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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 level 1 Warlock Cast a 4th level spell from 8th level Sorcerer with their warlock pact magic spell slots?

Can my player’s multiclass Warlock 1/Sorcerer 8 cast the higher level sorcerer spells from with their warlock pact magic spell slots? My player argued that he could now cast his 4th level sorcerer ...
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How does the Mizzium Apparatus's ability to serve as an arcane focus interact with its ability to let you cast a spell you don't know/have prepared?

I recently got to DM my first campaign, and I was planning on letting my players get their hands on a Mizzium Apparatus. However, reading what the Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica says about the item, ...
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If a staff with a Shifting rune is transformed into a gauntlet, can you cast spells from the staff/gauntlet while wielding another weapon?

Magic staves can have weapon runes applied to them. One rune is a Shifting rune, which lets you transform the weapon into a different weapon. If I use a Shifting rune to transform a staff into a ...
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How does an Evocation Wizard's Overchannel ability interact with Chaos Bolt?

With the release of Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica, characters were given new background options. Some of these options add spells to a character's spellcasting classes. One of these is the Izzet ...
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Is it possible to create a divine spellbook?

The mnemonic vestment says this: If the wearer is a spontaneous caster, once per day she may use a spell slot to cast a spell from a written source (such as a scroll or spellbook) as if she knew ...
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If an Oblex devours a wizard's memories, can it cast the spells the wizard had prepared?

Imagine that an Elder Oblex (from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. p. 219) ate a memory of a wizard. Could it cast spells which were prepared by this wizard?
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How does spell that you can cast “spontaneously” granted by the Channel the Gift spell work?

I am wondering about the casting time of the spell granted by channel the gift when you target yourself and if it should count as a spell like ability: If you target yourself with this spell, you ...
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Can you concentrate on a special ability while also concentrating on a spell?

There exist several abilities that have the text similar to, this effect lasts while you maintain concentration (as if you were concentrating on a spell). One such example is the Bard College of ...
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Can you cast Counterspell through the senses of your familiar? [duplicate]

I was looking into creating a wizard that remains hidden for the most part from combat (potentially even to go as far as to hide in a fellow party members' backpack, they are a halfling) and thought ...
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Can you use Divine Metamagic to heighten a spell to a level that you have no slot for?

A 15th level cleric has Divine Metamagic and can cast spells of 8th level, but not of 9th level. Can he spend two turn/rebuke undead attempts to heighten an 8th level spell to 9th level?
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Can you work with another caster to store their spell in a Glyph of Warding spell you cast?

Can you work with another caster to store their spell in a Glyph of Warding spell you cast? Say you are a Wizard, level 15+. You can cast 8th level spells, and so can your level 15+ Cleric friend. ...
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Must a component pouch/focus be “out” to be handled, or can I keep it in my pocket?

When casting a spell with a material component, does one have to spend an object interaction taking the component pouch/focus out of wherever it's kept, or can it just be "handled" by touching it and ...
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What happens if you end concentration on a spell with a long casting time without your concentration “breaking”?

Certain features rely on concentration "breaking" rather than simply ending. To show the difference, there is first the "Concentration" section of the rules which states: [...] If you lose ...
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When a mystic theurge uses the Combined Spells feature, what's the spell level?

I asked a related but different question here: How does the Mystic Theurge's Combined Spells feature work? In the following scenario, how does a mystic theurge's combine spells ability work? Cleric 3 ...
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Cleric/Wizard character casts animate dead from scroll, which caster level bucket do the undead go to?

I am playing a character with cleric and wizard levels. If I was to cast a scroll of animate dead, where do the controled undead go? As animate dead is a cleric 3 or wizard 4 spell, it can be either ...
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Can killing the spellcaster undo a 'permanent' True Polymorph?

So I have a character (E) that, Many years ago, was True Polymorphed into an elf so his also-elven spouse (N) wouldn't outlive him so drastically. The result ended in E being roughly thirty years ...
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Does the caster know when a spell with a variable duration ends?

Does the caster know when a spell with a variable duration ends? I'm looking for a RAW answer (answers based on Pathfinder or D&D 3.0 are ok if there is no info on this in D&D 3.5); I haven't ...
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Can the Twinned Spell metamagic be used on a spell cast as a reaction from the War Caster feat?

