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Questions tagged [magic]

Questions about the nature of magic in a game. Use [spells] for questions on specific spells.

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What is the monetary worth of a captured spellbook? [closed]

In my last game, the players defeated two wizards, and captured their spellbooks. The party wizard crowdsourced gold from the other players and copied the spells he wanted onto his own spellbook. ...
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Lost limbs and transmutation/polymorph effects

We had a character lose an arm trying to avoid dying from a magic disintegration effect (removing their arm was successful). We are too low of a level to have regeneration cast. There is nothing in ...
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Is the identify pearl material component consumed after each casting, or is it reusable? [duplicate]

Identify spell reads: Components: V, S, M (a pearl worth at least 100 gp and an owl feather) Is that pearl consumed? Or is it reusable? This article is written on the assumption that the pearl is ...
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Can a Warlock cast a spell at a lower level than their spell slot?

Can a Warlock cast a spell using a lower level slot than the slots they have available? For example, if a 9th level Warlock (who has 5th slots) comes into a possession of a Shield Guardian (who can ...
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What happens to a devil that dies in an area warded against planar travel?

If it dies outside the Nine Hells, a devil disappears in a cloud of sulfurous smoke or dissolves into a pool of ichor, instantly returning to its home layer, where it reforms at full strength. (MM p. ...
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Do spellcasters lose spells if they fall unconscious?

Do spellcasters lose spells if they fall unconscious? By "lose" I mean lose the spells they have in their heads - their memorized spells, or prepared spells. Not looking at concentration, but the ...
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Can touchsight detect a trickster creature under “hide from the world?”

A trickster creature is using its "hide from the world" feature. Hide from the World (Sp): At will, for one round per HD. This glamer functions like invisibility, except that it masks image, scent, ...
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What is the expected DPR of an animate object spell cast on daggers?

A 9th level bard (CHA 16) casts "Animate Object" on a set of daggers, animating as much as he can. Assuming 11+ on the d20 is required to hit, what is the expected DPR of the spell? How does it fare ...
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Is it possible to use Druidcraft and Control Weather to tell if a given event will succeed? [duplicate]

Example: a Druid and his party decide to go get rid of an orc tribe. The weather is currently clear, with no precipitation. If the party succeeds in clearing the orc tribe, the Druid will use control ...
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Can a Mind Mage/ StP Erudite learn Shapechange as a 1st level power?

Can a character with levels in Mind Mage and Spell-to-Power Erudite learn their own spells (i.e. Shapechange) as powers at a below normal spell level (i.e. 1st level) with the Mind Mage's Focus of ...
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Being fed a potion while having Spell resistance and while unconscious

Normally with potions you are the caster and target, thus SR would not apply. But if you are force fed a potion is this still the case or would SR still deny the spell?
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Does magic ignore armor in Dragon Age RPG?

I don't find any indication that magic damage ignores armor in the spell list but then again it makes sense that at least some spells do. Am I missing something here?
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Definition of Spontaneous vs Prepared Caster?

I was digging through some obscure feats the other day while looking for wacky builds and I came across the feat Scaled Disciple that I thought would make a fun little exercise to build. It modifies ...
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How to show to my players the utility of a mage?

I'm a master doing a Warcraft game for D&D 3.5 and I have 4 players in it. The thing is, none of them want to be a mage/sorcerer/etc. and I want to show them how OP it can be. What will be my ...
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Can Kobolds utilize magic missile? [closed]

In a campaign that I'm playing, we recently freed 20 kobold slaves and then we enslaved them again. We are playing D&D 5e and are all currently level 4. I looked up "kobold race 5e" online and ...
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Power Word Kill — Max HP or current HP?

Power Word Kill: You utter a word of power that can compel one creature you can see within range to die instantly. If the creature you choose has 100 hit points or fewer, it dies. Otherwise, the ...
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Dropping a 1000 lb anvil on a foe with telekinesis [duplicate]

One of my players wants to drop a 1000 lb anvil on top of an enemy, using the telekinesis spell. How should I adjudicate?
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Feat that allows you to convert power points to spell slots?

I'm trying to remember the name of a feat that allows you to convert power points to spell slots and vice versa
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Stone Shape Uses

Specifically the Stone Sculptor Wild Talent for Earth Kineticists. Can you create tunnels, or burrow with the stone shape spell? It says you may form stone into a shape that suits your purpose, but ...
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Is Ceremony required to make holy water?

Under the item description for Holy Water, we see the following: A cleric or paladin may create holy water by performing a special ritual. The ritual takes 1 hour to perform, uses 25 gp worth of ...
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How would one go about becoming immortal without becoming a lich in D&D 3.5?

The character I am wanting this for is my Neutral Good druid who believes the best way to protect nature is to live as long as it lives. They only ways I have found are evil such as becoming a Lich or ...
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Identifying Alchemist extracts

How do you identify an alchemist's extract being used in combat? Is it knowledge for identifying a class feature, spellcraft for a spell? Is the spell being cast or used etc?
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Dual-School Spells for Advanced Learning (Dread Necromancer)

A player in my group plays an evil cleric/dread necromancer. He now gets Advanced Learning. It says in the dread necromancer class description: The spell must be a cleric or wizard spell of the ...
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What is the general term for a persistent/ongoing magical effect in D&D?

