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For questions about illusions, effects or manifestations that deceive the senses or minds of others. They cause people to perceive what is not there, miss what is there, or remember things that never happened. Magical illusions may create phantom images visible to all creatures, but some also plant the image directly in the mind of its target.

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According to RAW what happens to an illusion when it is identified?

A player recently insisted that if a character identifies that something is an illusion, then that illusion becomes translucent to the character. The example was given that the wizard could make an ...
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Can the Minor Illusion cantrip create a taxidermy look-alike of a creature?

The Minor Illusion spell description states: You create a sound or an image of an object within range that lasts for the duration. (...) If you create an image of an object--such as a chair, muddy ...
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What counts as proof of an illusion?

In Pathfinder, proof of an illusion automatically allows you to disbelieve it without having to roll a saving throw. What constitutes proof of an illusion? Here is an example to show what I'm having ...
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Can the Permanent Image Spell Move with the Caster?

Several illusion spells would be useful to keep with the caster so as not to waste them on only one encounter. Notably, the -image line of spells (silent image, minor image, major image, persistent ...
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Does truesight + the Detect Magic spell defeat the Nystul's Magic Aura spell?

Suppose I suspect that an object is magical. I cast Detect Magic, but I see no magic aura on it. However, I'm still suspicious, and now I begin to suspect that the aura has been hidden by Nystul's ...
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Can attacking when seeing from an image be beneficial? [duplicate]

I'm mainly thinking about the spells Project Image and Mislead, both of which creates a "illusory copy of yourself" and contain this text: You can see through its eyes and hear through its ...
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Is the Cloak of Many Fashions ability an illusion or an actual physical change?

The Cloak of Many Fashions is found in Xanathar's Guide to Everything and says: While wearing this cloak, you can use a bonus action to change the style, color, and apparent quality of the garment. ...
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Does Silent Image provide cover? [duplicate]

Let's say we're trying to give a Giant Ape three-quarters cover from a distant archer. A spellcaster casts Silent Image to place a rock in between them of the right shape and size to cover 3/4 of the ...
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How Often To Save To Disbelieve Against Illusions

A little while back, I was running an encounter in my Pathfinder 1e campaign where an aboleth had magically disguised a hydra as itself and I was wondering, in a situation like this, when would saves ...
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Can Seeming add wings for a horse?

I have a Lore Bard with Fly and Find steed spells. So, a flying horse is easy (10 minutes at a time). But now I need to make it appear like a convincing Pegasus, including the wings flapping and ...
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What happens if polymorph ends while under disguise self? [duplicate]

Premise: I am under the effects of disguise self to look like a human and I am in fact, an elf. I then cast polymorph on myself to turn into a T-rex and then take enough damage to make me lose ...
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Can Seeming disguise a mummy as a specific human? (D&D 5E) [duplicate]

Background for the question: in my campaign, I have a Mummy being controlled by a group that includes an Illusionist. I need to make the Mummy appear as if he is a certain human NPC. I know I could ...
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Disguise Self / Silent Image when camouflaging an item into another item

A spellcaster uses Disguise Self to pass as a simple bodyguard. In particular, the quarterstaff that she uses as a spell focus, which normally looks like an obviously magical item (runes, faint lights,...
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Can a space from Phantasmal Force move?

So, my DM is doing a pvp tourney and I am fighting a Mage (5th level). I am a Shadow Monk and also 5th level. What happened is that in the middle of the fight, the Mage cast Phantasmal Force on me. I ...
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Could a creature, made by the Simulacrum spell, cast the Create Magen spell?

Could a creature, made by the 7th level Simulacrum spell, cast the Create Magen spell (from Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden) as a means of bypassing the hit point maximum reduction? It seems ...
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Can Major Image and forced perspective make illusions appear larger?

In the game I'm running, the PCs are about to embark on a wilderness trek during which they will be harried by an opponent who has access to the major image spell. This opponent seeks to distract, ...
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How does spellcasting interact with Improved Duplicity?

