Questions tagged [counterspelling]

Subsystems or mechanics that RPGs provide for reactively countering another spellcaster's spell as it is being cast.

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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. ...
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Ready cast spell when an enemy cast a spell vs Counterspell

Inspired by Can I deny a counterspell by readying my spell behind full cover? What happens when I ready to cast a spell when an enemy cast a spell, when an enemy has Counterspell prepared? According ...
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Can I deny a counterspell by readying my spell behind full cover?

Suppose I am within counterspell range of an enemy mage (who has counterspell) and want to guarantee that my spell won't be countered. Could I do so entirely on my turn by moving behind full cover, ...
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Can a spell always counterspell itself?

The counterspell rules in Pathfinder say some spells can be used to counter other spells (like, say, Darkness can counterspell light spells). But does this override the regular counterspelling rule? ...
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Do the rules on counterspells make it possible to virtually ensure your spell is always cast? [duplicate]

Do the rules on counterspells essentially make it possible to always have your spells succeed? (i.e...thus making high level one-on-one “cage match” wizarding duels simply a race to be first?) In ...
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Does a counterspelled spell still trigger the Mage Slayer feat's reaction attack?

Counterspell states: You attempt to interrupt a creature in the process of casting a spell. If the creature is casting a spell of 3rd level or lower, its spell fails and has no effect. This ...
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Does a countered spell cost a spell slot?

When a spell caster is interrupted by a counterspell, does the countered spell use a spell slot? The spell description reads, in part: You attempt to interrupt a creature in the process of casting ...
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If a spell cast from a Spell Scroll is Counterspelled, is the scroll consumed?

A spell scroll allows someone (with that spell on their class's spell list) to cast a spell. DMG p. 200: If the spell is on your class's spell list, you can use an action to read the scroll and ...
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How do Indirect Area of effect Spells interact with Counterspelling?

My understanding of Counterspelling is that it adds a pool of dice to your defence. That means if you try to hit someone with an indirect combat spell she makes a defense test with reaction + ...
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Counterspelling a counterspell

My party went up against two wizards. Wizard NPC 1 cast a spell, and Wizard PC used their reaction to Counterspell to try to block it. Wizard NPC 2 counterspelled Wizard PC. I have two questions about ...
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What do I know, when deciding whether to cast Counterspell?

I'm not entirely clear on how Counterspell works, when trying to counter higher-level spells: the CS description only talks about disrupting a creature you can see, within 60 feet, casting a spell. ...