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Are cantrips spells?

There are a number of class features that provide benefits to 'spells'. For example, the Eldritch Knight's attacks can give an enemy disadvantage on saving throws from the EK's spells. Do cantrips ...
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Is a Greatclub a club in regards to the Shillelagh spell?

I know that according to a strict interpretation of the RAW it isn't since the spell description only mention club and quarterstaff and makes no mention of greatclubs. However, considering the ...
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Does Spiritual Weapon stay until the end of its duration if the caster goes uncounscious?

Spiritual Weapon does not require concentration and only has a duration of a minute. When my cleric was knocked unconscious the on-the-fly decision was to keep the weapon waiting around until the end ...
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How to protect a Cha-based caster against Feeblemind?

Feeblemind requires an Int save: on a fail, the target's Intelligence and Charisma are set to 1. This pretty much destroys any Int or Cha-based caster, but the fact that the latter have low Int (and ...
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How does Counterspell work in 5e?

I'm not entirely clear on how Counterspell works, when trying to counter higher-level spells: the CS description only talks about disrupting a creature you can see, within 60 feet, casting a spell. ...
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Disadvantage on Range Attack Spell vs Range Spells?

When casting a ranged spell within melee reach of an enemy, if the spell doesn't require a ranged attack roll, are there any downsides (assuming the enemy doesn't have the Mage Slayer feat)? ...
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How does barkskin work in DnD 5e?

Now the wording in the spell description is extremely vague and ambiguous making the spell effect up for interpretation. It just says: ... the target's AC can't be less than 16, regardless of ...
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267 views

Does Flame Blade count as a weapon for Extra Attack?

Assume you are a Druid 3 / Ranger 5. Can you attack twice with the Flame Blade when you use Extra Attack?
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Do Cantrips use your character level or class level?

Cantrips seem to be the only type of spell that cares about your level. However, in the multiclassing section they are not mentioned, does this mean, that cantrips use your character level, instead of ...
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Does Warlock combat just equal Eldritch Blast spam?

Been looking over the warlock because I thought it would be cool to make a spellcaster that can also mix it up in melee combat. After all how awesome isn't it to conjure up a magical weapon and start ...
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How bad is “Sunlight Sensitivity” (Drow, etc.) in 5E, esp. for casters?

It looks pretty bad--Disadvantage to attack rolls and Perception checks, whenever you, your target, or what you're trying to perceive are in direct sunlight. I hope I'm missing something, since no ...
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Casting spells in armor

I've just read the D&D 5e basic rules, and I'm not sure I'm up to speed regarding casting spells while clad in armor. The only mention I can find about this (page 79): Because of the mental ...
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How do I map a 15' cone to a 1" grid?

I've been playing 5e for a while now, and mercifully this hasn't come up yet, but it's definitely on it's way. When a caster casts burning hands, how is that properly mapped onto a standard 1" battle ...
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How do foci and somatic+material components interact when it comes to occupying a hand?

In 5e, the rules state the following regarding spells with somatic and material components: Somatic (S) Spellcasting gestures might include a forceful gesticulation or an intricate set of ...
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Where can I find the “Trap the Soul” 8th Level Wizard Spell?

In the Wizard spell list, under level 8 there is a spell listed as "Trap the Soul". However the spell can not be found in the spell descriptions. Some people online are saying that the spell was ...
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Where can I find the “Destructive Smite” Paladin Spell?

In the Players handbook list of spells, one of the level 5 Paladin spells is "Destructive Smite", however I can't find the spell description? Where can I find the description of the spell?
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How can I prevent analysis paralysis when choosing spells?

Recently I played a game of D&D 5th Edition. While we liked the simplicity and made characters quickly, there was one big bottleneck: the Wizard (and to a lesser extent, the Cleric) kept having ...
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Is Alter Self strictly better than Disguise Self as at-will invocations?

PHB Page 211, Alter Self You assume a different form. When you cast the spell, choose one of the following options, the effects of which last for the duration of the spell. While the spell lasts, ...
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Does the Evocation Savant feature apply to evocation spells copied into backup spellbooks?

The normal cost of copying a foreign spell into your spellbook is 2 hours and 50 gp per spell level. If you are copying spells from one of your spellbooks to another of your spellbooks (to keep ...
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1answer
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Can Minor Illusion wake a sleeping party member with its sound?

