Questions tagged [spells]

For questions about specific manifestations of magic that can be generically called "spells". Use the [magic] tag for more generic questions about magic, and [spellcasting] for questions specifically about the process of spellcasting.

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How does Resilient Sphere (cast via Contingency) interact with an existing Silence spell?

I have a situation in my 5E campaign where the party cast a silence spell to sneak up on a sleeping wizard (super effective). The wizard was then rudely woken and beaten up to the point where his ...
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Can a Flame Blade be used as an improvised weapon?

Flame Blade creates a blade of fire in your free hand: You evoke a fiery blade in your free hand. The blade is similar in size and shape to a scimitar... Can that blade of fire be used for an ...
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Using a concentration spell on top of another spell from another spell list?

This question was brought up in my intense scheming against a D&D boss my DM created in my off-hours. I'm a druid, so I was thinking of all the broken ways I could use my spells. Then it hit me ...
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Can Ice Knife hit a target under the effect of Mirror Image and destroy its illusions? [duplicate]

In this question it was explained that the blast of the knife reaches a 2x2 area. As the description of the spell Mirror Image makes mention of 4 targets next to each other, could it hit the actual ...
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Is it possible for Leomund's Tiny Hut to be lifted?

I've been trying to come up with creative ways to get around Leomund's Tiny Hut and another idea recently came to me. When I first started, I had looked into burrowing creatures that would penetrate ...
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What would be the balance effects of adding extra Divination spells?

I am playing a Divination wizard at the moment and quite disappointed that there are only 17 Divination spells, so I thought I would look at some homebrew ones to talk to the DM about. The question ...
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Does wall of force allow heat through? Can it be used as insulation? [duplicate]

Wall of Force states Nothing can physically pass through the wall. Is thermal energy, heat, a "thing" that can pass through a wall? Could you use wall of force to insulate yourself from a very ...
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Can the Sickening Radiance spell pass through a Wall of Force? [duplicate]

The spell sickening radiance states: Dim, greenish light spreads within a 30-foot-radius sphere centered on a point you choose within range. Wall of force states: An invisible wall of force ...
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Can I carry an item with mage hand for longer than 1 minute by recasting it? [duplicate]

Suppose I want to hold an object in my mage hand for longer than 1 minute (the duration of the spell). I could just re-cast the spell every 9 rounds and have the mage hand to keep the spell going ...
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What spells could a Bard identify from a Pact of the Tome Warlock's Book of Shadows?

A Bard in my group has expressed an interest in attempting to read a Warlock party member's Book of Shadows, and I'm trying to figure out what, if anything, they can get from it. I figure they can't ...
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Can someone break into a Leomund's Tiny Hut via the Ethereal Plane?

I've got players who rely heavily on Leomund's Tiny hut for a "safe" night time rest. I'm alright with them using it to help, but it gets irritating having a wrench thrown into my nighttime attacks. ...
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Does this specific build to use Booming Blade at a range of 20 feet work?

It has already been shown here that the booming blade cantrip and the Spell Sniper feat do work together, and here that the Sorcerer's Distant Spell Metamagic option and Spell Sniper also stack. I am ...
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Which resurrection spells are valid to use with the Zealot's 'Warrior of the Gods' Feature?

Introduced in Xanathar's Guide to Everything is the Barbarian Path, Path of the Zealot, which among other things, provides a feature called "Warrior of the Gods" that makes revival of this character ...
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How does the Duergar Magic shrink/enlarge ability work with rage?

Is the Duergar's ability to shrink/enlarge considered a spell? How does that combo off with the barbarian's "Rage" ability? Am I able to do this after I go into a rage? Does it cancel before I go ...
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Can another character physically take something that Mage Hand is carrying/holding?

I'm new to 5E. I recently had an encounter where my Arcane Trickster used Mage Hand to steal an idol. Another PC then tried snatching it away from the Mage Hand. The DM had the other PC make a ...
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Hypnotic Pattern - Advantage Rolls and Group Attacks [on hold]

A Wizard in my group likes to use Hypnotic Pattern. It's quite overpowered in its own right, but the way he made it sound is as follows: Targets that fail are incapacitated and can't move, attack, ...
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Do I have to roll to maintain concentration if a target other than me who is affected by my concentration spell takes damage?

