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 you use the (Optional) Favored Foe with Hunter's Mark, Zephyr Strike, or any other spell with concentration? [duplicate]

Can you use the (Optional) Favored Foe with hunter's mark, zephyr strike, or any other spell with concentraion? Favored Foe (TCE p56) 1st-level ranger optional feature, which replaces the Favored ...
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Are spells gained from class abilities considered as in spell list?

For the purposes of crafting, casting spells from scrolls and so forth, Are spells gained from cleric domains, oracle mysteries, wizard elemental schools, sorcerer bloodlines and other such class ...
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If a cleric has the Gift of the Metallic Dragon feat, can they cast the Cure Wounds spell without preparing it?

The description of the Gift of the Metallic Dragon feat provided in the Fizban's Treasury of Dragons sourcebook states, in part (my emphasis): Draconic Healing. You learn the cure wounds spell. You ...
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If the Haste spell is cast on a Bladesinging wizard, can the Bladesinger cast three cantrips in a turn using the Extra Attack feature?

If the haste spell is cast on a Bladesinging wizard, can the Bladesinger cast three cantrips in a turn using the Extra Attack feature? For instance, say I'm a level 6 Bladesinging wizard, with haste ...
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Would it break the game to have a Constitution-based spellcaster?

I have an idea for a vampire-based Sorcerer that uses Constitution instead of Charisma for spellcasting. I know this would be very powerful, as Constitution is also used for Hit Points. However, since ...
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In Pathfinder, what does it mean for a spell to have multiple versions?

In the rules for magic, I came across this interesting line: If a spell has multiple versions, you choose which version to use when you cast it. You don’t have to prepare (or learn, in the case of a ...
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Does this wording work for a hyper-focused spellcaster that just knows their entire list?

For a homebrew project, I am creating a class that has an extremely small and focused spell list, and members of this class just know all their spells (assuming they have enough levels in the class). ...
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Which spellcasting ability is used when a multiclass character casts a spell through Mizzium Apparatus?

Let's say we have a character with this build: Cleric 1/Druid 1/Warlock 1/Wizard X, and it has a Mizzium Apparatus. Mizzium Apparatus reads (emphasis mine): You can attempt to cast a spell that you ...
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Does my warlock get the close combat benefits of Crossbow Expert, by using Feinting Attack?

After my first combat playing D&D 5E, I noticed how much trouble spellcasters can get into when making ranged spell attacks, vs ranged spells: Aiming a ranged attack is more difficult when a foe ...
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Are Sorcerer spells like Aspect of the Platinum Dragon on Sorc/Wiz spell list for a Sublime Chord?

The sublime chord spellcasting description states that a sublime chord can choose spells from the sorcerer/wizard spell list or the bard spell list. Does that mean that the spells must be on both the ...
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Do the Rune Knight's Runes work like spellcasting - or are they different?

It doesn't say that an invoked rune is controlled by the Rune Knight like a concentration spell or other spell like abilities. If a rune is invoked, does it stop if the rune knight is knocked ...
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If a divine caster casts (greater) anyspell is it a divine spell or an arcane spell?

Pretty straightforward. The (greater) anyspell spells, from the Spell domain, let you cast "any arcane spell" up to a certain level. But if the caster is a divine caster, is the spell cast ...
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Can a multiclassed wizard add spells of a higher level than they can transcribe to their book upon level up?

My friend has a multi-classed wizard 5, sorcerer 4. They recently took their 5th level in wizard, and took Steel Wind Strike (5th level) as one of the two spells they can add to their spellbook upon ...
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Can you learn to cast a cantrip with the Ruby Weave Gem?

The Ruby Weave Gem from Fizban's Treasury of Dragons has a feature that allows you to learn a spell from any class list when you finish a long rest: When you finish a long rest, choose a spell from ...
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Casting a spell and a bonus action spell then using a reaction [duplicate]

I have an interesting edge condition. If I cast Healing Word as a Bonus Action and Fire Bolt as an Action, can I still cast Shield as a reaction?
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Can a druid release a readied spell whilst in Wild Shape?

