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

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Does Green-Flame Blade damage the caster if no other targets are available?

Green-Flame Blade reads: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon against one creature within the spell’s range, otherwise the spell fails. On a ...
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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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Are there rules regarding a found Warlock grimoire? [on hold]

I'm currently playing a 'pact of the tome' Warlock in a 5e campaign. In our last session, we were exploring an ancient library and my character managed to find an item that the DM described as a ...
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Thunderbolt Strike + Find Familiar + Shocking Grasp

I'm planning to roll an Eldritch Knight Fighter 6/Tempest Domain Cleric 14. I can get shocking grasp and find familiar from EK fighter at lvl 3. I also know that my Familiar can use Shocking Grasp on ...
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Can you damage a creature with vibrations in a zone of silence?

This question is for D&D 3.5E and pathfinder types of games. If you look at how vibrations work, they are a wave of energy. Does the spell silence simply negate the ability to hear, or does it ...
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Would the non-leathal damage from Aqueous Orb bypass DR?

So it came up recently that my group was fighting creatures with DR, (silver, for what it matters), and we assumed that aqueous orb, while it would still contain them, wouldn't bypass their DR. I got ...
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Does expeditious retreat affect warlock fly speed

Expeditious Retreat says This spell increases your base land speed by 30 feet. (This adjustment is treated as an enhancement bonus.) There is no effect on other modes of movement, such as burrow, ...
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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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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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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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Can a familiar travel any distance?

I (the DM) had this thought that the familiar who belongs to an evil wizard far away from the players was delivering a message to the Bugbear leader of a band of goblins who was under the command of ...
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Should every high-level druid have a treant bodyguard?

The spell liveoak has this description: This spell turns an oak tree into a protector or guardian. The spell can only be cast on a single tree at a time; while liveoak is in effect, you can't cast ...
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Would a caster's AoE spell hit the caster?

Our warlock was being assaulted by a few stirges, surrounding her. She cast Shatter around herself to defeat all of them. Does she get hit by her own spell?
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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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Does Technomancer gain a spell caster level at level one or can you only reach level 19 as a caster with technomancy?

The rules say +1 on all levels but first. I was wondering if the first level just doesn't give you it or if the class itself is a caster class.
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Can I sneak attack with Green-Flame Blade or Booming Blade?

Most spells can't be combined with sneak attack because 5e sneak attack specifies a finesse or ranged weapon attack. However, booming blade and green-flame blade require you to "…make a melee attack ...
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When I use my short sword to Inflict Wounds, do I use my Dex or Wis mod?

When making a melee attack with inflict wounds, do you use your Strength (or Dexterity, if you're using a finesse weapon), on the attack roll or do you use your Wisdom mod? I'm playing a rogue/cleric ...
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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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What are the final polymorph rules?

The polymorph self spell and its friends were an ever-changing pile of errata. What was the final word on how polymorph effects work in Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition? I am uninterested in the ...
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Can artificers design new infusions?

Artificers in 3.5 cast infusions, this is neither arcane nor divine. Yet they create magical effects. Artificers gain infusions just like a spell caster, and cast infusions in a manner just like ...
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What happened to the Permanency spell?

As the title asks, I'm curious about why the permanency spell isn't in 5e. It's not in the PHB, DMG, or any forum page on the interwebs. It's been incorporated into various spells like True Polymorph ...
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Are there any spells that can create the effects of a flash grenade, but persistently?

Are there any spells that can make a light so bright, you have to look away or else you can't really see anything? I have read through all the spells in the PHB and not found one that obviously does ...
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When does a Tempest cleric have to choose to use Destructive Wrath?

The Tempest Domain gives the ability Channel Divinity: Destructive Wrath, which says: When you roll lightning or thunder damage, you can use your Channel Divinity to deal maximum damage, instead ...
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Does Flame Blade count as a weapon for Extra Attack?

Assume you are a Druid 3 / Ranger 5. Can you attack twice with the Flame Blade when you use Extra Attack?
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How can Silent Image be used to obscure vision in combat in 5E?

In my party I have a warlock who is partial to illusion magic. At second level, he took the 'Misty Visions' invocation, with the intent of using Silent Image to keep the party shrouded in illusory fog ...
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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 Precision Attack be added to an attack roll after an enemy uses Shield as a reaction to that attack roll?

Can The battle master maneuver Precision Attack be used after his enemy casts the shield spell as a reaction to the battle master's initial die roll? This happened during a game. It didn't occur to me ...
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Does the (Swift,) Fly spell cause physical resistance when an object was hovering

Last Saturday, during our regular D&D session, the party's Dusk Blade cast Blade of Blood on a needle she was carrying, then used the spell Fly, Swift to levitate it into position in front of a ...
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Is there a lore-based reason for verbal components in arcane spellcasting?

