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

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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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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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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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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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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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To what extent does the spell Consume Likeness duplicate equipment?

The 6th-level corrupt spell consume likeness [necro] (Book of Vile Darkness 89), for those unfamiliar with it, lets the caster engage in a little bit of cannibalism and, thereafter, permanently--yeah, ...
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Does the Daylight spell hurt Vampires?

My PCs have a spear which is able to cast the Daylight Spell. Would this have any effect on Vampires in the spell radius like regular Sunlight would or would it just be considered Bright light for the ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Will a spellcaster interrupted mid-meditation or -study have any spells?

I've noticed that Wizards, Clerics, Druids, and most other spell-casting classes (With the exception of Sorcerers) spend at least 1 hour Studying or Meditating to regain their spells. What I want to ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 spells that heal hit-points over time in Pathfinder or 3.5?

I've been looking through all the Paizo spells, but all I see so far are instantaneous duration healing (cure) spells. What I am looking for is a spell I can have on a wand or other magic item, so if ...
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What are the practical limits to the Disguise Self spell in D&D 5e?

I understand that the effect of this spell is purely visual and will not stand up to physical interaction or extended inspection. But I’m wondering how specific a disguise one can make? For example, ...
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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 an “acid” Burning Hands still set things on fire?

The spell burning hands can set targets on fire, if they can burn. Now I am wondering what will happen if a sorcerer with the elemental bloodline chooses to change the damage type of the spell to, ...
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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 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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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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Does a Readied spell immediately use a spell slot?

The PHB is a bit unclear when it comes to readied spells in combat. If I lose my concentration do I lose the spell slot? What about if the trigger never occurs, do I get the spell slot back?
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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 ...
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Does Hellish Rebuke set nearby creatures on fire?

If someone casts Hellish Rebuke on someone, does anyone in contact with the target catch on fire too? You point your finger, and the creature that damaged you is momentarily surrounded by hellish ...
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Can an ally cast Blood Money for me?

I'm looking at Blood Money (which I keep trying to type as blood monkey). It's casting block says: Casting Time 1 swift action Components V, S Range 0 ft. Effect 1 material ...
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What Is The Role-Play Justification for Named Wizard Spells?

Some Wizard spells are named after the particular famous wizard who created them, like Mordekainen or Bigby. I find it hard to understand how a convention like this could come about, considering how ...
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Does every magic rod, wand, crystal, orb, and staff count as an arcane focus?

The various magic rods, wands, staves, etc. in the DMG all have certain abilities. But do they also count as arcane foci for the purpose of not needing material components for all your other spells?
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For the purpose of magic immunity, does Counterspell target the caster or the spell?

In the MM it states that the rakshasa is immune to magic of 6th level or lower. Does this include the counterspell spell or does counterspell target the spell and not the creature?
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Ways for a Sorcerer to cast Spells he doesn't “know”

A Wizard prepares and casts Spells from his Spellbook and can therefore cast pretty much any Spell he has the appropriate Slot for and can get a Scroll to learn it from. I'd like to have a similar ...
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Can Nystul's Magic Aura Make You Immune To Dominate Person?

Nystul's Magic Aura can make it so that magic and spells treat a creature as though it were another creature type. However the extent of this effect is ambiguous. At first, it says the following, ...
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What happens if you make an impossible wish

What would happen if someone were to use a wish spell to request something that is literally impossible? For example, the resurrection of someone who is not dead. Would the spell simply be wasted, or ...
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Can an Unseen Servant administer a potion during combat?

If I have a Unseen Servant, could I leave a bucket of potions of healing in the back and direct him to administer them to people? For example, could an unseen servant execute the command "Pour this ...
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How does Mage Armor interact with Unarmored Defense?

If a character with the Unarmoured Defence class feature casts Mage Armour, what is their AC? Do they choose which 'base' AC they take, or do they stack somehow? Is there rules text that explains ...