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

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Can any creature be summoned with gate?

Gate, PHB p. 244 When you cast this spell, you can speak the name of a specific creature (a pseudonym, title, or nickname doesn’t work). If that creature is on a plane other than the one you ...
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I picked the wrong spells as a wizard, how do I recover?

Being a newcomer to DnD (5e), I got invited to a campaign with some friends. It is my first time playing tabletop DnD. Video games like Neverwinter Nights was my only experience with DnD. I now ...
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Can you use mind control spells to learn a demon's true name?

The wizard in my campaign has the Eye of Vecna and is a yuan-ti, and this means he has suggestion and dominate monster at least once a day. Could he simply suggest to a demon that it reveal its true ...
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Does Mirror Image enable Sneak Attack?

This question is related to this other question and builds on that. From some of the answer provided in the linked question, it would seem that the RAI for proccing sneak attack is that the enemy ...
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Can I use Silent Image as an adjacent enemy for Sneak Attack

Sneak attack says: You don't need advantage on the attack roll if another enemy of the target is within 5ft of it, that enemy isn't incapacitated, and you don't have disadvantage on the attack ...
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When a spell has no defined shape, what shape does it take?

When a spell has no defined shape (i.e. Cone, Line, Sphere, etc.) is it up to the DM/group to decide its shape or is there a commonly held RAI interpretation? e.g. Spirit Guardians [Spirits] flit ...
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What action ends the spell 'Invisibility' in terms of how indirect it must be?

This concerns the spell Invisibility in Pathfinder and what causes it to end. The relevant text for reference: The spell ends if the subject attacks any creature. For purposes of this spell, an ...
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What happens if a large vehicle collides with an arcane gate?

If Arcane Gate is cast at a point where a vehicle that is too large to pass through would collide with it should there be damage to the vehicle? Would the gate collapse? What if part of the ...
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Does Sleep affect the caster as well? [duplicate]

The bard in our group decided to cast the Sleep spell and rolled a total of 24 for the amount of hit points that can be affected. I have 24 hit points because I am the 2nd with less hit points, and ...
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In what ways can a spellcaster's concentration be disrupted?

The only ways to disrupt someone's concentration are basically dealing damage or incapacitating/killing them. With the War Caster feat, dealing damage is unlikely to stop them, unless it's a STRONG ...
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Can you use your reaction while ethereal from the blink spell?

If you have blink active and roll over 11 at the end of your turn, you're no longer on material plane. Are you then able to use your reaction? E.g. During turn, X melee attacks Y then ends turn in ...
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Alignment change spell/item in 5e

My fiance is running a campaign and the players have the opportunity to obtain a wyrmling black dragon. Now black dragons are chaotic evil, but the monk of the group believes that it shouldn't be ...
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From how far can a verbal spell component be heard?

So my character (a level 10 human enchanter wizard) was tasked with infiltrating the home of a mysterious elf to steal a maguffin. The elf employs around 10 guards on varying shifts, a house steward, ...
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What are the ways for a Wizard to get cure spells?

Inspired by this question; I was intrigued to know ways at any level that a Wizard could cast cure spells, without using Use Magic Device. Solutions should not use multiclassing and only use official ...
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What determines a creature's native plane for the Banishment spell?

I can't find in the books the definition of “native”, only that a creature type can define its native plane: Elementals are creatures native to the elemental planes (MM, p. 6) Celestials ands ...
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Can my Warcaster Cleric use a mace to deliver Inflict Wounds?

My Cleric has the Warcaster feat, a mace in his right hand, and a shield in his left. He casts inflict wounds, which requires a touch attack to be executed against an opposing enemy, a goblin for ...
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Losing concentration on Conjure Elemental if you summon an Invisible Stalker?

So basically, say I use conjure elemental as a 6th level spell and summon an invisible stalker. I give it an order to kill the BBEG our party is fighting. I then take a hit and lose concentration. ...
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Does a dead pixie count as nonmagical food for the purpose of Purify Food and Drink?

There is a dead pixie that the PCs have been carrying around for a couple of days, and based on an unsubstantiated story they were told* they want to feed it to a PC's giant goat companion. Because ...
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How precise is Detect Magic's location information?

The Detect Magic spell states that you can sense magic within 30 feet of you. Does this let you know the location of the magic your are detecting? Are you just supposed to get a yes/no that there is ...
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Which spells trigger the second benefit of Shield Master?

The Shield Master feat includes the following benefit: lf you aren't incapacitated, you can add your shield's AC bonus to any Dexterity saving throw you make against a spell or other harmful ...
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Is there a way for a wizard to gain cure spells on his spell list at first level?

Aside from the Samsaran Mystic Past Life racial trait is there any way for a first level wizard to gain cure spells as spells known at first level?
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Does Divine Sense negate Mirror Image?

My players went up against a homebrew creature I made, it was a fallen angel that could cast Mirror Image. Our paladin had the idea to use his Divine Sense ability to be able to tell which Image was ...
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Are there any D&D rules for spells addressing past lives and the effects of reincarnation? [closed]

To clarify: This is not a question asking about different mechanics of reincarnation, or about a framework for reincarnation that spans any number of D&D variants. The tl;dr is that the question ...
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Animate Dead on a Zombie, can it work?

So a bit of backstory to the question. One of the players in my game is a death cleric and enjoys having a small army of zombies accompany him. We had come to a situation where it is not plausible ...
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Can a spell be cast while using a bonus action to control another spell?

Spells such as the cleric's Spiritual Weapon and the Wizard's Bigby's Hand enable the caster to continue to manipulate the spell's effect as a bonus action after the spell has initially been cast. ...
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Does the Tempest domain's Destructive Wrath maximize ongoing damage from a twinned Witch Bolt?

