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

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Casting Guidance cantrip for every roll?

What prevents a cleric from casting the Guidance spell every single turn and having everyone have 1D4 extra for their rolls, especially since you can combo it with this: It seems like every skill ...
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What memories does your clone have when you die?

The clone spell states: This spell grows an inert duplicate o f a living creature as a safeguard against death. This clone forms inside a sealed vessel and grows to full size and maturity ...
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Can I use animate undead on anything?

My players killed a few saber-tooth tigers and the necromancer wanted to use Animate Undead on them. Also on an ogre, on wolves and so on... ...how to deal with it? I'm really not so sure. Should I ...
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How do I protect myself from harm and wrack?

In one of my groups, there is an evil cleric. He constantly uses the 'harm' spell to greatly reduce the enemies hp (after several buffs and debuffs). The thing is, since he is playing with an evil ...
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In Basic Fantasy RPG 3e, how do reverse spells work?

I've recently been reading the 3rd edition Basic Fantasy RPG book, and on page fifteen it states that: "Some spells are reversible," and indicates that these spells are marked in the spell listings. ...
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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 ...
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Is a dead creature's body considered an “object”?

I never really gave this much thought until this question brought it up: Is a dead creature's body considered to be an object? And is it still a creature? My initial reaction was that it would not ...
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Would using minor illusion warrant more than advantage for a rogue trying to hide?

I am basically a noob when it comes to D&D, but I have taken up the reins for DMing the 5e starter set. The group I am playing with is a mish-mash of some very new to D&D and some who lightly ...
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German spell descriptions for DnD 5e? [closed]

Does anyone have a good site where I can find German translations for all the spells? We are struggling with different translation variants.
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What happens when an Enlarged Creature dies?

Enlarge says it works on both creatures and objects. The spell doesn't specify what happens when a creature dies and the way I understand it is that a living, breathing creature becomes an object when ...
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Can a PC use a mirror or other sight enhancer to use sacred flame at a target around a corner?

We have a PC that is getting very sneaky with his Sacred Flame application. Its fun outside-the-box play but if he carries a hand mirror or uses scrying spells its going to become far easier. Can a ...
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Can Dispel Magic be Readied?

When playing as a spellcaster, is it valid the use of the Ready action to prepare Dispel Magic to counter a spell cast by an opponent? In the same vein, when declaring said action, do I have to ...
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Is a concentration check required when temporary hitpoints absorb all the damage?

A spell caster with 6 temporary hit points is hit for 3 damage. Do they have to make a concentration check?
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Is the product of the Heavens Mystery revelation “Coat of Many Stars” a valid target for Magic Vestment?

From Magic Vestment: Target: armor or shield touched ... You imbue a suit of armor or a shield with an enhancement bonus of +1 per four caster levels (maximum +5 at 20th level). An ...
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What are some standard monsters or NPCs that can dispel magic?

I will (possibly) be DMing "Hoard of the Dragon Queen", a 5e adventure which was designed for 4 players starting at level 1. I will be needing to scale the adventure to account for more players (6) ...
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Spell/Ability Summary Printouts for D&D 5th Ed

In 4th ed, WotC's character manager printed out character sheets with these awesome spell summary cards. They also had similar summary cards for monsters for the DM. I checked around the site, but ...
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How do Mythic Spells known interact with classes that can retrain spells known?

"To select a mythic spell, you must be able to cast the non-mythic version or have it on your list of spells known." If you don't know it and you can't cast it, then you can't select that spell. ...
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Mage armor and unconscious condition

If I as a wizard cast Mage Armor on my monk friend, then the monk is rendered unconscious by a group of nasty skeletons, will the Mage Armor still be in effect when our lovely cleric heals him and he ...
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How does the Chain Lightning spell target?

Does the caster choose all targets or only the initial one? Must the secondary targets be in the caster's line-of-sight? I'm probably way over thinking this, but the 6th-level chain lightning spell ...
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Can you cast a spell and use the attack action in the turn?

Like with a fighter at level 20, you have 3 extra attacks. Can you cast a spell, such as firebolt, and also attack in the same turn?
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Casting healing spells is automatically successful?

As far as I understood from the Rules of D&D 5e attack spells require an attack roll against the enemy's armour class, like a normal melee or ranged attack. Question: Against which difficulty ...
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Can a Monk utilize touch based cantrips with their Unarmed Attacks?

While preparing for my group's first 5e game I was looking at the different classes and stumbled on a question I couldn't answer. For this example I will use druid as the class that the monk ...
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Does Darkness cast a shadow?

If you were outside during the day and you cast darkness above you somehow, would the darkness cast a shadow? If you cast darkness in a tunnel, and the only source of light was from one end of the ...
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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 do I add the Guidance spell to Fantasy Grounds?

We've got our first 5e game coming up. I'm setting up my character sheet in Fantasy Grounds, and I'm trying to work out how to add the spells. In particular, I'm having trouble adding Guidance. ...
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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. ...
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Does Dispel Magic work on Magic Circle Against Evil?

