Questions tagged [spellcasting]

For questions relating to the process of casting spells within a game. Including, but not limited to: spellcasting mechanics, improving likelihood of success when casting a spell, interrupting the casting of a spell, and mechanics surrounding spellcasting attributes (when applicable by system).

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Can a Shadow Magic sorcerer cast the Darkness spell using sorcery points, and still apply a Metamagic option to it?

Let's say that I want to use the Shadow Magic sorcerer feature Eyes of the Dark (XGtE, p. 51) to cast the darkness spell by spending 2 sorcery points. More, I would like to cast it as a bonus action, ...
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Do any published adventures contain spells a wizard can copy that aren't written in a spellbook?

A wizard can copy a spell they find into their spellbook. This is described in the "Your Spellbook" section of the Wizard's class features: When you find a wizard spell of 1st level or ...
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How does Olidamara's Bard Spell work?

I'm currently in the process of compiling entry options for the Zhentarim Skymage prestige class. I found a spell that almost certainly allows any divine caster to qualify, but it's asked more ...
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Does the Mind Flayers Innate Spellcasting (Psionics) trigger the melee weapon attack granted by the Mage Slayer feat?

While searching for an answer i found this and this question about counterspelling a Mind Flayer. Which does not work because Counterspell states in it's reaction trigger: when you see a creature ...
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Can the 1st-level spell learned through the Aberrant Dragonmark feat trigger a Wild Magic Surge?

I'm playing a Wild magic sorcerer and it occurred to me that the 1st-level spell added from the Aberrant Dragonmark feat could potentially trigger a Wild Magic Surge. Is this the case, and can I use ...
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Inconsistent spellcasting benefits from prestige classes?

Am I reading these rules right? There seem to be some strange inconsistencies in the benefits some prestige classes grant to the base spellcasting class. Here are some examples, all from the 3.5 DM's ...
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Can I choose to forgo an attack roll when still targeting a creature? [duplicate]

Suppose you use a spell like steel wind strike which allows you to target up to five different creatures and at the end of the spell you are allowed to teleport into 5ft of any of those targets. Now ...
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Does an artificer require two hands to cast spells with a costly material component?

An artificer must use an appropriate spellcasting focus when casting artificer spells. And they must use costly material components when applicable. Neither can replace the other. But can they handle ...
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How does spellcasting interact with Improved Duplicity?

Trickery Clerics get this Channel Divinity option: Invoke Duplicity. ... As an action, you create a perfect illusion of yourself that lasts for 1 minute, or until you lose your concentration (as if ...
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Am I correctly understanding the number of spells a wizard can prepare?

Looking at the Dungeon Worlds's Wizard playbook Prepare Spells move, it seems quite clear how it works at the first reading: When you spend uninterrupted time (an hour or so) in quiet contemplation ...
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When do College of Swords bards still use musical instruments?

In 5e, after a bard has joined the College of Swords at 3rd level, when (if at all) would they need their instrument(s)? At 1st and 2nd levels, they would have used musical instruments as spell ...
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Does a cleric's alignment restriction extend to spells learned via multiclassing into an arcane spellcasting class?

A Cleric can only cast spells of the same alignment to his own or his deity’s. However, what happens when a character multiclasses into another spellcasting class? Does the Cleric's alignment ...
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Does an artificer's Spell-Storing Item bypass the need for costly/consumed material components?

Suppose I am an 11th-level Artificer with a +5 intelligence modifier, and I use my Spell-storing Item feature to store Continual Flame, whose material component is "ruby dust worth 50 gp, which ...
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Can you drop concentration on the Reverse Gravity spell while the targets are mid-fall?

When you cast the spell Reverse Gravity (5e), creatures start falling upwards into the air. Assuming that there is nothing in their way the spell must somehow halt their momentum when they reach the ...
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Can you use more charges to upcast spells from the Staff of Power?

Since the Staff of Power says: While holding this staff, you can use an action to expend 1 or more of its charges to cast one of the following spells from it Can you expend additional changes to ...
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Is there any limit to how frequently mages can cast the Heal spell?

Is there any hard limit to how frequently a mage can use the Heal spell in Shadowrun 5 Edition, i.e. some sort of cooldown?
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Is a creature's Innate Spellcasting save DC affected by changing ability scores or adding Spellcasting features from another creature?

