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

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Will Feeblemind affect all the brains of a creature that has multiple brains?

Feeblemind says that one creature is affected. Does that means casting that spell on an Ettin, a Hydra, or even the Tiamat would affect all the brains at once? As a DM, I would argue that it should ...
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Can you choose not to affect yourself with area of effect spells?

Our group has some uncertainty regarding area of effect spells, specifically sleep. If a wizard were to cast sleep centered on herself - regardless of whether she gets included within the spell's ...
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Does Feeblemind's saving throw use the original or current intelligence of the target?

Feeblemind can, on a failed save, reduce a creature's intelligence and charisma to 1. That's a -5 modifier. Every 30 days, the target can repeat this save. Does the character save with their current ...
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The effect of Minor Illusion in the inner ear of a monster

Last session, one of my players said he wanted to cast minor illusion - creating a high-pitched screaming noise - within the inner ear of a Worg. I ruled it was permissible, got the Worg to take a ...
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Will allowing all (spell-casting) classes to cast all spells be unbalanced? [closed]

I'm homebrewing a new setting with attendant rule changes. According to the setting all magic comes from the same source. So I was thinking that it might make sense, if wizards were able to case cure ...
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Does the feat Extraordinary Spell Aim affect the creature's space or the creature?

Complete Adventurer contains the feat Extraordinary Spell Aim which has as its benefit Whenever you cast a spell with an area, you can attempt to shape the spell’s area so that one creature within ...
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How do you handle the casting of a fireball in a corridor or a small room?

The fireball spell is clearly described as a sphere with a 20' radius. In most case, that is applied at ground level since that's where most creatures are. We can actually see an example of such in ...
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If your body was destroyed while in a homunculus via Magic Jar, would the homunculus die?

If your body was destroyed while in a homunculus via Magic Jar, would the homunculus die? For class and story reasons I need my body to be destroyed while in someone or something else's body. Would ...
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How does “Long Arm” affect Familiar Size?

I recently added Witch to my horrendously multi-classed Fighter and found this little brain teaser. I had adopted a Blue Russian (cat) as my linked familiar whom I can cast self-altering spells on, ...
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What is the highest number of spells that can be cast in one round?

I'm aware of the hotly debated "...normal limit of one spell per round" text from the rules on magic casting time. Assuming that this doesn't mean anything substantial, however, what is a theoretical ...
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How does the spell “Create or destroy water” affect a shapeshifted Fathomer?

My friends and I are currently playing the Princes of the Apocalypse D&D campaign. After a few events, we found ourselves in the Rivergard Keep fighting with a fathomer. Fathomers are blue ...
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Will zone of truth affect the dead?

Cleric Bob has hit on an idea to try and compel an orc that attacked him (and is now deceased) to speak the truth so he can find out where their stronghold is. Cleric Freds plan is to cast Zone Of ...
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What objects travel with a creature affected by Banishment?

The banishment spell allows me to send a creature to another harmless plane of existence, where it is incapacitated. Assuming that all of the creature's equipment travel with it, what other ...
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Dispel via opposite spells [duplicate]

This question was developed as an extension of one that is related. What interests me in particular is the part about dispeling. I'm totally agree with the linked answer to that related question ...
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Does an invisible familiar delivering a touch spell have advantage?

Since a warlock's familiar can be a Quasit (which can turn invisible) and a familiar can be used to deliver the warlock's touch spell, it should be able to deliver a touch spell like Vampiric Touch ...
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Does an ongoing Witch bolt ignore a Sanctuary cast afterwards?

A warlock casts witch bolt at a target successfully. On the target's turn, the target casts sanctuary to protect themselves. On the warlock's next turn, can the warlock choose to keep targeting the ...
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Do multiple sources of Temporary Hit Points combine or do you only get one set? [duplicate]

So I have a question about a warlocks temporary hit points. Say you cast Armor of Agathys and false life. Do you have two separate pools of hit points or do you have to pick one of the two? by ...
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Can Fire Storm be used against flying creatures?

Can the cleric level 7 spell fire storm be used against creatures/humanoids that are flying say 50' off the ground or can it only be used against creatures on the ground?
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Does Zone of Truth bind people to promises?

So in the game I'm in, a cleric wanted to use Zone of Truth to ascertain the actions of a group of prisoners they were going to release. He wanted to use Zone of Truth to guarantee the course of ...
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Can I pick the Produce Flame spell with the Spell Sniper feat?

Produce Flame (Player's Handbook, p. 269) creates a small, persistent flame that grants vision and can, optionally, be thrown at someone to make an attack. The Spell Sniper feat (p. 170), in addition ...
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What happens to divine power when you go epic?

Divine power (without capitalization) is a cleric spell that, among other things, sets your BAB to equal your level. Now, when you gain epic levels, you stop gaining BAB, you gain an epic bonus every ...
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When limited wish duplicates a spell, is the duplicated spell that spell or limited wish?

When the spell limited wish is used to duplicate a spell, is that effect the actual spell or, instead, is that effect limited wish reproducing the spell's effect? The 7th-level Sor/Wiz spell limited ...
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How to randomize spell scrolls

In 5th edition when a scroll comes up for loot, or when rolling for a robe of useful items, how do you pick which spell is on the scroll? I can't find a table for it.
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Heal as a paladin spell

By far the best healing spell in the game, heal, is a 6th-level spell for clerics. It’s also found on the Healing domain, again as a 6th-level spell. Various other classes get it as a 6th-level spell, ...
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Easiest Access to Raise Dead

In D&D 3.5, Raise Dead is a 5th level cleric spell, meaning a cleric would have to be level 9 to be able to cast it. The cleric who can cast Raise Dead can also cast many other spells, such as ...
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Does a dusk blade channeling shocking grasp get +3 to attack?

