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

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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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How do you cast a spell in Dungeons and Dragons 5E?

I understand to attack you need to make attack rolls, but does casting spells require any kind of test before they can be successfully cast or does the player just declare that the spell has been cast ...
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How many spells can a Cleric prepare?

To my understanding, in Pathfinder, I have all Cleric spells available to me but in order to use them I have to prepare them first. How many can I prepare? Does it depend on my spell slots or can I ...
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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 ...
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How can I see what's nearby on the Plane of Shadow?

The 2nd-level Sor/Wiz spell see invisibility [div] (PH 275) allows an affected target to see nearby creatures and objects on the Ethereal Plane, but is there an inexpensive magic item or a low-level ...
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Is there a way for a fighter to see or locate invisible objects without the use of magic items?

How can a fighter still see invisible objects while attending a soiree wherein at the door magic items are confiscated and active spells can be dispelled? There's a quest in a special dimension ...
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Can you choose a different ability for Hex when changing its target?

As a corollary to "Does reactivating Hex have any spell Components?," is the player allowed to choose a different ability when cursing a new creature as a bonus action? RAW, it reads as a no, but a ...
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Creating a Wizard at high levels: How many Spells should he know?

I have looked all over this site & Google but I can't seem to get a good answer to this. When creating a Wizard over level 1, how many spells should he have in his spellbook? I'm speaking in ...
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How many targets can be hit by wall of lava?

This spell creates a vertical wall of lava that is 1 inch thick for every 4 caster levels and composed of up to one 5-foot square per level. A wall of lava's maximum height cannot exceed half ...
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How do specializations work?

In Dresden Files, when constructing spells, how do I know if I get to have specializations, how many I get, and to what do they apply?
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Does reapplying Hex have any spell components?

Casting Hex requires a verbal, somatic, and material component. For the duration (1/8/24 hours), if something dies while hexed, I can use a bonus action to apply it to a different creature. Does ...
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Do images from mirror image take up grid squares?

Do the images from mirror image each take up a five foot grid square? If you have five images can you place three in front of you and one on each side, so any enemy in front has to hit an image? Or do ...
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Can Cantrips/Spells alter the environment? [closed]

For instance, a druid's Thorn Whip...can I cast the cantrip to manipulate the environment (like to pull a door open)? It doesn't specifically say but I'm rather new to D&D as it is so I figured ...
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Does Grim Harvest trigger when my Teleport causes a death?

Prompted by Does Grim Harvest trigger when my minions kill something? I Teleport a large, flat rock into the air some dozens of feet above an enemy. My DM rules that the rock falling does damage, and ...
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Can you cast Banishment on yourself?

Can you cast Banishment on yourself from a non-native plane, as a way of returning to your native plane?
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What happens when you cast Mirror Image while mounted?

If you are mounted when you cast mirror image, do the images also have mirror copies of your horse, or would their be 5 images sitting in the air around you?
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Do area spells affect friendly creatures?

Do spells that have an area effect such as Burning Hands and Sleep apply to friendly creatures or is it okay to point the area towards a mixed group of friendly and hostile creatures and not worry for ...
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Does Polymorph Any Object grant a Con score to an Undead polymorphed into another Undead?

Polymorph Any Object gives an ability score to a stat when the target does not have an ability score: If the target of the spell does not have physical ability scores (Strength, Dexterity, or ...
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Ways to improve a Warlock's counterspelling capabilities

How do I make counterspelling more efficient for a 3.5 Warlock? I've looked over a few caster builds for counterspelling; however not much seems useful/useable for a Warlock. We are jumping into ...
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Does Enlarge Person stack with Expansion

Do the Psionic Power "Expansion" stack with the Arcane Spell "Enlarge Person"? The Expansion power reads: This power causes instant growth, doubling your height, length, and width and multiplying ...
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Do I add the Warlock's “Cantrips Known” number to what I already know each level?

When I as a Warlock get to level 3, do I still only have 2 cantrips, or do I have 6? Looking at the table on page 106 of the PHB, will I only have 4 cantrips known from Warlock levels at 20th level? ...
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Does the Wall of Force spell block teleportation?

Does the Wall of Force spell in 5e block teleportation? This does not seem to be addressed in the 5e spell description.
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Where can I find the descriptions of spells referenced in Faiths & Avatars?

I have AD&D 2e Faiths and Avatars supplement for Forgotten Realms. It contains descriptions and abilities for Specialty Priests - priests with additional capabilities (and restrictions) for each ...
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Is an animated object destroyed when it “dies”

When an object is animated as per the "Animate Object" spell, or a similar effect, it effectively becomes a creature. This creature is listed in the Monster Manual as an "Animated Object". What ...
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Can a summoned pixie concentrate on a spell after the summoning ends?

