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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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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Can a multiclassed character have spell slots that they cannot prepare spells for? [duplicate]

I am currently playing in a 5e game as a multiclassed Arcane Trickster 10 / Alchemist 3. According to the Artificer multiclassing rules(TCE pg. 10) and the general multiclassing rules(PHB pgs. 164 and ...
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Can you cast a spell between extra attack attacks? [duplicate]

If I had the extra attack feature, could I make the 1st attack, cast a BA spell (or action surge to cast an action spell), and then make the 2nd attack?
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Can an Astral Self monk suppress the verbal components of any spells they can cast?

Can an Astral Self monk using their Word of the Spirit ability cause the Verbal component of any spells they may be able to cast to be audible only to themselves?
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On whose turn does a homunculus deliver its Artificer's spells?

I am DMing an Artificer for the first time and we have some questions about how his homunculus servant works. This question is about spells cast by the artificer but delivered by the servant. The ...
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Can you cast spells that do not require material components through an arcane focus?

The PHB states: Casting some spells requires particular objects, specified in parentheses in the component entry. A character can use a component pouch or a spellcasting focus (found in chapter 5, “...
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Does casting a spell using a spell slot higher than its level upgrade its spell level even if it doesn't have additional effects from being upcast? [duplicate]

Does casting a spell using a spell slot higher than the spell's level upgrade its spell level even if it doesn't have additional effects from being upcast? This is for the purposes of determining ...
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Can I use my best spellcasting ability for Eldritch Adept?

Suppose I am a multiclass character that has "Spellcasting" from multiple sources and I take the Eldritch Adept (Tasha, p.79) feat. Can I then use my best Spell Save DC for spells that that ...
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After a Mark of Detection half-elf casts a spell using the Magical Detection trait, can they cast the trait's other spells before taking a long rest?

The Variant Half-Elf: Mark of Detection, from Eberron: Rising from the Last War p. 40, replaces the PHB half-elf's Skill Versatility trait with several new traits, one of which is the Magical ...
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Is the magic system in the XD20 roleplaying system unbalanced? [closed]

I'm currently reading XDM: X-Treme Dungeon Mastery by Tracy and Curtis Hickman, published in 2009. The "deconstructed" magic system in their XD20 roleplaying rules caught my eye - magic-user ...
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Without Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, how to make Drow cleric competitive?

In my next campaign I'll be exploring the idea of a male drow cleric. We are using the standard array, and that leaves me with a maximum score of 15 in my spellcasting ability, and racial increases to ...
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Would the Subtle Spell metamagic or the Aberrant Mind sorcerer's Psionic Sorcery feature let you cast spells while using a shield without proficiency?

The PHB's rule on armor proficiency states that you cannot cast a spell while wearing/using armor you are not proficient with. The Metamagic option Subtle Spell lets you cast a spell without having to ...
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How fast in DnD terms is the word "immediately"?

For example, the spell Sending says: You send a short message of twenty-five words or less to a creature with which you are familiar. The creature hears the message in its mind, recognizes you as the ...
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Can you cast spells requiring sight on targets that aren't perfectly defined?

In D&D 5e, some spells (such as Enlarge/Reduce) specify that you cast the spell on a target you can see. I attempted to cast it on my team mate who was in darkness but whose silhouette I could see ...
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Action economy on spells [duplicate]

I've had a recent discussion regarding the possibility of using a bonus action, while casting a spell with a casting time of 10 min. I haven't been able to find anything, so I'm curious to what you ...
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Two-Hand weapon trait and Hand of the Apprentice Focus Spell

Is it possible to use a Staff with Hand of the Apprentice Spell and do Two-Hand 1d8 damage? Related Links: Hand of the Apprentice Staff Two-Hand weapon trait Somatic spell trait Material spell trait ...
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How can I add material components to my bardic spells?

College of Spirits in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft seems to be a really great subclass. Powerful enough, and having an interesting spin for storytelling purposes. But, as a D&D Beyond author ...
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How do artificers (TCoE) learn spells?

A player in my game wants to add an artificer character. I have Tasha's, so it is the version of the class we will be using, although I am reading it for the first time today and have not read the ...
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Monk casting Electric Arc from Wisdom

I have this character concept, an Archer Monk, that uses the the first action for Flurry of Blows then Electric Arc from the other two, because that does not care about MAP1. To make it work with Ki ...
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Can a Wizard use two spell books? [duplicate]

So lets say I am playing a level 12 Wizard, and I am in a dungeon when I find a spell book. So something similar happened in a quest I was playing and then the my DM said something along the lines of &...
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Empowered evocation and damage over time

The party Evoker has just reached 10th level and gained Empowered Evocation Beginning at 10th level, you can add your Intelligence modifier to one damage roll of any wizard evocation spell you cast. ...
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Detect Magic as Ritual casting to find magic item?

I am new as DM running my fourth session playing D&D 5e. I have five experienced players who sometimes use logic that seems suspicious. One of my players is a wizard. They cast Detect Magic as a ...
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Can a wizard dual wield spellbooks and still use somatics while gaining the spellbooks "held" abilities?

I'm playing a wizard who has come across two magical spellbooks. Both spellbooks have abilities/effects that I may choose to activate if I hold them, as well as functioning as spell foci. In the PHB/...
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Ways to destroy a casters arcane focus [duplicate]

I want too make a character explicitly too shut down mages and was curious what methods of destroying an arcane focus or component pouch exist. Getting the item away would also work. Unfortunately ...
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When do you decide variable material components for Restoration in a ring of spell storing?

The Ring of Spell Storing allows you to store any spell by casting it into the ring as the spell would normally be cast, presumably expending any material components required at this time as general ...
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Putting a sack over an enemy's head

One of my players asked me a interesting question today that I don't have an answer for. He asked if it is possible to use an action to try and put a sack or bag over a creature's head to prevent that ...
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Does use of a Fireball Necklace count as 'casting a spell'?

I'm playing an Arcane Trickster Rogue and I need to know whether using the Necklace of Fireballs counts as casting a spell in order to work out how it interacts with my Magical Ambush and any use of ...
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I need help with distance scaling in a homebrew RPG - from "your body" to "the whole planet" in 10 simple steps

Years ago, I developed and play tested a simple RPG system, in which magic-alike powers were driven by 2 parameters, namely Power and Precision. With high precision and minimal power you could burn a ...
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Assisting in casting spells

Legends of the Five Rings does offer rules for cooperationL5R 4E Core p.81, mainly they seem aimed at mundane tasks like building a ship or designing a new garden. However, some spells, like Bonds of ...
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Do warlocks require alchemist's supplies to cast healing elixir? [duplicate]

I play a Celestial Warlock in a campaign we just started, who took healing elixir (link to Unearthed Arcana document) as one of his first spells to support our party. I plan to expand into Divine Soul ...
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Reliable Control Options for High-Level Occultist (No saves, no SR; scrolls and wands acceptable)

I'm currently playing a high-level (15th, about to hit 16) silksworn occultist, and am effectively the party's pseudo-full-caster. For the past few levels, I've been running into the twin issues that ...

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