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

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What determines a creature's native plane for the Banishment spell?

I can't find in the books the definition of “native”, only that a creature type can define its native plane: Elementals are creatures native to the elemental planes (MM, p. 6) Celestials ands ...
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Can my Warcaster Cleric use a mace to deliver Inflict Wounds?

My Cleric has the Warcaster feat, a mace in his right hand, and a shield in his left. He casts inflict wounds, which requires a touch attack to be executed against an opposing enemy, a goblin for ...
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Losing concentration on Conjure Elemental if you summon an Invisible Stalker?

So basically, say I use conjure elemental as a 6th level spell and summon an invisible stalker. I give it an order to kill the BBEG our party is fighting. I then take a hit and lose concentration. ...
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Which spells trigger the second benefit of Shield Master?

The Shield Master feat includes the following benefit: lf you aren't incapacitated, you can add your shield's AC bonus to any Dexterity saving throw you make against a spell or other harmful ...
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Does a dead pixie count as nonmagical food for the purpose of Purify Food and Drink?

There is a dead pixie that the PCs have been carrying around for a couple of days, and based on an unsubstantiated story they were told* they want to feed it to a PC's giant goat companion. Because ...
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What is a “Melee Spell Attack” and how does it differ from a regular spell?

In 5e a lot of the spells in both the Monster Manual and PHB talk about a spell being a "melee spell attack". Is this simply to do with the range of the spell or are there additional rules to rolling? ...
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How precise is Detect Magic's location information?

The Detect Magic spell states that you can sense magic within 30 feet of you. Does this let you know the location of the magic your are detecting? Are you just supposed to get a yes/no that there is ...
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Can True Polymorph be dispelled or reversed?

My interpretation of True Polymorph is that, once made permanent, it could not be undone (except perhaps with a Wish spell, god-level magic, another casting of True Polymorph, or some similar ...
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Is there a way for a wizard to gain cure spells on his spell list at first level?

Aside from the Samsaran Mystic Past Life racial trait is there any way for a first level wizard to gain cure spells as spells known at first level?
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Are there any D&D rules for spells addressing past lives and the effects of reincarnation? [on hold]

To clarify: This is not a question asking about different mechanics of reincarnation, or about a framework for reincarnation that spans any number of D&D variants. The tl;dr is that the question ...
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Does Divine Sense negate Mirror Image?

My players went up against a homebrew creature I made, it was a fallen angel that could cast Mirror Image. Our paladin had the idea to use his Divine Sense ability to be able to tell which Image was ...
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How to polymorph one object into another, specifically a pumpkin into a carriage?

So, I wish to polymorph one object into another. But neither Polymorph nor True Polymorph say anything about casting it on an object and transforming it into another object, so how could it be ...
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What is the “nature” of a demiplane?

The 8th-level spell Demiplane lets one create a demiplane; further castings can re-connect to the same demiplane or to a new one. Additionally, if you know the nature and contents of a demiplane ...
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Does an antimagic field also suppress the effects of supernatural abilities like change shape and invisibility (su)?

I already know the antimagic field suppresses the usage of the supernatural abilities, but i want to know what happens to some effects like an alternate form when using change shape or supernatural ...
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Can any spellcaster use Mage hand to perform a Sleight of hand check?

From the Arcane Trickster description (PHB page 98): Mage Hand Legerdemain Starting at 3rd level, when you cast mage hand, you can make the spectral hand invisible, and you can perform the ...
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Animate Dead on a Zombie, can it work?

So a bit of backstory to the question. One of the players in my game is a death cleric and enjoys having a small army of zombies accompany him. We had come to a situation where it is not plausible ...
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Does Arcane Lock Make An Object More Resistant to Damage?

Arcane Lock says that it increases the DC of checks to break the object or pick any of its locks by 10. However, there is no listed increase in the object's AC or HP. Does this mean that a character ...
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Can a spell be cast while using a bonus action to control another spell?

Spells such as the cleric's Spiritual Weapon and the Wizard's Bigby's Hand enable the caster to continue to manipulate the spell's effect as a bonus action after the spell has initially been cast. ...
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Does the Tempest domain's Destructive Wrath maximize ongoing damage from a twinned Witch Bolt?

I have a multiclass tempest cleric/sorcerer. If I twin Witch Bolt and then use Channel Divinity: Destructive Wrath, which allows me to deal max thunder or lightning damage, are both bolts impacted? ...
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Can one enter Leomund's Tiny Hut from below?

In a session today we were camped out in a Leomund's Tiny Hut and the DM determined that since it is described as a dome, the bad guys (Wraiths, so they are incorporeal) could enter the area from ...
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Is it possible to cast multiple spells per turn?

Never had an issue with spellcaster scaling until today. A player in the group claims he can cast Eldrich Blast twice on his turn. Once as an action, and a second time as a bonus action since it is a ...
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How does Wall of Fire react in a tunnel system?

