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 your familiar use the frozen spell bead from Arcane Abeyance to indirectly let you concentrate on a 2nd spell?

Arcane Abeyance (p184 EGtW)Says: ...A creature holding the bead can use its action to release the spell within, whereupon the bead disappears. The spell uses your spell attack bonus and save DC, ...
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How does readying a spell interact with the Sorcerer's Metamagic feature?

The Ready action states (emphasis mine): [...] When you ready a spell, you cast it as normal but hold its energy, which you release with your reaction when the trigger occurs. [...] Thus, when you ...
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Why can't you cast 2 leveled spells per turn [closed]

So I was just informed by my DM that I couldn't cast cure Wounds and Healing Word in the same turn he. Then showed me why in the bonus action word textbox and I was wondering why can't you cast 2 ...
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For a multiclassed caster targeted by Spell Thief, what spellcasting ability does the target use?

Spell Thief states: [...] Immediately after a creature casts a spell that targets you or includes you in its area of effect, you can use your reaction to force the creature to make a saving throw ...
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Can concentration spells be “adjusted” while silenced?

For an example, the party is fighting Strahd, a vampire spellcaster. The party cleric casts Dawn, off center on Strahd to only affect him. Then the party wizard casts silence directly on top of ...
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What is your spellcasting ability when casting a spell from a Ring of Spell Storing?

The Ring of Spell Storing states (emphasis mine): [...] While wearing this ring, you can cast any spell stored in it. The spell uses the slot level, spell save DC, spell attack bonus, and ...
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Do class or subclass features that relate to spellcasting apply when producing a spell's effect from an Artificer's Spell-Storing Item?

In my recent question about a homebrewed Artificer subclass, I was asked in a comment how one of the abilities that modifies spellcasting would interact with casting spells stored within a my subclass'...
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Does Improved Pact Weapon allow casting a spell with somatic and material components using a Heavy-crossbow as the focus?

As stated in the title, I've read about casting spells with somatic component with two-handed weapons here. The thing is that the Xanathar's warlock invocation [Improved Pact Weapon] says that you can ...
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Does the “higher level spell slot” clause in Globe of Invulnerability do anything?

The spell "Globe of Invulnerability" says, in part: Any spell of 5th level or lower cast from outside the barrier can't affect creatures or objects within it, even if the spell is cast using a ...
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If a spell caster loses concentration on Greater Invisibility, and an opponent has readied a reaction, what happens first?

As an example, both the spellcaster and the opponent ("the archer") have 1 hp remaining, so whoever completes their action first will knock the opponent unconscious. The spellcaster casts Create ...
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Are the Power Word spells especially easy to identify?

There are various high level spells named "Power Word: X". They are all verbal-only spells (except Power Word: Heal), and tend to have the following text in them(...except Power Word: Heal): You ...
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Can spellcasters try to make it difficult to identify what spell they're casting?

How to identify a spell being cast? discusses how to identify a spell. This question seeks to discover whether there are steps a spellcaster could take during casting to make this identification more ...
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Spell that mimics tha bag of holding [closed]

is there a spell that mimics a bag of holding? i got this idea from reading american gods, where the character "Mad Sweeney" can take small-ish objects (mostly coins but he has put bigger objects ...
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Can you cast racial spells with a spell slot? [duplicate]

Take for instance, a level 5 (standard) tiefling warlock. Would you be able to cast your Darkness and Hellish Rebuke spells with a spell slot? Both spells appear on the warlock spell list and could be ...
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Does multiclassing suddenly allow you to cast spells from Magic Initiate (or other similar features/feats) using more spell slots?

The following question already exists and explains that you can cast spells gained from the Magic Initiate feat if and only if the class you choose is the same as one of your own: Can you cast a ...
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Do clerics always have their full spell list prepared?

