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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If I learn Chill Touch from the Death Cleric's Reaper ability, does it count as a Cleric cantrip?

The Death Domain cleric's 1st-level feature, Reaper, does the following (DMG, p. 96): At 1st level, you learn one necromancy cantrip of your choice from any spell list. If the Death Domain cleric ...
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How do spells cast using the Innate Spellcasting trait interact with a Rakshasa's Limited Magic Immunity trait?

If a creature with Innate Spellcasting tries to use an innate spell against a Rakshasa, how does it interact with their Limited Magic Immunity trait? Limited Magic Immunity. The rakshasa can't be ...
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What happens if you use the Magic Initiate feat on a class besides your own to learn a spell you already know?

If a class that already knows a level 1 spell takes the Magic Initiate feat and learns two cantrips and the same spell from a different class, does that give them a "free" 1/long rest cast of that ...
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Could the Hold Person spell be cast as part of a speech?

Could hold person be cast as part of a speech? My party is facing a more than deadly challenge due to some errors we made, and I want my character to give a small speech in which, some part of it ...
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Is there a way to counterspell a level 20 druid?

At level 20, Druids get access to the following feature: Archdruid At 20th level, you can use your Wild Shape an unlimited number of times. Additionally, you can ignore the verbal and ...
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Does a level 1 Wizard casting the Ray of Frost cantrip deal damage equal to 1d4 + spellcasting modifier?

I am GMing for a Pathfinder 2e group. A player noticed that cantrips are automatically heightened to half the PC's level rounded up. They therefore believe that a level 1 wizard casting Ray of Frost ...
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Does the Githyanki's racial spellcasting ignore all spell components, or only the material components?

The githyanki playable racial option has the Githyanki Psionics trait, which permits limited casting of a few spells. It is similar to the spellcasting granted to several other racial options, but ...
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Can a Firbolg using the Hidden Step trait remain invisible when casting a spell?

The Firbolg's Hidden Step trait (Volo's Guide to Monsters, p. 107) reads: As a bonus action, you can magically turn invisible until the start of your next turn or until you attack, make a damage ...
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Is there a default casting time for a spell or class ability if none is specified?

I'm relatively new to D&D. Only been in a group for about 2 months, and still learning stuff every time we meet. But my question is, If a spell/cantrip/class ability does not specify the required ...
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Can a familiar deliver only a portion of a touch spell? [duplicate]

Can I have my familiar deliver only a portion of a touch spell and the caster deliver the other portion of it. The specific spell in question is Fly (upcast to 5th level because Warlock) and my ...
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Do racial/feat/non-Spellcasting classes' spellcasting abilities count as a spellcasting ability for Staff of Power?

DMG p. 141 states the following (bolded for emphasis): A magic item, such as certain staffs, may require you to use your own spellcasting ability when you cast spell from the item. If you have more ...
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Is changing concentration rules for 1h+ buff spells a bad idea?

I have noticed that many long duration (1h+) spells in 5E D&D have concentration, effectively meaning caster cannot cast other concentration spells while using such a spell (or end the spell). For ...
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How many character points would a skill to fully manipulate an element cost?

One of the major advantages of GURPS is creating your character the way you want, since the rules let you create anything. And the spell-casting system is arguably too complex or boring. Putting ...
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Can Flesh to Stone spell &/or magic turn a dead body to stone?

Any creature failing two DC 13 Con-saves vs. gorgon breath (or other such magic such as Flesh to Stone spell) is stone-petrified. Also, a dead yet animated creature (ANY corporeal undead) suffers ...
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Can you perform somatic components with War Caster when wielding a single weapon or shield?

Reading the War Caster feat again, I'm having a doubt about the following sentence: You can perform the somatic components of spells even when you have weapons or a shield in one or both hands. I'...
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Do the bonuses from Artificer's Enhanced Arcane Focus and Staff of Power stack? [duplicate]

When I have an Enhanced arcane focus wand in one hand and the Staff of Power in the other, do the spell attack bonuses stack? Enhanced Arcane Focus Item: A rod, staff, or wand (requires ...
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Can you take another action via Action Surge while casting a spell with a casting time longer than one action?

