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Dexterity includes reflexes. Despite the usual definition of "dextrous" - in Dungeons and Dragons it is expanded to measure a character's reflex speed as well. See this quote from the PHB: Dexterity measures agility, reflexes, and balance. So your interpretation of the the warlock - "even with a 3 DEX he could still react quickly" - is not how the ...


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No, critical hits must be linked with attack rolls. I checked with Jeremy Crawford on Twitter and he says that critical hits must come from attack rolls: @JeremeyECrawford No, since only attack rolls can score critical hits. In response to @Kevinaskevin Can my Rogue's Assassinate cause my Wand of Magic Missile to crit against surprised creatures? ...


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By strict reading of the text, Yes. Although you are not rolling to hit, the spell itself says it automatically "Hits" and therefore fulfills the requirement of: In addition, any "hit" you score against a creature that is surprised is a critical hit. Critical hits with spells are double damage dice. Therefore, each missile you produce would deal ...


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Here's what detect magic itself says: Outsiders and elementals are not magical in themselves, but if they are summoned, the conjuration spell registers. So as long as the summoning spell lasts, the elemental (or the pool in which it hides) will appear to have conjuration magic in it. If the elemental had originated here, or walked through the portal, ...


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Yes. The phrase "including X" means that X is not a comprehensive list of effects. The only way for Suggestion to not be stopped by Protection from Evil would be for Suggestion to not qualify as an attempt to "exercise mental control over the creature." I doubt such an interpretation exists. For what it's worth, I believe the reference to charms, and ...


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One, there is no such thing as an “antimagic barrier” – antimagic field does not block line of effect, it only suppresses magic inside of it. All magic can pass through an antimagic field to the opposite side of the field.1 The argument is that the effect of instantaneous Conjuration/Metacreativity (creation) spells/powers can exist inside the antimagic ...


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Spider Climb: No The spell spider climb specifically states that the target can climb "while leaving its hands free". Climb Speed: DM discretion Creatures like the Brown Bear naturally have a climb speed, meaning that when they climb, they move at the given speed (1 foot of climb speed per 1 foot climbed) instead of half speed (2 feet of walk speed per ...


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Usually bonuses of the same type don't stack The System Resource Document on Stacking says In most cases, modifiers to a given check or roll stack (combine for a cumulative effect) if they come from different sources and have different types (or no type at all), but do not stack if they have the same type or come from the same source (such as the same ...


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When the warlock "began" casting the game moved from social interaction to combat - there are well defined rules for this (p.189 PHB): Determine Surprise From your description, neither the warlock nor the monk are surprised; the NPC may or may not be at your discretion - it rather depends on how the conversation led up to the combat. Establish Positions ...


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Yes, that is exactly what it means.


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No, they do not. Armor of Agathys reads as follows (emphasis mine): ...if a creature hits you while you have these hit points, the creature takes 5 cold damage. And mirror image: Each time a creature targets you with an attack during the spell's duration, roll a d20 to determine whether the attack instead targets one of your duplicates Mirror ...


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[First off: if you have an INT of 20, you have a +5 modifier, not a +4. So a 4th level wizard with an INT of 20 can prepare 9 spells, not 8. Now on to the main question.] You may be thinking in terms of 3.5e style preparation rather than 5e. In 5e, you don't have to match spells to spell slots when preparing them. A 4th level wizard with INT 20 can prepare ...


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No, you do not have to make an attack roll for healing your allies. If the target is willing to accept the healing spell, there is no attack roll required. Touch Spells in Combat You can automatically touch one friend or use the spell on yourself, but to touch an opponent, you must succeed on an attack roll. If the bard is really worried about ...


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First, this is a concentration spell, if your concentration breaks (p.203 PHB) the spell ends. It is also time limited - you can concentrate for up to 1 hour (1st or 2nd level slot), 8 hours (3rd or 4th level slot) or 24 hours (5th+ level slot). Second, it does exactly what it says: If the target drops to 0 hit points before this spell ends, you can ...


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All Signs Point To Yes! It looks like this thread got a response from the person who originally wrote the wording for Daybreak Arrow. Hi, I'm Ben Bruck, I wrote the spell Daybreak Arrows for Ultimate Combat. Your GM was unfortunately running it wrong in this case (or at least not the way I intended it when I wrote it). Half the damage dealt by ...


