Questions tagged [mind-control]

For questions about effects that grant the user mental control over another target, or how targets that are controlled are supposed to behave. (For other forms of mental manipulation that do not give the user control, see the related tags [charmed] and [fear].)

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Can a catatonic creature (0 charisma) be controlled via domination magic?

If a creature’s ability score is reduced to 0, say charisma, and the creature becomes helpless (in this case catatonic), does domination (mind affecting) magic even function? My intuition would be ...
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Can a creature controlled by Dominate Person warn his allies?

My D&D group has run into this problem multiple times and we were never able to find a solution to it according to the RAW. Situation If an enemy casts Dominate Person on a PC and commands him or ...
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Does Hypnotism allows PC to mimic permanent charm/dominate effect?

The request must be brief and reasonable. Even after the spell ends, the creature retains its new attitude toward you, but only with respect to that particular request. So although the spell itself ...
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Do creatures that fail against Dominate get a Save against attacking allies?

The dominate spell specifies You take command of the target, forcing it to obey your orders. If you issue an obviously self-destructive order, the target doesn't act until you issue a new order. The ...
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Could the spell Command make a target drop concentration?

The fighter/warlock in our party tried to make a creature drop concentration with Command, by saying "stop". The target was not an enemy. Whether stopping concentrating would be harmful to ...
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How powerful are mass mind control spells?

I'm DMing a game where I want the BBEG to feel almost dreamlike: it can physically do little to nothing, but uses mind control and illusions. Until now, it mind-controlled the mayor of a small town, ...
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Dominate Person but without them realizing?

So I was looking through the Enchantment Wizard and am interested in how the spell Dominate Person interacts with the 14th level ability Alter Memories Specifically this text from the class ability. &...
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Command Undead Contested Charisma

When rolling for contested charisma checks for multiple sources of control with command undead, how often can you contest the orders? Multiple Mental Control Effects Sometimes magical effects that ...
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What happens if the Command spell is cast twice on the same target before the target's turn occurs?

What would happen if the command spell were cast twice (i.e. by 2 different characters) on the same person before their turn happened? Which command would the person obey? For example, if the first ...
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Can the Command spell force someone to answer a question in a Zone of Truth?

If you have an enemy in a Zone of Truth who failed their save, they can still choose to not answer. If a player casts Command on them with the word being "answer" would that force the ...
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Timing of Suggested actions and a target's "best ability"

The first level enchantment spell Command specifies that the action the target is forced to take happens on its next turn The second level enchantment spell Suggestion, on the other hand, says that ...
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When a spell that clouds the target's judgement is cast on a player character, how can I make sure they act accordingly?

If an NPC spellcaster, or any other magic source, magically clouds the judgement of a PC, how can I make sure the character acts according to the spell's nature? Is there anyway to do this without ...
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Can a player controlling an NPC use its Legendary Actions?

Let's say my players used Dominate Monster on a Kraken: While the creature is Charmed, you have a Telepathic link with it as long as the two of you are on the same plane of existence. You can use ...
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If a hostile creature casts the Suggestion spell on you, can your allies cause the spell to end by attacking you?

Say a member of the party has had Suggestion cast on them by a hostile creature. Can the other party members end the spell by attacking the affected party member? Or is that condition for the spell ...
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What constitutes a suicidal command?

The succubus has an ability called Charm. Its description states that a suicidal command results in the charmed creature repeating the saving throw to resist the command: If the target suffers any ...
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Are the instructions given in the "Planar Binding" spell part of the casting time, or can instructions be amended during the spell duration?

The Planar Binding spell is a 5th level abjuration with verbal, somatic and material components and a casting time of 1 hour that allows the target a Charisma saving throw. If the target fails the ...
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Can the target of a "Planar Binding" spell be forced to perform an obviously harmful or suicidal command?

The Planar Binding spell has no text excluding "obviously harmful" or "suicidal" instructions. On the other hand, all of the following spells do have such text: Command (1st level enchantment), ...
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Does the target of "Planar Binding" experience an irresistible compulsion? [closed]

If the target of Planar Binding fails its Charisma saving throw, it "must follow your instructions to the best of its ability". How does the target experience the "must" portion of the effect? Do ...
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How can an entity bound by Planar Binding be prevented from betraying the caster? [closed]

Consider Marissa, a 17th level neutrally-aligned Sorcerer with Charisma 20 who knows the Wish spell. A foolhardy incubus, Bob, attempts to seduce her, and Marissa casts Wish to duplicate Planar ...
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What happens when the Dominate Monster or Geas spells end?

Dominate Monster and Geas allow to control a person (in different ways) and make then do things that you want, with some constraints. The spell descriptions do not say what happens when the spells ...
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Does a paladin's Aura of Protection grant summons a bonus to save vs. their summoner's control?

I am wondering if a paladin can boost a summoned demon's saves against hostile effects at all – it's not exactly "friendly" in most cases – and, if the demon does get the paladin's +CHA to saves, if ...
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What are the possible uses of Encode Thoughts? [closed]

I see a lot of confusion about what this spell can, and cannot do. Can anyone give some suggestions, on the possible in game uses of the spell? For example, I see many suggesting that the spell will ...
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If I cast the Speak with Plants spell and then cast Geas on a plant creature, can I continue to control it after Speak with Plants ends?

Say I cast the Speak with Plants spell, targeting a plant creature, and during the duration, I cast the Geas spell on the plant. Can I continue to control the plant after the Speak with Plants spell ...
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How to confirm that party member hasn't been replaced or charmed?

How can my PC confirm that the other PCs haven't been replaced by a shapechanger such as an incubus or doppelganger, and haven't been charmed/controlled in some way to work against the party? One ...
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Dominate Person: delegation of authority

A mage cast dominate person on two gnolls, and both failed their saving throws. He does not share a language with them, but an ally coached him in Gnoll to tell the gnolls to follow another that ally'...
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If a character casts Suggestion and orders the target to obey their commands, what happens?

