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Is fireburst overpowered?

The party I DM for tries to play D&D 3.5 strictly by the rules as written. The wizard of the party came to me with the fireburst spell, from the D&D 3.5 book "Complete Arcane" (page 107). ...
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Can I cast two spells a round while Hasted?

Can Haste allow me to cast two spells (not quickened) in one round? This is given that haste gives an extra attack on a full round action, if I take a full round action can I cast two spells?
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Is this a balanced power + trapping?

I have a priest/martial artist character in an upcoming campaign who can heal but can also fight barehanded. I wanted to create a power for him that would be a sort of general enhancement to his ...
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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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Which spells do Wizards get at lower levels than Sorcerers?

For my first D&D character I chose to be a wizard because I love wizards and spellcasters in general, and I heard that wizards can learn certain spells before sorcerors can. Is this true? If so ...
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Where can I find the “Trap the Soul” 8th Level Wizard Spell?

In the Wizard spell list, under level 8 there is a spell listed as "Trap the Soul". However the spell can not be found in the spell descriptions. Some people online are saying that the spell was ...
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Where can I find the “Destructive Smite” Paladin Spell?

In the Players handbook list of spells, one of the level 5 Paladin spells is "Destructive Smite", however I can't find the spell description? Where can I find the description of the spell?
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How many times per scene can I attempt to cast a spell such as Postcognition?

In this question I'm using Postcognition as more of an example of how instant / concentration spells work. I have a situation in my Mage The Awakening group where a player cast Postcognition rote on ...
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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 ...
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(Clockwork Automaton) construct back to 1 HP with repair spell wand? additional cost, how?

The Clockwork Automaton template makes a creature a construct with a soul. Inorganic Functioning (Ex) A clockwork automaton can only be repaired by spells that affect the construct type ...
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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 ...
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Go Coup de Grace your self

I was reading into Magic Jar. It is used to takeover someone's body and you can have all the fun you whant with that body, you have total control. If the host body is slain, you return to the ...
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How many spells does a swordmage get as they level up?

My friend is starting D&D and his first character is going to be a swordmage. How many spells do they get at level one and how many do they get per level up?
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Do Repair spells work on constructs that can have negative HP?

The Clockwork Automaton template makes a creature a construct with a soul. The Inorganic Functioning extraordinary ability says "if the creature reaches 0 HP or below, the automaton will case [sic] ...
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Is Alter Self strictly better than Disguise Self as at-will invocations?

PHB Page 211, Alter Self You assume a different form. When you cast the spell, choose one of the following options, the effects of which last for the duration of the spell. While the spell lasts, ...
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Can a duskblade's Arcane Channeling affect a target more than once per round?

The question is pretty simple actually, though I have trouble deciphering the features of the Duskblade class from PHB2. The arcane channeling of level 3 allows you to use a standard action in order ...
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Elemental Touch Questions

I have 2 question about the spell Elemental Touch. I'm running a suli magus that specializes in electricity so the spells seems appealing to me, but I need to figure out some things first. The first ...
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Is the Dweomerkeeper unacceptably powerful thanks to Supernatural Spell?

The Dweomerkeeper 3.5e prestige class (Complete Divine rulebook official web enhancement) provides multiple uses of "Supernatural Spell (Su)" per day as escalating benefits for class progression up to ...
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It is possible to cast a spell that allows you to coat a real sword in fire?

Basically what the title says. It is possible to cast a spell that allows you to coat a real sword in fire? I want a Wizard that has a decent weapons skill. So I was wondering If I would be able to do ...
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Strangling Hair acting “independently of your own actions”

The Wizard spell Strangling Hair has the listed duration "concentration, up to 1 round/level", but later on in the spell it states that "your hair continues to attack that target independently of your ...
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Color Spray vs. Small Earth Elementals

The spell Color Spray causes up to three effects. Can you confirm what each effect does against Small Earth Elementals? I know the mechanics of the spell. Pathfinder has a habit of tripping me up on ...
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How does the range of Wings of Flurry work?

Wings of Flurry from Races of the Dragon is a great blasting spell. Its area is a 30-ft radius burst, and its range is 30 ft. How is this supposed to work? Can I only cast the spell on my own square ...
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Can a wizard memorize spells in the middle of the adventuring day?

I know I have to get 8 hours of sleep and study my spell book for an hour to study and use spells. If I only study a certain number of spells and kept a few unstudied, can I prepare one later on when ...
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Will Summoner's Charm (Su) work with Shadow Conjuration spell?

Reading both Summoner's Charm and Shadow Conjuration, I feel that it should not interact with each other. Summoner's Charm (Su) states that: Whenever you cast a conjuration (summoning) spell, ...
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What is required to be able to sneak attack with a spell or ranged attack?

I'm playing a 3rd level rogue, and I'm looking at at taking a few levels of sorcerer for the Draconic bloodline's claws, and as a prerequisite for the arcane trickster prestige class. Since I'm going ...
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Does the Evocation Savant feature apply to evocation spells copied into backup spellbooks?

