Questions tagged [cantrips]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
7
votes
2answers
1k views

Can I Quicken a cantrip to cast it twice in a turn and also use Twinned Spell on both castings?

I'm currently building a monk sorcerer who uses melee spell attacks, notably the cantrip Shocking Grasp. Can I use the Quickened Spell Metamagic option to cast the spell as a bonus action and then use ...
6
votes
2answers
195 views

Artificer Armorer Guardian attack and cantrips like Booming blade

So the UA specialist for the Artificer, the Armorer, has an interesting ability for one of the models you can take. Thunder Gauntlets. Your armored fists each count as a simple melee weapon, and ...
3
votes
1answer
137 views

Can Thaumaturgy be used to create an effect which triggers later?

I’m wondering about possible uses for the Thaumaturgy cantrip. Can it be cast on something that has a triggering action for it to go off? An example of what I am meaning is a shop owner casts it ...
7
votes
1answer
208 views

Is the damage to the second target from the Green-Flame Blade cantrip also doubled on a critical hit?

I'm thinking of a concept of a spellcaster that fight in melee from the moment I re-read the "blade" cantrips (green-flame blade and booming blade), and realized that they can deal a lot of damage. ...
3
votes
0answers
67 views

Do 2 instances of the Booming Blade spell stack on the same creature, in terms of the damage it takes if it moves willingly? [duplicate]

I'm creating a NPC for a campaign that is a sorcerer using a longsword and the booming blade spell (SCAG, p. 142). With the Metamagic option Quickened Spell, this NPC can cast booming blade twice per ...
-4
votes
0answers
81 views

(Revised) Is this Homebrew cantrip balanced? Water beam [duplicate]

here is a link to the original draft. I was inspired to make this by the decanter of endless water item. I want an opinion on the balance of this spell. 1d4 force damage Casting time: 1 action ...
-4
votes
2answers
221 views

Is this homebrew Water Beam cantrip balanced?

I made a homebrew cantrip, detailed below. It is inspired by the "Geyser" option of the decanter of endless water. I don't know if it’s super OP or on the weak side, so I want your opinion to make ...
-1
votes
1answer
102 views

Is this Homebrew cantrip balanced? Nature’s bounty [closed]

I made a home brew spell and I want your opinion on how powerful it is Nature’s bounty 1d4 healing Casting time: 1 action Range: touch Duration: instantaneous Components: v s Classes that ...
5
votes
1answer
959 views

Can the Shillelagh cantrip be active on two clubs at the same time?

My Druid uses two clubs. Can I have the shillelagh cantrip active on both clubs at once?
4
votes
0answers
107 views

Do multiple beams from Eldritch Blast happen simultaneously or not by RAW? [duplicate]

After reading Can you move between the separate attacks of a spell?, I was quite surprised to learn that eldritch blast can be considered to not fire the beams simultaneously. Given that the spell's ...
2
votes
1answer
402 views

Can the Blade Ward cantrip be cast on other people?

Can the blade ward cantrip be cast on other people? On the page I read it on, it said blade ward had a range of 5 feet, but in the description, it used terms that made it seem like it could only be ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

How much damage do I deal with the Shocking Grasp cantrip?

The description of the shocking grasp cantrip says: Make a melee spell attack against the target. You have advantage on the attack roll if the target is wearing armor made of metal. On a hit, ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

Am I aware of the location of my Mage Hand, which I can't see, if it is obstructed as I move it?

This is a follow up to my previous question about mage hand: Does the Mage Hand cantrip pass through solid surfaces? Last session, my Arcane Trickster was faced with some murky water and we needed to ...
14
votes
3answers
1k views

Does the Mage Hand cantrip pass through solid surfaces?

Last session, my Arcane Trickster was faced with some murky water and we needed to know how deep the bottom was. I decided to use mage hand to try to locate the bottom of the water without putting my ...
10
votes
1answer
742 views

Can you cast Eldritch Blast twice in the same turn using the sorcerer's Quickened Spell Metamagic option?

Someone has been telling me that I cannot cast eldritch blast twice a turn, because by some rule you are only able to cast one spell and one cantrip a turn, regardless of casting time. I trust his ...
9
votes
1answer
570 views

Interaction between potent cantrip and sculpt spell: Thunderclap

According to DnD 5e wizard evoker subclass lvl 2 feature Sculpt Spell, you could prevent 1 friendly adjacent creature from taking damage from a Thunderclap cast by your evoker (it would automatically ...
10
votes
2answers
1k views

Has there been an errata that allows cantrips to be swapped out upon levelling up?

Based on the Q&A "Can certain classes replace cantrips with other spells when they level up?", it appears that, RAW, cantrips cannot be swapped out on level up like other spells can be (for ...
3
votes
1answer
83 views

The UA Psionics wizard subclass feature Psionic Devotion modifies the Friends cantrip; how does it work?

