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

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Can a spellbook contain cantrips?

Is it possible for cantrips to be written in a spellbook? Their description suggests not, as well as the fact that the Wizard's cantrips are 'known' rather than being in their spellbook. For example, ...
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How does Land's Stride interact with Plant Growth?

Circle of the Land Druids gain the Land's Stride ability one level after the ability to cast Plant Growth. How do these two interact with respect to movement? A good answer will explain in detail ...
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What are the limits of an arcane lock?

The spell arcane lock can be cast on "a closed door, window, gate, chest, or other entryway." What are limits of this entryway? That is, must this entryway have a flap, lid, or other type of barrier ...
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Can missiles pass through a Resilient Sphere created by a Shadow Evocation?

I think Shadow Evocation is usually used as an offensive spell and the rules cover that quite well. However, my NPC is about to use it to protect himself from a whirlwind of flying glass that an Air ...
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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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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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How is counterspell a fair spell?

I'm playing an Abjuration wizard in 5e, and am currently level 4. Looking ahead to the 3rd level spell list, I come across the spell I've been waiting for: Counterspell. And then, reading the rules, ...
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Phantasmal Affliction double save

Phantasmal Affliction Curse: The target believes she has been cursed. She takes a permanent –4 penalty on attack rolls, saves, ability checks, and skill checks for 1 hour per caster level. After ...
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Ghost possession and casting spells?

Recently our DM threw a ghost at us, it was fun, someone got possessed (our druid) but she unleashed all her most powerful spells on us. Okay, no biggy, it was LoL and awesome and we won so meh. But ...
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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 ...
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How does Mind Blank affect the Zone of Truth spell?

The Archmage NPC casts Mind Blank on itself before entering combat per the MM. Mind Blank is powerful enough to foil a Wish spell to gain information about or affect the mind of a target, per the PH. ...
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Can a Paladin's Steed act like a Ranger's animal companion

So can a Paladin's steed, not using it as a mount, attack and perform other task through your command like a Ranger's animal companion since it says in the player's handbook under the Find Steed spell ...
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How can I get more spell slots for an ultimate magus without resorting to the feat Extra Slot?

I'm planning on a wizard/warmage/ultimate magus build. By level 15 the character'll have caster level 11 in both classes, yet 5 levels remain. I want to save the character's feats for metamagic feats, ...
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Is it possible to use Sneak Attack with the Magic Stone cantrip?

From Sneak Attack: "...Once per turn, you can deal an extra 1d6 damage to one creature you hit with an attack if you have advantage on the attack roll. The attack must use a finesse or a ranged ...
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Help with the term radius? [closed]

Forgive me if this has been answered, but in my limited attempt to find an answer to our groups question, I found nothing satisfactory. We had a situation come up regarding this term and how it ...
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Is Magic Jar a save or die?

If I possess a humanoid using Magic Jar and stay next to my original body, then someone moves the jar more than 100 feet away from me and destroys it, will the possessed creature die and will I be ...
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Can a wizard add *raise dead* to the spellbook?

The Restore Life effect of Master Transmuter on PHB119 reads: You cast the raise dead spell on a creature you touch with the transmuter's stone, without expending a spell slot or needing to have ...
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Does Zone of Truth bind people to promises?

So in the game I'm in, a cleric wanted to use Zone of Truth to ascertain the actions of a group of prisoners they were going to release. He wanted to use Zone of Truth to guarantee the course of ...
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Can Twinned Enlarge/Reduce shrink one creature and enlarge another? [duplicate]

As the title says, can a caster use Twinned Enlarge/Reduce to shrink one enemy, and enlarge one ally?
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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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Can a 10th Level Bard use Magical secrets to gain 5th level Paladin spells?

Basically I am looking at having my bard take Banishing Smite and Destructive wave as his spells for magical secrets. This would be to increase his damage output as a Valour Bard. The description of ...
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Can a Bard use Inspiration Dice and Cutting Words when casting a spell with a Wisdom Save?

I am playing a level 5 bard, stolen away from my group to the underdark by a mindflayer. I have 28 HP, two third level spells slots, and no weapons. I'm in deep trouble, but I think if I cast ...
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Does Web have effects outside of the creatures caught in it?

Are there any lingering effects from web spell? We had an encounter with 4 creatures, 2 of them caught in the web. After we killed the 2 caught in the web, one of us went for a melee attack on one of ...
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Can I use the Suggestion spell to force a creature to tell the truth?

The Suggestion spell description is the following: You suggest a course of activity (limited to a sentence or two) and magically influence a creature you can see within range that can hear and ...
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Can a level 3 cleric prepare and cast his 3rd-level domain spell?

As a level 3 cleric with the Darkness domain, I think I get the ability to cast deeper darkness because the spell is listed as a 3rd-level domain spell. Yet as a level 3 cleric I can only cast ...
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Clarification of Blink Mechanics, or “Should Someone have Punched in my Sandwich?”