Something I read in a post on Paizo forums is that clerics always have their full spell list prepared (excluding ones locked by alignment). However, when I went into the SRD that wasn't reflected in ...
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Can a sorcerer cast the same spell twice if enough spell slots are available? [duplicate]

In D&D 5e, let's say that I have two level-1 spell slots available and want to cast Burning Hands. On one turn, I use one of the available spell slots to cast Burning Hands. On my next turn, I ...
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Can concentration be kept through dimensions? [duplicate]

Say you, in the middle of a battle, cast a spell such as Magnificent Mansion. You go inside and then start casting Conjure Elemental. You then order the elemental to exit the mansion and start ...
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RAW can creatures with Innate Spellcasting cast spells while using their Change Shape ability?

While researching monsters that can shape change to mess with my players there are a few that also have innate spellcasting. I'm trying to figure out RAW if each of the examples can use their ...
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Can you add the same modifier to damage rolls multiple times if they come from different sources?

A friend of mine is wanting to do a specific build and as far as I am aware you cannot apply a modifier multiple times in this way. Can someone confirm if this is a RAW legal tactic? Scenario: level ...
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The Noble Genie Line of Sight/Effect

The Noble Genie Unearthed Arcana warlock subclass states: When you can cast a spell, you can deliver the spell from your space or the bound creature’s space. My question is, do you need line of ...
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Concentration on a spell while casting a spell with a longer casting time [closed]

Is casting a spell with a casting time longer than 1 action considered “concentrating” on it, for the purpose of keeping concentration on a different spell already cast? Ex.: Flaming sphere on the ...
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How can Chromatic Orb ever miss the target?

The description for Chromatic Orb states (PHB, p. 221): You hurl a 4-inch-diameter sphere of energy at a creature that you can see within range. You choose acid, cold, fire, lightning, poison, or ...
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Can a Glamour bard cast a level 1+ spell and cast the Command spell using the Mantle of Majesty feature in the same turn?

For clarity It's already clear from several other questions that a Glamour bard may not maintain concentration on Mantle of Majesty and another concentration spell at the same time. This is not my ...
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Can you choose to cast a spell at a lower caster level?

In AD&D, many spells have effects with areas that are a specified amount “per level”. From my understanding, this is the caster’s level. My question, is whether or not a spellcaster could choose ...
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Does the 1st-level spell you can cast using the Magic Initiate feat need spell slots?

I'm having a hard time understanding how the Magic Initiate feat works; does it require spell slots? The feat doesn't say the spell cast is free; it only says you can cast it at its lowest level ...
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How long does it take a wizard to change just one of their prepared spells?

Suppose my 10th-level wizard wakes up from a good night's rest and, using all 20 points of his Intelligence, he realizes that he needs to change his spell list a little. It's time to retire Magic ...
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Can a sorcerer use the Quickened Spell metamagic option on a spell cast from a magic wand?

The sorcerer in my group has a wand of lightning bolts: While holding it, you can use an action to expend 1 or more of its charges to cast the lightning bolt spell (save DC 15) from it. For 1 ...
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In the Forgotten Realms, how does a Wizard cast spells when away from their plane?

In the Forgotten Realms, how does a Wizard cast spells when away from their plane? That is, how exactly do they wield magic when they have no access to the Weave? Can a Wizard still cast if he is ...
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Casting a spell and then preparing a new one while the previous is still in effect

Classes like the artificer can prepare a new spell list in 1 minute, can an artificer cast a long-duration spell such as false life (1 hour), and immediately prepare a new spell list while retaining ...
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Can you cast Eldritch Blast twice in the same turn using the sorcerer's Quickened Spell Metamagic option?

Someone has been telling me that I cannot cast eldritch blast twice a turn, because by some rule you are only able to cast one spell and one cantrip a turn, regardless of casting time. I trust his ...
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Multiclass spell casting and spell modifiers

I know that you use your spellcasting modifier from the class you gained the spell from. However, for something like Tempest Domain cleric gaining the use of thunderwave from their subclass (...
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Is there a way to accelerate or pre-cast spells with long casting times?

Some spells have casting times of 1m (Tsunami, Conjure Elementals, etc). I am a low level caster with no access to Wish. Is there a way to prepare the spell (maybe somehow pre-cast it the day before ...
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Does Magic Initiate allow the chosen spell to effectively be “always prepared” if the spell is on their spell list?