We came across an issue in our game last night. We were ambushed in a system of tunnels and chambers, with monsters approaching from two directions. The druid wanted to cast a Wall of Fire in a 30 ...
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About church inquisitor caster level 3.5E

So me and my group just finished our first dungeon, and I play a cleric. I'm now at level 4, and I just upgraded to a prestige class that I fit, Church Inquisitor, because it seemed easy to acquire ...
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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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Really how good is “Witch Bolt” from D&D 5E? [closed]

After reading the effect of Witch Bolt from the D&D PH, It really seemed to me like an insanely powerful spell, especially when cast at 2nd level or higher. I have had no experience with the ...
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Vampiric Touch and Hellcat Gauntlets

Vampiric Touch spell states "you gain temporary hit points equal to the damage you do". Hellcat Gauntlets deal 1-6 slashing damage per spall level on a single target spell. Would you gain the hit ...
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Would an Acid Erosion spell be Transmutation or Evocation?

I've been creating a few Spells for D&D 5E recently and wanted to fill the gap of lacking Acid spells for one of my Black Dragonborn players. I wanted to compose a spell that involved the caster ...
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Temporary hit points gained by Duskblade with Vampiric Touch

Vampiric touch deals 1-6 points of damage per 2 levels, and gives you temporary hit points equal to the damage you deal.(PHB page 298) When a Duskblade channels this spell does he receive temporary ...
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Does a spellcaster know when their spell has no effect?

Suppose a cleric casts Zone of Truth on a captured enemy. Unbeknownst to them, the enemy is a raksasha. Zone of Truth says (PHB, p. 289): You know whether each creature succeeds or fails on its ...
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What factors justify the decision to change Barkskin from a bonus to its current 5e wording?

The D&D 5e rules for barkskin: […] the target's AC can’t be less than 16, regardless of what kind of armor it is wearing. In 3.x, barkskin provided "a +2 enhancement bonus to the creature’s ...
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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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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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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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Does a Master Alchemist allow an Alchemist Savant brew 9th level Universal Potions?

Regarding a build mentioned in KRyan's answer to a question: Does a Master Alchemist's... Brew Potion (9th): As Brew Potion (4th), except that the master alchemist can brew potions of 9th-level ...
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What does “… when it enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there” mean

From When do you roll the damage for Cloud of Daggers?, it was suggested that some comments be made into a Q&A. So: From the Cloud of Daggers spell (others have similar wording) You fill the ...
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Multi-hit spell - Multiple smaller Concentration checks or one larger one?

Some spells like magic missile and scorching ray can strike a target multiple times. I recently had cause to consider using a damage spell to disrupt an opponent's spellcasting - and realized I'm not ...
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Can a Spectral Weapon take damage?

During a session, we ran across a scenario whereby one of the player's weapons (a Javelin) would do a sort of lightning strike through several squares - including the one my spectral weapon (from the ...
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Healing options for non magic users

Three members of our party want to leave but one of them is a cleric who is our healer. Since we are levelling up to level 4 we could take on feats and there is the feat of Healer or of Magic ...
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Is Polymorphing Water into Rock Permanent?

I was browsing through the Pathfinder questions on site an came across this little nugget among them. Inspired by this attempt at the mythical unusual, I began to study the different spells in the ...
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Does the magus' pool strike count as a touch spell?

The pfsrd states that, whenever a magus casts a spell with a range of “touch” from the magus spell list, he can deliver the spell through any weapon he is wielding as part of a melee attack. ...
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Can a shocking grasp spell be delivered with a melee weapon?

I'm playing a wizard in a D&D 3.5 campaign and I normally use the "shocking grasp" spell with unarmed attack (basically, touching the target). Occasionally tough were encounter enemies that it's ...
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Dimension door, does it really have a door?

In the player's handbook there's a spell called Dimension Door. I know it is used for teleportation but everything else is vague. How does it really work? Does the user have to use the door to ...
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Can ghost sound be used to bypass arcane spell failure for verbal components?

My level 6 magus has just been magically transformed, his mouth and tongue becoming weird. This causes a 15% arcane spell failure chance, and, when combined with the 10% from my armor, is a ...
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Mystic Arcanum class feature: Can you choose lower level spells at higher level?

A player asked me if they could use their 17th-level Mystic Arcanum (Warlock class feature) to select the 6th-level spell "Mass Suggestion" cast at 9th level (to always make the suggestion last a year ...
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How do Sanctuary and Sentinel Interact?

Sanctuary (PHB p 272) is described as: You ward a creature within range against attack. Until the spell ends, any creature who targets the warded creature with an attack or harmful spell must ...
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Poison Spray + Saving Throws confusions

So I understand how saving throws "work" in general as in what you test against. However some spells just call for a "constitution" check for example for saving throw. for example Poison Spray: ...
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Does standing up from prone trigger the damage from Booming Blade?

Does spending movement to stand up from prone trigger the secondary damage effect of the booming blade spell from Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide? If the target willingly moves before the duration ...
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Is Thunderwave centered on the caster?

This came up in game tonight. Thunderwave is a spell with Range: Self (15-foot cube). The description reads: A wave of thunderous force sweeps out from you. Each creature in a 15-foot cube ...
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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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Does getting hit interupt a movement (specifically in regards to Booming Blade)?

I came across a situation where one of my PCs were fighting against a caster that had readied booming blade for if they provoked an Attack of Opportunity. they decided to try and break the casters ...