Somatic components are addressed more or less in the PHB with: The caster plucks directly at the strands ofthe Weave to create the desired effect and Whenever a magic effect is created, ...
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How similar to normal attacks are attacks made with a telekinetic violent thrust?

The 5th-level Sor/Wiz spell telekinesis [trans] (PH 292) allows the caster to move objects or creatures by concentrating on them.… [T]he spell can… exert a single short, violent thrust [allowing] ...
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One of my players is trying to cast a spell that isn't in the handbook, and he hasn't told me how his character knows it

One of my players is playing a sorcerer, and during an encounter with some medusa, he decided to channel his magical energies into a bolt of energy. He hasn't done anything like this before, and he ...
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Why did the sorcerer/wizard spell lists diverge in D&D 5e?

The party I am playing with is currently playing Pathfinder, and we are considering switching to 5e within the new couple of weeks. I have been doing research on the difference with Sorcerers between ...
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What is the highest dispel check one can hope to roll?

To my knowledge, the dispel check is ruled by two things: your caster level, which is theoretically evergrowing, and small bonuses coming from feats, prestige classes and several other sources, which ...
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How to handle a PC wanting to interrupt a spell cast in a non-combat situation?

A warlock and a monk are talking to a NPC. Suddenly, the warlock gets angry and fires an Eldritch Blast at the NPC. The monk recognizes the situation and tries to prevent the warlock from casting. ...
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Does Force Damage Affect Ethereal Creatures?

This passage says that anything made of magical force can affect ethereal creatures. Border Ethereal DMG page 48: A traveler on the Ethereal Plane is invisible and utterly silent to someone on the ...
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How does Mending interact with corroded weapons?

The Black Pudding's Corrosive Form contains the following text: Any nonmagical weapon made of metal or wood that hits the pudding corrodes. After dealing damage, the weapon takes a permanent and ...
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What options does the spell Revenant Armor allow for?

I've been looking at the spell Revenant Armor and its unclear what you would use it for. I know that it brings the armor to life after the person wearing it drops unconscious, but is the only thing ...
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Can you store cantrips in a Ring of Spell Storing?

How would storing a cantrip (0th level spell) like Prestidigitation work with the ring of spell storing? Could one just create a Ring of Prestidigitation some other way?
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Does the Hex spell's damage apply to spell attacks?

The Hex spell increases the damage when you hit with an attack and Eldritch Blast is a spell which causes you to make a spell attack roll. Does any attack roll trigger the extra damage of Hex, or ...
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Does Water Breathing + a full waterskin = infinite “air”?

I was wondering if a person could use water breathing to avoid breathing a toxic atmosphere. The spell itself states: This spell grants up to ten willing creatures you can see within range the ...
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Can level 3 Faerie Fire be seen in Magical Darkness?

Darkness reads: Magical darkness spreads from a point you choose within range to fill a 15-foot radius sphere for the duration... nonmagical light can’t illuminate it... If any of this spell’s ...
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Can a wizard copy spells from another's spellbook?

Supposing either a wizard acquires and deciphers the spellbook of a slain enemy, or an ally shows him an unfamiliar one — could the wizard copy said spell for his own use rather than from a spell ...
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What are the consequences of failing the Strength check to move in a Web spell?

Regarding this part of the Web spell in D&D 3.5: Each round devoted to moving allows the creature to make a new Strength check or Escape Artist check. The creature moves 5 feet for each full ...
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How to obtain lots of temporary hit points?

Most of the spells can grant a few temporary hitpoints, like 10, 20 or 30. Is there any spell granting an ammount of 100 or more? What about psionic powers(along with other variants of psionics, ...
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Can Alter Self grant you wings to fly?

Alter self can turn your body into anything as long as you basically retain the same body shape. It can even change your weight. Moreover, it can transform you into a member of another race. So, this ...
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Is there a spell or effect that reveals or identifies alignment?

I am looking for an effect that you can cast on a creature (or character) to reveal its true alignment. As long as it reveals true alignment, I don't care if it's a single target effect, a zone effect,...
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Does grease reflex check fail reveal invisible target?

Is an invisible creature that has fallen into grease still invisible? A wizard cast vanish on himself. The next round, a skald cast grease under his feet, and the wizard failed his Reflex save and ...
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Can a creature affected by Haste and Slow use its second action?

Slow states that On its turn, [a creature] can use either an action or a bonus action, not both. Haste gives an affected creature a second action. Assuming we're not talking about taking the ...
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Are a Wizard's “spells known” what they have in their spellbook or what they can prepare?

I'm unclear on what a wizard's “spells known” means. Namely, are they the spells they can prepare, or the spells in their spellbook? This is probably really obvious, but I'm just not figuring it out. ...