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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How can I remove the "Generalist Spellcaster" paradigm from the game? [closed]

Pathfinder 2e designer Michael Sayer made a post describing the game's assumptions of how spellcasters are intended to play, which I found completely baffling, and totally at odds with any game I've ...
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Is the moons' influence on spellcasting balanced for a Dragonlance campaign?

I am about to DM Shadow of the Dragon Queen and I have almost finished reading the manual, to get the general idea of the adventure. To be honest, I feel that the setting depicted here does not feel ...
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Casting a Fireball spell past an illusionary wall from Major Image

Player knew that a illusionary wall (Major Image) was fake. They wanted to centre the Fireball past the illusionary wall to catch a target that had just run thought it. I said, they couldn't as they ...
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What can a ranger 1/paladin 1 do with their spell slots?

Paladins and rangers get their spellcasting at level 2, as they are half-casters. However, a ranger 1/paladin 1 would have the spell slots of a 1st-level full caster. Would this hypothetical character ...
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Manifest Mind: Does Wizard have awakened Spellbook Vision on Reactions

Player wizard was hidden behind pillar and had the Awakened Spellbook out in play. Monster cast Hypnotic Pattern on multiple party members. Player attempted to counterspell from behind the pillar. ...
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Can an Artificer's Infusions act as a spellcasting focus for spells from another class?

I'm specifically looking at the case of a character that starts as an Armorer Artificer, then multiclasses into Wizard for the majority of their career. As I read it, as long as the Artificer has ...
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If you are invisible, cast Detect Thoughts, and attempt to probe deeper into a target's mind, how would they know it was you?

As part of the description of the Detect Thoughts spell, it states: As an action, you can either shift your attention to another creature’s thoughts or attempt to probe deeper into the same creature’...
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Does a new source of temporary HP instantly end the effects of motivational speech?

Per the wording of the spell - Choose up to five creatures within range that can hear you. For the duration, each affected creature gains 5 temporary hit points and has advantage on Wisdom saving ...
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Why does this 7th-level spellcaster NPC only have slots and prepared spells appropriate to a 3rd-level spellcaster?

In Tyranny of Dragons, on page 184, an NPC stat block makes no sense. I’ve checked the errata and have found no correction. It says the NPC “is a 7th-level spellcaster that uses Intelligence as his ...
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Can you hold Plane Shift on an unwilling creature until they touch you to skip the melee spell attack?

One of my players uses the Plane Shift spell quite regularly in battle to get rid of unwanted opponents. With the ready action and the holding of a spell being a thing, the question has come up, ...
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Is spell switch on the go homebrew OP?

I recently started playing DnD5E (the starter campaign Lost Mines of Phandelver), and read about the memorization of spells. And even more recently I started playing Baldur's Gate 3. In BG3 I noticed ...
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How to interrogate a magic user who has misty step?

We're players in a homebrew campaign, and have recently knocked out some sort of wizard that can use spells such as fly, fireball, shield and misty step. We've tied him up and put something in his ...
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How would this extra spellcasting rule affect game balance?

I once heard of a D&D 5th edition group who played using various house rules. One such rule was as follows: As a bonus action, a spellcaster may cast any cantrip, 1st level spell, or 2nd level ...
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Shouldn't Magic Missile be a Divination Spell instead of Evocation? [closed]

Don't take me wrong, but in all editions I've seen so far, Magic Missile is a spell that launches darts or orbs of pure magical force (thus, it's an Evocation Spell). Inside its descriptions, it says ...
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If a multiclassed Sorcerer/Wizard both knows and prepares Magic Missile, does it count as both a Sorcerer spell and a Wizard spell? [duplicate]

I'm building a new character for our weekly game and a build-around that I think could be fun is to optimize for the number of times I roll on the Wild Magic Surge table while dealing respectable ...
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Do handcuffs prevent you from casting spells with somatic components?

Is a handcuffed spellcaster still capable of executing the somatic components of spells? I'm asking about rulings in the official rulebooks, not "This is how I'd do this" responses.
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What balance pitfalls result from simplifying the range of all D&D 5e spells to either Touch or Line-of-Sight?

