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Is future technology that is almost indistinguishable from magic considered a “Magical Effect”?

My players are currently in a futuristic setting where they are being shot at by lasers and such. One of my players tried to justify that an antimagic field should be able to disable future tech ...
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Does magic require incantating or gesturing in Dragon Age RPG?

A few friends and I are currently running a campaign and I'm wondering if there is any given physical specifics about how magic is summoned by a caster. Although I'm not an expert, I've read a lot ...
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Is the magic system for mages from Monte Cook's World of Darkness workable in D&D 5e? [closed]

Is the magic system for mages from Monte Cook's World of Darkness workable in 5e? It's described in MCWoD, p. 173. I can't quote it verbatim at this point, but basically, every level you get a ...
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Is there a distinction between magical damage and nonmagical damage?

At various times while using this site, I've seen assertions that damage cannot be magical or nonmagical, and that referring to "magical damage" or "nonmagical damage" is thus nonsense. For example, ...
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What creatures does Antimagic Field temporarily wink out of existence?

The antimagic field spell has the following effect on creatures: A creature or object summoned or created by magic temporarily winks out of existence in the sphere. Such a creature instantly ...
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Which features of a wizard's familiar, if any, are considered magical?

The find familiar spell has a duration of instantaneous, which implies that the familiar itself is not an ongoing magical effect. However, the spell provides a number of ongoing features that are ...
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What type of stone do targets of Flesh to Stone, and Petrification, turn into?

To what kind of stone creature or character is turned with petrification or flesh to stone type spells? The Petrified condition is the result of various monster abilities A Petrified character ...
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Does the Detect Magic spell detect active supernatural abilities of a creature?

Are active supernatural abilities of a creature detected with the detect magic spell? For example a doppelganger shapechanged into an innkeeper doing detect thoughts on patrons. If a PC enters the ...
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Does a magical creature's sounds mimicked by a kenku have the same effect as the real sound?

One of the antagonists in my plot is a kenku scientist. The party has met her a couple of times and is more and more disturbed with her experiments. She had accepted her curse and the fact that she ...
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Can detect magic find a detect thoughts spell in effect?

One NPC casts a detect thoughts spell before meeting with the PC. Once with the PC, he starts using detect thoughts to read the minds of the PC around him. One of the PCs happens to have a detect ...
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How do I apply 1ed/2ed magic resistance to D&D 5e in a conversion

In earlier editions of D&D some powerful creatures had a percentage magic resistance which was checked before any saving throw (if applicable). If the percentage check was successful then the ...
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Does Force damage count as magical if the feature causing it doesn't?

A recent question asked whether it's possible to cause non-magical damage of every damage type, to which the answer was apparently yes. However, a point was raised a couple of times, such as this ...
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Is magic considered to be physical, astral, or other? [closed]

This may seem like a silly question, but it is being asked in isolation for clarity. Is magic a physical force, an astral force, or considered its own separate attribute of magical? The subtext of ...
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Can Storm Guide stop rain and redirect wind created by magic?

Storm Guide is a feature of the Storm Sorcerer from XGtE (p. 52): At 6th level, you gain the ability to subtly control the weather around you. If it is raining, you can use an action to cause the ...
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Do Golems register as magical when targeted by Detect Magic?

The page on Detect Magic states Outsiders and elementals are not magical in themselves, but if they are summoned, the conjuration spell registers. while the page on Golems states Golems are ...
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How does D&D spellcasting actually work?

In D&D, I am curious if there is any description of the actual mechanics of spellcasting. After a wizard memorizes a spell, how does he cast it? For example, does he mumble some words to ...
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What counts as a magical effect? [duplicate]

My players obtained a Robe of the Archmagi, which grants them this You have advantage on Saving Throws against spell and other magical effects. What qualifies as a magical effect? Is it only effects ...
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What counts as a spell?

There are many things in D&D that are spells, spell-like effects, magical effects, magic-like effects, or otherwise special abilities. There are also many things that affect such things. What is ...
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Do Caster Levels from different sources stack?

This seems like a glaring oversight, but what are caster levels? Do characters only have one score called caster level just like sneak attack? Why do most classes not state what their caster level ...
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Can the Wish spell be used to cast 8th-level or lower spells that are not on your spell list?

I can't seem to find anything that contradicts this. The description of the wish spell says: The basic use of this spell is to duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. You don't need to ...
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Does the Shapechanger trait work in an Antimagic Field? [duplicate]

Certain monsters have the Shapechanger trait. For instance, here it is on the Werewolf: Shapechanger. The werewolf can use its action to polymorph into a wolf-humanoid hybrid or into a wolf, or ...
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Can a bard cast Identify as a ritual without having the Ritual Caster feat?

Well I'm really confused by how rituals work, and the idea of the Ritual Caster feat/wizard bonus. If I learn the spell identify, it seems to me I can cast this as a ritual to not spend a spell slot? ...
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Do planes other than the Material detect as magic to Detect Magic?

From my understanding of how the detect magic spell works, using it on another plane would cause problems. Primarily from my current understanding that: If a character used detect magic on another ...
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Does Wild Magic continue if I am unconscious/dead?

In an AL game recently, I was playing my Wild Magic Sorcerer (PHB p. 103-104) and our group was suddenly surrounded by cultists. In light of the bad situation, I threw caution to the wind and ...
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What do the different “schools of magic” refer to?

The magic schools in D&D confuse me. If I were creating a wizard character and I wanted to make a backstory, would I have to put multiple schools where I learned magic, or could I make a school ...
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Does casting a spell use a spell slot if you have the components for the spell?

Both my DMs say that if you have the components for the spell you can cast the spell without using a spell slot. Is this true normally in D&D 5e, or is it more of a DM discretion thing?
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“Tele-fragging” with Illusory Reality

The 14th-level Illusion Wizard feature, Illusory Reality, allows you to make an object in an illusion real (PHB p. 118): Illusory Reality. By 14th level, you have learned the secret of weaving shadow ...
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What can one do with a captured spellbook? [closed]

My players captured two spellbooks. What is the monetary worth of a captured spellbook? The other question addresses the market value of a captured spellbook. Now, assuming the books were captured ...
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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. Now, ...
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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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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,...
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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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