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Does the feat War Caster give you advantage on a constitution saving throw made because of Sleet Storm?

One of the benefits of War Caster is: You have advantage on Constitution saving throws that you make to maintain your concentration on a spell when you take damage. The spell Sleet Storm doesn't ...
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Does readying class features require concentration?

I'm interested in getting an answer for class features in general, but the specific case that came up for me was the following: A Grave domain cleric chose to ready Path to the Grave to use before ...
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Can multiple castings of Glyph of Warding be used to activate multiple “Smite” spells on the same triggering attack?

Suppose a character has cast multiple Glyph of Warding spells, each with a different "Smite" spell (such as Searing Smite and Thunderous Smite). Assume the character somehow has access to ...
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Unlisted effects of Incapacitated Condition

In a game I DM'd, a PC had cast a spell with a Concentration requirement and was subsequently Paralyzed. I quickly checked the description of the Paralyzed condition, which said nothing about ...
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What is the lowest-level warlock spell combo to give disadvantage to an enemy's specific save, without running into follow-up concentration issues?

This question is related to the highly related question: What is the lowest-level spell combo to give disadvantage to an enemy's specific save, without running into follow-up concentration issues?....
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Can your familiar use the frozen spell bead from Arcane Abeyance to indirectly let you concentrate on a 2nd spell?

Arcane Abeyance (p184 EGtW)Says: ...A creature holding the bead can use its action to release the spell within, whereupon the bead disappears. The spell uses your spell attack bonus and save DC, ...
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If a spell caster loses concentration on Greater Invisibility, and an opponent has readied a reaction, what happens first?

As an example, both the spellcaster and the opponent ("the archer") have 1 hp remaining, so whoever completes their action first will knock the opponent unconscious. The spellcaster casts Create ...
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Can I break concentration with Haste, before it ends, by casting another concentration spell? [duplicate]

Example: Turn 1: Cast haste. Do things. Turn 2: Cast invisibility (end haste). Be invisible. No movement, no actions. Turn 3: Be invisible. No movement, no actions. (Resolve haste) The section on "...
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Can concentration be kept through dimensions? [duplicate]

Say you, in the middle of a battle, cast a spell such as Magnificent Mansion. You go inside and then start casting Conjure Elemental. You then order the elemental to exit the mansion and start ...
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Concentration on a spell while casting a spell with a longer casting time [closed]

Is casting a spell with a casting time longer than 1 action considered “concentrating” on it, for the purpose of keeping concentration on a different spell already cast? Ex.: Flaming sphere on the ...
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Can you maintain concentration on non-spell abilities (that require it) while raging?

There are a few class features in the game that require concentration, but are not spells: A Trickery Cleric's Invoke Duplicity, a Glamour Bard's Mantle of Command, a Graviturgist Wizard's Adjust ...
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Is summoning an air elemental with the Censer of Controlling Air Elementals still a concentration spell?

Items that let you cast a spell through them (e.g. wands , staves, etc) use specific wording such as: While holding it, you can use an action to expend 1 or more of its charges to cast the xxxxxx ...
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When using a smite spell cast on a previous turn, can you use your bonus action to apply another smite spell to the same attack?

Essentially this comes down to an order of operations question when it comes to concentration, in Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. Say you have a smite spell cast on the previous turn, and you are ...
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Does breaking concentration of the slow spell break its effects immediately? [duplicate]

On your turn, you break the concentration of an (enemy) slow spell with your weapon attack. When exactly does the spell stop affecting you? At the same moment that the enemy spellcaster loses the ...
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If I stop concentrating on Summon Greater Demon just before its full duration, could the demon stick around up to an extra 35 seconds?

Part of the description of the summon greater demon spell states (XGtE, p. 166): If you stop concentrating on the spell before it reaches its full duration, an uncontrolled demon doesn't disappear ...
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If a Slow spell ends due to a failed concentration (CON) saving throw, does the attacker get to make any remaining attacks?

