Questions tagged [magic]

For questions about the nature of magic in a game. Use [spells] for questions on specific spells, and [spellcasting] for questions specifically about the process of spellcasting.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
16
votes
2answers
6k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
205 views

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?
6
votes
2answers
660 views

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
1
vote
1answer
473 views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
9k views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
5k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
456 views

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?
4
votes
2answers
438 views

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 ...
8
votes
3answers
564 views

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 ...
19
votes
3answers
12k views

What is the source of a Paladin's 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 ...
20
votes
6answers
5k views

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. ...
1
vote
1answer
134 views

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?
3
votes
1answer
146 views

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?
2
votes
0answers
3k views

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?
-1
votes
1answer
163 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
256 views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
11k views

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?
2
votes
3answers
249 views

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 ...
11
votes
1answer
13k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
254 views

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"...
3
votes
1answer
289 views

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 ...
13
votes
2answers
3k views

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?
9
votes
1answer
2k views

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.
2
votes
1answer
159 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
194 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
523 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
4k views

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 ...
12
votes
1answer
506 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
867 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
407 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
432 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
354 views

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 ...
22
votes
7answers
10k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
600 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
265 views

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, ...
10
votes
1answer
939 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
369 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
202 views

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 of ...
5
votes
2answers
741 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
371 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
764 views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
2k views

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? ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

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.?
1
vote
1answer
209 views

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 ...
44
votes
2answers
6k views

How do I know if an ability is magical?

Often confusion arises when the Antimagic Field spell is used, an Armor of Invulnerability is worn, or the Beholder's anti-magic ray is employed, whether a given character's ability will still ...
5
votes
1answer
292 views

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?
5
votes
1answer
566 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
346 views

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 ...

1
4 5
6
7 8
15