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Do these improvements to the Gust cantrip make it overpowered compared to the other elemental cantrips?

The gust cantrip has some pretty neat uses, but compared to the other elemental cantrips it is underwhelming for two reasons: It doesn't have any lingering effects useful for utility It has an extra ...
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Using cantrips repeatedly?

I'm about to start a campaign where my character (Tiefling / Druid) is traveling in disguise. My question is can I use the cantrip 'thaumaturgy' over and over again to disguise my eyes? The cantrip ...
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Why does Sacred Flame specify that the target gets no benefit from cover?

The description of sacred flame reads (emphasis added): Flame-like radiance descends on a creature that you can see within range. The target must succeed on a Dexterity saving throw or take 1d8 ...
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Does a cantrip spell like Spare the Dying work with Glyph of Warding?

From the text of Glyph of Warding (PHB, p.245) the spell glyph version of the spell allows you to store a spell that is 3rd level or lower. Can you store a cantrip like Spare the Dying in the glyph, ...
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How quickly can you dig a pit trap hole with Mold Earth?

The hole for "the simplest of pit traps" consists of "a 10-foot-deep hole" in the ground (Xanathar's Guide to Everything p.114, and Dungeon Master's Guide p.122) because "at ...
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Can I cast Clinging Ice twice on the same target?

Clinging Ice is a Witch cantrip. It does very good damage for its action cost, but the "target becomes immune for 1 minute after the spell ends". The spell ends if you do not Sustain it at ...
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How do cantrip improvements work when multiclassing? [duplicate]

I'm currently playing a D&D 5e campaign. My character is an Artificer/Cleric multiclass. I was wondering if cantrips work off of a character's class level, or a character's total level, since ...
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Where did the term cantrip originate?

Forogtten realms wiki contains information about the history of cantrips in DnD, going back to first edition. Cantrips first appeared in print in Dragon magazine and were then reprinted in the First ...
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What is the AoE of Acid Splash?

The description of Acid Splash says (emphasis mine): Range 30 feet; Targets 1 creature You splash a glob of acid that splatters your target and nearby creatures. Make a spell attack. If you hit, you ...
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Does Eldritch Blast’s Repelling Blast invocation push a creature downward into the ground?

If I am above a creature and cast eldritch blast with the Repelling Blast invocation, does it get hit into the ground?
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Possible not intended mechanics of Encode Thoughts

I have learned in one of my campaigns the Encode Thoughts cantrip as an additional means of communication, so as it was intended, but then I have had a couple of ideas that I could try pull off with ...
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Can you use Mage Hand to make a caster lose concentration?

Specifically, what I was thinking is, can you use Mage Hand to tickle an enemy caster to try to make them lose concentration, or would that be considered attacking them? Could that be called attacking,...
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Can a familiar use master abilities while in a Familiar Tattoo?

Familiar Tattoo is a magic item from Secrets of Magic, and your familiar can crawl into it. While it doesn't mention either master or familiar abilities, the latter mostly need movement or interaction ...
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Does Unspoken Agreement stack with multi-attack or cantrips?

This question is about material from Genuine Fantasy Press's Compedium of Forgotten Secrets, which has a free version available. Does Unspoken Agreement Spell stack with multi-attack or cantrips? ...
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Can a pet (or friendly wild animal) throw a pebble with the Magic Stone cantrip cast on it?

Example scenario: A Forest Gnome Druid with the Urchin background equips their pet mouse with Magic Stones and asks it to throw them at enemies. The description of the Magic Stone spell says (EEPC, p. ...
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Can I specifically bury myself with the Mold Earth spell?

I have a Reborn character, so I don’t need to breathe (thanks to the Deathless Nature trait). Could I use the mold earth cantrip to bury myself if I need to to avoid attacks?
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Can a multiclass Eldritch Knight/Mage of Lorehold Wizard benefit from War Magic and Lessons of the past at the same time?

I was considering a multiclass Eldritch Knight/Mage of Lorehold Wizard. The Eldritch Knight feature War Magic states when you use your action to cast a cantrip, you can make one weapon attack as a ...
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Pact of The Chain Familiar and Magic Stone: can an Imp (or another Familiar with Arms / Hands) Throw the rocks?

