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Where and when does lingering auras resonate in when using detect magic(or greater)?

I want to know if the effects of magic have lingering magic auras on their targets and in the places they were cast from/into. Where and when does lingering auras resonate in cases of the following ...
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Sheathing/unsheathing weapons to cast spells

My friend is playing as a cleric that uses a shield in combat. I am unsure of how the rules for sheathing/dropping weapons work. The way my friend is playing, he seems to be able to cast a spell and ...
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If you transmute Ennervation to another element, do you still benefit from the healing?

If you transmute Ennervation to another element, do you still benefit from the healing? The spell reads as follows: Whenever the spell deals damage to a target, you regain hit points equal to half ...
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When creating undead, what abilities are retained?

When an undead is created through the animate dead spell and you apply either a zombie or skeleton template, what exactly is retained? Both of these templates specify that Special Attacks: A zombie ...
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Can you cast Call Lightning while submerged underwater?

We are running an underwater campaign where everyone is an aquatic race, and most of the campaign will take place completely underwater. Call Lightning says: "A storm cloud appears in the shape ...
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Polymorph and Size in DnD 3.5

I recently looked over the polymorph spell chain for Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 (Alter Self -> Polymorph -> Shapechange) while reading suggestions on forums for what to turn in to with the spell, ...
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Material components for Commune spell [duplicate]

The spell Commune specifys (incense and a vial of holy or unholy water) obviously, holy water and incense have a definition but I couldn't find a definition or cost for "unholy water". ...
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Do external, non-innate methods exist in Faerûn circa 1489 DR to situationally alter the efficacy of spellcasting?

Prior to D&D5e, Forgotten Realms lore included situational methods and circumstances that could change the way spells and spellcasting worked. For example, the 1e product Volos' Guide to All ...
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Scrying using effects with a range of “sight” [closed]

If you cast scrying to see a creature, and assuming you can target them with spells that have a range of sight (as discussed here), what spells and abilities could you use to affect that creature or ...
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How can I identify which spells are incompatible with Merciful Spell?

The answers to this question indicate that the Merciful Spell feat can't be used on Summon Monster spells, since they don't deal damage directly. This raises the question of which other spells are ...
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Does magical aging have the same effect as natural aging on children?

If an infant human was magically aged 20 years (say they encountered a ghost), would they be a fully functioning adult, or a horribly aged child? Having an encounter with a ghost turn a nursery full ...
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Is Magical Electricity AC or DC?

I came into a debate with a friend about the nature of magical electricity, such as magical traps, shocking grasp, lightning bolt, etc. Is all arcane electricity Alternating Current (AC) or Direct ...
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Blood transcription and multiple uses

Can the spell Blood Transcription be used multiple times on the same dead caster? How many spells can you gain temporary knowledge of at once?
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aura of life and create homunculus

If you are under the effects of the Aura of Life spell for the entire duration of casting Create Homunculus, how would your hit points be affected? What if you are under the effect of Aura of Life and ...
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Are spirits an inherently magical concept?

The Geminate Invoker Barbarian archetype involves inviting spirits into your body to gain totem rage powers, but RAW nothing about it directly contradicts the Superstition tree of rage powers, which ...
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Does the shield of faith spell combine with the mirror image spell to provide an AC boost to the illusory duplicates from mirror image?

This is a spell synergy question. Casting order is mirror image spell first so the illusory duplicates AC are set, and then casting shield of faith spell, creating a barrier "around" the ...
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Protection against an aboleth's enslave ability

I am structuring the first part of my campaign and have decided the big bad is an aboleth. However supporting the aboleth will be a wizard, who has sought the creature out and is willing to work for ...
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Does the Telekinetic feat also increase the distance you can move the mage hand?

The Telekinetic feat from Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything says the following: You learn the mage hand cantrip.... if you already know this spell, it’s range increase by 30 feet when you cast it. Mage ...
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Does Dispel Magic work on a self-targeting spell cast by an artifact and emanating from within an antimagic field?

A character has a sentient artifact able to cast Holy Aura. Another character casts Antimagic Field and the two effects overlap, so that the origins of both spells are within both spell effects. Can ...
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How does “Sympathetic Magic” mecurial work with area of affect spells

I have a wizard who rolled 22 "Sympathetic Magic" on the Mecurial Magic table for an area of affect spell. Is there any ruling documented how that works? For those without the book: 22 ...
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What is Epic Magic in D&D 5e?

I've been reading and writing some adventures for my level 18 party. Currently we are exploring Epic Magic. I've described the realm of Netheril, Karsus's Folly, and Mystra's Ban. I've explained that'...
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Are the natural weapon attacks of a druid in Wild Shape magical?

The description for the druid's Wild Shape feature declares that the transformation is magical: Starting at 2nd level, you can use your action to magically assume the shape of a beast that you have ...
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Can a player controlling an NPC use its Legendary Actions?

Let's say my players used Dominate Monster on a Kraken: While the creature is Charmed, you have a Telepathic link with it as long as the two of you are on the same plane of existence. You can use ...
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How does the Detect Magic spell see any creature that knows at least one cantrip? [duplicate]

The detect magic spell states (emphasis mine): you sense the presence of magic within 30 feet of you. If you sense magic in this way, you can use your action to see a faint aura around any visible ...
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How does Detect Magic spell see a Warlock's use of Devil's Sight invocation?

I assume Eldritch Invocations are detected as magic, because they are magic: In your study of occult lore, you have unearthed eldritch invocations, fragments of forbidden knowledge that imbue you ...
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What happens if you get over 20 on a death save?