If I summon a pixie with Conjure Woodland Beings, and it casts Fly on me, can it continue to concentrate on keeping me flying if my concentration on Conjure Woodland Beings ends and it disappears?
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Glyph of Warding with touch effects

I was DMing a game and eventually set up a scenario where the players had to choose between leaving their wagon, or bringing it to a dangerous place where it could be destroyed. The enchanter thought ...
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How would a creature flee, given an area of difficult terrain?

If D is difficult terrain, E is enemy, and C is caster, how would an enemy afflicted by Fear flee (or Command "Flee"), given the following battlefield: D DDD D E C Would the enemy flee through ...
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Does a spell storing weapon's effect stack with a spellsword's channel spell?

I play a wizard 4/fighter 3/spellsword 1 (Complete Warrior 79-80). With a few more spellsword levels I'll gain the special ability channel spells. I already have a greatsword with the magic weapon ...
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Are Hunter's Mark and similar spells noticeable to the target? [duplicate]

Are Hunter's Mark / Hex / other spells like that noticeable to the target of the spell? I've watched Critical Role, and it looks like the only thing the character needs to do is pass a sleight of ...
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Does Command stay useful at higher levels?

Does Command's effectiveness scale up as you level up and face greater challenges, or is it mostly only useful at the lower levels? If its usefulness doesn't scale with you, does being able to cast ...
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Is it possible to use a spell scroll with a spell that requires a bonus action to cast?

The DMG contains spell scrolls (on page 200), with the following rule: If the spell is on your class's spell list, you can use an action to read the scroll and cast its spell without having to ...
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Is it possible to use a spell scroll with a spell that requires a reaction to cast?

The DMG contains spell scrolls (on page 200), with the following rule: If the spell is on your class's spell list, you can use an action to read the scroll and cast its spell without having to ...
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Can College of Lore magical secrets be traded at level up?

The Player's Handbook says that a spell can be traded at level up for any other spell in any slot that you can cast. I'm wondering if I can trade a spell learned from magical secrets and if the new ...
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Does a Pearl of Power cease to help a Warlock once they level above level 6?

We have a warlock in our party that has a Pearl of Power. Since a Pearl of Power restores one spell slot of level 1 to level 3 only, it would seem to become useless to a pure Warlock caster that ...
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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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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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Does Warlock combat just equal Eldritch Blast spam?

Been looking over the warlock because I thought it would be cool to make a spellcaster that can also mix it up in melee combat. After all how awesome isn't it to conjure up a magical weapon and start ...
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Can animated dead have weapons and armour?

If I have put the time into creating some skeletons or zombies using the spell Animate Dead. Kept them active expending 3rd level spell slots can I equip them with items, like armour and weapons? ...
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Does using “Flee” with Command provoke an Opportunity Attack?

On a failed save, the target obeys the Flee command by [Spending] its turn moving away from you by the fastest available means. Three questions: Does that mean they take the Dash action? If ...
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What happens if a Rainbow Servant takes levels in Mystic Theurge?

When a Rainbow Servant hits level 10 they gain access to all nondomain Cleric spells. All spells that do not appear on any other spell list they have are cast as Divine spells. This means that, if ...
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Fey Ancestry - What spells and effects are covered by 'advantage against being charmed'

Elves and Half-Elves have Fey Ancestry, which states You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed. What spells and effects are covered by this? Only Charm Person? Enchantment spells ...
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Can you use Quickened Spell to cast cantrips?

Considering that in higher levels, cantrips deal more damage than L2 spells (especially if you dip 2 levels of Warlock, with EB + Hex + Agonizing Blast), I'm wondering whether it's more efficient for ...
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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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Are there balance reasons for certain spells patterns to only deal certain damage types?

For example, at level 1, a Wizard has access to the following spells: Burning Hands, 1d4/CL, Fire, Cone Snowball, 1d6/CL, Cold, Ranged Touch Corrosive Touch, 1d4/CL, Acid, Touch Shocking ...
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How would Water Whip interact with Wall of Water?

Let’s say a Way of the Four Elements monk wants to use his Water Whip elemental discipline spell to grab an horrible sorcerer standing behind a Wall of Water (from the spell found in the Elemental ...
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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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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 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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Are these rulings for Command balanced?

The Command spell has been around for some time, and while there are a few answers clarifying its use in previous editions, some don't apply in 5E (e.g., the seemingly popular "Undress" command, which ...
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Can anyone make any circle of blood to protect themselves from the demons of Conjure Lesser Demons?

The Conjure Lesser Demons spell states: The demons attack the nearest non-demons to the best of their ability. As part of casting the spell, you can scribe a circle on the ground with the blood ...