I have a multiclass tempest cleric/sorcerer. If I twin Witch Bolt and then use Channel Divinity: Destructive Wrath, which allows me to deal max thunder or lightning damage, are both bolts impacted? ...
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Is it possible to cast multiple spells per turn?

Never had an issue with spellcaster scaling until today. A player in the group claims he can cast Eldrich Blast twice on his turn. Once as an action, and a second time as a bonus action since it is a ...
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Really how good is “Witch Bolt” from D&D 5E? [closed]

After reading the effect of Witch Bolt from the D&D PH, It really seemed to me like an insanely powerful spell, especially when cast at 2nd level or higher. I have had no experience with the ...
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How to Distribute Wizard Spells Without Pitting the Party Against Wizards?

I'm running an AD&D 2e campaign, and one of my players is a wizard. The party is currently first-level (ranger/wizard/cleric/rogue) and has recently arrived in a fairly major city. I don't want to ...
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Vampiric Touch and Hellcat Gauntlets

Vampiric Touch spell states "you gain temporary hit points equal to the damage you do". Hellcat Gauntlets deal 1-6 slashing damage per spall level on a single target spell. Would you gain the hit ...
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Temporary hit points gained by Duskblade with Vampiric Touch

Vampiric touch deals 1-6 points of damage per 2 levels, and gives you temporary hit points equal to the damage you deal.(PHB page 298) When a Duskblade channels this spell does he receive temporary ...
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Would an Acid Erosion spell be Transmutation or Evocation?

I've been creating a few Spells for D&D 5E recently and wanted to fill the gap of lacking Acid spells for one of my Black Dragonborn players. I wanted to compose a spell that involved the caster ...
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Does a spellcaster know when their spell has no effect?

Suppose a cleric casts Zone of Truth on a captured enemy. Unbeknownst to them, the enemy is a raksasha. Zone of Truth says (PHB, p. 289): You know whether each creature succeeds or fails on its ...
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Does an antimagic field also suppress the effects of supernatural abilities like change shape and invisibility (su)?

I already know the antimagic field suppresses the usage of the supernatural abilities, but i want to know what happens to some effects like an alternate form when using change shape or supernatural ...
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Can monsters be summoned to appear in mid-air to drop onto enemies?

I was playing a dwarven cleric who could summon small elementals, and started summoning earth elementals 10' (for instance) above enemies to basically combine my monster summoning with a crushing ...
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Clarification of Blink Mechanics, or “Should Someone have Punched in my Sandwich?”

I am looking for clarification as to the mechanics of the Blink spell. I believe that the spell reads quite clearly, however most of my play group does not agree with my recent ruling. Some ...
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Does Water Walk include ice as a terrain it affects?

Water Walk in DnD 3.5e specifies ice among the surfaces Water Walk lets you traverse as if it were solid ground, eliminating the difficult terrain penalties ice normally imposes: The transmuted ...
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Can one enter Leomund's Tiny Hut from below?

In a session today we were camped out in a Leomund's Tiny Hut and the DM determined that since it is described as a dome, the bad guys (Wraiths, so they are incorporeal) could enter the area from ...
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What factors justify the decision to change Barkskin from a bonus to its current 5e wording?

The D&D 5e rules for barkskin: […] the target's AC can’t be less than 16, regardless of what kind of armor it is wearing. In 3.x, barkskin provided "a +2 enhancement bonus to the creature’s ...
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Does a Master Alchemist allow an Alchemist Savant brew 9th level Universal Potions?

Regarding a build mentioned in KRyan's answer to a question: Does a Master Alchemist's... Brew Potion (9th): As Brew Potion (4th), except that the master alchemist can brew potions of 9th-level ...
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Can a Spectral Weapon take damage?

During a session, we ran across a scenario whereby one of the player's weapons (a Javelin) would do a sort of lightning strike through several squares - including the one my spectral weapon (from the ...
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Multi-hit spell - Multiple smaller Concentration checks or one larger one?

Some spells like magic missile and scorching ray can strike a target multiple times. I recently had cause to consider using a damage spell to disrupt an opponent's spellcasting - and realized I'm not ...
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Can a shocking grasp spell be delivered with a melee weapon?

I'm playing a wizard in a D&D 3.5 campaign and I normally use the "shocking grasp" spell with unarmed attack (basically, touching the target). Occasionally tough were encounter enemies that it's ...
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Is Polymorphing Water into Rock Permanent?

I was browsing through the Pathfinder questions on site an came across this little nugget among them. Inspired by this attempt at the mythical unusual, I began to study the different spells in the ...
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Healing options for non magic users

Three members of our party want to leave but one of them is a cleric who is our healer. Since we are levelling up to level 4 we could take on feats and there is the feat of Healer or of Magic ...
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How do Sanctuary and Sentinel Interact?

Sanctuary (PHB p 272) is described as: You ward a creature within range against attack. Until the spell ends, any creature who targets the warded creature with an attack or harmful spell must ...
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Can ghost sound be used to bypass arcane spell failure for verbal components?

My level 6 magus has just been magically transformed, his mouth and tongue becoming weird. This causes a 15% arcane spell failure chance, and, when combined with the 10% from my armor, is a ...
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Does getting hit interupt a movement (specifically in regards to Booming Blade)?

I came across a situation where one of my PCs were fighting against a caster that had readied booming blade for if they provoked an Attack of Opportunity. they decided to try and break the casters ...
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Can “Phantasmal Force” be used as a flanking buddy?

If someone casts "Phantasmal Force" (2nd level illusion) on a foe, in a campaign that uses the optional flanking rules, and it renders to the foe as another attacking creature from a flanking ...
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Does standing up from prone trigger the damage from Booming Blade?

Does spending movement to stand up from prone trigger the secondary damage effect of the booming blade spell from Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide? If the target willingly moves before the duration ...