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Can you choose to fail a saving throw?

(Yet another) follow-up from this question: As someone mentioned in the question above, some 'friendly' spells (Calm Emotion, IIRC) specify that one can choose to fail the saving throw. In this case,...
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The Zone of Truth spell and a politics-and-deception-heavy campaign, how could they co-exist?

Some context: I'm a newbie DM running a campaign which is a remix of the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure. It's a campaign full of politics, alliances, betrayals and deception. All the major powers ...
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How can the Zone of Truth spell be defeated without the caster knowing?

The Zone of Truth spell contains the following clause: You know whether each creature succeeds or fails on its saving throw. In a scenario of checking someone's loyalty, any countermeasure that ...
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With the 2019 Sage Advice Compendium release, are Jeremy Crawford's tweets considered to be "official rulings"?

The 2019 Sage Advice Compendium has been released. Previously, the SAC has indicated that Jeremy Crawford's tweets were considered to be official rulings. Is this still true?
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Does a creature that is immune to all outcomes (conditions, damage, etc.) of an effect still make a saving throw?

Let's say a 5th level Lore Bard casts fear on a violet fungus not knowing that it is immune to the frightened condition. Does the violet fungus still make a saving throw? In particular, is a saving ...
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How do I know if an ability is magical?

Often confusion arises when the Antimagic Field spell is used, an Armor of Invulnerability is worn, or the Beholder's anti-magic ray is employed, whether a given character's ability will still ...
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How does Mind Blank affect the Zone of Truth spell?

The Archmage NPC casts Mind Blank on itself before entering combat per the MM. Mind Blank is powerful enough to foil a Wish spell to gain information about or affect the mind of a target, per the PH. ...
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Does a spellcaster know when their spell has no effect due to a save or immunity?

Suppose a cleric casts Zone of Truth on a captured enemy. Unbeknownst to them, the enemy is a rakshasa. Zone of Truth says (PHB, p. 289): You know whether each creature succeeds or fails on its ...
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Can caster prove truthfulness with "Zone of Truth"

I've seen a lot of posts about how "Zone of Truth" might be defeated by the target. But my character has the opposite problem: he's extremely truthful but people don't always believe him. ...
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What truth-detecting magic (excluding Zone of Truth) does a Ring of Mind Shielding protect against?

A Ring of Mind Shielding has the following effect: While wearing this ring, you are immune to magic that allows other creatures to read your thoughts, determine whether you are lying, know your ...
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Useful spells in 5e for a legal trial? [closed]

I'm DMing an upcoming court battle in a city where magic is commonplace. How would the presence of magic change the court battle system in a fantasy setting? Here's what I've come up with so far: A "...
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