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

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Paladin Smite Spells and the Steed: Can either or both trigger the damage?

Short question How does the family of Smite spells work when a Paladin is mounted on a Paladin's Steed that was summoned by Find Steed spell? Steed and Paladin share the effects of some spells. ...
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What Benefits Does Bless Weapon Confer To a Projectile Weapon?

The spell description says (my bold emphasis) ... This transmutation makes a weapon strike true against evil foes. The weapon is treated as having a +1 enhancement bonus for the purpose of ...
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What are the drawbacks of a blind spellcaster?

I want to create a blind archmage villain, and I'm trying to find all the handicaps that his blinded condition would come with. My first impression is that "if you can see the target" spells are all ...
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What ways currently exist to cast a spell that normally requires an action as a Bonus Action?

Using all official 5th edition sources except Unearthed Arcana, what are the ways that I can cast a spell from my character's spell list that normally requires an Action, as a Bonus Action?
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Can Mage Hand pour out a vial of acid?

The description of Mage Hand says: You can use your action to control the hand. You can use the hand to manipulate an object, open an unlocked door or container, stow or retrieve an item from an ...
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Can I cast a spell as a ritual if I have it prepared from a class without Ritual casting?

For example, a paladin of the ancients learns the ritual spell Speak with animals as an oath spell and thus has it always prepared. If I multiclass as Wizard, I gain the ability to cast ritual spells ...
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Specifically: what does the difficult terrain created by Mold Earth look like?

In regards to this question the cantrip Mold Earth states: You choose a portion of dirt or stone that you can see within range and that fits within a 5-foot cube. If the dirt or stone you target ...
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Does the “Sleep” spell only affect creatures that are in range at the moment it is cast?

Based on this question (Can the sleep spell wake me up?) I had a question about the mechanics of the sleep spell. I don't currently play D&D, so I'm not too familiar with the rules. However, I ...
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Can the sleep spell wake me up?

Does one notice being affected by the sleep spell? The reason I ask is because I want to ensure someone who is already asleep via natural means will not wake up for the next 60 seconds. To do so, I ...
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How does Sleep interact with multiple attacks?

The Sleep spell states that: each creature affected by this spell falls unconscious until ... the sleeper takes damage How does this interact with abilities that grant multiple attacks? Does ...
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Do multiple attacks get advantage for both attacks if the creature is under the effects of Faerie Fire?

My bard's first action (if possible) in combat is to cast Faerie Fire. In our last D&D session, I was quite successful (for a change) and 5 of the six creatures in my 15 ft cube failed their saves ...
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How will Touch of Slime react if it encounters Acid Resistance

I have a creature with acid resistance 5 and make a successful touch attack with Touch of Slime. What is happening? The description to the spell does not mention acid. They just talk about green ...
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What happens to a weapon affected by enlarge person when dropped but attached with a weapon cord?

Suppose your character has their weapon out (bow/sword/doesn't matter) and has a weapon cord attached. You are then enlarged/reduced in size. You are somehow disarmed of the weapon. Since the weapon ...
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Is there a way around a vampire's Sunlight Hypersensitivity?

My d&d group decided to attack a group of vampires and I ended up getting bitten and becoming a vampire. Apparently, there aren't any clerics that can cure me, so is there a way to diminish the ...
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Would it be unbalanced to allow lower-level undead creation spells to work on animals?

I have a friend planning to play a necromancer in an upcoming campaign, and he wanted to focus on non-humanoids (specifically, just animals) for his "army". However, upon looking at the spell list, it ...
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How does raise dead affect a level 2 character?

One of the characters at our table died last night and we have the resources to raise him. The strange thing though is that by the reading of Raise Dead, he would come back, gain two permanent ...
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Is there a spell or potion that allows you to rest immediately?

Is there a spell or potion in Pathfinder which allows characters to rest immediately, i.e., have their daily spells and abilities which were used up available again? My googling hasn't found ...
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If the Cordon of arrows spell is cast and the target is within range when it's cast would it activate when they move?

For context: the target was invisible and near death. So we cast spike growth on the entrance with her in it and followed it up with a cordon of arrows. Basically target became visible and as it's ...
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Would the “general nature of a trap” be its category?

The Find Traps spell says: You don’t learn the location of each trap, but you do learn the general nature of the danger posed by a trap you sense. Would that mean you know the category or type ...
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Does the spell blink work after you get knocked unconscious?

We are fighting a shadow witch and our wizard casted blink at the start of the encounter. Would she still go to the ethereal plane even though she's unconscious? (not too brag but I'm personally ...
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Would a creature be able to see through a Wall of Thorns spell?

A lot of arguments tonight in this session, one of them about what a huge crocodile can see from inside of a wall of thorns a druid just cast. Would the huge crocodile see a PC behind the wall or ...
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Does the D4 from Bless go away after it's used?

Bless states that whenever a blessed character makes an action of a certain type, they add 1d4 to that roll. If a character were to use the 1d4 granted to them by this to attack, would that 1d4 be ...
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Dissonant Whispers: For how long does a creature run/stay away after a failed save?

I'm playing a Bard in a 5E campaign. One of my most useful spells has been Dissonant Whispers. It's saved the party quite a few times but the question has come up and I've not found any answers in ...
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Can a caster cut themselves to trigger Green-Flame Blade?

