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

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Dimension door, does it really have a door?

In the player's handbook there's a spell called Dimension Door. I know it is used for teleportation but everything else is vague. How does it really work? Does the user have to use the door to ...
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How does barkskin work in DnD 5e?

Now the wording in the spell description is extremely vague and ambiguous making the spell effect up for interpretation. It just says: ... the target's AC can't be less than 16, regardless of ...
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How to distinguish between arcane and divine spellcasters?

I'm making a setting where there's a large cultural importance placed on whether you're a divine or arcane caster. I was wondering if detect magic (or any other plausible and simple method) could ...
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How should the GM rule on the inquisitor spell judgment light?

An inquisitor with an active purity judgment casts the 4th-level inquisitor spell judgment light. In a 30-ft. radius burst centered on the caster the following instantaneous effect occurs: ...
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Can I hide easter eggs in my spells?

I've a plan for an adventure that I think would be interesting, but the idea depends on it being possible for certain spells to be learned and memorised without the mage in question gaining insight ...
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If a creature holding the charge of a touch spell becomes unconscious, is the charge released?

Say, for example, a brawler uses knockout punch on a wizard holding a charge. Since the wizard would more then likely accidentally touch something on the way down, would the spell be wasted? And ...
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How is the number of spells limited in a spellbook?

Previous versions had rules about the total number of spell that a spellbook could include calculated using the level of the spell and number of pages in the book. 5e mentions that a spellbook has ...
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Can a 5e caster prepare extra cantrips?

My 5e cleric needs to cast Mending but it's not one of my memorized cantrips. Can he use one of his number of prepared spells to prepare a cantrip he doesn't know?
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Can wizards really cast spells in armor?

I've just read the D&D 5e basic rules, and I'm not sure I'm up to speed regarding casting spells while clad in armor. The only mention I can find about this (page 79): Because of the mental ...
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Level required to increase spell damage [duplicate]

An interesting question came up last night. Player X is 4th lvl cleric and 1st lvl monk. Produce flame can be thrown for d8 of damage. Its damage increases to 2d8 at 5th lvl. Does this mean at ...
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When using a breath weapon do I roll against armor class?

In the 5e D&D player's handbook, the Dragonborn's Breath Weapon says: The DC for this saving throw equals 8 + your Constitution modifier + your proficiency bonus. A creature takes 2d6 damage ...
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What kind of spells can the familiar of a witch learn?

According to this page (paragraph "Learn from scroll") a witch can teach her familiar new spells from a scroll. Are these spells restricted to the witch spell list, or can it be any other spell as ...
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What happens if one casts Blink while under Rary's Telepathic Bond?

In D&D 5th Edition, the description of Rary's Telepathic Bond states that the link breaks if a character in it leaves the plane in which the other linked characters are. Since Blink actually pulls ...
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Can a potion affect others?

When an imbiber is the target of a spell effect because he consumed a potion, is only the imbiber the target of that spell's effect, no matter the spell's usual target entry? The section on Creating ...
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Does casting a spell from an item count as casting a spell?

In the released DM basic rules, Lost Mine of Phandelver, Hoard of the Dragon Queen, and the DMG teaser there are wands, staves, and rings that you can use to cast spells. Do abilities that trigger ...
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Is heat metal too powerful? [closed]

Heat metal is a 2nd level spell that lasts 1 minute (concentration), deals 2d8 damage per round, and has no save. If a Druid casts Heat metal from hiding at 60' on a knight and dashes away, then the ...
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Casting sleep on an opponent in water, bad day for them?

From the description of the Sleep spell: falls unconscious until the spell ends, the sleeper takes damage, or someone uses an action to shake or slap the sleeper awake. From the rules on ...
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Spell Area of Effect Range

I was wondering what exactly does X-foot cube mean in a spells range description. Let's look Thunderwave for example. It says: A wave of thunderous force sweeps out from you. Each creature in a ...
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How do Deathward and the half-orc's Relentless Endurance racial feature interact?

What happens when you cast Death Ward on a half-orc? Do the effects of the spell and the half-orc's Relentless Endurance racial feature stack? If so and you get reduced to 0 HP more than once, can ...
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How is counterspell a fair spell?

I'm playing an Abjuration wizard in 5e, and am currently level 4. Looking ahead to the 3rd level spell list, I come across the spell I've been waiting for: Counterspell. And then, reading the rules, ...
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Does Cloud of Daggers count as magical damage?

So we had an arena style session in 5e last night, and at one point, I was playing a sorcerer, and was facing a barbarian. The barbarian was raging, giving him resistance to slashing, piercing, and ...
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Can a water elemental move through Bigsby's Interposing Hand?

I'm a wizard and I like everything to go my way. Recently we ran into a situation on a boat in which we were attacked by a trio of Water Elementals. I thought this was a fine time to test out the ...
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Are called shots allowed with ranged touch spells?

This came up in an encounter where the players were going up against some "Romero" zombies that required destruction of the brain to kill. A wizard asked, "Can I make a called shot to the head with ...
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Can anyone use the sapphire linked to an object with the Drawmij's Instant Summons spell?

Reading the Drawmij's Instant Summons spell, it sounds like only the Wizard who enchanted a 1,000 gp (really?!) sapphire can summon the object that's linked to the gem. Is that correct, or could ...
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Can you Detect Magical Items on an invisible creature?

My players were going up against a mid-threat mage last session. He cast Greater Invisibility on himself one round, and the next round, he cast Fly. As this silently flying mage was circling the ...
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How to deal with rope trick in particular circumstance

Foreword: As it's my first post here, I can't insert more than a couple of links, so you'll have to find information on some of these feats and spells yourself on d20srd. The Question: Let's say in ...
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Clone and Cocoon, what happens.?

