Questions tagged [spells]

For questions about specific manifestations of magic that we generically call "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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Is this homebrew Friend Blade spell balanced?

I want to implement a spell that would give casters a bit more options (God knows they need them) and enable some potentially funny shenanigans. Is this spell balanced against the current roster: ...
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Can you control the sensor of scrying?

Scrying creates a sensor. It says: the spell creates an invisible sensor within 10 feet of the target. You can see and hear through the sensor as if you were there. The sensor moves with the target, ...
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What locations can you scry?

Scrying allows you to watch a place somewhere else: You can see and hear a particular creature you choose that is on the same plane of existence as you. (...) Instead of targeting a creature, you can ...
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Can i cast a spell using a higher-level spell slot with stats bonus slot? [duplicate]

I have a lvl 8 wizard, with 24INT. Now, the wizards table grants me access only to level 4 spells, with 2 slots. However, 24INT gives me 2 further bonus slots, one in 5 level and one in 6th ...
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Can you teleport more safely through scrying?

Scrying allows you to see a place somewhere else: You can see and hear a particular creature you choose that is on the same plane of existence as you. (...) Instead of targeting a creature, you can ...
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How can I get Inner Radiance Torrent in PFS?

Inner Radiance Torrent is common, but it is Limited: A limited option can be selected only if specifically allowed by a boon — whether from the Achievement Points system, a Chronicle Sheet, or ...
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Why would I move my Linked Glyphs?

The linked glyphs spell involves making two glyphs: a detection glyph and either an alarm glyph or an effect glyph. The detection glyph acts as a sensor, and when it's activated, it sets off the alarm ...
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Does a Simulacrum need to Eat, Sleep, Drink, or Breathe?

So I am looking for some insights into some specificities of a Simulacrum. I have a vague understanding of how the D&D rules interact with Creature types (which is that they are rarely important). ...
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Invisibility and Aura of Vitality

During fight a party member tried to use Aura of Vitality while being invisible to stealthily top their HP. It was argued that auras give visual effects similar to light which would allow enemies to ...
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Are there any 5e spells whereby PCs can gain the benefit of a long rest without actually taking a long rest?

I know that in D&D 5e the 3rd-level spell Catnap allows PCs to get the benefit of a short rest in exchange for 10 minutes of being unconscious. Are there any spells that allow PCs to get the ...
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Is it possible to use the Transmuted Spell Metamagic on Absorb Elements?

So this hasn't come up before, but it has brought an interesting question to mind. Would it be possible to combine the Absorb Elements spell and Transmuted Spell metamagic. Absorb Elements reads as ...
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Can you possess a creature, using the magic jar spell, if you are in an extradimensional space (assuming you can see the humanoid) in 5e?

How does the spell magic jar work with an extradimensional space such as a bag of holding, handy haversack, portable hole, or the Genie Patron's Bottled Respite feature? Assuming you are able to see ...
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Does the Greater Invisibility spell also hide spell effects? [duplicate]

The spells Greater Invisibility turns a creature invisible: You or a creature you touch becomes invisible until the spell ends. Anything the target is wearing or carrying is invisible as long as it ...
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Do the jar and the catatonic body in Magic Jar count as objects or creatures?

The spell magic jar puts your soul into a jar, and your body is in a catatonic state. What are these both treated as? Is the jar counted as an object, a construct, or a creature in general? Is your ...
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Fireball alternative for a demon heavy campaign?

What are some good AOE spells (5th level or lower) for a wizard to get rid of hordes of weak to medium demons?
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Can possession by a ghost be broken with magic circle?

The magic circle spell has the following effect in its description: The creature can't willingly enter the cylinder by nonmagical means. So the theory is that if someone possessed by a ghost is ...
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Can Locate Object find the orb of a Scrying sensor?

The Scrying spell states (emphasis mine): On a failed save, the spell creates an invisible sensor within 10 feet of the target. You can see and hear through the sensor as if you were there. The ...
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Can Glyph of Warding be used with Gentle Repose?

The spell Glyph of Warding allows one to charge the glyph with a spell that is cast when the glyph is triggered: Spell Glyph. You can store a prepared spell of 3rd level or lower in the glyph by ...
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What is the difference between "Unconscious" and "Asleep"?

The Sleep spell explicitly causes targets to fall "unconscious" but includes many references to sleep, as well as the line: "Undead and creatures immune to being charmed aren’t ...
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Can Meld to Stone be used with Offensive Spells?

Suppose my character is locked in a jail cell with several of their worst enemies, none of whom have any spell-casting abilities. (Assume the character has retained their holy symbol for spell-casting....
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Can I rest while under the effects of the Meld into Stone spell?

Suppose my character is sneaking around an enemy encampment, and, just before being discovered by a patrol, spends their last spell-slot to cast Meld into Stone on a nearby boulder. In doing so, they ...
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Is this altered version of the spell "Crown of Madness" balanced?

I'm preparing for my first campaign as Dungeon Master. While I was assisting my players with character creation, one of them (playing an Archfey Warlock) expressed enthusiasm for the spell "Crown ...
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Can I use Dimension Door to teleport onto the shoulders of an ally?

