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Is a forced Concentration save a spell effect of a damage-dealing spell?

In our last session the party was ambushed by kobolds, and I included a trio of kobold scale sorcerers, a monster I have not used before. The scale sorcerers have the ability Heightened Spell, which ...
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Do the spells from the drow commander's magic bolts in “Against the Giants” (from “Tales from the Yawning Portal”) require concentration?

In Tales from the Yawning Portal (p. 209), in area 20 of the Hall of the Fire Giant King (in Chapter 6: Against the Giants), there's a variant drow elite warrior who is mentioned as a commander, and ...
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Wall of Fire - Do you end your turn near the wall if you damage the player that cast it and they lose concentration and the spell ends?

Player 1 casts Wall of Fire. Enemy 1 is within 10 feet and fails their DEX save and takes the fire damage. On Enemy 1's next turn they attack and damage Player 1 who fails the CON save to maintain ...
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Does the potion of clairvoyance require concentration? [duplicate]

The potion of clairvoyance says: When you drink this potion, you gain the effect of the clairvoyance spell. This is different than the potion of gaseous form and others: When you drink this potion, ...
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Do the effects of spells granted by items require concentration? [duplicate]

Casting or duplicating an entire spell from an item requires concentration; this makes sense, no confusion there. However, concentration for gaining or duplicating the effect of a spell that normally ...
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Can one use Witch Bolt to prevent spell casting?

Witch bolt seems to have a bad rap. One difference I see between witch bolt and other spells is that it is sustained/continued/ongoing damage. If I spam a spell caster with fire bolts, magic missiles ...
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Do Spell-Like Abilities Require Concentration Checks?

I was wondering, for spell-like abilities, do you need to make concentration checks to cast defensively, if damaged while casting, etc? Or is none of that necessary, since they technically aren't ...
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How does the ranger's Favored Foe optional class feature interact with the Hail of Thorns spell?

Suppose I'm a ranger using the variant rules in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, specifically the Favored Foe optional class feature. I'm concentrating on the Hail of Thorns spell, and I hit a creature ...
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Mind spike while concentrating in another spell [duplicate]

The warlock in my party is planning to learn Shadow blade and Mind spike spells (both require concentration). As far I know, you lose your concentration in a given spell if you cast another spell that ...
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Does the blindness inflicted by the Wall of Light spell last for 1 minute even if concentration on the spell ends?

The wall of light spell states: When the wall appears, each creature in its area must make a Constitution saving throw. On a failed save, a creature takes 4d8 radiant damage, and it is blinded for 1 ...
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Can you (continue to) concentrate on a spell that never had any of its effects take hold?

I have previously asked the following question: Is there any reason to concentrate on the Thunderous Smite spell after using its effects? And my current question is inspired by that and the ...
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Should casting Confusion centered on yourself from Wild Magic Surge be trivial to end because it's a concentration spell?

The entry for a roll of 13 or 14 on the Wild Magic Surge table is: You cast confusion centered on yourself. (PHB, emphasis mine) Confusion is a 4th level concentration spell. The rules for ...
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If I want to affect a creature with a concentration spell and it succeeds its save, do I notice my concentration failing? [duplicate]

I'm a fairly new DM, and I've run into a problem. One of my players tried to cast Modify Memory on a golem. Golems are immune to being charmed, but Modify Memory doesn't say creatures immune to charm ...
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What is the best 2nd level spell to concentrate on to maximize damage?

In a party full of crowd control, the Magus wishes to dish out as much damage as possible. What concentration spell will allow them to do that, under the given circumstance: The Magus is 4th level, ...
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When casting Faerie Fire from Ring of Shooting Stars, do you need to maintain concentration? [duplicate]

Ring of Shooting Stars says Faerie Fire: You can expend 1 charge as an action to cast Faerie Fire from the ring. Since it says you cast the spell from the ring, I wonder if you need to maintain ...
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Does the Elemental Gem require Concentration? [duplicate]

Does an elemental summoned from an Elemental Gem require Concentration? I am getting hung up on the "as if you had cast" part. Other items say, "you can use an action to cast the [spell]...
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How much does this Favored Foe tweak for the Ranger's class feature from TCoE buffs the Rangers when compared to other martial classes?

I want to tweak the Favored Foe optional class feature for the Ranger from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything I'm fairly disappointed with the Favored Foe optional class feature for the Rangers released ...
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If wild shape ends by falling to 0 hp, does the druid lose concentration? [duplicate]

A druid that is wild shaped reverts "when" they drop to 0 hit points. Does that mean other effects that occur when a creature drops to 0 hit points also occur (though possibly in any order ...
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Does the Psi Warrior's Psionic Strike ability prompt a second Concentration save?

The new Psi Warrior Fighter subclass has the feature Psionic Power which has the following option: Psionic Strike. You can propel your weapons with psionic force. Once on each of your turns, ...
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If I use the Shapechange spell to turn into a phoenix, can I use its legendary resistances to pass Con saves to maintain concentration? [duplicate]

I've been trying to make use of the Shapechange spell as a 9th-level spell with a Druid class, but concentration seems to be a major issue. Say I transform into a Phoenix, can I use its 3 Legendary ...
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Can you warm yourself up with Fire Bolt?

During my last encounter my 3lvl wizard fell into a trap with freezing water below. He managed to save himself using Levitate, but during my party's post-game discussion there was a question of ...
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If I am concentrating on Spirit Guardians when I am True Polymorphed into a copper piece, can I continue to concentrate to maintain the spell?

When you become an object, do you keep the ability to concentrate on spells?
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Does the Mage Slayer feat impose disadvantage on concentration saves from all damage you deal, or only if damaged by the feat's reaction attack?

According to my character sheet on D&D Beyond, the Mage Slayer feat says: When a creature within 5 ft. of you casts a spell, you can use your reaction to make a melee weapon attack against that ...
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As a Sorcerer, given that I can't multiclass or take feats, how successful can I be at passing concentration checks when starting at Level 15? [closed]

I'm doing a melee sorcerer, but I'm afraid of losing my concentration in combat because in the higher levels, the damage is too big, and the concentration save is too difficult. My campaign doesn't ...
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Can a targetted Dispel Magic end a spell with a duration of concentration?

There are only a handful of spells with a duration of concentration. While these spells are active, can the caster be subject to a Targeted version of Dispel Magic that does not aim at a spell, but ...
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Can you drop concentration on the Reverse Gravity spell while the targets are mid-fall?

When you cast the spell Reverse Gravity (5e), creatures start falling upwards into the air. Assuming that there is nothing in their way the spell must somehow halt their momentum when they reach the ...
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Does the War Caster feat give you advantage on a Constitution saving throw (to maintain concentration) made because of the Sleet Storm spell?

The first benefit of the War Caster feat is (PHB, p. 170): You have advantage on Constitution saving throws that you make to maintain your concentration on a spell when you take damage. The spell ...
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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, ...