The Slow spell (PHB 277) requires concentration and states the following: Regardless of the creature's abilities or magic items, it can't make more than one melee or ranged attack during its turn....
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If you start casting a new concentration spell while concentrating on Haste, does the wave of lethargy interrupt the casting of the new spell?

Say a spellcaster has previously cast haste on themselves and is currently concentrating on it. However, they see a situation unfolding that desperately requires them to concentrate on another spell (...
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If you cast Polymorph on yourself, can you continue to concentrate after if the new form has a very low intelligence? [duplicate]

If you cast Polymorph on yourself to turn into a creature with low intelligence, can you/it continue to concentrate and thus remain in the polymorphed state for the duration of the spell? Or would the ...
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Can you use Divine Smite while you are concentrating on a spell?

I am playing as a multiclassed Hexblade warlock 3/paladin 2 in a D&D 5e campaign. Can you use your paladin Divine Smite feature in melee while you are concentrating on a spell, such as shadow ...
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What happens to the target of a “permanent” True Polymorph spell when its caster dies?

The description of the spell says specifically that after the caster has maintained it's concentration for an hour, the spell can be dispelled. The transformation lasts for the duration, or until ...
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How does the psionic power Immovability actually work?

The psionic power Immovability has a duration of "Concentration". Does it mean that I need to roll more than 10 on the Concentration check each round to keep manifesting it if I'm not under attack, ...
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When True Polymorphed and making concentration saves, what stats do I use?

If I true polymorph myself, when I make a concentration save, should I use my character's or monster's statistics? And if I have relevant feats can I use them?
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How are concentration checks calculated when at low HP with Death Ward?

I have a player whose character has been using Death Ward constantly. This on it's own is not a problem, but every time he takes a large chunk of damage while at low health, he tries to argue that he'...
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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, ...
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Can a familiar use a magic item to cast a concentration spell?

As there are items that do not require attunement and allow the casting of spells through them, such as the wind fan, is it possible to have the familiar maintain concentration on this spell? While ...
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Does quickening a spell change the kind of action it grants?

I have researched the matter and found only this question (which seemed relevant but does not answer the exact question we're having): Quickened spells and concentration Witch Bolt (PHB, p. 289) is a ...
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Do you have to make a concentration check to cast the spell from a wand when you are on a plane with the impeded magic trait?

Ok, so our party is currently on the plane of Axis which has the Impeded magic trait for spells with the chaos descriptor. A member of our group had picked up a wand of align weapon prior to our ...
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Can a caster end the spell Delayed Blast Fireball immediately after the turn they cast it? [duplicate]

The spell Delayed Blast Fireball states: A beam of yellow light flashes from your pointing finger, then condenses to linger at a chosen point within range as a glowing bead for the duration. When the ...
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Does an Oath of Vengeance paladin require concentration when using a Channel Divinity option such as Vow of Enmity?

I'm playing Storm King's Thunder in Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. I have a Paladin who has taken the Oath of Vengeance (PHB, p. 87-88). With that oath, I get my Channel Divinity options and ...
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Can you concentrate on a special ability while also concentrating on a spell?

There exist several abilities that have the text similar to, this effect lasts while you maintain concentration (as if you were concentrating on a spell). One such example is the Bard College of ...
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What happens if you end concentration on a spell with a long casting time without your concentration “breaking”?

Certain features rely on concentration "breaking" rather than simply ending. To show the difference, there is first the "Concentration" section of the rules which states: [...] If you lose ...
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Do you need to hold concentration on a spell when you cast it with a spell scroll?

I'm currently running Out of the Abyss, and my group is about to encounter a mage with a description that says If the characters become hostile, [the mage] orders them to depart, lest they ...
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Is there any reason to concentrate on the Thunderous Smite spell after using its effects?

There are some spells which you can concentrate on even after they will not provide any benefits, for example the thunderous smite spell states: The first time you hit with a melee weapon attack ...
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What happens when a caster loses concentration on a banished creature?

