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What is the source of the “spells do only what they say they do” rules interpretation principle?

Every time somebody asks a question like "can I use X spell for doing Y" the answer is usually "no" because spell descriptions are very short in 5e, and usually they don't explicitly say a spell can ...
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What are the limitations to using the Shape Water cantrip for cheating and forgery?

The shape water cantrip has the following description: Casting Time: 1 action Range: 30 feet Components: S Duration: Instantaneous or 1 hour (see below) You choose an area of water that ...
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How much fire damage does igniting Grease deal?

The whole idea of casting Grease is not only to knock your opponents prone but — for certain fire trigger happy wizards — to ignite it on fire (fireball as one option) causing potentially extra damage ...
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What are the properties of the substance created by the spell Grease?

I don't know if it's flammable or not or just supposed to be up to DM discretion. I don't know if it always produces a substance with the same properties, or could it be different from one cast to ...
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Can you use Frostbite or Ray of Frost to make stairs, bridges or doors?

One of my players is insistent on using the cantrips such as Ray of Frost and Frostbite to try and make stairs, ladders, bridges, etc. during adventures, like in dungeons or hideouts. The spells do ...
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Can you create water inside someone's mouth?

We just finished the latest session and one of my characters gain access to the spell Create & Destroy Water. The Create and Destroy Water spell says: You create up to 10 gallons of clean water ...
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Can a lightning bolt electrocute someone in water?

Say Bad Guy X is swimming (either half or fully sub-merged) in a pool or fountain or river or sea. Player Y (on dry land) casts Lightning Bolt into the water. What happens to Bad Guy X?
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How much illumination does Create Bonfire provide?

Create Bonfire (XGtE p152): You create a bonfire on ground that you can see within range. Until the spell ends, the bonfire fills a 5-foot cube. Any creature in the bonfire’s space when you cast ...
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Can the Shape Water Cantrip be used to manipulate blood?

As you can manipulate water within a 5 ft cube and most medium sized creatures can fit in that size space, can I manipulate their blood? I'd figured you could move the blood just the same as water and ...
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How does the Heat Metal spell interact with a follow-up Frostbite spell?

Are there any rules around spells nullifying each other? For example, I cast heat metal on a target's armour in round 1. In round 2, I use a bonus action to make the target take the burning damage ...
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Can you use Vicious Mockery to win an argument or gain favours?

Though I know that RAW states that Vicious Mockery is initiated through a "string of insults", my question is about what would happen if you used it elsewhere than a tavern brawl or the like. As a ...
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What happens to lightning spells underwater?

As the old adage goes "water and electricity don't mix" because in real life water has impurities in it that make it super conductible. So what would happen in D&D if, for instance, a sorceress ...
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Does the spell erupting earth disrupt the surface it's cast on?

The spell Erupting Earth says: A fountain of churned earth and stone erupts in a 20-foot cube centered on that point. Does this mean about 20 cubic feet of material from the ground is churned up ...
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Can magic users control arcane energy in ways other than the spells they can cast?

Situation that arose: A level 1 Wizard decides to interrogate a Goblin. He wants to "slightly shock him with electricity" to wake him up. The only lightning damage spell he knows is Shocking Grasp, ...
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Can I cast the Grease spell on ropes to make people climbing them fall?

My ship was being boarded specifically from the ship's back by grappling hooks, and then pirates started to climb up ropes to get up to our ship. I asked my DM if I could cast the grease spell on the ...

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