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

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Casting a spell, but not using it immediately

Can you cast a spell but not actually use it (e.g. I cast shocking grasp but don't discharge it)? If so, how long would it stay "stored" in my hands?
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Can a Bonus Action be used outside of a combat encounter?

Is there anything preventing a character from using an ability such as Second Wind, or casting a spell such as Misty Step, when not engaged in a combat encounter? The rules indicate you get one Bonus ...
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Why is “Blast” more draining if it seems worse than alternatives?

I have been comparing the stats of the different spells and i am a little stumped as to how the drain has been decided. Blast is Indirect Physical stun at line of sight does F drain (AOE) Indirect ...
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Can Prestidigitation color people's skin?

The Prestidigitation spell in D&D 3.5 specifically says that it is possible to use it to color items (see SRD). Given the wording, "items" can be interpreted either as "inanimate object" or more ...
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Can I have multiple sanctuaries with Word of Recall?

I read the spell and it doesn't seem to be limited by number of sanctuaries — rather only that it is a place dedicated to my chosen deity. You and up to five willing creatures within 5 feet of you ...
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Is there a spell or effect that reveals or identifies alignment?

I am looking for an effect that you can cast on a creature (or character) to reveal its true alignment. As long as it reveals true alignment, I don't care if it's a single target effect, a zone effect,...
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How does the GM determine if Thunderwave attracts unwanted attention?

A few PCs in my group have used Thunderwave quite liberally. I recently realised that it emits a boom audible up to 300 feet. When one of these booms happens, does the GM: Do nothing? Roll to ...
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If I counterspell another spell, can it be cast again?

We were playing against a boss which could cast Deeper Darkness at will. If we had Daylight (which we didn't) or Dispel Magic (which we didn't) and countered his casting, would he be able to just cast ...
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What is the actual casting time of Summon Monster?

I'm having a hard time interpreting the 'actual casting time' for Summon Monster in Pathfinder. The casting time is listed as 1 round, but then in the text they go on to say: It appears where ...
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Does the Hex spell's damage apply to spell attacks?

The Hex spell increases the damage when you hit with an attack and Eldritch Blast is a spell which causes you to make a spell attack roll. Does any attack roll trigger the extra damage of Hex, or ...
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Can low level priests cast high level spells off scrolls?

I am a DM with a 2nd lvl priest. I want my priest to be able to cast a remove disease spell off of a scroll that he will find. Can he do this? Where is the rule?
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Does an Enlarge/Reduce spell on a druid affect the beast form if the druid Wild-Shapes?

If a druid (multiclassed into sorcerer) casts Enlarge on himself so that he becomes a Large humanoid (approximately twelve feet tall), and he then Wild Shapes in a brown bear, is the brown bear form ...
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Can you maintain concentration on a spell from another plane?

Here are two scenarios: A powerful enemy caster is concentrating on some high-level offensive spell (Incendiary Cloud, Earthquake, etc.)--one PC casts Banishment and the caster fails the save. Can ...
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Does magic missile hit silent image's illusory creature?

Magic missile says: You create three glowing darts of magical force. Each dart hits a creature of your choice that you can see within range. Silent image says: You create the image of an ...
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Must the body remain on the Material Plane during astral projection?

The spell 9th-level Sor/Wiz spell astral projection [necro] (PH 201) is one of those high-level legacy spells dating back to at least Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (1978), likely included in Dungeons ...
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Can the 5E abjurer wizard recover temp hp on his arcane ward any time it is below max or only when it reaches 0?

On p115 of the PHB under Arcane Ward there are a few facts that I think are clear: The ward is created by the first abjuration spell you cast in a day It has a max hp of level × 2 + int ...
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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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Disadvantage on Range Attack Spell vs Range Spells?

When casting a ranged spell within melee reach of an enemy, if the spell doesn't require a ranged attack roll, are there any downsides (assuming the enemy doesn't have the Mage Slayer feat)? ...
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Does Mage Armor stack with Shield?

Mage Armor sets the target's base AC to 13+Dex. Shield gives you a +5 bonus to AC. If you cast both on yourself, does that give you an effective AC of 18+Dex while both spells are in effect?
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Do Shillelagh and Sacred Weapon stack?

I am playing a level six warlock/paladin. I took Pact of Tome and picked up shillelagh, and I took Oath of Devotion for sacred weapon. If I am understanding this correctly, with my charisma of 20 my ...
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Can a creature in a maze spell do anything besides try to escape?

I have been looking over a lot of different Pathfinder spells to see how I could use them cleverly and found the spell maze, which banishes a target for 10 minutes. Can a creature (like the spell's ...
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Eldritch Blast with multiple beams and Agonizing Blast on a single target: Cha Mod just once?

Agonizing Blast allows a Warlock to add Cha mod to EB damage. Two questions: At higher levels, when directing multiple beams at a single target, does it work like Magic Missile, where the modifier ...
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Where does a traveler arrive when a planar location's unspecified?

When a creature is successfully targeted by an effect that transports the creature to another plane but no location on that plane is specified, where does the creature arrive? If the plane is the ...
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Shadowrun: Do Lightning Bolt/Ball Lightning spells do physical or stun damage?

The Setup The Lightning Bolt and Ball Lightning spells both have their damage type listed as P for Physical (as opposed to S for Stun, such as Knockout). However, the rules also state (emphasis mine)...
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Does blade barrier have to be anchored to the ground?

