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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mystic Arcanum class feature: Can you choose lower level spells at higher level?

A player asked me if they could use their 17th-level Mystic Arcanum (Warlock class feature) to select the 6th-level spell "Mass Suggestion" cast at 9th level (to always make the suggestion last a year ...
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In 5e, are saving throw results detected by the opposing party?

Pathfinder makes it very clear that Succeeding on a Saving Throw: A creature that successfully saves against a spell that has no obvious physical effects feels a hostile force or a tingle, but ...
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Can Bigby's Forceful Hand knock a creature prone?

Shoving a Creature: Using the Attack action, you can make a special melee attack to shove a creature, either to knock it prone or push it away from you. If you're able to make multiple ...
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How can I summon hostile creatures or create traps with Glyph of Warding?

The spell glyph says it can only affect spells that can affect one or more targets or an area. It also provides explanation for how it works with summoning and 'dangerous object' making spells. As ...
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Magic Jar without a receptacle

In the magic jar spell effects, you can possess a body, which sends the 'life force' or 'soul' to the receptacle/magic jar. You possess the body and force the creature's soul into the magic jar ...
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Does Fey Ancestry grant advantage on the save against Otto's Irresistible Dance?

My first instinct is to say no, Fey Ancestry does not grant an elf advantage on the save against this spell, because the spell does not say that it bestows the charmed condition upon its target; ...
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Do multiple castings of False Life stack?

The spell False Life gives you a small amount of temporary hit points. If you cast it multiple times, does the temporary HP stack?
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Can a prismatic sphere exist inside an antimagic shell?

This is an out of game rules argument. Prismatic sphere says This spell functions like prismatic wall... and under the description for prismatic wall there is ...but an antimagic field ...
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Does mirror image copy pre-existing conditions?

We had a situation that arose in-game that the rules were non-specific on. My players were forced to duel each other in an arena, and the Ranger hit the Sorcerer with ensnaring strike. Afterwards, ...
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Does going outside of range or line of sight after casting a spell have any effect?

Does going outside the range of the spell or breaking line of sight between the caster and target break concentration or otherwise affect control over the spell? For example, a Heat Metal spell has a ...
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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 a wizard have more than one Alarm spell active at once?

Can a character have more than one Alarm spell active at a given time? There doesn't appear to be anything in the spell description to prevent it, and it's not a concentration spell. Is there some ...
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An explanation of magic in Call of Cthulhu [closed]

I've been searching for an explanation on how magic works in CoC but I haven't found a big recap on how to use it, what it is and how an investigator can use it. If someone had a link for me or an ...
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Can a multiclass Wizard copy (and then use) a spell of a higher level than their Wizard level alone would permit? [duplicate]

The 5e rules for multiclassing (PHB p. 164) state that your spells known and prepared are based on your class level for each class, but your spell slots are based on your combined levels, which may ...
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Savage Worlds Powers - trappings and other options

In Savage Worlds, when choosing Powers for a character, you're sometimes given a lot of options. Most famously, you get to choose Trappings for the Power, but also there's "Raise/Lower Trait". My ...
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Does a weapon with concentration spell enchantment require concentration from the user?

Does a weapon that is enchanted with the ability to cast a spell that is a concentration spell, require concentration from the user to maintain?
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AoE effects with targets on top of each other

We've got a situation where a pit created by Create Pit is filled by ogres. Our witch decided to cast an Ice Storm on top of the pit. Should the damage hit the ogres in the bottom of the pit or are ...
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Can Wizards, Tome Warlocks, and those with the Ritual Caster feat use spells from each other's books?

How compatible are the spellbook used a Wizard, the ritual book of a character with the Ritual Caster feat, and the Book of Shadows used by a Pact of the Tome Warlock with the Book of Ancient Secrets ...
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Are the “fine inks” a wizard needs to copy a spell the same as the “rare inks” a warlock needs to copy a ritual?

The Book of Ancient Secrets Eldritch Invocation says that a Warlock can add ritual spells to his book of Shadows, and that this requires 50 gp worth of rare inks per spell level. A wizard can copy ...