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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] (PH 221) for 1 min./level prevents 1 creature from using any extradimensional movement if a ranged touch attack succeeds ...


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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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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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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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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 ...


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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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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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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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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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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 ...


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Cantrips Wizards can prepare a number of cantrips, or 0-level spells, each day, as noted on Table: Wizard under “Spells per Day.” These spells are cast like any other spell, but they are not expended when cast and may be used again. A wizard can prepare a cantrip from an opposition school, but it uses up two of his available slots (see below). ...


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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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XP Penalty You can remove the multiclass XP penalty by playing a race with one of those as your favored class (like Elf), or as Human, where your class with the most levels just doesn't count no matter what it is. Human is pretty much always a good choice anyway. And that's if your DM actually uses those rules. In my experience, quite a lot don't enforce ...


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Different editions have gone different ways, but in 3.5, you don't lose prepared spells (or unused slots, for spontaneous casters). Unconscious characters can't concentrate, which may end some spell effects, but they keep any spell slots that were available to them. That said, it is worth noting that not all editions work this way. In 2e, for example, you ...


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Strictly tracking the spell components is a serious drag. Consider the added bookkeeping cost to an already paperwork heavy class every wizard's turn of every battle: "So I have a 3rd level spell slot left, so I can cast... but that would only leave me with 14 grams of charcoal...after those spells I now have hmmm. 47 grams of sulfur, 94 grams of generic ...


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I agree that the part about recharging is a bit ambiguous, because it's part of a two-sentence paragraph: While the ward has 0 hit points, it can't absorb damage, but its magic remains. Whenever you cast an abjuration spell of 1st level or higher, the ward regains a number of hit points equal to twice the level of the spell. If these were written ...


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The best way for the wizard to defend a spellbook is the same as the best way for you to protect your precious computer files - have multiple backups. But, if he hasn't had time to make a copy, if he knows someone is trying to steal the book back, he wouldn't leave the book in the shop overnight. He'd keep it on himself, likely guarded by as many guards ...


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By RAW? No The spellbook rules say this: Once a wizard understands a new spell, she can record it into her spellbook. It says "wizard" explicitly, so by a direct RAW reading of the rule, no. A Sorcerer can't do it. It also says a wizard can copy into her spellbook, not into someone else's book. That makes sense, as it's hard for a wizard to ...


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There aren't many things that fit your criteria--either a low-level spell that creates a comfy thing to sleep on or a magic item that makes a comfy thing to sleep on that's appropriate for a level 4 character. Nonetheless, here's One Spell and Two Items The 2nd-level Sor/Wiz spell Leomund's tiny igloo [conj] (Fr 101) for 2 hours/level creates an igloo for ...


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Yes, but not in the way you're thinking, and not without working for it. In the way you're thinking of it—being able to learn a new spell at the low, low cost of just giving up a known spell, no, you can't replace a spell that way. This is because there is no mechanical resource spent to learn a spell except time and monetary expenses. There isn't a "slot" ...


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Yes, Evard’s black tentacles affect anyone they can get their... tentacles... on From the spell itself: Every creature within the area This does not leave room for excepting allies, including yourself. Area spells, by default, affect all in the area and do not let give you immunity. See Aiming a Spell – Area: Regardless of the shape of the area, ...


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Here's the thing: An intelligent Wizard would realize that it's easier to play to expectations than it is to outwit them. So, here's what I would do if you dumped me into this scenario as a Level 7 Wizard. Step one: Take a back room or a corner of the basement. Use Illusory Wall to conceal it. Step two: I'm a merchant, meaning I have connections with other ...


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Depending on how many can cast teleportation, all the party need to be touching to teleport away. One suggestion would be to have him divide the party as they enter the cave preventing them all from being within touch range of each other.


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The Wiz7 NPC's Magic Shop The wizard has, according to Table 4-23: NPC Gear Value (DMG 127), 7,200 gp. Assuming the magic shop's inventory is consigned instead of self-made, and he spends half his wealth to bolster his personal capabilities to improve his saving throws and Armor Class and whatever, he'll spend 3,600 gp better defending his most valuable ...


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Wizard Tricks Have a minion. Carrying things is for dweebs - the wizard on the go has a little skeleton buddy (Necromancer alternate class feature from UA), a hired minion, or a Fighter to lug his stuff for him. Tenser's Floating Disk, or a Talisman of the Disk, can handle your 'carrying stuff' problem, admittedly though only for a couple of hours at low ...


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Yes, this is true. Wizards get every spell a level sooner, except for level 0 and level 1 spells. See the spells per day tables on the Sorcerers & Wizards page. Wizards and sorcerers learn from the same spell list, but wizards learn each new spell level 1 class level earlier. So except for first level spells (which both classes gain at level 1), a ...


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Yes and No. You get both sorcerer spells and wizard spells, but you must keep track of them separately. Your sorcerer spells must come from the limited spells you have chosen to learn as a sorcerer, have their save DC set with Charisma, and use your sorcerer spells per day. Your wizard spells must be prepared from a spellbook, have their DC set with ...


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The key concept for D&D 4e wizard 'known spells' and spellbook is that you get X daily spells, but you will 'know' more than X - which means, that you (unlike other classes) can choose which of the known spells you will prepare when you take an extended rest, but you can still cast only X per day. See PHB p. 158. At first level you have one daily spell ...


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Your spellbook starts with all 0-level spells (unless some are restricted by your school), and 3 + 1 per point of Intelligence modifier 1st level spells as chosen by yourself. At each level you then choose two new spells from any level of spell which you can cast based on your new character level to put in your spellbook - eg. a wizard progressing to level ...


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You won't be an effective combatant on UMD alone. You just won't, not without substantial splat support. To be effective: Just build a mundane badass. You don't need to fight with Fireballs for people to think you are a big-shot magic-slinger. Display your badassitude by knowing things (accomplished with skill checks) and taking charge (accomplished with ...



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