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Questions tagged [magic]

For questions about the nature of magic in a game. Use [spells] for questions on specific spells, and [spellcasting] for questions specifically about the process of spellcasting.

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Is it possible to prohibit all prohibitable schools of magic with a single character?

It is well known there are seven prohibitable schools of magic, of which the Focused Specialists can prohibit three. I'm unsure of how these stack (in other words, can you ban the same school twice?), ...
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Do class features that give a flying speed count as magical in relation to falling rules?

There are some classes, like the vengeance paladin's capstone or the Tempest Cleric's 17th level Stormborn feature, that grant a flying speed to a creature. Is this considered 'magical' flight or is ...
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How does casting spells look in Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay? [closed]

I would like to know more about how casting spells works on a physical level in the second edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. From the books I've learned that casting a spell requires saying some ...
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Can Mage Hand help you fly? [duplicate]

I have recently seen a post on Twitter that said something along the lines of: "If you are a gnome and cast Reduce on yourself, you can use Mage Hand to pick you up by the collar for a quick ...
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Can you summon yourself?

Assume two characters, a summoner and a wizard. (The wizard is, in theory, not necessary, but let us assume them anyway.) The wizard has learned the Path of Creation spell Chimera (Creation 80). ...
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What's the “magic similar to the Knock spell” referenced in the Dungeon of the Mad Mage adventure?

The Dungeon of the Mad Mage module book (p. 11) has this to say about secret doors: A one-way door can be manually opened only from one side (the other side has no handle or hinges). A knock spell ...
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Can evil outsiders be sanctified?

In the Book of Exalted Deeds, there is a spell called Sanctify the Wicked. The effect of this spell essentially comes down to forcing an evil creature to undergo a year-long process which culminates ...
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What truth-detecting magic (excluding Zone of Truth) does a Ring of Mind Shielding protect against?

A Ring of Mind Shielding has the following effect: While wearing this ring, you are immune to magic that allows other creatures to read your thoughts, determine whether you are lying, know your ...
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Why are the rules for the polymorph subschool of magic separated from the rest of the book?

When I first bought the core rulebooks for Dungeons and Dragons 3.5, I did a cursory look through of all the books. One thing that stuck out to me was the fact that in the very back of the Player's ...
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Does the Detect Magic spell detect any external divination spells?

Suppose a spellcaster NPC is using a divination spell on the party to either spy on them or locate them such as Locate Creature or Clairvoyance or (especially) the Scrying spell. Would a player ...
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Magical attacks and overcoming damage resistance

I got hit with an argument from one of my players the other day, and it goes like this: He is playing a Monk and his unarmed attacks count as magical attacks. He was trying to punch a Web. I told ...
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Does “bow feint” apply to ranged touch attacks?

The feat "bow feint" from Dragon Magazine 350 allows you to use a ranged weapon to feint against an opponent within 30 ft distance. Would this feat apply to a ranged touch attack such as a Warlock's ...
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Does the “Pierce Magical Concealment” feat allow a character to see magically concealed characters?

One of the players of the oneshot campaign that I'm writing chose the feat Pierce Magical Concealment (Complete Arcane, p.81), as a DM I'm not sure how it would work in an encounter I am planning. ...
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Is the war cleric's divine strike considered non-magical damage? [duplicate]

Other domains give damage types that are not commonly resisted. Stat blocks list fire, cold, and other resistances separately from the "bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage from nonmagical ...
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What is Wonderstone and are there any references to it pre-1982?

What is Wonderstone? Is there any source indicating that it was created pre-1982? I'm trying to find a reference to wonderstone in D&D pre-1982.
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Can Oracles use CHA mod for casting javelins from Holy Ice?

The text of the javelins option from Holy Ice refer to using the WIS mod plus the BAB for each javelin attack. Can Oracles apply their CHA bonus instead?
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Magic Circle: What doesn't fall under “non-magical means”?

Magic Circle has the following effect on creatures of a specified type: The creature can't willingly enter the cylinder by nonmagical means. If the creature tries to use teleportation or ...
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What's the in-universe reasoning behind sorcerers needing material components?

Sorcerers are "spontaneous" spell casters. They don't "learn spells" the way a wizard does; their spells aren't granted by a powerful extraplanar entity the way a cleric's, paladin's, or warlock's ...
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Is there such a thing as never melting snow?

In order to make the Snowcasting feat (Frostburn, p. 50) more useful in warmer areas, or during warmer seasons, I am looking for a source of snow or ice that never melts. This can be a spell that ...
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Can magic users control arcane energy in ways other than the spells they can cast?

Situation that arose: A level 1 Wizard decides to interrogate a Goblin. He wants to "slightly shock him with electricity" to wake him up. The only lightning damage spell he knows is Shocking Grasp, ...
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Are Warlocks Arcane or Divine?

This question recently came up in one of my sessions. Are Warlocks considered Arcane or Divine? There is a magic item, Dark Shard Amulet that is for Warlocks and it requires an Arcana check to use. ...
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Can an arcane focus boost spell attack or damage rolls?

Is it possible for an arcane focus to boost spell attack or damage rolls? To act as a +1/+2/etc. modifier, like stronger physical weapons.
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What if a revenant (monster) gains fire resistance?

As a GM, I use some revenants for my campaign. Those revenants all have class abilities and 2 are spell casters (an abjuration mage and alchemist artificer). The "problem" (it's not a problem, but an "...
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Player using charm spells on party players [closed]

I'm playing a barbarian with a small party. My character's backstory was completely ruined because the caster decided to use charm on me when wanted posters that looked slightly like my character ...
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Does Truesight encompass Detect Magic's awareness?

