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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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Is there a way to create a magic item at less than its absolute minimum caster level?

Without using psionics, is there a way to reduce the absolute lowball minimum caster level of a spell completion magic item or spell trigger magic item? Likewise, is there a way to brew a potion at a ...
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How to handle a warlock with the detect magic invocation?

My group has a warlock that took the eldritch invocation eldritch sight which allows them to cast it without consuming a spell slot. This is causing some concern for me as the DM as I currently have ...
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Can a Kenku with Wind Speaker speak Primordial without using their Mimicry trait?

Okay so the Language entry on the Kenku states You can read and write Common and Auran, but you can speak only by using your Mimicry trait. (VGM, 111) and I know there's the whole race background ...
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Do skinwalkers get more spells per day from their skinwalking increased stat?

I want to play a coldborn (werebear-kin skinwalker) hunter and need some clarification on one of the rules. The way I understand the racial bonuses for skinwalkers is that one of their stats is ...
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Does Warlock Invocation Kiss of Mephistopheles require you to know the Fireball spell?

The latest Unearthed Arcana shows the following addition: Kiss of Mephistopheles Prerequisite: 5th level, the Fiend Patron, Eldritch Blast cantrip You can channel the fires of ...
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How to use Illusions on players properly?

I have my PCs entering a mansion owned my an illusionist-rogue type of BBEG. He's going to be casting Minor Illusions, as well as Hallucinatory Terrain throughout the mansion to mislead players into ...
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How does magic interact with Wizard armor abilities and spells in Dungeon World?

So I recently came across the Mage class in Dungeon World as a freebie given for an optional class pack of three classes. It is supposed to be a replacement for the standard Wizard. Now the relevant ...
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Is there a way not to stay behind with spell levels when playing Pathfinder Sorcerer?

My favourite D&D 3.5 character was a kobold sorcerer. It was using Greater Draconic Rite of Passage from Web Enhancement - basically he was spellcasting as if he was one level higher since he got ...
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Can an anti-magic field be detected via Detect Magic?

Suppose there is a device in the middle of a large but ordinary room that creates a permanent anti-magic field with a 10-foot radius (as per the Antimagic Field spell). A spellcaster suspects that the ...
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I am building a homemade RPG and i want to implement a completely freeform magic system [closed]

I have decided to venture into building a completely tweakable magic system based on a new set of game mechanics entirely of my own making. The system is skill-based (As opposed to stat-based, if you ...
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How does Divine Source work?

Reaching Archmage 4 I can choose Divine Source which is suggested in many builds since it is (apparently) very powerful. I have read this now a few times but do not really understand how it is working ...
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Can Invoke Duplicity use touch spells?

So the Trickery Domain's first channel divinity is Invoke Duplicity, you make an illusion of yourself, and it says For the duration, you can cast spells as though you were in the illusion's space,...
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Can a Torch shed bright light for 160ft?

The cantrip Control Flames has a list of effects it can do: four items, out of which two are instantaneous, and two are non-instantaneous. One of the non-instantaneous effects listed there is: You ...
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If subjected to multiple concentration checks, are all rolled separately?

What happens if multiple concentration checks are required from different sources while a caster is trying to cast a spell? For example, if we have a (very unfortunate) wizard who is trying to cast ...
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What are all of the ways in which a character might be prevented from aging, or the equivalent of cryogenically frozen? [closed]

I'm looking for the ways in which a character can be found in a state in which they have not aged since entering it, which could be several hundred years or millenia. This could be an effect such as ...
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Magical creatures appearing in a non-magical world [closed]

We have been playing in a "Game of Thrones"-like world where there is no way to learn magical abilities and people disregard its existence completely. But, I would like to insert some plot elements ...
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How can I temporarily neutralize magic things?

I have a knightly character who wants some way to temporarily seal away magic, hiding and blocking it. The purposes are so he can: Hide his magic weapon from prying eyes capable of "detect magic" as ...
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Can size-altering and shape-altering effects be used on the same creature at the same time?

A friend plans to play a cross-blooded abyssal and draconic bloodrager. His plans for the late game are to benefit from both Demonic Bulk (size increase while bloodraging, same effect as enlarge ...
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Can someone see around an illusion using their Familiar Sight or similar effects? [closed]

Pretty simple question that I can't find an exact answer for in the book. If a player is affected by a direct illusion (one that only affects the player) say for example, a creature hiding itself, and ...
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What can interrupt/prevent an instantaneous spell such as Fireball?

Pathfinder allows players to "ready" their action so that they act "just before" the action that triggered it (more info here). For example, a spellcaster can wait to cast a counterspell when another ...
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Spells / methods to restore magical aging [closed]

I ran a custom encounter where my party had to use their life force (age) to restore the life and age to two Royal NPCs (drained by an evil magical entity as it can do this to creatures of royal blood)...
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Can a Wild Magic Sorcerer / Evocation Wizard use the Sculpt Spell feature on a spell cast by a Wild Magic Surge?

If a Wild Magic Sorcerer were to multiclass into a level 2 Wizard of Evocation, and a fireball were to occur on a surge, would they be able to exempt themselves and 3 of their friends from the effect? ...
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Is Mythic Haste really one of the best mythic spells ever?

In some different places I have read that mythic haste is one of the best mythic spells ever. I just cannot see why, maybe someone can help me here. Haste, Mythic Affected creatures gain an ...
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How does break enchantment work on stone shaped wall?

If the spell stone shape is used to create an opening in a stone wall, what happens when the spell break enchantment is used against the stone shape effect? Would the wall become as it was before it ...
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What school of magic does weapon/shield/armor enhancement fall under? [duplicate]

I recently had cause to look up what school of magic the enhancement of an weapon/shield/armor falls under for Arcane Sight and Mythic Anti-Magic Field, but I can't find anything. The closest I can ...
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Are there rules for casting spells cooperatively?

