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

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Are cantrips spells?

There are a number of class features that provide benefits to 'spells'. For example, the Eldritch Knight's attacks can give an enemy disadvantage on saving throws from the EK's spells. Do cantrips ...
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Hide in Plain Sight vs True Seeing

Does casting True Seeing pierce through a Ranger's Hide in Plain Sight? What about a Shadowdancer's Hide in Plain Sight? According to the True Seeing description: True seeing does not help the ...
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Is it possible for a wizard to change the spells in her spellbook?

Wizards choose new spells to add to their spellbooks at level-up; however, through the course of play a wizard might find that one of the spells she learned is not very useful, and want to exchange ...
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Creating a Wizard at high levels: How many Spells should he know?

I have looked all over this site & Google but I can't seem to get a good answer to this. When creating a Wizard over level 1, how many spells should he have in his spellbook? I'm speaking in ...
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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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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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Does a Wizard in Ochre Jelly form split, and if so, what happens to the Wizard?

The lvl 9 spell, shapechange, gives you all the physical attributes of whatever form you choose, including whatever natural weapon attacks and abilities come with that form, right? So a wizard shape ...
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A spell stacking question

I've a couple of questions regarding stacking multiple area effect spells: Does Celestial Brilliance spell (BoED p94) stack with itself? That is, if two instances of this spell are cast and an evil ...
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Can I True Polymorph a goblin into adamantine (and then forge him into a sword?)

Is it possible to make crafting materials, like adamantine, out of a goblin or such using the True Polymorph spell for the full duration of the spell? On a side note, while adamantine is mentioned in ...
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Are there critical hits for spells?

According to PHB p.194 you always score a critical hit on any attack roll. Does this rule also apply to magical attacks, e.g. the Inflict Wounds spell.
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In Pathfinder bloody skeletons are permanently destroyed in an area of a Bless?

The skeleton variant bloody skeleton has the special quality Deathless: Deathless (Su): A bloody skeleton is destroyed when reduced to 0 hit points, but it returns to unlife 1 hour later at 1 ...
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Using biomancy on yourself as the caster

I have a question on thaumaturgy biomancy. I'm planning on using it to boost myself in strength, armour, claws, spider climbing etc. The rules talk about using it this way but give no real examples. ...
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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 it possible to create undead with class levels?

This came from a conversation I had with a friend: is it possible for a PC necromancer to raise or create undead with class levels? The specific example that sparked this was the possibility of ...
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What does Detect [Alignment] show for a possessed creature?

What does Detect [Alignment] reveal about a creature that is possessed? Does it reveal the presence of the base creature's alignment, the possessing creature's alignment, or both?
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How does Magic Circle against Evil work?

Magic Circle against Evild20SRD has two primary effects: Affecting all creatures within 10-ft. of its target with a Protection from Evild20SRD effect. Drawing a 10-ft.-radius circle centered on its ...
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Can a spellcaster know why a spell failed?

I just read this answer to Can you Plane Shift to the plane that you're on? and it made me wonder: As a spellcaster, how do I know why spell failed? Is there any roll for it in either Pathfinder ...
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What is the advantage of casting the cantrip “light” on an object an enemy is wearing or holding?

The cantrip "light" says that it cast a "bright light." It also states that If you target an object held or worn by a hostile creature, that creature must succeed on a Dexterity saving throw to ...
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Can I throw a Snowball made of fire?

Sorcerers with the Elemental Bloodline have the ability to change damage type on spells that do energy damage to their bloodline type because of this: Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell ...
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What happens when Detect Magic is used upon something that is magically invisible?

Does a simple casting of Detect Magic reveal the presence of magical invisibility?
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Do wizards really have to prepare spells multiple times to cast them multiple times?

According to the Pathfinder Magic overview, a wizard has to prepare a spell multiple times to cast it multiple times, which make 0 sense to me. I've also read other comments saying otherwise. Can ...
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Can Dispel Magic be Readied?

When playing as a spellcaster, is it valid the use of the Ready action to prepare Dispel Magic to counter a spell cast by an opponent? In the same vein, when declaring said action, do I have to ...
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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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Rulings on Invisibility

If you cast greater invisibility on yourself, do you gain the same benefits as invisibility as an ability? It does not say so under the spell, but under special abilities it states: Invisibility: ...
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Why is “Blast” more draining if it seems worse than alternatives?

I have been comparing the stats of the different spells and i am a little stumped as to how the drain has been decided. Blast is Indirect Physical stun at line of sight does F drain (AOE) Indirect ...
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Can Prestidigitation color people's skin?

