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Does “no larger than” imply shapability?

In follow up to my question How can I get greater coverage using Alarm and can it be cast more than once?, I would like to find out whether this portion implies shapability and what restrictions are ...
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Can you choose not to affect yourself with area-of-effect spells?

Our group has some uncertainty regarding area-of-effect spells, specifically sleep. If a wizard were to cast sleep centered on herself - regardless of whether she gets included within the spell's HP ...
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Does the spell “Silence” affect the caster?

While I was DMing a D&D 5th Edition game, one of my player's sorcerers cast the spell Silence while they were 5 feet away from an enemy caster. They centered the spell on the space that the enemy ...
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What's the best way to resolve a paradox created when a mage shapeshifted into a larger creature enters an antimagic field, but its true form doesn't?

This is based on a situation that's happening in my current campaign, though the example below is simplified to remove unnecessary context. The shapechange spell (Player's Handbook, page 274) only ...
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Would a caster's AoE spell hit the caster?

Our warlock was being assaulted by a few stirges, surrounding her. She cast Shatter around herself to defeat all of them. Does she get hit by her own spell?
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Can someone use the Telekinesis power with an Area modifier to attempt an Area Grapple?

If I have the Telekinesis power with an Area modifier (also Selective and Damaging, why not?), can I attempt grappling multiple opponents in the area with it like an enraged Sith Lord?
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Is the Moonbeam spell amazing, or are we doing it wrong?

The description of the moonbeam spell (PHB pg. 261) says: When a creature enters the spell's area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, it is engulfed in ghostly flames that cause ...
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Can I choose to cast a spell with a reduced area of effect?

I have little understanding of the rules and systems of 5th Edition, as I have never played myself. Are you able to cast area-of-effect spells such as silence or darkness on a smaller (or ...
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How do Patterns and Cover Interact?

I am having trouble finding a confirmation one way or another in relation to how cover does or doesn't affect Pattern attacks, and if it does, when and how. I suspect that it's actually spelled out ...
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Does an enemy have to make the save against the Spirit Guardians spell if the caster moves within 15 feet of the enemy? [duplicate]

Does the Spirit Guardians spell trigger its saving throw if you, as the caster, close the 15-ft. gap? Or only when the enemy uses its movement to come into the spell's radius? Spirit Guardians says: ...
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Do features that let you see things within your “line of sight” let you see invisible creatures and objects?

The 2020 Sage Advice Compendium has the following question & answer: The frightened condition says “while the source of its fear is within line of sight.” Does that mean you have dis-advantage on ...
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When using the Template variant rule from Xanathar's Guide to Everything, do 5 foot wide Lines actually affect a 10 foot wide row of grid squares? [duplicate]

Xanathar's Guide to Everything has a few variant options for playing on a Grid. XGtE, Page 86: ... Choose an intersection of squares as the point of origin of an area of effect ... ... If any part of ...
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Can an area of effect spell be cast through total cover?

Wall of Ice was cast across a field. My player wanted to cast Storm Sphere on the other side, even though there was no clear path to the target. I told her that as there was no clear path, so she ...
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Can the Erupting Earth spell be cast somewhere that isn't on “ground”?

The description of the spell Erupting Earth says: Choose a point you can see on the ground within range. Does the use of the word "ground" limit this spell to floors that would be ...
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How exactly do you calculate changing a Line into a Cone?

How exactly do you calculate changing a Line into a Cone? I am asking for the purposes of the Shape Breath Metabreath feat. As the feat says: If you have a line-shaped breath weapon, you can opt to ...
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Does the Distant Spell Metamagic double the range of area of effect spells that have a range of self?

The Distant Spell Metamagic option gives you the ability to double the Range of a spell, or give a spell with range of Touch a range of 30ft. If I would apply this to, let's say, burning hands, which ...
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Size alteration while under a spell effect that is a radius centred on you

If I am under the effect of a spell effect that extends in a radius centred on me and then my size is altered to the next larger size category or next smaller size category, is the spell effect radius ...
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How does Hunger of Hadar behave in confined space?

