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Questions tagged [cantrips]

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

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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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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. ...
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Can characters, or at least Sorcerers, actually change out cantrips?

Related: Can certain classes replace cantrips with other spells when they level up? How to allow cantrips to be changed It seems that everyone has agreed that once learned, a spellcaster can not ...
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Is the attack modifier of Green-Flame Blade or Booming Blade based on your spellcasting ability, or your weapon attack modifier?

Is the attack modifier of green-flame blade or booming blade based on your spellcasting ability, or your weapon attack modifier? For example, if my high-Charisma, low-Strength sorcerer were to use ...
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Is Rakshasa immune to the Booming Blade cantrip?

Is Rakshasa immune to the booming blade cantrip (SCAG, p. 142)? Does it avoid also the extra damage?
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Would granting every PC the choice of a free cantrip at level 1 be unbalancing?

Inspired by this question: Would granting every PC the choice of a feat or a cantrip be unbalancing? Some classes get cantrips, some don't. Some races get a free cantrip (such as via the high elf's "...
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How can I alter the appearance of my face at will without using a spell slot?

I am trying to create a Lucifer-type player character from the TV show Lucifer where he changes his face temporarily to his true (devil) face to scare and intimidate others. I would like to be able to ...
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Does Elemental Affinity let you add your Charisma modifier to the damage of cantrips?

The Draconic Bloodline sorcerer's 6th-level feature, Elemental Affinity, lets you add your Charisma modifier to the damage when you cast a spell. Does this count with cantrips such as fire bolt?
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Can a readied Gust interrupt an attack? [duplicate]

If I ready the cantrip Gust to push back the first enemy that tries to use a (melee) attack against my party, what happens if the push back was successful? Does it interrupt the attack? Does the ...
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Does a Firbolg’s Hidden Step count as a spell or cantrip?

I am making a Firbolg Druid, and I was wondering if the racial feature Hidden Step (Invisible as a Bonus Action) counts as a Spell or a Cantrip? I can’t find anything that specifically says. I want to ...
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Do the Illusionist's Bracers make warlocks unbalanced? [closed]

The Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica book introduces a magic item called the illusionist's bracers: While wearing the bracers, whenever you cast a cantrip, you can use a bonus action on the same ...
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How can one use the Shape Water cantrip offensively? [closed]

The shape water cantrip description says: You choose an area of water that you can see within range and that fits within a 5-foot cube. You manipulate it in one of the following ways: You ...
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Does this cantrip have a fair risk/reward balance?

One of my players is a demonologist and requested a cantrip related to the field. So I took a crack at it and came up with the following thinking that an attack on the mind was fitting: Three-Word ...
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Are there any serious balance implications to letting a sorcerer take the Produce Flame cantrip?

A player building a 1st level Sorcerer character feels that produce flame is a better thematic fit for their character than fire bolt. Are there any serious balance issues with allowing them to take ...
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Is there a way for an arcane caster to learn Produce Flame?

I like the spell produce flame for flavor reasons, but it seems to be available only to Druids. Is there a way for an arcane caster (particularly a wizard or sorcerer) to acquire it in such a way that ...
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Is this homebrew variant of True Strike too strong to be a cantrip?

Lethal Strike Enchantment cantrip Components: V S Casting Time: 1 Bonus Action Range: Self Duration: until the end of current turn When you roll a 19 on a weapon attack, that ...
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Would Shocking Grasp prevent the target from casting Absorb Elements?

If a creature uses Shocking Grasp on another creature that uses its reaction to cast Absorb Elements, will Shocking Grasp, which stops a creature from using reactions, prevent the casting of Absorb ...
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Does the Hexblade warlock's Hex Warrior feature change Booming Blade to use your Charisma modifier?

Since the Hexblade warlock's Hex Warrior feature changes your pact weapon's attack modifier to use Charisma instead, does it also turn booming blade's modifier from Strength to Charisma?
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How do Cantrips work exactly and what are they?

I now started playing Pathfinder: Kingmaker which is based on Pathfinder and I wanted to take the Eldritch Scoundrel class. The class can use Cantrips and I read that those are like small spells I ...
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Can you vary how far Lightning Lure pulls the target toward you?

In the description of lightning lure (SCAG, p. 143), it says: You create a lash of lightning energy that strikes at one creature of your choice that you can see within range. The target must ...
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Can a Divine Soul Sorcerer learn a cleric cantrip at their first sorcerer level?

Can a Divine Soul Sorcerer learn a cleric cantrip at their first sorcerer level, when they create the character? Or only when they learn a new cantrip at a higher level?
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Can I use Mage Hand to fly by Polymorphing myself and picking myself up with the hand?

Could I first cast Mage Hand, then Polymorph into a Tiny creature less than 10 pounds then use the Mage Hand to pick myself up and fly at 30 Ft per turn? Polymorph says: The new form can be any ...
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Lightning Lure on a target that's within 5 feet?

What happens if I cast Lightning Lure on a creature that's already within 5 feet of me? Do they still get pulled 10 feet toward me (and in this case collide with me) and do they suffer the damage if ...
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Leveling cantrips as a multiclass? [duplicate]

Let's say I have a character who has Booming Blade and is a level 3 Sorcerer, and level 2 Fighter, would that still count as having levelled Booming Blade? Or do I need the Sorcerer class to reach ...
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Is there a way to turn cantrips into reactions?

Is there a way to turn cantrips into reactions? I'm trying to find a way to make blade ward (PHB, p. 218) more useful than it is, because it fits my planned playstyle. (For reference, I'm planning to ...
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Does a non-spellcasting Drow PC need material components to cast Dancing Lights?

A Drow's Drow Magic racial trait means that they know the Dancing Lights cantrip at level one, regardless of class. Dancing Lights requires a material component: a bit of phosphorus or wychwood, or a ...