I am thinking about group of casters casting one spell as a group. Group of mages with same level of power or some powerful sorcerer and his apprentices. This is quite popular trope. However, I am not ...
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How exactly does a Helm of Opposite Alignment affect a character?

An example, from the AD&D 2e DMG: For example, Beornhelm the Ranger carelessly dons a helm of alignment change and switches to chaotic evil alignment--something he didn't want to do! ...
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Does dragon-detecting magic work on a chimera?

So I've been running my group through Princes of the Apocalypse. The PCs have an item that glows in the presence of dragons. Now the chimera has a dragon head, wings and tail. I'm wondering if that's ...
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Are a Paladin's auras considered magical for the purpose of Anti-Magic Field?

I know in current editions they don't explicitly state that the auras for paladins are based on magic. I haven't ran into this yet, but my question is, does the effect provided from an aura penetrate ...
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Does Antimagic Field supress all divine magic?

An Antimagic Field (PHB, p213) creates an area [...] divorced from the magical energy that suffuses the multiverse. Within the sphere, spells can't be cast, summoned creatures disappear, and even ...
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Combining both Magic and Psionics in the same Craft feat

So, let's say we've got a character with a Craft Wondrous Item or Craft Universal Item feat, and said character for some reason can both cast spells and manifest powers. So, said character crafts ...
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Can a portal to the Quasi-Elemental Plane of Radiance be used to do damage?

I want to open a portal to the Quasi-elemental Plane of Radiance that'll unleash a big ol' laser that'll probably ruin some monster's day. (Currently I'm considering using dimension door to do it.) Is ...
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Can a simulacrum use magic items?

Can a simulacrum use magic items such as wands? Would it matter if the item requires Attunement?
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Is there any point to raising Magic for Warrior or Rogue?

If I don't want to take the Spirit Warrior or Templar specialization, is there any mechanical reason to increase Magic for a Warrior or Rogue? What non-spellcasting tests use Magic? Are there spells ...
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Does raising magic due to essence loss require Initiation?

Playing a mage in Shadowrun who was created with a Synaptic Booster, which lowers essence (and therefore MAG). He was also created with an exceptional attribute of MAG too, so the MAG attribute ...
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Can an familiar or animal companion sever the magical bond with its master by itself?

After many discussions with an experienced GM, I know one thing : players don't have absolute control over their familiars and animal companions, they can be unhappy and may refuse to follow orders ...
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Does Psychic Containment work against magic?

So, while browsing the psionic powers for anything that is useful-yet-sounds-useless, my attention was drawn to Complete Psionics' Psychic Containment. This little 5pp power works as a sort of ...
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What can my party do to defeat a Barrow Wight permanently?

Between a variety of magical, blessed, and silvered weapons we have enough ways of killing it. The problem is that upon killing it we must dispel it or it will just come back. The party has a ranger ...
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Can the DM interfere with a spell?

Can the DM add in obstacles such as by adding weather, a low class creature accidentally bumping in to the caster, or just a simple acorn falling out of a tree to disrupt a spell?
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What does one see, when he sees through a physical illusion?

My character cast the physical mask spell. Basically, this spell lets me look, sound and smell like I want (within reason). According to the spell's description, it affects all senses and cameras. As ...
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Are there official stats for elementals summoned with Thaumaturgy?

Five-dot Summon Elemental power in the Elemental Mastery Thaumaturgical Path lets a vampire summon an elemental (p. 215 of V20 Corebook): a salamander (fire), a sylph (air), a gnome (earth), or ...
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How long does it take to learn Thaumaturgy/Necromancy rituals?

I found in Rites of the Blood on pg.136 that rituals can be learned for free for Tremere/Giovanni/Other as long a teacher is available + other resources (those are not a problem) but it takes time. I ...
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Given enough time, can a wizard transmute a living creature?

As a DM, I was involved in running a couple of one offs with a large group of people who were new to D&D. The group consisted of a couple of DMs who each ran there own little session with a couple ...
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Varying Success When Casting Difficult Spells

I am trying to adapt D&D 5e to a Harry Potter setting,* basically creating an adventuring group of wizards.† For the most part, I've matched up Harry Potter magic with D&D schools and ...
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Is there a one-word replacement for resistance to magic?

Is there a one-word term that's understood by role-playing gamers to mean resistance to magical attacks, in the same way that many role-playing gamers would quickly recognize armor to mean resistance ...
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Does Detect Magic detect supernatural creatures like demons, or items connected with them?

One of my PCs, a Wizard, found an item of demonic origins. Basically, the carrier develops a sort of connection with a dark entity that affects his personality over time and possibly provides demonic ...
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Two Weapon fighting, Heavy weapons

I love the idea of two-weapon fighting, and tinkering around with it. My character is going to be a Paladin. But to effectively dual wield as a Paladin I need to delve into either Ranger or Fighter, ...
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Can a character have 2 types of Sorcery?

In 7th Sea 2e, the books seems to indicate that sorcery is tied to where you are from. This seems to implied you have the sorcery of your region and only that of your region. However I found nothing ...
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How does Phantasmal Arms work?

I will provide a set-up situation and then ask how it works. I have a Chronicles of Darkness 1e character within the Mage: the Awakening source. He has Intelligence 4, Crafts 3, and Prime 4. He casts ...
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Can Planar Binding an earth elemental then using Meld With Stone be used to create mecha?

Would the following sequence of steps result in my druid being able to make humongous mecha without homebrew? Summon Elemental(Earth) Use Planar Binding on said elemental Order elemental to conform ...