To preface, this is for D&D 5e. This is building upon the answer from this question, since it did not address my issue completely. I am a Fighter 2 Wizard 10, and am currently casting the spell ...
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Can a Chuul cast spells?

Can a Chuul cast spells? We're playing unmodified Pathfinder 1.0. They can speak multiple languages, have 10 Int, 14 Wisdom, it doesn't seem far-fetched that a colony could have wizards. In fact, ...
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If a cleric or druid with spontaneous casting prepares a lower-level spell in a higher-level slot, what level is the spell?

If a caster with the ability to spontaneously cast some spells (such as a Cleric or Druid) prepares a lower-level spell in a higher-level spell slot, what level is used for the spontaneous spell? ie. ...
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In official Pathfinder lore, are there any examples of magic users capable of overwriting rules of magic spells completely?

Are there any magic users that are capable of overwriting magical laws to a degree that would be required to remove any limitations and completely perfect existing spells? To be clear, I’m looking ...
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Is it possible to cast spells on places that can be seen through a familiar? [duplicate]

Is it possible to cast spells on places that can be seen through a familiar? A wizard is inside a room and their familiar is outside of it. An enemy is also outside, in front of the familiar. Would ...
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Who can cast a spell from a scroll?

In the default GURPS 4e Magic rules, it's not very clear who can cast a spell by reading a scroll, or under what conditions. In a "Normal Mana" region, one must have at least Magery 0 to cast a spell ...
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What is the spell attack modifier for a 9th-level Spellcaster? [closed]

From the PHB Spell attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + your intelligence modifier So shouldn't this Mage https://roll20.net/compendium/dnd5e/Mage#content have +7 Spell attack (rather than +6 ...
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What spellcasting ability is used for the Githzerai race's version of the Detect Thoughts spell?

The Detect Thoughts spell states: [...] the creature can use its action on its turn to make an Intelligence check contested by your Intelligence check if it succeeds, the spell ends. This spell is ...
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Using Twinned Spell and Quickened Spell [duplicate]

I am certain this must have been asked at some point - but most of the questions I have found pertaining to metamagic are quite specific. My question is; can I utilise the MM Twinned Spell, followed ...
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Can the catapult spell be used to move an object?

If you don’t whip the object at a creature, can you instead use the catapult spell to move an object from one place to another without breaking it? Example: There’s a sword lying on a table at the ...
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Are there any spell casters that can cast life giving spells without 'expensive' components?

In 5e D&D, all the life giving spells (be they Clone, Reincarnate, Raise Dead, [True] Resurrection & even Revivify) all require so-called 'expensive' components. This mechanic allows some DM ...
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Throttling - difficulty in defining the description

WE have a problem with the spell form the lore of Shadow, named Throttling. (warhammer 2ed). Spell description: You send ropes of inky darkness to throttle any one target within 12 yards (6 squares), ...
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Are there any broken applications of this homebrew “Overcast” system?

I'm considering adding the following homebrew rule variant into an upcoming campaign: Overcasting If in dire need, any spellcaster is capable of expending their own life force to enhance their ...
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How does the spell attack bonus work? [duplicate]

I'm new to D&D and I have never played as a casting character doses anyone know how the spell attack bonus works.
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When casting a spell through the Wildfire Druid's Enhanced Bond feature, who would need a clear path to the target?

The Circle of Wildfire druid's Enhanced Bond feature states (UA: Cleric, Druid and Wizard, p. 3): ...In addition, when you cast a spell with a range other than self, the spell can originate from ...
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If you cast a higher-level spell from a spell scroll with a casting time of 1 action, but fail the check, can you cast a bonus-action spell that turn?

The bonus-action spellcasting rule states (PHB p. 202): 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 ...
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Is my homebrew “Overcast” system balanced?

I'm interested in devising a homebrew system for spellcasting beyond one's regular capabilities. Will this description be unambiguous and keep relative power balance between non-casters, third-casters,...
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Do I add damage bonuses when casting a spell from a magic weapon?

