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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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My DM insists on rolling a single save for groups affected by AoE save spells. How does this affect my odds of successfully affecting the enemy?

As the title question, my DM rolls a single d20 save for groups affected by my area of effect spells that require a save, in order to save time. I can't help but feel like I'm being ripped off by ...
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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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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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How do I map a 15' cone to a 1" grid?

I've been playing 5e for a while now, and mercifully this hasn't come up yet, but it's definitely on it's way. When a caster casts burning hands, how is that properly mapped onto a standard 1" battle ...
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Can I create an upright 7-foot × 5-foot wall with the Minor Illusion spell?

The Minor Illusion spell description states: If you create an image of an object—such as a chair, muddy footprints, or a small chest—it must be no larger than a 5-foot cube. The image can’t create ...
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Casting wall of fire in a T-shaped corridor

In D&D 5e, is casting wall of fire like this allowed, or would I need to have line of sight for the entire corridor? Assume my wizard knows that the corridor extends both ways and how long it is.
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How big is the area of the web spell created by a Cloak of Arachnida?

A Cloak of Arachnida allows the wearer to cast the web spell, with the additional property: the web created by the spell fills twice its normal area. The area of an ordinary web spell is a 20-...
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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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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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Will the effects of light shine through glass?

If I cast light on a small pebble and placed it in a sealed, transparent glass jar would it emit light outside of the jar? The reason I am asking is because the rules for areas of effects say: A ...
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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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What does “within 5 feet” mean in the description of the Call Lightning spell?

The Call Lightning spell description says that you pick a point for lightning to strike, and each creature "within 5 feet of that point" are affected by the strike. What does that mean? I'm tempted ...
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Does grappling an enemy into an AOE also subject the grappler to the AOE?

Suppose the Fighter is successfully grappling an Orc. The Fighter then drags the Orc into the area of his Druid friend's Moonbeam so that, grid-wise, the Orc's space is fully inside the Moonbeam's AOE ...
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How does the area of effect of a fireball cast in a corridor or small room work?

The fireball spell is clearly described as a sphere with a 20' radius. In most case, that is applied at ground level since that's where most creatures are. (We can actually see an example of the area ...
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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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Discrepancy regarding AoE point of origin between English and German PHB

I own both the English and German version of the D&D 5e Player's Handbook. On pages 204 and 205 it talks about area of effect spells and whether or not the point of origin is included in it. The ...
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Does a fireball ignore total cover?

Related: What exact dimensions does a physical cone AoE template need to have? From PHB, p.204; A spell’s effect expands in straight lines from the point of origin. If no unblocked straight line ...
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Can an AoE spell crit an unconscious creature?

To give an example, if a PC was knocked unconscious and someone was to throw a fireball at them, they would automatically fail the Dex Saving throw and take full damage. If the spell caster was ...
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Can spells with movable areas of effect be moved out of sight or behind obstacles?

With spells like Moonbeam or Flaming Sphere, how should we treat the movement of their areas-of-effect when it comes to passing them behind a thick pillar or around a blind corner? Should we treat ...
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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 Cloudkill deal damage twice in a turn?

The spell Cloudkill has the following effect: When a creature enters the spell's area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, that creature must make a Constitution saving throw. The ...
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Does Lightning Bolt hit both a mount and its rider?

I have a wizard casting Lightning bolt at a flying mount (Griffon), hoping to hit both the mount and its rider. The DM has determined that I have hit the mount, but we have the question of if this ...
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Does the radius of the Spirit Guardians spell depend on the size of the caster?

The spirit guardians spell description states: Spirits float around you up to 15 feet away. Certain other spells like antilife shell state: A barrier extends from you in a 10-foot radius and ...
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Does Cutting Words reduce the damage taken by every target of an AoE spell or attack?

Cutting Words says (PHB, p. 54, emphasis mine): When a creature that you can see within 60 feet of you makes an attack roll, an ability check, or a damage roll, you can use your reaction to expend ...
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Casting a spell in a smaller space than the spell itself?

What happens with a spell when it is cast in a smaller space/area than the actual spell itself? Does it simply not work? Does it adapt to the size of the room etc? For example: Ice Storm casts at a ...
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Does the Distant Spell metamagic apply to the Sword Burst cantrip?

If this has been asked, I could not find it. My Sorcerer has the sword burst cantrip, and I'm thinking of taking the 'Distant Spell' metamagic option. Will it change the range to 10 feet? Similar to ...
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What exact dimensions does a physical cone AoE template need to have?

