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 type of spellcasting bonus do I use as a multiclassed bard/cleric? [duplicate]

I'm fairly new to D&D, and I'm going to multiclass for the first time - Bard/Cleric, to be specific. What kind of spellcasting bonus do I use for spells like Healing Word which is bard and cleric?...
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What level spells can a level 3 paladin cast?

Paladins don't get access to spellcasting until level 2. Once they are level 2 can they now cast both level 1 and level 2 spells in their list or only level 1 spells (since they couldn't cast ...
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Can Quicken Spell be used spontaneously if Rapid Metamagic is used?

The Quicken Spell feat carries this special requirement: This feat can't be applied to any spell cast spontaneously (including sorcerer spells, bard spells, and cleric or druid spells cast ...
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Does Rapid Metamagic reduce the time of a spell cast using Metamagic song?

In the description of Metamagic Song from Races of Stone it includes the line, emphasis mine: Applying metamagic spontaneously using this method increases the casting time of the spell normally. ...
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How do I introduce magic to my PCs part way through an adventure?

I am playing through a slightly modified version of the Pathfinder adventure Rise of the Runelords with a group who are all brand new to any form of RPG. After around ten sessions, I still haven't ...
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Can you reduce the metamagic cost before applying Metamagic Song?

The description of Metamagic Song states: When applying a metamagic feat to a spell, you must either use Metamagic Song to completely offset the increase in the spell's effective level or apply the ...
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Can you use Metamagic Song and Quicken Spell together?

The description for the feat Metamagic Song in Races of Stone states (emphasis mine): When you spontaneously cast an arcane spell that is enhanced by a metamagic feat, you can spend a number of ...
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Can Hunter's Mark be moved after Silence has been cast on a character?

Situation: In a battle sequence our Paladin (Oath of Vengeance) has successfully cast Hunter's mark, later in the battle our Wizard cast Silence. We know that Hunter's Mark requires V (verbal) ...
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Does a Skald's Raging Song prevent spellcasting?

This is the description of the Skald's Raging Song (Su) class feature: If a raging song affects allies, when the skald begins a raging song and at the start of each ally’s turn in which they can ...
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Are there any rules for identifying what spell an opponent is casting?

I was reviewing the Counterspell spell in 5e and it is cast as a reaction when "you see a creature within 60 feet of you casting a spell". Obviously the spell is incredibly useful if you actually ...
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How do I determine the DC for Dispel Magic?

I'm fairly new to the game and just ran a first session with my group. I know that you typically have to match or beat a DC in order to "save" or "succeed." When it comes to things like Dispel Magic,...
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Does a wand charged with a swift action casting time spell take a swift action to activate?

There are different rules related to the action required to activate a wand: The wand section from magic items states (emphasis mine): Wands use the spell trigger activation method, so casting a ...
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Do projectile spells arc or travel in a straight line?

Are projectile spells like fireball affected by gravity and arc from their origin to their destination, or do they travel in a straight line? I’d like an explanation from both an official and logical ...
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Does Casting a Spell From a Scroll Count as Casting the Spell Yourself?

Does casting a spell from a scroll count as you casting the spell for effects such as Spell Focus and other abilities that improve the spells you cast? If scrolls don't, are there items that do?
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Using a found spellbook as a Sorcerer-Wizard multiclass

I have a Divine Soul Sorcerer 6 (with INT 13) playing in a published adventure. I just found a spellbook with 11 spells in it of varying levels. All are wizard spells, and some of the spells are ...
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Will Conceal Spell or Cunning Caster let me use Oracle’s Burden undetected?

I want to use Oracle’s Burden on unsuspecting Non Player Characters, for roleplay purposes. Knowing this is a Curse I want to use the spell with one of the two feats: Conceal Spell Cunning Caster ...
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How many spells would a 1st-level Wizard be able to prepare per day?

If I have a 1st level wizard with an Intelligence modifier of +3 (and therefore 6 spells known in my spellbook, plus all the cantrips for my chosen school of magic), exactly how many spells could I ...
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Do Multiclassed spellcasters add their ability modifier or proficiency bonus twice when determining spell save DC?

I was told somewhere that a way to increase spell save DC was by multiclassing and taking a spell in each class multiclassed. If this is the case, a Sorcerer and Warlock multiclass would be able to ...
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Can a Wizard gain more spell slots by having multiple spell books?

Can a Wizard gain more spell slots by having multiple spell books? If I had two or more spell books each with different spells, does that increase the spell limit?
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Do warlocks have to cast their cantrips at the max level of their spell slots?

If I am a level 4 Warlock I have a minimum of 3 cantrips, 5 spells known at 2nd level and two 2nd level spell slots. When casting Cantrips, is it required to use a 2nd-level spell slot? For ...
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How do spell slot recovery abilities work with the Variant: Spell Points system?

I am considering using the Variant: Spell Points system from page 288-289 of the DMG. I asked a related question on the overall balance of this rule. This question is more focused on the mechanics of ...
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How does the Variant: Spell Points system from the DMG affect game balance?

On page 288-289 of the DMG, there is a "Variant: Spell Points" rule. Below are the best summary paragraphs of the system: In this variant, each spell has a point cost based on its level. The Spell ...
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What ways are there to increase one's spellcasting attribute for spellcasting purposes?

I was recently looking at the Regeneration spell (Creation 10), and wondering how I could achieve Regeneration 20 with it. This would seem to require a spellcasting attribute score greater than 20, ...
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When using or crafting a Spellcasting item, do modifiers that apply to spellcasting apply?

Specifically, I am interested in if the Power Boost power (from the Prometheum Exxet) could interact with an item that has the Spellcasting power (though there may be other cases where interactions ...
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Would forcing armour on a wizard using an illusion spell and Illusory Reality 'harm' them?

A wizard wearing armour that they are not proficient in is unable to cast spells. Would it be possible to force a wizard into armour using a combination of Illusion and Illusory Reality? For example, ...
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Can a Bard cast spells with both hands full?

I was looking at Valor bards and saw they get shield proficiency later. It seems to cater to the person wanting to play a more melee-oriented bard, but I see one major problem and want to see if ...
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How does a wizard read another wizard's spellbook?

To prepare spells from another wizard's spellbook you have to be able to read it. Since there is no read magic spell (like in previous editions), how does a wizard read another wizard's spellbook?
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Do all spells with durations require concentration and prevent casting other non-instant spells?

How does spell casting work with regards to concentration and multiple spells? The other players in my group are arguing that duration-based spells require concentration and the casting of any other ...
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Is it possible for a bard to use an instrument to cast spells while holding a weapon in each hand?

I am playing a bard in 5e. Is it possible to use an instrument to cast spells while holding a weapon in each hand? (If I am correct that you need the instrument to cast bardic spells.)