Imagine your party is making camp near a dungeon that the party is planning to delve. If you have the Minor Illusion cantrip and are the member of the group keeping watch for hostile creatures, can ...
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Does copying a spell from a scroll into your spellbook consume the scroll?

The text on page 32 of the Basic Rules that talks about copying spells does not explicitly state that the process consumes the scroll. Does it?
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What happens to the current hit points when Aid ends?

The 5e D&D Basic Rules v0.1 description of the second-level cleric spell Aid says (p. 83): Your spell bolsters your allies with toughness and resolve. Choose up to three creatures within ...
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Can a cleric cast Firestorm as a L8 spell, even if it doesn't have an “At higher levels” entry?

Many spells have "At higher levels" that provides for more targets or more damage. For example Magic Missile can be cast as a second level spell and shoot 4 missiles instead of it's 3 as a first ...
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Does the Sleep spell use current or maximum hit points?

On Page 101 of the D&D 5e Basic PDF the effect of a Sleep Spell is stated as follows. This spell sends creatures into a magical slumber. Roll 5d8; the total is how many hit points of ...
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What conditions prevent a caster from using Somatic spells?

The text from Somatic reads that the caster must have a hand free to gesture with when they cast a spell with a somatic component. None of the conditions such as restrained or grappled seem to ...
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Can a spell be prepared once and cast multiple times?

Our group had some confusion about preparing spells for a Wizard and Cleric. The rules say that you prepare a number of spells from your list and that you tick off spell slots when you cast a spell. ...
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Is it possible for a wizard to change the spells in her spellbook?

Wizards choose new spells to add to their spellbooks at level-up; however, through the course of play a wizard might find that one of the spells she learned is not very useful, and want to exchange ...
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What is the minimally optimum wizard spell selection as of D&D 5th's launch? [closed]

One of the big features of the new 5th Edition of Dungeons and Dragons is a return to the low-power campaigns of the past. This corresponds with a metaplot event "The Sundering" which makes many magic ...
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High Elf Racial Cantrips: Do they improve for non-Wizards?

For example if a High Elf Rogue chooses Ray of Frost for his or her racial cantrip, does that cantrip improve as his or her Rogue level increases? Ray of Frost gets better damage as you advance in ...
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Do you have to cast Shield prior to your opponent's attack roll?

The entry for Shield says that the reaction is triggered by being hit by an attack, which would tend to imply that you can wait to see if your opponent actually succeeds on their attack roll ...
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Does Mage Armor stack with Shield?

Mage Armor sets the target's base AC to 13+Dex. Shield gives you a +5 bonus to AC. If you cast both on yourself, does that give you an effective AC of 18+Dex while both spells are in effect?
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How does wizard & cleric spell preparation and casting work?

In 3.X wizards had spellbooks, while clerics had their entire spell list, but they both memorized/prepared spells every day from those lists, and had a certain number of slots for preparing spells in. ...
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Why is Resistance not a mage spell? [closed]

I'm playing what's effectively a counter-caster, and a spell I noticed that is on both the cleric and druid spell lists is the cantrip Resistance. This spell gives a bonus to a single saving throw, ...
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Can I add Divine Favor damage to Two Weapon Fighting?

If I'm a War Cleric, and I cast Divine Favor on myself and I use two light weapons and they both hit, do I add the extra damage twice since both weapons hit, or just once since both weapons are part ...
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Is a spell with an attack roll “an attack” for the purpose of Sneak Attack?

Sneak Attack says: When you attack a creature and hit, you can deal extra damage to that target if you have advantage against it or if another enemy of the target is within 5 feet of it and that ...
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1answer
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Should a Mage prepare a spell to cast it as a ritual?

Ritual casting does not expend a spell slot, I know that. However, the Mage class feature does not say anything about whether you should prepare the subject spell to cast it as a ritual. On one side, ...
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How can I squeeze a place for utility spells with limited number of preparable spells?

A full caster in D&D Next can prepare 1 + Caster Level kinds of spells per day. It seems to me those are not enough to justify preparing utility spells. Assuming a single defensive and offensive ...
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Do clerics have access to every spell of the level they can cast?

The playtest notes are not clear in regard to clerics. It specifically states how many spells wizards can learn. So do I just assume that a cleric learns one spell per level or do they have access to ...