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

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How do you decide who will be contacted by Contact Other Plane spell

Contact Other Plane says: You mentally contact a demigod, the spirit of a long-dead sage, or some other mysterious entity from another plane. Does the caster decide whom they are contacting? ...
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Magic To Copy a Work of Art

Are there any spells or magic items in D&D 3.5 that would allow the caster/user to copy a work of art? In my current campaign there is an artist(painter) who has been magically making duplicates ...
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How do touch spells work in Pathfinder?

You would think touch spells would be fairly straightforward: You cast a spell, you touch someone or several someones, and effects occur. Unfortunately, the touch spell rules contain the following ...
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Does a willing creature know the outcome of a spell that is being used on him?

Perhaps put another way, can you lie with a spell? For instance, I could cast Dimension Door on myself and one willing creature. I may tell him we're going across that gorge, but in reality, we're ...
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How does the “Animate Objects” spell work?

I have the following questions concerning the spell "animate objects": It seems clear that this spell gives objects a mode of movement which they didn't have before. What kind of movement does it ...
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Would this Conjure Dragons spell be too powerful?

Would this homebrewed spell for dragon-themed conjurers be too powerful? It is a variant of conjure animals / conjure minor elementals / conjure woodland beings but dragon-themed. This is what I have ...
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Can “Symbol of” spells be thrown at enemies?

The "Symbol of" line of spells (starting at Symbol of Death) state that "You can't use a symbol of [whatever] offensively; for instance, a touch-triggered symbol of [whatever] remains untriggered ...
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How could one defeat a pervasive antimagic field?

There is a campaign I'm in that, though I'm pretty much done and ready to bail on it, has inspired a thought experiment. Long story short, we got railroaded hard into being gladiators. We have had ...
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Does an Enlarge/Reduce spell on a druid affect the beast form if the druid Wild-Shapes?

If a druid (multiclassed into sorcerer) casts Enlarge on himself so that he becomes a Large humanoid (approximately twelve feet tall), and he then Wild Shapes in a brown bear, is the brown bear form ...
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Ways to limit the power and overuse of Phantasmal Force

I've been DMing 1st edition for about 12 years now, and while I've experimented with different editions I always go back to 1st. Over the years DMing I have written a number of my own house rules to ...
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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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Does Sudden Light depend on which way the victims are facing?

I've been discussing how this level 5 spell from the Light Law list should work with my GM and we've both come up with different conclusions. I was hoping to find some sort of clarification. The ...
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Can you make an unwilling creature willing?

Going through the spells, I see the phrase "Willing creature" used to determine who you can cast some spells on. I don't ever see a proper definition of what a willing creature is, but I would assume ...
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Do you need line of sight to cast spells on someone?

A Clear Path to the Target To target something [with a spell], you must have a clear path to it, so it can’t be behind total cover. If you place an area of effect at a point that you can’t see ...
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Warding Bond: What is the Order of Operations for calculating cleric damage taken?

Warding Bond allows a support character (cleric) to buff another player. (Basic Rules p. 105) While the target is within 60 feet of you, it gains a +1 bonus to AC and saving throws, and it has ...
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How does Hunters Mark work when the target goes invisible?

Hunters Mark states you have advantage on any Wisdom (Perception) or Wisdom (Survival) check you make to find it. If the target of the spell casts invisibility on itself, how does that interact ...
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What does a confused creature do when it has to “attack the nearest creature”?

I ran an encounter and during it several characters ended up getting confused by the result of a poison. When they rolled in the 75-100 range, forcing them to "attack the nearest creature", a few ...
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What happens if you stop meeting the requirements for a spell?

Many spells specify a condition (animal, living creature, undead, etc.) that their targets must fulfill. What happens if such a spell is cast on a target that meets the condition(s), but changes in ...
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Can a Druid cast stone shape to trap an enemy?

One of the players was playing a Druid and they cast stone shape. Their goal was to have the stone trap an enemy by making a box around them. I jumped to the spell description to see exactly what it ...
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Does Gravity Bow stack with Enlarge?

Does Gravity Bow stack with Enlarge? As in I cast enlarge on myself, as a medium creatue, and the turn after I cast Gravity bow and on the third turn I shoot with my longbow. Does it do Huge dmg ...
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Casting multiple spells in a single round

In the PHB page 202 under the bonus action heading it states: You can't cast another spell during the same turn, except for a cantrip with a casting time of 1 action. This seems to state that if ...
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Can you cast a spell at a higher level, 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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Do spellcasters need to know a spell to use a magic device?

This question came up amongst my group when, in a Pathfinder game, the Wizard acquired a wand of fireballs but does not actually know the spell fireball. Does he actually need to have fireball ...
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How can we prevent a sorcerer with subtle spell metamagic from casting?

The sorcerer's subtle spell metamagic states: When you cast a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to cast it without any somatic or verbal components. The description of material components ...
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How can I get my character immunity to compulsion effects?

