Questions tagged [cantrips]

For questions about cantrips, orisons, and other minor magics.

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Can another character physically take something that Mage Hand is carrying/holding?

I'm new to 5E. I recently had an encounter where my Arcane Trickster used Mage Hand to steal an idol. Another PC then tried snatching it away from the Mage Hand. The DM had the other PC make a ...
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Does Thaumaturgy affect all flames within range?

The Thaumaturgy spell description allows the caster to choose one from a number of magical effects, one of which is: You cause flames to flicker, brighten, dim, or change color for 1 minute. Being ...
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Is this homebrew Rending cantrip, designed to counter the mending cantrip, potentially overpowered or too situational?

I just came up with a new cantrip: Rending - Wizard, Warlock, Bard cantrip Transmutation Cantrip Components: S, M (a pinch of rusted iron) Casting Time: 1 action A counterpoint to the mending ...
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Can the Message cantrip be cast to identify whether the target is a creature?

If a Bard has concerns that a statue or corpse is actually a dormant construct or an undead, can they cast the Message cantrip, and target the statue/corpse to determine if either is indeed a creature?...
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Can you limit the power of a cantrip, or must they be cast at full power? [duplicate]

Example: A warlock wants to limit his Eldritch Blast to one beam, instead of using all four as his high character level allows him. He wants to weaken a creature for later interrogation, not to kill / ...
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Do warlocks have to cast their cantrips at the max level of their spell slots?

If I am a level 4 Warlock I have a minimum of 3 cantrips, 5 spells known at 2nd level and two 2nd level spell slots. When casting Cantrips, is it required to use a 2nd-level spell slot? For ...
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Is this homebrew “Cactus Grenade” cantrip balanced?

I am currently homebrewing a set of "brawler" races, modeled after the nonhuman, humanoid characters in Brawl Stars. For one race, I've made a homebrew cantrip, Cactus Grenade. Is it balanced? ...
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Can an Arcane Trickster rogue use Gloves of Thievery with the Mage Hand Legerdemain feature?

The description of the Gloves of Thievery (DMG, p. 172) says: These gloves are invisible while worn. While wearing them, you gain a +5 bonus to Dexterity (Sleight of Hand) checks and Dexterity ...
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Is there any way to adjust the damage type of the Eldritch Blast cantrip so that it does fire damage?

I'm looking to build a Roy Mustang (from FMA) style character, whose primary method attack is a fiery explosion. While there are many Fire-based spells and cantrips I can use, I'm focused on the ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Viper Strike' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Vampiric Assault' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Caustic Cleave' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Blizzard Blow' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Blade of Hate' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Battery' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Astral Smash' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Arcane Strike' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is this homebrew life-stealing melee cantrip unbalanced?

I started thinking about a variant of a melee attack cantrip like booming blade that would allow you to regain some lost health. The cantrip I came up with is this: Evocation cantrip Casting time:...
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Does the Produce Flame cantrip need a free hand?

The description of the produce flame cantrip reads: A flickering flame appears in your hand. The flame remains there for the duration and harms neither you nor your equipment. The flame sheds ...
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If a warlock with the Repelling Blast invocation casts Eldritch Blast and hits, must the targets always be pushed back?

If a warlock with the Repelling Blast eldritch invocation casts eldritch blast and hits, must the targets always be pushed back? Or can you choose not to push back the target?
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Character Optimization: highest DPR with the Shillelagh cantrip

I'd like to optimize my character concept: I want my main damage source to be a Shillelagh'd weapon and squeeze that source for all it's worth. Table character limitations: Character is level 5 ...
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Is a mounted creature unaffected by the secondary damage of the Booming Blade cantrip?

I'm designing a boss fight for the first session of my next campaign. The boss in question is a mounted warrior; one of his abilities is from the Mounted Combatant feat (PHB, p. 168), which allows him ...
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Does using thorn whip to pull an enemy who is grappling an ally break their grapple on that ally? [duplicate]

Assuming two medium humanoid types with 5ft reach are the grappler/grappled and the thorn whip pulls the grappler 10ft against their will towards the caster. Does this satisfy the conditions to end a ...
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What's the limit of “soil” for the Prestidigitation cantrip?

This question is about the prestidigitation cantrip. It is not obvious to me what I can do with it, which is why I'm asking what the limits are to soiling objects in 1 foot cubic area. What are ...
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If I cast the Friends cantrip on an enemy, can I Hex/Hexblade's Curse them without provoking combat?

If I cast the friends cantrip on an enemy, can I hex/Hexblade's Curse them without provoking combat? I'm assuming that I won't be able to remain unseen/unheard while casting, but I suppose the meat ...
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Can the Produce Flame cantrip be used to grapple, or as an unarmed strike, in the right circumstances?

With the wording of produce flame, it seems like you take the cast the spell action to make the flame appear. You can then attack with it later - it does use the wording "ranged spell attack." It ...
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How would a house-rule allowing the Wild Magic Surge sorcerer feature to work with cantrips as well affect its power level?

I’m preparing to run a 5e campaign, and want to make a change to the Wild Magic sorcerer's Wild Magic Surge feature (PHB, p. 103). Instead of the description saying: Immediately after you cast a ...
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Can you replace a racial trait cantrip when leveling up?

