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How loud or flashy are verbal and somatic spells? [duplicate]

I was trying to cast prestidigitation on a guard behind his back and my DM said that he would definitely know I did it because the verbal part of the spell would be in a loud voice. He also said that ...
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Is Charm Monster obvious to bystanders? [duplicate]

Is Charm Monster (or similar magic) obvious to bystanders that the spell is being cast? I've looked at a number of sources, for example I've looked at the "Sage Advice Compendium" which reads: Do ...
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How big are somatic components? [duplicate]

I am wondering how large the hand gestures have to be for spells with somatic components. I know in the question How loud/obvious is a wizard casting a spell? the Player Basic Rules p.79 say, ...
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Can you cast Minor Illusion without being noticed? [duplicate]

The spell has a somatic and material component, can it be cast without someone knowing you are casting a spell?
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Covertly casting a spell

This question about Charm Person got me musing about a problem with the spell. Obviously, you can't cast Charm Person in the middle of a forum to sway an interlocutor to your side without the other 20 ...
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Does a creature know that Suggestion was cast on it?

I have a problem about the spell Suggestion. One of my players wants to use it on an NPC and the NPC fails the save, does the 'thing' he is told to do and now ____. Does the NPC 'magically' forget ...
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The verbal component of 'Suggestion'

In a recent game the verbal component of 'Suggestion' came up. I had assumed that the verbal component was just me saying the words and was added to mechanically stop me from casting it in magical ...
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Do sorcerers' Subtle Spells require a skill check to be unseen?

I have a guest player who is secretly an evil "plant" inside the party causing trouble. He's a sorcerer who wants to use Subtle Spell metamagic to stop the party from delving into his master's old ...
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How do PCs discover a Guardian Portrait?

The Guardian Portrait from the Curse of Strahd adventure (p. 227) has the trait: Assuming the Portrait casts a spell with somatic and/or verbal components - is the detection of the Guardian Portrait ...
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Can Suggestion be cast multiple times on the same target until it fails its save?

I had an interesting situation come up the other day. A player was casting Suggestion on an NPC, who succeeded on their Wisdom save. Since the spell didn't work, the player immediately cast it again, ...
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How can a DM introduce a traitor in the party without being outed by Zone of Truth?

I'm playing a traitor in a large party during the next campaign. Both the DM and I are working out the details but we can't seem to come up with a solution to the Zone of Truth which is a 2nd level ...
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How sneaky is Mage Hand Legerdemain really?

Would the Arcane trickster casting the spell need to be unseen in order for an invisible Mage Hand Legerdemain to go unnoticed? Say for an example in a conversation a rogue wishes to pickpocket ...
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Can I stay hidden between using Misty Step into melee range and attacking with an action?

Situation I'm hidden behind a pillar. The enemy is within 30 ft range. I have Misty Step prepared (or the Fey Step from the Eladrin race) and I want to Sneak Attack (or try to surprise the enemy). ...
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Does Mage Hand give away the caster's position?

I was thinking about casting mage hand while hidden to do things like, for example, pulling a lever behind a guard's back. But if I'm not an Arcane Trickster, the hand is visible and the question is, ...
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Can people (other than the target) hear me casting Message?

The Message spell requires verbal, somatic, and material components. The text of the spell says: You point your finger toward a creature within range and whisper a message. The target (and only ...

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