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

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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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Is there any way to share hit points with another ally?

I recall there was a spell which created a life link in previous editions, allowing us to take damage and share it with the group's players. Are there any similar spells in the 5th edition?
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Is a creature aware that a Hex or Hunter's Mark spell has been cast on it?

Both spells have a verbal component when casting them, but they can both be cast from 90 feet away, possibly from stealth or while the creature is distracted, so it may not notice the casting. I'm ...
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What is a “Melee Spell Attack” and how does it differ from a regular spell?

In 5e a lot of the spells in both the Monster Manual and PHB talk about a spell being a "melee spell attack". Is this simply to do with the range of the spell or are there additional rules to rolling? ...
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Do fire spells cast underwater still affect creatures vulnerable to fire?

Related Question: Can magic items that deal fire damage function underwater? As mentioned in the above question: From the DMG p93: Spells or spell-like effects with the fire descriptor are ...
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Can Tenser's Floating Disk be ridden?

I know the rules for TFD in 3.5 mention it can carry anything within its weight limit and can be directed by the caster within its range limits, but are there any rules about actually riding Tenser's ...
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What's the history of the Darkness spell?

In D&D 3.0, the darkness spell was a sphere of blackness, impenetrable even to darkvision, which was terrifyingly powerful (except against demons and devils). In D&D 3.5, it's a zone of 20% ...
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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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What happens to active spells on a black pudding when it splits?

Bob the wizard and his chums have encountered a black pudding and Bob has cast Slow on it to give him some time to run for it. However, helpfully, the next round the parties tank, Kevin the Barbarian, ...
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Does a willing creature know the outcome of a spell that is being used on him?

Perhaps put another way, can you lie with a spell? For instance, I could cast Dimension Door on myself and one willing creature. I may tell him we're going across that gorge, but in reality, we're ...
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Does an “acid” Burning Hands still set things on fire?

The spell burning hands can set targets on fire, if they can burn. Now I am wondering what will happen if a sorcerer with the elemental bloodline chooses to change the damage type of the spell to, ...
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Can you Plane Shift to the plane that you're on?

What happens if you cast plane shift and then attempt to shift to the plane that you're on? I can think of a few reasons this might happen in-game: For some reason, the PCs don't know what plane ...
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If one uses Shadow Evocation on a willing ally can they choose not to disbelieve?

If one uses Shadow Evocation on a willing ally (e.g. Telekinetic Charge) can they choose not to disbelieve? Shadow Evocation Nondamaging effects have normal effects except against those who ...
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What happens if the effects of two different damage types contradict each other?

A flesh golem has the extraordinary ability immunity to magic, which says that A flesh golem is immune to any spell or spell-like ability that allows spell resistance. In addition, certain spells ...
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If a DM uses Zone of Truth as a permanent effect, should creatures get only one save?

In my current setting, the local temple has a permanent Zone of Truth effect in the main hall. While I intended the effect to be an innate quality of the stone used to build the temple, there is no ...
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How does the Suggestion spell work?

My friend gave me the following scenario. A Fighter has the Suggestion spell cast on them with the following phrase: "You look tired. Why don't you take a seat over there." If the rest of the ...
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Did spirit guardians just wipe out the Orc army?

I have a cleric who wants to ride a war horse (movement speed 60', dash speed 120') with a spell cast on himself. Controlling a mount does not appear to cost an action, you simply decide if you are ...
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How many attack rolls do I need to make for an area attack?

I'm having trouble shaking this answer out of my PHB. Scenario: I cast a spell that affects a 3x3 area. How many attack rolls do I make? Do I make one per creature in the area (IE, like 4e), or one ...
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Does your spell modifier add to your spell damage?

So I know how to calculate spell DC (8 + proficiency + modifier) and spell attack rolls (1d20 + proficiency + modifier), but I am not clear on spell damage. Namely, do you add your spell modifier ...
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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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Casting high level scroll spell by low level spell casters

I'm playing a 10th lvl cleric. I attempted to cast an 8th lvl Power Word Stun spell from a scroll that the DM gave me. When I attempted to cast it the DM said it does not automatically succeed ...
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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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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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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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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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Can Mage Hand be used on the turn it is cast?

The description for Mage Hand lists a casting time of 1 action. The spell's description elaborates on its function as: You can use your action to control the hand. I would personally interpret ...
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How is counterspell a fair spell?

I'm playing an Abjuration wizard in 5e, and am currently level 4. Looking ahead to the 3rd level spell list, I come across the spell I've been waiting for: Counterspell. And then, reading the rules, ...
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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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Does Animate Dead just create human skeletons/zombies, or can it raise whole creatures as undead?

My GM insists that animate dead can only create the skeleton or zombie listed in the bestiary, namely the 1HD human skeleton/zombie. I had always read it can zombify any creature, as long as you have ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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 many spells can be cast per round in Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1st Edition?

I can't find a reference within the core books that states how many spells can be cast in a round. I do see how many segments it takes per spell. Can a wizard cast multiple 1 segment spells i.e. ...
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How to use Silence effectively against spellcasters? [closed]

In our games, we've been finding the Silence spell to be relatively useless against spellcasters because they can just move out of the area of silence to do their casting. There doesn't seem to be a ...
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Does a weapon with concentration spell enchantment require concentration from the user?

Does a weapon that is enchanted with the ability to cast a spell that is a concentration spell, require concentration from the user to maintain?
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How long would it take to doff armour heated by the Heat Metal spell?

Page 146 of the PHB has the table for getting in and out of armour (1 to 5 minutes to doff, depending on the type). Now the Heat Metal (PHB pg. 250) says; Choose a manufactured metal object, such ...
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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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Do clerics have access to every spell of the level they can cast?

The playtest notes are not clear in regard to clerics. It specifically states how many spells wizards can learn. So do I just assume that a cleric learns one spell per level or do they have access to ...
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Does the spell Nondetection offer protection against all divination spells?

Does the spell Nondetection (and therefore the Unseen Seer ability Guarded Mind) protect the target from all divination spells or just the ones given as examples in the PHB (see quote)? The ...
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What does “… when it enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there” mean

From When do you roll the damage for Cloud of Daggers?, it was suggested that some comments be made into a Q&A. So: From the Cloud of Daggers spell (others have similar wording) You fill the ...
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How to balance conviction with discipline?

I'm playing a caster in a setting hack of the Dresden files. I find that it's very easy to get in an unbalance of my Conviction and Discipline skills. If Conviction is too high then I fail my ...
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Are the following valid Knock targets?

Potential targets: knotted rope tying up a PC continuous chain without a lock that is holding a chest shut (its a chain like would be normally viable but instead of having a lock holding it together ...
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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 ...
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How can we prevent a sorcerer with subtle spell metamagic from casting?

The sorcerer's subtle spell metamagic states: When you cast a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to cast it without any somatic or verbal components. The description of material components ...
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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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Does standing up from prone trigger the damage from Booming Blade?

Does spending movement to stand up from prone trigger the secondary damage effect of the booming blade spell from Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide? If the target willingly moves before the duration ...
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Do spells with area effects affect targets that have been swallowed whole?

If my barbarian was swallowed whole by a dragon, would a spell with an area of effect(such as fireball or lightning bolt) hit me? Does the same apply for channeling to heal me? In this question, the ...