A PC casts Suggestion and gives the following order: For the next fifteen minutes, do everything I tell you do to. How should a DM adjudicate this?
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Is there a monster/plague that makes people go berserk?

I'm looking for a creature, spirit or plague that infects or possesses people into becoming berserk, granting them superhuman strength and durability as well as bloodthirsty rage, akin to the ...
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If a character possesses a lich's body via the Magic Jar spell, what benefits of lichdom do they get access to?

A good-aligned human king seeks long life and the power to protect his people. They are willing to suffer the cosmetic drawbacks of lichdom, but not the risks and unethical procedures involved. ...
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Is this homebrew spell that briefly mind-controls an enemy and then paralyzes it for a round balanced?

I've given the following spell to a PC in the party: Blood Puppet 2nd-level necromancy Casting Time: 1 action Range: 60 feet Components: V, S Duration: 1 round Choose a living creature with blood ...
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What is an equivalently powerful replacement spell for the Yuan-Ti's Suggestion spell?

I'm currently running and there's a lot of Yuan-Ti the party is about to encounter. My party has had a lot of contention and pain-points with the Suggestion spell, and it appears to be a hard ...
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How does Create Thrall, the Great Old One Warlock feature, work in Adventurers League play?

When a Great Old One Warlock uses the Create Thrall feature (PHB, p. 110) in Adventurers League play, does the Thrall work with you? Does it persist through sessions? Is there any guidance on how ...
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Needing Help with Mind Control

I am trying to work out a "mystically seductive" sort of character, for M&M 3E. She already has extremely high Persuasion and Deception, and I am trying to work out a sort of mind control ...
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Can Dominate Person be used to compel the target to divulge information?

Using Dominate to get the Truth from a Captive Dominate person offers two modes of operation for a dominated creature: Simple commands: You can use this telepathic link to issue commands to the ...
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How can I minimize the risk of mind control with magic items?

We are playing a very overpowered game (which is perhaps at the level of rocket tag), but is a ton of fun. My character is a 17th-level Zealot Barbarian (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 11) and I ...
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Does damage from an ally break Dominate Person?

Dominate Person states the following: Each time the target takes damage, it makes a new Wisdom saving throw against the spell. If the saving throw succeeds, the spell ends. As written, this ...
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Does a Vampire's Dominate(Su) end immediately if the Vampire is slain/destroyed?

Anyone the vampire targets must succeed on a Will save or fall instantly under the vampire’s influence as though by a dominate person spell (caster level 12th). (3.5 SRD; Vampire) After reading the ...
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What kind of control does Master of Nature give?

The Master of Nature feature for nature domain clerics lets you command creatures charmed by Charm Animals and Plants. How specific is this command? Is it like taking control via the "total and ...
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What happens if I cast the Command spell and command a creature to "Sleep"?

I came across this post about casting the Suggestion spell and telling the creature to "sleep". I wanted to know if there was any official ruling for what would happen if you cast Command on ...
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Can the Suggestion to "sleep" during combat ever be “reasonable” as required by the spell? [closed]

The question "NPC casting Suggestion on PC: who decides it's reasonable?" gets at the issue of who decides what is reasonable when a Suggestion spell is cast. Other questions try to get at "How ...
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Is Dominate Person's telepathic link one-way or two-way?

Does Dominate Person form a one-way or two-way telepathic link? If the link is two-way, can the target communicate (willingly or when asked) information? Does the target need to spend a turn or bonus ...
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Can Dominated person/creature which receive no command remember they are being dominated?

This is similar to Do you remember what happened during Dominate Person? (Pathfinder, not D&D 5e), but the difference is I'm not issuing any order to target. Will the target remember that they ...
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Can the Dominate Person spell be used for interrogation?

If you capture a foe and cast dominate person on them, will they then truthfully answer any questions you ask them, such as where their base is located, what secret entrances it has, the password of ...
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Does a subsequent charm effect override a previous one?

In a recent session, I was confused about how multiple charm effects would interact with each other: A vampire used its 'Charm' ability to charm a PC. It reads (paraphrased): The target must ...
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Do charmed people realise they were charmed after the end of the spell?

If you cast charm or dominate person on a person in Pathfinder or D&D does the target know (s)he is being charmed? And if (s)he does, does (s)he know this during the effect or only after it?
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Does a creature know that the Suggestion spell was cast on it?

I have a problem about the spell Suggestion. One of my players wants to use it on an NPC and the NPC fails the save, does the 'thing' he is told to do and now ____. Does the NPC 'magically' forget ...
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Does Protection from Evil protect you from Suggestion?

Protection from Evil reads: Second, the barrier blocks any attempt to possess the warded creature (by a magic jar attack, for example) or to exercise mental control over the creature (including ...
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How to DM mind control effects without angering my friends?

I have a bit of a problem, particularly relating to a custom monster I created. D&D has a lot of effects and abilities that change a character's behavior, ranging from a simple intimidate check ...
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How does Dominated work? Can it really make me attack allies or walk off a cliff?

In one of the games I was in, a creature was able to Dominate my friend and he was getting angry that the DM forced his character to attack and knock prone an NPC that we were trying to protect. They ...
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What happens when you cast dominate person on yourself?

One of the answers to this question puts forth that, to protect himself from an enemy's dominate person spell, a caster should first cast a dominate person spell on himself. If a caster casts ...
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Do you remember what happened during Dominate Person?

My character was affected by the dominate person spell (and failed the will save) and was given some orders. Does he have any recollection or memory of the orders after the duration of the effect ...
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