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

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Is heat metal too powerful?

Heat metal is a 2nd level spell that lasts 1 minute (concentration), deals 2d8 damage per round, and has no save. If a Druid casts Heat metal from hiding at 60' on a knight and dashes away, then the ...
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Can I memorize metamagicked spells in my domain slots?

Albeit this question was for Pathfinder, it made me wonder. Can a cleric memorize a lower level domain spell with some metamagic applied in the appropriate level slot, like an extended circle of ...
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How Do Giant Size spell and Shapechange spell work?

If i cast first Giant Size spell (colossal size) and then Shapechange and i choose a monster with medium size , will i retain my size and my size bonus in my new form? How does it work? Cast in ...
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Are there any spells that heal hit-points over time in Pathfinder or 3.5?

I've been looking through all the Paizo spells, but all I see so far are instantaneous duration healing (cure) spells. What I am looking for is a spell I can have on a wand or other magic item, so if ...
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Does your spell modifier add to your spell damage?

So I know how to calculate spell DC (8 + proficiency + modifier) and spell attack rolls (1d20 + proficiency + modifier), but I am not clear on spell damage. Namely: Do you add your spell modifier ...
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Casting Flame Strike or Ice Storm in a cave/dungeon

So, one of my players who plays a druid wanted to cast "Flame Strike" and "Ice Storm" in a dungeon. In the german version of the rule books, those spells both state that the Ice/Fire comes from the ...
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How long does a touch spell last before my familiar can deliver it?

The Pathfinder SRD says about Familiar Abilities: Deliver Touch Spells (Su): If the master is 3rd level or higher, a familiar can deliver touch spells for him. If the master and the familiar are ...
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Is Moonbeam amazing, or are we doing it wrong?

PHB pg. 261, Moonbeam: When a creature enters the spell's area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, it is engulfed in ghostly flames that cause searing pain... On each of ...
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Does a spell critical do double damage?

Specifically, do you double the damage dice if a spell attack is a natural 20? This came up in a game with Guiding Bolt, which seemed really powerful with twice the damage dice. (I saw this, but ...
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What does Trap the Soul do? [duplicate]

I see the 8th level wizard spell Trap the Soul in the PHB's spell lists on page 211, but it's not in the spell definitions. How does Trap the Soul work in 5E?
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Since Spellforge is gone, what Spellbook management software is available? [duplicate]

I want to be able to manage my Sorceror's "spellbook" on my computer and print a nice list of spells, and ideally descriptions. We level up very frequently compared to normal (accelerated campaign), ...
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Targeting a Ship with the Darkness Spell

The AD&D 1e darkness spell description states that its area of effect is a 1 1/2" radius globe that can targeted on a spot up to 1"/level of the caster (PHB 69). Usually this is no problem to ...
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Can the write spell copy maps or pictures?

Can write be used to copy maps or pictures of a non-magical nature?
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Would adding Necromancy spells to the Druid's spell list break anything?

I am new to D&D and will be starting with a group of other beginners in a few days. We got ourselves 5e and will have a four-character group: a rogue GMPC, a barbarian, a paladin and a wizard (or ...
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Do Area Spells really not affect anyone you can't see?

The spellcasting section specifies (emphasis mine): Area Spells: Area spells can be cast on a specific target or a point in space that you can see. Unless noted in a spell, the area of the ...
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How long would it take to doff armour heated by the Heat Metal spell?

Page 146 of the PHB has the table for getting in and out of armour (1 to 5 minutes to doff, depending on the type). Now the Heat Metal (PHB pg. 250) says; Choose a manufactured metal object, such ...
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Multiple Spellbanes cancelling each other

Spellbane says it can suppress other castings of itself. What happens if there's an area affected by Spellbane A, which cancels Spellbane and Magic Missile, and Spellbane B, which suppresses Spellbane ...
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Heavy duty Excavation aka Stone to Mud in 5e?

I seem to be at a loss here. Either I can't find a spell that works here or I am not seeing it. What method would a wizard (or other spellcaster for that matter) use to excavate a part of a dungeon? ...
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Can a character use Healing Word on themselves?

I first thought that the answer to this question was a definite 'yes.' The target is "A creature of your choice that you can see within range" (PHB 250). Presumably the caster is a creature, can be ...
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Does the Light cantrip cancel out the 2nd level Darkness spell?

The description of the Darkness spell says: If any of this spell’s area overlaps with an area of light created by a spell of 2nd level or lower, the spell that created the light is dispelled. I ...
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Can a spellcaster know why a spell failed?

I just read this answer to Can you Plane Shift to the plane that you're on? and it made me wonder: As a spellcaster, how do I know why spell failed? Is there any roll for it in either Pathfinder ...
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Can you Plane Shift to the plane that you're on?

What happens if you cast plane shift and then attempt to shift to the plane that you're on? I can think of a few reasons this might happen in-game: For some reason, the PCs don't know what plane ...
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Do wizards really have to prepare spells multiple times to cast them multiple times?

According to the Pathfinder Magic overview, a wizard has to prepare a spell multiple times to cast it multiple times, which make 0 sense to me. I've also read other comments saying otherwise. Can ...
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How can an aristocracy be perpetuated between creatures that can't interbreed?

The 25-year-old human prince of a 50-year-old small nation (total population maybe 100,000 spread out in a rather large valley among settlements no larger than 5,000 creatures each) is looking to ...
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Can prestidigitation colour something permanently?

Can this zero level spell be used to colour something permanently black, such as a sword's blade? I know it can be used to soil something permanently. What I'm trying to do is make a blade look ...
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How does the Shatter spell's single target option work?

