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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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Can you dispel only part of a magical effect?

What Dispel Magic enables you to do is to end a magical effect. Say someone casts an illusion on a small room with Major Image to make it appear to be on fire. But, to add some real danger to it, ...
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Can a character without caster levels learn a metamagic feat?

A Paladin 8 is able to use 2nd level spells, allowing him to apply metamagic feats as for example Extend Spell or Enlarge Spell (which raise the spell slot used to one level higher, so the Paladin can ...
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Can the use of Medicine help heal Drain?

Drain damage, regardless of whether it is Stun or Physical damage, cannot be healed by any means other than the natural properties of the body—that means no magical healing and no medkits. (Core ...
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Does the caster know that their Arcane Lock has been broken/dispelled?

Lets say a wizard Arcane Locks a door in a house. Then the wizard goes off to the nearby park for a walk. While she's away, a master thief enters the house and breaks the Arcane Lock and steals all ...
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Can 5th ed D&D spell points be used in Pathfinder?

So I'm tossing my players into a new world (Kelewan) based on the books from Rayond E. Feist. Magic as they know it is useless and they have to start over to learn the "Greater Path". So I'm ...
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Can a spellbreaker immune to conjuration be attacked by summoned monsters?

The spellbreaker inquisitor archetype has this nice capstone candy: Impervious (Ex) At 20th level, a Spellbreaker becomes immune to the effects of a single school of arcane magic. That school ...
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Do a spellcasters spells end when he dies?

Playing through the session tonight the players brought up an interesting point I had not considered in depth. They were facing off against a magic user who had summoned an undead owlbear via the ...
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Do you get a roll to resist Sorcery spells in Modiphius' 2d20 Conan game? If so, what kind?

The rules are rather scattered and unclear with regards to the way Sorcery spells work in this system...it does say that targets of Sorcery get "Courage plus Morale" to SOAK any sorcery damage, but it ...
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What are the ramifications of no Psionics-Magic Transparency? [closed]

I'm planning a custom power to honor the psionic deity Auppenser and his desire to separate psionics and magic. I was planning on having a power that allows you to manifest other powers you know as ...
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Can a spell always counterspell itself?

The counterspell rules in Pathfinder say some spells can be used to counter other spells (like, say, Darkness can counterspell light spells). But does this override the regular counterspelling rule? ...
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What metals dampen magic?

What types of metal dampen magic? I've heard of lead and gorgon's blood stopping teleports. What other metals block magic effects such as fire, ice, lightining, etc.?
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Is there a way to physically manifest healing magics? [closed]

In (D&D 5E) where there is going to be an ability check to escape a situation (during a chase, perhaps) could a play with the use of healing magics physically manifest to make a slippery area on ...
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How do I know if an ability is magical?

There is often confusion when the anti magic field spell is used, armor of invulnerability is worn, or the Beholder's anti-magic ray is employed, whether a given character's ability will still ...
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Is there any maximum to how high your score in an Art can be?

There is a clear maximum for Abilities based on character age, but is there a similar maximum for Arts?
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Do I have to be a caster to receive the bonus for “Ring of the Ram”?

The ring of the ram has the following description: The force of the blow is considerable, and those struck by the ring are subject to a bull rush if within 30 feet of the ring-wearer. The ram is ...
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How does a caster “specifically anchor” a spell to the ship?

Some spells have an addendum when shipbound, like resilient sphere: The effects of this spell do not move with a ship unless specifically anchored to the ship. Otherwise, a ship running into the ...
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Can you (non)magically push yourself?

Some spells, like Gust, can push a target to a specified distance (ex: 5 ft for Gust). Some physical effects, like the Battlemaster pushing attack or the default Shove push, can also push a target. ...
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How common is magic in Golarion? [duplicate]

Is there in the game any indication of how many wizards or clerics or druids of each level are in the world? I look for a number of those per regular person or per village/city of x size. Same for ...
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How does the sanctuary spell stack with the XGE glamour bard's unbreakable majesty ability?

Unbreakable majesty has a similar effect to the sanctuary spell, although it requires a Charisma save instead of a Wisdom save. If someone attacks a creature under the effects of both, does the ...
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Are the attacks of a creature from “Find Steed” magical?

I was helping one of my players make a backup character for our game. She's making a paladin and picked the Find Steed spell. We're playing in Fantasy Grounds so I was making up a PC sheet for her ...
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In SOP can you automatically have the negative level from resuscitate removed with restore soul?

When using the Spheres of Power rules for Pathfinder, if you have taken the Restore Soul talent and Resuscitate talent from the life sphere, would restore soul prevent or remove the negative level ...
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In Pathfinder, is ceasing to concentrate a free action, immediate action or not an action?

While it seems to be no real difference between those action types, for this action, there really is. If that is considered a free action, i can only do it during my own turn, otherwise i can drop ...
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Just what are the differences between Spellcasting and Pact Magic?

Many classes incorporate the Spellcasting feature. One, Warlock, instead has the feature Pact Magic. What are the mechanical differences between the two, or is this just a distinction without a ...
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Does Eldritch Researcher allows for +0 (or lower) metamagic?

The eldritch researcher story feat states: Completion Benefit: The save DCs for any spells you create increase by 1 when you cast them. In addition, when applying metamagic feats to self-created ...
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How does SoP focus use work?

I am building a spellcasting character using the Spheres of Power rules and one of the casting drawbacks I have taken is focused casting. Focused Casting Your magic requires you to use an item ...
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Complications from Adding a Magic Attribute?

