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

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Is there a way to learn a spell by seeing someone else cast it?

I've already learned that Wizards are unique in that they can learn new spells by finding them. Can they also learn a spell by watching someone else cast it? Can any other class do this? Or at least ...
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How do you identify what spell is on a spell scroll?

Are they always unidentified, except for when a Wizard already knows the spell? If the wizard already knows it, is it already identified?
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Spell scroll use [duplicate]

If I copy a scroll into a spellbook, does the scroll get used and thus become unusable, or do I keep it, still able to use it to cast the spell?
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How does a wizard or bard learn new spells?

So! I didn't find anything in the D&D 5e books about learning spells as an arcane spellcaster. I have a question: As, say, a Wizard levels up and gets new spell slots, does he need to go to a ...
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When to roll during spellcasting? [closed]

I have played a few games of D&D with my equally as inexperienced friends and there are some uncertainties we have about spells that I would like to clarify before I take my turn to DM. When ...
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Does hostile juxtaposition work on my attacker?

Hostile juxtaposition will let me essentially swap places with another creature when attacked, allowing the attack to damage that creature instead. If the target of my hostile juxtaposition was the ...
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Can Minor Illusion be used to simulate speech?

Such as generating a spoken sentence or series of sentences in a particular person's voice?
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Sorcerer Spell Daily Limit in Simple Terms

So the way it works, as I understand it, is at level 3 I have 5 level 0 spells(unlimited), and 2 Level 1 spells(6 times a day). What I need clarification on is do I get to cast each of my level 1's 6 ...
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Using an Improvised Spellcasting Focus

This question is a companion to this one that focused on crafting an improvised spellcasting focus. Here I wish to focus on using such an improvised focus. If a caster typically uses a spellcasting ...
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Crafting an Improvised Spellcasting Focus?

If a caster typically uses a spellcasting focus to cast spells and loses it, and they are in a dungeon or other location where they cannot purchase a new one (or even purchase special materials for a ...
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Can you cast a 9th level spell if your multiclass spell slots have 9th level spell slots?

Say I play a Cleric 14/Paladin 6. I have the spell slots of a lvl 17 spellcaster, but can I cast the 9th level spells of the Cleric, or am I limited to 7th? Would this also work with other classes ...
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Can you write spells prepared with “knowledge pool” in your spellbook?

Knowledge pool At 7th level, when a magus prepares his magus spells, he can decide to expend 1 or more points from his arcane pool, up to his Intelligence bonus. For each point he expends, he ...
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Can Telekinesis be used to Bull Rush someone more than 5 feet?

I'm running a D&D 3.5 campaign with a BBEG who has telekinesis. During one particular encounter he tried to bull rush the fighter into a pit. The fighter's player then pointed out that since he ...
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How does Flare affect a drow?

If you successfully cast flare at a Drow would they be blinded for one round by the bright light (due to being light sensitive) and then dazzled for the rest of the spell's duration (due to the ...
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Can cube of force be used as a reaction?

Example: A mage is casting a fireball at your party from the side. You see this, are you able to activate the cube as a reaction?
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Spells which require concentration such as detect magic [closed]

I was reading the question Why does detect magic last more than 3 rounds? and it got me wondering about concentration itself. There are various levels of concentration required as we can see from ...
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Does Detect Magic reveal illusion spells?

I'm running a game and my players entered a room which was under the effect of a Mirage Arcana spell to make the room look nice. One of the players cast detect magic. Does this reveal the illusions? ...
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Can Spiritjaws hold a manifested ghost or an incorporeal creature?

Can Spiritjaws be used to grapple a manifested ghost or an incorporeal creature? On the one hand incorporeal subtype says that incorporeal creatures can't be grappled. On the other hand force effects ...
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Does Darkness dispel Dancing Lights?

Drow vs. Elves in a dungeon with no natural light. Torch light for elven party. If a drow drops a darkness spell on an object in the middle of the party are they effectively blind? If they had a ...
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Does the Life Cleric ability Disciple of Life apply to the spell Aid?

My first thought was oh yes it does because it is giving hitpoints, then a closer reading seemed to show that no it wouldn't because it wasn't restoring hitpoints. I'm still low level so I've been ...
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How do I identify ongoing magical effects on a creature?

Pretty much as the title says, if I go up against an uberbuffed evil cleric, how can I identify what buffs he has? Detect magic only gives away the school of the spells, but I want to know if he has ...
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How can I balance practical spells with RP spells?

I'm playing a warlock in our DnD 5e campaign. Near as I can tell, this is sort of specific to warlocks because they have so few spells known (correct me if I am wrong). Either way, I still have a ...
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What spells can an Arcane Trickster Rogue choose from when gaining levels?

Trying to understand how an Arcane Trickster Rogue works with regards to spell selection. In the Player's Handbook, page 98, it says (emphasis mine): You know three 1st-level wizard spells of your ...
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How viable is shrink item and massive projectiles?

I'm sure it's been done many times in many variations over the spell's history, but I'm having trouble finding any reasonably conclusive ruling or argument as to whether or not it should work. Is it ...
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What Is The Difference, If Any, Between “Permanent”, and “Until Dispelled”?

Some spells, such as Forbiddance, say that under certain circumstances, they last "Until Dispelled". Other spells, such as Mordenkainen's Private Sanctum, say that under certain circumstances, they ...
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Can a metamagic rod raise a spells effective level beyond 9?

Say I have a Greater echoing metamagic rod (affects spells up to 9th level, normally would add +3 to the spell slot). Can I cast a 7th, 8th, or 9th level spell using the rod? Would there be any ...
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Can a metamagic rod affect a spell that has been metamagiced to be outside its normal spell level range?

