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Can you temporarily extinguish a non-magical light source to conserve it?

A lamp and two lanterns are described on page 152 of the Player's Handbook as follows: Lamp. A lamp casts bright light in a 15-foot radius and dim light for an additional 30 feet. Once lit, it burns ...
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What happens after 30 days to the intelligence of a creature who was awakened?

I'm trying to understand the Awaken spell. My confusion stems from the duration of the added intelligence. What happens to the intelligence of a creature after the 30 day charm period? Is it gone, or ...
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Detect Magic as Ritual casting to find magic item?

I am new as DM running my fourth session playing D&D 5e. I have five experienced players who sometimes use logic that seems suspicious. One of my players is a wizard. They cast Detect Magic as a ...
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Can I stack the duration time of Animate Dead?

Animate Dead can reassert control over undead you created. It spells: The creature is under your control for 24 hours, after which it stops obeying any command you've given it. To maintain control of ...
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Can the Dispel Magic spell end the spell effect of a spell that already ended?

I realized I had this question at the very end of answering the following: Does the blindness inflicted by the Wall of Light spell last for 1 minute even if concentration on the spell ends? So I'll ...
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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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Where does a creature - flying low over a large body of water - descend when subject to the Earthbind spell?

In looking at the question Can the Erupting Earth spell be cast somewhere that isn't on “ground”?, other examples of spells involving the "ground" could be useful. Or not. Which leads to the ...
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Can the caster of an upcast Etherealness spell dismiss it for the other creatures it targets?

When upcast, the etherealness spell lets you target multiple creatures. The spell's description includes the following termination clause (emphasis mine): You step into the border regions of the ...
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How many horns can be fired from Alicorn Lance during its duration?

I am somewhat confused by the wording of Alicorn Lance as stated in Elminster's Guide to Magic. The text states: Alicorn Lance 2nd-level evocation Casting Time: 1 action Components: V, S, M (a lock ...
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What happens with effects that lasts until end of dead creature’s next turn?

If a spell has a duration that lasts until the end of the caster’s next turn, such as booming blade, and the caster dies before then, is the spell ended when they die or does it continue until when ...
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Does the duration of the invisibility from the Firbolg's Hidden Step trait allow me to make an attack roll with advantage on the following turn?

The firbolg's Hidden Step trait (VGtM, p. 107) is described as being active "until the start of your next turn" at most: As a bonus action, you can magically turn invisible until the start ...
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When exactly does the Time Stop spell end if you affect a creature or object while time is stopped?

This question concerns this sentence in the time stop spell's description: This spell ends if one of the actions you use during this period, or any effects that you create during this period, affects ...
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Can a level 16 draconic sorcerer maintain their dragon wings (from the Dragon Wings bloodline spell) indefinitely?

Draconic sorcerers gain the focus spell Dragon Wings at 5th level. When the spell is heightened to 8th level, "the duration increases to ten minutes." If a sorcerer has a focus point at time ...
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How quickly must a creature respond to the spell Sending?

Sending (PHB.274): (emphasis mine) Casting Time: 1 action [...] Duration: 1 round [...] You send a short Message of twenty-five words or less to a creature with you are familiar. The creature hears ...
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Does Disguise Self end if the caster falls unconscious?

In one of my groups, I play a squishy sorcerer focused on deception, including having a number of false identities. Last week, we were infiltrating an enemy’s base and my sorcerer used disguise self ...
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How long does the Storm Sorcerer's Storm Guide feature stop rain from falling near you?

The Storm Sorcerer gains the Storm Guide feature at 6th level (XGtE, p. 52; emphasis added): At 6th level, you gain the ability to subtly control the weather around you. If it is raining, you can use ...
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Do the effects of a Potion of Speed or Potion of Heroism disappear if the character becomes unconscious?

If a player is under the effect of a potion of speed: When you drink this potion, you gain the effect of the haste spell for 1 minute (no concentration required). The potion’s yellow fluid is ...
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How long do the temporary HP gained from the Aberrant Dragonmark feat last?