The Tiefling has the Infernal Legacy racial trait, which grants them the Thaumaturgy cantrip. In the PHB, it says (emphasis mine): [...] when you gain a level in this class, you can choose one of ...
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What is the purpose of the Evocation wizard's Potent Cantrip feature?

The School of Evocation wizard's Potent Cantrip feature (PHB, p. 117) says: Starting at 6th level, when a creature succeeds on a saving throw against your cantrip, the creature takes half the ...
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Can the druid cantrip Thorn Whip really defeat a water weird this easily?

Water weirds (MM, p. 299) have the Water Bound trait: The water weird dies if it leaves the water to which it is bound or if that water is destroyed. If a water weird is fewer than 10 feet from ...
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Can the Mage Hand cantrip feel?

I've seen the debate on whether Mage Hand can be used without being seen or being cast in an area that cannot be seen by the caster, but my question is can you feel through the mage hand? For example,...
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Can the Shape Water Cantrip be used to manipulate blood?

As you can manipulate water within a 5 ft cube and most medium sized creatures can fit in that size space, can I manipulate their blood? I'd figured you could move the blood just the same as water and ...
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How can a Sorcerer/Warlock use 4 Eldritch blasts in one round?

How is it possible for the infamous Sorlock multiclass to use 4 x Eldritch blasts in 1 round? I get the extra damages as in the d6s and +mod damage from all the curses but I see formulas around like ...
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Do objects illuminated by the Light cantrip have to stay within a certain distance of the caster to remain lit?

Is the light cantrip limited by distance? Can you or another player cast light on an arrow/bolt, then shoot that at, say, a tree to cast light on an area a bit further away?
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Can a PC cast cantrips without being in a spellcasting class?

I am a new player creating a rogue tiefling which gives me the thaumaturgy cantrip. From my understanding you can't cast spells or cantrips without being something like a wizard. Can I cast this ...
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Can you cast True Strike and upon the next turn cast a touch spell through a familar for advantage?

I am rather curious about the interactions between Find Familiar and True Strike in the case of touch spells in D&D 5e. My understanding is that the touch spell can be delivered by a familiar, but ...
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Does the Encode Thoughts spell remove the target thought from memory, or does it create a copy?

The description of the encode thoughts cantrip says (GGtR, p. 47; emphasis mine): Putting a finger to your head, you pull a memory, an idea, or a message from your mind and transform it into a ...
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What counts as willing movement?

So this is something I just found out about that I find odd: Opportunity attacks—trigger off of movement that uses the creatures movement (action, move action, bonus action, reaction.) Sentinel—...
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What counts as “loose earth” for the Mold Earth spell?

The Mold Earth cantrip offers the following option: You choose a portion of dirt or stone that you can see within range and that fits within a 5-foot cube. You manipulate it in one of the ...
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Can Mending be used on plants?

For the purpose of mending, are plants considered to be objects? I have a Firbolg nature cleric who sees his healing duties lie beyond that of his comrades and fellow friendly NPC's. If his careless ...
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Can a character use a bonus action spell at any time during their turn, or must there be a prompt granting a bonus action? [duplicate]

I've been out of the D&D game for a little too long, and forgot a few things here. There are some spells, such as sanctuary, that require that the spell be used as a bonus action. Usually Bonus ...
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What are the limitations to using the Shape Water cantrip for cheating and forgery?

The shape water cantrip has the following description: Casting Time: 1 action Range: 30 feet Components: S Duration: Instantaneous or 1 hour (see below) You choose an area of water that ...
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Can Mage Hand drop Magic Stones on an enemy?

Can a warlock cast magic stone on 3 pebbles as a bonus action then subsequently cast mage hand to fly the stones over an enemy and drop them to deal 3d6 damage on hit? If so, what, if any, would be ...
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Can you use Thaumaturgy to hit someone with a door?

My group was in this cottage gathering clues when someone kicked open the door while wielding a battle axe. I as a cleric reacted to this by using my action in order to make the now open door slam ...
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Could a kenku talk with thaumaturgy?

I was reading this question about kenku communicating using sign language, and was wondering about the other ways a kenku could communicate. For example, the thaumaturgy cantrip states: You create ...
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Does the Evocation wizard's Empowered Evocation feature increase the damage of the Booming Blade cantrip?

Does the School of Evocation wizard's 10th-level Empowered Evocation feature increase the damage of the booming blade spell?
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Can the Produce Flame cantrip remain continuously active in a blizzard?

Can the produce flame cantrip be put out by weather? I assumed that the answer was no, and that it's constantly being generated. But I'm unsure.
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Can a Reaction Cantrip be used as an action and bonus action? [closed]

I have a character in my most recent campaign. He is a homebrew race that weakens all checks and rolls in sunlight (unless properly covered), but gives +1AC and the Fire Bolt Cantrip. His scenario: ...
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Does the target of Message know the caster's location?

Suppose someone casts Message while hiding from the target. Would anything be revealed about the caster's location? Message (Player's Handbook entry) has a verbal component other than the message ...
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Does the Light cantrip cast shadows?

This issue came up in our game the other night. I made an on-the-spot adjudication, but I want to look into it further. I've always worked on the assumption that by RAW light does not cast shadows. ...