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Questions tagged [spells]

Specific manifestations of magic that can be generically called "spells". Use [magic] for more generic questions about magic.

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Wall of fire: What's a 'solid surface'?

Wall of fire has to be cast on a solid surface. What's a solid surface? Can it be the back of a dragon? Dragon scales are pretty solid.. If the solid surface disappears (ice melts away, roof ...
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Which uses of Bonus-Action spellcasting are legal?

Looking at other questions about casting spells as a bonus action has left me trying to keep a lot of information in my head about whether a given combination of spells is legal according to the ...
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Does Wish just give another spell slot?

The description of the wish spell reads: The basic use of this spell is to duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. You don't need to meet any requirements in that spell, including costly ...
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Beholder's ability through mirrors [on hold]

I was thinking about a Beholder encounter in a room with covers and mirrors: can the Beholder and eventually the PC use spells through a mirror's line of sight? If a spell (like Fireball) require ...
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Spell Conversion up

Okay, so I'm playing in a D&D 3.X/Pathfinder game, everything in print available. Some of the players are wanting to 'convert/combine' multiple lower level spell slots into a higher level spell ...
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If a spell is cast on a moveable creature/object and lasts longer than a round, and the creature/object moves, does the spell move with it?

Recently it has come up at our table on the topic of centering a spell with an extended length, like sickening radiance, on a creature or something else that move. My table & I are unfamiliar with ...
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Can spells function as feats?

I was looking through a necromancer class for pathfinder published by a third party source and I noticed a section that claims "At 3rd level, a necromancer gains Command Undead as a bonus feat." I was ...
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Can targets see through Disguise Self/Seeming if they succeed on the Investigation check?

The one answer to my previous question suggests that all Illusions conjured by Disguise Self and Seeming can be seen through by the user, but not by outside viewers. The two spells Disguise Self and ...
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War Caster Feat: Opportunity Attack Casting following a Bonus Action spell

The war caster feat includes the following feature: When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to cast a spell at the creature, rather ...
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What creatures does Antimagic Field temporarily wink out of existence?

The antimagic field spell has the following effect on creatures: A creature or object summoned or created by magic temporarily winks out of existence in the sphere. Such a creature instantly ...
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Which features of a wizard's familiar, if any, are considered magical?

The find familiar spell has a duration of instantaneous, which implies that the familiar itself is not an ongoing magical effect. However, the spell provides a number of ongoing features that are ...
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What is the difference between Shapechange and Wild Shape? [on hold]

I am a new D&D player and about to start my first campaign as a Circle of the Moon druid. My question is, when I reach level 9, what the difference is between the 9th-level transmutation spell ...
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Leomund's Tiny Hut and familiars

If I cast Leomund's Tiny Hut(LTH), the spell ends if I leave it. Spells and other magical effects can't pass through the barrier. Can I cast spells from my familiar outside LTH? If I switch my ...
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Is Banishment effectively immune to Dispel Magic?

Suppose my ally has been hit with a banishment spell and sent to another plane. I would like to bring them back by casting dispel magic to end the banishment spell. However, I immediately run into a ...
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When do clerics gain the ability to learn 4th-level spells or higher? How does spell level increase?

I am new at being a spell caster. I am a 6th-level cleric and I know 1st-3rd level spells. When do I learn higher spells? Does spell level increase when my character level increases?
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Can you vary how far Lightning Lure pulls the target toward you?

In the description of lightning lure (SCAG, p. 143), it says: You create a lash of lightning energy that strikes at one creature of your choice that you can see within range. The target must ...
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Does the Catnap spell affect people that are already unconscious?

Does the Catnap spell affect people that are already unconscious? An example: The trusty fighter fights and takes damage, and is reduced to 0 hitpoints. The wizard kills the bad guy(s), and ...
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Fog Cloud (or similar) intersecting with Invisibility

If an invisible creature or object intersects with the effect of e.g. Fog Cloud, is the intersection volume filled with fog or with nothingness? The use case is to try to spot the nothingness which ...
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What type of stone do targets of Flesh to Stone, and Petrification, turn into?

To what kind of stone creature or character is turned with petrification or flesh to stone type spells? The Petrified condition is the result of various monster abilities A Petrified character ...
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Does Lightbringer illuminate or dispel the Darkness spell?

Lightbringer is a +1 mace that appears in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure. The description says: This +1 mace was made for a cleric of Lathander, the god of dawn. The head of the mace is ...
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Can the movement of Mage Hand be split across other actions?

Normally, when a creature moves, they may choose to split up their movement across actions. For example, a creature can move 15 feet, attack another creature, and then move another 15 feet, all within ...
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What happens when a spellthief steals a spell from a sorcerer?

The base class spellthief gains at level 1 the supernatural ability steal spell that, in part, says A spellthief can siphon spell energy away from his target and use it himself. A spellthief who ...
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Does a petrified creature stay conscious (and mentally sane)?

The next dungeon my party visits will contain some strange statues. Most of them are just Stone Golems, which will attack them. But near the end of the dungeon, the party will discover that one of the ...
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Can the hit point maximum be reduced repeatedly with multiple Harm spells?

I know that the effects of a spell don’t combine if it is cast multiple times. Only the most potent effect would be applied. In our last game, this topic came up in regards to the Harm spell. Harm was ...
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Can I dismantle my skeleton servant?

The necromancer PC travels all across the country with his favourite skeleton. It was animated via Animate Dead a long time ago and the necromancer kept casting it every day in order to retain control ...
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Is a spell suppressed or removed when the target temporarily becomes invalid?

