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Questions tagged [concentration]

For questions about concentration mechanics in various RPGs.

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How do Concentration checks interact with damage that is not lethal damage?

Odd question came up in a game today and that was how is a concentration check affected by damage that is not lethal damage. So these other sources are non-lethal damage, ability score damage, and ...
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Any way to have 2 concentration spells active? [duplicate]

Is there any spell, item, or skill that allows a caster to maintain 2 concentration spells active at same time?
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Can elves maintain concentration in a trance?

Following the question Must 5e elves take a long rest? and LegendaryDude's suggestion, I wanted to further elaborate on the benefits elvish trance has while adventuring. In the PHB 5e, there's a note ...
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How does Dispel Magic work against Stoneskin?

Take a spell like Stoneskin. One of my BBEGs (I'm a DM) cast Stoneskin on themselves to maximize their tanking capabilities. Our party wizard asked about Dispel Magic, and if it could be used to ...
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If Invisibility ends because the original caster casts a non-concentration spell, does Invisibility also end on other targets of the original casting?

A bit of a 'What-If' situation has cropped up in our group. Nothing that has caused any table drama, mainly something that has been noticed by some, and debated at the table off-line and casually, but ...
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What are you allowed to do while using the Warlock's Eldritch Master feature?

One of my Warlocks has taken an interesting turn... After casting a spell that required concentration, he used his Eldritch Master feature. Next turn, he cast Eldritch Blast. This series of turns ...
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What are the issues with an additional (limited) concentration slot instead of Bladesong?

My DM is frustrated with balancing encounters with my high AC as a Bladesinger and wants to make a modification for a more kiting/spell-heavy playstyle. The version of Bladesong my DM is looking to ...
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Would taking damage that lowers Temp HP break concentration? [duplicate]

I don't know if losing Temp HP counts as taking damage.
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Does Planar Binding require you to keep concentrating on the summoning spell?

Planar binding states: With this spell, you attempt to bind a celestial, an elemental, a fey, or a fiend to your service. The creature must be within range for the entire casting of the spell. [......
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When do you detect the presence of evil when using Detect Evil?

Detect Evil Concentration Its my understanding that you only get the benefits (1st rnd detect presence, 2nd rnd # of auras, etc) of Detect Evil when you concentrate on the spell, not just cast it. ...
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Can I cast guidance immediately before a check and keep Hex active? [duplicate]

I am currently playing a Warlock and I am going to take the tome pact boon. I know you cannot be concentrating on two spells at once but if I am concentrating on Hex and I cast guidance immediately ...
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Does a concentrating caster damaged by Ice Knife require 2 concentration checks?

Does a concentrating caster hit by Ice Knife require 2 concentration checks? As the ice knife can to damage in two separate ways, with one defined to happen after the other, would a caster damaged ...
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When exactly can a caster stop concentrating on a spell?

From the Basic Rules section on Concentration: Some spells require you to maintain concentration in order to keep their magic active. If you lose concentration, such a spell ends. If a spell ...
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Is there no way for a lone caster to planar bind a demon/devil with the Xanathar's spells?

Is there no way for a lone caster to planar bind a demon/devil with the Xanathar's spells? I refer specifically to the spells infernal calling and summon greater demon. Unlike the conjure elemental ...
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Does the Fade Away gnome racial feat require concentration?

Does the invisibility that the Fade Away racial feat (for gnomes) grants require concentration or would using it drop any spells the user is currently concentrating on? The wording doesn't ...
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How can my wizard cast Levitate, Invisibility and Magic Weapon and have them all active at the same time before a battle? [duplicate]

As I understand the Fifth Edition rules, my player character may only have one spell that requires concentration active and in place at a time. Levitate, invisibility, and magic weapon all require ...
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Can you maintain concentration on a spell if you put the target of that spell in a Bag of Holding?

I’m playing an 6th level Artificer 2 / Bard 4 who took the Bag of Holding at 2nd level. If I cast silence on my Thunder Cannon and place it in the bag of holding, am I able to maintain concentration ...
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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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How does the Mage Slayer feat interact with a concentration spell being cast?

I understand that the caster first completes the casting, then the Mage Slayer feat (PHB, p. 168) triggers and allows the character to attack as a reaction. If the spell requires concentration, what ...
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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 ...