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Can you combine Form of the Dragon spell with the Metamorphosis power?

The polymorph subschool rules states that you can only be affected by one polymorph spell, but Metamorphosis (from Psionics Unleashed by Dreamscarred Press) is not a polymorph spell, even though is ...
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What is "Vancian" magic in D&D?

In discussions of D&D, especially discussing older editions, the term Vancian sometimes comes up: "Vancian" spellcasting, "Vancian" magic system. But this word doesn't actually ...
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Can I use Gentle Repose to skip dealing with a lich's phylactery?

Gentle repose has three key bits of information that interact with a lich's rejuvenation. Relevant text follows. Gentle Repose... Duration: 10 days You touch a corpse or other remains. For the ...
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What would happen if spells took a round to resolve?

I am considering the potential implications of a house rule for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. The rule is as follows: When a creature casts a spell of level 1 or higher with a casting time of 1 ...
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What would happen if characters gained resistance to spells proportional to their martial level?

I am considering the potential implications of a house rule for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. The rule is as follows: A character's "Martial Level" is calculated by determining their ...
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What are the best ways to ramp up aging using magic?

What are some of the most effective ways to accelerate the aging process via magical means?
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What kind of magic is witch magic?

There is a lot of material about magic in the PHB. I'm wondering about how the concept of a witch intersects with the various magic domains. From what I understand: A warlock is granted magic from ...
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Divine Scrolls - Magic Effects

I can't get some doubts off my mind. Do divine scrolls in D&D 5e exist? It seems that a cleric can read the scroll only when the spell is in common with an arcane class that can create it. Am I ...
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Blood Hunter's Crimson Rite makes weapons magical?

So, this has been a lingering issue in my campaign as I can't pin down the rules on this one. I have ruled it differently according to information I've been getting since the campaign started. We're ...
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Is there any lore about faerzress being used for portals?

The 1st edition of D&D introduced the Underdark with the Adventure D1, D2, and D3, later compiled into the Queen of Spiders supermodule. One characteristic feature of the Underdark was that long-...
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Would Spell Storing (weapon) be a superior option than Spell Storing, Minor (ring) for self buffing?

In DND 3.5e, both can contain up to 3 levels of spells in total. Spell Storing, Minor (ring) costs 18000GP. On the other hand, Spell Storing (Weapon) costs +1 bonus, which makes the minimum cost ...
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What are the effects of magical sleep for a long rest?

I’ve searched for this over and over but haven’t found a definite answer to my questions… It would be awesome if the answer(s) could contain links that support their sayings :) Say you are put to ...
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Alchemist and Healer's Touch interaction

How does the feat Healer's Touch interact with an alchemist? From my initial reading, since alchemist extracts are considered 'spells' it would work, so long as it was used on others via infusion. ...
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How would D&D 5e spellcasters investigate an anonymous attack?

The adventuring party (D&D 5e level 5) have just managed to commit an audacious attack, destroying an important, visible monument. For the sake of argument let's assume that they have managed to ...
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What does Detect Magic actually detect?

In Pathfinder 2, the cantrip Detect Magic states that: You send out a pulse that registers the presence of magic. You receive no information beyond the presence or absence of magic. You can choose to ...
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Does the Tireless spell increase your normal movement rate?

The Tireless spell (Deep Magic, Kobold Press) says: You grant machinelike stamina to a creature you touch for the duration of the spell. The target requires no food or drink or rest. It can move at ...
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Can two mundane parents give birth to an awakened child?

Is it possible for two mundane parents to give birth to an awakened child in Shadowrun SR5? I've not been able to find any information about this in the core rulebook. By awakened, I mean someone ...
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How can I effectively deal with an incorporeal enemy as an alchemist? Are alchemist's bombs considered magical?

Incorporeal enemies have double resistances against non-magical damage. Many other creatures also have resistances against some non-magical damage but incorporeal creatures are the biggest offenders. ...
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Are the plants animated by an Assassin Vine considered magical?

In our last play session the party was attacked by an Assassin Vine. The low-strength kobold ranger was trapped in the vines for several rounds (in part because he went unconscious from damage, but ...
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Is there any canon support for Sympathy and Contagion in Greyhawk?

I am going to be playing a GURPS Fantasy game set in Greyhawk using some of the rules from the Thaumotology book, which include Contagion: two things that have been in close contact are magically ...
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Can a Githyanki silver sword be used as a means to kill a lich or other similar "immortal" being?

I've been thinking of an idea for a campaign where the adventuring party must find pieces of a weapon: a sword that would be used to slay a lich, as it has the power to destroy a persons soul. When it ...
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Is there a purely charisma-based divine caster?

Do we have a class like oracle from pathfinder but for D&D 3.5? The only one I can find is the favored soul from complete divine, but it's wisdom based, and I would love to have one charisma based....
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Does Rainbow Servant allow a full-list spontaneous caster to cast all cleric spells?

A full-list spontaneous arcane caster (Warmage, Beguiler or Dread Necromancer) does not pick spells to learn each level, like a Wizard or a Sorcerer, and cannot copy spells from other sources to a ...
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How does a Nightmare fly?

The Nightmare's Lore entry describes the creation of the monster: Nightmares don't appear naturally in the multiverse. They must be created from pegasi. The ritual that creates a nightmare requires ...
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How does Detect Magic interact with living bodies?