The description of the druid's Wild Shape feature makes it clear that, whilst transformed: You can't cast spells [...] With the caveat that: Transforming doesn't break your concentration on a spell ...
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Warlock multiclassing into a spellcasting class - how to shift my level 1 spell over to my new class?

As a high-level Warlock whose spell slots are 5th level I can have Warlock spells up to 5th level. But there are one or two 1st level spells that, while they don't scale with spell slot level, are so ...
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Can a Familiar cast Summon Animal?

If my Familiar has the Spellcasting ability, is it limited to spells with 2 actions or less? The ability make it sound like the only limitation is that it is 5 levels lower than your highest-level ...
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If I cast the Awaken spell on an animal (or tree) and then swap it out to prepare a different spell, do the effects of Awaken continue?

Awaken is a pretty cool spell. As a 9th-level druid, can I cast awaken to get a cool animal or plant friend, and then swap out the spell for some other 5th-level spell while keeping my cool animal or ...
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Can a wizard cast other spells with somatic components while concentrating on Bigby's Hand?

I noticed a clause in Bigby's Hand that has me pondering... The hand lasts for the spell's duration, and it moves at your command, mimicking the movements of your own hand. Here is the situation: ...
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What are good principles for determining whether and at what level a homebrew class feature is balanced?

I'm working on a homebrew revision (and slight buff) of the Sorcerer class in D&D 5e that includes some additional class features. I've read the Unearthed Arcana article about modifying classes, ...
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If the only spellcasting you have is from the Magic Initiate feat, can you take the Metamagic Adept feat?

The Metamagic Adept feat has "Spellcasting or Pact Magic feature" as a prerequisite. If the only spellcasting you have is from the Magic Initiate feat, can you take Metamagic Adept? I'm ...
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Is there any way for a wizard to speed up the casting time of the Planar Binding spell?

We are preparing for a boss rush against the Demon Lords, and I am hoping to use planar binding on one of them. However, that spell has a casting time of 1 hour, so I am wondering whether there are ...
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Does being stunned interrupt concentration?

Fairly simple question but I can't seem to find an answer to it. If a creature is concentrating on a spell and then becomes stunned, does their concentration on that spell end?
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How does eldritch blast interact with being hidden?

A level 5 goblin warlock moves behind a large tree and uses their bonus action to Hide. Their Stealth check beats the enemy's passive Perception. The hidden warlock then casts eldritch blast and rolls....
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Can a bard cast a Bard spell from a spellbook?

In our campaign we found a spellbook containing 3 spells that are on the Bard's spell list: comprehend languages, detect magic and disguise self. If a Bard can cast any Bard spell from a scroll, would ...
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How can I use TWF on a dex-based character who casts spells?

I have a character who wants to: Use two-weapon fighting Use their dexterity bonus, not their strength bonus, to attack Cast spells with somatic components I'm having trouble finding a way to ...
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What is the purpose of the wizard's spellbook, from a mechanical standpoint?

I'm still fairly new to DMing, and the wizard's spellbook is constantly breaking my mind. While I think I finally understand how it is working, I wonder why it is in the game to begin with. And I don'...
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Can you use the Seeking Spell Metamagic on each roll of Scorching Ray?

The Scorching Ray spell reads (PHB, p. 273; emphasis mine): You create three rays of fire and hurl them at targets within range. You can hurl them at one target or several. Make a ranged spell attack ...
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How does Melf's Minute Meteors interact with another spell with a casting time of 1 action on subsequent rounds of combat? [duplicate]

The Melf's Minute Meteors spell states (XGE, page 161, emphasis mine): [...] When you cast the spell—and as a bonus action on each of your turns thereafter—you can expend one or two of the meteors, ...
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Do the Circle of the Land druid's Circle Spells stack with your normal druid spells, or do you have to switch out?

In DnD 5e, regarding the Circle of the Land specific spells from the Druid class. I have already prepared spells from the Druid class spell list, but not a Circle. The Circle spells that are listed, ...
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Do alternate forms of vision count as being able to see for the purposes of spells that require the target to see the caster?

Certain spells require the target to be able to see the caster. Is a creature that uses blindsight considered able to "see" the caster? What about if they're seeing the caster via darkvision ...
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Does being trained in a magic tradition count as having a spell list?