I am trying to get a precise set of measurements for cone-shaped areas of effect so that I can craft a physical template to use as an overlay when playing with miniatures. I want to get it right the ...
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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 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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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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Does flying or hovering make creatures immune to the Earth Tremor spell?

The description of the earth tremor spell says: You cause a tremor in the ground within range. Each creature other than you in that area must make a Dexterity saving throw. On a failed save, a ...
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Can you cast the Fireball spell to target a point such that its area affects an opponent next to you but not yourself?

I'm playing a 7th-level cleric in D&D 5e. My DM is questioning my way of targeting the fireball spell. Can I cast the Fireball spell to target a point such that its area affects an opponent next ...
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How does the Control Weather spell interact with the Dispel Magic spell?

If a spell has an area of effect with a radius of miles, like Control Weather, or Mirage Arcane, is there anything stopping a level 5 mage, hiding somewhere within the area, from dispelling the ...
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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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What happens if I cast Leomund's Tiny Hut in a space too small to contain the dome?

Leomund's tiny hut creates a dome-shaped barrier with a radius of 10 feet. This means that the dome is 20 feet wide in all directions, and the top of the dome is 10 feet above ground level. Suppose I ...
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Would a very small creature inside a sealed container carried by a character take damage from AOE spells?

Assume character A is in the AOE of a damaging spell. Character A is carrying a closed container inside his backpack, alongside several sheets of parchment. Damaging spell description specifically ...
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Does the target of Lightning Arrow take the secondary damage too?

Lightning Arrow: The target takes 4d8 lightning damage on a hit, or half as much damage on a miss, instead of the weapon’s normal damage. Whether you hit or miss, each creature within 10 feet of the ...
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Does a persistent spell effect cast on a moving platform move with the platform, or is it fixed in space?

Does casting a persistent spell effect on a moving platform fix the spell's orientation to the platform, or is its orientation absolute to the world around it? Quick backstory: I have a pirate bard ...
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Does activating the Instant Fortress magic item always harm the activator due to being in the area where the fortress appears?

The Instant Fortress magic item has the potential to deal a great deal of damage (~55 on a failed save, more than a 9th level Fireball spell). Many adventurers who acquire this item attempt to ...
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Is Burning Hands’ area of effect a “thin sheet of flame” or is it a cone?

Burning hands says two things about the shape of the spell’s area of effect (PHB, p. 220): a thin sheet of flames shoots forth from your outstretched fingertips Each creature in a 15-foot cone [...
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What space does the spell Cloud of Daggers fill?

I am trying to workout what template cloud of daggers (PHB, p. 222) would be on a grid. The spell states: You fill the air with spinning daggers in a cube 5 feet on each side, centered on a point ...
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Is this the correct way to resolve a missed Ice Knife?

Ice Knife: Make a ranged spell attack against the target. On a hit, the target takes 1d10 piercing damage. Hit or miss, the shard then explodes. The target and each creature within 5 feet of the ...
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Can I cast Thunderwave and be at the center of its bottom face, but not be affected by it?

Questions like this and this show that you cast Thunderwave as a cube, and you (the point of origin) stand at one of the cube's faces. From the PHB (emphasis mine): You select a cube's point of ...
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How big is the area affected by Earth Tremor

I am looking to choose spells for my Sorceror, and I found Earth Tremor in XgtE. Range: 10 feet You cause a tremor in the ground within range. Each creature other than you in that area must make a ...
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Could a Huge or bigger creature (bigger than a 10-foot-radius sphere) use Antimagic Field?

Could a Huge or bigger creature use antimagic field? The antimagic field spell description says: Range: Self (10-foot radius sphere) A 10-foot-radius invisible sphere of antimagic surrounds you. [...]...
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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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Can Spirit Guardians affect enemies through walls?

We just had a scenario where the enemy set up a 'death trap' with arrow slits covering a corridor, allowing them to pop in, shoot, then pop out -- all without actually entering the corridor. Which ...
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Does an aura affect all creatures including ones only partially in the aura?

In the image below, I have a paladin with a 10 foot aura of protection. I have three characters labelled 1, 2 and 3. We have been playing that character 2 and 3 would be in the aura, but character 1 ...
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When using a battlemap, can a lightning bolt be directed between squares to affect both?

Lightning bolt is listed as having a width of 5 feet. When using a battlemap, can the line of the spell be directed between squares to affect creatures on both sides with full damage? Does ...

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