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Can Shape Water be used on Watery Sphere?

The 4th level spell Watery Sphere creates an area of water as the name suggests: You conjure up a sphere of water with a 5-foot radius at a point you can see within range. To my understanding, a 5ft ...
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Do arrows count as trinkets for Prestidigitation?

I am playing a ranger and planning to take magic initiate for a few bonuses. I am wondering whether I could create temporary arrows during one turn and use them the next turn, in case I'm out of ...
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Can I light up honey or other non-solid objects with the Light cantrip?

Can someone cast Light (the cantrip from PHB page 255) on something like honey? It would be really cool if one could throw a sticky piece of honey or tree sap. Is this possible or can we only cast ...
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Can I successfully cast the Message cantrip targeting a familiar creature in range when I have no idea where they are to "point toward"?

This came up last night in-session, and RAW, I do not believe the verbiage of the Message Cantrip matches RAI. The issue arises due to the fact that the spell seems to be two spells in one. You point ...
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Can I make infinite ice arrows using the Shape Water cantrip?

I was thinking about what the possible uses of the cantrip shape water could be, and I realized that it might technically be possible for you to make infinite ice arrows. Would this work? If so, what ...
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If my artificer imbues a staff with the Enhanced Weapon infusion, and then a druid casts the Shillelagh spell on that staff, do their effects stack?

I'm currently playing as an artificer. I know that when an artificer imbues one of their infusions into an item, it makes a non-magic item into a semi-magic item. Say I imbue the Enhanced Weapon ...
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If I cast Green-Flame Blade but my attack misses, and I use an extra action from Haste to attack again, does GFB's effect apply if that attack hits?

Let us assume that my wizard has the Haste spell cast on him, granting him an additional action on each turn. He casts Green-Flame Blade as his first action, attacking as part of the spell, but that ...
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Can the Prestidigitation cantrip create an "infinite" supply of food and water by repeatedly creating these trinkets?

The description of the prestidigitation cantrip says the following: You create a nonmagical trinket or an illusory image that can fit in your hand and that lasts until the end of your next turn. In ...
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How can a wizard get the most out of being able to cast 2 cantrips a turn?

My DM decided to let any spellcaster cast a cantrip that takes an Action to cast as a Bonus Action or full Action. For now, I have just been using ray of frost twice a turn or using two minor ...
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How does this homebrew cantrip compare to other cantrips, and certain levelled spells?

There aren't many cantrips that I know of which inflict a status effect, so I wanted to create one. The aim is to make it strong enough that it's viable, but not so strong that it's a must pick. Here ...
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Can the Minor Illusion cantrip create a taxidermy look-alike of a creature?

The Minor Illusion spell description states: You create a sound or an image of an object within range that lasts for the duration. (...) If you create an image of an object--such as a chair, muddy ...
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Is Electric Arc much stronger than other cantrips?

Electric Arc seems to be much stronger in combat than other cantrips. Damage and DPR for it and some select comparisons:1 Cantrip Damage DPR Range Electric Arc 3d4 + 4 (11.5) ( 0.05 × 2 + 0.45 + 0....
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Lizardfolk Ranger Spell Attribute for Innate Cantrip

A Lizardfolk Ranger with the Ancestry Feat Bone Magic. He has +2 Wisdom and +0 Charisma modifier. He chooses Puff of Poison as his innate cantrip granted by Bone Magic. Bone Magic does not mention any ...
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Can you prevent players using cantrips to tell whether a creature is disguised as an object?

As it is established in the question below that there is some distinction between a cantrip that targets a creature and targeting an object: What happens when a caster targets an object that looks ...
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Can I bury someone with the Mold Earth cantrip?

So, the mold earth cantrip lets you pull up a 5-foot cube from under an enemy. Could you, after pulling up soil under an enemy and dropping them down 5 feet, just put the dirt back? Would it cause a ...
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Does Mage Hand measure weight as mass or as force?

In physics, weight means the force of gravity on an object (given by acceleration due to gravity times the mass of that object). In common usage, weight can be either the gravitational force or the ...
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Can I cast spells requiring pointing at the target by looking in a mirror?

