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

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Can a Ranger learn spells outside the Ranger spell list?

I'm playing a Ranger in a Pathfinder campaign. I've been looking over the spell lists, and I'm a bit miffed as to just what spells a Ranger can use - is it limited to only using the Ranger spells ...
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AD&D scrolls and learning spells

Can a magic-user who finds a scroll in a dungeon take said scroll and copy the spell to his/her spell book so that he/she can prepare that spell in the future? Also if the character finds the scroll ...
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Do Multiclass Spellcasters Have To Spend Additional Spell Slots?

The Magic Initiate Feat has a restriction of "Once you cast [this spell], you must finish a long rest before you can cast it again". Some have argued that this prevents you from casting the spell more ...
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What does it mean when a spell gives two durations?

For example, Anticipate Peril gives a duration of "1 minute/level or until activated." Does that mean it lasts for a maximum of 1 minute per level but ends when activated? Or does it mean it lasts ...
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Can you retrain the Magic Initiate spell?

This question got me thinking about the mechanics of the Magic Initiate feat when you have class levels in the class into which you were inducted. Among the classes you can pick with this feat are ...
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What happens when a familiar 'dies'?

The 5e PHB is pretty unambiguous on familiar 'death': When the familiar drops to 0 hit points, it disappears, leaving behind no physical form. It reappears after you cast this spell again. (From ...
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Can Detect Magic detect prepared spells?

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 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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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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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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What is the advantage of casting the cantrip “light” on an object an enemy is wearing or holding?

The cantrip "light" says that it cast a "bright light." It also states that If you target an object held or worn by a hostile creature, that creature must succeed on a Dexterity saving throw to ...
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My players are using Create Memories to rob everyone blind

I am a novice Game Master directing my first game. My players have recently discovered the mage in the group can cast "Create Memories". The spell reads: Permits creation of new memories in the ...
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Does Magic Missile really always hit a creature of choice?

The rules state: Each dart hits a creature of your choice that you can see within range Does this mean that it is a guaranteed hit? Or is it meaning that it attempts to hit and attempt is merely ...
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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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Casting multiple spells in a single round

In the PHB page 202 under the 'bonus action' heading it states: "You can't cast another spell during the same turn, except for a cantrip with a casting time of 1 action." This seems to state that if ...
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How can I make a deal with a devil?

The tradition of summoning an extraplanar entity to bargain with is well established in the D&D lore. But they don't necessarily like being summoned for this purpose, which is why wizards usually ...
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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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Do cantrips gained through Pact of the Tome use Charisma or their default stat?

Pact of the Tome gives Warlocks access to any 3 cantrips. The feature doesn't specify whether the cantrips use the default stat (my guess), or whether they use Cha (to make the feature more ...
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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 does a Flaming Sphere's movement work?

Regarding Flaming Sphere: The sphere does damage when it occupies the same space as a creature. When I move it into a creature's space to attack, the sphere stops moving for the round. If the ...
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Can a 5e caster prepare extra cantrips?

My 5e cleric needs to cast Mending but it's not one of my memorized cantrips. Can he use one of his number of prepared spells to prepare a cantrip he doesn't know?
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How does Divine Smith's metamagic adjustment reduction work?

In the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Advanced Race Guide, there is an archetype available to dwarf clerics named the Forgemaster. This archetype has a class feature that I'm not sure to fully ...
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A question about Celerity spells

I have a question regarding Celerity line of spells introduced in PHB2. Let's say we have 2 wizards, A and B. Wizard A has higher initiative roll than wizard B; neither is flat-footed; it's A's turn; ...
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Should Burning Arc be a ranged touch attack?

Looking at the level 2 spell Burning Arc, there is nothing in the text that says it's a ranged touch attack. Given the power of this spell, should each target get a ranged touch attack check?
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Do natural weapons have the Finesse property?

Alter Self allows a character to have Natural Weapons. IIRC, in previous editions, Unarmed Strikes and Natural Weapons were considered Finesse-able (i.e., if you had the Feat, they would use Dex ...
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How far does Sympathy reach?

The target of the spell Sympathy is a location or object which will attract creatures, so I assume the spell's range ('Close' in this case) refers to how far from the caster the target area or object ...
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Can high level Eldritch blast be used with War Caster?

The final test of the Warcaster Feat is the following The spell must have a casting time of 1 action and must target only one creature. (PHB 170) The question I have is whether a spell like ...
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What does the letter in parentheses after a spell duration mean?

