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

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Spell comparison: Shield vs Mage Armor

Wizards have access to 2 very similar spells: Shield and Mage Armor Both provide you with AC +4 Bonus, but Mage Armor has Range touch (i.e. you can cast it on other party members) and Duration 1 ...
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Can you cast a racial spell if you do not have access to the spell slot required?

For example a Drow has the racial spell Darkness, spell level 2 (gained at player level 5). Can he cast the spell even if he is multiclassed (Eldritch Knight 3; Cleric 2) and only has spell slots up ...
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How does one find new spells?

I am creating a Warlock with the pact of the tome and reading the Book of Ancient Secrets invocation I got a little lost. It says: On your adventures, you can add other ritual spells to your Book ...
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Minor Creation and food

So, a hungry wizard walks into a bar... And then gets kicked out before he's able to get any food in his stomach. He throws some curses and then remembers - he has some olives left, as well as a Minor ...
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Can a Wizard/Artificer teach spells to himself?

So I have this Wizard1/Artificer3 multiclass character. Can I craft, say, a scroll of Cure Light Wounds taken from the Bard's spell list and then, as it is an arcane scroll, adding it to my spellbook? ...
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Does forced movement, as in Thunderwave, necessarily break a grapple?

Consider the situation with three characters: Gary the Grappler, Casey the Caster, and Victor the Victim. Gary has Victor grappled. Suddenly, Casey shows up to help Victor escape. He isn't strong ...
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Mechanics of magical attacks

I'm pretty new to DnD and I'm playing with a group who is also just starting so I'd just like something clarified. I'm not entirely sure I understand what the PHB is telling me about spell attacks. ...
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Does 5e better explain what they mean by “duration, or until you lose your concentration?”

From many spells: After 1 hour, or until you lose your concentration This can be read either as "Whichever comes first" or "Whichever comes last". Presumably it means whichever comes first, but ...
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Is the blinding effect of Glitterdust effective on mindless undead?

We have just started a new pure Pathfinder campaign and I'm playing a Witch, one of only two arcane casters in the party (the other is a knowledge-based Bard). It looks like the campaign might involve ...
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What magic aura does a summoned elemental have?

When detect magic is cast on an elemental, or an area where an elemental resides (like a pool of water containing a hidden water elemental), which of the eight traditional schools of magic would the ...
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Is there a way to attack the mental stress track of mortals without violating the Laws of Magic?

A fellow PCs in a game I'm in wants to attack the mental stress track of a mortal using spirit-based evocation, but the GM doesn't know whether or not that would constitute a violation of the Laws of ...
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Dissonant Whispers: For how long does a creature run/stay away after a failed save?

I'm playing a Bard in a 5E campaign. One of my most useful spells has been Dissonant Whispers. It's saved the party quite a few times but the question has come up and I've not found any answers in ...
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What if a divine spell targets “allies” and your allies aren't who you think they are?

Suppose a divine caster is casting a spell that targets "Allies in a 20-ft.-radius burst". And suppose that unbeknownst to the caster, someone she thinks is an ally is actually an enemy. Does the ...
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Does Protection from Evil protect you from Suggestion?

Protection from evil reads: Second, the barrier blocks any attempt to possess the warded creature (by a magic jar attack, for example) or to exercise mental control over the creature ...
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What is Spell DC?

My group is new to table top RPGs, and one thing we haven't figured out is Spell DC. One player was a cleric, and channel energy does force the undead monsters to make a saving throw, but I don't ...
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Would adding Necromancy spells to the Druid's spell list break anything?

I am new to D&D and will be starting with a group of other beginners in a few days. We got ourselves 5e and will have a four-character group: a rogue GMPC, a barbarian, a paladin and a wizard (or ...
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Do you break concentration on your current sustained spell if a new concentration spell you try to cast fails?

If I'm sustaining Enhance Ability on myself by concentration, and then during a combat that arises a few minutes later, I try to cast Hold Person on an enemy, but they pass their first roll to save ...
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Interaction between Bane and critical hits

The first level spell Bane allows you to curse a creature so that each saving throw or attack roll is reduced by 1d4 for the duration: Whenever a target [..] makes an attack roll or saving throw ...
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Can monsters be summoned to appear in mid-air to drop onto enemies?

I was playing a dwarven cleric who could summon small elementals, and started summoning earth elementals 10' (for instance) above enemies to basically combine my monster summoning with a crushing ...
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Pros and Cons of giving my party a spell based on the Portal Gun from the Portal video game series?

I'm considering giving my party's mage a Portal Spell as a way to spice up our campaign. The catch is they can only use it twice per day, the target surface has to be flat, clearly visible by the ...
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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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What damage does Whip of Spiders do and how is it used?

In the Advanced Class Guide there is a new spell: Whip of Spiders. There are also two follow on spells Whip of Centipedes and Whip of (Army) Ants. All of these are in the Conjuration (Summoning) ...
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How much does the Sponsor help someone using Sponsored Magic in Dresden?

So, the party is in a fight with one of the Knights of the Faerie Courts (Winter, in this case) and a couple of wildfae mercenaries. During the fight, the Knight started casting some unseelie ...
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How to Distribute Wizard Spells Without Pitting the Party Against Wizards?