We had a little puzzling situation during the last session of our group (I'm DMing here), and would like an approbation/rebuttal on the rule interpretation: The Arcane Trickster of the team cast ...
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Did I just find a new build? 5 weapon attacks at lvl 6

According to this - Is it possible to Twin Spell Dragon Breath or Booming Blade? We can Twin the booming blade spell Now if I pick 2 lvls in Fighter to get action surge 3 lvls in Sorcerer to get ...
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Does the Distant Spell metamagic apply to the Sword Burst cantrip?

If this has been asked, I could not find it. My Sorcerer has the sword burst cantrip, and I'm thinking of taking the 'Distant Spell' metamagic option. Will it change the range to 10 feet? Similar to ...
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Can I cast reaction spells like Shield or Counterspell when I'm in the middle of casting a spell with a long casting time and don't stop casting it?

Can I use reaction spells like shield or counterspell when I'm in the middle of casting a spell with a long casting time and don't stop casting it? The Sage Advice Compendium says: Can you cast a ...
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Is this homebrew divination spell, Prescient Sense, balanced?

I don't take credit for this spell which I found on DMsGuild, but I am wondering if it is balanced: Prescient Sense 4th-level divination Casting Time: 1 action Components: V, S Range: ...
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What can a hostile magic user do with your blood?

A GM had a city guard ask a vial of blood from every visitor in order to verify identity in cases of small crime and the like. If that city guard, or other members of government had access to that ...
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How does a Spell Scroll function when the spell has a special relationship to its material components?

According to the rules for Spell Scrolls, casting from a scroll requires no material components other than the scroll itself; similarly the rules in Xanathar's Guide for scribing a spell scroll say ...
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What happens if you cast the Detect Thoughts spell on a person while they are sleeping?

I recently asked this question about how to scan someone's memories while sleeping. The consensus of the answers was that the best way to do this was to not have them be asleep but instead wake them ...
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What happens if you jump while using the spell Spider Climb?

What happens if you jump while using the spider climb spell? Can you jump across a surface upside down, or do you fall?
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Is there a way to scan someone's memories while they sleep without them knowing?

In my campaign, I want to have an NPC group that is gathering intelligence by kidnapping people while they sleep, scanning their memories, and returning them before morning. I know that I could just ...
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Does Thaumaturgy affect all flames within range?

The Thaumaturgy spell description allows the caster to choose one from a number of magical effects, one of which is: You cause flames to flicker, brighten, dim, or change color for 1 minute. Being ...
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How does the War Caster feat interact with a Hydra's Reactive Heads trait?

The War Caster feat gives the following property: 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 than ...
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What happens if you throw a magical creature through an antimagic field?

Inspired by this question. I have this idea. Take a creature that would be suppressed by the antimagic field, like an elemental or a celestial from conjure celestial. Since the spells creating one of ...
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Can a caster Deliberately Fail Wrest Resources to produce adamantium?

This is a request for a viability check on a spell combo to mass produce adamantium. My questions are: Is this viable? Am I missing any negative consequences not accounted for? Is there a way to ...
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Do Familiars provoke Attacks of Opportunity when delivering touch spells?

Now looking online I found this: If the master is 3rd level or higher, a familiar can deliver touch spells for him. If the master and the familiar are in contact at the time the master casts a touch ...
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How does the spell Remove Curse interact with a Sword of Vengeance?

One of my players recently acquired, and become attuned to, a cursed Sword of Vengeance (DMG, p. 206). The descriptive text for this item says: This sword is cursed and possessed by a vengeful ...
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Can Homunculi, Undead or Other constructs be used to cast Occult Rituals?

Can a wizard craft a small army of proxies to cast Occult Rituals for him? Primary Caster Proxy - Homunculus? Occult spells can be used by non-spellcasters, and instead the hit dice of the "primary ...
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Does Antimagic Field suppress or prevent petrification from Flesh to Stone?