The description of Truesight says: A monster with truesight can, out to a specific range, see in normal and magical darkness, see invisible creatures and objects, automatically detect visual ...
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How can you actually resurrect somebody in Anima?

As per the title - I can't seem to find a single spell or effect that performs a resurrection, so how do I perform a resurrection? I would prefer to avoid the Arcana Exxet's spells in this question, ...
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Does the caster of Dispel Magic know if they are successful?

Upon reading the text of Dispel Magic it isn't clear to me whether or not the caster of Dispel Magic knows whether or not they have been successful at dispelling a higher level effect. Or even if ...
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Does your character possess a magic aura as a wizard while you are incapacitated? [duplicate]

My character was incapacitated (0 HP, passed my death saving throws). My party went on head to the next room without me after failing to revive me. Little did they know the next room was the boss room ...
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Can a wizard research an existing spell of a higher level than they can currently cast?

TL;DR - Can a 6th level wizard research (not cast) an existing 4th level spell? As a wizard of the 13th circle, I have a need for some spells of the 4th tier. I have been unable to find scrolls for ...
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Are there any magical contraceptive birth control options available?

I'm GMing a game with a bunch of spellcasters who want to be sexually promiscuous but don't want to be pregnant or make babies. The players'/PCs preference both for fun and flare is to establish ...
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Another Dream Question! [closed]

5th level Dream! Its a fun and creative spell. Though how creative can one be? What activities can the messenger and or the target of Dream do while under the affects of the spell? Can they cast ...
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Is there a way to store 9th-level spells in a Glyph of Warding or similar method?

Are there any methods to store spells of 9th level at a location, preferably in a manner that can be triggered in a manner similar to glyph of warding? Magic items could be accepted as the answer as ...
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SoP: Can Sage's take 'Natural Enhancement'?

The Sage class from the Champions of the Spheres book has several class features that let them modify their class feature or gain powers from magical talents as if they were casters. One such is the ...
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Is there a method to create permanent connections between locations or planes to each other to only allow communication?

Related questions: Are there any spells or magic items that allow for making of ‘logic gates or wires’? Are there methods to allow players to create permanent gates between planes/demiplanes? Is ...
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Are there methods to allow players to create permanent gates between planes/demiplanes? [duplicate]

My players are wondering if they can create permanent ways between their demiplanes (created by the demiplane spell) and between the planes the campaign takes place in. They, over time, have made many ...
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Are there any guides for what ingredients would be needed to make a magic item, spell, or how long to research the spell to make it? [closed]

I’m planning to send my players on quests to get ingredients for a very powerful shield to protect a plane. Are there any guides or recommendations for the difficulty(CR) that magic items of certain ...
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Are there any spells or magic items that allow for making of ‘logic gates or wires’?

My players’ characters are planning to create a base/series of systems to monitor their base. I want to have them ‘program’ the base. Some examples are: something to alert the residents of incoming ...
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Can a creature have simultaneously a magical and a psionic contingency?

Can a creature have in operation at the same time both the 6th-level Sor/Wiz spell contingency [evoc] (Player's Handbook 213) and the 6th-level psion/wilder power psionic contingency [clairsentience] (...
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What is the maximum number of spells a character can have? [closed]

What is the largest amount of spells one character can have at one time? This includes Multiclassing, feats, Background, and Races. The character does not have to be functional in any way. It just ...
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State and status of an animal magically turned into a human

Let us suppose that we have a mundane animal - a cow, sheep or pig, and a Muto Animal Corpus spell is used to transform that animal from its natural form into the form of a human that is the ...
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Can you make spell trigger items at a caster level lower than your own?

Let's take a scroll as an example, but this would apply to wands and the like as well. The SRD says the following about scribing scrolls: The base price of a scroll is its spell level × its caster ...
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How do Dvati work with Incarnum?

Okay, I love Dvati, because a race that is two bodies with one soul is awesome. But I sure wish they'd clarified how they worked a little more with the non-Vancian magic systems of D&D. This marks ...
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How an Inhabiting Flesh-Form Spirit Ally would improve its vessels skills?

In my previous question What Attributes does a Flesh Form Inhabitating Spirit Ally have? the answer was that the SA would "inherit" so to speak, the vessel's memories, attributes and skills and that ...
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Do the rules for combining magical effects apply to non-spell effects?

In the chapter on Spellcasting, there is a section called "Combining Magical Effects". However, despite the seeming generality of the title, the text of this section only talks about magical effects ...
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Are components harvested off a dragon inherently magical?

After our party slew a frost dragon, my character harvested a few dragon teeth off of the corpse. I now want to have someone craft weapons out of those teeth (DM does allow crafting of magical items.) ...
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Has there ever been a class that creates magic by drawing it?

In the long history of Dungeons & Dragons, has there been a character class that can only create magical effects by drawing on surface? For example, a class that needs to draw a circle on the ...
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How do the Arcane Archer fighter's Curving Shot and Magic Arrow features interact?

The Arcane Archer fighter (XGtE, p. 28-30) gains two features at 7th level. The first is Magic Arrow: At 7th level, you gain the ability to infuse arrows with magic. Whenever you fire a nonmagical ...
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What, beyond correct elemental or alignment damage, can kill a regenerating creature?

In pathfinder, disintegrate states that: Any creature reduced to 0 or fewer hit points by this spell is entirely disintegrated, leaving behind only a trace of fine dust. This indicates to me that ...
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Does looking at a gaze attack indirectly still trigger the effect?

This question is similar to this one, but with Pathfinder rules in mind. More specifically, my group is up against a creature that does damage when it looks at you. Our bard ran away, but can still ...
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What are the limits of Reflective Fear?

In D&D 3.5 fear is a very fun mechanic, typically the province of enemies but also something you can build a character concept around. Rather than describe all the rules here, I'll link to this ...