I have a personal problem with having my characters being subject to magical compulsions, specifically Dominate. I know they're part of the game, but they touch on some personal history stuff that ...
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Can an Alchemist really get shut down by a shatter spell?

Your standard alchemist in Pathfinder usually uses vials for their bombs, mixtures, and everything else. Suppose said alchemist was hit or in an area of effect shatter spell. Since they are on his ...
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Is creating a custom land circle for the Land Druid making him too versatile?

I am unsure on how to ask this question more spot on, so I am sorry in advance. Looking through the different land circles the land druid gets at level 3, I found myself wondering why a lot of those ...
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Who is affected by an area buff?

Righteous Wrath of the Faithful (SpC) is an area buff that has a round per level duration, a 30 ft range and target: all allies 30 ft from you. Is it a buff on each target that was 30 ft from me when ...
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Can Eldritch Blast be Twinned? [duplicate]

I was just reading this on an online max-DPR build and there were some who thought using the metamagic twinned spell on the warlock cantrip was illegal, and some who thought the opposite. Twinned ...
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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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Does “Invisibility” require sight to maintain concentration? [duplicate]

So, one of the spellcasters in my group wants to cast invisibility on the thief to have him scout out a dungeon. The Players Handbook doesn't specifically say the caster must be in sight range of the ...
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How do polymorph-like spells interact with spellcasting capability? [closed]

For this question I am going to define these spells as, namely, Polymorph, True Polymorph & Shapechange. You must also, for the sake of this question, disregard any creature type limitations and ...
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Does pounce let a Beast Shaped Druid rake even before Beast Shape grants rake?

I have a player with a 7th level druid. Due to the wording of Beast Shape 2 and 3, pounce is granted for the 2nd, but rake is part of the 3rd. After reading pounce, grab, and rake I'm a little ...
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Are spent spell slots maintained when True Polymorphing between two spellcasting forms?

True polymorph is a spell that allows you to take any form you want and it states that the targets game statistics are replaced by the new form statistics including also its mental ability scores. By ...
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What's the perception DC of a shout spell?

In the spell Shout, I can make an extremely loud scream You emit an ear-splitting yell that deafens and damages creatures in its path. I don't think there's any rules at all for especially loud ...
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Paladin Smite Spells and the Steed: Can either or both trigger the damage?

Short question How does the family of Smite spells work when a Paladin is mounted on a Paladin's Steed that was summoned by Find Steed spell? Steed and Paladin share the effects of some spells. ...
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Can you witch bolt the bad guy you're grappling?

If you have a Warlock that has the Warcaster feat, could you grapple the enemy, then Witch Bolt it the next round? You only need one free hand to cast with Warcaster, and only one free hand to ...
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How does Disguise Self manifest for creatures of very large, very small, or unusually-shaped bodies?

Some magic items, like False Face allow you to change form into a humanoid creature with a specific size, but the only requirement is that the creature has an appropriate slot for the magic item. The ...
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Healing a PC with spell resistance

I have a drow in my party that doesn't have a lot of HP. When she's unconscious and bleeding out, I am having trouble stabilizing her—her spell resistance is still active, and I only have a +6 ...
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What good is Friends?

I've been looking at the Friends cantrip, and the more I think about it the less useful it appears. It appears to be self-defeating: you can gain advantage in a conversation, but they'll know you ...
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Darkness vs Daylight Interactions

If I cast Darkness at 4th level and someone else cast Daylight at 4th level how do the 2 spells interact? I found this twitter post by Jeremy Crawford back in October where the spell does not get ...
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Can spells be supercharged for free with Soulfire's new mechanics?

Since the release of the Paranet Papers and the changes to Soulfire, I have a question. According to YS288 it says In addition, if you already practice evocation, you may use a sponsored power ...
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How are a simulacrum's feats, skills, and classes allocated?

When you create a simulacrum, it gets "half of the real creature's levels or HD (and the appropriate hit points, feats, skill ranks, and special abilities for a creature of that level or HD)". This is ...
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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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What does “… when it enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there” mean

From When do you roll the damage for Cloud of Daggers?, it was suggested that some comments be made into a Q&A. So: From the Cloud of Daggers spell (others have similar wording) You fill the ...
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Does casting a spell from an item allow you to apply class abilities that are used when casting a spell?

This question is edited to request additional answers and detail in light of information now available in the DMG. In the released DM basic rules, Lost Mine of Phandelver, Hoard of the Dragon Queen, ...
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When do you roll the damage for Cloud of Daggers?

The cloud lasts up to 1 minute, and specifies 4d4 damage. Is the damage rolled when you cast it, or is it rolled each time an enemy is afflicted by the cloud?
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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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Pathfinder Cleric Domains: How exactly do they work?

I've recently started playing Pathfinder with some of my friends. It's going quite well, even though none of us had PnP experience before! I am playing a Cleric. Picked the Healing and Fire domain. I ...
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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 ...