The Aberrant Dragonmark feat states (E:RftLW, p. 52; WGtE, p. 112): [...] choose a 1st-level spell from the sorcerer spell list. You learn that spell and can cast it through your mark. [...] When you ...
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Is this strategy for extending Time Stop via the Extended Spell metamagic valid?

My party is level 17 and one of my PCs is a sorcerer. He discovered a combo using the extended spell with time stop to just freeze time. Time stop lasts a minimum of 2 rounds or 12 seconds so by using ...
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Is there a difference between “one round” and “until the end of your turn” in terms of duration?

I'm mainly concerned about the effects that last "one round" and "until the end of turn" (like Stone Bones ToB p.84 and Inferno Blade ToB p. 54, respectively). My guess is that "until end of turn" ...
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Does making an attack with a previously cast Spiritual Weapon spell cause the Invisibility spell to end?

Suppose a character casts the spiritual weapon spell one round, then casts the invisibility spell the following round. Does using the bonus action from spiritual weapon to attack count as making an ...
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Bloodpyre Poison Str bonus duration

This bloodpyre poison states that it gives str bonus along with the damage it causes. However there is no duration given. Does the str bonus last while you have ability score damage? Is it permanent? ...
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What happens when identical overlapping effects have their end-condition met?

The Dungeon Master's Guide errata (direct download) added the "Combining Game Effects" section which states (emphasis mine): Different game features can affect a target at the same time. ...
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How do short-duration buffs work when used to buff rolls for longer-duration actions?

How do buffs with short durations (let's say guidance, which has a duration of up to 1 minute) work when used to buff rolls for longer-duration actions (such as a heal check to treat disease, which ...
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Can a willing creature targeted by the Animal Shapes spell choose to return to their normal form before the spell as a whole ends?

The Animal Shapes spell allows the caster to transform "willing" creatures in range into an animal. It also says: The transformation lasts for the duration for each target, or until the target ...
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If one of the platinum rings that serves as a component of the Warding Bond spell is removed and then replaced, do the effects of the spell resume?

Warding Bond has a duration of 1 hour and has a material requirement of a pair of platinum rings worth at least 50 gp each, which you and the target must wear for the duration If one of the two ...
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When the Entangle spell ends, do the plants disappear after they “wilt away”?

The description of the entangle spell reads: Grasping weeds and vines sprout from the ground in a 20-foot square [...] When the spell ends, the conjured plants wilt away. Does "wilt away" ...
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How long does the benefit of a successful saving throw against a poison last?

In D&D 5e, does a successful saving throw against poison confer immunity (or at least reduced damage, depending on the poison) from that poison for life, for that combat, or only for that hit? Do ...
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Does the sorcerer's Extended Spell metamagic option extend the duration of a spell exponentially or linearly? [duplicate]

When it mentions that you can spend 1 sorcery point to double its duration, up to a maximum of 24 hours, does it mean that every time you spend a sorcery point you add the original duration again? Or ...
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Do you get the extra attack from a Haste spell you cast on yourself with 1 round duration?

A rogue PC in my campaign has just picked up the Trapsmith prestige class and gained spellcasting this way. He picked Haste as one of his first spells. Now I wonder: His current caster level is 1. If ...
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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 you cast a spell with a focus component and a long duration, does it end if the focus component goes missing?

I can't seem to find a good example outside of 3rd party materials right now and pending GM or Dev input I figured I'd ask here. The example I'm specifically looking at is the Dart Gun I spell from ...
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Does casting a spell with a long casting time require the target to stay in range and line of sight the whole time?

When casting a spell with a casting time greater than an action, do range and line of sight need to be maintained for the entire time? For instance, does a cleric casting Prayer of Healing need the ...
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Can you cancel Demiplane at will?

I have been wondering about this for a while now. When I cast Demiplane and for example trick a bandit into entering the door, can I then cancel the spells effect and remove the door, trapping the ...
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How does the Myrmidon archetype's Field Bandage utility trick work?