For context, the Everyday Heroes product line is based on, and designed to be largely compatible with, D&D 5e. It is essentially a revival of the 3e d20 Modern line. Unlike the d20 Modern Core ...
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Using spell with a bonus action when we had 2 actions (Haste or Action Surge as example) [duplicate]

The Players Handbook says: A spell cast with a bonus action is especially swift. You must use a bonus action on your turn to cast the spell, provided that you haven't already taken a bonus action ...
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Casting spells while out of hearing and sight

There are other questions addressing how casting attack spells while hidden blows your cover, but what if you are out of the range of perception for the target? Some additional background: based on ...
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Means of pretending to be Dominated, thralled, or Charmed

Is there any means for a character to pretend to be subject to a mind-effecting spell or ability after resisting or being immune, so as not to alert the caster?
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Would a Lich/Wizard casting Globe of Invulnerability, Prismatic Wall, and Shield (as needed) be "invincible"?

In Dnd 5e, would casting Globe of Invulnerability at 8th level (concentration) on a surprise round, then Prismatic Wall (action) around the caster at the top of the next round, and Shield (Reaction) ...
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Can a 14th level College of Creation Bard Create Five Summonable Items for Free with Creative Crescendo and Drawmij's Instant Summons? [duplicate]

Creative Crescendo. At 14th level, when you use your Performance of Creation feature, you can create more than one item at once. The number of items equals your Charisma modifier (minimum of two items)...
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Do "10th-level spells" show up anywhere in 5th Edition lore?

I saw a video a while back about some examples of so-called "10th-level spells" causing havoc, in possibly outdated lore. I'm wondering if any of the examples of such spells have persisted ...
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Can the damage taken from Blood Channeling cause you to lose concentration on the spell it's paying for?

The Blood Channeling feature of the Blood Magic Wizard from Tal’dorei Campaign Setting: Reborn says: When casting a wizard spell that requires a costly material component, you can forego the ...
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Does the Vital Sacrifice feat cause Fireball or Magic Missile to deal additional damage? If so, to whom?

The Vital Sacrifice feat from Tal’dorei Campaign Setting: Reborn says you can expend a blood boon to gain the following benefit: When you hit with an attack or spell, you deal an additional 2d6 ...
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Do the Friends cantrip and War Caster feat allow a PC to heal another PC as a reaction?

The Friends cantrip turns a creature hostile. When the spell ends, the creature realizes that you used magic to influence its mood and becomes hostile toward you. Opportunity attacks can be made ...
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Does Cartomancer's Hidden Ace require you to expend a spell slot?

The new Cartomancer feat from The Book of Many Things has a feature, Hidden Ace, that says "when you finish a long rest, you can choose one spell from your class's spell list and imbue that spell ...
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Does Cartomancer's Hidden Ace allow you to bypass the casting time of a spell with a long casting time?

The new Cartomancer feat from The Book of Many Things has a feature, Hidden Ace, that says "when you finish a long rest, you can choose one spell from your class's spell list and imbue that spell ...
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Does Cartomancer's Hidden Ace allow you to cast a spell you normally couldn't prepare?

The new Cartomancer feat from The Book of Many Things has a feature, Hidden Ace, that says "when you finish a long rest, you can choose one spell from your class's spell list and imbue that spell ...
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Does the Cartomancer feat's Hidden Ace benefit require the imbued spell's components at the time of casting and/or imbuing?

The new Cartomancer feat from The Book of Many Things (p. 49) states that "You can use a card deck as your spellcasting focus." It also has a feature, Hidden Ace, that says "when you ...
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When using a deck of cards as a spellcasting focus (with Cartomancer), can you flourish a single card (for Hidden Ace) with the hand holding the deck?

The new Cartomancer feat from The Book of Many Things states that "You can use a card deck as your spellcasting focus." It also states that you can "imbue" a spell "into a ...
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Can Paragon Surge be cast on a familiar?

Familiars have the Share Spells ability, allowing spells with special targeting rules to be cast on them: Share Spells: The wizard may cast a spell with a target of “You” on his familiar (as a touch ...
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Can You Hold the Stone that Wall of Stone Springs From?

Relevant Quotes: A nonmagical wall of solid stone springs into existence at a point you choose within range. The wall is 6 inches thick and is composed of ten 10-foot-by-10-foot panels. Each panel ...
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Would raging break the concentration of a Wild Shaped Druid?

