The Graviturgy Wizard's Gravity Well feature lets the caster move creatures when casting spells:

You’ve learned how to manipulate gravity around a living being: whenever you cast a spell on a creature, you can move the target 5 feet to an unoccupied space of your choice if the target is willing to move, the spell hits it with an attack, or it fails a saving throw against the spell.

Can this ability be combined with the Web spell? I'm unclear when and how exactly Gravity Triggers.

Web: Each creature that starts its turn in the webs or that enters them during its turn must make a Dexterity saving throw. On a failed save, the creature is Restrained as long as it remains in the webs or until it breaks free.

The main issue is that the saving throw happens on the creature's turn, so it might not trigger Gravity Well.

Additionally, if a friendly creature is in the area where Web is cast and willing to move, can it do so? It's not clear to me whether Web is considered cast "on the creature" or not.

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    \$\begingroup\$ It's not a duplicate of What spell targets count for the Graviturgy Magic wizard's Gravity Well feature?, as my question regards the timing of the spell \$\endgroup\$ Apr 5, 2021 at 17:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ooh, this is an interesting combo if it does work, since you can not only restrain a creature but then also pull them toward the center of the web while keeping them restrained, since forced movement within the webs doesn't end the restrained condition. This forces any creature attempting to pull the trapped creature out to also enter the spell's area in order to reach them. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 5, 2021 at 17:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RyanC.Thompson even if THIS combo doesn't work: you can push them back into the web (unless they move too far away) with every spell that you cast on them, which requires some good positioning with a fighter near the web (to they can't really run away), but has a lot of potential \$\endgroup\$
    – Hobbamok
    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:34

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Web, as well as most other "hazard" type spells, do not trigger the Gravity Well feature.

Outside of the question of if casting Web to include a creature in its area counts as "casting it on a creature", the largest reason why I say this is because Gravity Well specifies "when you cast". This means we can't apply this on later turns, we can only apply it at the time the spell is being cast.

Since Web or other "hazard" spells like Flaming Sphere or Moonbeam don't apply an immediate saving throw on cast (as detailed in this answer), only at a later point in time, Gravity well never has a chance to trigger. Grease, on the other hand, would work with Gravity well, since it applies a saving throw right away, but only when you cast the spell, as detailed above.

You further state that you would like to use this spell to move allies out of its area of effect when you cast it, if possible. Unfortunately, that won't be possible either.

First and foremost, Gravity well requires that you cast a spell "on a creature" (it should say "targets a creature", but it doesn't, and so, it technically doesn't follow the rules for targeting creatures). Casting a spell "on a creature" means that as part of casting the spell, you specifically select a creature to affect as art of casting the spell, such as casting Hex, Booming Blade, or Chain Lightning. In these instances, you have "cast a spell on a creature". Each requires that you select a specific creature (or multiple specific creatures) to be affected. Web does not do this, instead, you cast the spell on an area. Since you've cast it on an area, instead of on a creature, you can't move anyone inside the web, even if they are allies who are willing to move.

Now, in my comments, I've also proposed changing the text of the feature from "cast a spell on a creature" to "cast a spell that targets a creature". This will expand how the ability functions, but it still won't work with Web. This is because of how targeting works. In 5e, any creature directly affected by a spell is a target. If you're inside the area of Fireball and have to make a Dex save, you're a target. If I cast Hex on you, you're a target.

If you cast Web, anyone who starts their turn in the area, or when someone enters it for the first time on a turn, they become targets for the spell, but they are not targets prior to that moment. This means that Web can never be used to move creatures, because it doesn't affect them when it's cast, it only can affect them after the casting has finished.


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