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

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What are the final polymorph rules?

The polymorph self spell and its friends were an ever-changing pile of errata. What was the final word on how polymorph effects work in Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition? I am uninterested in the ...
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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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Are there any spells that can create the effects of a flash grenade, but persistently?

Are there any spells that can make a light so bright, you have to look away or else you can't really see anything? I have read through all the spells in the PHB and not found one that obviously does ...
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When does a Tempest cleric have to choose to use Destructive Wrath?

The Tempest Domain gives the ability Channel Divinity: Destructive Wrath, which says: When you roll lightning or thunder damage, you can use your Channel Divinity to deal maximum damage, instead ...
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Does Flame Blade count as a weapon for Extra Attack?

Assume you are a Druid 3 / Ranger 5. Can you attack twice with the Flame Blade when you use Extra Attack?
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How can Silent Image be used to obscure vision in combat in 5E?

In my party I have a warlock who is partial to illusion magic. At second level, he took the 'Misty Visions' invocation, with the intent of using Silent Image to keep the party shrouded in illusory fog ...
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Can I use the Suggestion spell to force a creature to tell the truth?

The Suggestion spell description is the following: You suggest a course of activity (limited to a sentence or two) and magically influence a creature you can see within range that can hear and ...
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Can a Precision Attack be added to an attack roll after an enemy uses Shield as a reaction to that attack roll?

Can The battle master maneuver Precision Attack be used after his enemy casts the shield spell as a reaction to the battle master's initial die roll? This happened during a game. It didn't occur to me ...
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Is there a lore-based reason for verbal components in arcane spellcasting?

Somatic components are addressed more or less in the PHB with: The caster plucks directly at the strands ofthe Weave to create the desired effect and Whenever a magic effect is created, ...
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How similar to normal attacks are attacks made with a telekinetic violent thrust?

The 5th-level Sor/Wiz spell telekinesis [trans] (PH 292) allows the caster to move objects or creatures by concentrating on them.… [T]he spell can… exert a single short, violent thrust [allowing] ...
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One of my players is trying to cast a spell that isn't in the handbook, and he hasn't told me how his character knows it

One of my players is playing a sorcerer, and during an encounter with some medusa, he decided to channel his magical energies into a bolt of energy. He hasn't done anything like this before, and he ...
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Why did the sorcerer/wizard spell lists diverge in D&D 5e?

The party I am playing with is currently playing Pathfinder, and we are considering switching to 5e within the new couple of weeks. I have been doing research on the difference with Sorcerers between ...
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What is the highest dispel check one can hope to roll?

To my knowledge, the dispel check is ruled by two things: your caster level, which is theoretically evergrowing, and small bonuses coming from feats, prestige classes and several other sources, which ...
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How to handle a PC wanting to interrupt a spell cast in a non-combat situation?

A warlock and a monk are talking to a NPC. Suddenly, the warlock gets angry and fires an Eldritch Blast at the NPC. The monk recognizes the situation and tries to prevent the warlock from casting. ...
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Does Force Damage Affect Ethereal Creatures?

This passage says that anything made of magical force can affect ethereal creatures. Border Ethereal DMG page 48: A traveler on the Ethereal Plane is invisible and utterly silent to someone on the ...
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How does Mending interact with corroded weapons?

The Black Pudding's Corrosive Form contains the following text: Any nonmagical weapon made of metal or wood that hits the pudding corrodes. After dealing damage, the weapon takes a permanent and ...
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What options does the spell Revenant Armor allow for?

I've been looking at the spell Revenant Armor and its unclear what you would use it for. I know that it brings the armor to life after the person wearing it drops unconscious, but is the only thing ...
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Can you store cantrips in a Ring of Spell Storing?

How would storing a cantrip (0th level spell) like Prestidigitation work with the ring of spell storing? Could one just create a Ring of Prestidigitation some other way?
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Does the Hex spell's damage apply to spell attacks?

The Hex spell increases the damage when you hit with an attack and Eldritch Blast is a spell which causes you to make a spell attack roll. Does any attack roll trigger the extra damage of Hex, or ...
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Does Water Breathing + a full waterskin = infinite “air”?

I was wondering if a person could use water breathing to avoid breathing a toxic atmosphere. The spell itself states: This spell grants up to ten willing creatures you can see within range the ...
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Can level 3 Faerie Fire be seen in Magical Darkness?

Darkness reads: Magical darkness spreads from a point you choose within range to fill a 15-foot radius sphere for the duration... nonmagical light can’t illuminate it... If any of this spell’s ...
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Can a wizard copy spells from another's spellbook?

Supposing either a wizard acquires and deciphers the spellbook of a slain enemy, or an ally shows him an unfamiliar one — could the wizard copy said spell for his own use rather than from a spell ...
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What are the consequences of failing the Strength check to move in a Web spell?

Regarding this part of the Web spell in D&D 3.5: Each round devoted to moving allows the creature to make a new Strength check or Escape Artist check. The creature moves 5 feet for each full ...
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How to obtain lots of temporary hit points?

Most of the spells can grant a few temporary hitpoints, like 10, 20 or 30. Is there any spell granting an ammount of 100 or more? What about psionic powers(along with other variants of psionics, ...
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Can Alter Self grant you wings to fly?

Alter self can turn your body into anything as long as you basically retain the same body shape. It can even change your weight. Moreover, it can transform you into a member of another race. So, this ...
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Is there a spell or effect that reveals or identifies alignment?