Inspired by this question and in particular, this answer. I'm focusing on a specific effect; petrification. For the flesh to stone spell, the process of becoming petrified goes through this sequence:...
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Can a spell prepared with Alternate Spell Source benefit from Divine Metamagic?

Say a Cleric 3/Wizard 2/ Mystic Theurge 5 with Divine Metamagic and Alternate Spell Source prepares Blessed Aim as a arcane spell. Divine Metamagic states: As a free action, you can take the ...
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Is Charm Monster obvious to bystanders? [duplicate]

Is Charm Monster (or similar magic) obvious to bystanders that the spell is being cast? I've looked at a number of sources, for example I've looked at the "Sage Advice Compendium" which reads: Do ...
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If the Dragon's Breath spell is cast on a familiar, does it use the wizard's DC or familiar's DC?

XGE has a spell that lets anything that breaths spew magical energy from its mouth for 10 rounds called Dragon's Breath (p. 154). Part of it reads: Each creature in that area must make a Dexterity ...
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How can a sword-swinging PC immediately animate a killed foe?

I'd like a PC in my campaign to slay his foes by using a melee or ranged weapon like a sword or spear then have those foes rise immediately to join him in the fight as zombies or some other kind of ...
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Would Banishment be a viable option to temporarily get rid of a Phase Spider?

In a fight against a phase spider on the Material Plane, would the banishment spell be a viable option to temporarily keep a phase spider out of the fight? According to the banishment spell, the ...
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Can Ogre clerics use Purify Food and Drink on humanoid characters?

Can Ogre clerics use Purify Food and Drink on humanoid characters to cure them as humanoid creatures are regarded as food in Ogre culture? Similarly, can Ogre clerics use Create Food and Water to ...
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What happens when you cast the same spell on the same target twice?

I cannot find any rules text that states what happens if you apply two spells to the same target that would then overlap in effect - e.g., let us presume two spells of Weight Increment (Earth 10) are ...
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Is a Watery Sphere considered an object for the purpose of targeting the Otiluke's Resilient Sphere spell?

One of my casters cast watery sphere on a couple of enemies. A second caster thought they’d combo by casting Otiluke’s resilient sphere on the sphere of water as an object to prevent the enemies from ...
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Can Hunter's Mark be moved after Silence has been cast on a character?

Situation: In a battle sequence our Paladin (Oath of Vengeance) has successfully cast Hunter's mark, later in the battle our Wizard cast Silence. We know that Hunter's Mark requires V (verbal) ...
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Does the Legion of Sentinels illusion spell work on Oozes?

I recently had players fight a Brown Pudding in my game, then the Thief/Beguiler of the group casted a Illusion spell called Legion of Sentinels (PHB2 p. 116). A headbutting ensued with him about the ...
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How can a warlock learn from a spellbook?

I'm playing a 6th-level Tiefling Warlock in D&D 5e. On a recent journey, I acquired a spell book that has something to do with a slithering trapper. How do I add this to my list of spells?
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Synaptic Static - when to roll the d6?

The description of the synaptic static spell (XGtE, p. 167) reads: After a failed save, a target has muddled thoughts for 1 minute. During that time, it rolls a d6 and subtracts the number rolled ...
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I've been swallowed and the creature has been Baleful Polymorphed; what happens?

Related question but different game (D&D 5e): What happens when a creature that has swallowed another creature is polymorphed? We went into the water and a 5x4 creature attacked us. It had grab ...
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What are the unintended or dangerous consequences of allowing spells that target and damage creatures to also target and damage corpses?

There have been quite a few questions about corpses and creatures, such as here where it is argued a dead creature is still a creature, here where the opposite is argued, and here where resurrecting ...
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Can you create a noise using Minor Illusion/Thaumaturgy on an area you cannot see?

Can you create a noise using Minor Illusion/Thaumaturgy on an area you cannot see? Just to make it more clear, let's say you are in a house and you know that there is a room on the other side of a ...
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Can you place a web spell on a surface you cannot see?

Situation: target creature is standing on the roof, caster on the ground. The caster stands at such an angle that he can see the head of the target, but not the roof the target creature is standing ...