If I cast blade barrier, does it have to be anchored to the ground? Or can I have it float anywhere I want that it could occupy, such as cast it above me as a sort of roof of blades?
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Can Wizards, Tome Warlocks, and those with the Ritual Caster feat use spells from each other's books?

How compatible are the spellbook used a Wizard, the ritual book of a character with the Ritual Caster feat, and the Book of Shadows used by a Pact of the Tome Warlock with the Book of Ancient Secrets ...
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Does going to 0 hp due to the Immolation spell mean instant death? And is that reasonable?

The new Elemental Evil spell immolation specifies: If damage from this spell reduces a target to 0 hit points, the target is turned to ash Does this mean the victim gets no death saves and ...
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Can Minor Illusion look like a creature, or look like me?

Consider the use of Minor Illusion to distract an enemy and perhaps gain advantage during combat. Suppose a small character hides somewhere, then casts an illusion elsewhere. So far so good. (Minor ...
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Should a Mage prepare a spell to cast it as a ritual?

Ritual casting does not expend a spell slot, I know that. However, the Mage class feature does not say anything about whether you should prepare the subject spell to cast it as a ritual. On one side, ...
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What happens with lethargy when Haste is cast again on a creature before first cast runs out?

Haste states When the spell ends, the target can't move or take actions until after its next turn, as a wave of lethargy sweeps over it. However, let's say Character A cast Haste on Character B. ...
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Do spell effects move if the object they are cast on moves?

let's suppose that I cast a Silent image of a wall on an airship. Let's suppose that I don't move it with concentration. Does the image of the wall move with the airship or it will progressively go ...
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Energy Immunity

What would happen if you cast an Energy Immunity (Fire), then follow it up with an Energy Immunity (Acid)? Are you now immune to both Fire & Acid for the duration of the spells, or does the second ...
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Prolonging spells in Dresden Files

I have 2 questions on spell duration for the Dresden Files RPG: Is it possible to cast a shield spell that has no duration as a rote, but then prolong the shield on my next turn? Can you prolong an ...
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Do Area Spells really not affect anyone you can't see?

The spellcasting section specifies (emphasis mine): Area Spells: Area spells can be cast on a specific target or a point in space that you can see. Unless noted in a spell, the area of the ...
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Does Mirror Image affect spells that have no attack roll?

I have two questions concerning Mirror Image. If I am under the effect of Mirror Image and was targeted by a spell like Blight, do I roll a 1d20 to determine whether myself or an image was targeted? ...
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Bringing undead back to life

In previous editions of D&D, you couldn't bring undead back to life. You had to "re-kill" them and then resurrect their corpse. In 5e, Resurrection states that it can't bring undead back, but ...
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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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Can “Phantasmal Force” be used as a flanking buddy?

If someone casts "Phantasmal Force" (2nd level illusion) on a foe, in a campaign that uses the optional flanking rules, and it renders to the foe as another attacking creature from a flanking position,...
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Can a mindless creature count as a willing target?

Can a mindless construct (let's say it was given motion by Animate Objects) or other mindless creature count as a willing creature for the purpose of spell effects and targeting? Let's say, for ...
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Can Force effects from the Border Ethereal affect targets on the Prime Material?

According to the DMG, force extends from prime material plane into the border ethereal plane. Border Ethereal DMG page 48: A traveler on the Ethereal Plane is invisible and utterly silent to ...
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Is the spell Soul Shackles dysfunctional?

This spell from page 104 the Dungeons and Dragons, 3rd Edition supplement Book of Vile Darkness--even more than the spell consume likeness--makes my head hurt. I'd just let it go and find a different ...
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How many spells does a Bard have at 20th level?

According to the bard grid they get 22 spells, but as a class feature they get to plunder 2 more spells from any class at 10, 14 and 18. So does that mean they have a total (at level 20) of 22 spells ...
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When do a wizard's new spells appear after leveling?

My 5e D&D party is on an extended set of encounters in which we won't be in civilization for a while, and my DM and I have gone back and forth about the new spells my Wizard gains after leveling ...
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Is creating a custom land circle for the Land Druid making him too versatile?

I am unsure on how to ask this question more spot on, so I am sorry in advance. Looking through the different land circles the land druid gets at level 3, I found myself wondering why a lot of those ...
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What happens when Resurrection is cast on a zombie?

I know the Resurrection spell brings something back to life, but what happens when casting it on a zombie? A zombie is already dead, but now undead—does it "die" and is brought back to life, or does ...
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Creatively targeting summoning spells

Me and my party have a plan in our upcoming session, that will need some clarifications on how summoning spells can be used. Its all about creative targeting with the Summon Monster I spell, let me ...
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How to distinguish between arcane and divine spellcasters?

I'm making a setting where there's a large cultural importance placed on whether you're a divine or arcane caster. I was wondering if detect magic (or any other plausible and simple method) could ...
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Casting outside of combat

Can a PC cast any kind of spells outside of combat? Wouldn't that render items such as torches useless if for example a cleric or a bard was in the group?
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How can I get my character immunity to compulsion effects?

I have a personal problem with having my characters being subject to magical compulsions, specifically Dominate. I know they're part of the game, but they touch on some personal history stuff that ...
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While sailing can Gust of Wind be used to speed up your boat?

We are about to sail to arctic seas to check out a boat that has been attacked. I am trying to figure out an escape if we get attacked. What I am wondering is: if my cleric is in the back of the boat ...