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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What ways are there to cast spells faster?

Some spells take significantly longer than an action to cast, but can be cast much quicker than that under some conditions: Wish (1 action). Duplicates a spell of 8th level or lower. A Chronurgy ...
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Casting long-casting-time spells undetected

The objective is to cast a long casting time spells like Tiny Hut or Private Sanctum that can give you a battlefield advantage. For example Tiny Hut allows your team to have a position from which you ...
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Is casting unused spells in the morning legit?

Our group has a habit of casting spells in the morning before ending our long rest, to use unused spell slots, we call it "casting down" spells. Typcial spells we cast are those with longer ...
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Will making changes to verbal component rules break game balance?

The goal of verbal components is to prevent casters from rashly casting spells like Charm Person (as the NPCs would immediately notice it) and let prison guards debilitate a caster by gagging them. ...
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Why shouldn't one make changes to concentration in homebrew?

It's not hard to find homebrew-review questions on this site that propose changes to how concentration works. Every time I have proposed such a homebrew, regardless of how limited the change to ...
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What are the odds of being able to disrupt a spellcaster?

What are the chances that the opponent is able to get their attack in to disrupt a spellcaster as a function of casting time and weapon speed? Assume the opponent will hit, and use this summary of the ...
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Can a bladesinger use vampiric touch with his multi-attack after the initial casting?

During the initial casting it's a levelled spell so I believe he can't at first, but after the spell takes effect you can use the attack without expending a spell slot does that make it count as a ...
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What combination of initiative rolls need to occur to disrupt spellcasting with a melee attack?

What initiative roll conditions need to occur for a successful melee attack to disrupt spell casting? E.g. Wizard is casting a spell that takes X segments to cast. What combinations of initiative ...
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When does a spellcaster pick the target of their spell? [duplicate]

When does a spellcaster pick their target for a spell? If a spell takes a while to cast, do they pick a target at the beginning, and then the target has to stay in range, or are they free to pick any ...
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Are there any guides or examples how to apply D&D 5e's concentration mechanic to 3.5e?

3.5e's quadratic wizard quickly outpaces mundane characters in power as buff spells stack up in later levels. 5e seems to have addressed that aspect of magic power creep with concentration. How would ...
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Does "ability score damage" to your spellcasting ability cause you to "forget" prepared spells? [duplicate]

There are very few monsters or effects in D&D 5e that deal ability score damage or ability drain, but they are various enough for this to come up. Say you are a 5th-level wizard with an ...
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Can Shape Water be used on Watery Sphere?

The 4th level spell Watery Sphere creates an area of water as the name suggests: You conjure up a sphere of water with a 5-foot radius at a point you can see within range. To my understanding, a 5ft ...
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If a hidden Order of Scribes wizard uses the Manifest Mind feature to cast a spell with an attack roll from the spectral mind's space, what happens?

Say I'm playing an Order Of Scribes wizard with the Manifest Mind feature (TCoE, p. 77-78). My wizard has successfully hidden from an enemy. I've already used Manifest Mind to make my spectral mind ...
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Can you cast Hellish Rebuke on a creature which made the environment damage you, without that creature ever damaging you directly?

A fighter held a grappled warlock over an oil fire, doing 5 points of damage. The warlock cast a Hellish Rebuke spell on the fighter. This led to the following dispute. The fighter argued that damage ...
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Can a Hexblood cast Hex and Disguise Self on the same day?

There is some disagreement between myself and a friend as to the interpretation of the following feature: Hex Magic. You can cast the disguise self and hex spells with this trait. Once you cast ...
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Can you cast spells through planar gates? [duplicate]

Is it possible to cast spells through planar portals, like those created by the gate spell or a portable hole? There are some cases such as Rope Trick, that have explict language to block this. Gate ...
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Is an angel's spellcasting alignment-dependent?

This question was prompted from a line towards the end of this answer: Arcane spells, and the ability to use them, are not alignment dependent. The Planetar's spells, as they are innate to that ...
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How does class balance change when I remove spellcasting?