Hunger of Hadar has a curious wording: A 20-foot-radius sphere of blackness and bitter cold appears, centered on a point with range and lasting for the duration. Compare this to Fireball: A bright ...
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What is the sound's origin of an audible Alarm targeting a cubic area?

The Alarm spells reads as (emphasis mine) You set an alarm against unwanted intrusion. Choose a door, a window, or an area within range that is no larger than a 20-foot cube. Until the spell ends, an ...
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Does a Bugbear PC take damage when holding an enemy on the other side of a Wall of Fire with Grapple?

Bugbears have long arms, allowing them to grapple enemies 10 ft. away. The Bugbear's square is not in the effect range of the Wall of Fire. However, about 5 ft. worth of one of the Bugbear's hands is ...
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Are the insects from the Insect Plague spell affected by other damaging spells?

Are the locusts created by the Insect Plague spell affected by other spells like Fireball, Cloudkill, Abi-Dalzim’s Horrid Wilting or similar spells? By similar spells I mean spells that deal damage on ...
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Is Thunderwave centered on the caster?

This came up in game tonight. Thunderwave is a spell with Range: Self (15-foot cube). The description reads: A wave of thunderous force sweeps out from you. Each creature in a 15-foot cube ...
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Can you move through the area of a Flaming Sphere spell?

In D&D 5e, can someone physically walk through a flaming sphere unimpeded (assuming they can stand the heat)? FWIW: a flaming sphere 'occupied' a square in 4e, and in earlier editions it was ...
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I dislike how players accurately place fireballs. Is there an alternative?

I'm running 5e on a grid with minis. The one thing that I hate is when sorcerers or wizards cast a fireball that perfectly hits enemies in the AOE. The player counts the squares on the grid to ...
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How does “Sympathetic Magic” mecurial work with area of affect spells

I have a wizard who rolled 22 "Sympathetic Magic" on the Mecurial Magic table for an area of affect spell. Is there any ruling documented how that works? For those without the book: 22 ...
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Does Arms of Hadar hit the caster?

The text is unclear to me. Tendrils of dark energy erupt from you and batter all creatures within 10 feet of you. I assume I'm a creature within 10 feet of me, so am I also a target of this spell? ...
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What is the point of origin for a square area of effect?

The spellcasting rules for areas of effect state: A spell's description specifies its area of effect, which typically has one of five different shapes: cone, cube, cylinder, line, or sphere. Every ...
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Can I use area of effect targetting rules to Entangle a target 105 feet away from me?

Entangle is a spell with a range of 90 feet. But, the wording of it... Grasping weeds and vines sprout from the ground in a 20-foot square starting from a point within range. Can I orient the square ...
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Can an Elder Oblex be subject to an AoE more than once?

The Elder Oblex has the Sulfurous Impersonation feature which lets it create an impersonation of a creature in another space. The feature goes on to state: For all practical purposes, the simulacrum ...
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Can two spells with AOEs intersect each other?

If my Triton character casts Wall of Water and my friend who is a Warlock casts Hunger of Hadar, can both of these spells intersect one another? My DM does not know to how to respond to this question. ...
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How does the Distant Spell Metamagic interact with the Thunderclap spell?

The Thunderclap spell has a range of 5 feet and states (emphasis mine): You create a burst of thunderous sound that can be heard up to 100 feet away. Each creature within range, other than you, must ...
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The Gust of Wind spell creates a 10-foot-wide line of wind originating from the caster; how do I center it on a 5-foot grid?

Characters are on a grid where every square is 5 feet on each side. The description of the gust of wind spell says: A line of strong wind 60 feet long and 10 feet wide blasts from you in a direction ...
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If a paladin becomes Large, at what point does the paladin's aura originate?

If you enlarge a paladin (so that they take up 2×2 squares on a grid), what point does their aura's radius start at? For Medium/Small creatures (who take up a 1×1 square on a grid), it radiates from ...
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What are the permitted shapes of a Wall of Fire?