I am playing a wizard, and I am looking at choosing Psionics (from Unearthed Arcana: Fighter, Rogue, Wizard) as my Arcane Tradition. The Psionic wizard subclass gets the Psionic Devotion feature at ...
5
votes
2answers
238 views

How can I maximize the number of cantrips for an Eldritch Knight?

An eldritch knight only gets 2 cantrips to start. This is very limiting. Is there a way to get more cantrips to increase the eldritch knight's utility and flexibility? What is the maximum number of ...
5
votes
1answer
81 views

Can you use the Resonant Utterance (Onomancy) Feat with cantrips?

The info I found on D&D Beyond says this: Using a Resonant: You can use one Resonant when you cast a wizard spell with a spell slot and speak the true name of one creature targeted by the spell....
16
votes
3answers
3k views

If you cast a cantrip as a bonus action, can you also cast a cantrip as your action?

The rule in the PHB is fairly clear on casting a cantrip and a spell: if the spell is a bonus action, you may cast a cantrip as an action. My question concerns the two bonus-action cantrips, magic ...
2
votes
0answers
113 views

Can you cast a bonus-action-spell as a bonus action AFTER casting a action-spell/cantrip as an action? [duplicate]

From the Player's Handbook (p. 202) under Casting Time > Bonus Action, A spell cast with a bonus action is especially swift. You must use a bonus action on ...
10
votes
2answers
996 views

For a 1st level human warpriest, what is the point of using a melee weapon if I can cast Divine Lance cantrip spell?

I am trying to familiarize myself with Pathfinder 2e, which is also my first role-playing game in which I will be actively participating in live sessions. I am interested in creating a 1st level human ...
13
votes
1answer
1k views

Does a cantrip need to be learned like level 1-9 spells as a wizard?

Upon hitting level 4, Wizards go from possessing 3 cantrips to 4. Additionally, "Each time you gain a wizard level, you can add two wizard spells of your choice to your spellbook for free." (from the ...
8
votes
1answer
594 views

Is this combination of a pre-cast Shadow Blade with a Quickened Green-Flame Blade and then a Twinned (action) Green-Flame Blade legal?

Let's say I am a level 5 sorcerer and I have already cast shadow blade. And I want to do the following on my next turn: Quicken green-flame blade for 2d8 (from shadow blade) + 1d8 (GFB dmg) on the ...
8
votes
1answer
241 views

Would allowing Artificers to swap a cantrip on a long rest be unbalanced?

Context: I am implementing the Class Feature Variants Unearthed Arcana, which does not include Artificer, for a party with several spellcasters and one Artificer. This UA allows every "known" caster ...
7
votes
1answer
618 views

Can you cast Magic Stone on 3 pebbles as a bonus action, throw a stone as an action, then, on your next turn, throw the 2 remaining pebbles?

Can you cast Magic Stone on 3 pebbles as a bonus action, throw a stone as an action, and then on your next turn, throw the 2 remaining pebbles? That is, throwing the first pebble as your action and ...
7
votes
3answers
758 views

Can the object created by Minor Illusion be carried or worn?

Looking at the RAW for Minor Illusion (PHB, page 260) and other questions, I recognize that Minor Illusion is very limited in its ability to move on its own or change its appearance. However, I'm ...
3
votes
1answer
297 views

What are the possible uses of Encode Thoughts? [closed]

I see a lot of confusion about what this spell can, and cannot do. Can anyone give some suggestions, on the possible in game uses of the spell? For example, I see many suggesting that the spell will ...
8
votes
1answer
464 views

Can a 1st-level Drow Bard have 3 cantrips total, since they “know” Dancing Lights thanks to their racial trait?

I'm just starting out, and want to play a Drow Bard in D&D 5e. Basically, the wording of the PHB is a bit confusing: Does 'knowing' a cantrip mean you can 'cast' a cantrip for free without a ...
2
votes
1answer
236 views

Is the Blood Transfer cantrip that my player came to me with overpowered

Now, I know that healing cantrips are completely broken. So then, my player comes to me with this: Blood Transfer Evocation cantrip Casting Time: 1 action Range: Touch ...
3
votes
2answers
164 views

Can the Minor Illusion cantrip create an animated illusion that follows a creature?

Can I conjure a small rain cloud above a creature's head using minor illusion? The text does not indicate whether the illusion is static or animated, so can I create a rain cloud like a GIF? Can the ...
2
votes
1answer
134 views

What are the limits of the harmless sensory effect of the Prestidigitation spell?

If I cast prestidigitation the first bullet point says: You create an instantaneous, harmless sensory effect, such as a shower of sparks, a puff of wind, faint musical notes, or an odd odor. So, a ...
4
votes
1answer
93 views

Is this alternative to Telekinetic Throw balanced?