Trickery Clerics get this Channel Divinity option: Invoke Duplicity. ... As an action, you create a perfect illusion of yourself that lasts for 1 minute, or until you lose your concentration (as if ...
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Do Illusionist's Bracers actually allow you to cast two minor illusions?

The description of the illusionist's bracers states (GGR, p. 178; emphasis mine): A powerful illusionist of House Dimir originally developed these bracers, which enabled her to create multiple minor ...
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Beauty enhancing potions or oils

I am planning an NPC, that thinks herself to be not good looking to an extend, that she wants to change her appearance. She is not a magic user, but a rather wealthy character that can afford to buy ...
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Limits to appearance of a phantom steed

In a recent game session, a player wanted to become invisible and then use a phantom steed to quickly and stealthfully pass through the enemy camps surrounding a besieged city. This began a ...
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How does the Monster Slayer ranger feature Hunter's Sense feature work with a target that has an illusion on it?

How does the Monster Slayer ranger feature Hunter's Sense feature (XGtE, p. 43) work with a target that has an illusion on it? Would the Monster Slayer ranger receive information about the creature's ...
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Ventriloquism and Bardic Music

Suppose a bard is trying to remain invisible while still inspiring companions. If the bard starts singing, they make themselves a target. If the bard uses Ventriloquism, they can potentially make ...
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Creature telepathy and illusions?

I am running a D&D 5e campaign, and we had an interesting case come up in play last night. The party cast minor illusion to conceal themselves in a cave at the end of a narrow canyon, and then a ...
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Can Minor Illusion be used to replicate non-physical attacks?

Recently as a player my party fought against a creature that could paralyze you if you looked at it. Since my rogue has now seen it, would it be possible to replicate this using Minor Illusion by ...
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Does the Observant feat allow you to auto-succeed against illusions? [duplicate]

The Observant feat states: You have a +5 bonus to your passive Wisdom (Perception) and passive Intelligence (Investigation) scores. To my knowledge, nowhere else in the rules is there discussion ...
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What Illusion spell would allow me to trick two enemies into fighting each other?

Is there a good spell or combination of spells that will allow me to cause opponents to see their allies as the enemies they are fighting? Either one on one or in groups? The intention is to make ...
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Can an Illusion wizard make invisibility "real"?

If a level 20 Wizard (School of Illusion) casts Invisibility on a creature and then uses its 14th level ability illusory reality to make the invisibility "real", what happens?
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Can I Use Minor Illusion to create a 5ft box around myself to block a scrying sensor's sight?

My party is being scryed on by an enemy. We are all low level and don't have access to second level spells yet. I want to use paper and quill, to write down sensitive information, then pass the ...
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As a GM, how do you decide when a creature has discerned an illusion for what it is? [closed]

Many illusion spells, such as minor illusion and silent image have a clause that reads: If a creature discerns the illusion for what it is, the illusion becomes faint to the creature. The ...
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What kind of illusory terrain can the Mirage Arcane spell change the targeted area to?

The spell mirage arcane is problematic in that much is left undefined, or unclear. It is a 7th-level spell, so its powers are unexpectedly great. Nonetheless, there must be some limitations to the ...
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When a Trickery cleric uses Invoke Duplicity to cast Command: "Approach" from the illusion's space, which position does the target approach?

My Trickery Domain cleric uses the Channel Divinity option Invoke Duplicity. I cast command from the illusion's space with the command "Approach". Does the target approach the illusion? Or do they ...
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How does the Hashalaq Quori's Disguise Self spell work?

The Hashalaq Quori is an aberration that looks very different from the humanoids that typically get access to the disguise self spell. It is unclear to me what forms are available to them when they ...
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Is there a reason to investigate illusions like Phantasmal Force other than some kind of metagaming?

If I cast phantasmal force on an NPC to make him think a creature has jumped onto his back and is trying to strangle him, assuming he fails his initial roll, why would he use an action to make an ...
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Can a Minor Illusion block light?