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The spell is still affecting the druid, and wild-shaping does not end effects on the wild-shaper, therefore the druid is still under the effects of the enlarge spell while wild-shaped. At this point you might conclude that the question is settled: they would be an extra-large bear, because the spell is still working that that's what enlarge does. But that's ...


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Hypnotic Gaze is not a spell, nor is it an attack. It's an effect granted by a class feature. By RAW it does not cause invisibility to end. However, since it's like a spell and affects another creature in a similar manner to a spell, DMs would be well within bounds to rule that using that ability would end invisibility (this should come with a warning prior ...


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This is a frequent and unresolved debate on D&D forums RAW, the answer is “yes” (as it is an an attempt to exercise mental control), but that makes the following parenthetical pointless. It’s therefore unclear if it’s really supposed to. And there is just no way to solve that argument definitively and objectively. Note that “ongoing mental control” is ...


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YES to all Blaspheming as a non-evil caster (or an alignment-changed good outsider) is a Bad Idea. Especially with the ubiquitous caster level buffs. It's a great way to YASD in Pathfinder. Note that (other than 'dead') you do get off slightly better than most creatures, assuming you cast as you last action on a turn; your conditions end on your ...


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In general, the SR-sensitive aspect of a spell is an all-or-none thing: the spell is either SR: Yes, or SR: No. Some spells do have a breakdown of some effects being one and some the other: these are typically listed with a “see text” notation that explains how it works. Ice storm is not one of the these spells, and so the fact that it is listed as an SR: ...


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Magic in D&D is not of the silent, mental kind. To cast a spell, you will need gestures, words and material components. Not all of those for every spell, but at least one of those. Eldritch blast uses (V)erbal and (S)omatic components, which means words and gestures. As soon as something requires gestures, for example pointing at the target of your ...


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No effect directly, explicitly, and exactly duplicates an object instantaneously The game doesn't want this to happen because it then expects the user of such an effect to go around duplicating +5 vorpal scimitars and stuff. Even were such an effect limited to mundane items, duplicating wealth like coins, gems, art objects, and trade goods quickly becomes ...


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No, and the explanation is in the section that you quote in your question. "You can't use a symbol of [whatever] offensively; for instance, a touch-triggered symbol of [whatever] remains untriggered if an item bearing the symbol of [whatever] is used to touch a creature." That is a pretty unequivocal statement. It says nothing about how the item ...


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The newly released errata for the PHB answers this question definitively: If a Wild Magic effect is a spell, it’s too wild to be affected by Metamagic. If it normally requires concentration, it doesn’t require concentration in this case; the spell lasts for its full duration. So you can't use any form of metamagic on spells cast by your Wild ...


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There's no need to house rule this — you just need to start enforcing its restrictions. Allow me to draw your attention to its area of effect: 4 square″ + 1″ square/level (Aside, this is taken from PHB page 95, since the Illusionist version of the spell has different range and area of effect.) These are table inches, which we could convert to ...


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Officially, interrupting the 1-hour of meditation or study results in no spells prepared... Each of the classes you mention has no provision for partial preparation of spells. "Each cleric must choose a time when she must spend 1 hour each day in quiet contemplation or supplication to regain her daily allotment of spells." "A druid must spend 1 hour each ...


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Your proposed Conjure Dragons spell should probably be a 4th level spell rather than a 3rd level. Other than that, it looks fine. My reasoning is simple: There are 2 spells, Conjure Animals, and Conjure Woodland Beings, that are identical in every respect, except that Conjure Animals summons creatures with the beast type, and Conjure Woodland Beings summons ...


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Targeted Dispel One object, creature, or spell is the target of the dispel magic spell. You make a dispel check (1d20 + your caster level, maximum +10) against the spell or against each ongoing spell currently in effect on the object or creature. The DC for this dispel check is 11 + the spell’s caster level. If you succeed on a particular check, that ...


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I don't think the rules say anything about this, however, they also don't say anything about a spell moving with the rotation of the earth either. I think a good ruling would be to use frame of reference, that is, if you cast it in the air, near the airship, it would not move with the ship without your effort, but if you cast on the airship itself, it would. ...


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Make a house rule early in the campaign The game doesn't cover this. I suggest picking one of the following. Reality is comprised of 5-ft. squares. The squares impose themselves on creatures and objects it contains. Using this model, the universe is a fixed background and everything moves independent of it. Thus, when a caster creates an effect targeting ...



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