I have seen discussions on other boards where people believe a duskblade channeling shocking grasp against a metal armored opponent should receive the +3 attack bonus for the spell on the melee ...
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Charm spells in combat [closed]

This question and the reception of my answer got me thinking about the usefulness of charms spells in combat. Their usefulness is quite different based on the situation and the specific spell. A ...
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Do cantrips granted by Magic Initiate count towards “Cantrips Known”?

With regards to the Magic Initiate feat (PHB pg. 168): It seems obvious that the 1st-level spell is treated as a special case with its own slot (this also seems to be the consensus from other ...
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What does it mean when a spell “counters and dispels” another?

In 3.x, some spells state that they "counter and dispel" other specific spells. Does a spell used in either of these ways still have it's normal effects? Does this depend on the specific 3.x system ...
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What lighting condition does the spell Darkness create?

Many people hold to the interpretation of the spell Darkness that it is an area of total darkness. But this is not how I would interpret it, to me it appears as if the spell creates an area of dim ...
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What does the Ebon Eyes spell do?

Ebon Eyes is a level 1 spell from the Spell Compendium (page 77) that says: The subject of this spell gains the ability to see normally in natural and magical darkness, although it does not ...
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How to Levitate a heavy chariot

I'm running my party through the Pathfinder Iron Gods Lords of Rust campaign. They are about to get into combat with the head of the coloseum who uses a chariot. He's seen the characters in a couple ...
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How strong is the Spider Climb force (against rushing water)

I had a player using spider climb in a small cave system, however the room flooded (quickly, with a high water pressure). Would he be able to hold on since he's using spider climb? Alternatively, I ...
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Can I switch out my Level 1 any-school spell as an Arcane Trickster or Eldritch Knight?

The Arcane Trickster gains access to Wizard spells, primarily limited to the enchantment and illusion schools of magic. Four of the spells he knows can come from any school, however: one of his ...
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For Call Lightning, what needs to meet the additional condtions in order to gain the damage boost - the target or the caster?

In Pathfinder there is a clause in the Call Lightning spell which allows the bolts of lightning summoned to deal boosted damage: If you are outdoors and in a stormy area—a rain shower, clouds and ...
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What are the ramifications of switching primary attributes of a spellcasting class?

With the exception of multiclassing, is there any big reason that if you were to change the spellcasting attribute of a (spellcasting) class it would be a bad idea? As a specific example: Let's say I ...
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How do you remake a spellbook?

My wizard's spellbook was destroyed! How can I acquire/create a new one?
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How is True Polymorph not completely unbalanced?

How is True polymorph balanced in regards to any spell besides Wish? (Which is inherently unbalanced per design). Two example uses that seem unbalanced: A level 20 Warlock and Bard are having a ...
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How do spell modifiers and damage work with cantrips?

Pretty simple first question, In the campaign I'm running, I have a wizard PC who saves his spells mostly for RP and utility purposes. He enjoys spells like Legend Lore, Misty Step, and Find Familiar ...
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Can I cast a spell without an Arcane Focus?

My wizard was caught reading the thoughts of a city guard as I was trying to dig for info about a friends wrongful arrest. As a result I was also arrested and thrown in prison. I was stripped of my ...
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Can the spell “Command” be used to cause unwitting damage?

The PHB gives the following description of the 1st-level spell Command (emphasis mine), and I'm curious about the implications of the RAW here: You speak a one-word command to a creature you can ...
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What is a spell?

Many systems and settings specify what a spell consists of, where its power comes from, and what forms it takes from inception to casting. Earthdawn's weaving and spell matrices in particular come to ...
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How many spell slots does a character get?

How many spell slots does a character get, and how do you calculate that if there's a calculation involved? I've been looking everywhere for this, but can't find it. I started playing just about a ...
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Can any spellcaster use Mage hand to perform a Sleight of hand check?

From the Arcane Trickster description (PHB page 98): Mage Hand Legerdemain Starting at 3rd level, when you cast mage hand, you can make the spectral hand invisible, and you can perform the ...
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Can you cast a racial spell if you do not have access to the spell slot required?

For example a Drow has the racial spell Darkness, spell level 2 (gained at player level 5). Can he cast the spell even if he is multiclassed (Eldritch Knight 3; Cleric 2) and only has spell slots up ...
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How do the areas of effect of spell traps' triggers and spells relate to each other?

I'm a little fuzzy on how spell traps work with being triggered, so let me set up an example: A Fireball trap. It hits a 20ft radius, all targets in that area. Triggered via proximity of the Alarm ...
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Help with Artificer/Wizard

I'm having isues understanding the item creation process and usage for an Artificer with a Wizard dip. As far I understand the process, a straight Artificer needs to make a Use Magic Device check to ...
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How can a 13th-level wizard get a 17th-level wizard to fail a will save?

I am planning a plot that involves an evil wizard who reached lichdom, was defeated by another (good) wizard (his phylactery was also destroyed), was resurrected by a resurrection spell (he wasn't a ...
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Does Fog Cloud grant enemies disadvantage on spells requiring a successful Saving Throw?

If for example my Tempest Cleric were to cast Fog Cloud into a room of enemies would they roll at a disadvantage when my Wizard companion hurls a Shatter into that room?
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Low-fantasy spell systems I could reference (5e) [closed]

Magic is fun, magic is awesome, but I kinda wanna do something very specific with it now that I'm going to DM. I've got a very strong image of how magic is in the world I want to implement it in since ...