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

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Can a Druid cast the spell Polymorph on themselves?

A thought occurred to me when I noticed that the Druid can learn the Polymorph spell and I came up with the idea of casting Polymorph on yourself to turn into beast with a challenge rating that ...
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Area spells and line of sight

The general question is: how does line of sight affect area spells? How do blinding conditions affect area spells? Examples: can I target the point of origin of an area spell, like fireball, in a ...
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At what level is the Pact of the Chain spell, Find Familiar, cast by a Warlock?

In a detail that came up as I asked this question I'd like to know how Find Familiar works for a Warlock who casts spells at levels above first level. Pact of the Chain You learn the find ...
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Warlocks and the Ring of Spell Storing: how do you fill it up?

The Warlock casts spells at one given level. Spell Slots(PHB p.107) The table also shows what the level of those slots is; all of your spell slots are the same level. {snip} ... when you are ...
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Do lower level spells work against high level spellcasters?

Last night my 10th level cleric was casting the wizard cantrip spell fire bolt against a high level cleric. The DM asked me what level spell it was and I said cantrip and he said it doesn't work. I ...
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If you make a ranged touch attack with an ongoing, visible spell can you benefit from being invisible?

The spell Defenestrating Sphere (Sor/Wiz 4, Duration: 1 rd./level) allows for a ranged touch attack as a move action: When you cast this spell, you create a violently swirling sphere of air. As ...
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Is calling down lightning from an existing storm (stormy weather) restricted to a small location?

Based on this question, and a tweet from Mike Mearls in this answer: how flexible is the second form of call lightning for the spell caster? Call Lightning has two forms. In the first there is no ...
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Can you sneak attack with a move action with the spell Defenestrating Sphere?

The spell Defenestrating Sphere (Sor/Wiz 4) has a duration of 1 rd./level. The spell description reads: When you cast this spell, you create a violently swirling sphere of air. As a move action, ...
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Can two characters use call lightning from the same storm?

The spell call lightning has a part that reads If you are outdoors in stormy conditions when you cast this spell, the spell gives you control over the existing storm instead of creating a new ...
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If a creature chooses to stay inside the alchemist's stink bomb's area, do they have to save only once, or twice?

The alchemist stink bomb says it creates a stinking cloud that lasts only one round. So if a creature is inside the stink bomb cloud area and they make a fort save they don't become nauseated. The ...
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Can PCs gain XP from “defeating” an enemy who actually just used Feign Death?

I have a NPC who, when is about to be killed, uses Feign Death just before it is killed. As the point is to trick the players, do they gain XP for its death or not? And if so, the full amount or less? ...
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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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Do you need to know the creature to use Polymorph to change someone into that creature?

Does a character need to know a creature to use Polymorph? If yes, is a little information found in an old book enough, or does it have to be an encounter with said creature? If no, does the ...
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Is there a list of Concentration Spells?

The concentration mechanic is a very significant restriction in D&D 5e. I was wondering if there was a list somewhere of all these spells? Bonus if they're segregated by level, class, and/or ...
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Doesn't True Strike end before it is useful?

True Strike has a duration of "concentration, up to 1 round". But it says "On your next turn, you gain advantage on your first attack roll against a target, provided this spell hasn't ended." But ...
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Is there a mechanism to cast, as a single action, a spell with a 10 minute cast time?

What methods there are to use Prayer of Healing (or similar long casts) in combat? This question follows a comment on "Does casting a 10 minute spell really take 100 rounds of combat?"
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Correct spacing between NPCs to limit 20ft-radius area of effect spells' coverage

A tactic I am developing as a GM in response to the power of spells like Black Tentacles (and similar spells with 20 foot radius of effect) is to place my enemy NPCs (eNPCs) such that the radius of ...
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Does casting a 10 minute spell really take 100 rounds of combat?

I am new to D&D and have recently bought the started set for 5E (Lost Mines of Phandelver). So I was looking through the spells and I see some spells that can be used in battle can take minutes to ...
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How can I get the spell Shield for a Bard without losing BAB?

Recently we helped a friend in our group to convert his AD&D human bard to 3.5. That AD&D-bard had a good share of fighter levels so our friend wanted to get a character able to fight. We ...
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Turn spells into spell-likes/supernatural abilities

Is it possible to turn spells into spell-like/supernatural abilities? A single spell or the all of your spellcasting
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Is spell level a character concept or a player concept?

Is there anything in RAW that supports spell level as a character concept, or alternatively that supports it as solely a player concept? On the one hand, I see nothing that explicitly states that a ...
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Can a familiar travel any distance?

I (the DM) had this thought that the familiar who belongs to an evil wizard far away from the players was delivering a message to the Bugbear leader of a band of goblins who was under the command of ...
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Do both of the saves against a Heightened Phantasmal Force receive disadvantage?

If Phantasmal Force is Heightened, does the target receive a penalty on both its initial Int Save and the subsequent Investigation check?
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How can I tell a creature occupying more than one square is affected by an area spell?

In our last gaming session our enemies cast a silence spell. The bard had used Alter Self to a change into an Asabi, one of the few large humanoids. Two of his squares were inside the silence spell, ...
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How long does the 'instantaneous harmless sensory effect' of Prestidigitation last?

One effect of prestidigitation is to create an "instantaneous harmless sensory effect". Should that be read as 'instantly creates a sensory effect for the duration' or 'creates a sensory effect that ...
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How can I improve the duration of Silent Image cast by my intelligent magic armor?