When I use Shatter in the second way, targeting just one object, does it break the object entirely or act like sunder attack? The wording in the third paragraph is a bit confusing to me. It seems that ...
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What is the actual casting time of Summon Monster?

I'm having a hard time interpreting the 'actual casting time' for Summon Monster in Pathfinder. The casting time is listed as 1 round, but then in the text they go on to say: It appears where ...
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Does the Moonbeam spell work indoors?

My druid is prepping for next week's game and he's asked me if the Moonbeam spell will work inside the dungeon. I first interpreted the spells description...(PHB pg 261) A silvery beam of pale ...
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In 5e, can a player pick and choose quantity of spells on the fly?

What I mean is, I know that if a play has 4 spell slots of level 1, they can cast 4 level 1 spells and no more. But what I am confused about is does a player have to specify if they want, for example, ...
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Looking for three specific Magics & Powers in GURPS 4E

Do the following types of powers exist in any 4E GURPS products, or can they be constructed without too much kludging? And if so, where are they found? Astral Projection / Out of Body Experience ...
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Why is “Blast” more draining if it seems worse than alternatives?

I have been comparing the stats of the different spells and i am a little stumped as to how the drain has been decided. Blast is Indirect Physical stun at line of sight does F drain (AOE) Indirect ...
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Can fireball burn away vegetation 'enhanced' by Entangle?

My group was playing our weekly Pathfinder session and our Ranger cast entangle on our opponent. Later, that area was hit by a fireball, but we were not sure if the fact that a fireball sets fire ...
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Can Entangle be used indoors?

My group was playing our weekly Pathfinder session and our party was in a T-shaped hallway in a house when the Ranger spotted the big bad at the end of the 'crossbar' portion of the T. They cast ...
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In the area of effect of Sleet Storm, do creatures gain the Blinded condition?

If a creature is inside a Sleet Storm spell, does it gain the Blinded condition? For example, does it take the -2 penalty to Armor Class from Blinded? The relevant text of Sleet Storm: Driving ...
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Is there anyway to see through Darkness without removing it?

Simply put, the Shadow Monk gains the ability to cast Darkness, but I'm struggling to see a use for it except to help escaping. Way of the Shadow monk receives Darkness (among a few other spells) and ...
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Can I use Hero's Defiance (or an immediate action) before I've had a chance to take my turn?

Suppose I have a paladin in a fight with a tiger. We roll initiative, and the paladin is going to go last. In the first round, the tiger charges and deals 54 damage to my paladin, and takes them down. ...
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Action in Combat , Can I make a full attack with touch attacks for a trigger spell?

Myself and the other characters have 10 levels for templates or monster class and 8 levels for class levels, with Divine Power I gain a bab equal my character level. (18 right?). I cast Shivering ...
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Banishment in an Area that Prevents Teleportation

Pathfinder rules in the Forgotten Realms setting. The campaign is currently set in Myth Drannor. A high-level Wizard battled some of the resident fiends and used banishment. He successfully penetrated ...
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Energy Substitution and Energy Admixture. Usefulness and Mechanics?

Editing my question on the topic of the two feats Energy Substitution and Energy Admixture. I was questioning the mechanics of the two feats after rereading them several times along with the ...
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How do I make adventurer-resistant door opening counters?

This question is in partial research for a magical surveillance state inspired from two different sources, Potter and the Natural 20 and Doc Smith's lensman series. Functionally speaking, there must ...
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What is the duration of a spell from a magic item?

In my case I have a Celestial Armor (CL5) and a Celestial Shield (CL7) The armor lets me fly once per day (as the spell) and the shield gifes me feather fall once per day and because I have both I ...
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Why would I ever cast True Strike?

One of my players has complained several times that True Strike is a useless spell. The effect of True Strike is: On your next turn, you gain advantage on your first attack roll against the ...
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How is counterspell a fair spell?

I'm playing an Abjuration wizard in 5e, and am currently level 4. Looking ahead to the 3rd level spell list, I come across the spell I've been waiting for: Counterspell. And then, reading the rules, ...
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Would it be OK to allow Sublime Chord to smooth and join both castings?

Sublime Chord has two spell lists and two separate tables of spells per day. Let's assume Bard 10 / Chord 5 for a moment: Per day Spell level 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Bard 3 3 ...
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Can an Unseen Servant be used as a scout?

The Bard in my game knows the spell Unseen Servant, and I'm not sure of its limitations. The PHB (284) says: This spell creates an invisible, mindless, shapeless force that performs simple tasks ...
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Can wizards learn spells that are not on their class list?

Aside from multi-classing and taking the Magic Initiate feat I know you are generally limited to the class list. But what about scrolls? It says in the PHB that you can learn spells that are found ...
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War Caster opportunity attack spell clarifications

The War Caster feat gives the ability to cast certain spells as reactions, which creates some ambiguous rules. So far I've found: Command: the spell states that the creature must do a specified ...
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What's a good item or spell for creating a magical surveillance state?

The mayor of Generic Fantasytown wants a means to monitor his town (population 4,000, perhaps 1 mi. (1.64 km) square). The townsfolk are cowed and submissive, fearing their mayor but fearing even more ...
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Can PCs learn skill, proficiencies, or spells from other PCs?

Can PCs learn skills, tool proficiencies, or spells from other players' characters in the game? In our game the rogue and ranger spend a lot of time scouting and working together. The rogue wanted to ...
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How does a Wizard achieve a very cheap spellbook full of spells?

At 1 page per spell level and 100gp ink per page scribing spells gets extremely expensive, and I have to spend money on spells instead of magical items. Assuming aggressive spell research, what's the ...