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

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When Silent Image Is Disbelieved, Is It Transparent?

I love illusions, including Silent Image, but unfortunately I don't think it's always handled correctly. I'd like to clarify the RAW interpretation of this spell for this purpose. Here is the text of ...
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When Starting at 3rd Level as a Sorcerer, Can I Have Four 2nd Level Spells? [duplicate]

If I start play with three levels of Sorcerer (allowing me four spells), must I choose spells as if I began at level 1, or can I choose any four spells? If I began at first level, I would have two ...
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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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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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Can Arcane Lock be cast on living material?

Examples of living material: wooden door in elven village that is a part of the living tree hell door made of living (demonic) flesh mimic in chest form ooze/tentacle/vine binding something (i.e. ...
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Does using an Instrument of the Bards impose disadvantage on the saving throws against Compulsion?

The bardic focus: When you use the instrument to cast a spell that causes targets to become charmed on a failed save, the targets have disadvantage on the saving throw. This effect applies ...
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Do charmed people realise they were charmed after the end of the spell?

If you cast charm or dominate person on a person in Pathfinder or D&D does the target know (s)he is being charmed? And if (s)he does, does (s)he know this during the effect or only after it?
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When during movement does Guardian Of Faith deal damage?

The Guardian of Faith spell states something like... A Large spectral guardian appears and hovers for the duration in an unoccupied space of your choice that you can see within range. The guardian ...
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Multiple protection spells (Good and Law and Evil and Chaos) at once?

I am GMing my first Pathfinder game and a player (a wizard) wants to make robes that offer Protection from Good and Law and Evil and Chaos (as the spells). That seems a bit OP to me. How would that ...
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Energy Immunity to Burning Blood

I am having an argument with one of my players about the effects of Burning Blood from the Spell Compendium and energy immunity. Specifically if a hypothetical creature has immunity/resistance enough ...
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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 ...