The spell Green-Flame Blade states: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon against one creature within the spell’s range, otherwise the spell ...
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Can you use Minor Illusion to create an illusion of a working mirror, i.e. with reflection? [closed]

Can you use Minor Illusion to create an illusion of a working mirror, i.e. with a working reflection?
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Does magic missile hit silent image's illusory creature?

Magic missile says: You create three glowing darts of magical force. Each dart hits a creature of your choice that you can see within range. Silent image says: You create the image of an ...
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Is there “flavor text” in D&D 5e spells?

Is there any evidence, in the rules or from developer comments, that parts of the description of a D&D 5e spell is “only flavor text” and should be ignored for determining what happens in-game? ...
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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 ...
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Do AC bonuses from spells stack with AC from equipment?

For classes like the Bloodrager that can wear armor and shields and cast arcane spells: Does the armor bonus to AC from the Mage Armor spell stack with the armor bonus to AC from an actual armor ...
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Does Mirror Image affect spells that have no attack roll?

I have two questions concerning Mirror Image. If I am under the effect of Mirror Image and was targeted by a spell like Blight, do I roll a 1d20 to determine whether myself or an image was targeted? ...
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How can you feed fake thoughts to Detect Thoughts?

Say a monster/NPC/whatever seeks a defense against reading his mind, but doesn't want to tip off would-be mind readers with a Ring of Mind-Shielding or something similar that just shields his ...
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Are summoned monsters edible and nourishing?

I just read through summon minor monster and I wondered: if a dragon or lizardlike creature had sorcerer levels and could cast those, could it use that to summon creatures for the purpose of hunting ...
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Can a willing lycanthrope be True Polymorphed?

Can a lycanthrope or other shapeshifter be willingly affected by the spell True Polymorph? I know that it can be affected by regular Polymorph, but the text for the enhanced version seems to differ.
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Do creatures with Legendary Resistance know what is hitting them in order to choose to use the resistance or not?

Say I cast a Fireball at a white dragon, it definitively knows that the spell cast was a Fireball, with all those flames around... However, some spells are more subtle, such as Banishment. Maybe the ...
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Can Green-Flame Blade be Quickened? And would the caster be able to attack again?

The spell Green-Flame Blade has a casting time of one action and is also a cantrip. Therefore it seems like a sorcerer should be able to cast it as their action and (by using Quickening) their bonus ...
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What qualifies for the target of a spell?

The Jeremy Crawford tweet that @Psyntax referenced here has gotten me wondering what exacty constitutes a target of a spell. The PH states: A typical spell requires you to pick one or more ...
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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 ...
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Does a creature know that Suggestion was cast on it?

I have a problem about the spell Suggestion. One of my players wants to use it on an NPC and the NPC fails the save, does the 'thing' he is told to do and now ____. Does the NPC 'magically' forget ...
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how do you level spells for the wizard?

My friends and I just bought the Starter Set and are having some trouble with spellcasting. This has made the game for our wizard a little unenjoyable because of our lack of knowledge. How do we ...
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Can a 4 Elements Monk cast spells in Wild Shape?

A Monk following the Way of the Four Elements can use Elemental Disciplines. Some of them are actually spells: Some elemental disciplines allow you to cast spells (PHB 80) However they are not ...
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Does Mirror image hinder the capacity to take the Hide action?

Let's say a PC has a Mirror image spell active on him and attempts the Hide action on it's turn. As per the spell description, the mirrored images occupy the PC's space, usually a 5'x 5' square : ...
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Do the “four 10 foot cubes” of the Sculpt Spell metamagic feat need to be adjacent?

The Sculpt Spell metamagic feat allows you to change the area affected by a spell. One of the options you have to change your spell into is "Four 10 foot Cubes". Do these cubes need to be adjacent ...
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How do I use fireball without harming my allies? [duplicate]

Whenever I have fireball or a similar AoE effect prepared I usually end up not using it all day. The reasons are that it is hard to use without harming allies or "wasting" the AoE effect on single ...
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Does all magical darkness create shadowy illumination?

Does all spells that create "magical darkness" create shadowy illumination as described in the spell Darkness. For example Black Sand (Sandstorm, pg. 112) This spell creates an area of black ...
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What items increase spell DC, for enchantments in particular?

I was curious what items are available in pathfinder that increase the save DC of a wizard's spells. If it makes a difference, I'm looking for things that increase the DC of enchantment spells. I'm ...
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Does an Arcane Trickster's Invisible Mage Hand Conceal Objects It Carries?

I've been playing D&D 5e since it came out but this is my first time playing an Arcane Trickster. While thinking about some creative ways to use my invisible mage hand, I encountered something ...
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Can a wizard delay spell preparation?

My wizard has just woken from a long rest and is thinking about what spells to prepare for a new day of adventuring. The PHB says on p.114: You prepare the list of wizard spells that are available ...
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Is Charm Person obvious?

Charm Person has verbal and somatic components. Is there anything in the rules as written that defines how obvious those verbal and somatic components are? Would it be obvious the caster was casting ...
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What are the limits of Mage Hand Legerdemain?

I'm honestly shocked I couldn't find this, I swear I've seen it before and if I overlooked it and this is a duplicate, by all means tell me, but otherwise here it goes. We recently started a thief ...
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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?