I'm creating a Svirfneblin Evil Mage by combining the stat blocks for each Evil Mage and Svirfneblin. A Svirfneblin's Innate Spellcasting Save DC is 11 and its INT is +1. An Evil Mage's Spellcasting ...
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Is a caster of Gentle Repose aware that a creature under the effects of Feign Death is an invalid target?

Alice (a wizard) & Bob (class unspecified), are planning an elaborate prank on Carol (a cleric). Alice casts Feign Death on Bob, and then wails about how he has been slain by a horrible monster/...
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Is a concentration check required for each of my following spells if I buff myself with Mage Armor

Player's Handbook 1, p. 170, "Concentration" - "Spell" says: "If you are affected by a spell while attempting to cast a spell of your own, you must make a Concentration check ...
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How can my Bladesinger Wizard ensure that their spells cannot be avoided?

I have been playing a Bladesinger wizard in a fairly long running campaign, at least by my standards. There have been a lot of good moments but after my third attempt to make disintegrate work, I have ...
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Why is prepared casting considered to always be superior to spontaneous? [closed]

Many times, I've seen the case made for a specific prepared caster class being superior to its spontaneous equivalent (e.g. Wizard vs Sorcerer, Cleric vs Favored Soul, anything vs its Uneathered ...
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Can a Wizard cast a Ritual Spell as many times as they want during the day?

I'm a newbie D&D5e Wizard player and was intrigued by the Ritual tag and its major benefits for Wizards. I'd like to ask if a Ritual Spell in my Spellbook can be cast multiple times a day, without ...
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Is there a way to bypass the somatic components of spells?

I was thinking of making a character that has no hands, and was wondering if there's any way to get around somatic components of spells. I made a list of all the spells that don't have somatic ...
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Can the sorcerer's Twinned Spell metamagic and the Enchantment wizard's Split Enchantment feature be used at the same time?

The Twinned Spell option for the sorcerer's Metamagic feature says (PHB, p. 102): When you cast a spell that targets only one creature and doesn’t have a range of self, you can spend a number of ...
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Spell attacks while hidden

I've had a thought experiment regarding spellcasting, targeting, and hiding. It's known that casting a non-attack spell while unseen is not perceptible by the target, regardless of whether the spell ...
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What is the casting time of a spell with no listed time?

I’ve been playing GURPS 4e for a couple of months now, but I only now started looking at magic. Looking through the spells, I noticed that some (namely Shield and Armour) seem to have no listed ...
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Does using a draconic sorcerer's Draconic Presence break concentration for a spell? [duplicate]

The feature Draconic Presence states As an action, you can spend 5 sorcery points to draw on this power and exude an aura of awe or fear (your choice) to a distance of 60 feet. For 1 minute or until ...
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Increase the range of Dissonant Whispers

I have a level 10 bard, who is looking to make some assassinations during the course of the campaign. Dissonant whispers has the nice property of only the target hearing the whisper itself. However, ...
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Do 10 second turns/60 second rounds make spellcasters horrible?

My DM insists on the combat being 10 seconds per turn and the round time to be the sum of all turn times (so a minute for 6 participants, for example). I am aware that this is not how turn/round time ...
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What happens if spell is cast on impossible/invalid target [closed]

Impossible targets have different categories, some are straightforward, but some are less so. if a wizard tries to cast Enlarge Person (target humanoid) on a beast (or a beast that looks exactly like ...
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If a Wizard fails to copy a spell from a Spellbook, when can they try again?

If a Wizard fails the Arcana check to copy a spell from a spellbook, can they try again immediately if they have the time and money to commit to the task again? My understanding (which may be wrong) ...
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Mechanic implications of the Psionics tag?

Quite a few monsters have the Innate Spellcasting trait. Some of them, such as the Gith (MM) and the Neothelid (VGtM) have a trait called Innate Spellcasting (Psionics) instead. I cannot recall having ...
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Can a Circle of the Stars druid fire an arrow from its star form and cast a spell of 1st level or higher during the same turn?

