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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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Can the illusion created by the Silent Image spell change size?

The description of the silent image states: You can use your action to cause the image to move to any spot within range. As the image changes location, you can alter its appearance so that its ...
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Casting a Fireball spell past an illusionary wall from Major Image

Player knew that a illusionary wall (Major Image) was fake. They wanted to centre the Fireball past the illusionary wall to catch a target that had just run thought it. I said, they couldn't as they ...
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Understanding Illusions: Complexity and Movement [closed]

Redo: Ok, yeah, I really wasn't sure how to ask this. Thanks for the answers and encouragement! Ok, here's round two I guess. Sorry it's still long, but hopefully it is more clear/coherent. Setup ...
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What are the limits on the movement of your "Project Image" illusory copy?

In D&D 5E, the Project Image spell allows you to create an illusory copy of yourself ...at any location within range [500 miles] that you have seen before. The illusion is "intangible,"...
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Can you use the Major Image spell to replicate/cause other conditions?

I wonder if, within RAW, Major Image could replicate/induce following effects: Blinded (all you see is white emptiness around you or dense fog or pure darkness), Deafened (you hear noise so loud, ...
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How does the Will save to disbelieve the illusion from the Major Image spell work?

I'd like to clarify some things in regards to Will Save on Major Image spell. I will be quoting rules from Silent Image, because that's where actual rules are stated. Major Image is just Silent Image ...
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Are there published encounters that send you into an illusion or dream state?

Our DM in a recent adventure had us transported into a matrix like illusion when we used a portal. We thought we were traveling back to Undermountain from an orbiting satellite that was occupied by ...
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Can you use an illusion to trigger the Warlock Invocation "One With Shadow"?

Can you use an illusion to trigger the Warlock Invocation "One With Shadow"? One with Shadow makes you invisible in dim light or darkness – so if you cast a Silent Image or Minor Image of ...
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Does casting Dispel Magic on the Illusion created by a Mislead spell also end the Mislead's invisibility?

The Mislead spell has two effects: It creates an illusory copy of the caster that lasts for the duration (concentration, up to 1 hour), and it makes the caster invisible (same conditions as the ...
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How does the Seeming spell disguise weapons?

The Seeming spell "disguises physical appearances as well as clothing, armor, weapons, and equipment". Does this mean you can make weapons disappear as part of the disguise, or that you can ...
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What does Twinned Phantasmal Force actually do? [duplicate]

So what happens here? Clearly Twinned Phantasmal Force can be cast, but what does it do? Does it create one phantasm that both of them can see, or does it create two phantasms, one for each target? I ...
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Can a Firbolg standing behind a wall see without being seen?

The Firbolg Magic trait says: Firbolg Magic. You can cast detect magic and disguise self spells with this trait. When you use this version of disguise self, you can seem up to 3 feet shorter or ...
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Can you use the Seeming spell to appear invisible?

The Seeming spell gives any number of creatures you can see within range a new appearance. Is it possible to use this spell to make the caster and their friends transparent?
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When someone under the effect of Disguise Self casts Mislead, what does their illusory double look like?

Casting disguise self (a first level illusion spell requiring no concentration) on a target of Self results in being able to: "make yourself [...] look different until the spell ends or until ...
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If my Firbolg lifts a barrel over their head while appearing 3ft taller from their Disguise Self, where does the barrel appear?

Let's say they are 7ft 4in tall, and cast their innate Disguise Self, using the rules from Mordenkainen's Monsters of the Multiverse: Firbolg Magic • MotM, pg. 15 Once per long rest, you can cast ...
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Illusionary Disguise Level 3 olfactory trait missing?

The rules for heightening spells include In addition, many spells have additional specific benefits when they are heightened, such as increased damage. These extra benefits are described at the end ...
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How does the Shifting Faces feat interact with worn equipment?

The Kitsune feat shifting faces lets you, once per day You wear many faces, even those that don't belong to you. When you Change Shape into your tailless form, you gain the effects of 3rd-level ...
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How does Major Image interact with Blind Fighting?

The rules seem to give little indication if the blindsight gained by the Fighter's Blind Fighting is actually able to automatically foil high-level illusions (such as Major Image). But this text from ...
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Will a creature with damage immunity take damage from Phantasmal Force?

Phantasmal Force can create the illusion of a creature or phenomoenon, and will deal 1d6 psychic damage per round because of the victim believes that it is real. What will happen if you create the ...
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Can you create the illusion of a swarm with Major Image?

The spells Phantasmal Force and Major Image allow you to create the illusion of a creature, here for example the text from Major Image: You create the image of an object, a creature, or some other ...
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How do I rationalize to my players that the Mirror Image is completely useless against the Beholder rays? (also non-attack spells)

Some context: We're running Dragon Heist and the party is brainstorming on a smart combo game plan to fight the Xanathar himself. In this question I've clarified why in our encounter and generally it ...
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What's the best way to roleplay a Beholder shooting with its many rays at a Major Image illusion?

We're running the Dragon Heist campaign and the party is facing Xanathar. The bard came up with an idea to distract the Beholder with the Major Image spell. The description of the Major Image spell ...
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How actually can you perform the trick with the "illusion of the party distracting the dragon" like they did it in Vox Machina (animated series)?

In our campaign, the party is preparing for the inevitable epic battle with a super strong BBEG in a couple of sessions. They were inspired by an awesome scene from the Vox Machina animated series ...
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Does a creature have to see to be affected by the Fear spell initially since it is an illusion?

Does a creature in the target area of the Fear spell have to be able to see to be affected by the spell when cast, since it is an illusion? It is not worded like Hypnotic Pattern which explicitly says ...
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Damaging illusion area effect

I am new to M&M (3rd edition) and am creating a mystic character whose primary powers are mental. I have taken the illusion power (all senses) at rank 5 (the maximum) and made it independent. I ...
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Can you use silent image to create an illusion of yourself to extend the frightened condition when you are out of line of sight?

Here is the specific scenario I am thinking: Spellcaster A uses a spell to frighten an enemy, and they can no longer move closer to them. On certain spells, they actively have to run away from the ...
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When aware of an illusion, can you lose this knowledge by losing sight of the illusion?

I've been looking at some edge-case scenarios for illusion magic, and found myself stuck when trying to rule what would happen RAW with the following. Multiple illusion spells rule that once a ...
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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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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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