I am looking for clarification as to the mechanics of the Blink spell. I believe that the spell reads quite clearly, however most of my play group does not agree with my recent ruling. Some ...
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How do you use mask of many faces? [duplicate]

My warlock thinks he can use Mask of Many Faces to cast Disguise Self an unlimited number of times each day, and that the effect will last for a whole day. Is his understanding of this invocation ...
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What is required to be able to sneak attack with a spell or ranged attack?

I'm playing a 3rd level rogue, and I'm looking at at taking a few levels of sorcerer for the Draconic bloodline's claws, and as a prerequisite for the arcane trickster prestige class. Since I'm going ...
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Does Forcecage automatically trap a creature in its area?

Force cage is a spell that allows you to create An immobile, invisible, cube-shaped prison composed of magical force springs into existence around an area you choose within range pg. 243 PHB ...
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Is Green Flame Blade supposed to ignore AC on the second target?

The secondary damage on Green Flame Blade makes no mention of requiring a saving throw (like a DEX save) or a melee spell attack. Does this mean that the secondary damage from GFB can be used to ...
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Can I cast a no-concentration spell while concentrating on another?

Is it possible, while concentrating on one spell, to cast a different spell or cantrip that do not require concentration without losing that concentration?
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What do “class levels” and “class features” mean in the Magic Jar spell?

I am not sure what the description of Magic Jar means by “class levels” and “class features”: […] Once you possess a creature’s body, you control it. Your game statistics are replaced by the ...
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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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Does the Alarm spell trigger if creature is on the ethereal plane?

Does the Alarm spell trigger if creature is on the ethereal plane? The Alarm spell doesn't have a clause to say otherwise, but other magic doesn't cause damage effects on the ethereal plane unless ...
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How does Slow affect round-long casting times?

The spell slow hobbles it's victims: Creatures affected by this spell are staggered and can take only a single move action or standard action each turn, but not both (nor may it take ...
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Would a mummy (undead) react to a minor illusion?

In our present campaign we were fighting mummies. A character (Bard) wanted to cast minor illusion to distract or slow the mummy with an illusion of fire. Would this affect a mummy?
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Is the sky a naturally occurring terrain?

This question is in regards to the effect of Hallucinatory Terrain which states: You make natural terrain in a 150-foot cube in range look, sound, and smell like some other sort of natural ...
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If a caster uses a higher level slot for Enhance Ability, can they specify different effects for different targets?

If a caster uses a higher level slot for Enhance Ability, can they specify different effects for different targets? So target one gets a Bear's Endurance, and target two gets a Bull's Strength
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Does Water Walk include ice as a terrain it affects?

Water Walk in DnD 3.5e specifies ice among the surfaces Water Walk lets you traverse as if it were solid ground, eliminating the difficult terrain penalties ice normally imposes: The transmuted ...
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What does an Unseen Servant roll for skill checks?

Let's say that Lazarus the Lazy is an eighth level wizard. He is too lazy to wash his dishes, so he simply uses them once and throws them out every day. Each night before bed, he summons an Unseen ...
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Can a spellcaster anticipate that the duration of a spell he's concentrating on is about to end?

For example, when a wizard casts invisibility, that target is invisible until they attack or after the duration of an one hour. Say a player wants to explore for 59 minutes, then duck into an alley as ...
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What is the maximum number of Simulacra I can have?

Simulacrum seems like a very powerful spell. I'm assuming from this part of the description: Otherwise, the illusion uses all the statistics of the creature it duplicates that the duplicate gets ...
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Can an Unseen Servant be physically touched and manipulated?

The Unseen Servant spell creates ...an invisible, mindless, shapeless force... ...It has AC 10, 1 hit point, and a Strength of 2, and it can't attack. If it drops to 0 hit points, the spell ...
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Where can I find the “Destructive Smite” Paladin Spell?

In the Players handbook list of spells, one of the level 5 Paladin spells is "Destructive Smite", however I can't find the spell description? Where can I find the description of the spell?
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Is there any way to see through Darkness without removing it?

Simply put, the Shadow Monk gains the ability to cast Darkness, but I'm struggling to see a use for it except as concealment during an escape. Way of the Shadow monk receives Darkness (among a few ...
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Does a bard have to play a musical instrument when using it as a spellcasting focus?

At my table I have ruled that 'to use as a spellcasting focus' does not imply 'to play'; since the sorcerer can simply point a wand, it seems like an undue burden that the bard should have to use both ...
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Can you farm your clones for “your” body parts?

In Pathfinder, there is the spell Spherescry that requires you to use a part of yourself as a catalyst ingredient for the sensor (at least a digit). So, If the spellcaster prepared a Clone beforehand, ...
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How do you show that a spell is prepared in Fantasy Grounds?

Fantasy grounds has the column header 'Preparation', but how can you display whether a spell is prepared or not? Do you use the 'use column'?
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How many divination spells are scrying?

I saw in the Pathfinder core rule book that there are specific spells called Scrying Spells, which allow the character to observe something as if they were there. However, there are just three of such ...
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How does Armor of Agathys interact with getting temporary hit points?

The spell Armor of Agathys states: You gain 5 temporary hit points for the duration. If a creature hits you with a melee attack while you have these hit points, the creature takes 5 cold damage. ...