As title; in other words, can my Champion (or Monk with Ki spells, or Ranger, or...) use a Wand of Heal? They are trained in Divine Spells; does that count as enough for fulfilling the "your ...
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Does having the ability to cast focus spells count for things that require you to be able to cast spells?

I was looking at the new shadowcaster archetype. Taking the archetype has a prerequisite of being able to cast a spell. Can a ranger take it, since they have the Warden spells and take the shadow ...
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When choosing new spells to prepare, can divine spellcasters choose different cantrips? [duplicate]

Divine spellcasters can select a different group of spells to prepare each adventuring day in conjunction with a long rest. Does this include cantrips too? Or are they stuck with the ones they ...
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Is changing prepared spells a 'benefit of a long rest'?

This problem came up during a post-game discussion in my D&D 5e campaign last night. It concerns the curse ability of the Rakshasa and how that interacts with preparing spells. In game we managed ...
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Do you need free hands to cast a spell?

In Dungeon Crawl Classics do you need free hands to cast a spell? This came up in one of my most recent play sessions for both wizards and clerics. It seems a bit more important in this system as it ...
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Can a caster end a spell with no concentration, such as "Seeming", whenever they like? [duplicate]

The player handbook states that a spell that is being concentrated on can be ended with no action, (player handbook page 203) but it doesn't say anything about spells that do not have concentration. ...
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Can an arcane-only caster make use of a Prayer Bead of karma?

In a group we were discussing about the strand of prayer beads and if an arcane-only spellcaster can, somehow, make use of the Bead of karma. Can such a character use the bead? If so, what ways are ...
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Analyzing a homebrew casting mechanism

Background I'm a DM and setting builder working on creating a new homebrew set of classes/subclasses for my world. The basic in-universe mechanic is that the caster is channeling their energy through ...
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How does a mizzium apparatus function in regards to spells with a casting time other than an action?

The mizzium apparatus allows an attuned creature to do the following: While you are wearing the mizzium apparatus, you can use it as an arcane focus. In addition, you can attempt to cast a spell that ...
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How does learning spells work when multiclassing out of Warlock? [duplicate]

I am trying to prepare a Warlock/Bard multiclass in DnD 5e (starting at Warlock and multiclassing into Bard) and am a bit tied up on the specifics of learning Bard spells. As a 6th level Warlock ...
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Does the Maximize Spell [Feat], and the Empowered Spell [Feat] affect caster level dependent variables of spells?

Context: I am working on a dedicated healer / combat medic character concept for a future campaign a friend of mine is running. I'm going to the be the only "Min/Maxer" at the table and ...
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How does Factotum's Arcane Dilettante (Sp) interact with the feats: Empower Spell-Like Ability and Quicken Spell-Like Ability?

This is another one of my theory crafting dives: Factotum grants the Arcane Dilettante (Sp) feature at 2nd level. In summary it is a spell like ability that lets you choose a limited number of spells ...
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Are spell casting bonuses from magical items stored in a Ring of Spell Storing?

A warlock with +1 Rod of the Pact Keeper wants to cast a spell into a ring of spell storing while attuned to the rod. The rod provides a plus one to her spell attack and spell save DC. Are these ...
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Spellcasting while Poisoned [closed]

So this question came up while working on magic items. The "poisoned" condition is used as a general catch-all for being/feeling sick, not just that you got a dose of poison (most of which ...
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What levels of spells can a Profane Soul Blood Hunter have at 11th level?

The Spells Known column of the Profane Soul table shows when you learn more warlock spells of your choice of 1st level and higher. A spell you choose must be of a level no higher than what’s shown in ...
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Can you cast cantrips normally with the magic initiate?

If you choose the magic initiate feat you get 2 cantrips and a 1st level spell. Can you cast normally or do you need to take a rest between casting the cantrips
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How would losing their spell book affect an NPC wizard-sorcerer multiclass?

I’m currently DMing a long-running campaign and trying to plan a small quest to save their wizard NPC friend from an evil-wizard’s abandoned lab. My initial thought was to have him lose his spell book ...
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Understanding how to play a wizard

I apologize in advance, as I fully admit that this post is asking for the community to help me overcome some of my reading comprehension problems. However, with the success I have had with this ...

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