If you had a Druid/Barbarian multiclass would you be able to cast a spell such as Call Lightning that requires concentration, Wild Shape, and then rage without breaking concentration on the spell? ...
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Can you drop concentration on Delayed Blast Fireball as Dispel Magic is being cast on it? [duplicate]

Assume you cast Delayed Blast Fireball, another creature then casts Dispel Magic on it. Would you be able to end your concentration--causing it to explode--as it is being dispelled? If so, do you do ...
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Can a Devil variant of the Fiendish Spirit summoned by the Summon Fiend spell grapple a creature and also use its Hurl Flame action with multiattack?

Premise Can a Devil variant of the Fiendish Spirit summoned by the Summon Fiend spell perform a Grapple as one of its attacks on its turn, and also use its Hurl Fire ranged spell attack? Per the ...
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Can I cast Clinging Ice twice on the same target?

Clinging Ice is a Witch cantrip. It does very good damage for its action cost, but the "target becomes immune for 1 minute after the spell ends". The spell ends if you do not Sustain it at ...
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What is the maximum amount of reusable spells a character can have at the same time that do not require spell slots to cast?

I enjoy casting spells in D&D, but spell slots have always felt big and important to me. Regardless of the build I make, I always feel some compulsion to save them for a more important and pivotal ...
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Does being in the Shadowfell (5E) in any way affect spells that players cast?

The 5E DMG mentions only that the plane has a hatred of light and lacks color, mentions the Domains of Dread, and then gives an optional rule for despair. Does the Plane of Shadow cause radiant damage ...
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Does an item-cast, but user-powered spell count as a "spell on" for effective casting skill calculation?

Say I'm playing a mage (in DFRPG or Magic 4e systems) and I have a "casting item" -- that is, an enchanted item that lets the user cast a particular spell but requires the user to provide ...
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Does the effective skill of a "casting item" give an energy discount as caster skill would?

I'm playing in a campaign that's (mostly) running under DFRPG (4th Ed. rules exist as legacy, since as a play-by-post it's been running for many years and predates much of DF and all of DFRPG). I've ...
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Can a summon monster type spell be made permanent?

Is there a RAW way to summon a monster of some variety and make it permanent? In my scenario I'm thinking of Oozes specifically, in case that makes a difference.
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Is there any way to use Dexterity for spellcasting or as a named spellcasting ability?

I've always wondered about creating a character who trains to use every spellcasting ability. The publication of Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants introduces the possibility of using Strength in a ...
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Can you use Shapechange to regain a creature’s daily uses of an ability?

Using the spell Shapechange, one can access certain creatures with abilities that either recharge every so often (like a dragon’s breath attack), or are limited in use in a day (like an androsphinx’s ...
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Are non-damaging effects obvious in combat without a check?

This question came about in response to a debate relating to this answer, wherein I stipulated that the effects of the Warp Mind spell are not immediately obvious to your allies. The reasoning I had ...
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Can you wear a magic spell component?

To cast a "Hex" spell (Player's Handbook, pg. 251, Warlock 1 lvl spell), you must use an arcane focus or a component called "petrified eye of a newt". I thought it was very cool to ...
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Are the spell descriptions detailing movements a part of the spell's somatic component? For example with Message "you point your finger" [duplicate]

I am specifically asking this, whether Subtle Spell would eliminate all signs of casting a spell or not, as many have additional movements or actions described in them. Message needs pointing a finger ...
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How does the Dream Spell manipulate the target?

One of my players uses the Dream spell regularly as pretty much a visual telephone. He casts it to contact people he wants/ needs to talk to, who are otherwise unavailable due to distance. This has ...
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Is this Thaumatology: Ritual Path Magic casting cost calculation correct?

I'm looking at the example spells in Thaumatology: Ritual Path Magic and the very first example, Air Jet, seems to have an error in the calculation of casting cost. I'm aware that SJG sources often ...
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What are the balance implications of removing spell lists?

How would the game change if I removed spell lists? Essentially, every spell would be on every spell list. I know this would lead to balance issues with wizard's Spell Mastery and spells such as ...
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