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For questions about counterspelling, a mechanic in many role-playing games that allows a character to reactively disrupt another spellcaster's spell as it is being cast in order to prevent it from taking effect.

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How does Counterspell interact with the Detect Magic spell?

If a character casts Counterspell against Detect Magic as it is being cast, will the caster of Detect Magic know this, or will they think there is no magic present for the duration of the spell? Does ...
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Does counterspell require seeing the casting or the caster? [duplicate]

Counterspell: Casting Time: 1 reaction, which you take when you see a creature within 60 feet of you casting a spell What does "you see" refer to, the creature or the casting of a spell? ...
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Is there a work around for Counterspell and Identifying a spell both using a reaction?

In order to Identify a spell being cast (XGtE p85) a character can use their reaction to identify a spell as it's being cast, This is a problem because Counterspell (PH p228) also requires a ...
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Should magic items which allow to cast spells be considered as material components? [duplicate]

For using Counterspell, a spell needs to contain some kind of component, otherwise it cant be countered. https://twitter.com/jeremyecrawford/status/642086415040294912?lang=en When casting spells from ...
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What ways exist to prevent Counterspell from being cast?

What ways can a character (PC or Monster) prevent an enemy from casting counterspell? What I can think of so far: Surprise the enemy and win initiative Cause the enemy to be incapacitated (or stunned/...
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Counterspelling or legendarily resisting a Critical hit spell attack in D&D 5e

I was wondering about something in D&D 5e: About Counterspell If my sorcerer casts a spell Rolling 20 against a magic user (normal npc or a boss), can they counterspell it? Or is this dependent on ...
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Can you execute your ready action in the same turn it was readied? [duplicate]

Is it possible for a spellcaster to ready a fireball when he is out of view, move into line of sight and release it in the same turn , without giving the opposing spellcaster the chance to ...
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Is counterspelling a warlock different?

My question is about something that happens in S2E98 of Critical Role (potential spoilers if you haven't watched it yet). In the episode, the wizard attempts to counterspell a dimension door spell. ...
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Should the DM describe NPC spellcasting so that players can use Counterspell?

Going into battle, standing in front of a medusa and 2 nagas. I have line of sight on all 3. The DM says to make wisdom saving throw, without describing why. After failing the saving throw, I'm mind ...
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How does the Disguise Spell feat work against counterspelling?

If my bard with the feat Disguise Spell (Complete Adventurer 108) is the victor in the opposed check (my bard's Perform skill check against onlookers' Spot skill checks) can the spell he cast still be ...
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Can I pretend to be casting from a spell scroll, but instead cast normally, or vice versa?

The strategy I am working on a tactic for my artificer (battlesmith) for combating mages which focuses on out-sustaining their spell slots. To do so he asked a companion (the cleric in the party) to ...
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When casting Counterspell, do I know if the other spell is an action or bonus action?

Related to What do I know, when deciding whether to cast Counterspell?, except that my particular question isn't included in that question. I've been thinking of ways to counter counterspell. ...
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Is the Chronomancer Wizard's Rewind feature triggered if their spell is counterspelled?

The Chronomancer wizard archetype gains the ability to reclaim ineffective spells using the Rewind feature: As an immediate action after losing a spell due to a failed concentration check or after ...
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If an Eldritch Knight's cantrip is counterspelled, can they still make a bonus-action weapon attack from the War Magic feature?

The Eldritch Knight fighter's War Magic feature (PHB, pg. 75) states: Beginning at 7th level, when you use your action to cast a cantrip, you can make one weapon attack as a bonus action. (The ...
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If somebody Counterspells a Counterspell, is the original spell cast successfully?

Assume Caster A casts fireball. Assume Caster B casts counterspell on A's fireball using his reaction. Now Caster A can use his reaction and also cast counterspell on Caster B's counterspell. Does ...
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Is there a way to counterspell a level 20 druid?