I am looking for an effect that you can cast on a creature (or character) to reveal its true alignment. As long as it reveals true alignment, I don't care if it's a single target effect, a zone effect,...
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Can a creature affected by Haste and Slow use its second action?

Slow states that On its turn, [a creature] can use either an action or a bonus action, not both. Haste gives an affected creature a second action. Assuming we're not talking about taking the ...
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Are a Wizard's “spells known” what they have in their spellbook or what they can prepare?

I'm unclear on what a wizard's “spells known” means. Namely, are they the spells they can prepare, or the spells in their spellbook? This is probably really obvious, but I'm just not figuring it out. ...
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Who does Faerie Fire affect?

As a level 1 druid, I have some questions about Faerie Fire. Does it affect both enemies and allies? I mean, if both enemies and PCs are in the 20-foot cube area of effect, are they all outlined in ...
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What spells can a Shugenja cast?

I'm trying to create an L5R (4th ed.) Shugenja, and want to understand what spells she will be able to cast. Sometimes, the rules talk about “learning a spell”. Does that mean “gaining a scroll you ...
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Does dance of ruin hurt the caster

I was reading the text for dance of ruin and it says it spreads outwards centred on the caster, does this mean the caster is also hit by dance of ruin? EDIT: the spell is from the book of vile ...
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Undead thrall attribute. How does it work with the True Polymorph spell

This is a follow-up to my how to get a permanent skeleton companion question. As the previous question answered a True Polymorph spell can allow a permanent zombie follower summoned using Finger of ...
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Do Nondetection and Invisibility protect you from True Seeing?

Nondetection says it hides the target from all divination spells. Invisibility hides you from normal sight. When combining both effects on one target, are they hidden from true seeing?
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Can Phantasmal Force Heal A Target?

Phantasmal force can make the target believe what they see to such an extent, they will always rationalize what they experience. This goes as far as to inflict damage on them if they experience a ...
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Contradiction in Cloudkill Description

I have found what seems to be a contradiction in how the 5th level spell Cloudkill affects creatures of certain HD: These vapors automatically kill any living creature with 3 or fewer HD (no ...
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Pathfinder explosive runes abuse [closed]

One of my players (a sorcerer) wants to use pathfinder's explosive runes as an offensive spell. He wants to scribe runes on a book, throw it somewhere and then have a party member (a paladin with a ...
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How many things can Detect Evil and Good detect at once?

Detect Evil and Good states: you know if there is an aberration, (etc.) within 30 feet of you, as well as where the creature is located It says "an" and "the," which are both singular pronouns. ...
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Does Bestow Curse overrule advantages

If a player was to cast bestow curse and apply it onto a creatures wisdom ability score as written they would have disadvantage on ability checks and saving throws made with wisdom. Although if the ...
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If a caster uses a higher level slot for Enhance Ability, can they specify different effects for different targets?

If a caster uses a higher level slot for Enhance Ability, can they specify different effects for different targets? Example: target one gets a Bear's Endurance, and target two gets a Bull's Strength.
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Could a wizard learn every spell on the list?

So in the PHB it states by (a) finding a person willing to teach you the spell or finding it written and (b) spending the corresponding amount of gold and time a wizard can copy a new spell into their ...
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Does probing with Detect Thoughts from a crowd conceal you from the target?

Our Sorcerer was in a crowd, and cast Detect Thoughts, then targetted a person he could see for a probe. Detect Thoughts states: the target knows that you are probing into its mind I am unclear ...
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What exactly can you do with the product of Major Creation?

Let's assume a caster able to cast the spell Major Creation. What he is trying to do is exploit this to be able to avoid having to pay for certain things. As explained in this question, what is ...
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A question about true polymorphing yourself [duplicate]

If you true polymorph yourself into a chair do you instantly break concentration and turn back to normal? (Whoops, apologies. I'm an idiot.)
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Can you use Major Creation to create the diamond dust required for Resurrection?

I have a character who is able to cast major creation and resurrection. He has a CL of 15. He starts by taking a really small piece of diamond (not enough to cast Resurrection), and casts major ...
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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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Does a spell with a target of “You” work if cast by a Swarm on itself? [closed]

Herbert is a Rat Swarm with Psychic levels. As such, he is able to cast magic and has the Int score on the level of a wizard. HOWEVER. A swarm is immune to any spell or effect that targets a ...
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Counterspell a counterspell while casting my own spell, 5E? [duplicate]

Cast fireball, have it counterspelled, can i counterspell the counterspell with my reaction? Need specifics from the book.
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Monk flurry and haste, which bab?

I am playing a monk and we have a spell caster in the group who casts haste. Haste When making a full attack action, a hasted creature may make one extra attack with one natural or manufactured ...
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How to calculate the expected damage increase from Empowered Spell?

In D&D 5th Edition the Sorcerer Metamagic ability Empowered Spell states the following: "When you roll damage for a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to reroll a number of the damage dice up ...
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Can a level 11 Warlock do 78 damage in one turn with Eldritch Blast and Magic Stone?

Can I do at maximum 78 dmg in one turn with the following stats? Warlock level 11 stats: Spellcasting modifier: Charisma 20 equals +5 Eldritch Invocations: Agonizing Blast 1 magic stone max: 1d6 + ...