The scenario is as follows. The evil wizard summons forth a demon to fight in combat against the party with the summon greater demon spell, which failed two saves against the wizard. The party's ...
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Can you end concentration on a spell during someone else's turn? [duplicate]

Say for example, my group is fighting a group of archers. Bard casts Darkness. We determine that the archers can see through the darkness, as they are hitting each of their shots. Can the bard end ...
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What kind of action is it to stop concentrating on a spell?

What kind of action is it to stop concentrating on a spell? Our party's initiative order is like this: 20 - Bard 19 - Bad guy 18 - Bad guy 17 - Bad guy 16 - Bad guy 15 - Nobody 14 - Ally 13 - ...
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Is it possible to maintain concentration while inside of a Magic Jar container?

If a spellcaster using Magic Jar casts a spell which requires concentration and then returns to the container, can they maintain concentration while in the jar?
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Does the caster know when an Invisibility spell ends? [duplicate]

If a spell caster puts invisibility on someone else, and that person leaves the caster's immediate area, and somehow becomes visible--by attacking, presumably--does the caster know that the spell if ...
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What do I roll to maintain concentration while Wild Shaped?

I'm building a level 5 Moon Druid and chose the variant human race - so I decided to take 2 feats: War Caster and Resilient (Con). My goal here is to cast concentration spells and then Wild Shape into ...
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Bardic abilities requiring concentration with respect to the Melodic Casting feat

According to the feat Melodic Casting in Complete Mage on page 44 it states: ...In addition, you can cast spells and activate magic items by command word or spell completion while using a bardic ...
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What common combat actions does the Fascinate status effect block?

The Fascinate status effect says that it prevents a creature from using actions with the Concentrate trait. Casting a spell with a verbal component is included here, which seems to be the most common ...
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Can a character who casts Shapechange and turns into a spellcaster use innate spellcasting to cast spells with a long casting time?

Can a character who casts Shapechange and turns into a spellcaster use innate spellcasting to cast spells with a long casting time? A specific example is when a druid casts Shapechange to turn into a ...
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If a Shadow Magic sorcerer casts Darkness using the Eyes of the Dark feature, can they cast another spell that requires concentration?

Eyes of the Dark, a feature from the Shadow Magic (Sorcerer) class, allows the PC to cast darkness by expending a spell slot, or 2 sorcery points. If I cast the spell in that way (either expending a ...
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Can you continue the movement of a Bonus Action Dash granted by Expeditious Retreat if your Concentration is broken mid-move?

The spell Expeditious Retreat requires concentration, and reads: When you cast this spell, and then as a bonus action on each of your turns until the spell ends, you can take the Dash action. ...
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How does concentration work in other planes where the passage of time is different?

I recently came across the following issue in a homebrew campaign setting, and am unsure how it would work RAW: Our Warlock had used Minions of Chaos to summon a Fire Elemental via Conjure Elemental. ...
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How often does the spell Sleet Storm require concentration checks?

The 4th level spell Sleet Storm says If a creature is concentrating in the spell’s area, the creature must make a successful Constitution saving throw against your spell save DC or lose ...
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Does the yuan-ti action option Polymorph into Snake require concentration? What is its duration?

In Volo's Guide to Monsters, the Yuan-Ti "Unusual Abilities" section (p. 98) lists a number of action options that might be given to high-ranking yuan-ti, one of which is: Polymorph into Snake (...
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Does Yuan-Ti Magic Resistance provide advantage for concentration saving throws, where spell damage was the cause?

The Yuan-ti Pureblood's Magic Resistance racial trait (VGtM, p. 120) provides: advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects I'm clear on that. If I'm concentrating on a ...
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When casting a spell with a long casting time, what happens if you don't spend your action on a turn to continue casting?

Inspired by a comment in this question, which reads as follows: It says you must spend your action each turn, but it does not say that if you do not spend an action that the spell fails And the ...
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What happens if a caster is surprised while casting a spell with a long casting time?

Casting a spell with a long casting time requires the caster to use their action each turn casting the spell: you must spend your action each turn casting the spell However, what would happen if ...