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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

18
votes
2answers
1k views

Does Evard's Black Tentacles only go “up”?

Recently, I was running a game where the party was flying in an urban environment to face off against a wizard. They were all bunched together next to a building about 20' up to avoid attacks from ...
-2
votes
2answers
174 views

What happens when a Mage Hand takes damage?

If a Mage Hand triggers a trap (in my case, by screwing a lightbulb into a booby-trapped socket) or otherwise takes damage from some effect, what happens to it? Does it just sit there and ignore the ...
13
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
208 views

Does Animal Shapes continually refresh a creature's Hit Points?

Looking at the Animal Shapes spell (PHB pg.212) it says: On subsequent turns, you can use your action to transform affected creatures into new forms. Followed by the usual transformation rules: ...
12
votes
3answers
2k views

If a creature is in Gaseous Form and it started raining, what would happen to that creature?

If a player cast the spell Gaseous Form on a creature and, while the creature was in that form, it started raining, what would happen to the creature?
28
votes
5answers
2k views

Does Burning Hands really require touching thumbs?

The D&D 5E spell Burning Hands has verbal and somatic components, and is described like this: As you hold your hands with thumbs touching and fingers spread, a thin sheet of flames shoots ...
6
votes
2answers
213 views

Does Twinned Spell work on Hellish Rebuke?

With Hellish Rebuke I can take 1 reaction on being damaged by "a creature" within 60 feet to do damage back at him. The Sorcerer Twinned Spell allows me to target a 2nd creature within range. The ...
12
votes
2answers
741 views

Does Devil's Sight enable one to see into Hunger of Hadar?

Hunger of Hadar creates a black void of darkness, which cannot be penetrated by light. This means that no one can see in, and those inside cannot see at all, which is a handy way to damage and control ...
21
votes
1answer
833 views

Does every magic rod, wand, crystal, orb, and staff count as an arcane focus?

The various magic rods, wands, staves, etc. in the DMG all have certain abilities. But do they also count as arcane foci for the purpose of not needing material components for all your other spells?
1
vote
1answer
131 views

Why can an adventuring druid using Animal Friendship only befriend half as many HD of animals?

In the description of the D&D 3.0 druid/ranger spell Animal Friendship, it explains that an adventuring druid can befriend only ½ the maximum amount of HD that a non-adventuring druid ...
11
votes
3answers
927 views

What is the meaning of 'permanent' in description of True Polymorph?

Following on from this question: Can I True Polymorph a goblin into adamantine (and then forge him into a sword?) Casting True Polymorph on an unwilling creature (relevant parts included only): ...
10
votes
3answers
4k views

Pathfinder spell lists with properties

Where can I find a spell list for a class (let's say druid), where not only the name and (shortened) effect is listed, but also the basic properties (range, duration, casting time, components) are ...
3
votes
2answers
267 views

Does a slung Magic Stone have the same normal and long range as a mundane bullet?

The Magic Stone cantrip (PotA p.238/EEPC p.20) says: You touch one to three pebbles and imbue them with magic. You or someone else can make a ranged spell attack with one of the pebbles by ...
22
votes
3answers
3k views

How can I prevent analysis paralysis when choosing spells?

Recently I played a game of D&D 5th Edition. While we liked the simplicity and made characters quickly, there was one big bottleneck: the Wizard (and to a lesser extent, the Cleric) kept having ...
11
votes
1answer
451 views

Does going to 0 hp due to the Immolation spell mean instant death? And is that reasonable?

The new Elemental Evil spell immolation specifies: If damage from this spell reduces a target to 0 hit points, the target is turned to ash Does this mean the victim gets no death saves and ...
14
votes
3answers
608 views

Can spells be cast through a Wall of Force

The spell description of Wall of Force is silent on the question of whether spell effects can pass through the wall. The semi-relevant part of the description states: Nothing can physically pass ...
4
votes
1answer
92 views

Can Wall of Stone merge with gravel, riprap, ballast rock, aggregate, or other non-solid/non-compacted forms of stone?