I'm not sure if this interpretation of RAW is correct or if there is any RAI that would decide if twinning a warcast spell is valid. Is there anything that makes it explicit that a single target spell ...
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What would the balance implications be of removing the spell school restriction of learning spells for Eldritch Knights and Arcane Tricksters?

Both Eldritch Knights (a subclass of fighters) and Arcane Tricksters (a subclass of rogues) pull their spells from the wizard spell list, albeit in a limited way. The way in which they do this is by ...
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What spells can a Bloodhunter Cast?

So I was wondering what spells a bloodhunter might be able to cast if any. I can't seem to find any help or details on what spells Bloodhunters can use, so if someone could kindly help me, that would ...
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Can a Shapechanger use Innate Spellcasting while in their animal form?

I'm running the Dragon of Icespire Peak, and one of the monsters is an Anchorite of Talos. It has the following abilities: Innate Spellcasting. The anchorite’s innate spellcasting ability is ...
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Does a Psychic with the Improved Eldritch Heritage feat for the Psychic Bloodline get any benefit from Undercasting Prodigy?

Does a Psychic with the Improved Eldritch Heritage feat for the Psychic Bloodline get any benefit from Undercasting Prodigy? Undercasting Prodigy says: Starting at 9th level, whenever you gain a ...
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What are the possible balance implications for houseruling INT as Paladin's spellcasting ability and class features?

Related (yet different): What is the source of a Paladin's spell-casting ability? Related (strongly): What are the impacts of changing a Ranger's spellcasting ability? (I don't know if everything ...
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Would casting the Ventriloquism spell into a Silence field allow you to cast silently?

I know Ventriloquism is an arcane spell and Silence divine, so normally most people wouldnt be able to cast both without needing magic items or such. But if you were to use Ventriloquism to throw ...
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Can I cast Sunbeam if both my hands are busy?

The 6th-level Evocation spell Sunbeam reads as follows: A beam of brilliant light flashes out from your hand in a 5-foot-wide, 60-foot-long line. [...] For the duration, a mote of brilliant ...
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Does the feat Mobile Spellcasting allow movement when casting during a grapple?

If a character is engaged in a grapple and has the feat Mobile Spellcasting (Complete Adventurer, p.111), are they allowed to make a grapple check to perform the Move action alongside their ...
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Can a character without Magery use a wand to cast a mage-only spell?

On Magic p. 19, the wording in the first paragraph of "Using Magic Items" is unclear. If an item has any "mage only" effects on it, only a mage can use the item's powers. (emphasis original) It'...
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Does the 2019 UA artificer need to prepare the Lesser Restoration spell to cast it with their Alchemical Mastery feature?

The 2019 UA Artificer's Alchemist subclass gains the following ability as part of their Alchemical Mastery feature at 6th level: In addition, you can cast lesser restoration without expending a ...
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How does a changeling's Divergent Persona affect bard spells cast using musical instruments?

My character is a level 1 Changeling Bard. In my character's story, his Bard personality is what I'm using for his Divergent Persona racial feature. So it says under the description for divergent ...
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Can the Metamagic Song feat be used multiple times on the same spell?

The Metamagic Song feat from Races of Stone (p. 142) allows you to expend Bardic Music uses in place of increasing the level of the spell when applying metamagic. It comes with the stipulation that: ...
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Can a readied action be taken after a spell is cast, but before it deals damage?

This question evolved from discussion in the comments from another Q/A: "Can you use Shape Water on Tidal Wave?". I've become unsure about how spells with a duration of "instantaneous" work. ...
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Can you end concentration on a spell during someone else's turn? [duplicate]

Say for example, my group is fighting a group of archers. Bard casts Darkness. We determine that the archers can see through the darkness, as they are hitting each of their shots. Can the bard end ...
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How to reconcile Tiefling's Infernal Legacy's Hellish Rebuke with melee warrior? [duplicate]

Infernal Legacy grants tieflings ability to cast Hellish Rebuke as a reaction at 3rd level, as if it was cast using a 2nd level spell slot. Hellish Rebuke as spell has Verbal and Somatic components. ...
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What kind of action is it to stop concentrating on a spell?

