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

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Does Lightning Bolt affect everyone in its line of effect?

I'm looking for clarification on a spell effect. The specific spell in question is lightning bolt, 3rd-level Sorcerer/Wizard spell. It has an area of a 120-ft line. Does it pass through enemies? If I ...
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Does Living Link allow Magic Resistance?

The AD&D second edition spell living link can be found in the Complete Book of Necromancers. It states the target of the spell receives no saving throw due to the fact the target does not know it ...
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Would a tracking spell work on a Black Court Vampire?

If you had something that belonged to a Black Court Vampire (clothing, hair, a tooth. etc.) could a Wizard perform Thaumaturgy to create a Tracking Spell to locate the vampire? The reason I ask is I ...
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Do 'Seeking' ranged weapons work against nonconcealment miss chances? (3.5)

The phrasing in the DMG seems (to me) to indicate Seeking weapons would work against any miss chance, including Entropic Shield or Blink. Is there disagreement regarding this?
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Do spells with area effects affect targets that have been swallowed whole?

If my barbarian was swallowed whole by a dragon, would a spell with an area of effect(such as fireball or lightning bolt) hit me? Does the same apply for channeling to heal me? In this question, the ...
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How does a very small area spell with a movable area interact with grappling creatures?

A PC grapples an NPC. They remain in their own spaces because the NPC isn't pinned. If a flaming sphere or an aggressive thundercloud were moved into the NPC's space, does the spell's effect affect ...
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How many times can Hail of Thorns be used per turn?

In a previous question I asked how many times could a ranger attack if he has hoard breaker and extra attack. Now, if he is using a bow and the Hail of Thorns spell is active, can it be activated once ...
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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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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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How can one establish communication with intelligent creatures lacking language?

The ice toad (Frostburn 140-1) is a magical beast with an Intelligence score of 6 yet no language. Beyond being conceptually annoying and making me feel bad for the handful of aberrant genius ice ...
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Can a Duskblade channel Magic Weapon?

Can a duskblade use his Arcane Channeling ability to channel the spell magic weapon? I haven't found this dealt with anywhere.
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What qualifies as a surface in Glyph of Warding?

Can a player specify the surface of a small object as the surface affected by Glyph of Warding? One of my players decided to create guns in the world (there are no guns present until now) by having ...
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How does Blood Crow Strike really work?

The way Blood Crow Strike is written does not make sense. The casting time is 1 Round, and the duration is Instantaneous. Now this can be taken two ways: The change is instantaneous, and permanent, ...
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Can you cast a spell and use the attack action in the same turn?

Like with a fighter at level 20, you have 3 extra attacks. Can you cast a spell, such as firebolt, and also attack in the same turn?
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Do harmful but non-damaging spells cause a character to wake up?

Do harmful spells (specifically Bestow Curse) that don't do damage cause people to wake from normal sleep? Does any damage cause a character to wake up?
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How can you get advantage from Invisibility if attacking ends it?

Monsters or players can have the ability to become invisible, as the spell. In the rules, it's said that an invisible creature gets advantage and enemy have disavantage. p194 of PHB : When you ...
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Can I use Minor Illusion to create a wall, hide behind it, and attack with advantage?

Minor Illusion allows the creation of a 5-foot illusory object: can I hide behind this object (wall/crate/anything) and gain advantage vs. creatures who can't see past the illusion? If so, given that ...
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How many cantrips can I cast continuously out of combat?

Playing Skull & Shackles and we got shipwrecked. My character has Mending as a cantrip. According to the books, cantrips are so inconsequential that they can be cast "without limit". ...
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Does the damage for Delayed Blast Fireball increase each round?

The damage for the spell delayed blast fireball is listed as: The spell’s base damage is 12d6. If at the end of your turn the bead has not yet detonated, the damage increases by 1d6. The ...
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When do you make the saving throw to move that is imposed by Ensnaring Strike?

Let's say my Ranger is trying to keep a target at bay, so he uses Ensnaring Strike and hits. On hit, the target is ensnared and must pass a strength save to move. Now, the question is this: Is that ...
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Can Dancing Lights be used to Dazzle an opponent?

Would Dancing Lights, when commanded to stay a foot in front of the eyes of an opponent, Dazzle that NPC? Since Dancing Lights can be the brightness equivalent of a torch, and the brightness of a ...
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Why do Vengeance Paladins get Banishment twice?

Typo perhaps? They released an Errata for the 5E PHB but this was not touched on. In the Paladin Spell lists (PHB, p. 209), the spell Banishment is listed at 4th level for all Paladins. On page 88 ...
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What are the modifiers to a Hide check in combat, while under the effects of Greater Invisibility?

The modifiers I could find are When moving at a speed greater than one-half but less than your normal speed, you take a -5 penalty. It’s practically impossible (-20 penalty) to hide while ...
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Can True Polymorph be dispelled or reversed?

My interpretation of True Polymorph is that, once made permanent, it could not be undone (except perhaps with a Wish spell, god-level magic, another casting of True Polymorph, or some similar ...
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How much control does Polymorph/True Polymorph allow over aesthetics?

