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

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Are normal spell components consumed by the spell?

I was reading through the basic rules and noticed that the only time spell components were explicitly stated as being consumed was when they had a gp value attached to them. For example: Arcane ...
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Changing elements for spells

I think I remember in an older version of D&D allowing you to change a fire spell into a cold-based spell, or vice versa. In 5E, is there any way to allow you to alter say a Scorching Ray into a ...
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How can one establish communication with intelligent creatures lacking language?

The ice toad (Frostburn 140-1) is a magical beast with an Intelligence score of 6 yet no language. Beyond being conceptually annoying and making me feel bad for the handful of aberrant genius ice ...
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Does Ray of Enfeeblement affect a Hunter's Mark too?

If a creature is affected by Ray of Enfeeblement, reducing the damage of strength based attacks by half, and that creature attacks another affected by Hunter's Mark, is the Hunter's Mark damage also ...
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Using downtime activity to research spells

I run a D&D 5E campaign. I have a player who is playing a wizard. This player would like to use his downtime to learn new spells. Specifically, he doesn't want to create any new spells of his ...
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How can I redeem the unjust?

I'm playing a LN paladin (vengeance)/warlock (Great Old One/Tome) soon, and I want to redeem enemies I deem worthy of my mercy. With create thrall I expect to be in complete control of an enemy at ...
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Does “Immune to sleep” affect the Sleep power?

This seems like a silly question at first, but I am not clear how this works with rules as written. The 1st level spell Sleep has the keywords Arcane, Charm, Enchantment, and Implement. It previously ...
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Reactive Shield Spells in DFRPG

So after reading the Paranet Papers, my group is now attempting to sort out the new rules concerning reactive shield spells. The main issue we're having is what to do about rote spells. PP doesn't ...
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List of all core Bard spells in an excel format

Is there a list of Bard spells in an excel format from the SRD? A Google search pulls up lists like this one but if I copy and paste them they paste into a single column with name and description on ...
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In what state is a person affected by Hypnotic Pattern? Can they make saving throws?

I'm reading the Hypnotic Pattern description and it says "Charmed, Incapacitated, Speed (0)" and "Snaps out of it, if being shaken or takes damage." Then I read the various states you can be under: ...
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What happens if a wizard uses Command Undead to command an undead to keep fighting even though it has been Turned by a Cleric

The cleric's turn undead ability sends undead fleeing, but the wizard's spell Command Undead enables him to give orders to the same undead. What happens when a Wizard uses Command Undead to force a ...
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Geas spell effect [closed]

From page 244, PHB - description of the 5th level spell Geas: You place a magical command on a creature that you can see within range, forcing it to carry out some service or refrain from some ...
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Can you light magically created grease on fire?

I have a forum-based Pathfinder campaign where one of the players would like to light grease created by a Grease spell on fire. Can this type of grease be lit?
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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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Heavy duty Excavation aka Stone to Mud in 5e?

I seem to be at a loss here. Either I can't find a spell that works here or I am not seeing it. What method would a wizard (or other spellcaster for that matter) use to excavate a part of a dungeon? ...
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How do spells which affect fire interact with magical fire?

Specifically, the question came up in tonight's session whether the spell Gust of Wind would extinguish the flames created by the spell Wall of Fire. How about stronger or weaker spells that interact ...
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chants and incantations [closed]

i have been in a larp group for 2 years now, and i offered to help create some classes, specifically mages. they are almost done, but i have run into a problem. some of the spells require chants, and ...
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How can I increase the 'special modifiers' section of my spell saving throw?

I've been looking into ways to make it harder for monsters to make savings throws against me, and I noticed savings throws = 8 + your spellcasting ability modifier + any special modifiers. What is the ...
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Can Detect Magic reveal illusions?

In 5th edition, would Detect Magic reveal illusions such as Invisibility, Disguise Self, etc? While it would not reveal the nature of the illusion, it would reveal that one is present I believe. I ...
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Did spirit guardians just wipe out the Orc army?

I have a cleric who wants to ride a war horse (movement speed 60', dash speed 120') with a spell cast on himself. Controlling a mount does not appear to cost an action, you simply decide if you are ...
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Is Moonbeam amazing, or are we doing it wrong?

PHB pg. 261, Moonbeam: When a creature enters the spell's area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, it is engulfed in ghostly flames that cause searing pain... On each of ...
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How does Elemental Adept change the damage dice?

The Elemental Adept feat says that I can treat any 1 on the damage dice as a 2. Does that meant that, if I've chosen fire, when casting the Fire Bolt cantrip I can roll 2d20 instead of 1d10?
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What is the name of the spell or effect that prevents resurrection?

I remember seeing a spell (or perhaps a weapon enhancement?) that prevents the target from being resurrected if killed in DnD 3.5. However, I don't remember the spell name, nor its source, so any ...
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How do the Spirit Guardian and Sanctuary spells interact?

