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Can the flaming sphere spell be cast to have it initially appear 60 feet from you, then be moved 30 feet farther away on the following turn? In other words, can it be moved on subsequent turns outside its 60-foot range?

I was wondering whether the 60-foot range on flaming sphere is the max range it can ever be from you or only the max range you can cast it at (i.e. whether on subsequent turns you can move it even farther away).

The same question goes for moonbeam and other similar spells. I could not find a clear answer googling it, and asking my friends groups returned a split decision.

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Yes, flaming sphere can be moved outside the original range

PHB p. 203 (Casting a Spell; Range) states:

Once a spell is cast, its effects aren’t limited by its range, unless the spell’s description says otherwise.

Regarding the specific question about flaming sphere, since the spell does not specify any limits to its range after casting, it can therefore can be moved outside of the spell's original range.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I saw that but read it more along the lines of you cast Fireball at its max range of 150ft and when it explodes it does damage in a 20ft radius out to 170ft from it's point of origin. That's what I would think it means by "effects" whereas the flaming sphere doesn't feel like an "effect" of the spell but the whole spell in totality. \$\endgroup\$ – Bryan Casler May 1 '20 at 21:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't believe there is a distinction drawn between a spell and the effects of a spell as stated in the description. What is Fireball except for a fireball? If we consider spells like Blindness/Deafness that are ongoing debuffs with limited range it would be unfortunate if all the enemy needed to do was move more than 30ft away. \$\endgroup\$ – user60913 May 1 '20 at 21:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think you're exactly right, there is no differentiation between casting a spell and the effect that spell then result in. And if that's true, then what @someone_evil posted from the PHB means you can indeed move it as far as you like. Thanks for chiming in! \$\endgroup\$ – Bryan Casler May 2 '20 at 1:34

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