The Magic Initiate feat allows you to pick a 1st level spell, which you can cast once per long rest. From the PHB (p. 168): Choose a class: bard, cleric, sorcerer, warlock, or wizard. You learn two ...
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Is counterspelling a warlock different?

My question is about something that happens in S2E98 of Critical Role (potential spoilers if you haven't watched it yet). In the episode, the wizard attempts to counterspell a dimension door spell. ...
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Is summoning an air elemental with the Censer of Controlling Air Elementals still a concentration spell?

Items that let you cast a spell through them (e.g. wands , staves, etc) use specific wording such as: While holding it, you can use an action to expend 1 or more of its charges to cast the xxxxxx ...
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Are there instances where a character can cast a non-cantrip spell while having no spell slots available and they later suffer negative consequences?

Last night, I DMed a game with only two players, and neither of them had any prior experience with D&D. All in all, it went great, but towards the end, they got into some serious trouble and the ...
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Can a Wizard write spells in something other than a spellbook? [duplicate]

So basically I have a bard that I am about to multiclass into a wizard. I’d like to know if it’s possible to not need a grimoire specifically, but be able to say write my spells by writing them on or ...
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When a class changes from divine, arcane, or psychic to a different type, what mechanical effects are there?

Recently, it occurred to me that besides flavor stuff like where the magic comes from and what spells they can cast, I can't really think of anything that's different between divine casters, arcane ...
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Can you turn a spell into an area spell?

Let me preface this by saying I'm pretty much a complete newb when it comes to the Vancian spellcasting subsystem, so sorry if this one has an obvious answer I just don't know about. Is there a way ...
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Do I have to keep the spells I get from my subclass?

I am pretty new to D&D. So far I have been a pure melee class player, just because my first DM advised that they are easier to play. Now I am trying to make a spellcasting character for a first ...
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Does the sorcerer's Extended Spell metamagic option extend the duration of a spell exponentially or linearly? [duplicate]

When it mentions that you can spend 1 sorcery point to double its duration, up to a maximum of 24 hours, does it mean that every time you spend a sorcery point you add the original duration again? Or ...
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When using a smite spell cast on a previous turn, can you use your bonus action to apply another smite spell to the same attack?

Essentially this comes down to an order of operations question when it comes to concentration, in Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. Say you have a smite spell cast on the previous turn, and you are ...
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Does switching the bard incantation stat from charisma to wisdom create major balance issues? [duplicate]

I have a player who want to play a shaman. He really wants to keep the bard classes but he is much more interested in the druid lore. He doesn't want to be charismatic and handle social interaction, ...
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Does the target choose which side they move to for Wall of Ice?

The description for Wall of Ice states "If the wall cuts through a creature's space when it appears, the creature within its area is pushed to one side of the wall and must make a Dexterity saving ...
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If I use a bonus action to do something besides cast a spell, can I cast a non-cantrip spell with my action?

In D&D 5e, what are the rules for casting spells when using a bonus action to do something besides cast a spell? For example, if I'm using a Cunning Action to Disengage as a bonus action, can I ...
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If you cast a cantrip as a bonus action, can you also cast a cantrip as your action?

The rule in the PHB is fairly clear on casting a cantrip and a spell: if the spell is a bonus action, you may cast a cantrip as an action. My question concerns the two bonus-action cantrips, magic ...
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If a sorcerer rolls on the Wild Magic Surge table and gets a result that says they cast a certain spell, does it require the usual components?

Several effects from the Wild Magic sorcerer's Wild Magic Surge table (PHB, p. 104) tell you, the sorcerer, to cast a spell as the result, for example: You cast fireball as a 3rd-level spell ...
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Does a ranged casting distance include touch?

Can a ranged cast also count as a touch if done right next to it? Where this came up: My wizard player wants to have their owl familiar cast floating disk so the wizard can sit on the disk and have ...
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How is the magic within a sorcerer different from the magic permeating everything else such that they naturally cast spells and most do not?

The Raw Magic section (PHB 99) for the sorcerer states: Magic is a part of every sorcerer, suffusing body, mind, and spirit with a latent power that waits to be tapped. while the Weave of Magic ...

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