I am trying to cast a spell, like Message which requires "pointing" at the target, but without looking directly a the target. I think there are two possible situations that could occur: As ...
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What conditions are necessary to combine Vicious Mockery with Message to create an "Insult Sniper"?

Vicious mockery requires you to "see the target" within range (60 feet) and the target must "hear you". Message has a range of 120 feet, does not require line of sight, and the ...
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Haste's action interaction with Bladesinger's Extra Attack feature and Green-flame Blade/Booming Blade [duplicate]

As a Level 6 Bladesinger Wizard, can you use the extra action granted by the spell Haste to cast a Cantrip? What if that Cantrip has you make a weapon attack as part of the Cantrip, such as Green-...
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How does the Haste spell's extra action interact with the Bladesinger's Extra Attack feature and with cantrips that do "one weapon attack only"?

The description of the Haste spell says, in part (emphasis mine): Until the spell ends, [the target] gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the Attack (...
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Can you use mending to replace pages of a book with other pages? [duplicate]

Someone in my adventure wants to replace some maps in a book with different maps. The person removes the maps by cutting out the pages containing them and uses mending on the different maps to "...
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How is cantrip damage determined when cast by NPCs? [duplicate]

A Green Hag (MM, p. 177) has an Innate Spellcasting trait that includes the spell vicious mockery. The description of the vicious mockery cantrip states, in part: [The target] must succeed on a ...
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If a character gains the Telekinetic feat from their race, does that mean they can't get the feat's extended range for the Mage Hand cantrip?

Choosing either the Variant Human (PHB, p. 31) or Custom Lineage (TCoE, p. 9) racial options allows you to take a feat during character creation. The relevant portion of the Telekinetic feat's ...
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Can you learn to cast a cantrip with the Ruby Weave Gem?

The Ruby Weave Gem from Fizban's Treasury of Dragons has a feature that allows you to learn a spell from any class list when you finish a long rest: When you finish a long rest, choose a spell from ...
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Is this cantrip "shoot confetti" balanced with the PHB cantrips?

In the process of promoting silly party feats and a cantrip to support one of those feats, I designed: Shoot Confetti cantrip, conjuration Range: 30 ft Casting time: 1 action Duration: Instantaneous ...
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Can you learn the Primal Savagery cantrip via the Spell Sniper feat?

The third benefit of the Spell Sniper feat says: You learn one cantrip that requires an attack roll. Choose the cantrip from the bard, cleric, druid, sorcerer, warlock, or wizard spell list. Your ...
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Does the Book of Exalted Deeds' Enlightened Magic benefit apply to cantrips?

The artifact Book of Exalted Deeds (DMG, p. 222) has the following attribute: Enlightened Magic. Once you've read and studied the book, any spell slot you expend to cast a cleric or paladin spell ...
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Can Energy Fusion be used to enhance a cantrip?

Energy Fusion states: You fuse two spells together, combining their energy types. If the next action you use is to Cast a Spell that deals acid, cold, electricity, fire, or sonic damage, select a non-...
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How does Magic Stone interact with the Two-Birds Sling?

D&D 5e's Mythic Odysseys of Theros includes a magic item called the two-birds sling. The item provides a +1 to attack and damage rolls made with it, and further provides: When you make a ranged ...
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When choosing new spells to prepare, can divine spellcasters choose different cantrips? [duplicate]

Divine spellcasters can select a different group of spells to prepare each adventuring day in conjunction with a long rest. Does this include cantrips too? Or are they stuck with the ones they ...
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Is this homebrew feat, Wandslinger, balanced?

I'm playing a wandslinger-themed artificer (with an eye toward the Artillerist subclass) in an urban Eberron campaign. Given the predominantly close-quarters combat environments, it would be useful ...
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Prestidigitation and amount (volume) of material

I posted this question in the comments for the Prestidigitation cantrip on DnD Beyond, but I'm thinking that's not trafficked frequently. I'm curious how DMs have interpreted "1 cubic foot" ...
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How do you cast Mending on a clockwork character?