Let's say I want to DM a hypothetical, low-magic, homebrew D&D 5e game, that pits weapon-wielding heroes against supernatural foes and evil sorcerers. Think Conan the Barbarian or Game of Thrones ...
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Does recording new spells in the Crystalline Chronicle cost the same as recording them in a typical spellbook?

When using a typical spellbook, a wizard must spend money on materials and ink to record new spells into their book. From the "Your Spellbook" sidebar of the wizard class in the Player's ...
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Is a normal wizard spellbook a magical item?

Apologies in advance if this is a duplicate, I could (to my surprise) not find a question on this (there is only one for Pathfinder). The question is simple: is a normal spellbook in 5e a magical item ...
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Can one wizard prepare a spell that a second wizard wrote in the first wizard's spellbook?

The rules for a wizard are that they can prepare spells that are in their spellbook, and cast ritual spells from their spellbook without preparing them. There is also the cost and time spent to copy a ...
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Use casting modifier for attack bonus with attack spell action

As an example, Snowball is a spell that requires you to make a ranged touch attach. This attack is the standard d20 + dex. Is there any feat or something (specifically for Sorcerer if possible) that ...
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If the Mizzium Apparatus magic item replaces a spell you cast, do you get to pick a new target?

The Mizzium Apparatus magic item allows you to try and cast spells you don't know. However, there's a check and if you fail that check, you instead cast a different random spell from the table. Does ...
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Can I cast a levelled spell (Cure Wounds) as an action, then use Quickened Spell to cast a cantrip (Eldritch Blast) as a bonus action?

Is it legal to cast a non-cantrip 1st-level spell like Cure Wounds with an action, and then use the sorcerer's Quickened Spell Metamagic option to cast a cantrip like Eldritch Blast as a bonus action? ...
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Do druids need things to cast spells [closed]

I have not played a spell caster and was going to play a Druid Circle of the Shepherd and was wondering if when casting spells I need components like a wizard or some clerics need to cast their spells....
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Could I cast on myself the same spell limitless? could this be a good strategy for a combat?

Following the Rules Compendium page 137 in the paragraph "combining spells effect" it is used an example where the same spell may be directed to the same target but the effects would not ...
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Are the targets of spells cast from Wand of Wonder always determined randomly?

The wand of wonder item states the following (emphasis mine): If the effect causes you to cast a spell from the wand, the spell's save DC is 15. If the spell normally has a range expressed in feet, ...
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How to quicken create pit at level 9 Wizard

I am looking for a way to quicken a create pit at level 9. Quicken is +4 and Create Pit is a level 2 spell. So actually I would need to be level 11, is there still a way to quicken Create Pit at level ...
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How does the Magic Initiate feat interact with the guild spells from the Ravnica backgrounds?

I was creating a character for a Ravnica setting when I came up with a variant human fighter for the Golgari with the Magic Initiate (Warlock) feat. When selecting my spells, I wanted to take Entangle ...
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How does Glyph of Warding work with a Sending spell

In D&D 5e, the Glyph of Warding spell allows you to store a spell that is cast on whoever triggers the glyph. The limits on the stored spell are rather vague: "The spell must target a single ...
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Am I using my high level spells wrong?

I have been playing D&D 5e for only five months. I play a 5th level wizard. My warlock party member constantly berates me for using spell slots in encounters and says I need to "understand ...
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Can a fighter/Eldritch Knight cast spells between attacks? [duplicate]

Recently been playing an Battle Master in a campaign and was rewarded with some spellwrought tattoos, and one of them was for Silence. A pretty great spell for fighter I figured, since my Athletics is ...
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Can I stop a spellcaster by sticking a bag over their head? [duplicate]

In a recent fight in my campaign, we were tasked with defeating a coven of hags. Not too difficult for our party of level 9 characters but we were held down for some time by their spellcasting. As is ...
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If a spell is stored in a Ring of Spell Storing, and then the original caster's save DC/attack bonus changes, which save DC/attack bonus do I use?

For the ring of spell storing, I know a stored spell's save DC/attack bonus is based on the caster who originally stored the spell in the ring. But say the original caster uses temporary items to ...
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Can the Permanent Image Spell Move with the Caster?