Normally with when you roll death saves, you get up with 1 HP if you roll a 20. But how does this apply with modifiers like Bless? You bless up to three creatures of your choice within range. ...
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Are there any PbtA games for Contemporary Fantasy and Magic? [closed]

I'm being (late) introduced to PbtA games and I'm looking for a Contemporary Fantasy and Magic option, something like Ars Magica, Mage The Ascension, Dresden Files? Let me narrow down the question a ...
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Can you identify telepathically received messages sent through spells like Sending as magical via Detect Magic? [duplicate]

An enemy casts Sending to communicate with a player from far away. In this example, the player character doesn't know anything about the Sending spell and he might think he is just hearing voices or ...
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Can you detect telepathic messages in your head, like the Sending spell, via Detect Magic?

An enemy casts sending to communicate with a player from far away. In this example, the player character doesn't know anything about the sending spell and he might think he is just hearing voices or ...
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Magic Resistance and Destructive Wrath

Currently hit a debate within our campaign in regards to a bearded devil gaining advantage on a Saving Throw from Magic Resistance when our Tempest Cleric can use their Channel Divinity for ...
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Spell-Storing weapon + Magus' Spellstrike

Okay, I've seen a few questions about this but not the exact question I have so I figure it's reasonable to ask. Let's assume the following situation, I have a magus with a spell-storing weapon with, ...
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Magic Stone + Enlarge [duplicate]

Can a thrown magic pebble be a target to the enlarge spell? For that matter, can anything from an arrow to a hurled table become enlarged while in mid-air and if so how would you suggest fantasy ...
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A PC in Curse of Strahd is cursed by Mother Night and eats a dream pastry. What happens?

A PC in Curse of Strahd has the opportunity to be cursed by Mother Night, at which point they are (emphasis mine): On the other hand, a PC who eats a dream pastry (emphasis mine): As luck would have ...
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Are there examples in lore of a dragon learning new spells like a wizard?

I am working on the first main antagonist for my campaign, DnD 5th edition. This will be a green or blue dragon who has the ability to shape change into a human and is a magic user. The dragon will be ...
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In Pathfinder 1E, how do Greater Magic Fang and Amulet of Mighty Fists stack

My animal companion has an Amulet of Mighty Fists that only gives me, say, +1, Frost, without any enhancement bonus. So it's a +2 equivalency, with a +1 enhancement bonus. Let's say that I then cast a ...
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If a Defiler native to Athas managed to get to another Material Plane, could they still use Defiling magic?

From what I understand, in Dark Sun, Defilers can destroy the plants around them to make their magic more powerful. If a Defiler from Athas somehow ended up in another material plane (don't care which,...
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Is Wall of Stone suppressed by Antimagic Field?

I noticed that the Wall of Stone spell includes this interesting tidbit in its first sentence (emphasized in bold): A nonmagical wall of solid stone springs into existence at a point you choose ...
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Does playing magical music count as casting a spell?

So in DnD 5e, my bard character happened upon some fragments of a musical composition. When my character tried playing it, it caused some sonic-charged magical effect. My question is--specifically in ...
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Is there an official explanation for the fluff of why magical healing is less effective on creatures with lots of hit points?

I'm most familiar with D&D 3.5e and 5e, which both have pretty similar ways of describing hit points. The 3.5e SRD says Hit points mean two things in the game world: the ability to take physical ...
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How can a player character make a working magical prosthesis?

For the purpose of this question, a PC spellcaster wants to make say, a prosthetic hand (for himself or someone else). What would be required to ensure the prosthesis would both respond to the ...
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Which magic skill should a PC use to identify a magic item?

It's my understanding that when a PC finds a magic item, they need to use the Identify Magic exploration activity to determine what it does and how to activate it. Page 283 of the Core Rulebook says ...
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Any way to cast dragonmark SLAs in a rage?

Pretty obvious dual to this question, but now for (dragonmark) spell-like abilities. While raging, a barbarian cannot use any Charisma-, Dexterity-, or Intelligence-based skills (except for Balance, ...
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What is the casting time of a spell with no listed time?

I’ve been playing GURPS 4e for a couple of months now, but I only now started looking at magic. Looking through the spells, I noticed that some (namely Shield and Armour) seem to have no listed ...
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How do Bolts From the Grave and a Rakshasa's Limited Magical Immunity interact?

We recently included an UA Revived Rogue subclass in the group and the players had to face off against a Rakshasa. The question is, Bolt From the Grave says it's a Ranged Spell Attack, but doesn't ...
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How can I make crime meaningful for rich players?

For the D&D 5e campaign I'm DMing, the party has been caught for a murder of a government official and put on trial. Out of character, a player pointed out that his character can just pay for a ...
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Can the Staff of the Woodlands be subject to an Awaken spell?

A Staff of the Woodlands can take the form of a healthy tree (60 feet tall / 5-foot-diameter trunk / branches spread 20-foot radius). The Awaken spell can give sentience to a tree, potentially turning ...
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What does Detect Magic show for different Warlock special weapons?

For reference, Detect Magic snippet: you can use your action to see a faint aura around any visible creature or object in the area that bears magic, and you learn its school of magic, if any. ...
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General questions on channeling magic through daggers in 4e

When a sorcerer uses an a dagger to channel a power with the implement key word, what bonus does the dagger give them? The phb 2 says you don't add the proficiency, but it also says you are proficient ...
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Is the kinetisist considered a magic class

The description for kinetisists wild talents says Wild talents are typically spell-like abilities (though some are supernatural abilities), and take a standard action to use unless otherwise noted. ...
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For the purpose of the Detect Magic and Identify spells, is a magic item that is currently out of power still treated as a magic item?

If a magic item runs on "Magic Batteries", when the item is out of power, would it be treated as a magic item for the purpose of the identify and detect magic spells? For example, I have a ...

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