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

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Does Dispel Magic work on Magic Circle Against Evil?

Can magic circle against evil be dispelled by a simple dispel magic? If so, would the caster have to target an area or a specific target?
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Why don't Wizards have access to Enhance Ability?

I have been searching the last couple of weeks for a reason why Sorcerers and Bards have access to Enhance Ability while the Wizard does not. Is there a clear cut reason behind this or is it a ...
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How Do Tainted Sorcerer , Shapechange and Evil Subtype work?

My PG is a Tainted Sorcerer with giant score of taint and i have the evil subtype , so this does not kill me. If i would cast Shapechange i will lose my evil subtype and i will die unless i choose a ...
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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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Leomund's Tiny Hut — only the caster can't exit and enter at will?

The text for Leomund's tiny hut says in part: Creatures and objects within the dome when you cast this spell can move through it freely. but also The spell ends if you leave its area. I ...
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Dispelling Mage’s Magnificent Mansion

What would happen if somebody tried to dispel Mage’s Magnificent Mansion while it was occupied with people? What would happen to the people inside? Would they be transported to the place in the ...
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Shillelagh and Polearm Master Interaction

Shillelagh imbues a quarterstaff with magic for a minute. This allows a caster to attack with the quarterstaff using his casting ability. Polearm Master allows a player who attacks with a ...
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Interaction between Bane and critical hits

The first level spell Bane allows you to curse a creature so that each saving throw or attack roll is reduced by 1d4 for the duration: Whenever a target [..] makes an attack roll or saving throw ...
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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 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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Can a Monk utilize touch based cantrips with their Unarmed Attacks?

While preparing for my group's first 5e game I was looking at the different classes and stumbled on a question I couldn't answer. For this example I will use druid as the class that the monk ...
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In Basic Fantasy RPG 3e, how do reverse spells work?

I've recently been reading the 3rd edition Basic Fantasy RPG book, and on page fifteen it states that: "Some spells are reversible," and indicates that these spells are marked in the spell listings. ...
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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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Does Spiritual Weapon use my own action to attack during combat?

Does attacking with a spiritual weapon use up my own action in a turn? The wording of spiritual weapon in the 5e handbook is somewhat unclear to me. You create a floating, spectral weapon ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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How Do Giant Size spell and Shapechange spell work?

If i cast first Giant Size spell (colossal size) and then Shapechange and i choose a monster with medium size , will i retain my size and my size bonus in my new form? How does it work? Cast in ...
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Are there any spells that heal hit-points over time in Pathfinder or 3.5?

I've been looking through all the Paizo spells, but all I see so far are instantaneous duration healing (cure) spells. What I am looking for is a spell I can have on a wand or other magic item, so if ...
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Does your spell modifier add to your spell damage?

So I know how to calculate spell DC (8 + proficiency + modifier) and spell attack rolls (1d20 + proficiency + modifier), but I am not clear on spell damage. Namely: Do you add your spell modifier ...
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Casting Flame Strike or Ice Storm in a cave/dungeon

So, one of my players who plays a druid wanted to cast "Flame Strike" and "Ice Storm" in a dungeon. In the german version of the rule books, those spells both state that the Ice/Fire comes from the ...
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How long does a touch spell last before my familiar can deliver it?

The Pathfinder SRD says about Familiar Abilities: Deliver Touch Spells (Su): If the master is 3rd level or higher, a familiar can deliver touch spells for him. If the master and the familiar are ...
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Is Moonbeam amazing, or are we doing it wrong?

PHB pg. 261, Moonbeam: When a creature enters the spell's area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, it is engulfed in ghostly flames that cause searing pain... On each of ...
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Does a spell critical do double damage?

Specifically, do you double the damage dice if a spell attack is a natural 20? This came up in a game with Guiding Bolt, which seemed really powerful with twice the damage dice. (I saw this, but ...
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What does Trap the Soul do? [duplicate]

I see the 8th level wizard spell Trap the Soul in the PHB's spell lists on page 211, but it's not in the spell definitions. How does Trap the Soul work in 5E?