I've been working on a Pathfinder campaign. The backstory of the homebrew campaign I'm running implies that some characters are born with an amount of magical strength that sticks with them throughout ...
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Psionics/Magic Transparancy and PrC Qualification

So, I'm in a campaign that is running full (aka, 100%) Psionic-Magic Transparency. I'm a Divine Caster with not psionics classes, but am interested in taking Thrallherd. So, for purposes of ...
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Under “Psionics-Magic Transparency” what kind of powers is a half-fey immune to?

A half-fey is immune to enchantment effects: Original text from Fiend Folio: Special Qualities: Half-fey have low-light vision and are immune to enchantment spells and effects. Revised ...
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What can and can't Form of Doom be combined with?

The psionic power form of doom states: This power functions only while you inhabit your base form (for instance, you can’t be metamorphed or polymorphed into another form, though you can use claws ...
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How invulnerable can you make a gate door?

There exists a mighty stronghold on a bountiful greater demiplane. The only way in is through a permanent planar gate on the material plane, around which has been built a great and legendary door. ...
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Can attributes be permanently increased via magic?

Is it possible for a mage or a sorcerer to permanently increase their attributes without using up experience points? If it is impossible, what can I tell my players other than "Sorry, but you need to ...
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Which incarnation is created by True Resurrection when used on a reincarnated creature?

Reincarnate creates a new body for a creature who has died. True Resurrection is able to create a new body for a creature when the original no longer exists. What happens when a reincarnated creature ...
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Can a Dragonfire Adept learn warlock invocations and vice versa?

Pretty much what it says in the tin. Can the DFA learn Warlock invocations and vice versa? Or are they separated by class? I know there are some overlaps in invocations.
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How to link a protective ward to a 'key' object?

I'm building a plot that requires a specific tree in a forest only suffer harm under specific circumstances, like during a full moon or with a special axe, or (preferably) when a certain object is ...
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What is the reason to only give casters a single high level slot up to the upper levels? [closed]

Looking at the spellcasting progression, casters only get a single 8th and a single 9th level slot, from when the spell level becomes available up to the 20th level(1). A similar situation happens to ...
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How to design exciting wizard duels

If you have read the Thyrus Gormann vs Balthasar Gelt duel you know what I am talking about: wizard duels are super cool. They can provide great opportunities for creative problem solving. I am going ...
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Out of the Faerûnian and Greyhawkian pantheons, which magic deity would be a good fit for a specific witch-hunting cult?

One of the hostile entities I'm creating for a campaign I'm working on is a cult of witch-hunters (elven, to be precise) who are motivated to hunt witches by a belief that witchcraft/warlockery (aka ...
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Do teleportation spells conserve momentum?

To be more specific, do teleportation spells conserve momentum from before to after the obvious infinite violation of momentum conservation inherent in instantaneous magical travel? Credit to nitsua60 ...
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Is there a way to reduce the slot required for innate spell?

Innate spell is awesome, but rather expensive for higher level spells. Is there a way to reduce the 8 slots up requirement for taking it? I am aware there is a version from the player's guide to ...
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Mechanics for fire arrow/pyrotechnics

So my lovable halfling bard has the spells Pyrotechnics and Spark. He also has a plain old regular small shortbow. What is the easiest and cheapest way to set an arrow on fire, or attach something ...
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Can I let a single PC use the Spell Points variant rule without unbalance?

One of my players (level 5 Druid) has been looking at the Spell Points variant rule in the 5th edition DMG (page 288) and wants to use it for his character. I've talked to the other players with ...
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Does “Alacritous Cogitation” count as spontaneous casting?

The feat Alacritous Cogitation says the following: If you leave an arcane spell slot open when preparing spells, you can use that open slot to cast any arcane spell you know of the same level or ...
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Is the aura of a spell distinct from the aura of its target, if any?

Creatures and Magic Items have auras, which spells like detect evil and detect magic rely on to function. Do spells have auras, and, if so, are those auras distinct from the aura of the target(s) of a ...
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What is necessary for a magician to be able to cast spells in space?

Related but wrong edition. It is supposed to be impossible to use magic in space. In-universe reports of sub-orbital flights where magicians attempted to do so ended up in death or madness. Also ...
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Are spell slots of a Multiclass Mystic + Technomancer interchangeable?

Let's say I have a level 2 Starfinder character, with a level in Mystic and a level in Technomancer. According to the book (and her stats) she can cast 3 level 1 spells from my level in Technomancer ...
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Can you choose to do less damage?

When a spell is cast, can the caster choose to do damage lower than what is rolled? For example if 3d4 is rolled and the result is 8, can the player choose to inflict damage lower than what is rolled? ...
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Do magic items (weapons) all get +1?

In a DND 5E game, my character has the staff of healing. Does this count as a staff/quarter staff for melee purposes? If so, does it get +1 to attack and damage rolls for for being magical? The ...
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Can you attack a Fine/Diminutive Swarm with the elemental damage from a weapon with the Flaming/Frost/Shock/Corrosive weapon?

Since a Swarm of Fine/Diminutive size is immune to all weapon damage, can you at least swing a weapon with an elemental enchantment through it for that small amount of damage? (usually a 1d6) I ...
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Is there a way to remove a spellcaster's magic forever? [closed]

A spellcaster has gone and murder hobo'd and has gotten caught by the authorities. Now he faces either life imprisonment or capital punishment. However, as a third alternative, his spellcasting can ...
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Can you usefully have two Boots of Speed enchantments on the same item?

In Pathfinder, the wondrous item crafting rules say that you can put additional effects onto a single item of a particular item slot at an additional 50% cost. I've also heard it said that weapons can ...