The druid subclass Circle of the Stars from Unearthed Arcana: Subclasses, Part 3 has the 2nd-level feature Starry Form, part of the description of which states: You gain a bonus action that you can ...
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Is it possible to cast a quickened Fireball as a bonus action, and also use a bonus action to make an attack with Spiritual Weapon on the same turn?

I started playing like a month ago, and the DM was nice enough to create a character for me and write me into the story. I've never played D&D before, but I told him I wanted to be a glass cannon ...
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Can two spells with different types of components be cast in the same action?

Would someone who is casting something with a Somatic and Material component, say Minor Illusion, also be able to cast something with only a Verbal component, say Thaumaturgy, in the same action? I'm ...
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Do monsters with a Spellcasting trait get spell slots back after a long rest?

Some monsters, like a lich, have the Spellcasting trait. This trait allows such monsters to cast spells using spell slots, much as spellcaster player characters do. However, taking the lich as an ...
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Can you break up Eldritch Blast attacks? [duplicate]

EB at higher levels makes multiple beams. Can you choose targets after each beam, move in between them, and use bonus actions as well? Case in point, level 5 Warlock casts EB. Decides to target Alice ...
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Can the Encode Thoughts cantrip be acquired outside of the Dimir Operative background?

The encode thoughts cantrip is normally only available to characters with the Dimir Operative background, via the Dimir Guild Spells added to the character's spell list (GGtR, p. 46-47). Is encode ...
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Could I cast a range spell as a melee attack?

I'm wanting to make a sorcerer that throws a little flare in his spell attacks. I was wondering if I could use a range spell attack as a melee attack. Like casting firebolt, but punching with it ...
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How does Mythic Haste interact with 1 round spells?

Mythic Haste states: Affected creatures gain an additional move action each round. The rules for casting spells state: A spell that takes 1 round to cast is a full-round action. It comes into ...
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If a spellcaster's racial trait grants a spell that requires material components, can they use their class' focus to cast that spell?

Based on the answer to this question about non-spellcasters, spells granted by racial traits don't waive the need for material components. However, can spellcasters use their class' allowed focuses ...
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Is a sorcerer with the domain-access alternative class feature considered both an arcane and a divine caster?

The alternative class feature Domain Access (Complete Champion, p. 52) reads, in part: Choose one cleric domain. If you worship a specific deity, the domain you choose must be one to which your deity ...
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How does the spell Plant Growth work in a dungeon?

With a Ranger character I’m considering picking up the Plant Growth spell but I’m worried that it might be limited by the environments my character is often presented with. How does the spell work ...
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Can the artificer's spell-storing item store their specialist spells?

The artificer's "Spell-Storing Item" feature says: ... you store a spell in it, choosing a 1st- or 2nd-level spell from the artificer spell list that requires one action to cast... [ERLW p. 58] ...
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Can an urban druid use their companion creature as a divine focus?

Urban druids can have a manufactured object like a gear or a horseshoe as a divine focus, and their companion creature can be a small animated object. Is there anything stopping them from having an ...
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Can I make an attack as my action, and cast a spell with a casting time of 1 action as my bonus action?

I am playing a rogue who chose the archetype Arcane Trickster, which means I can cast spells. Can I make a normal-range or close-range attack for my main action, and as a bonus action cast a spell ...
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Tech Casting - Limiting OP use with Modern Magic UA Ruleset

We're many sessions into a homebrew cyberpunk 5E, and I've recently introduced hacking using this Modern Magic UA. I can't see in there any stipulation on how frequently a hacker class can cast a ...
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Can a Trickery Cleric cast spells through their duplicate when the Cleric would normally be unable to cast spells?

Inspired by this question, can a Trickery Domain Cleric get around effects that would normally prevent the Cleric from casting if they move their Invoked Duplicate outside of the effect? As a ...
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Can your familiar use the frozen spell bead from Arcane Abeyance to indirectly let you concentrate on a 2nd spell?

Arcane Abeyance (p184 EGtW)Says: ...A creature holding the bead can use its action to release the spell within, whereupon the bead disappears. The spell uses your spell attack bonus and save DC, ...
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How does readying a spell interact with the Sorcerer's Metamagic feature?

The Ready action states (emphasis mine): [...] When you ready a spell, you cast it as normal but hold its energy, which you release with your reaction when the trigger occurs. [...] Thus, when you ...

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