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Questions tagged [concentration]

For questions about concentration mechanics in various RPGs.

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Does Supernatural Defense assist your saving throws to maintain concentration?

Supernatural Defense, the level 7 Monster Slayer ranger feature (XGtE, p. 43), states that, if the target of your Slayer's Prey forces you to make a saving throw, you may add 1d6 to your roll. If you ...
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Can monsters using innate spellcasting have their concentration broken?

In our game the other night, I cast hypnotic pattern on a genie that had cast gaseous form on himself, and he failed the Wisdom save. The DM ruled that he stayed in gaseous form while incapacitated. ...
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What are the impacts of permitting casters to concentrate on 2 spells?

A common lament at tables I play at from players is often the inherent limitation on being able to maintain concentration on only one spell at a time. This doesn't just come from casters, but also ...
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Can a character maintain concentration on a readied spell after being affected by the Feeblemind spell?

A caster T readies a spell on their turn, then an enemy caster E targets them with feeblemind. T passes the Constitution save against the 4d6 psychic damage to maintain concentration, but fails the ...
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Can you Ready a Concentration spell?

The rules on Readying a spell are as follows (PHB, p. 193, bold added) When you ready a spell, you cast it as normal but hold its energy, which you release with your reaction when the trigger ...
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Does it take effort/concentration to look through the eyes of a familiar?

More specifically, would I be able to keep watch through the eyes of a familiar, and still get credit for a short rest? Or a long rest?
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Would a Contingencied Banishment protect against a triggering spell?

Let's say Bob the Wizard is afraid of meteor swarms, and uses contingency to set up a banishment spell with the following trigger: "If someone casts a meteor swarm in an area that includes me, cast ...
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Does the Resilient (Con) feat or the War Caster feat most improve the chances of maintaining concentration?

The Resilient feat (PHB, p. 168) allows you to increase one ability score by 1 and gain proficiency in saving throws using the corresponding ability. In essence, taking the Resilient feat and picking ...
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If I use Wish to duplicate a concentration spell, does it still require concentration?

The wish spell can (among other things): duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. You don't need to meet any requirements in that spell, including costly components. The spell simply takes ...
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Does a multiattack count as a single source of damage?

The rules for maintaining concentration on spells after getting hit state that: If you take damage from multiple sources, such as an arrow and a dragon’s breath, you make a separate saving throw ...
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Does a Wall of Force block concentration on a spell?

If a spell was cast on a recipient prior to the wall of force being brought into existence, and that recipient was then on the other side of the wall from the caster, does wall of force prevent ...
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If a character casts a spell requiring concentration, do they know when it is no longer doing anything? [duplicate]

A cleric casts bane on 3 orcs. Two make their saving throw. RAW, the cleric does not know which orc was affected. The fighter rushes over and kills the orc that was affected by the bane, but the ...
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Can you tell if a spellcaster is maintaining a spell?

If a spellcaster casts an illusion spell that is Duration: Concentration, and then another character comes in, can they tell that the spellcaster is concentrating on something? If so, would they be ...
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Does Time Stop disrupt concentration on spells?

If I have a wizard that casts time stop, it doesn't actually speed up the caster; rather, it slows every other creature down. That would suggest that the wizard is taking their bonus turns as regular ...
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Does casting a box Forcecage around another spell’s area of effect break concentration?

Part of the description of forcecage states: A prison in the shape of a box can be up to 10 feet on a side, creating a solid barrier that prevents any matter from passing through it and blocking ...
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How can attacking disrupt concentration when it already takes up your action?

I'm sure this is a simple matter but I'd love some clarification. I'm pretty new to the game (2nd session, first campaign) and I'm playing a bard with the Charm spell on 5e. As far as I can tell, ...
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Quickened spells and concentration

I understand that I can't cast two spells per round (PHB p.202) even when using the Quickened Spell metamagic feat. However, is it allowable to cast a concentration spell like Crown of Madness on one ...
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Maintaining a concentration spell beyond casting range [duplicate]

Tonight, I had a bard cast Hungar of Hadar into a room, then circle back through the dungeon to flank while maintaining concentration on the spell. The spell has a range of 150 feet. Is it possible to ...
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Sentinel Raven uses too much awesome magic

The Raven Queen Warlock in my group got a Sentinel Raven, as per the Lvl1 Class Feature. This raven is now attuned to a magic ring and wields a magic wand. The wand is not that big of a problem, but ...
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How many rounds does a 1 minute spell last?

If a concentration spell lasts for one minute (60 seconds, 10 rounds), when does one start counting down how much time it has left? Does the round you cast it in count towards how long it stays active?...
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What is the lowest-level spell combo to give disadvantage to an enemy's specific save, without running into follow-up concentration issues?

What I'm trying to do is debuff an enemy's stat so that I can hit them with a "save or suck" spell like dominate monster, and be more likely to succeed. The problem is, I'm running into ...
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Concentration spell vs Mage Slayer

I understand that the caster first complete the casting, then Mage Slayer triggers and allows the character to attack as a reaction. If the spell requires concentration, what will happen if the ...
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Concentration on a spell, does it include any of the components of casting it?

As a spell caster, when I am keeping a concentration effect up, does it require any of the casting components required to have cast it, such as verbal or somatic?
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Can I cast a concentration spell through an “Invoke Duplicity” clone? [duplicate]

I am using "Invoke Duplicity" to create a perfect illusory clone of my self. The clone is currently 100ft away. I want to cast "Dominate Person" on a target 120ft away. Can I do so without moving? ...
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Can I cast spells that require concentration through “Invoke Duplicity” [duplicate]

Can I use the clone from "Invoke Duplicity" to cast a concentration spell, since the clone requires concentration itself? For example, could I use the clone to cast invisibility on one of my allies ...
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Can a concentration spell be cast without actually concentrating on it for an “instant” effect?