I'm playing a DnD campaign (my first real one). My DM is pretty new to it as well and we are unsure of the following rules and how they work together. I am playing a custom race: Clockwork. I realise ...
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Can an Artificer with an All-Purpose Tool gain Eldritch Blast cantrip and take the feat Eldritch Adept to get Agonizing Blast Invocation

Can an Artificer with an All-Purpose Tool gain Eldritch Blast cantrip and take the feat Eldritch Adept to get Agonizing Blast Invocation? All-Purpose Tool: [...] As an action, you can focus on the ...
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What happens when a rock gnome’s tinker is destroyed?

A rock gnome can create a clockwork device with 1hp. The ability states that it takes 1 hour to build or repair the device. However, there is no clear rule as to what happens when the device is “...
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Can you cast cantrips normally with the magic initiate?

If you choose the magic initiate feat you get 2 cantrips and a 1st level spell. Can you cast normally or do you need to take a rest between casting the cantrips
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Mage hand, forced movement, and riding vehicles

The spell Mage Hand requires an action to move, which implies that it does not automatically move with the caster. The hand also disappears if it moves beyond 30 feet of the caster. [...] The hand ...
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Does the Quick Toss maneuver work with a Magic Stone?

The Quick Toss maneuver from Tashas Cauldron indicates a ranged attack can be made with a bonus action for expending a superiority die. Could you quickly toss a Magic Stone? How much damage would it ...
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Can Shape Water be used to hurt Vampires?

Shape Water Says: You instantaneously move or otherwise change the flow of the water as you direct, up to 5 feet in any direction. This movement doesn’t have enough force to cause damage. Vampire - ...
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Is the Magic Stone cantrip as terrible as it seems beyond the first tier of play?

One of the players in my game is playing an Artificer. Upon gaining 5th level, he commented to me that magic stone is great at 1st level, but awful compared to every other damage-focused cantrip as ...
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Muffling sounds during attack (booming blade cantrip)

My character is a Rogue Arcane Trickster casting Booming Blade. Unfortunately the setting is very adverse to large noises, particularly magical noises/effects. What are my options for muffling or ...
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Can I cast the Light cantrip on an 11-foot pole?

The description of the Light spell in D&D 5e says: You touch one object that is no larger than 10 feet in any dimension. Until the spell ends, the object sheds bright light in a 20-foot radius ...
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Does the "Cantrip Formulas" optional Wizard feature allow a racial cantrip to be swapped for another?

The Tasha's Cauldron of Everything optional level 3 Wizard feature Cantrip Formulas does the following: You have scribed a set of arcane formulas in your spellbook that you can use to formulate a ...
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Can Thunder Gauntlets meet the material component requirement of Booming Blade and Green Flame Blade?

This is very related to this question: Artificer Armorer Guardian attack and cantrips like Booming blade This is to talk about the new rules introduced in TCoE with respect to Booming Blade and Green ...
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Is Lightning Lure like a tractor beam?

Lightning Lure says (among other things): The target must succeed on a Strength saving throw or be pulled up to 10 feet in a straight line toward you... "In a straight line" here leads to ...
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When is casting Blade Ward better than taking the Dodge action?

I'm considering Blade Ward for a character's cantrip selection. It takes an action to cast, resulting in the following effect: Until the end of your next turn, you have resistance against ...
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Can mage hand block magic missile?

This question asks if the spell mage hand can catch thrown objects. But if you managed to place the mage hand in the way of a spell, such as fire bolt or magic missile, would the spell be blocked by ...
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Can the Grappling Strike maneuver option be used with the Thorn Whip cantrip to grapple a creature from up to 30 feet away?

Grappling Strike is a maneuver option for Battle Master fighters (and others with access to maneuvers) that reads (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, p. 42; emphasis mine): Immediately after you hit a ...
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Critical hit with Acid Splash: how much damage?

Telekinetic Projectile does list that it does double damage on a critical hit. Compare this to Acid Splash: On a critical success, the target also takes 1 persistent acid damage. Should this "...
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How much profit can a low-level caster make by offering Mending as a service during downtime?

How much profit can a low-level caster make by offering Mending as a service during downtime? A low-level spellcaster without tool proficiencies would like to earn some money in downtime. How much ...
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