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

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How to deal with lack of downtime as a wizard?

As we all know the wizard is a physically weak class that relies on his spells to perform in his adventures. Other than the spells gained at each level-up however he needs to spend 32 hours learning ...
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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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What should a GM do about players using magic in unforeseen game-breaking ways?

Firstly, a quick anecdote. In our most recent Pathfinder session our cleric jokingly mentioned he will soon be able to summon 1d3 dolphins. Another player then mentioned that some dolphins (orca) can ...
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Does Clone spell makes someone effectively immortal?

While reading through PHB 5e spellist, I found an interesting spell: Clone This spell grows an inert duplicate o f a living creature as a safeguard against death. This clone forms inside ...
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Does Magic Missile really always hit a creature of choice?

The rules state: Each dart hits a creature of your choice that you can see within range Does this mean that it is a guaranteed hit? Or is it meaning that it attempts to hit and attempt is merely ...
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How does wizard & cleric spell preparation and casting work? [closed]

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 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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Can an undead cleric resurrect himself?

Inspired by the current OOTS story thread, I was trying to think my way around a resolution for the situation and wondered: Would it be valid for an undead cleric to cast resurrect on himself?
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Can wizards really cast 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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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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Does Burning Hands really require touching thumbs?

The D&D 5E spell Burning Hands has verbal and somatic components, and is described like this: As you hold your hands with thumbs touching and fingers spread, a thin sheet of flames shoots ...
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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 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 can I make a deal with a devil?

The tradition of summoning an extraplanar entity to bargain with is well established in the D&D lore. But they don't necessarily like being summoned for this purpose, which is why wizards usually ...
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Do Cantrips use your character level or class level?

Cantrips seem to be the only type of spell that cares only about your level. However, in the multiclassing section they are not mentioned, does this mean, that cantrips use your character level, ...
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My players are using Create Memories to rob everyone blind

I am a novice Game Master directing my first game. My players have recently discovered the mage in the group can cast "Create Memories". The spell reads: Permits creation of new memories in the ...
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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 every magic rod, wand, crystal, orb, and staff count as an arcane focus?

The various magic rods, wands, staves, etc. in the DMG all have certain abilities. But do they also count as arcane foci for the purpose of not needing material components for all your other spells?
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Would the 1st level Burning Hands wizard spell burn down a wooden house/inn?

One of my players seems to think that this spell will cause all sorts of carnage whereas I'm more inclined to say it may cause a bit of a fire and a bit of damage but not necessarily be all-consuming. ...
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True strike and critical confirmation

So last night, our party's wizard casted on himself true strike, so his next round's scorching ray would be a direct hit. He rolled on his round and rolled a natural 20. So It was a threat. My ...
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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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For the purpose of magic immunity, does Counterspell target the caster or the spell?

In the MM it states that the rakshasa is immune to magic of 6th level or lower. Does this include the counterspell spell or does counterspell target the spell and not the creature?
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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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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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How would a 7th level wizard defend his shop?

So my players have been hired by a wizard to recover 3 copies of a spell he created. Three other wizards have copied the spell into secondary spellbooks (which required them to break a ...
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Does rogue's Assassinate + surprise allow critting with Magic Missile?

My 5e group just finished playing through the 5e Starter Set. I am currently a level 4 rogue that has specialized at level 3 as an Assassin. In the starter set I was able to pick up a Wand of Magic ...
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Will petrification prevent lich from being reborn near phylactery (possibly forever)?

If I am not mistaken, liches now aren't immune to being petrified. Granted, they have Legendary resistance and high CON save, but spamming petrification by Prismatic Spray/Wall: Indigo, Flesh to ...
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My DM's ruled that all spells cast in armor are subject to Arcane Spell Failure. Can you change his mind?

My Fighter wants to multiclass into Bard, and continue wearing heavy armor; I'd just avoid spells with somatic components, since only spells with somatic Components worry about an armor's Arcane Spell ...
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What happens when I'm invisible and something I'm wearing has Light cast on it?

The bard in my group cast the light spell on an amulet he was wearing. Then after triggering a trap, he cast invisibility on himself. What happens in this situation? The amulet is now invisible but ...
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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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Learning to use spells comfortably

I'm hoping to get a little but of advice. You see, I've been running Rise of the Runelords, although the fact that I'm using Pathfinder probably isn't too relevant. Point is, I'm relatively new to ...
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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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“Ray of Frost” Spell + Water = Lock Broken?

I played only D&D 3.0 and 3.5 editions, but if similar, low-level spells exist in D&D 4.0 and Pathfidnder, please comment, I will probably make a transition to one of them anyway. Is it ...
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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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Passage of Time within a Rope Trick spell

My question is rather simple and has to do with the extra-dimensional space* created by a Rope Trick spell. *Note: It is not clear to me whether this kind of space is a Demiplane or not, but should ...
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How obvious is Mage Armor?

Can an observer see that a creature is under the effect of the Mage Armor spell?
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Wild Magic Surge - What does “You cast …” mean for your spell slots?

In response to this question, I started to think about what it means when a Wild Magic Surge results in a "You cast spell-X". So, "specific beats general" gives: You can cast a second spell when ...
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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?
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How can I pass through a Blade Barrier?

Can I safely get through a "Blade Barrier" by crawling through with an overturned bathtub over me or does the blade barrier form inside it as well?
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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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How does Charm Person affect a PC?

It's quite clear how the DM should play any NPCs that get Charmed by a PC -- the NPC should behave as the caster's best friend, and do things that he'd do for his best friend. But how do you play ...
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Rules for creating new spells?

Is there a good source for allowing players to create new (non-epic-level) spells, or combining spells? For example, how can a Wizard research and create a new spell? What if a sorcerer improvises ...
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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 does Charm Person work?

In a campaign I've been playing in, we've been having a real tough time deciding how powerful to make the first level Charm Person spell for Magic Users. We are playing Swords & Wizardry, a ...
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Can a Wizard cast Shield in reaction to a stealth attack?

Scenario: Rogue is hidden and sneaks up to Wizard. Rogue attacks and hits the wizard with 1 above his AC. Can the wizard take his reaction to Shield from it? Shield's Casting time is 1 reaction, ...
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Any games with a Magicka-like (experimental/combination-based) magic system?

I really like the exploratory/combining elements of the magic system in the computer game Magicka. Can anyone recommend a tabletop game with a similar system? The system is based on obtaining ...
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Any GM headaches or canon reasons not to let resurrected PCs fight their reanimated corpses?

Given that, a character can be dissolved in acid and resurrected A body isn't necessary for resurrection. Also, given that, a dark cleric/necromancer can raise a dead body to fight It seems ...
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An old school experienced DM insists Magic Missile always goes first. Does it or not, and why?

A friend of mine is an experienced DM who started with D&D and then the AD&D 1st edition back in the day. I'm currently DMing AD&D Second Edition for him and he's playing a Wizard. He has ...
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Is a concentration check required when temporary hitpoints absorb all the damage?

A spell caster with 6 temporary hit points is hit for 3 damage. Do they have to make a concentration check?
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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 ...