The normal cost of copying a foreign spell into your spellbook is 2 hours and 50 gp per spell level. If you are copying spells from one of your spellbooks to another of your spellbooks (to keep ...
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Can Minor Illusion wake a sleeping party member with its sound?

Imagine your party is making camp near a dungeon that the party is planning to delve. If you have the Minor Illusion cantrip and are the member of the group keeping watch for hostile creatures, can ...
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Does copying a spell from a scroll into your spellbook consume the scroll?

The text on page 32 of the Basic Rules that talks about copying spells does not explicitly state that the process consumes the scroll. Does it?
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What happens to the current hit points when Aid ends?

The 5e D&D Basic Rules v0.1 description of the second-level cleric spell Aid says (p. 83): Your spell bolsters your allies with toughness and resolve. Choose up to three creatures within ...
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Does the Augmented Humanoid subtype count the creature as humanoid for spell effects?

Inspired by a comment thread on this question. The vampire template says the following for the Type entry: Type: The creature's type changes to undead (augmented). Do not recalculate class Hit ...
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Pathfinder Earth Glide clarification

I'm hoping some one can point out some rules I've missed, or some rules extrapolation I've overlooked that might explain some of these questions. There are different descriptions for Earth Glide ...
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Can you use Arrow Eruption to duplicate Arrow of Death?

Arrow Eruptions states that: You create exact duplicates of the arrow or crossbow bolt you used to kill a creature in the previous round and launch one at enemy creatures within a 30-foot radius ...
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In the Dresden Files RPG is it possible to get mental armor, and if so, how?

My character is a Wizard, and I've always been annoyed at how I can only cast up to 4 spells per scene (at least without going into consequences). So it got me thinking if there was a way around it. ...
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Can a cleric cast Firestorm as a L8 spell, even if it doesn't have an “At higher levels” entry?

Many spells have "At higher levels" that provides for more targets or more damage. For example Magic Missile can be cast as a second level spell and shoot 4 missiles instead of it's 3 as a first ...
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How do touch attacks work in Microlite20?

How do touch attacks work in the Microlite20 system? For example, on page 7 the description of the 1st Level Arcane Spell "Shocking Grasp" reads as follows: Touch delivers 1d6/level electricity ...
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Spell Perfection disambiguation

The Spell Perfection feat: Pick one spell which you have the ability to cast. Whenever you cast that spell you may apply any one metamagic feat you have to that spell without affecting its level ...
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Is it possible for cleric to cast spells of opposed alignments?

Are there are means for clerics to cast spells with incompatible alignment descriptors? I can think of two possibilities. The first is creating a spell that temporary switches the caster's alignment. ...
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Does the Sleep spell use current or maximum hit points?

On Page 101 of the D&D 5e Basic PDF the effect of a Sleep Spell is stated as follows. This spell sends creatures into a magical slumber. Roll 5d8; the total is how many hit points of ...
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What conditions prevent a caster from using Somatic spells?

The text from Somatic reads that the caster must have a hand free to gesture with when they cast a spell with a somatic component. None of the conditions such as restrained or grappled seem to ...
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How do enchantment spells work with V/S components?

A discussion has started up in my group about how you actually use enchantment spells on people without them noticing. A good example is as follows: Charm Person, one of the good lower level spells ...
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Can a spell be prepared once and cast multiple times?

Our group had some confusion about preparing spells for a Wizard and Cleric. The rules say that you prepare a number of spells from your list and that you tick off spell slots when you cast a spell. ...
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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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What is the minimally optimum wizard spell selection as of D&D 5th's launch? [closed]

One of the big features of the new 5th Edition of Dungeons and Dragons is a return to the low-power campaigns of the past. This corresponds with a metaplot event "The Sundering" which makes many magic ...
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What happens to a quasi-undead creature when fortunate fate activates?

The creature casts the 8th-level spell veil of undeath [necro] (SpC 229), which says, in part, that Like an undead creature, you are damaged by cure spells and healed by inflict spells. You don’t ...
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High Elf Racial Cantrips: Do they improve for non-Wizards?

For example if a High Elf Rogue chooses Ray of Frost for his or her racial cantrip, does that cantrip improve as his or her Rogue level increases? Ray of Frost gets better damage as you advance in ...
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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 ...
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Does Mage Armor stack with Shield?

Mage Armor sets the target's base AC to 13+Dex. Shield gives you a +5 bonus to AC. If you cast both on yourself, does that give you an effective AC of 18+Dex while both spells are in effect?
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How does wizard & cleric spell preparation and casting work?

In 3.X wizards had spellbooks, while clerics had their entire spell list, but they both memorized/prepared spells every day from those lists, and had a certain number of slots for preparing spells in. ...
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Does the Impeding Stones spell render affected creatures flat-footed?

Impeding Stones is a spell from Cityscape (p66). I am considering using it as an alternative to Entangle in areas with no plants. Affected creatures can choose to try a balance check as an ...
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What are the limits of Mage's Magnificent Mansions?

I am DMing true D&D for the first time. So far it has been one of the most fun experiences in my life. However, I have found myself in a bit of a pickle. Starting off I was very liberal in what I ...