes 1d6 points of ...
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Does the Daylight spell hurt Vampires?

My PCs have a spear which is able to cast the Daylight Spell. Would this have any effect on Vampires in the spell radius like regular Sunlight would or would it just be considered Bright light for the ...
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Is there any problem with Android PCs healing via the Make Whole spell?

I'm about to start running the Iron Gods campaign for some friends, and the thought occurred to me: players who choose to play as an Android are constructs, and thus the Make Whole spell would work on ...
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Attacking a Swarm with a spell while it's in a players space

My players have walked into a Spider Lair and fought their first group of Spiderlings, or effectively a Swarm of Spiders from the MM. I didn't realize until after the encounter that they have a reach ...
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What does “possession” mean in the context of Swift Ready?

I'm running a D20 Modern game in which my players have access to D&D spells. This situation though could easily come up in a standard D&D game. One of my players is playing a Duskblade and ...
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Does shillelagh require actual wooden weapons?

From the PHB Components: V, S, M (mistletoe, a shamrock leaf, and a club or quarterstaff) The wood of a club or quarterstaff you are holding is imbued with nature’s power. For the duration, ...
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How does the Suggestion spell work?

My friend gave me the following scenario. A Fighter has the Suggestion spell cast on them with the following phrase: "You look tired. Why don't you take a seat over there." If the rest of the ...
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AD&D 2e to D&D 3.5e Protection from Evil changes

The text of Protection from Evil in my AD&D 2e PHB reads as follows, in part: This protection ends if the protect character makes a melee attack against or tries to force the barrier ...
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Are low level spells required to be worse than all higher level spells?

I often hear arguments along these lines: Because X is higher level than Y, and X cannot do this, Y must not be able to do it either. In other words, X must, because it is higher-level, be ...
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If a creature holding the charge of a touch spell becomes unconscious, is the charge released?

Say, for example, a brawler uses knockout punch on a wizard holding a charge. Since the wizard would more then likely accidentally touch something on the way down, would the spell be wasted? And ...
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Can I hide easter eggs in my spells?

I've a plan for an adventure that I think would be interesting, but the idea depends on it being possible for certain spells to be learned and memorised without the mage in question gaining insight ...
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How should the GM rule on the inquisitor spell judgment light?

An inquisitor with an active purity judgment casts the 4th-level inquisitor spell judgment light. In a 30-ft. radius burst centered on the caster the following instantaneous effect occurs: ...
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How is the number of spells limited in a spellbook?

Previous versions had rules about the total number of spell that a spellbook could include calculated using the level of the spell and number of pages in the book. 5e mentions that a spellbook has ...
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Level required to increase spell damage [duplicate]

An interesting question came up last night. Player X is 4th lvl cleric and 1st lvl monk. Produce flame can be thrown for d8 of damage. Its damage increases to 2d8 at 5th lvl. Does this mean at ...
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When using a breath weapon do I roll against armor class?

In the 5e D&D player's handbook, the Dragonborn's Breath Weapon says: The DC for this saving throw equals 8 + your Constitution modifier + your proficiency bonus. A creature takes 2d6 damage ...
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What kind of spells can the familiar of a witch learn?

According to this page (paragraph "Learn from scroll") a witch can teach her familiar new spells from a scroll. Are these spells restricted to the witch spell list, or can it be any other spell as ...
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What happens if one casts Blink while under Rary's Telepathic Bond?

In D&D 5th Edition, the description of Rary's Telepathic Bond states that the link breaks if a character in it leaves the plane in which the other linked characters are. Since Blink actually pulls ...
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Casting sleep on an opponent in water, bad day for them?

From the description of the Sleep spell: falls unconscious until the spell ends, the sleeper takes damage, or someone uses an action to shake or slap the sleeper awake. From the rules on ...
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How do Deathward and the half-orc's Relentless Endurance racial feature interact?

What happens when you cast Death Ward on a half-orc? Do the effects of the spell and the half-orc's Relentless Endurance racial feature stack? If so and you get reduced to 0 HP more than once, can ...
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Spell Area of Effect Range

I was wondering what exactly does X-foot cube mean in a spells range description. Let's look Thunderwave for example. It says: A wave of thunderous force sweeps out from you. Each creature in a ...
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Can a water elemental move through Bigsby's Interposing Hand?

I'm a wizard and I like everything to go my way. Recently we ran into a situation on a boat in which we were attacked by a trio of Water Elementals. I thought this was a fine time to test out the ...
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Does Cloud of Daggers count as magical damage?

So we had an arena style session in 5e last night, and at one point, I was playing a sorcerer, and was facing a barbarian. The barbarian was raging, giving him resistance to slashing, piercing, and ...
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Are called shots allowed with ranged touch spells?

This came up in an encounter where the players were going up against some "Romero" zombies that required destruction of the brain to kill. A wizard asked, "Can I make a called shot to the head with ...
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Can anyone use the sapphire linked to an object with the Drawmij's Instant Summons spell?

Reading the Drawmij's Instant Summons spell, it sounds like only the Wizard who enchanted a 1,000 gp (really?!) sapphire can summon the object that's linked to the gem. Is that correct, or could ...
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Can a potion affect others?

When an imbiber is the target of a spell effect because he consumed a potion, is only the imbiber the target of that spell's effect, no matter the spell's usual target entry? The section on Creating ...
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Can you Detect Magical Items on an invisible creature?

My players were going up against a mid-threat mage last session. He cast Greater Invisibility on himself one round, and the next round, he cast Fly. As this silently flying mage was circling the ...