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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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I've been trying to track down an old P&P RPG that I used to have years ago

The game was similar to Palladium or Rifts as I recall, but I remember a rule-set detailing Tech-level vs Magic-level; the higher the tech the less it affects the high magic elements, and vise versa. ...
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Does magically resizing a construct change its HP?

In Pathfinder Constructs gain bonus HP based on their size category. Our group is working with the 3rd Party System "Spheres of Power" and one of the players plans to use the Minimize/Maximize and ...
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What is the meaning of 'fast-casting' in M20

In the latest M20 iteration of Mage: The Ascension we are a given a list with various "Magickal Difficulty Modifiers" for Arete rolls depending on various conditions that may apply such as: Using a ...
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Is there a spell area of effect sizes write up?

I am working on A D20 Mod for a homebrew campaign setting. At the moment I'm working on the magic. The SRD has a breakdown of the spell ranges... Close Range: 25 feet +5 per caster level. Medium ...
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Does “Shocking Grasp” have advantage on its attack roll against Animated Armor?

Here is the spell description for Shocking Grasp on page 275 of the PHB: Shocking Grasp: Lightning Springs from your hand to deliver a shock to a creature you try to touch. Make a melee spell ...
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Do Awakaned Mind and other pact spells of warlock outside the expanded list need to be learned? [closed]

Sorry for the this newbie question, but I want to build a warlock (Great Old One patron) in D&D 5e, and I and the GM are new to the game. For my understanding, once I have the requirements I ...
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How are spells made permanent in 5e?

As we all know, the golden-age era of spellcasters having access to spells like Permanency is now over with the arrival of 5E. I am now DM'ing a top-tier campaign, and several of my PCs are casters ...
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How can a low level adventurer magically disguise an item?

I have a character who is bound to a certain set of wind chimes, which they can't be separated from for long due to plot-related reasons. However, these wind chimes are very valuable to some very ...
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What happens to a Wizard's Transmuter Stone when she dies?

Unfortunately, last monday night our transmuter wizardess met her early (only 160!) demise at the hands (claws) of some elf-hungry trolls. Her transmuter stone was not on her, because another ...
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Counterspell & Dispel Magic vs Wild Magic Surge

One of my 5th ed games has both a wizard and a Wild Magic Sorceror in the party. It's unlikely to come up in play, but I was wondering if: a) the wizard could cast 'Counterspell' to stop a Wild ...
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How do I create a sense of science about magic?

Based off of this question. Magic in many games is considered well-understood, but ill explained (hence 'magic'). Assuming that I control the environment and have a mild will to bend mechanics, how ...
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Can lead be divined?

Many divination spells—detect spells in particular—say that they are blocked by any amount of lead. But what if the thing you want to divine is in fact made of lead? Could that thing be divined? If ...
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What is the source of arcane magic?

I'm currently playing around with basing a D&D campaign off the idea that arcane magic is fading from the world. I'm curious if the rule books have discussed the nature of arcane magic: Where ...
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What is the difference between an Arcane Focus and a Component Pouch?

Reading through the Player's Handbook, I've noticed that the Sorceror, Warlock and Wizard classes can all take either an arcane focus or a component pouch. My understanding is that an arcane focus ...
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What do we need to do to enjoy 3.5e-like Portal Magic in Pathfinder?

In 3.5 play, WotC published a bunch of game-mechanic rules for portals and portal magic. You could find them in Manual of the Planes, Planar Handbook, some of the F.R. sourcebooks and even spell ...
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What combination of spells and items provide you the best odds of being undetectable? [closed]

If I were attempting to solo infiltrate a fortress by stealth, what spells/items would I bring to give me the best chance of not getting caught? If the fortress had unknown methods of detection, what ...
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Flavor Text or Rules: D&D 5e Magical Manifestations and How They Disappear

In many different RPGs, magic is defined many ways, especially when it comes to creating or modifying parts of the physical world such as a wall of earth or a fog bank. In D&D 5e specifically, ...
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What are the range and requirements of a Dismiss action?

Using his sharp ear to guide himself, the little cat walked gently across the unstable roof of the inn to the window where the conversation was closer. Even with the window closed, it was clearly the ...
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How to get new players into a convoluted homebrew system?

I included relevant background to illustrate how convoluted the system can become, skip to the bottom if you just want to see the question. I've gone off the deep end and broke everything by making a ...
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Can a creature attending an object give up that object's saving throw?

Inspired by this question, if the holder of an object tries to place an object in the pocket of the shadow clothes (those created by the spell shadow conjuration), the object automatically succeeds on ...
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Are there any spells that allow a Druid to create a focus out of a living tree previous to 5E?

In my previous question, I asked if there was any means, in RAW or RAI, DnD 5e, for a character to create a druidic focus out of a living tree, as described in the PHB: A druidic focus might be a ...
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What happens when you roll a 1 on a spell touch attack?

I rolled a 1 on a spell touch attack. Game is Pathfinder. I am a cleric (Divine magic). What happens?
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Can Werebeings Cast in their Hybrid Form?

Werebeings in D&D are powerful characters who are capable of transforming into specific beings, notably tigers, bears, and wolves, or hybrid human/beasts. The rules concerning the question are as ...
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Are there any spells or any other way for Druids to create a focus out of a tree?

I am wondering if there is any spell, or other means, for a character to create a focus for them, as described in the PHB for 5e. A druidic focus might be a sprig of mistletoe or holly, a wand or ...
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Must a multiclassed caster use 2 different spellcasting focuses? [duplicate]

A sorcerer who multiclassed into a cleric originally used a crystal arcane focus, but as a cleric, they must cast using a holy symbol as their spellcasting focus. In order to cast the cleric spells, ...
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Do sorcery points have any value at level 2?

