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Spells A fair number of spells prevent teleportation; a wizard will struggle to gain access to some of them, but the skill Use Magic Device and a wand or staff will solve that. The 4th-level Sor/Wiz spell dimensional anchor [abjur] (Player's Handbook 221) for 1 min./level prevents 1 creature from using any extradimensional movement if a ranged touch ...


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Breadth of Option Unexpected monster rears out of the darkness, clearly well beyond the battered party's ability to handle? Wizard teleports home. Fighter manages to kill the thing half to death before he gets eaten. Ambuscade! The earl's men have the party cornered, and demand they surrender - only execution awaits if they do. Wizard casts ...


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Specialization and Related Options The extra spell slots are the intrinsic benefit of specializing, but they are not the only benefits: a number of Wizard alternate class features only work for those specializing in a particular school. Focused Specialization Complete Mage gives an option to ban another spell school and give up a regular spell slot per ...


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Strictly speaking, it’s not actually true The terms “linear” and “quadratic” come from mathematics. Linear growth is one in which the rate of change is constant. Notably, this means that no one level can be particularly special, each level would involve the same bonuses as the one before it, and growth only happens because of the accumulation. For ...


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Naetuir is right – Bard is exactly what you're looking for here, even to the point of being a bit of a joke. Using "Fighter: melee dps Wizard: buffing Thief: skills" as the main set of requirements, lets see what we can do to build a straightclass Bard Elan, as compared to his needlessly complicated twin brother Nale. (Who's a wizard, not a sorcerer, as per ...


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Things are different now. The Wizard and Sorcerer from prior editions have now combined into one class, called... the Wizard. Also, the Cleric picked up the same mechanics. (Meanwhile, something mechanically new has emerged in 5e to take the name of 'Sorcerer', which has picked up some different stuff for its defining features, like a spell point mechanic.) ...


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The description of Burning Hands states that it 'sets fire to flammable objects'. At its maximum, it is a 15-foot wide cone. So the answer here is that it might be able to set fire to a wooden building, but wouldn't necessarily burn it down, unless the fire was ignored for a reasonable length of time. Remember, too, that even in medieval times there were ...


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Change how you play your wizard so those are the right spells With the spells you've listed you can play an effective wizard but it will likely require changing up your play style. Let's look at some tactics that suit your spells. Blast 'em This isn't going to be your strong suit but there are plenty of opportunities to contribute with some straight up ...


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The best answer is to come to an agreement with the DM. While there are avenues you might pursue to mitigate what he’s doing, getting into an arms race is a losing proposition and isn’t any fun. Explain that you are aware that the Wizard class is phenomenally powerful, but that you have no interest or intent on breaking his game. Point out how ...


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Yes, you can. Specialization is a Wizard class feature that affects Wizard spellcasting only. It has no effect on spells from other classes. Complete Arcane, for example, explicitly suggests multiclassing with Sorcerer to get your missing spells. Complete Arcane pg. 185 One way around at least part of this restriction is for a specialist wizard to ...


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Yes. From the D&D Basic Rules: Casting the spell doesn't remove it from your list of prepared spells. Basically, 5e Wizards (and Clerics) are 3.5e Sorcerers who can swap out their "known spells" based on their spellbook (or godly mandate). I can't speak to the exact reason behind the design decision, but I assume they wanted to enable a level of ...


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Depending on the context of the encounter, the following might be relevant: Surprise If surprised, you lose your turn for the first round of combat. This includes loosing use of any reaction for one round, measured from the beginning of combat until the start of your turn on round two. Which I got from this quick reference: http://olddungeonmaster....


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Three reasons, in order of increasing importance: flexibility, narrative agency, and expectations. Flexibility: A well-built fighter can compete with a wizard in pretty much any combat-specific area. Wizards can be very good at grappling, so can fighters. Wizards can deal very large amounts of damage, so can fighters. Wizards can be good at ranged attacks,...


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From the Basic Rules, p22 & p30: The (class) table shows how many spell slots you have to cast your spells of 1st level and higher. To cast one of these spells, you must expend a slot of the spell’s level or higher. You regain all expended spell slots when you finish a long rest. You prepare the list of (class) spells that are available ...


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Yes you can; it will take 15 minutes, longer if preparing more than a quarter of your total slots. According to the PHB, under Spell Selection and Preparation: When preparing spells for the day, a wizard can leave some of these spell slots open. Later during that day, she can repeat the preparation process as often as she likes, time and circumstances ...


