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No. There are no downsides at all (again provided the enemy doesn't have Mage Slayer or some other specific feature) to casting in melee if the spell does not have an attack roll. For all intents and purposes it's not an attack. There are several other rules that govern attacks that don't work with spells that don't have attack rolls. For instance, you ...


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In D&D 4e allies are supposed to move in their square in a way that does not hamper your line of fire. Conseuqently, only enemies provide cover to your target. Area of Effect spells only need line of effect between you and the source of your Burst and from the Burst source to the target (PHB p.272). Not even enemies or obstacles can provide cover ...


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Allies have, by default, absolutely no impact on ranged attacks against your enemies. If an attack targets one creature, it targets one creature, without hurting your allies in between. Area of effect attacks are a different matter. If the attack targets each creature (as opposed to each enemy) in the area, then your allies are targeted as well and must ...



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