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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Do you have to finish ritual in one sitting?

I encountered this issue while looking for ways to be able to cast spells requiring many successes in just one turn (in danger basically, not necessarily combat). While most common ways are: Trigger ...
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Does Scintillating Spell metamagic apply to cantrips (e.g., Electric Arc)?

I'm still learning the rules for PF2 but it seems that Electric Arc meets all the criteria for Scintillating Spell metamagic (in bold): Your spells become a radiant display of light and color. If ...
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When does the 'duration' of a delayed spell begin?

There are a few options in 5e to delay casting. For example, the Ready action allows one to ready a spell: When you ready a spell, you cast it as normal but hold its energy, which you release with ...
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Can a multiclass Beguiler/Wizard cast Wizard spells using Beguiler spell slots?

A Wizard can: To learn, prepare, or cast a spell, the wizard must have an Intelligence score equal to at least 10 + the spell level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a wizard's spell ...
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Who holds the bond when the Warding Bond spell is cast through a familiar?

The text of the spell Find Familiar states (emphasis mine): when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. The spell Warding Bond's ...
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Can someone using a Detect Magic spell see a Subtle Spell being cast?

Can someone who has a detect magic spell up see someone (for example, a Sorcerer) casting a spell that has the Subtle Spell metamagic applied to it? Specifically, would the detector see the school of ...
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True Polymorph + True Seeing = True Death? [duplicate]

The premise is 5e D&D, setting is FR, all published sources that aren't from another setting are valid, no UA, no 3rd party. I'm the sort of caster player that looks for the funky, outside uses of ...
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Can a Bladesinger wizard cast a Bonus Action spell and still use their Extra Attack feature to cast a cantrip on the same turn?

I noticed a peculiar rule interaction. The rule on casting bonus action spells states: A spell cast with a bonus action is especially swift. You must use a bonus action on your turn to cast the spell,...
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Ethereal Vision/Spell casting confusion. Need as written, not opinions [duplicate]

**Need "As Written", as there are many "opinions" out there. Ethereal confusion: A Night Hag, while in the ethereal plane, sees and touches someone in the material plane with the &...
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Does the Undead Warlock Spirit Projection ability allow you to gain the effects of items held or equip?

Undead Warlock's Spirit Projection states that both the body and the spirit is affected by damage and effects that apply to each equally. So from my understanding anything and everything that affects ...
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What is the casting time of a spell cast using the War Caster feat?

The third benefit of the War Caster feat states (PHB, p. 170): When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to cast a spell at the creature, ...
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Can a character with the Quickened Spell Metamagic and the War Caster feat theoretically cast three cantrips in one turn?

Say a character has the War Caster feat (PHB, p. 170), and the Metamagic Adept feat (TCoE, p. 80) with Quickened Spell. Could that character, in theory, cast three cantrips in a turn by casting a ...
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Does the Magic Initiate feat require another focus? [duplicate]

Put simply, if say a druid wanted to take the Magic Initiate feat to gain access to sorcerer spells, would that require them to have a component pouch or arcane focus to cast those spells, as it would ...
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Can you spellburn multiple ability scores in the same casting?

Let's say a wizard is casting a spell, and they spellburn 5 points of Strength, and 5 points of Stamina, for a total bonus of +10 to their spell check. Is this scenario possible given RAW? The ...
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Can you Counterspell after Casting a Bonus action lvled spell? [duplicate]

If i Misty step and the enemy Counterspells it. Can i Counterspell the Counterspell with my Reactions? The Rules for Bonus Action Spellcasting say A spell cast with a bonus action is especially swift....
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Please Clarify Spiritual Weapon effects using higher spell slots?

Please Clarify Spiritual Weapon effects using higher spell slots? Spiritual At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 3rd level or higher, the damage increases by 1d8 for every ...
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If the Raulothim's Psychic Lance spell "dissipates without effect", is the spell slot consumed?

I was reading the description of the Raulothim's Psychic Lance spell (Fizban's Treasury of Dragons, p. 21) and I was left with a question. Raulothim's Psychic Lance gives the following alternative ...
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Does the Feral Tiefling still use Charisma as its spellcasting ability for the Infernal Legacy trait?