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You've already stated the key point: 1 reaction, which you take when you are hit by an attack or targeted by the magic missile spell. So what you need to understand here is that the Shield spell involves time travel. No, really, it does. You can cast Shield when you're hit by an attack. Not when you're targeted, or when someone tries to attack you, but ...


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Mike Mearls stated on Twitter: for sorcerer, we avoid more complex spells. Sorcerer magic is simpler, more direct See: http://www.sageadvice.eu/2015/08/22/sorcerer-vs-wizard-spell-list/ The spells you mentioned are more "utility" spells - they have an effect that is not immediate or that can be used in ways that might not seem apparent. Sorcerers ...


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By raw, they are free The rules for leveling up a wizard state that you can add two wizard spells of your choice to your spellbook for free. The rules for gaining a level (PHB p.15) state that a character who reaches a specified experience point total advances in capability. There is no mention of a delay on either point. But your DM is free to change this ...


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No. The Monk feature says that you can use the bonus action Unarmed strike after you use the Attack action with a Monk weapon or Unarmed strike. Shocking Grasp requires the Cast a Spell action, which does not qualify.


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Keeping skills and class features does make sense. It accurately models how amnesia frequently works. This is also much better for the game. By the way, “amnesia” can be “retrograde” (lost memories before the incident) or “anterograde” (unable to form new memories after the incident). In most media, “amnesia” refers specifically to retrograde. The human ...


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Not exactly. The rules on Working Together in order to give advantage are as follows: A character can only provide help if the task is one that he or she could attempt alone. For example, trying to open a lock requires proficiency with thieves’ tools, so a character who lacks that proficiency can’t help another character in that task. Moreover, a ...


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Depends where you aim it. Contrary to what you might think, wooden walls (especially ones used for building things) are not super flammable. Non-treated wood has a flash point of 300 C, which is about 80 degrees hotter than what it takes to ignite paper. This means that it takes a very long, or very hot fire in order to make wood light on fire. Think of ...


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Yes, and this is explicitly stated on page 114 of the Player's Handbook in the "Your Spellbook" sidebar in the Wizard class description. It works exactly as you are hoping: If you lose your spellbook, you can use the [procedure in the preceeding paragraph] to transcribe the spells that you have prepared into a new spellbook. Filling out the remainder of ...


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Things you can do, by the book: Everything you listed except scribe a new spell. Source: PHB pg. 114 That actually requires you to write down the spell, and has a material cost associated with it that is usually associated with special inks and gems. Yes, you can recall it from memory and write it into your book, upon which you would have it memorized for ...


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It is unclear, however I lean towards it meaning that you can use it once between long rests. "Once per day" occurs three times in the PHB, two of which have since been errata'd to mean you can re-use it after a long rest (and must have a long rest in order to re-use it): Drow Magic (p. 24). Here “once per day” means you must finish a long rest to cast ...


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From the SRD: Spells Gained at a New Level Wizards perform a certain amount of spell research between adventures. Each time a character attains a new wizard level, she gains two spells of her choice to add to her spellbook. The two free spells must be of spell levels she can cast. If she has chosen to specialize in a school of magic, one of the two ...


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Switching default male pronoun to default female, in deference to Wizards’ own style and to match rules quotes. Her wizard class features give her no special ability to activate the item As she does not have access to Enchantment or Evocation spells, she does not qualify as having those spells on her spell list for the purposes of activating spell-...


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No. The section on Preparing and Casting Spells for the wizard states: you can change your list of prepared spells when you finish a long rest. If it said something like "anytime after you finish a long rest" then sure. But as it's worded you can only change your list of prepared spells when you finish a long rest. Failure to do so leaves you with the ...


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I'm really not sure where you're getting this from. Going unconscious ends concentration spells, but doesn't otherwise cancel your magic. Nor does it cause you to "forget" any spells / spell slots. Based on the text of the rules, going unconscious has no affect on spell duration. Spells with a duration listed in time units keep their duration. After they'...


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First of all, I'm curious as to why the non-gp materials are included in the spell description at all if they are never going to be considered. Yes, it adds flavor, but since the material components are effectively ignored in play, the flavor is lost. They're only ignored if you have a spell component pouch or the feat Eschew Materials, and the ...



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