Use of a discrete magical formula to accomplish an in-game effect.

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Storytelling with lie detection

Most of the fantasy systems I know has a spell to detect lies, speak with the dead, and the like. Imagine how long great movies like The Usual Suspects or In the Heat of the Night would have lasted ...
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Can a construct be undestroyed?

The type construct includes this trait: Not at risk of death from massive damage. Immediately destroyed when reduced to 0 hit points or less. (MM 307) Besides the 9th-level Clr spell miracle ...
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Does a Wizard need a spellbook to cast spells, or just to prepare them?

I had recently gotten into an argument with a fellow player on the subject of how spellbooks work. Specifically, does a Wizard require access to his book in order to cast spells, or just to prepare ...
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What happens when you use Maximize Spell on a Prismatic spell?

I'm sure we all know about the metamagic feat Maximize Spell, which allows you to cast a spell in a slot 3 levels higher in order to "maximize all variable numeric values" like damage, number of ...
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How do spellbook tattoos combine with creatures that can change their shape?

Complete Arcane has rules for alternate spellbooks, including tattoos (P. 186-187). While this is less economical than just putting on a Ring of Regeneration, cutting your fingers off and carving the ...
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If a DM uses Zone of Truth as a permanent effect, should creatures get only one save?

In my current setting, the local temple has a permanent Zone of Truth effect in the main hall. While I intended the effect to be an innate quality of the stone used to build the temple, there is no ...
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Is a touch spell's charge sufficient to hit an incorporeal creature?

Abel wants to affect a shadow (MM 221-2) with the 3rd-level Clr spell spark of life [necro] (SpC 196). The shadow has the subtype incorporeal, and the spell spark of life is Range: Touch and doesn't ...
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Shatter spell versus mundane weapons and armor

I have a player who likes to use the shatter spell. The description says it will do the same damage to the targets' armor and weapons that it does to the targets. Right now, I don't have an easy ...
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What spell to use in conjunction with “Teleport, Greater” to get sufficient information for the teleportation to succeed?

Here is the problem: we want to use the spell Teleport, Greater to reach a place we only have basic info about: We have a map of our continent (scale 1cm for 500km) and we know the general location ...
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Can Heighten Spell benefit a [Reserve] feat?

Following this question, I notified my player that I was thinking in changing the way that her combo would work. Before I could even say to her how that would work, she started digging the books again ...
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Can I prepare/ready a quickened spell? [on hold]

This is the scenario (still dnd 3.5): a lvl 15 wizard will cast a powerful spell on an enemy who is sure to close in melee to him. He's smart so he would like to Quicken Dimension Hop (lvl 2, so ...
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Spell to Duplicate a PC

Okay so here's the story: in an upcoming campaign, I will be sharing DMS duties with a player who's shown interest. Now, we are planning on playing the same person, but the PC has mutiple ...
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How can/should I convince my players to use magic other than Rotes?

The last time I ran a game with Mages in it, they were obsessed with only using rotes, leafing through the book to see how they could combine their magic to cast Rotes. They never once even considered ...
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Must the body remain on the Material Plane during astral projection?

The spell 9th-level Sor/Wiz spell astral projection [necro] (PH 201) is one of those high-level legacy spells dating back to at least Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (1978), likely included in Dungeons ...
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Mage the Awakening: magic map creation arcana involved

Let's say a player wants to create a map to locate nearby vampires and give it to his mates in order to better protect themselves. I think that Space, Death and Matter are involved: Space to locate ...
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Magical Tool Bonuses

As a mage, I have a number of magical tools that I have dedicated to specific Arcana. My GM and I are wondering what if, any bonuses, may apply? I am on the softer side, thinking that the bonus if ...
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Can a lake of eternal fire be created with the spell blast of flame?

Spells in the creation subschool of the conjuration school have this note: A creation spell manipulates matter to create an object or creature in the place the spellcaster designates.... If the ...
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Starting spells in AD&D 1e

Where should I refer to finding the exact rules for the starting spells of magic-users, clerics, druids and illusionists? I'm not sure whether or not these spells start off ready-to-go or require ...
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When does a weapon that's the target of the spell hurl return?

The 2nd-level Sor/Wiz spell hurl [trans] (SpC 117) says that For the duration of the spell [1 min./level], when thrown, the weapon returns to its wielder at the beginning of the wielder's next ...
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Most useful low HD animals for Embrace the Wild?

In our campaign we are using the Complete Adventurer version of Embrace the Wild that grants the caster the extraordinary senses of a chosen animal. As a druid, I salivate at the thought of getting ...
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Why is sympathy so much more expensive than antipathy?

Antipathy and sympathy are both spells of the same level (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 8). They have basically opposite effects, and they counter & dispel each other, yet antipathy is free (requiring components ...
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How to handle spell components in AD&D 1st edition

In the AD&D players handbook, many of the spells require spell components. However, there are no rules associated with spell components. So I'm guessing it's safe to assume that this is one of the ...
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Getting Early Access to Level 8 and 9 Spells as an Arcane Trickster

So I am testing out the Arcane Trickster prestige class, because it looks like fun. However, my issue is that the spell I want to have the most, Greater Create Demiplane, would be nearly impossible ...
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Druids' access to Domains in Pathfinder?