Say a level 20 human wizard named Dumbledore would like to become an elf. When casting either Polymorph or True Polymorph, can Dumbledore specify how the elf will look? For example: "I want to be a ...
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Are indirect combat spells visible before they hit their target?

I am trying to understand what mundane characters see when a Magician casts an indirect combat spell. Looking at the rules (core rulebook), I can find the following snippets (p. 283): All ...
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What is the maximum range for indirect combat spells?

When a Magician with Spellcasting uses indirect combat spells such as Fireball, what is the maximum range? Looking at the rules for choosing the target of a spell (core rulebook, p. 281): If you ...
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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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Can you permanently True Polymorph into yourself?

Can a character True Polymorph into itself (possibly after transforming into some other form first)? Possibly to prevent aging, cure wounds, or alter their original body in some way? Or as a means of ...
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Spell Resistance vs Necklace of Fireballs

My party just picked up a Necklace of Fireballs, and I'm trying to figure out how much damage our Drow rogue can expect to take from it. This brings up a couple questions: Does spell resistance work ...
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Can True Polymorph be used to recover from diseases or curses?

Say a level 20 human wizard named Dumbledore is tired of his hand hurting. Said appendage was damaged magically and cannot be cured by any known means (short of deity magic or a Wish spell, which ...
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Does the freedom of movement spell allow you to ignore the max dexterity bonus on armor?

If you are wearing Freedom armor (magic item compendium), do you ignore the maximum dexterity bonus that normally applies to armor?
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How large can a thing be “produced” by True Polymorph?

In this question, it was decided a goblin could be permanently True Polymorphed into a lump of adamantine. True Polymorph can also turn a goblin into a larger creature, like a cow. This effectively ...
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Can True Polymorph be used repeatedly to never age?

Let's say we have a level 20 human wizard named Dumbledore. Dumbledore is wicked old. Dumbledore would like to not die of old age, as he has a few enemies left to take care of. Can Dumbledore cast ...
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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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Is a creature aware that a Hex or Hunter's Mark spell has been cast on it?

Both spells have a verbal component when casting them, but they can both be cast from 90 feet away, possibly from stealth or while the creature is distracted, so it may not notice the casting. I'm ...
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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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Spell Rays and Reach-applied touch attack: delivery and onlooker perception

When casting a touch spell, I can leave the spell on my hand and deliver strategically. What happens when that same touch attack is enhanced with Reach metamagic? Lets say I cast Invisibility on an ...
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What is a spell, curse, or illness that's long-lasting enough to drive a campaign?

Alright, so I want to make a villainous witch to be the villain that starts off the plot for a campaign. I want her to hex a beloved noble with either some format of permanent sleep, or impending ...
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How long can a readied spell be held before it's lost?

From RAW, it's clear that a character can ready a spell that has a casting time of 1 action and release the spell when the trigger occurs or directly after the trigger finishes:1 Provided, that the ...
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Can a wizard delay choosing spells for a spell book when leveling? [duplicate]

Imagine you have enough experience to gain two levels as a wizard. Instead of choosing lower level spells to add to your spell book - can you delay adding spells to your spell book until you do you ...
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What happened to the Permanency spell?

As the title asks, I'm curious about why the permanency spell isn't in 5e. It's not in the PHB, DMG, or any forum page on the interwebs. It's been incorporated into various spells like True Polymorph ...
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When casting a spell using Twinned Spell does it use one or two spell slots?

Say I cast fireball using Twinned spell, I would expend 3 sorcery points and cast a second fireball, would casting those two fireballs use one or two of my level 3 spell slots?
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How real is Mirage Arcane?

The Mirage Arcane text says the illusion has tactile elements. What exactly does this mean? If I create a structure, will it be 'tactile' enough to stand on the second floor of? If I make a wall in ...
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Can I get creatures stuck in the ground with Mirage Arcane + Illusory Reality?

Say I were to make a pit within the bounds of Mirage Arcane. Suppose I make the pit real with Illusory Reality and a creature falls into the pit. Then Illusory Reality's duration ends. Would the ...
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Can I make independent spell-effect choices for a Twinned spell?

Polymorph can be used on willing and unwilling targets, the unwilling have a Wisdom save to avoid the effects. Twin spell creates a second instance of the same spell on 2 viable targets within range. ...
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Can Minor Illusion look like a creature, or look like me?

Consider the use of Minor Illusion to distract an enemy and perhaps gain advantage during combat. Suppose a small character hides somewhere, then casts an illusion elsewhere. So far so good. (Minor ...
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Does Hex disadvantage apply to the next concentration spell?

I am trying to build a Warlock and see how I can optimize the hex spell and this question came up: will the disadvantage from the hex spell apply to the next concentration spell when I cast it? Or ...
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Can a mage cast a sleep spell on themselves?

In AD&D v2, is it possible for a mage to cast the level 1 sleep spell on themselves and cause themselves to fall asleep? Does the effect of the spell interfere with completing the casting of the ...
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AOE spells and multiple creatures with SR

In a Pathfinder game, when a spell caster lobs an area of effect spell into a group of creatures with spell resistance (SR) and the spell is affected by SR, do you roll your caster level check once, ...