Several illusion spells would be useful to keep with the caster so as not to waste them on only one encounter. Notably, the -image line of spells (silent image, minor image, major image, persistent ...
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Does the Incantatrix "Focused Study" affect classes other than the one progressed with it?

Title says it all basically. I need to know whether prohibited school that I choose when entering Incantatrix PrC is also prohibited for, let's say, Cleric that I progress as part of a multiclass ...
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How many spells should high-level Sha'ir have on his "identified" list?

While doing finishing touches I've stumbled into a wall when it comes to Sha'ir spell list. Sha'ir is basically half-sorc and half-wizard when it comes to learning spells, with a little spice of ...
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If a paladin that used sacred weapon on a two handed weapon takes one hand off the weapon does sacred weapon dispell?

I realise it sounds strange but, if a paladin were to cast sacred weapon on a two handed great sword then use one hand to cast another spell would sacred weapon stop working? I am having a discussion ...
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If my cleric takes the Ritual Caster feat (choosing the cleric list), can I copy all known ritual spells into my ritual book to cast them at any time?

I would like to have access to my class’s ritual spells all the time without having them prepared. I might be about to justify taking the Ritual Caster feat if I can make it do what I want it to. If I ...
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When readying an action to cast a spell from a magic item, do you have to maintain concentration as though you were readying the Cast a Spell action?

Typically, when using the Ready action to cast a spell, the following rule applies (emphasis mine): When you ready a spell, you cast it as normal but hold its energy, which you release with your ...
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Are there in-universe explanations for the game mechanic of "remembering" spells for daily use? [duplicate]

There exists a specific game mechanic for spell casting in the Dungeons and Dragons system (at least in version v3, v3.5 and also in Pathfinder v1, probably in others also) which seems to be driven by ...
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Can a player use Find Steed to summon a creature in a location they have never seen?

The spell Find Steed has a range of 30ft and describes where your summoned steed appears using the language: "Appearing in an unoccupied space within range, the steed ..." My question has ...
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Can an Artificer cast V,S spells with no free hand

Just seeking to clear up a bit of confusion. There seems to be a lot of points and counter points floating around so I will start at the beginning. As I understand it a Artificer (RAW but perhaps not ...
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Can a wizard with the Artificer Initiate feat upcast a Cure Wounds spell that they learn using the feat?

The description of the Artificer Initiate feat states, in part (TCoE, p. 79): You’ve learned some of an artificer’s inventiveness: You learn one cantrip of your choice from the artificer spell list, ...
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If a Wildfire druid uses the Enhanced Bond feature to cast a concentration spell through their spirit, who maintains concentration on the spell?

The Circle of Wildfire druid gains the Enhanced Bond feature at 6th level. The feature description states, in part (TCoE, p. 39): In addition, when you cast a spell with a range other than self, the ...
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Are spells gained from class abilities considered as in spell list?

For the purposes of crafting, casting spells from scrolls and so forth, Are spells gained from cleric domains, oracle mysteries, wizard elemental schools, sorcerer bloodlines and other such class ...
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If a cleric has the Gift of the Metallic Dragon feat, can they cast the Cure Wounds spell without preparing it?

The description of the Gift of the Metallic Dragon feat provided in the Fizban's Treasury of Dragons sourcebook states, in part (my emphasis): Draconic Healing. You learn the cure wounds spell. You ...
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If the Haste spell is cast on a Bladesinging wizard, can the Bladesinger cast three cantrips in a turn using the Extra Attack feature?

If the haste spell is cast on a Bladesinging wizard, can the Bladesinger cast three cantrips in a turn using the Extra Attack feature? For instance, say I'm a level 6 Bladesinging wizard, with haste ...
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Would it break the game to have a Constitution-based spellcaster?

I have an idea for a vampire-based Sorcerer that uses Constitution instead of Charisma for spellcasting. I know this would be very powerful, as Constitution is also used for Hit Points. However, since ...
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In Pathfinder, what does it mean for a spell to have multiple versions?

In the rules for magic, I came across this interesting line: If a spell has multiple versions, you choose which version to use when you cast it. You don’t have to prepare (or learn, in the case of a ...
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