In 5e, if a spell is only learned as a part of having a weapon with the ability to cast it, because it is technically an attack with the weapon and not me directly casting the spell, would I add the ...
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Does the UA Lore Mastery wizard's Master of Magic feature create a prepared spell?

According to the wording of the UA Lore Mastery wizard's capstone, it says: At 14th level, your knowledge of magic allows you to duplicate almost any spell. As a bonus action, you can call to mind ...
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What classes have greater-than-full-caster progression?

For example, Ur-Priest gains the next level of spell at every class level (instead of every other class level, like cleric). Are there any other classes (of any type) that get higher-level spells more ...
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Can a wizard learn spells written in an unfamiliar language using the Comprehend Languages spell?

If a wizard finds a spell book in an unfamiliar language, which he can understand via the Comprehend Languages spell (but not otherwise), can he transcribe these spells in his own spell book?
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Would I still be able to cast the Conjure Barrage spell if I was also using the Flame Arrow spell?

Conjure barrage specifies that the ammunition used to cast it must be non magical but I can't find anywhere if an arrow under the effect of flame arrow is considered magical or not. What I mean by ...
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RAW, can a 3rd level sword-and-board eldritch knight usefully cast Absorb Elements?

I often see Absorb Elements (AE) mentioned as a useful spell for an Eldritch Knight (EK), because it gives you temporary resistance to one type of damage and lets you add that type of damage to your ...
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What happens if a character's stats are lowered, reducing the number of spells they can prepare? [duplicate]

What happens if a character's stats are lowered, reducing the number of spells they can prepare? Say a level 1 cleric has a Wisdom score of 18. According to the Spellcasting feature , they can ...
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Is it possible to cast spells with 0 dexterity?

During my last game, the party split and PC has been affected by shivering touch, effectively dropping to 0 dexterity. If a spellcaster's dexterity score is dropped to 0, but the other ability ...
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If a multiclass spellcaster has access to a certain level of spells from one class, can they cast at that level in other classes, too? [duplicate]

If a multiclass spellcaster has access to a certain level of spells from one class, can they cast at that level in other classes, too? Eg, if you have a wizard 5/cleric 2, can they cast 2nd and 3rd ...
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Does a Divine Soul sorcerer have access to clerics' Domain Spells?

Does a Divine Soul sorcerer have access to the spells that are linked to the different cleric domains, as if they were a part of the cleric spell list?
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Do twin spells have to be the same? (enlarge/reduce question) [duplicate]

A sorcerer twin casts "enlarge/reduce"; enlarge on the group's fighter and reduce on the enemy soldier. Is this a valid way to twin a spell under RAW or do the casts have to be identical, either both ...
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Spellcasting and interactions with S/M components when hands are in use

Let's say I've got a creature who has a shield in one hand and their focus in another. They also have the war caster feat They'd like to cast a spell requiring a Material component with cost/that ...
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Can the Selective Spell metamagic feat be used to exclude a swarm from targeting?

I'm researching the attack spells available to druids. Creeping Doom looks very useful for some situations, but it seems like it doesn't combine well with other spells like Flame Strike and Fire Storm ...
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Can the Magus cast a spell using the Spell Combat feature while holding a one-handed weapon with two hands?

The Magus' Spell Combat feature says in part: To use this ability, the magus must have one hand free (even if the spell being cast does not have somatic components), while wielding a light or ...
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Can a creature without its own will (e.g. zombies, golems) be a “willing creature” when controlled?

In D&D 5e it appears that willing creature is defined by consent. Zombies, skeletons, and golems all essentially have no will, but while they are under the control of someone, can they be willing ...
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How to do different things while casting?

Some spells take longer than one turn to cast. For example, the Planar Ally spell takes 10 minutes. As I understand it, this is the equivalent of taking a full-round action for ten minutes straight, ...
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Can a Barbarian/Wizard multiclass cast a spell with a magic item while raging?

My party has a Barbarian who multiclassed to wizard. Levels 3 and 1, respectively. He has incorporated the Staff of Defense (from Glasstaff in the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure) into ...