The book says: Concentration Some spells require you to maintain concentration in order to keep their magic active. If you lose concentration, such a spell ends. So what happens if, for example, ...
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Can True Strike grant advantage to Witch Bolt?

Since both True Strike and Witch Bolt require concentration, can True Strike grant advantage to Witch Bolt's attack roll? My answer to this question received a comment saying that Witch Bolt's attack ...
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Do multiple heads allow multiple concentrations?

The rules that describe what additional limbs can do fails to describe what multiple heads are able to do for you. My primary concern is, does having an additional head allow you to concentrate on ...
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In Pathfinder, is ceasing to concentrate a free action, immediate action or not an action?

While it seems to be no real difference between those action types, for this action, there really is. If that is considered a free action, i can only do it during my own turn, otherwise i can drop ...
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Does dealing 0 damage to a concentrating spellcaster require a saving throw?

Wizard is currently concentrating on a spell. Wimpling has a -1 Strength modifier, and makes a melee attack on Wizard. The attack hits, but Wimpling rolls a 1 on the damage roll, meaning that after ...
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Can I still command/control concentration spells while in the Border Ethereal?

If I have cast something like Animated Objects or Bigby's Hand and then follow up the next round with casting Etherealness, can I still command/control those spells?
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Can you cast on the defensive vs. an invisible opponent?

The PC cleric was not sure whether he was threatened by an invisible opponent, so he chose to cast his spell on the defensive without obvious threat. Assuming there was a threat, could the cleric ...
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Incendiary cloud: why do we use concentration?

I don't really understand why this spell requires concentration. "It lasts for the duration or until a wind of moderate or greater speed disperses it." So, the spell lasts for the duration. But why ...
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What happens when a creature can neither maintain nor cease concentration?

A number of effects in 3.5 render a creature unable to maintain concentration on a spell. A number of other effects render a creature unable to take free actions, thus preventing a creature from ...
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When using a wand with concentration, do creatures need to make the usual saving throw when hit?

The wand has a spell (e.g. Entangle) if they're hit, do they need to make a con saving throw to keep up the spell?
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Maintaining a concentration spell without concentration? [closed]

How many ways are there to cast and maintain a concentration spell without anyone having to concentrate on it? I've seen one -- casting it using a Glyph of Warding. Are there any others?
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Does a concentration spell still require concentration when triggered by Contingency?

Does a spell that normally requires concentration, but which is cast with and triggered by Contingency, still require concentration once it begins? Part of the reason I ask is in comparison with a ...
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How does Slow interact with Concentration spells?

This is in reference to Does casting a long spell end a maintained Concentration spell? Casting spells that take more than an action require concentration, so this means you have to drop your ...
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Holy Symbol and Concentration Interaction

A cleric can present their holy symbol to substitute the material part of a spell. When a spell requires concentration (e.g bless), must the cleric keep the holy symbol presented throughout the ...
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When incapacitation goes away on an NPC's initiative order, can that NPC immediately act?

There are many ways for the players to stop a monster from taking actions on their turn. Often times, that condition can be removed on that monster's initiative order. Should they then be allowed to ...
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Do I have to concentrate on Wrathful Smite for the fear effect to continue?

Want to ensure that I am reading this correctly. In the PHB it specifies that Wrathful Smite is a concentration spell. However after you hit a target it applies the frightened effect (should it fail a ...
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Can your familiar concentrate on a spell it delivers?

As stated in the PHB "When you Cast a Spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. Your familiar must be within 100 feet of you, and it must use its ...
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Do Eyebite effects continue if Concentration is lost?

Eyebite allows you to: On each of your turns until the spell ends, you can use your action to target another creature This seems to allow multiple creatures to be affected consecutively with ...
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When I lose concentration while levitating, do I fall?

The "concentration" description says: Some spells require you to maintain concentration in order to keep their magic active. If you lose concentration, such a spell ends. The levitate spell ...
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Does becoming Charmed disrupt Concentration?

If a spell caster, while concentrating on a spell, becomes charmed, does he/she lose concentration automatically? Or does he/she have to make a concentration check? Or is concentration not affected?
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Can you use Dispel Magic on the source of a spell (ie, the caster)?

If a caster is currently concentrating on a spell whose effects are not on the caster, can you cast Dispel Magic on the caster to end the spell?
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Will an Antimagic Field on a target of a “Haste” spell trigger the wave of lethargy?

Haste is an incredibly useful buff in this edition: +2 AC, doubled movement rate, advantage on Dex saving throws, and a "cunning action" like free action that can even be used to Attack. It's a ...
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What type of action is concentrating on Detect Magic?

Detect magic has Duration concentration, up to 1 min./level (D) But nowhere is concentration clearly defined or the action required to concentrate on this spell. There is concentration while ...
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Concentration check on a supernatural ability?

Another question brought up a scenario where a crimson assassin used the supernatural ability prayer attack to deliver a coup-de-grace to a PC. The question was about how to prevent the coup-de-grace. ...
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Do you need to concentrate when using a magic item's continuous effect like flight?

I was in an encounter in my last game where my party and Assassin/Ranger was in combat. I was flying around using the Winged Boots to get aerial advantage with ranged attack vs. some Hill Giants. One ...