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

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Would a caster's AoE spell hit the caster?

Our warlock was being assaulted by a few stirges, surrounding her. She cast Shatter around herself to defeat all of them. Does she get hit by her own spell?
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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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An old school experienced DM insists Magic Missile always goes first. Does it or not, and why?

A friend of mine is an experienced DM who started with D&D and then the AD&D 1st edition back in the day. I'm currently DMing AD&D Second Edition for him and he's playing a Wizard. He has ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does a Pathfinder Witch's Slumber Hex Count as Mind-Affecting Effect?

From d20pfsrd.com, the Witch gets the following Hex: Slumber (Su): A witch can cause a creature within 30 feet to fall into a deep, magical sleep, as per the spell sleep. The creature ...
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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 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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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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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 ...
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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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Dispelling contingent magic

If someone casts a Contingency spell triggered by Dispel Magic, will the contingent spell still trigger if an attempt is made to Dispel Magic on the Contingency-caster, or will the Dispel Magic wipe ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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What should a GM do about players using magic in unforeseen game-breaking ways?

Firstly, a quick anecdote. In our most recent Pathfinder session our cleric jokingly mentioned he will soon be able to summon 1d3 dolphins. Another player then mentioned that some dolphins (orca) can ...
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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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How do the Spirit Guardian and Sanctuary spells interact?

A player in my group asked the DM: What if Cleric 1 was to cast Spirit Guardians and go for the heart of battle Then Cleric 2 cast Sanctuary on him Then Cleric 1 just sits there not actively ...
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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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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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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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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 should a DM handle Vorpal + Surge of Fortune?

I have a fairly clever player whose character recently died. He decided to make a new one, whose thing is being an Eldritch Disciple Halfling that throws a Returning Vorpal Dagger around. As a ...
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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 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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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 to find an NPC spellcaster to cast Raise Dead on a person?

TL:DR Where can I find a spellcaster to cast Raise Dead? Where's the nearest large city to Sandpoint in Golarion? Any other avenues to bring someone back from the dead? My group is running through ...
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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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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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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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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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What are the ways for a Wizard to get cure spells?

Inspired by this question; I was intrigued to know ways at any level that a Wizard could cast cure spells, without using Use Magic Device. Solutions should not use multiclassing and only use official ...
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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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Why would I ever cast True Strike?

One of my players has complained several times that True Strike is a useless spell. The effect of True Strike is: On your next turn, you gain advantage on your first attack roll against the ...
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What spells can a Shugenja cast?

I'm trying to create an L5R (4th ed.) Shugenja, and want to understand what spells she will be able to cast. Sometimes, the rules talk about “learning a spell”. Does that mean “gaining a scroll you ...
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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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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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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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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 many can I topple with my mighty missiles?

I have magic missile with caster level 3 and the toppling spells feat. Magic missile says: For every two caster levels beyond 1st, you gain an additional missile - two at 3rd level, three at 5th, ...
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What action ends the spell 'Invisibility' in terms of how indirect it must be?

This concerns the spell Invisibility in Pathfinder and what causes it to end. The relevant text for reference: The spell ends if the subject attacks any creature. For purposes of this spell, an ...
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Methods of adding more touch spells to a Duskblade's spell list?

I want to play a duskblade, because their ability to channel touch range spells presents a way to use spells in melee combat. But their short list of spells (coupled with very few touch range damage ...
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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 ...