The sorcerer gains 2 sorcery points at 2nd level. However aside from trading those 2 points for another spell slot they seem to have no purpose as no skill that spend points is available until 3rd ...
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What could an NPC use to keep PCs from noticing something? [closed]

Table Warning Kat and KH, if you're reading look away; this has major spoilers for our game. Backstory I'm currently DMing a homebrew 5e campaign. My players are unraveling the Mystery of the ...
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Are illusions just mind tricks or do they produce physical images and sounds?

Do illusions exist as images and sounds in the world, like holograms, or do they exist only in the beholder's mind, like mass hallucinations? There are paragraphs in the PHB that can support both ...
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What is the effect of the Weave being broken in an area?

The Weave can be broken: maybe just by time or a legendary magical battle. What effect does the Weave being broken have on the world and creatures in the area where it is no longer intact? Relevant ...
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Is a High Elf's cantrip innate or is it learned?

Where does a High Elf get their Wizard cantrip? Is it innate? If innate, is it hereditary (so that an Elf would have the same cantrip as one of its parents, and share it with siblings)? Or is just the ...
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Gloom Magic, Tiefling, and Street Magician, do they work together?

Gloom Magic (SP) A rogue with this talent gains the ability to cast darkness two times per day as a spell-like ability. The darkness created by this ability does not impair the rogue’s vision. ...
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Who maintains concentration on Wild Magic spells? [duplicate]

A few effects on the Wild Magic table are spells that normally require concentration. Does the sorcerer have to give up their concentration for these effects to occur? If so, do they have a choice in ...
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What are the ramifications of an arcane caster becoming a divine caster?

In a campaign I'm in, I'm playing as an Eldritch Scion Magus who believes that he's a paladin of the dead god Aroden. My GM and I have been discussing everything that would happen once Aroden is ...
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Is there a logical language that could be used for a machine that can answer yes/no questions, to answer more complex questions?, [closed]

Is there a logical language that could be used for a machine that can answer yes/no questions only to answer more complex questions? (Or can we create one?) Note: I'm starting to realize the question ...
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Does using a focus/divine focus to cast spells require to hold it in hand?

The eldritch archer magus archetype can cast spells with somatic components and wield a ranged weapon at the same time (most of them are two-handed). The thing is that most spells require material ...
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How many spell slots can you spend at once on the Moonbow Invocation?

So I've been playing D&D 5th edition with a few guys and I'm going to roll a new character, which they are all in favor of. I've taken a liking to an archer, but more specifically an archer with ...
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Can non-druids shapeshift?

I know that druids can use wild form to shapeshift into animals with wild form, but is there a way for others to shapeshift too, without multi-classing?
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Why does arcane magic work outside Toril?

I'm currently DMing a campaign in the Forgotten Realms, but I want to later on add some planescape and spelljammer stuff in the story, allowing the PCs to travel beyond the world of Toril to other ...
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Vancian Spellcasters vs Dynamic Spellcasters

A 3rd party book Advanced d20 Magic introduces a DC-based spellcasting system called Dynamic Spellcasting. What it basically does is letting spellcasters use their magic at-will, which is set back by ...
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Does Danger Sense make any spell/trap/effect seen be able to make a Dex saving throw with advantage?

Let's say I'm a Level 2 Barbarian and I'm targeted by the spell Shatter. Since I have Danger Sense and I see the spell coming at me, and because specific beasts general I won't be making a ...
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How can magic be harvested in Golarion?

In the Inner Sea World Guide in the Mana Wastes section is written that the Calikang leave the desert to harvest magic. The reason is to set the magic free when returning to the Mana Wastes to the ...
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Can clerics wield divine magic if they do not have a god? [duplicate]

Clerics in a previous edition did not need their divine powers to be granted by gods. In 5th edition, this seems to have changed. The introduction for clerics in the PHB says: Divine magic, as the ...
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What are the results of a detect magic spell in regards to some of Barovia's magic features in Curse of Strahd?

It was our first session of Curse of Strahd, and I used the Creeping Fog adventure hook to get the party to Barovia. Immediately, they grew suspicious of the mist and cast detect magic. Does anyone ...
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How do I implement conceptual magic into a d100 system? [closed]

I'm running a campaign with a constant group of players and have been for a couple of years now, in which they are playing several generations of PCs, each consecutive generation being more powerful ...
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Accessing 'Summon Eidolon' as a Druid

I'm currently playing as an Elemental Ally Druid, an archetyped class I'm enjoying considerably, in spite of the somewhat-nerfed Eidolons. I've been able to build each of them as a distinct character, ...
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Magical traps and thieves' tools

I'm wondering how one would disable magical traps. The spell Find Traps describes that it could find Alarm and Glyph of Warding, which to me makes them traps. But a Glyph of Warding can just be a ...
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Does this fix the “Quadratic Wizards” problem in Pathfinder? [closed]

I am planning a Pathfinder campaign which I hope to reach higher level play (at least 15+, maybe up to 25th level.). I see a lot of concern about spell casters in 3.0/3.5/Pathfinder becoming "god-...
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Spell slots without spells of the same level known

A fourth level crossblooded sorcerer can cast at least three spells of second level, yet due to being crossblooded, knows one less spell of each level than a standard sorcerer. In particular, at ...
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How long would it take to teach a 6 year old magic? [closed]

I am currently DMing Curse of Strahd for a group of 4 players, including a dwarven life cleric, a circle of the land elf druid, a dwarf fighter, and a half-elf barbarian. After rescuing a few children ...
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Does Nondetection plus Invisibility hide you from the The Third Eye Wizard ability?

Nondetection protects you from divination magic. In an early post on Sage Advice, I read Nondetection + Invisibility even protects against True Seeing. Okay, makes sense. But what about the ...