This stems from Mike Mearls' interpretation in the answers to this question: Mike Mearls :@Daganev @wax_eagle Correct, you'd need rocks of some sort (ruins, boulders) to support it. The RAW ...
2
votes
2answers
255 views

Thickness and other properties of wall of force?

How thick is a wall of force? If it is infinitesimally thin, it would presumably function as if infinitely sharp such that falling on it could have interesting effects. (Would an object stay ...
5
votes
2answers
684 views

Casting Guidance cantrip for every roll?

What prevents a cleric from casting the Guidance spell every single turn and having everyone have 1D4 extra for their rolls, especially since you can combo it with this: It seems like every skill ...
8
votes
3answers
329 views

Can werewolf cleric purify humans?

I was an inexperienced cleric in the old times… Then I caught lycanthrophy. Now that I'm a werewolf and humans are food to me, can I use the cantrip Purify Food and Drink to purify humans?
-1
votes
1answer
199 views

How does the Wish spell work with spells that interact with material components like Clone, Leomund's Secret Chest, or Magic Jar

I guess it's mostly in the title, but I was curious how Wish works with a spell like Leomund's Secret Chest. Do an exquisite chest and small chest just appear with the wish? Or do you need them? The ...
-6
votes
1answer
187 views

How does spell slot progression work with multiclassing?

I don't understand how spell slot progression works with a multi-class character. For example, if I had a level 3 melee class, then decided to go multi-class caster, how does the spell slot ...
12
votes
1answer
554 views

Does reapplying Hex cost a spell slot?

The PHB for the spell "Hex" indicates that (5e) If the target drops to 0 hit points before this spell ends, you can use a bonus action on a subsequent turn of yours to curse a new creature. Does ...
0
votes
2answers
132 views

List of all core Bard spells in an excel format

Is there a list of Bard spells in an excel format from the SRD? A Google search pulls up lists like this one but if I copy and paste them they paste into a single column with name and description on ...
6
votes
2answers
604 views

What happens when a familiar 'dies'?

The 5e PHB is pretty unambiguous on familiar 'death': When the familiar drops to 0 hit points, it disappears, leaving behind no physical form. It reappears after you cast this spell again. (From ...
6
votes
1answer
2k views

Do you have to cast Shield prior to your opponent's attack roll?

The entry for Shield says that the reaction is triggered by being hit by an attack, which would tend to imply that you can wait to see if your opponent actually succeeds on their attack roll ...
28
votes
5answers
2k views

Can an undead cleric resurrect himself?

Inspired by the current OOTS story thread, I was trying to think my way around a resolution for the situation and wondered: Would it be valid for an undead cleric to cast resurrect on himself?
5
votes
1answer
258 views

How does Blood Money interact with spells that take longer than one round to cast?

The spell blood money allows you to create temporary material components by damaging yourself. It's pretty clear how this works with standard action spells: You cast blood money, you get a component, ...
5
votes
2answers
320 views

Is Command spell a charm? [duplicate]

Is the 1st level Command spell [PHB p223] a "charm" (that would trigger an elf's Fey Ancestry [PHB p23] racial ability and thus get advantage on the saving throw)?
9
votes
5answers
535 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
487 views

Do Cleric's domain spells add slots?

I'm a little bit confused with the whole spell system and additions to them. If I pick for instance Tempest Domain Spell, are the spells additional to the other ones? (2 at level 1) So do that make it ...
9
votes
5answers
972 views

Is there a way to attack the mental stress track of mortals without violating the Laws of Magic?

A fellow PCs in a game I'm in wants to attack the mental stress track of a mortal using spirit-based evocation, but the GM doesn't know whether or not that would constitute a violation of the Laws of ...
3
votes
2answers
324 views

How can a Good-aligned cleric cast Desecrate?

