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If two Moonbeam spells are placed on a Large creature, does it take damage from both beams on its turn?

If two moonbeam spells are placed on different parts of a size Large (or larger creature), does it take damage from both beams on its turn? Or is this subject to the rule on combining magical effects ...
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How to resolve multiple 'start of turn' triggers

There exist multiple spells/effects/mechanics that can trigger on the start of a character's turn. How in general should a DM rule the ordering, in cases where the order will matter? As an example: ...
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When a creature is hit with more than one fireball simultaneously, do they take damage from all of them?

Say a creature walks through a door and triggers two spell glyphs from two glyph of warding spells that are programmed to cast a fireball at the creature that walks through the door. Both glyphs are ...
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Is it possible to kill a mythic monster without activating its mythic trait?

The Mythic Odysseys of Theros setting book introduced the Mythic Monsters mechanic, where certain legendary creatures have a Mythic Trait that activates when they are reduced to zero hit points. Going ...
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Does the Spirit Guardians spell stack with multiple casters?

Recently played with a group, where 3 of their clerics would cast spirit guardians, claiming monsters in the area had to make 3 wisdom saves for 3d8 damage each, potentially adding up to 9d8 damage ...
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When are targets picked for spells with multiple "missiles"?

For spells like Magic Missile and Scorching Ray that involve multiple ranged attacks, when do you pick targets for each ray/missle? Do you pick them all up front and then roll attack/damage? Or do ...
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How do you determine the 'most potent effect' for overlapping spells?

Inspired by this question: Does the Spirit Guardians spell stack with multiple casters? Using the spirit guardians example described in the linked question, suppose the 3 clerics had the following ...
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If a spell caster loses concentration on Greater Invisibility, and an opponent has readied a reaction, what happens first?

As an example, both the spellcaster and the opponent ("the archer") have 1 hp remaining, so whoever completes their action first will knock the opponent unconscious. The spellcaster casts Create ...
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At what point does a caster define the target of a spell?

The new School of Invention tradition for Wizards (Unearthed Arcana) while still in playtesting (and indeed a bit silly in my opinion, more of a "chaos wizard"), got me thinking about its reckless ...
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If I'm Wild Shaped or Polymorphed and reduced to 0 hit points, can I use Strength Before Death as a reaction to take an extra turn?

The ability comes from the Fighter Samurai subclass. Strength Before Death Starting at 18th level, your fighting spirit can delay the grasp of death. If you take damage that reduces you to 0 hit ...
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What happens if a Storm Sorcerer is knocked unconscious before casting the spell from Tempestuous Magic?

The Storm Sorcery sorcerer subclass, from Xanathar's Guide to Everything, has the Tempestous Magic feature: Tempestous Magic Starting at 1st level, you can use a bonus action on your turn to cause ...
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If a PC gets knocked unconscious but the attack involves a separate saving throw, when does the saving throw trigger?

It seems that when an attack involves base damage such as slashing and an extra source of damage, such as poison damage, that requires a save, both damage sources are considered to be instantaneous ...
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