Based on Jeremy Crawford's tweet, if a target is under the effect of an ongoing spell, and then the target changes such that it is no longer a valid target, the spell no longer effects them. But does ...
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Can a spell that doesn't require concentration be cast twice by the same person and remain active at the same time?

I was attempting to answer this question about how to cast spells in a vacuum, when the issue of casting mirage arcane twice and/or the gap between castings came up. Can a spell that doesn't require ...
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Does the steed summoned by Find Greater Steed act on the turn you cast the spell?

Can I cast find greater steed (XGtE, p. 156) to summon a creature, hop on it, and use its movement, action, or both - all in the same turn?
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Can a Gargantuan Object that is divided into parts be Animated as distinct parts?

I'm GMing a group of players for the second time. Most of them were first time players on the first go, and are now feeling more confident in their D&D skills. We've decided as a group to keep ...
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Can Characters See Through Seeming?

I was looking for a way to potentially counter a medusa's petrifying gaze when something hit me: Why not cast the 5th level spell Seeming on her face, giving her a blindfold or something so I can no ...
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Homebrew Cryomancers? [closed]

So I was thinking of making a cryomancer for the next campaign I am in and as I was looking through all the spells I noticed that there weren't enough ice/water spells to create a fully focused ...
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Disbelieving illusions in a room full of traps

So, I would like to alter a room with Mirage Arcana. The plan is to have barbed wire and traps around the room but for the room to be seen as empty. If a player interacts with the wire or a trap they ...
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If I cast Gust of Wind and then move, what happens to the line of wind?

Recently I cast Gust of Wind to push back a group of chitine that suddenly jumped the party. It worked surprisingly well but just to be safe, I wanted to place my wizard behind a statue to stay out of ...
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Does a Huge Object that has already been Animated continue to be Animated if it is Enlarged to Gargantuan?

I'm hashing out a collective of NPC Rock Gnomes who live in a small stone castle shaped like a Huge person, about 15 x 15 x 22 feet, which is the maximum size for a creature of Huge size. This ...
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Can you Plane Shift to a specific layer of the Nine Hells?

The description of the plane shift spell (PHB, pg. 266) says: You and up to eight willing creatures who link hands in a circle are transported to a different plane of existence. You can specify a ...
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Buffing Unarmed Attacks [duplicate]

In D&D 5e after the errata it was clarified that monks unarmed attacks are not weapons. But in saying that, they are melee weapon attacks which is a form of a weapon attack. My question is for ...
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What spells are available to heal characters, increase their max HP, or grant temporary HP?

I'm trying to work out a healer multi-classed build and want to make sure I'm not missing any options. Please give references to the locations that the spells were found in. Unearthed Arcana is fine. ...
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Does Enlarge Person work on someone under the effect of Polymorph?

A party member casts polymorph on herself. Will casting enlarge person increase her size? I believe in 3.5 this did not work. I can't find any ruling text in pathfinder saying that it does or doesn'...
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Can Find Familiar be cast using the Magic Initiate feat?

The Magic Initiate feat allows a character to take two Cantrips and one 1st level spell from a casting class of their choice. Find Familiar is a 1st level spell that is a Ritual spell with casting ...
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How to dispel greater invisibility?

If I know there is a creature in range under the greater invisibility effect, can I do the ready action to cast dispel magic on the invisibility effect when the invisible creature reveals his position ...
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Do feats that have the “Prerequisite: Able to cast at least one spell” work on a Way of the Four Elements monk?

One of my friends is playing a Way of the Four Elements monk with the Elemental Attunement and Fists of Unbroken Air elemental disciplines and is trying to boost his elemental prowess with Elemental ...
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Is a custom spell that requires touching an object somatic/material based? [closed]

Is a custom spell I would create that reinforces the structure of an object considered as a somatic or material one? I want to recreate Shirou "trace on" spell from the Fate Unlimited Blade Works ...
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Can Simulacrum make a (living) duplicate of a dead creature, by RAW?

This is for a fairly absurd situation in which a party member (the cleric) has died and neither of the others can resurrect him, but one of the surviving party members is a wizard that can cast ...
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Is there a mechanism for reducing and controlling the damage of a spell?

We're in between campaigns right now and I asked a player (my wife) what she was up to after the arduous adventuring of the last few months. We were in the kitchen together and she was making an ...
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How do Transmute Rock and Wall of Thorns work together?

I've been reading up on druid spells for future use and was quite interested in the crowd-control abilities of both Transmute Rock and Wall of Thorns, especially since Transmute Rock doesn't require ...
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Control Water: Whirlpool option usable with other options?

The Control Water spell (PHB p. 227) provides several options for manipulating water in some volume. The Flood, Part Water and Redirect Flow options all explicitly state that the effect lasts until ...
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Can a Polymorphed Ape climb a tree?

By the SRD description, an Ape is a Beast, with a Climb speed of 30. However, if somoene is polymorphed into an Ape, by the wording of Polymorph, that Ape cannot climb, because climbing (for an Ape) ...
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Can I use Mage Hand to fly by Polymorphing myself and picking myself up with the hand?

Could I first cast Mage Hand, then Polymorph into a Tiny creature less than 10 pounds then use the Mage Hand to pick myself up and fly at 30 Ft per turn? Polymorph says: The new form can be any ...
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Does polymorph cancel bladesong?

A wizard is fighting with his bladesong active and decides to cast polymorph upon himself. Will bladesong still be active in the new form (let’s take a giant ape for example)?
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Does the Detect Magic spell detect active supernatural abilities of a creature?

Are active supernatural abilities of a creature detected with the detect magic spell? For example a doppelganger shapechanged into an innkeeper doing detect thoughts on patrons. If a PC enters the ...