# Can players use ranged attacks or spells while within the Magic Circle against Evil?

So, I know that Magic Circle against Evil acts as an emanation, and everyone within a 10 foot radius of the target gets the effects of Protection against Evil. Additionally, non-good creatures cannot enter that 10 foot radius circle (at least not without making a check).

What my party and I are unclear on is whether or not it is possible to make attacks while within the Magic Circle. The description for Protection against Evil says "The protection against contact by summoned creatures ends if the warded creature makes an attack against or tries to force the barrier against the blocked creature." If I'm interpreting correctly, this seems to mean that characters cannot attack while under PaE, or else they will lose the benefits thereof. However, with MCaE, there is the additional effect of a 10 foot radius circle in addition to the personal PaE barriers, right? (Or am I mistaken about that, even?)

So, how would attacking work in this case? If Archibald the Archer fires an arrow while inside the MCaE, does he lose his personal PaE barrier, but creatures still cannot reach him because of the outer circle of MCaE? In that case, of course, enemies firing into the MCaE could target him, and he would no longer have the deflection bonuses of PaE. OR is it the case that you can't use ranged attacks while within the MCaE without breaking it? What about spells? What about melee attacks used at the periphery of the circle?

If someone could explain just how combat options affect the integrity of the circle and its barriers, I would greatly appreciate it, as the descriptions are very ambiguous to me.

• Which system does this relate to, Pathfinder? – Wibbs Feb 9 '14 at 22:32
• Sorry, we're playing D&D 3.5, and I was quoting from the d20 SRD version of the spell. I think I may have figured this out though. As I read it now, it seems as if the +2 AC/saves bonus applies for the duration of the spell and is not affected at all by attacking or being attacked, and it's only the protection against bodily contact specifically by SUMMONED creatures that is sacrificed if you marshal an attack against them. Does this seem right? – KFHarlock Feb 9 '14 at 23:04
• If you can answer your own question, you are welcome to post an answer. – Brian Ballsun-Stanton Feb 9 '14 at 23:12
• Thanks for the info. I'm a new user, so apparently I can't post an answer until eight hours from now, but if no one corrects me in the interim, I'll definitely do so. – KFHarlock Feb 9 '14 at 23:31
• I still think that part of this question is very interesting. Take the following scenario: Archibald has shot at a summoned creature and loses his protection against summoned creatures but if he stays within your emanation range, the summoned creature still won't be able to reach him. I think I know my new 'Annoy the DM' trick :) – Bas Jansen Feb 10 '14 at 13:23

• What happens if the ranged attack/spell is Evil? A bow that bestows arrows with the given alignment (or naturally Evil arrows), for instance? – Clockwork-Muse Feb 10 '14 at 15:08