I'm trying to figure out an appropriate word to describe a magical effect of unknown origin in a D&D game. I can't call it a spell or spell effect since it's not known whether the effect is caused ...
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Paladin's source of spellcasting ability

PHB states that: [...] a paladin's oath is a powerful bond. lt is a source of power that turns a devout warrior into a blessed champion. and later: Although many paladins are devoted to gods of ...
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How do I cover a vast area of land with dense vegetation?

I need help to introduce a plot device for the next scenario I intend to GM. I need a way to cover a large area of grassland (a few miles in radius) with high, thick and near impenetrable vegetation. ...
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Can I cover someone in Quintessence while time is frozen during Timestop?

After using the Time Stop spell, can I coat someone in Quintessence while they're frozen in time?
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Are any deities associated with Incarnum?

Are any deities or similar powerful entities associated with incarnum, the magical substance from Magic of Incarnum that allows meldshapers to shape and bind soulmelds?
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Why do warlocks get 9th level spells? [duplicate]

In the warlock spell list, it says that they have 9th level spells, but they only get up to 5th level spell slots. How does that work?
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What if natives of the Far Realms ignored the wild magic trait? [closed]

According to the Manual of The Planes the Far Realm (312) has the planar trait wild magic: Any spell or spell-like ability used on a wild magic plane has a chance to go awry. The caster must make a ...
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Can magic aura target an illusion?

I (a player) want to put illusory walls into a dungeon, but do not want them to appear to detect magic and possibly detect secret doors. The issue is that illusory wall does not "create" anything as ...
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Do magic weapons bypass monsters' resistances?

For example, if I use a magic dagger to stab a monster that is resistant or immune to piercing damage, but with no resistance or immunity to magic weapons, does it take full damage or not?
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How much does a player know about a spell affecting his PC?

On a West Marches style Pathfinder server my PC was fighting an undead sorcerer that cast a spell on my PC. The GM described the spell as follows: There is a dark whip thing that goes around your ...
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True Vancian Wizard

Perhaps this has been answered already: searching returns only the opposite question, how to bypass a vancian system. I quite like the idea of preparing spells. As in, you have 2 fireballs and 3 ...
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Is the changeling's Shapechange ability detectable with Detect Magic?

In one of the Unearthed Arcana, the changeling from Eberron was introduced as a playable character race. It has a "shapechange" ability, which allows for a superficial polymorph to change their ...
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Spellthieves and stolen spells reserve

Kind of related to my other spellthief question. In the Steal spell description, it is mentionned "At any one time, a spellthief can possess a maximum number of stolen spells equal to his class level"...
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Do melee Spell-Like Abilities count as holding a charge?

Suppose a character activates a spell-like ability that requires a melee touch attack, such as the Lore Keeper ability of the Knowledge domain. Can that spellcaster forfeit the touch attack and be ...
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Does detect magic go through walls?

I have a chest hidden behind a false mechanical wall and in that chest are magical items, would the player using detect magic be able to notice the items?
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Use of the Pearl of Power?

Can an arcane trickster rogue use a Pearl of Power in D&D 5e? The explanation of which classes can use a pearl of power does not include rogues.
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Does a caster know when a detect spell has failed by countering it?

We are above level 5 and are not true neutral characters. We will be attempting to infiltrate and move around in a culture with an alignment very different from our own. There are going to be lots of ...
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How do ectomancy spells from Ghostwalk interact with 3.5+PF material?

In our 3.P game, our DM is allowing us use of WotC's Ghostwalk hardcover book (3.0) and its 3.5 Conversion Web Enhancement document. Our DM's campaign will feature a significant number of incorporeal ...
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Can a Wizard prepare spells from other spellbooks? [duplicate]

I was playing as a wizard character in a campaign, and found a spellbook. I was excited at first, but then realized how expensive it would be to copy it into my own. So can I just prepare them ...
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Possible to cast Mind Spike without breaking concentration? [duplicate]

Mind Spike is cast with one action but has concentration up to an hour. Unless I'm mistaken, the actual casting process of the spell does not take concentration, due to it not being longer than a ...
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Is it unbalanced to change the opposition schools in AD&D 2nd edition?

Background: In AD&D 2nd edition, the rules for specialist wizards specify that each school of magic has one or more opposition schools, indicated via a diagram and a table in the Player's ...
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Would a lead barrier work to block an antimagic field?

If a character were to use a lead barrier in an antimagic field would the field be blocked? I saw a post saying to make a big lead cone and enchant it to shrink and wear as a hat so that when you ...
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What counts as channeled energy for this tiefling ability?

I have a character with variant tiefling ability #49: You are healed by both positive and negative channeled energy. Several spells state that You channel positive energy or If you are healed by ...
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Can you be petrified while in gaseous form?

A high level Wizard cast a spell on an Efreet I had summoned from an Efreet Bottle, this spell restrained him and made him make CON saves at the end of each of his turns. I cast the spell Gaseous Form ...
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If my PCs are in a tunnel of water and it magically freezes, will this have violent effects?

Currently, my PCs are semi-trapped underground in a narrow, but tall (20ft) vertical tunnel surrounded by rock (with the ceiling being about 5ft thick, the rest being much thicker). The tunnel is ...
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Is there a way to force a doppelganger to revert to its true form without killing it?

The scenario is this: The heroes have figured out there's a doppelganger, and they know who it is, but the only way they can prove it is to make it reveal itself as a doppelganger. The party can use ...
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Can an illusion carry an object made real by Illusory Reality?

Say I create a smith with Major Image, and use Illusory Reality to make his hammer real. Obviously, the hammer is physical, and can do physical things, provided it doesn't do damage. However, could ...