The Prestidigitation spell in D&D 3.5 specifically says that it is possible to use it to color items (see SRD). Given the wording, "items" can be interpreted either as "inanimate object" or more ...
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If I counterspell another spell, can it be cast again?

We were playing against a boss which could cast Deeper Darkness at will. If we had Daylight (which we didn't) or Dispel Magic (which we didn't) and countered his casting, would he be able to just cast ...
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When using the bard's message spell, do characters have to whisper?

An interesting situation came up with my game last night. The bard wanted to go forward on his own to talk with a wary Bogard and attempt to communicate without a big threatening group surrounding it. ...
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Can low level priests cast high level spells off scrolls?

I am a DM with a 2nd lvl priest. I want my priest to be able to cast a remove disease spell off of a scroll that he will find. Can he do this? Where is the rule?
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Can an Ogre-Mage cast invisibility on others?

The Ogre Mage can cast Invisibility at will as a spell-like ability. Can he cast it on his allies? I'm looking mostly for errata or precedent (FAQ/Sage/Module/Whatever) about whether the Ogre Mage's ...
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What happens when a spell fails?

I was running a campaign the other evening, and I ran into a problem. One of the players wanted to cast 'color spray' on a creature. The player did not know that the creature was undead, but suspected ...
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How do I make adventurer-resistant door opening counters?

This question is in partial research for a magical surveillance state inspired from two different sources, Potter and the Natural 20 and Doc Smith's lensman series. Functionally speaking, there must ...
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How does the GM determine if Thunderwave attracts unwanted attention?

A few PCs in my group have used Thunderwave quite liberally. I recently realised that it emits a boom audible up to 300 feet. When one of these booms happens, does the GM: Do nothing? Roll to ...
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Does Casting a Spell with Somatic and Material Components Require 2 Hands?

Question Can a spell with both somatic components and material, focus, or divine focus components be cast with only one free hand? To clarify further... What does it mean to prepare material ...
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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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Where does a traveler arrive when a planar location's unspecified?

When a creature is successfully targeted by an effect that transports the creature to another plane but no location on that plane is specified, where does the creature arrive? If the plane is the ...
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When a wizard's familiar attacks, who's the attacker for the purposes of Invisibility?

The Invisibility spell states: If the subject attacks directly, however, it immediately becomes visible Who is the attacker when a familiar delivers a touch spell? The familiar, the spellcaster ...
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Shadowrun: Do Lightning Bolt/Ball Lightning spells do physical or stun damage?

The Setup The Lightning Bolt and Ball Lightning spells both have their damage type listed as P for Physical (as opposed to S for Stun, such as Knockout). However, the rules also state (emphasis ...
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Does blade barrier have to be anchored to the ground?

If I cast blade barrier, does it have to be anchored to the ground? Or can I have it float anywhere I want that it could occupy, such as cast it above me as a sort of roof of blades?
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Does Diamond Spray bypass DR/Magic?

Does the spell Diamond Spray count as a magical weapon for the purposes of bypassing DR/Magic? The spell states: These magical slivers are treated as adamantine and cold iron for the purpose of ...
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Consequences of Blindness on casting spells?

Which types of spells can a Blinded caster still target as accurately as usual? Which ones require extra steps or give penalties because of blindness? Which ones can simply not be targeted at all, ...
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Can a Warlock use his Eldritch blast when paralyzed?

A warlock's eldritch blast is a spell-like ability: Eldritch Blast (Sp): The first ability a warlock learns is eldritch blast. A warlock attacks his foes with eldritch power, using baleful ...
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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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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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What Are Freedom of Movement's Limits?

What conditions and effects does the spell freedom of movement [abjur] (PH 233) overcome? I want a fair, reasonable, and consistent method to determine what spells and conditions are overcome by the ...
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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 worldly is a polymorphic elf?

In the 3.5e campaign I'm running, a very real concern has arisen that the player characters might actually fail to save the world from the horrific fate that the villian has planned for it. If this ...
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Does casting a spell require a check to succeed?

If my character is a spell caster, and he is not wearing any armor, is there any chance to fail casting the spell? I'm wondering specifically about normal circumstances: There is nobody who can attack ...
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What is a radius on a square grid?

So last night, my D&D group ran into an interesting question. The spell Entangle says "Area: plants in a 40-ft radius spread." We (like a lot of people, I think) play D&D on a square grid, ...
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What happens when Resurrection is cast on a zombie?

I know the Resurrection spell brings something back to life, but what happens when casting it on a zombie? A zombie is already dead, but now undead—does it "die" and is brought back to life, or does ...