Say I am a high level cleric. I have Flame Strike prepared with Empower metamagic, increasing it's spell slot by 2, resulting in an Empowered Flame Strike sitting in a level 7 spell slot. I also have ...
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Can a Twinned Hex be targeted at or moved onto a single creature?

In light of the recent Sorcerer nerf w/ Draconic Bloodline + Scorching ray I went in search of a damage boost. I figure Twinned Spell (PHB, p. 102) + Hex (PHB, p. 251) is a good combo. (Note that Hex ...
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Power Word: Kill against wild-shape

Power Word: Kill is a 9th level spell that "compel[s] a creature to die" as long as it has less than 100 hit points. If this is cast on a druid in wild-shape form with less than 100 HP, does the ...
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Does a caster level bonus let our alchemist learn and use Fly at a lower level?

My level 5 alchemist got a Headband of Aerial Agility +2. The description of the item says: The wearer of a headband of aerial agility +2 treats his caster level as if it were one level higher ...
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What happens when two casters try to command the same undead?

Let's assume there are two characters that have the same level, class, charisma score etc. Basically, they are identical when we're just looking at the numbers and stats. Both of them cast Command ...
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Do multiple hits with Touch of Idiocy stack ability damage?

Do multiple hits with Touch of Idiocy stack ability damage? If not do you just count the hit with the highest damage? Checked this in several discussion forums and found conflicting answers.
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When are you “in range” of a spell's effects?

Based on this question: Can I dismiss a spell one target at a time? A follow-up. When are you considered "in range" of a spell's effects? The SRD says: If the Duration line ends with "(D)," you ...
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Can I dismiss a spell one target at a time?

If I cast a multiple-target spell with the (D) quality on my friends, can I dismiss the effect from one target while keeping it active on all the others? For example: I cast hide from undead on ...
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Does Force Damage Affect Ethereal Creatures?

This passage says that anything made of magical force can affect ethereal creatures. Border Ethereal DMG page 48: A traveler on the Ethereal Plane is invisible and utterly silent to someone on the ...
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When using Fly and you're knocked out, do you fall?

I was running my game today and came across a situation which got the group into a heated debate. What happened was the witch was flying along using their fly hex 20 feet up in the air and got knocked ...
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Can a ghost see through the Darkness spell?

The description of the Ghost says: Ethereal Sight: The ghost can see 60 feet into the Ethereal Plane when it is on the Material Plane, and vice versa. And also It is visible on the Material ...
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Can I cast multiple copies of Bless at a time?

I play a level 2 ranger in MERP and I am in the possession of a +2 spell adder. I was thinking about taking the protection spell list and I was wondering if I could somehow stack multiple castings of ...
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Can pulling with Thorn Whip generate an Opportunity Attack?

Let's say my party member is around 30 feet in front of me and engaged with a monster in melee close combat. If I successfully cast Thorn Whip and pull the monster 10 feet closer to me, will this ...
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How are characters of the “wrong” race prevented from getting racial spells?

Some of the racial spells, like Sow Thoughts, Aboleth's Lung, and Steal Breath, are quite good. However, I am unclear how, exactly, the racial restriction works. I understand it can be lifted with ...
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Are there any 1st level Save-or-Die spells in Pathfinder?

I know there a couple of second level save-or-die spells, like Aboleth's Lung and Blood of the Martyr, but are there any first level ones? I'm interested in any spell which, on a failed save, ...
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Does a slender pillar grant just bonuses or does it also grant other benefits?

Miscellaneous Features on Slender Pillar says These pillars are only a foot or two across, so they don’t occupy a whole square. Place a dot in the center of each square that has a slender pillar ...
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Is There Any Way To Restrict An Enemy's Somatic Component Use?

I can't find anything in the book that would allow me to prevent an enemy from using somatic components. Is there such a way to accomplish this? I originally thought that Manacles would do this, but ...
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What is the lowest level wizard spell that will allow me to see through concealment?

Just as the title says, I'm looking for the lowest level spell on the wizard spell list that will allow me to negate the miss chance on ranged attacks imposed by concealment such as that given by ...
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Are creatures outlined by Faerie Fire concealed by Obscuring Mist?

Faerie Fire: A pale glow surrounds and outlines the subjects. Outlined subjects shed light as candles. Outlined creatures do not benefit from the concealment normally provided by darkness (though ...
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Does Hex stack with (each) Scorching Ray?

If I use Hex (PHB p251) on a target and then hit it with all three rays making up Scorching Ray (PHB p273), do I add the extra 1d6 necrotic damage to EACH ray that hits, or do I only add a single 1d6 ...
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How many spells does a level 3 Tiefling Warlock have?

Tried reading through the PHB, and every post here, but no luck! I'm a level 3 Tiefling Warlock and so: Infernal Legacy says I know the Thaumaturgy cantrip. My Otherworldly Patron is Fiend and "the ...
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Does “Speak with Dead” work with (well preserved) skeletons?

The spell Speak with Dead says that we can talk with a dead corpse. Does that mean it only works with bodies of people who were recently killed? A body that was not yet completely rotten? I was ...
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What spell list available to a level 2 ranger is most useful against undead?

In the campaign I am currently participating in I play a level 2 ranger. The GM has informed us through an NPC that we will be heading into a large expanse of ghost, skeleton, and Barrow Wight ...
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If a spell is cast using a higher level spell slot, can it be overchanneled?

If my level 14 evocation wizard were to cast a fireball using a seventh level spell slot, would he be able to maximise the damage with overchannel despite the overchannel feature indicating that the ...