One player at my table is currently in a pretty specific situation, where he has a magic item inside his body. I have looked at the Detect Magic spell, and at the internet but I did not find anything ...
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Is there, or has there been, an official list of what aura magic items give?

In the 5th Edition description of detect magic, it states: ...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 ...
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Can you run D&D 5e in a post-modern setting without magic?

I recently found a PDF on DMs guild about cyberpunk D&D and didn't feel that I wanted to run it with magic. The main 3 casting classes that have a subclass in the PDF are artificer, cleric and ...
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Can a Tressym see a Skulk?

Is a skulk's invisibility is magical enough to be detected by a tressym's Detect Invisibility? Or is it just a nonmagical ability?
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Is the Armorer artificer's Arcane Armor magical?

Is an Armorer artificer's Arcane Armor magical? As far as I've seen, the rules do not clearly state that the armor becomes a magical object. In addition, an argument can be made that the rules ...
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How can I identify which diseases are Supernatural (and which diseases are other types)?

How do I identify which diseases are "supernatural" and which diseases are other types? I hoping for a property in the disease's stat block, but cannot find anything that makes the ...
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Do the effects spells like Freedom of Movement or Foresight continue to affect a player if they Polymorph, Shapechange, or Wild Shape into a new form? [duplicate]

Do the effects if spells like Freedom of Movement or Foresight continue to affect a player if they Polymorph or Shapechange into a new form in 5th edition DnD? Hello, as stated above I am wondering if ...
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Omniscient Magic Mouth?

As a departure gift to a member of our party, I wanted to give a pendant with Magic Mouth on it, the trigger condition being "when a creature that you're having a conversation with lies to you&...
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What sources of magic would oppose each other?

I apologize if this has been asked before, but I honestly did not know how to search for it properly as my question is more broadly than the arcana class Wizards use, which is often what I find. ...
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Is an Eldritch Emissary's Antimagic Susceptibility(Su) suppressed by an AMF?

I had a conceptual itch that the Eldritch Emissary* template happened to scratch perfectly, except for on little thing: Antimagic Susceptibility Antimagic Vulnerability (Su): Because an eldritch ...
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Does antimagic field affect Gem Flight?

Gem Flight, Fizban's Treasure of Dragons, pg. 11 You can use a bonus action to manifest spectral wings for 1 minute. For the duration, you gain a flying speed equal to your walking speed and can ...
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Can you make a sacrifice for dark gods in d&d 5e? [closed]

Ok so here is the story. We are currently having a campaign of neutral/evil characters, we take what we want and of of course there are always consequences of our actions. We have acquired a deck of ...
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Are there known problems with characters that have more than one sorcery type?

Although the rules (as written and intended) explicitly disallow it (see Can a character have 2 types of Sorcery?) I would like to allow characters with more than one type of sorcery in my campaign. ...
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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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What magics do high level spellcasters strive for after the Spellplague?

Once a spellcaster has reached 17th level and can cast 9th level spells, what more power can they try to obtain? Before Mystra’s ban, there were 10th and higher level spells. Back in D&D3.5 there ...
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Which version of the red wizard’s circle magic is correct, the text or the example?

Dungeon Master's Guide page 194, Circle Magic feature of the Red Wizard prestige class reads as follows: Circle Powers: The first use of circle magic is to empower the circle leader with the strength ...
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How can I add castable magic spells to Mouse Guard?

In How can we add magic to the game? Glazius comprehensively covers most magic systems and how to add them to Mouse Guard, at the end they give the option Not A Dodge: Actual Magic Systems ..but this ...
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Is there a functional reason for wizards to live in towers so often?

The concept of wizard towers seems to predate D&D, but has there been a functional reason for this added to D&D? I'm going to be using the answer specifically in 5e, but wizard towers ...
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What spell interfere-interacts with supernatural abilities?

Is it true that supernatural abilities are affected "only" by antimagic field? if not, what are some examples of spells or conditions that interfere or interact with supernatural abilites ...
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Lizardfolk Ranger Spell Attribute for Innate Cantrip

A Lizardfolk Ranger with the Ancestry Feat Bone Magic. He has +2 Wisdom and +0 Charisma modifier. He chooses Puff of Poison as his innate cantrip granted by Bone Magic. Bone Magic does not mention any ...
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Is the damage of a higher-level Monk's unarmed strike reduced by the Heavy Armor Master feat?

At 6th level, Monks get the Ki-Empowered Strikes feature which states (emphasis mine): Starting at 6th level, your unarmed strikes count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and ...
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How do Naenhoon and Heighten spell interact?

If an Illumian DN1,Wiz1(NaenHoon sigil) with 5 rebuking attempts casts secret weapon using heighten spell, is it a 6th level or a 1st level spell? (assuming he uses all 5 attempts) I honestly can't ...
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What are the consequences of using Fate Accelerated approaches for magic, but skills from the Core book elsewhere?

Some time in the future I want to run a game of FATE, with magic, but reading through the example characters used in the Core SRD, but it looked like it might be smoother to base the magic 'system' (...
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In official lore, what magic is forbidden in Strixhaven?

In both the Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos D&D book and the Strixhaven Magic: the Gathering card flavour texts, forbidden magic is referenced. However, I can’t seem to find what is actually ...
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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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How to identify magic items?

When using the Detect Magic spell to determine the properties of a magic item, do you have to succeed on the Knowledge arcana check in the third round of Detect Magic before you use the spellcraft ...
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