The grit option Field Bandage of the myrmidon archetype has this wording that eludes me (emphasys mine). I have been looking for errata but I have found none on this matter. Field Bandage: [...] ...
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When does a spell end, exactly?

Let's say my character casts a spell as a swift action during his turn and this spell gives a bonus to all characters in a 30 ft. radius around him "until his next turn". Is it the start or the end ...
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How is 'Same or Lower Intelligence' determined for the spell Polymorph Any Object?

In this spell, one of the factors that determines the spell's final duration is "Subject is... Same or lower intelligence." What does that mean? Obviously, if the spell turns the subject into an ...
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What is the duration of the Scrying spell?

The description of the Scrying spell says: Casting Time: 10 minutes Duration: Concentration, up to 10 minutes I usually interpret this as: Cast the spell for 10 minutes. After casting, the ...
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How long does the temporary HP from the Circle of the Shepherd druid's Bear Spirit Totem last?

The Circle of the Shepherd druid's Spirit Totem feature lets the druid summon a spirit that creates an aura with a certain effect. One option for the type of spirit is the Bear Spirit (XGtE, p. 23): ...
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Is a spell's duration tied to its effect, or the time experienced by its caster?

Is a spell's duration tied to its effect, or the time experienced by its caster? Alternative wording: With regard's to time dilation effects being in play, does a spell's effect last for its ...
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How does the Time Stop spell interact with the duration of a Bead of Force? [duplicate]

Early in a dangerous encounter we were able to save our bacon by trapping an Archmage with a Bead of Force, effectively removing him from the fight for 1 minute. We managed to eliminate his allies ...
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Is “lasts until dispelled” a duration?

Some spells, like true polymorph, has language that says (emphasis mine) If you concentrate on this spell for the full duration, the spell lasts until it is dispelled. This seems to suggest that ...
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How long do summoned beings last?

My friends and I are looking to play World of Dungeons, but I'm a little confused about the magic system: Most magic requires summoning a spirit, demon, or elemental to perform supernatural effects....
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If a creature is True Polymorphed into a Wight that uses its Life Drain ability to raise zombies, do they stay controlled if True Polymorph ends?

Say you have a high-level wizard that can cast True Polymorph, and they turn into a Wight. They then use the Wight's Life Drain action, and manage to create a few zombies. Let's assume the Wizard does ...
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Does the “damage for disobedience” effect from the Geas spell end when the caster dies? [duplicate]

Situation Some NPCs were under the influence of the geas spell cast by a pair of Lamias. The NPCs were commanded (1) to rebuild some buildings in a town to further the Lamias' evil goals and (2) to ...
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Does the resistance granted by the Horizon Walker ranger's Spectral Defense feature last for the entire turn it's activated?

The Horizon Walker ranger archetype from Xanathar's Guide to Everything gains the Spectral Defense class feature at 15th level (p. 43): At 15th level, your ability to move between planes enables ...
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Does the caster know when a spell with a variable duration ends?

Does the caster know when a spell with a variable duration ends? I'm looking for a RAW answer (answers based on Pathfinder or D&D 3.0 are ok if there is no info on this in D&D 3.5); I haven't ...
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How long does the additional fire damage of an oil flask last? [duplicate]

Here's the description of an oil flask: Oil usually comes in a clay flask that holds 1 pint. As an action, you can splash the oil in this flask onto a creature within 5 feet of you or throw it up ...
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Can a level 20 Berserker barbarian use the Frenzy feature all day with one use?

A level 20 barbarian gets unlimited rages. Can a Berserker barbarian extend his rage by raging again endlessly so that it never ends - which would lead to him never gaining exhaustion and never losing ...
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Can I keep the effect of the Algid Enhancment spell if the Mantle of the Icy Soul spell ends?

The description of the Algid Enhancement spell (Frostburn, p. 88) says You energize cold creatures with a surge of coldfire. Creatures with the cold subtype affected by this spell gain a +1 ...