A player in my group asked the DM: What if Cleric 1 was to cast Spirit Guardians and go for the heart of battle Then Cleric 2 cast Sanctuary on him Then Cleric 1 just sits there not actively ...
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How can a Good-aligned cleric cast Desecrate?

A Cleric5/Malconvoker5 needs to cast Desecrate. He is currently Good aligned and wants to maintain that alignment in order to avoid complications from pesky adventurers' overzealous use of Detect ...
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How does Resilient Sphere work?

Resilient sphere works basically like a wall of force, except in a sphere around a targeted creature. I have two questions about how it works, mostly with regards to the save it allows: The sphere ...
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Can you choose to cast a lower level version of a cantrip?

As a 1st Level character the Warlock cantrip Eldritch blast can be used with the Twinned Spell meta magic feature of the sorcerer. However, when a character reaches 5th level it becomes a spell with ...
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Can a Wizard cast Shield in reaction to a stealth attack?

Scenario: Rogue is hidden and sneaks up to Wizard. Rogue attacks and hits the wizard with 1 above his AC. Can the wizard take his reaction to Shield from it? Shield's Casting time is 1 reaction, ...
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How can an aristocracy be perpetuated between creatures that can't interbreed?

The 25-year-old human prince of a 50-year-old small nation (total population maybe 100,000 spread out in a rather large valley among settlements no larger than 5,000 creatures each) is looking to ...
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Can clerics use spell scrolls for spells they receive through their Divine domains?

I've been trying to resolve some edge cases with who can use which spell scrolls. As the DMG says in the Spell Scroll entry on page 200: "If the spell is on your class's spell list, you can use an ...
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Does the Daylight spell hurt Vampires?

My PCs have a spear which is able to cast the Daylight Spell. Would this have any effect on Vampires in the spell radius like regular Sunlight would or would it just be considered Bright light for the ...
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How are statistics determined for an awakened animal?

Do published awakened creatures exist? Is there a stat block in any official text—including Dragon and Dungeon magazines—for a creature that's been the target of the 5th-level Drd spell awaken ...
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How does the spell “Blood of the Martyr” work?

The spell reads: You cause the target to bleed from every orifice, and her organs and blood become suffused with positive energy. If the subject fails her Fortitude save, she takes 1d6 points of ...
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Is there any problem with Android PCs healing via the Make Whole spell?

I'm about to start running the Iron Gods campaign for some friends, and the thought occurred to me: players who choose to play as an Android are constructs, and thus the Make Whole spell would work on ...
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Attacking a Swarm with a spell while it's in a players space

My players have walked into a Spider Lair and fought their first group of Spiderlings, or effectively a Swarm of Spiders from the MM. I didn't realize until after the encounter that they have a reach ...
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Can a PC cast a Floor of force?

The PRD entry for environment states: Transparent Floor: Transparent floors, made of reinforced glass or magic materials (even a wall of force) [...] The PRD entry for Wall of Force states: ...
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How does the Suggestion spell work?

My friend gave me the following scenario. A Fighter has the Suggestion spell cast on them with the following phrase: "You look tired. Why don't you take a seat over there." If the rest of the ...
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What does “possession” mean in the context of Swift Ready?

I'm running a D20 Modern game in which my players have access to D&D spells. This situation though could easily come up in a standard D&D game. One of my players is playing a Duskblade and ...
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Does shillelagh require actual wooden weapons?

From the PHB Components: V, S, M (mistletoe, a shamrock leaf, and a club or quarterstaff) The wood of a club or quarterstaff you are holding is imbued with nature’s power. For the duration, ...
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Is It Okay To Use “Commune” To Ask About Alignment?

In the campaign I am running, next session my players have decided to use the 'Commune' spell to ask a god various questions. Among these are four questions that ask: "Is this character good?" "Is ...
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AD&D 2e to D&D 3.5e Protection from Evil changes

The text of Protection from Evil in my AD&D 2e PHB reads as follows, in part: This protection ends if the protect character makes a melee attack against or tries to force the barrier ...
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Are low level spells required to be worse than all higher level spells?

I often hear arguments along these lines: Because X is higher level than Y, and X cannot do this, Y must not be able to do it either. In other words, X must, because it is higher-level, be ...
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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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How does barkskin work in DnD 5e?

Now the wording in the spell description is extremely vague and ambiguous making the spell effect up for interpretation. It just says: ... the target's AC can't be less than 16, regardless of ...
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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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How should the GM rule on the inquisitor spell judgment light?

An inquisitor with an active purity judgment casts the 4th-level inquisitor spell judgment light. In a 30-ft. radius burst centered on the caster the following instantaneous effect occurs: ...
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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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If a creature holding the charge of a touch spell becomes unconscious, is the charge released?

Say, for example, a brawler uses knockout punch on a wizard holding a charge. Since the wizard would more then likely accidentally touch something on the way down, would the spell be wasted? And ...
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How is the number of spells limited in a spellbook?

Previous versions had rules about the total number of spell that a spellbook could include calculated using the level of the spell and number of pages in the book. 5e mentions that a spellbook has ...
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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?