I'm running an AD&D 2e campaign, and one of my players is a wizard. The party is currently first-level (ranger/wizard/cleric/rogue) and has recently arrived in a fairly major city. I don't want to ...
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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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When does Armor of Agathys take affect?

Given that Damage Reduction happens first. If a character with Heavy Armor Master Prerequisite: Proficiency with heavy armor You can use your armor to deflect strikes that would kill ...
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Can Detect Magic detect prepared spells or spellcasters?

Inspired by a recent question about discerning divine and arcane spellcasters, of like to hear the case for and against detecting spellcasters of either style with Detect Magic. I think you can ...
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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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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 Enhance Ability apply to attack based on that ability score?

Is a melee attack a Strength ability check, or a missile attack a Dexterity one? Say a cleric enhances the Fighter's Strength — the spell effect says the Fighter now gets advantage on Strength ...
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Does the Enchant Magic Item spell exist anywhere in OD&D?

Is Enchant Magic Item (a 6th level AD&D spell) written up anywhere in the OD&D books, supplements, or Strategic Review? I am researching the difference between OD&D magic item creation and ...
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Can you choose not to affect yourself with area of effect spells?

Our group has some uncertainty regarding area of effect spells, specifically sleep. If a wizard were to cast sleep centered on herself - regardless of whether she gets included within the spell's ...
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Arcane and Divine Spells vs Massive Damage

So, let's say we've got a character who can learn both Wizard's and Cleric's spells up to 9th spell level. The said character knows that he will face something that deals massive damage (and, by ...
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What, precisely, happens when you apply the Chain Spell metamagic feat to the Chain Lightning Spell?

The Chain Spell feat (Complete Arcane) causes a spell that normally has a single target to arc to multiple secondary targets based on your caster level. The spell chain lightning has a single initial ...
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Can I hide easter eggs in my spells?

I've a plan for an adventure that I think would be interesting, but the idea depends on it being possible for certain spells to be learned and memorised without the mage in question gaining insight ...
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Is an Illusory Wall solid until revealed in DnD 4e?

This post on nat1blogging (that I stumbled upon randomly) details a tricky method for trapping characters with a high perception. I'll just sum it up here (TL;DR), please read the original in case ...
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From how far can a verbal spell component be heard?

So my character (a level 10 human enchanter wizard) was tasked with infiltrating the home of a mysterious elf to steal a maguffin. The elf employs around 10 guards on varying shifts, a house steward, ...
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Does Mirror Image stack with Blur?

If you have the effects of a Blur and a Mirror Image spell on you at the same, do your mirror images gain the 20% miss chance of Blur?
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Can I make independent spell-effect choices for a Twinned spell?

Polymorph can be used on willing and unwilling targets, the unwilling have a Wisdom save to avoid the effects. Twin spell creates a second instance of the same spell on 2 viable targets within range. ...
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Can a mage cast a sleep spell on themselves?

In AD&D v2, is it possible for a mage to cast the level 1 sleep spell on themselves and cause themselves to fall asleep? Does the effect of the spell interfere with completing the casting of the ...
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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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Do touch spells crit via a natural weapon's crit range?

If I increase the threat of my natural weapon (improved crit) (19-20) does this affect my touch spell cast through it? Pg 213: A touch spell that deals damage can score a critical hit just as a ...
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How does off-hand spellcasting with two implements work?

With the Dual Implement Spellcaster feat, you can add the off-hand implement's enhancement bonus to damage rolls. 1) What if you cast a spell with the off-hand implement? Do you get nothing from the ...
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Do sustained spells need constant line-of-sight, or just for the casting?

When I cast Stealth or Invisibility on a teammate, do I need to keep him in sight (following him everywhere) to maintain the spell, or is LOS required only for the initial casting?
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Does shutting your eyes help when mirror images are in different squares?

The spell mirror image creates figments of the caster. These figments separate from you and remain in a cluster, each within 5 feet of at least one other figment or you. You can move into ...
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Is spell level the same for all classes?

It seems to be that if a spell is a 4th-level X (wizard/sorcercer/etc) spell it is also a 4th-level Y (bard/warlock/etc) spell (provided both classes have it). Is that true? Are cantrips always ...
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Can a Wizard learn to cast Cure Light Wounds from a bard scroll?

If a bard were to scribe Cure Light Wounds into a scroll, would it be possible for a Wizard to write it into his spellbook given that it's the arcane version of the spell? I know about Can a Sorcerer ...
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How can I preserve medieval transportation tropes for the PCs in a world with travel magic?

The problem: Overland travel spells and magic items disrupt the value of several fantasy elements that I don't want to sacrifice in a campaign, such as mounts (and the classes that make use of them), ...
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Creating and researching new spells in Shadowrun

This is a two part related question: The combat spells in Shadowrun cover fire, electric and acid elemental attacks, but not cold elemental attacks. Considering that the direct-attack spells all ...
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Can I use Silent Image as an adjacent enemy for Sneak Attack?

Sneak attack says: You don't need advantage on the attack roll if another enemy of the target is within 5ft of it, that enemy isn't incapacitated, and you don't have disadvantage on the attack ...