I have an intelligent suit of armor that can cast silent image. Per the spell's description, the duration is as long as the armor concentrates on the spell. How do I make it have a higher chance of ...
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Do transmutation spells change the type?

When I use a spell like Form of the Dragon, does my type change? Would I get the type dragon (and lose the type humanoid) for the duration of the spell? I ask, because I want to know if changing form ...
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Is the number of spells I can prepare the same as the number of spells I can cast per day?

I'm currently playing a Druid and I'm extremely confused with "prepared spells". I know how to prepare a spell but I'm not sure how many I can prepare; is it the same number of spells I can cast a ...
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Why can I not sneak attack with Magic Missile?

I have been brewing up a character build that uses Toppling Spell to knock creatures prone with Magic Missile. I stumbled across Kobold Style, specifically Kobold Groundling, and realized that if I ...
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Can a wizard use offensive spells and effects from inside a Resilient Sphere?

There are plenty of discussions and chats throughout the internet of how Resilient Sphere spell works etc. You can read that: The sphere functions as a wall of force It can be negated by dispel ...
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Do you need to be able to see the Mage Hand to use it?

One of the characters is an Arcane Trickster who has Mage Hand. She's been pretty creative in using the spell, and I wanted to know what restrictions the spell had. The PCs were in a castle and ...
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If a warlock's invocation states that they can use a spell without a slot does that mean they can cast the spell as often as they want?

On page 111 of the 5E hand book the invocations Misty Visions, Mask of Many Faces, Master of Myriad Forms, and Otherworldly Leap all they that you can cast them without expending a spell slot. Does ...
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What kind of charm does “Awaken” inflict?

The PHB defines the charmed status with the following rules: A charmed creature can't attack the charmer or target the charmer with harmful abilities or magical effects The charmer has ...
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Can a wizard cast two spells by taking a full round action? [duplicate]

If a wizard does not move can he cast a second spell in his turn the way melee characters can take extra swings? Also if so, can he still use a quickened spell for a total of three a turn? I have a ...
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Does a True Polymorphed player character continue to gain experience?

Suppose a 5th-level human wizard (let's call her Morgan) is subject to true polymorph, and the spell becomes permanent. While polymorphed, Morgan remains with the party and contributes to adventures. ...
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How do I find spells and magic items that match my character design goals?

For Pathfinder, d20pfsrd.com offers an advanced spell search for a plethora of rulebook sources. Sometimes, however, it's very difficult to find spells that match my search criteria closely enough. ...
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How does magic interact with mirrors? [closed]

I'm gonna be a GM for an upcoming DnD 3.5 game. I want to do an adventure into an house of mirrors / spookhouse / house of illusions. The big bad would most likely be a beholder. Given the number of ...
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Regarding Suggestion, does “obviously harmful” include financial/economic ruin, or only only physical detriment? [closed]

The Suggestion spell reads as follows: Suggestion (PHB, p. 279) You suggest a course of activity (limited to a sentence or two) and magically influence a creature you can see within range that ...
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When using Detect Thoughts, is the target aware when not doing a deep probe?

I'm considering experimenting with the Bard: College of Satire from Unearthed Arcana: Kits of Old, but whether or not I can be discreet with Detect Thoughts is keeping me on the fence. In the spell ...
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Can The Duration Of Illusory Reality Be Extended?

As a related question to this one, is there any way to extend the duration of Illusory Reality? My thoughts are either: Through re-casting it with a bonus action on the next round, or Extend it with ...
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Can Illusory Reality Bind Or Restrain Opponents?

Say you use Major Image. You tightly wrap your opponents with illusory adamantium chains (or another material strong enough your opponent cannot reasonably destroy), then make it real with Illusory ...
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Can Magic Mouth be used to speak the verbal component of a spell?

Could a wizard use the magic mouth ritual on an item, telling it to repeat the Verbal Component of a specific spell when the wizard touches said item, thus allowing a wizard to cast a Verbal spell ...
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How do multiple castings of True Polymorph interact?

When targeting a creature changed by any form of polymorph affect (Polymorph, Shapechange, Wild Shape, or True Polymorph), do you target the original creature, or the creature in its current form? ...
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Can I voluntarily end a spell effect early?

If I cast web during combat, and it survives the encounter, can I dismiss the spell's effect voluntarily or do I need to dispell it?
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Can I counter an Antimagic field with Dispel Magic?

Counterspell section of SRD states: "If the target is within range, both spells automatically negate each other with no other results." Antimagic field description of SRD states: "Dispel magic does ...
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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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Does a cantrip count as a spell when referred to as a warlock upgrade effect?

On page 107 of the DND 5E players handbook there is a labeled area called "Spells known of first level and higher", in this section it says "when you gain a level in this class, you can choose one of ...
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What is a character's level after being True Polymorphed?

One of my players intends to cast 'True Polymorph' on himself to turn into a CR 16 Creature. What character level does he have in this form, if he has any at all? Is he level 16, and if so, can he ...
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How does Mind Blank affect the Zone of Truth spell?

The Archmage NPC casts Mind Blank on itself before entering combat per the MM. Mind Blank is powerful enough to foil a Wish spell to gain information about or affect the mind of a target, per the PH. ...
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What forms of damage affect an Unseen Servant?

Related to this question, what forms of damage affect an Unseen Servant? Physical types: bludgeoning, piercing, slashing. Magical forms of the physical types. The other types, some of which are ...