We're playing D&D using primarily Pathfinder rules. I'm just getting into a class with spell abilities and have a question regarding the duration of spells. I've noticed that some have a letter in ...
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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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Eldritch Blast with multiple beams and Agonizing Blast on a single target: Cha Mod just once?

Agonizing Blast allows a 'lock 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 is ...
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Casting Feather Fall on an ballista bolt

Can casting feather fall on a ballista bolt make it travel farther? Feather fall makes objects fall 60ft/round, but only vertically. So, if I cast it on the ammunition then fire, it would fall only ...
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How do Prestige Classes that advance spellcasting interact with racial spellcasting ability?

For example Lets use the Marrutact from Sandstorm, it can cast as a 5th level wizard. if it then takes a prestige class that requires the ability to cast 1st level Arcane spells and advances arcane ...
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How does wizard & cleric spell preparation and casting work?

In 3.X wizards had spellbooks, while clerics had their entire spell list, but they both memorized/prepared spells every day from those lists, and had a certain number of slots for preparing spells in. ...
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How to calculate the expected damage increase from Empowered Spell?

In D&D 5th Edition the Sorcerer Metamagic ability Empowered Spell states the following: "When you roll damage for a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to reroll a number of the damage dice up ...
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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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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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Are there critical hits for spells?

According to PHB p.194 you always score a critical hit on any attack roll. Does this rule also apply to magical attacks, e.g. the Inflict Wounds spell.
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How many attack/damage rolls when using Twinned spell?

Two related questions: When using Twinned Spell with an attack spell, do you make one attack roll for both targets, or one each? When using TS with a spell that deals damage: do you roll damage once ...
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Paralyzed enemy and Witch Bolt: Auto-crit, on a hit?

On a hit, Witch Bolt allows you to automatically deal damage on subsequent turns. If the enemy is paralyzed and one is in melee range, would that be an automatic critical? Since there's no attack roll ...
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Is additional damage from a spell counted as part of the same attack?

For specifics let's look at Witch Bolt (page 289 PHB), there may be others but I am far too lazy to look through each and every one for other examples. Witch Bolt Make a ranged spell attack ...
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Would the 1st level Burning Hands wizard spell burn down a wooden house/inn?

One of my players seems to think that this spell will cause all sorts of carnage whereas I'm more inclined to say it may cause a bit of a fire and a bit of damage but not necessarily be all-consuming. ...
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Can You Use a Metamagic Rod and a Scroll/Staff/Wand Together?

Are you allowed to use a Metamagic Rod (say Extend) with a spell cast from a scroll or other magical device?
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Vampiric Touch/Inflict wounds Spell target Overlap

This came to me while planning out a Cleric/wizard multiclass 5e character with a necromantic bent. If I were to cast Vampiric Touch (which affects a target when I make a melee spell attack on said ...
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Can a Power Word spell be cast silently?

Power word stun and power word kill, having only a verbal component, are fascinating, in that the intent appears to be that their power is tied to the words in question. What happens if you take out ...
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Which rote spell would a Mage detect an Azlu with?

Which rote spell (from the Mage: The Awakening line) would be the most effective and "cost effective" (easiest to learn and cast etc) to reveal an Azlu Crawler (from Werewolf: The Forsaken core and ...
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Storytelling with lie detection

Most of the fantasy systems I know has a spell to detect lies, speak with the dead, and the like. Imagine how long great movies like The Usual Suspects or In the Heat of the Night would have lasted ...
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Can a construct be undestroyed?

The type construct includes this trait: Not at risk of death from massive damage. Immediately destroyed when reduced to 0 hit points or less. (MM 307) Besides the 9th-level Clr spell miracle ...
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Does a Wizard need a spellbook to cast spells, or just to prepare them?

I had recently gotten into an argument with a fellow player on the subject of how spellbooks work. Specifically, does a Wizard require access to his book in order to cast spells, or just to prepare ...
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What happens when you use Maximize Spell on a Prismatic spell?

I'm sure we all know about the metamagic feat Maximize Spell, which allows you to cast a spell in a slot 3 levels higher in order to "maximize all variable numeric values" like damage, number of ...
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How do spellbook tattoos combine with creatures that can change their shape?

Complete Arcane has rules for alternate spellbooks, including tattoos (P. 186-187). While this is less economical than just putting on a Ring of Regeneration, cutting your fingers off and carving the ...