I'm new in this world of D&D. I was reading through the Player's Handbook and decided to create a character following the process in Chapter 1 (Step-by-Step Characters). The Tiefling caught my ...
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What effects can apply to a creature inside a portable hole, from outside? [duplicate]

Related question: Are you considered out of range of spells and weapons when inside the hole of a Portable Hole? (This question does not have an answer appropriate to the title. Also, the question ...
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How does casting spells from magic items with fixed attack bonuses/save DCs interact with magic items that provide additional bonuses?

Some magic items, such as the Circlet of Blasting or the Eyes of Charming, allow you to cast a spell, but specify the attack bonus or save DC. Other magic items, such as the Robe of the Archmagi and ...
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How gamebreaking is this magic item that can reduce casting times?

I've been considering the following homebrew magic item to give to my campaign's BBEG. The flavour/intent is that the villain is manipulating the way time works across the multiverse, and I designed ...
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What is the highest-level spell that can be cast without a spell slot an unlimited number of times?

An 18th-level wizard gains a 2nd-level signature spell. This stipulates that they can "cast those spells at their lowest level without expending a spell slot when you have them prepared". ...
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Is there any situation in which a druid can cast spells using a beast's Innate Spellcasting trait?

In Volo's Guide to Monsters, we find the Deep Rothé (CR of 1/4), a beast that has the Innate Spellcasting trait, which reads: The deep rothé's spellcasting ability is Charisma. It can innately cast ...
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Does the caster of a tiny hut know whom it affects?

I DM for a party that includes a bard and a warlock, both of whom can cast tiny hut. In a typical dangerous area long rest, the bard casts tiny hut to include the entire party, and then the warlock ...
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Sangromancy (Blood Magic) warlock patron feature

Considering this ability for a homebrew warlock patron, and want to know if the wording works, on a technical level as well as a readability level, and if the overall effect is balanced. Obviously, ...
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Evil spellcaster theory crafting

I'm thinking about building an evil spellcaster - abusing the Damnation Feats, especially Maleficium since DC increases are quite rare but very useful so I'd like to try build something around this. ...
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Countering a concentration spell while concentrating on darkness

I had a recent rules argument with a couple of fellow players during a spellcasting tournament. I'm a warlock/monk with the concentration spells silence and darkness, as well as the devil's sight ...
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Can Gravity Well activate multiple times per cast of a spell?

Recently I've been looking at ways to make a forced movement character. This initially leads me to look at the warlock, specifically repelling blast. Repelling blast obviously works on each cast of ...
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Do you choose targets as part of the casting of a spell, or as part of the effect of it? [duplicate]

When casting a spell, do you select targets at the time of casting the spell or when the spell's effects take place? For an example of when the distinction might matter, consider casting a single-...
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If a player casts a spell of unlimited duration and retrains out of it, does the spell remain active?

I have a Bard with a couple months of downtime. He wants to cast a second level Lock on the party's locked bag and then train into a different spell. My instincts say that a character probably needs ...
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Do I understand the difference between the two versions of Symbol, and why would anyone ever choose the second one?

The party will soon be negotiating with an enemy; if they are smart, they will make sure that it happens at a neutral location. One of the enemy's henchmen can cast Symbol, and he would like to bring ...
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What's the difference between Innate and At-will spell casting in D&D 5e

The Monster Manual references both these ideas but it's not clear to me whether these are interchangeable terms or if there's some difference between them. In FoundryVTT both options are provided but ...
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If the activation of a Glyph of Warding triggers additional Glyphs of Warding, who is the target of the additional spell glyphs?

Here is the scenario: My players are in a room. They have opened a box which triggered a glyph of warding. There are 5 other glyphs scattered around the room, each of which are triggered by the ...
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Can a familiar cast Simulacrum?

While working on backstory elements for a noble character, I was trying to come up with a way to conceptualize a ploy to usurp the noble using a simulacrum. The ingredients were surprisingly at the ...
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What's a reasonable Green Hag Coven encounter for a party of 3 level 8 PCs?

Novice DM trying to make my bad guys intimidating. My party is fighting a Hag Coven and I want to make this fight pretty hard without killing anyone hopefully. So three Green Hags (Coven Variant) are ...
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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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