At level 20, Druids get access to the following feature: Archdruid At 20th level, you can use your Wild Shape an unlimited number of times. Additionally, you can ignore the verbal and somatic ...
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When I cast Counterspell as a reaction to an enemy's Counterspell, do I do so before or after the enemy makes their spellcasting ability check?

If I cast disintegrate and the enemy casts counterspell, would I wait to see the outcome of the enemy's counterspell before I cast counterspell? Or would I have to just cast it without knowing (like ...
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Can a Flameskull's spells be Counterspelled?

Counterspell requires the following: [a reaction], which you take when you see a creature within 60 feet of you casting a spell The Flameskull's spellcasting block reads the following: [The ...
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Is a counterspell ineffective against the wrong spell?

I had this idea in my campaign to rob a magic store. Logically, it makes sense that the owner of said store knows counterspell. What I plan to do is to take out the components of fireball but not ...
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Can you counterspell a spell if you don't know who's casting it?

Related to this question about a spellcaster hiding in a group of spellcasters. The reaction trigger for counterspell is "when you see a creature within 60 feet of you casting a spell". It has a ...
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Can Counterspell be used to prevent a Mystic from using a Discipline?

The most recent version of the Unearthed Arcana Mystic (V3) can be found here. The way I read it RAW Counterspell has no effect on Psionic Disciplines but this seems extremely over powered and I find ...
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Can you store a casting of Counterspell in a Shield Guardian?

Would you be able to store a casting of counterspell inside of a Shield Guardian? Their Spell Storing trait states: A spellcaster who wears the shield guardian's amulet can cause the guardian to ...
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Can you cast Counterspell through the senses of your familiar? [duplicate]

I was looking into creating a wizard that remains hidden for the most part from combat (potentially even to go as far as to hide in a fellow party members' backpack, they are a halfling) and thought ...
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How does line of sight for spells work, accounting for familiars?

I had to make a call today and I'm wondering how this scenario should've gone down The map was a U-shaped hallway; the party was on the lower left of the U, with the enemies on the upper right. The ...
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Can Counterspell stop a Nightmare's Ethereal Stride?

A Nightmare has the ability: Ethereal Stride: The nightmare and up to three willing creatures within 5 feet of it magically enter the Ethereal Plane from the Material Plane, or vice versa. The ...
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If I counterspell with subtle metamagic, can my counterspell be counterspelled? [duplicate]

BBEG casts a spell, I counterspell, and the mob has a chance to counterspell my counterspell under normal circumstances, leading to a wasted slot and some hurt from the incoming spell. If however I ...
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When using Counterspell, do you add your spell attack or any other modifiers to your roll when trying to meet the DC?

When using counterspell, do you add your spell attack or any other modifiers to your roll when trying to meet the DC? Situation: An enemy casts an 8th-level spell. You cast counterspell at base 3rd ...
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Can I cast reaction spells like Shield or Counterspell when I'm in the middle of casting a spell with a long casting time and don't stop casting it?

Can I use reaction spells like shield or counterspell when I'm in the middle of casting a spell with a long casting time and don't stop casting it? The Sage Advice Compendium says: Can you cast a ...
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Does casting a spell with a higher level spell slot change the level of the spell? [duplicate]

I know that it’s possible to cast spells with a higher level spell slot than what it’s original spell level requires and several spells even give extra benefits for doing so. What I was wondering is ...
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Would an aboleth's Phantasmal Force lair action be affected by Counterspell, Dispel Magic, and/or Slow?

I was rummaging through some information on the Monster Manual and came across Aboleths. In particular, one of its lair actions says, "The Aboleth casts Phantasmal Force on any number of creatures ...
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Is it possible to counterspell the revised Artificer?

February 2019's Unearthed Arcana gave us a revisited version of the Artificer class, a magic user whose magic is stored and accessed through items instead of invocations or eldritch power. In the ...
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Can a spell cast inside a globe of invulnerability be counterspelled?

If a spell caster is inside a globe of invulnerability and they try casting a spell, can somebody outside of the globe use counterspell to block their attempt to cast that spell? I had though it would ...
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Does counterspelling as an immediate action allows you to cast another spell the same turn?