Can magic circle against evil be dispelled by a simple dispel magic? If so, would the caster have to target an area or a specific target?
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Why don't Wizards have access to Enhance Ability?

I have been searching the last couple of weeks for a reason why Sorcerers and Bards have access to Enhance Ability while the Wizard does not. Is there a clear cut reason behind this or is it a ...
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Is a Greatclub a club in regards to the Shillelagh spell?

I know that according to a strict interpretation of the RAW it isn't since the spell description only mention club and quarterstaff and makes no mention of greatclubs. However, considering the ...
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How Do Tainted Sorcerer , Shapechange and Evil Subtype work?

My PG is a Tainted Sorcerer with giant score of taint and i have the evil subtype , so this does not kill me. If i would cast Shapechange i will lose my evil subtype and i will die unless i choose a ...
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Leomund's Tiny Hut — only the caster can't exit and enter at will?

The text for Leomund's tiny hut says in part: Creatures and objects within the dome when you cast this spell can move through it freely. but also The spell ends if you leave its area. I ...
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How do foci and somatic+material components interact when it comes to occupying a hand?

In 5e, the rules state the following regarding spells with somatic and material components: Somatic (S) Spellcasting gestures might include a forceful gesticulation or an intricate set of ...
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Dispelling Mage’s Magnificent Mansion

What would happen if somebody tried to dispel Mage’s Magnificent Mansion while it was occupied with people? What would happen to the people inside? Would they be transported to the place in the ...
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Shillelagh and Polearm Master Interaction

Shillelagh imbues a quarterstaff with magic for a minute. This allows a caster to attack with the quarterstaff using his casting ability. Polearm Master allows a player who attacks with a ...
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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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How long can a readied spell be held before it's lost?

From RAW, it's clear that a character can ready a spell that has a casting time of 1 action and release the spell when the trigger occurs or directly after the trigger finishes:1 Provided, that the ...
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Do Paladins add their Proficiency bonus to their Spell Save DC?

The basic formula in D&D Next for Spell Save DC is 8 + Magic Modifier + Proficiency. However, the Spell Casting feature Paladins gain at level 2 says: Magic Ability Charisma is your ...
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Can you use Arrow Eruption to duplicate Arrow of Death?

Arrow Eruptions states that: You create exact duplicates of the arrow or crossbow bolt you used to kill a creature in the previous round and launch one at enemy creatures within a 30-foot radius ...
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Can Minor Illusion look like a creature, or look like me?

Consider the use of Minor Illusion to distract an enemy and perhaps gain advantage during combat. Suppose a small character hides somewhere, then casts an illusion elsewhere. So far so good. (Minor ...
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Bringing undead back to life

In previous editions of D&D, you couldn't bring undead back to life. You had to "re-kill" them and then resurrect their corpse. In 5e, Resurrection states that it can't bring undead back, but ...
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How do I map a 15' cone to a 1" grid?

I've been playing 5e for a while now, and mercifully this hasn't come up yet, but it's definitely on it's way. When a caster casts burning hands, how is that properly mapped onto a standard 1" battle ...
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Does the Hex spell give disadvantage to saving throws and attacks?

The Warlock Spell 'Hex' (PHB 251) gives Disadvantage on ability checks. Does this include saving throws and attacks? That is, in this context, are saving throws and attacks 'ability checks'?
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Casting, initiative, casting time modifiers, and deciding when to cast

Short form: can my character decide to use his turn for a spell instead of a weapon attack after initiative has been rolled for the round? A fight with some Bullywogs (which kept spawning new waves ...
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Does Spiritual Weapon use my own action to attack during combat?

Does attacking with a spiritual weapon use up my own action in a turn? The wording of spiritual weapon in the 5e handbook is somewhat unclear to me. You create a floating, spectral weapon ...
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Casting a spell, but not using it immediately

Can you cast a spell but not actually use it (e.g. I cast shocking grasp but don't discharge it)? If so, how long would it stay "stored" in my hands?
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Can a Sorcerer protect their friend from Web by using Careful Spell?

With the metamagic "Careful Spell" does the caster protect his friend from a Web spell for its full duration or just for the first save? If the friend stays in the area or re-enters the area does he ...
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Do Cantrips use your character level or class level?

Cantrips seem to be the only type of spell that cares about your level. However, in the multiclassing section they are not mentioned, does this mean, that cantrips use your character level, instead of ...
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Can't seem to find restrictions on Cantrips?

I'm starting a Bard on 5th edition. This is my first 5th edition campaign coming from Pathfinder. I can't seem to find any restrictions on cantrips. Do I automatically know all of them? Can I cast ...
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How many attack rolls do I need to make for an area attack?

I'm having trouble shaking this answer out of my PHB. Scenario: I cast a spell that affects a 3x3 area. How many attack rolls do I make? Do I make one per creature in the area (IE, like 4e), or one ...
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What happens when casting Shapechange and Polymorph together?

If I cast shapechange and then polymorph what will happen? What about in reverse order? Can you tell me any examples please? I am a little bit confused, but I imagine that after I cast shapechange ...