I'm in a game of D&D 4th Edition. While I am not the GM, an interesting situation came up. A player tried to use Telekinetic Grasp (Dark Sun Campaign power, pretty similar to Mage Hand) to attack ...
-3
votes
2answers
391 views

Can you use the Primal Savagery cantrip as an off-hand attack?

Can you use the Primal Savagery cantrip as an off-hand attack? Or can you use it as a main-hand attack, then make an off-hand attack with another weapon?
14
votes
4answers
1k views

If I learn Chill Touch from the Death Cleric's Reaper ability, does it count as a Cleric cantrip?

The Death Domain cleric's 1st-level feature, Reaper, does the following (DMG, p. 96): At 1st level, you learn one necromancy cantrip of your choice from any spell list. If the Death Domain cleric ...
10
votes
2answers
2k views

Does a level 1 Wizard casting the Ray of Frost cantrip deal damage equal to 1d4 + spellcasting modifier?

I am GMing for a Pathfinder 2e group. A player noticed that cantrips are automatically heightened to half the PC's level rounded up. They therefore believe that a level 1 wizard casting Ray of Frost ...
3
votes
1answer
271 views

Can the Prestidigitation cantrip flavor magical food?

The prestidigitation cantrip's description lists the following effect as one option: You chill, warm, or flavor up to 1 cubic foot of nonliving material for 1 hour. The create food and water spell'...
6
votes
1answer
200 views

Would the flavoring from the Prestidigitation cantrip mask a food/drink that is otherwise inedible?

Based off of this other question about flavoring swamp water, and highly related to this question about the "limits" of the flavoring. It's been kind of skirted around, but can magical "flavor" mask ...
-5
votes
1answer
271 views

What Are the Limits of Flavoring Things with Prestidigitation?

Inspired by this question, I'm curious about what exactly a "flavor" is with regard to effects of the Prestidigitation spell. The relevant text of the spell is You chill, warm, or flavor up to 1 ...
16
votes
5answers
2k views

Can the Prestidigitation cantrip make swamp water into cocktails?

This question was inspired by "Can the Purify Food and Drink spell make ocean/sea water drinkable?". Prestidigitation can do the following (among other things): You instantaneously clean or ...
8
votes
3answers
1k views

Does Magic Stone require an action or a bonus action for attacking with it?

The cantrip Magic Stone states: You touch one to three pebbles and imbue them with magic. You or someone else can make a ranged spell attack with one of the pebbles by throwing it or hurling it ...
18
votes
2answers
3k views

As a DM, what are important changes to the play caused by Detect Magic no longer being a cantrip in 5e?

In D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder 1, Detect Magic was a cantrip. That meant it was possible to cast it a lot / infinite number of times per day, and get useful information in 1 to 3 rounds. In 5e, it is ...
1
vote
0answers
253 views

Does this Eldritch Knight using Polearm (Glaive) build work? [duplicate]

EDIT: Thank you for all the links you provided answering the first part of the post, regarding the stacking of Polearm Master (PAM), War Caster (WC) work and Spell Sniper (SS) feats. [if someone didn'...
3
votes
2answers
463 views

What exactly is the verbal component of the Prestidigitation cantrip?

The prestidigitation cantrip may be among the most versatile spells in the whole game, and the effects that can be created with it vary widely. Since the spell requires verbal and somatic components, ...
0
votes
4answers
435 views

Damage removal “healing” cantrip

The DMG outright states that a cantrip shouldn't offer healing. The obvious problem with a healing cantrip is that the party could heal up after every encounter. But what if the cantrip was only ...
6
votes
1answer
736 views

Does Mage Hand require line of sight to summon?

I've seen many questions asked about whether or not you need to be able to see your Mage Hand in order to control it. However, can Mage Hand be summoned through a wall or other such obstruction? Mage ...
2
votes
3answers
379 views

Does a cantrip fired with the Ready Action require concentration?

The SRD states the following for the Ready action: First, you decide what perceivable circumstance will trigger your reaction. Then, you choose the action you will take in response to that trigger, ...
14
votes
1answer
451 views

Is it impossible to Ready the Green-Flame Blade cantrip?

I've noticed a curious quirk of wording when it comes to the Green-Flame Blade cantrip (SCAG, p. 143). Specifically, this tidbit: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a ...
3
votes
1answer
926 views

Does the Green-Flame Blade cantrip work if I've cast the Shillelagh cantrip on my staff?

The Shillelagh cantrip says that your attacks become magical, but the green-flame blade cantrip (SCAG, p. 143) says it works with a melee attack. As part of the action used to cast this spell, you ...

1
2 3 4 5 6