I'm currently creating a high level caster (3.5) for fun and I came across an odd spell combination. Clone (source: PHB, Arcane spell) basically this spell makes a clone of your body (that you have ...
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Can a Cleric leave spell slots open to prepare later?

In another question, it's explained that Wizards can leave spell slots blank to be prepared later. I want to know if a Cleric can do the same thing: can a Cleric leave spell slots open when they first ...
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What information should be on a Sorcerer's spell sheet? [closed]

I am working on a custom spell sheet for the sorcerer class. The sheet is meant to be suitable for an intermediate or advanced player who understands sorcerer spell casting but has not memorized every ...
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Ray of Flame's damage progression

Since the Ray deals 1d6 damage per 2 caster levels, what would be the damage if your caster level is lover than 2? 1/2, then round down. Ta-daa... 0, so 0d6 damage? I'm pretty sure from common sense, ...
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Can Create Water summon into a tall, narrow space?

Based on this question Can you target Create Water into a tall, narrow space, such as the top of a drain pipe (with an unsuspecting victim at the bottom, presumably), and would the results be similar ...
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5e multi-classing with a wizard level 1 and a druid level 1

I just got to level 2 and I'm a Wizard. I decided to go multiclassing right away instead of levelling my Wizard to level 2 Wizard because I couldn't decide witch school of magic to choose from. My ...
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What is a reasonable result of Create Water directed above a targets head?

As a cantrip, the RAW answer should be little to nothing. On the other hand, having 2 to 40 gallons of water dropped on you from a short distance overhead should have some impact. Such as... At what ...
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Can Spiritual Weapon summon a natural weapon?

Going back to my halfling cleric of Bahamut -- I RPed him casting Spiritual Weapon as summoning a dragon's head down to chomp on his foes (same damage die, of course). Is reskinning Spiritual Weapon ...
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What happens when I'm invisible and something I'm wearing has Light cast on it?

The bard in my group cast the light spell on an amulet he was wearing. Then after triggering a trap, he cast invisibility on himself. What happens in this situation? The amulet is now invisible but ...
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Can a good cleric prepare Inflict Light Wounds?

Inflict Light Wounds is listed in the 3.5e PHB as a Necromancy spell but with no alignment descriptor at all. I cannot find anything in the PHB that prevents a Good-aligned Cleric from preparing that ...
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pathfinder feast of ashes, can it kill?

I have a question about the pathfinder spell "feast of ashes". the question I have is how does it exactly work? I know the spell offers a save-roll on fortitude. but once the save failed is it ...
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Can I use Silent Image to create the illusion of a torch that illuminates the area?

Assume the players are in an area of natural darkness (no magic involved). Can I use silent image to create a bright illusion such as a torch or maybe a miniature sun to illuminate our way? A good ...
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Can I cast an attacking cantrip AND melee attack with a MultiAttack? [duplicate]

Lets say I'm an Eldritch Knight, level 5, and I have the War Caster Feat. I want to cast a shocking grasp on a target, and then use my second attack to smack them with my mace. Is that possible? ...
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How can I build a magical Non-Directional Beacon?

I'm trying to come up with the D&D 3.5e world's functional equivalent to a real life Non-Directional Beacon (NDB). Are there any existing spells in D&D 3.5e that can be cast on durable ...
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Can a pelt of the beast cause the wearer to assume a form smaller or larger than normal?

The pelt of the beast (15,600; 8 lbs.), among other effects, says that The wearer may take the form of the animal from which the pelt came three times per day as if using beast shape I. The ...
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Is a dead creature's body considered an “object”?

I never really gave this much thought until this question brought it up: Is a dead creature's body considered to be an object? And is it still a creature? My initial reaction was that it would not ...
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How precise or accurate are the bearings and distances given by Locate City?

Just how precisely can you locate your position relative to a metropolis using locate city? The spell doesn't appear to say clearly. I'm trying to build a sort of flight coordination system, and ...
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Locate City: where's the origin point?

What point within the nearby metropolis/town/... are the distances and bearings given by locate city referenced to? Is it the center of the town square, perhaps? A geometric ...
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Can a lake of eternal fire be created with the spell blast of flame?

Spells in the creation subschool of the conjuration school have this note: A creation spell manipulates matter to create an object or creature in the place the spellcaster designates.... If the ...
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Is a concentration check required when temporary hitpoints absorb all the damage?

A spell caster with 6 temporary hit points is hit for 3 damage. Do they have to make a concentration check?
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How do foci and somatic+material components interact when it comes to occupying a hand?

In 5e, the rules state the following regarding spells with somatic and material components: Somatic (S) Spellcasting gestures might include a forceful gesticulation or an intricate set of ...
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Can “Locate City” locate a city other than the nearest city?

Can you use Locate City to locate some other city than the one nearest to you? I'm trying to build a system of "blind" aerial navigation using 3.5e spells instead of the RL tools for this, and as per ...
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How do the actions work out when sheathing/drawing weapon and then casting a spell?

My character is a Warlock/Fighter with two-weapons fighting speciality. I'm kinda confused with 2 weapons and the spellcasting. All at the same time. So I have the following scenario, please, correct ...
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Does an Incantatrix learn new spells per level?

This may be something I'm just missing, but it seems by a strict reading, the Incantatrix (I also checked the Mystic Theurge, I'm assuming some of the other prestige classes), no longer get the two ...