In Pathfinder, does a Druid gain access to two Domains like the cleric? If he does, would it be the elemental types such as Fire, Water, etc.?
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Is the product of the Heavens Mystery revelation “Coat of Many Stars” a valid target for Magic Vestment?

From Magic Vestment: Target: armor or shield touched ... You imbue a suit of armor or a shield with an enhancement bonus of +1 per four caster levels (maximum +5 at 20th level). An ...
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Can I use the Fast Hands bonus action to control Mage Hand?

My character is a level one high elf rogue, so I picked mage hand as his high elf cantrip. When he gets to level three, I plan on picking the Thief archetype. Can he use the fast hands bonus action ...
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Ringed Wall of Fire: How does the damage sequence go?

When casting WoF, you can cast it as a ring, and designate the inside of the ring to be the damage side (thus, everyone inside must save or take 5d8 at the time of casting). The spell then says ...
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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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Spells (debuffs) that increase damage from other spells

Motivation: I am playing a "solo" adventure with a wizard and a healbot cleric NPC/DMPC. A lot of times it would be more helpful if the cleric increased the damage output instead of healing/buffing; I ...
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Is there a list of wizard spells by level by school?

I want to try making a wizard for my next character but noticed that the spell lists are poorly sorted when choosing an arcane tradition. After a quick google search turned up nothing useful I thought ...
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Is Sunbeam's beam considered sunlight, for the purposes of Sunlight Hypersensitivity?

Compare Sunbeam's opening line: "A beam of brilliant light flashes out from your hand in a 5-foot-wide, 60-foot-line." to Sunburst's opening line: "Brilliant sunlight flashes in a 60-foot ...
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How many sorcery points does twin spell use when copying a spell cast with a higher level slot?

The sorcerer ability Twin Spell (PH 102) reads: When you cast a spell that targets only one creature and doesn't have a range of self, you can spend a number of sorcery points equal to the spell's ...
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Which is likely to provide more chances to OA, Polearm Master or Sentinel (with War Caster)?

I'm wielding a staff focus, which doubles as a quarterstaff; so, it seems that Polearm Master + War Caster allows a PC to cast spells as reactions to enemies that enter its reach. Similarly, ...
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“Clever” spell 'combos' for Draconic Ancestry--Elemental Affinity? [closed]

Related to this question, though a bit more specific--I'm looking for spell+element combinations that offer a bit more bang for your buck than just straight up damage once (or when the damage is a ...
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Do the Enlarge and Shrink spells only really affect damage and AC, or do they do more?

From what I've seen, Enlarge and Shrink modify strength, dex, AC, to hit and damage roll, but strength and attack roll modifications even out. Thus is AC and damage the only things affected by those ...
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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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What happens if you don't recast Animate Dead within 24 hours

The Animate Dead spell raises either a zombie or a skeleton that the caster can control with mental actions: You decide what actions the creature will take and where it will move during its next ...
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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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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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Can the 5E abjurer wizard recover temp hp on his arcane ward any time it is below max or only when it reaches 0?

On p115 of the PHB under Arcane Ward there are a few facts that I think are clear: The ward is created by the first abjuration spell you cast in a day It has a max hp of level × 2 + int ...
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Are there ways to concentrate on more than one spell at a time?

Are there any ways to maintain concentration on more than one spell at a time, or to interrupt and reconcentrate on a spell? I do know the general rules says it can't be done, but the general rules ...
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Using words of power as a mythic character

I'm interested in using words of power, but my DM is planning to run a mythic campaign next (Wrath of the Righteous). From what I've read/can find online, it seems that paizo basically treats ...
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Can a Sorcerer protect their friend from Web by using Careful Spell?

With the metamagic "Careful Spell" does the caster protect his friend from a Web spell for its full duration or just for the first save? If the friend stays in the area or re-enters the area does he ...
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Can you light magically created grease on fire?

I have a forum-based Pathfinder campaign where one of the players would like to light grease created by a Grease spell on fire. Can this type of grease be lit?
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Can a Magic Circle be concealed and used as a trap?

The description of the Magic Circle spell states that 'glowing runes appear on any surface the cylinder touches'. This makes it difficult to use as a trap. Obviously if it is cast in a room, runes ...
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Can I Banish a druid when he's in elemental form?

Is it possible to cast banishment or dismissal on a druid when he is wild-shaped into an elemental?
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Should I allow Prestidigitation to ignite Grease (the game allows the Grease to be flammable)?

In 3.5 Prestidigitation is used mostly as a "flavor" spell. However, I noticed that in Next they added a new use for it. You instantaneously light or snuff out a candle, a torch, or a small ...
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Can you deal damage to two targets each round, using Twinned Spell and Witch Bolt?

A small follow-up to this answer: if you cast Witch Bolt + Twinned Spell, when you use your action to deal WB damage on your next turn, do you deal damage to both targets or to one? I lean towards the ...
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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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Can you cast Banishment on yourself?

Can you cast Banishment on yourself from a non-native plane, as a way of returning to your native plane?