The text of the Wall of Fire spell is found on page 285 of my printing of the Fifth Edition Player's Handbook. The following is all the text states regarding how the wall is shaped: [...] You can ...
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Can players choose specific points in space, down to the inch, to cast a spell so as to avoid hitting a prone character?

Say there is a character that is prone, such as if they were unconscious, and they are surrounded on all 8 square grids (assuming that a grid is being used) by other creatures. Can a player cast a ...
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How exactly do cylinder spells and effects “ignore obstructions” in their areas? Or what kinds of obstructions they can realistically ignore?

So, Spell descriptions on Area entry says: When casting a cylinder-shaped spell, you select the spell’s point of origin. This point is the center of a horizontal circle, and the spell shoots down ...
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How high can the Black Tentacles spell reach?

The spell Black Tentacles does not say how high they can reach up. Could it grab some Stirges that fly over the area of effect for example?
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Does the Evard's Black Tentacles spell affect the 5-foot cubes above its area?

I'm playing in a Tomb of Annihilation game, and there were some succubi that we were fighting. We had information ahead of time that a lot of them were grouped up together talking to someone, and so I ...
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How do I adjudicate the impact radius of the Melf's Minute Meteors spell? [duplicate]

The description of the Melf's Minute Meteors spell states, in part: [...] you can expend one or two of the meteors, sending them streaking toward a point or points you choose within 120 feet of you. ...
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How do I target the Moonbeam spell, using a grid?

So, as my title implies; If you shoot a Moonbeam at an enemy standing in a square, would the area covered by the Moonbeam be just that single square, from one of the corners 2x2 or mid-square 3x3 ...
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How do the cover rules interact with the Flaming Sphere spell?

The rules for cover state: A target with half cover has a +2 bonus to AC and Dexterity saving throws. Let's say a wizard casts flaming sphere. They can then move the sphere as a bonus action to ram ...
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How does Moonbeam work? [duplicate]

So, I saw a similar question explaining that Moonbeam and other similar hazard spells don't deal damage when they attack. However, since moonbeam is able to be moved, are the enemies considered '...
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Is damage rolled for once per area of effect spell, or rolled once per target?

I'm trying to figure out whether you roll damage for AOE spells as a group or individually in the Fantasy AGE system. I can't find any explicit mention in the rulebook. For example, the spell flame ...
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For areas of effect, what is the difference between “each creature in blast” and “each creature in area”?

What is the difference between "each creature in blast" and "each creature in area"? I noticed that the dragon breath power said "all creatures in area", and was curious ...
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Number of saves vs lingering clouds of poison doses

If someone were to use either the toxic censer or alchemical wax to create long duration clouds of poison, how many times do creatures within those clouds have to save against the poison dose? Are ...
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If an Artillerist artificer holds their Eldritch Cannon in hand, what happens if it is in the area of a spell or other effect?

As an Artillerist Artificer, if I create a Tiny Eldritch Cannon that has legs (in any of the three forms)... If I hold the Tiny cannon in my hand, what happens to the cannon if I get hit by an AOE ...
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What is the interaction between Thunderwave and being required to target your own space? [duplicate]

The spell Thunderwave has the rather unusual target area of a 15-foot cube, the point of origin for which is the caster, which is generally understood to mean you can either position the cube anywhere ...
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Can the area of the additional spell effect of Druid Grove extend outside the area of Druid Grove?

The spell druid grove (XGtE, pg. 154) lists several effects that the caster may impose on the spell's area (30-90 ft. cube). The spell also comes with an "Additional Spell Effect"; this ...
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Does the Hallow spell remove an existing charm/fear/possession effect from creatures that are already in its area when the spell is cast?

Part of the description of the hallow spell includes the following effect (emphasis mine): First, celestials, elementals, fey, fiends, and undead can't enter the area, nor can such creatures charm, ...
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How does the Dimensional Loop's Fold Space ability interact with areas of effect?

The magic item Dimensional Loop (Acquisitions Incorporated, pg. 220) has an ability called Fold Space which says: Choose a space you can see within 60 feet of you (no action required). You treat that ...

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