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

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Do Paladins add their Proficiency bonus to their Spell Save DC?

The basic formula in D&D Next for Spell Save DC is 8 + Magic Modifier + Proficiency. However, the Spell Casting feature Paladins gain at level 2 says: Magic Ability Charisma is your ...
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Can you use Arrow Eruption to duplicate Arrow of Death?

Arrow Eruptions states that: You create exact duplicates of the arrow or crossbow bolt you used to kill a creature in the previous round and launch one at enemy creatures within a 30-foot radius ...
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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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Bringing undead back to life

In previous editions of D&D, you couldn't bring undead back to life. You had to "re-kill" them and then resurrect their corpse. In 5e, Resurrection states that it can't bring undead back, but ...
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How do I map a 15' cone to a 1" grid?

I've been playing 5e for a while now, and mercifully this hasn't come up yet, but it's definitely on it's way. When a caster casts burning hands, how is that properly mapped onto a standard 1" battle ...
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Does the Hex spell give disadvantage to saving throws and attacks?

The Warlock Spell 'Hex' (PHB 251) gives Disadvantage on ability checks. Does this include saving throws and attacks? That is, in this context, are saving throws and attacks 'ability checks'?
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Casting, initiative, casting time modifiers, and deciding when to cast

Short form: can my character decide to use his turn for a spell instead of a weapon attack after initiative has been rolled for the round? A fight with some Bullywogs (which kept spawning new waves ...
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Casting a spell, but not using it immediately

Can you cast a spell but not actually use it (e.g. I cast shocking grasp but don't discharge it)? If so, how long would it stay "stored" in my hands?
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Can a Sorcerer protect their friend from Web by using Careful Spell?

With the metamagic "Careful Spell" does the caster protect his friend from a Web spell for its full duration or just for the first save? If the friend stays in the area or re-enters the area does he ...
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Do Cantrips use your character level or class level?

Cantrips seem to be the only type of spell that cares about your level. However, in the multiclassing section they are not mentioned, does this mean, that cantrips use your character level, instead of ...
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Can't seem to find restrictions on Cantrips?

I'm starting a Bard on 5th edition. This is my first 5th edition campaign coming from Pathfinder. I can't seem to find any restrictions on cantrips. Do I automatically know all of them? Can I cast ...
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How many attack rolls do I need to make for an area attack?

I'm having trouble shaking this answer out of my PHB. Scenario: I cast a spell that affects a 3x3 area. How many attack rolls do I make? Do I make one per creature in the area (IE, like 4e), or one ...
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What happens when casting Shapechange and Polymorph together?

If I cast shapechange and then polymorph what will happen? What about in reverse order? Can you tell me any examples please? I am a little bit confused, but I imagine that after I cast shapechange ...
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In what order are creatures affected by sleep?

I thought I understood sleep but now I'm confused about the order of creatures affected. I always thought it was from lowest current hp to highest. However, it says near the end of the spell; ...
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Can a Bonus Action be used outside of a combat encounter?

Is there anything preventing a character from using an ability such as Second Wind, or casting a spell such as Misty Step, when not engaged in a combat encounter? The rules indicate you get one Bonus ...
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how do I deal with telekinesis abusers?

I have a wizard and a psion blaster type that keep flinging grenades, light sabers, and over sized swords at everything. The swords are not magical, so fly through spell resistance, anti-magic ...
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Can I use mage hand to wield implements or attack from a safe distance?

One of my players wants to use his mage hand trick to use his sword to make melee basic attacks from afar, or be able to hold his sword and shield while his mage hand uses his implement (wand). Is ...
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Are there any sources more concretely describing the Shield spell?

This question stems from an exercise in rule interpretation that happened in a friendly brawl after our game ended. A Dragonborn blasted an acid breath at a mage player who blurted out "I use the ...
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Can I prepare metamagicked spells in my domain slots?

Albeit this question was for Pathfinder, it made me wonder. Can a cleric prepare a lower level domain spell with some metamagic applied in the appropriate level slot, like an extended circle of ...
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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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At what level do monsters cast cantrips?

A 9 HD Yuan-ti Pureblood can innately cast the poison spray cantrip 3 times per day. The monster description says the save is DC 12, but it does not go into damage. So does it do 1d12 or 2d12 damage?
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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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Does Feather Fall prevent falling damage to a creature fallen upon, too?

My DM has a lot of enemies that jump on other characters as a damaging attack, similar to Mario. As the sorcerer, I have feather fall, and plan to make the next session more fun by casting it on the ...
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How long does damage resistance granted by Wish last?

One of the possible effects you can create with the 9th level spell Wish states: You grant up to ten creatures that you can see resistance to a damage type you choose. And that's it. No ...
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Is it possible for cleric to cast spells of opposed alignments?

Are there are means for clerics to cast spells with incompatible alignment descriptors? I can think of two possibilities. The first is creating a spell that temporary switches the caster's alignment. ...
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Have the requirements for building a portal changed?

The Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting is the only source I'm aware of for the feat Create Portal (34). The feat is untouched by errata and has as its only prerequisite the feat Craft Wondrous Item (PH ...
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Can a duskblade's Arcane Channeling affect a target more than once per round?

The question is pretty simple actually, though I have trouble deciphering the features of the Duskblade class from PHB2. The arcane channeling of level 3 allows you to use a standard action in order ...
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Can a character use Healing Word on themselves?

I first thought that the answer to this question was a definite 'yes.' The target is "A creature of your choice that you can see within range" (PHB 250). Presumably the caster is a creature, can be ...
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Does the magus' pool strike count as a touch spell?

The pfsrd states that, whenever a magus casts a spell with a range of “touch” from the magus spell list, he can deliver the spell through any weapon he is wielding as part of a melee attack. ...
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Should Burning Arc be a ranged touch attack?

Looking at the level 2 spell Burning Arc, there is nothing in the text that says it's a ranged touch attack. Given the power of this spell, should each target get a ranged touch attack check?
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Vampiric Touch/Inflict wounds Spell target Overlap

This came to me while planning out a Cleric/wizard multiclass 5e character with a necromantic bent. If I were to cast Vampiric Touch (which affects a target when I make a melee spell attack on said ...
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Can disguise self give advantage in attacks

I have a character who is using disguise self to make himself look smaller and make his battleaxe appear as a simple dagger. The spell states that in this case an observer could feel that you are ...
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When does Armor of Agathys take affect?

Given that Damage Reduction happens first. If a character with Heavy Armor Master Prerequisite: Proficiency with heavy armor You can use your armor to deflect strikes that would kill ...
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Did spirit guardians just wipe out the Orc army?

I have a cleric who wants to ride a war horse (movement speed 60', dash speed 120') with a spell cast on himself. Controlling a mount does not appear to cost an action, you simply decide if you are ...
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Mage Slayer vs Hold Person

Interesting scenario was posed to me by one of my players. A fighter with the mage slayer feat is within 5 feet of a mage who casts Hold Person on the fighter. The fighter fails his save (despite ...
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Does the charge held for a touch attack count as a spell effect?

When holding the charge for a touch attack, what kind of effect is this? Can it be dispelled? Do counterspells operate when the charge is first created or when it is discharged? The specific case I'm ...
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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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Is a touch spell's charge sufficient to hit an incorporeal creature?

Abel wants to affect a shadow (MM 221-2) with the 3rd-level Clr spell spark of life [necro] (SpC 196). The shadow has the subtype incorporeal, and the spell spark of life is Range: Touch and doesn't ...
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Can I cast Elemental Touch and Shocking Grasp?

Can I cast Elemental Touch in one round, and then cast Shocking Grasp afterwards? Do they stack? If so, could I cast elemental touch and choose lightning for even more lightning damage?
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Touch Spells; Cast, move & attack in one round?

I was re-reading the section in the SRD about touch spells in combat, when I came across this little nugget: SRD says: "Many spells have a range of touch. To use these spells, you cast the ...
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Elemental Touch Questions

I have 2 question about the spell Elemental Touch. I'm running a suli magus that specializes in electricity so the spells seems appealing to me, but I need to figure out some things first. The first ...
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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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Can someone explain how HP's stack with various spells?

OK we have a number of things that can augment hit points, from damage reduction (Master of Heavy Armor), Wards like (Arcane ward for an abjurer), Temporary hit points (False Life) and other spells as ...
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Can I cast sanctuary as a bonus action as part of the same turn I hit someone

With sanctuary as a bonus action. Can a character simply whack someone and cast sanctuary to try and prevent retaliation, and then repeat the same combination of attack and casting sanctuary as a ...
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Does Enhance Ability apply to attack based on that ability score?

Is a melee attack a Strength ability check, or a missile attack a Dexterity one? Say a cleric enhances the Fighter's Strength — the spell effect says the Fighter now gets advantage on Strength ...
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What can someone do while forced to doff armor from the heat metal spell

If an opponent fails a save on heated armor or weapons, do they have to start doffing their armor and dropping their weapons? The rules say you have to drop a heated weapon if you fail the save, but ...
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How long would it take to doff armour heated by the Heat Metal spell?

Page 146 of the PHB has the table for getting in and out of armour (1 to 5 minutes to doff, depending on the type). Now the Heat Metal (PHB pg. 250) says; Choose a manufactured metal object, such ...
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Do damage resistance and temp hit points from False Life and the Heavy Armor Master feat stack?

I have a multiclassed cleric/warlock with both the Heavy Armor Master feat and the Eldritch Invocation; Fiendish Vigor (which allows me to cast False Life at-will). The Heavy Armor Master feat (PHB ...
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Can you attack with spells while concentrating on another?

On page 203 of the Player's Handbook it says that you can attack while concentrating on a spell. Does that include spell attacks like Magic Missile, or is it just physical melee attacks?
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Does the Sleep spell use current or maximum hit points?

On Page 101 of the D&D 5e Basic PDF the effect of a Sleep Spell is stated as follows. This spell sends creatures into a magical slumber. Roll 5d8; the total is how many hit points of ...