What kind of action is it to stop concentrating on a spell? Our party's initiative order is like this: 20 - Bard 19 - Bad guy 18 - Bad guy 17 - Bad guy 16 - Bad guy 15 - Nobody 14 - Ally 13 - ...
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How would a mute spell caster work?

Would a PC with no or limited ability to speak (like a character born deaf or mute) be able to use spells with Verbal components?
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Are there limitations on what spells a creature can cast while holding a readied spell?

Are there limitations on what spells a creature can cast while holding a readied spell? To give an example, say that a cleric uses their action to cast, and hold, a sacred flame, with some arbitrary ...
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Can a paladin prepare more spells if they didn't cast any the previous day?

I know this seems like a silly question but it was just a random thought that I had today. I know Paladins only get so many spells a day by preparing them usually when they wake up and pray to ...
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Does trying to charm an uncharmable creature cost a spell slot?

I'm soon going to DM for the first time; we'll be playing 5e. If my players try to charm a creature with a condition immunity to being charmed, will they still lose a spell slot? They are all first ...
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Does maintaining a spell with a longer casting time count as casting a spell?

The section on "Longer Casting Times" states: When you cast a spell with a casting time longer than a single action or reaction, you must spend your action each turn casting the spell... In trying ...
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Can you cast bonus action and reaction spells while already casting a spell with a casting time longer than a turn?

Can a bonus action or reaction spell be cast while already casting a spell with a casting time of more than a turn? (If the bonus action or reaction spell is not a concentration spell.) I found this ...
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How game-breaking would a house-rule letting spellcasters prepare new spells at any time be?

Spellcasters that prepare spells have nearly identical rulings when and how they can do so (emphasis mine): You can change your list of prepared spells when you finish a long rest. Preparing a ...
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Does using the Silent Spell metamagic change the action cost for a spell?

Silent Spell costs 1 action, but allows you to waive the spell's verbal component. Does waiving the verbal component reduce the spell's action cost by 1, thus producing no net change in the number of ...
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Would a house rule letting anyone cast their ritual spells as rituals be game-breaking?

By default, there are limited ways for characters in D&D 5E to cast ritual-tagged spells as rituals. Either they choose a class with the Ritual Casting feature, choose warlock with the Book of ...
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Is the Invoke Disaster feat's increase to a Storm druid's Focus Points redundant, since druids can never have more than 3 FP?

I'm playing Pathfinder 2e. A Storm druid has a 2 FPs (focus points) initially. They get +1 FP from the Wind Caller feat, and another +1 FP from the Invoke Disaster feat, for a total of 4. However, ...
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Can True Polymorph create creatures with the Spellcasting feature?

One notable limitation of the Shapechange spell reads as follows: You transform into an average example of that creature, one without any class levels or the Spellcasting trait. However, True ...
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How many spells can a level 1 wizard learn?

I’m kind of new to the game and I want to make a wizard, but I can’t understand the part of the hero’s handbook (pg.29) where it says: “Pick a number of spells from this page equal to 3 + INT” I have ...
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What are the ramifications of this change to upcasting spells?

I was looking at the Evocation Wizard's Overchannel feature which states: When you cast a wizard spell of 1st through 5th-level that deals damage, you can deal maximum damage with that spell. This ...
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The Shaman wandering spirit Lore's Arcane Enlightenment hex grants bonus arcane spells. Is there a spell level limit to what spells can be chosen?

The Shaman wandering spirit Lore's Arcane Enlightenment hex grants bonus arcane spells. Is there a spell level limit to what spells can be chosen? The Arcane Enlightenment hex says: The shaman’s ...
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What player actions or feats are available to disrupt enemy Cast a Spell actions?

Obviously, the Attack of Opportunity has changed from 1e, now taking a Reaction instead and dependent on specific feat triggers. There are a number of Triggers that reference manipulation actions, ...
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Increasing Focus Pool size as a non-storm or leaf druid

Druids have access to focus points, which are spent to cast order spells. A druid starts off with a single focus point and a maximum focus pool size of 1. Druids can improve the size of this pool with ...