The Minor Illusion spell say: If you create an image of an object - such as a chair, muddy footprints, or a small chest - it must be no larger than a 5-foot cube. The image can't create sound, ...
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Can Phantasmal Force Incapacitate Someone? [duplicate]

The spell Phantasmal Force allows the caster to implant an illusion into a creature's mind. Would it be possible to use some form of illusion that would make the target believe it is incapacitated, so ...
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Do objects/magical effects have to interact with Mirage Arcane?

The Mirage Arcane spell says: Creatures with truesight can see through the illusion to the terrain's true form; however, all other elements of the illusion remain, so while the creature is ...
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How can I show the effects of illusions in Roll20?

My players are approaching a battle with Fraz-Urb'luu, who will have prepared the battlefield in some manner using an effect like Mirage Arcane and several other illusions and deceptions. Given that ...
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Can the hat of disguise be used repeatedly against the same creature for new effective disguises?

I'm trying to get a better understanding of the workings of the hat of disguise (Dungeons Master's Guide 258) (1,800 gp; 0 lbs.). If a creature that interacts with the illusory disguise created by ...
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Does Mirage Arcane spell allow everyone to see everything and let the (real) sunshine in?

The spell Mirage Arcane allows for a cubic mile of terrain modification. Can this be used so one can see everything? Excerpts of Interest The Illusion includes audible, visual, tactile, and ...
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Does Shades/Shadow Conjuration/Evocation requires material components?

I'm pretty sure the answer is no, but I just wanted to be sure I didn't miss a rule somewhere, after all it is an illusion. Let's say I use Shadow Conjuration, Greater to duplicate Acid Storm that ...
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If a character with a familiar has the Phantasmal Force spell cast on them, what does the familiar see?

If a Wizard has a familiar, and is subject to the phantasmal force spell: Does the familiar see the same illusion as the Wizard? If the familiar does not see the same thing, does it grant the Wizard ...
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Can the object created by Minor Illusion be carried or worn?

Looking at the RAW for Minor Illusion (PHB, page 260) and other questions, I recognize that Minor Illusion is very limited in its ability to move on its own or change its appearance. However, I'm ...
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How do Invisibility and Mirror Image stack?

My character finds himself in a situation where he has access to both the mirror image spell and has the ability to become invisible. Ignoring the means by which he becomes invisible (he's not doing ...
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Can an illusion be seen in a mirror?

In Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition, can the visual effect produced by a magical illusion be seen in a mirror or other reflective surface? A specific example would be Minor Illusion. This question is ...
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What is the meaning of harmless sensory effect in Prestidigitation?

sen·so·ry relating to sensation or the physical senses; transmitted or perceived by the senses. Such senses are: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Focusing on just these five, here are some ...
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Are lower level illusion spells capable of producing illusions that animate passively?

Can lower level illusion spells, specifically minor illusion, silent image and major image, create an illusion that can passively animate itself without requiring any further input on your part? ...
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Can the Minor Illusion cantrip create an animated illusion that follows a creature?

Can I conjure a small rain cloud above a creature's head using minor illusion? The text does not indicate whether the illusion is static or animated, so can I create a rain cloud like a GIF? Can the ...
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What are the limits of the harmless sensory effect of the Prestidigitation spell?

If I cast prestidigitation the first bullet point says: You create an instantaneous, harmless sensory effect, such as a shower of sparks, a puff of wind, faint musical notes, or an odd odor. So, a ...
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How does Ring of X-Ray Vision interact with Illusion spells and similar effects?

Specifically, the ring states that "solid Objects within that radius appear transparent and don't prevent light from passing through them". Does it apply to solid objects created through illusion? It ...
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How does 'Mirage Arcane' interact with damage types, speed, and Concentration?

Reading over different questions about 'Mirage Arcane', I've come to what I believe is a fair understanding of what the spell can do, but I'm left with a few questions. So far, my understanding of the ...
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