A Cleric5/Malconvoker5 needs to cast Desecrate. He is currently Good aligned and wants to maintain that alignment in order to avoid complications from pesky adventurers' overzealous use of Detect ...
9
votes
5answers
1k views

How to fix sorcerors getting shafted by spell point variants?

Using the spell point variant, sorcerors lose a lot of their strength in comparison to wizards (and druids and clerics, but let's stick to arcane for now). They are left with 249 points at 20th level ...
6
votes
3answers
467 views

Does a Readied spell immediately use a spell slot?

The PHB is a bit unclear when it comes to readied spells in combat. If I lose my concentration do I lose the spell slot? What about if the trigger never occurs, do I get the spell slot back?
13
votes
3answers
1k views

Are spells that do piercing, bludgeoning, or slashing damage considered magical damage?

Are spells that do only bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing damage considered magical or nonmagical damage? Most especially when considering them for purposes of resistance/immunity against ...
25
votes
3answers
656 views

Using downtime activity to research spells

I run a D&D 5E campaign. I have a player who is playing a wizard. This player would like to use his downtime to learn new spells. Specifically, he doesn't want to create any new spells of his ...
9
votes
1answer
750 views

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 ...
12
votes
7answers
2k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

Bonus action spell + Cantrip— does order matter?

When casting a spell as a bonus action, you can't cast another spell except a 1-action cantrip--can the order be "reversed"? Can you cast a cantrip first as a bonus action, then any other spell? If ...
5
votes
1answer
366 views

Would “Detect Magic” reveal a sorcerer?

Since sorcerers are inherently magical (or maybe more accurately, inherently contain magic), would Detect Magic reveal an aura around the sorcerer? If so, would this also be the case with a warlock? ...
6
votes
2answers
1k views

Can you cast epic spells before character level 21?

OK, probably never going to come up in the vast majority of games, but I found a prestige class in the Plot and Poison a Guidebook to the Drow, which advances spell casting (at every odd level of the ...
8
votes
2answers
877 views

Can Detect Magic detect prepared spells or spellcasters?

Inspired by a recent question about discerning divine and arcane spellcasters, of like to hear the case for and against detecting spellcasters of either style with Detect Magic. I think you can ...
4
votes
2answers
332 views

Is the spell Soul Shackles dysfunctional?

This spell from page 104 the Dungeons and Dragons, 3rd Edition supplement Book of Vile Darkness--even more than the spell consume likeness--makes my head hurt. I'd just let it go and find a different ...
4
votes
2answers
648 views

Can create water break some of the conjuration rules?

In the core rule book, this is stated about conjuration spells: A creature or object brought into being or transported to your location by a conjuration spell cannot appear inside another ...
1
vote
1answer
519 views

What language would a Great Old One warlock cast spells in? [closed]

This is honestly more of a flavor question. If I remember correctly the PHB says most spells are cast in draconic. I figured that warlocks with their power coming from different sources would speak a ...
4
votes
1answer
232 views

On the turn after Haste ends, can you use a reaction?

The description of the Haste spell concludes with: When the spell ends, the target can't move or take actions until after its next turn, as a wave of lethargy sweeps over it. Could the target ...
0
votes
1answer
209 views

Cantrips for each multi-class class?

Would a Cleric 1 / Wizard 1 multi-classed character know 3 cleric cantrips and 3 wizard cantrips?
11
votes
1answer
704 views

How does sleep interact with undead?

Sleep page 276, roll 5d8 start from the lowest hit points. Undead and creatures immune to charm are not affected by this spell. Assuming I have a human wizard with 20 health, a zombie rat with 5 ...
4
votes
1answer
419 views

How tall is a Wall of Water? Can it be made wider at the cost of making it lower?

If a wall of water is more than 5 ft tall, could it be shortened to 5 ft to make it wider? It would still be within the casting range of the caster and is really only meant to be an obstacle for ...