I know that it’s possible to cast spells with a higher level spell slot than what it’s original spell level requires and several spells even give extra benefits for doing so. What I was wondering is if you cast a spell with a higher level spell slot, does the spell become the same level as the spell slot.

For example is someone casts Scorching Ray (a second level spell) with a seventh level spell slot, would the resulting spell be a seventh level spell or a second level spell? I’m curious about this because I want to know how things like counter spell and dispel magic interact with this mechanic.


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The spell assumes the higher level for that casting

This is explained in the Basic Rules under the Spellcasting section:

When a spellcaster casts a spell using a slot that is of a higher level than the spell, the spell assumes the higher level for that casting. For instance, if Umara casts magic missile using one of her 2nd-level slots, that magic missile is 2nd level.


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