I have this doubt. For what I have been reading it seems so, indeed you can counterspell and cast the same turn. So, whoever can counter as an immediate action like the abjurer (counterspell) or the ...
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When can your reaction be used? [duplicate]

I have an argument with my players every once in a while and it is always the same sincero. Character 1- I cast fireball Character 2- I cast counterspell Character 1- Well I counterspell your ...
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Can Fade Away be Counterspelled?

Does the racial feat Fade Away count as a spell cast by the user or is it a racial trait activation such as a dragon's fire breath and therefore can't be counterspelled?
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Can Counterspell be used as a Legendary Action by an Archlich?

An Archlich in a WotC adventure is listed as being able to cast one of their at-will spells as a Legendary Action. Here's the quote: At-Will Spell. [the lich] casts one of his at-will spells. The ...
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When can you counterspell a spell with long casting time?

The spell counterspell in D&D 5e has a casting time of 1 reaction, "which you take when you see a creature within 60 feet of you casting a spell". It has the basic effect of: You attempt to ...
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Is it possible to cast counterspell while in the ethereal plane under the effect of blink?

If a wizard has blinked out and sees a spell being cast in the material plane, can he counter that spell with his reaction? Will their magic be able to act across the planes? My instinct is to say no,...
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Can you use Counterspell/Dispel Magic to prevent a druid from using Wild Shape?

Is it possible to use counterspell or dispel magic to prevent a druid from using Wild Shape or forcibly revert them to their original form?
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Is a slowed spellcaster counterspellable on other people's turns until he finishes casting on his next turn?

One of the effects of the slow spell is particularly nasty for spellcasting targets: If the creature casts a spell with a time of 1 action, roll a d20. On an 11 or higher, the spell can't take ...
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Can you effectively apply the Distant Spell metamagic option to a Counterspell?

The Distant Spell metamagic option's first effect enables a sorcerer to double the range of a range-based spell. The counterspell spell has a normal range of 60 feet, but has the following casting ...
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Can a spell cast through a familiar be Counterspelled even if the familiar's “owner” is out of range?

The find familiar text states: Finally, 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, ...
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If your bonus-action spell is counterspelled, are you still restricted to casting a cantrip that turn?

The rules for bonus-action spells state: You must use a bonus action on your turn to cast the spell, provided that you haven't already taken a bonus action this turn. You can't cast another spell ...
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How can one spellcaster avoid complete lockdown via Counterspell against multiple other casters?

As a single spellcaster, fighting more than one enemy spellcaster with counterspell is very difficult, even if you are much more powerful then them. The reason for this is that they have enough ...
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Can a Spell cast with Subtle Spell and an Arcane Focus be Counterspelled?

Recently, this question asked whether you could Counterspell a spell without a material component that completely eliminates component requirement via Subtle Spell. The answer was no, with a Crawford ...
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Can you Counterspell a caster who is under Invisibility?

You lose Invisibility when you attack or cast a spell. Case 1. If someone who is Invisible (not Greater Invisibility), but not Hidden (I know they are there) casts a spell, would they lose ...
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Can I counterspell a Subtle spell without material components?

Counterspell 1 reaction, which you take when you see a creature within 60 feet of you casting a spell. Can I Counterspell a creature that completely eliminates component requirement? Subtle ...
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Can you decide to counterspell after another counterspell has failed?

Imagine the following situation: Bobby and Tommy, 2 characters with the Counterspell spell prepared, face against Freddy, an evil priest (who does not have Counterspell). Freddy casts a high level ...
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How can my NPC chase a caster PC who tries to cast a spell and my NPC wants to stay within range to counterspell the PC?

Assuming an NPC of mine plays the role of counterspell dude for the bad guys. If the PC starts running in order to always be out of range of 60ft (for the counterspell to be able to cast), how will ...
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Is Innate Spellcasting counterspellable?

On p.85 of Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, there’s a section clarifying that you need to perceive a spell being cast (by either a verbal, somatic or material component) in order to counterspell it. ...