I gave a pouch, filled with some pebbles, to the Imp to hold. On my turn, I cast Magic stone with my bonus action and attack with some other cantrip like Mind Sliver or something. Then on the ...
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Can you counterspell a cantrip by casting a cantrip?

The Counterspell feat lets spellcasters counteract a foe that is Casting a Spell, as long as they have the spell prepared and they can see it being cast, via expending that same spell. What if an ...
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How can I get access to Ancient Dust?

Ancient Dust seems to be an interesting and powerful cantrip. How can I get access to it in Pathfinder Society play?
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When are other cantrips targeting other saves better than Electric Arc?

This answer says other cantrips might be better instead of Electric Arc if you know the enemy has high Ref saves. But how much lower should the other saves be? For comparison, let's assume level 51, ...
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Are psi cantrips independent with the same name?

(I know the title is bad, but I couldn't make it good and short, feel free to edit it) Clark, the 11th level Cleric takes Psychic Dedication as one of his class feats. His Wisdom is 20, his Charisma ...
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How does the Trickery Domain cleric's Invoke Duplicity feature interact with the Booming Blade spell?

How does the Trickery Domain cleric's Channel Divinity option Invoke Duplicity (PHB, p. 63) interact with the Booming Blade spell (TCoE, p. 106)? Does it allow Booming Blade to be cast from a distance?...
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Is this homebrew "Revive Ally" cantrip balanced?

I've often been frustrated when an ally becomes unconscious and nobody has or is willing to spare a spell slot to revive them, which means the party has to wait 1-4 hours to continue, so I designed ...
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Is this Vigor cantrip balanced?

One of the people I play with wants to play a very dedicated healer. The class is of course a Cleric with Healing Font, most free slots are also filled with Heal, the rest are buffs and utility. He ...
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Does the Light spell cast by a 5th level caster overcome the Darkness spell?

The Darkness spell says: This also suppresses magical light of your darkness spell's level or lower. Assuming it isn't heightened, this means Darkness is a 2nd level spell. The rules for Cantrips ...
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Does Mage Hand work with Spare the Dying?

If you order your mage hand to be touching someone, and then next turn ready spare the dying, so if the person your mage had is touching falls to 0 hp, will they live?
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Can a Bladesinger wizard cast a Bonus Action spell and still use their Extra Attack feature to cast a cantrip on the same turn?

I noticed a peculiar rule interaction. The rule on casting bonus action spells states: A spell cast with a bonus action is especially swift. You must use a bonus action on your turn to cast the spell,...
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Can I animate water with Shape Water to follow (and contain) an aquatic creature?

For example: I have primal companion "Beast of the Sea" that has only 5ft. speed on land, but 60ft. swim speed. The second effect of "Shape Water" says: You cause the water to ...
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Can a character with the Quickened Spell Metamagic and the War Caster feat theoretically cast three cantrips in one turn?

Say a character has the War Caster feat (PHB, p. 170), and the Metamagic Adept feat (TCoE, p. 80) with Quickened Spell. Could that character, in theory, cast three cantrips in a turn by casting a ...
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Would adding the standard cantrip damage scaling to Shillelagh only for single-class druids be unbalanced?

Shillelagh is a solid Tier 1 cantrip option for druids. It provides magical bludgeoning damage and allows the druid to apply their wisdom modifier to melee attacks. However, shillelagh lacks the ...
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Does Thunderclap deal more damage in shallow water or underwater? [closed]

I encounter my character in a big room with statues and shallow water between 3 and 6ft tall
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Does the Cantrip Formulas optional feature allow a wizard to increase the number of cantrips they know?

I have come across similar questions like Can I swap my cantrips known for new ones from scrolls?, and Can a spellbook contain cantrips?, but I noticed that the questions predate Tasha's Cauldron of ...
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How flexible is the movement of loose earth via the Mold Earth cantrip?

Published on page 162 of Xanathar's Guide to Everything, the first bullet point of Mold Earth states: "If you target an area of loose earth, you can instantaneously excavate it, move it along ...
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Will green-flame blade damage bonus apply to multiple attacks made in the same turn?

One can only cast 1 cantrip per turn (at least, as a warlock). But does the bonus damage rolled by Green-Flame Blade apply to multiple attacks, such as those coming from Improved Pact Weapon?
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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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