A friend and I are having a dispute on the wording of the spell description and mechanics behind Dimension Door. He attempted (and succeeded) in a creative use of the spell in a game he is in, and ...
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Why is metamagic considered unbalanced?

Metamagic is widely considered to be one of the most tried and tested methods of breaking the game. Certainly, I have little doubt that the "something for nothing" deals that approaches that ...
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Can I message from an extradimensional space? What is the distance?

The third-level party is currently in a stone tower; the floor we are on has a ladder leading up to a trapdoor in the ceiling, and we have reason to believe that the floor above us may be heavily ...
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Why shouldn't one make changes to concentration in homebrew?

It's not hard to find homebrew-review questions on this site that propose changes to how concentration works. Every time I have proposed such a homebrew, regardless of how limited the change to ...
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How fragile is a clone, regardless of maturity? What if it was cast via Wish?

How easy is it to render a clone invalid to be used as a soul receptacle, regardless of its maturity? The Clone spell says It [the clone] remains inert and endures indefinitely, as long as its vessel ...
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Does banishment banish carried or worn equiment?

Spells is that spells only do what they say they do, nothing more. Shocking grasp does not electrify water, fireball does not evaporate it (well, in my game it does, but not by rules as written). So a ...
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What can spells cast into a Shield Guardian target?

There is already this question clarifying that you cannot cast spells with a range of self on the Shield Guardian, as you need to be able to target the guardian with the spell. It is clear that you ...
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Does knowing the Mage Hand cantrip before getting Telekinetic extend your shove range as well?

The Telekinetic feat from Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything (p. 81) has this benefit: You learn the mage hand cantrip. [...] If you already know this spell, its range increases by 30 feet when you cast ...
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Which Epic Spells don't follow the Epic Spell rules?

As has recently been pointed out, the pre-statted Epic Spell Superb Dispelling has a limitation that the Dispel Seed ought not to grant. Ignoring the DM's ability to approve anything, what other pre-...
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How does the sorcerer's Distant Spell Metamagic option interact with an upcast Hold Person spell?

Hold Person is a spell that upcasts as follows: When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 3rd level or higher, you can target one additional humanoid for each slot level above 2nd. The humanoids ...
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Which version of the red wizard’s circle magic is correct, the text or the example?

Dungeon Master's Guide page 194, Circle Magic feature of the Red Wizard prestige class reads as follows: Circle Powers: The first use of circle magic is to empower the circle leader with the strength ...
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Who do you reach with Sending, when the target's soul is in another body?

Snurgle, a 11th level Necromancer, uses the Magic Jar spell to possess the local parish priest, Father Benedict, trapping poor Benedict's soul in an ornate reliquary. Your body falls into a catatonic ...
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When is a spell "on" a target for the purposes of Dispel Magic?

Suppose my character is currently under the effects of the Heat Metal spell (targeting his breastplate) and is also caught by the Entangle spell (i.e., I was in the Entangle area of effect when it was ...
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Can a bladesinger use vampiric touch with his multi-attack after the initial casting?

During the initial casting it's a levelled spell so I believe he can't at first, but after the spell takes effect you can use the attack without expending a spell slot does that make it count as a ...
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Can a Sending (3rd level spell) contact a soul or just a living creature?

The bard in my group lost his mother and 2 sisters under mysterious circumstances. Unbeknownst to him (or them) his father traded the wife and children to Asmodeus in exchange for success in business. ...
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Can you re-cast Planar Binding to extend duration?

If you have a creature bound from a previous casting of Planar Binding, can you cast it again at a later point to renew the duration? I don't see any reason why not, but I may be missing something.
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Must a War Weaver make a touch attack to target friends with touch spells at range using Enlarged Tapestry?

War Weaver (Heroes of Battle, p. 112) gives a spellcaster the ability to cast harmless touch spells at range, via the Enlarged Tapestry class feature: At 5th level, you can stretch your magic across ...
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What happens to a flying creature when it is caught in an anchored Web spell?

Suppose I cast Web so it is anchored by two trees. A flying creature without hover starts its turn in the web. According to the description of Web: You conjure a mass of thick, sticky webbing at a ...
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How does the Infinite Simulacra exploit work? [duplicate]

I'm aware that there is a RAW legal exploit to create an infinite number of simulacra of yourself as a wizard. You cannot do it with just simulacrum, as the spell itself limits you to only one ...
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Can a Magus use Expansive Spellstrike with a Conflux spell, and if so what exactly happens?

All the starting conflux spells for the various Magus hybrid studies let you make a strike. As far as I can tell, these are eligible for spellstrike if you have Expansive Spellstrike (without the feat,...
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Is Darkness an effective spell for making someone's approach less likely to be noticed in a dark environment?

While brainstorming ways to sneak up on someone, one idea was to go at night and cloak our infiltrator (who can see through magical darkness) with the Darkness spell. The expectation was that being ...
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Is Bigby's Hand affected by gravity, or does it hover in the air?

The spell Bigby's Hand creates a translucent force that can be moved 60 feet in any direction: You create a large hand of shimmering, translucent force in an unoccupied space that you can see within ...
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Can you carry someone using Levitate like a balloon?

My party, creative as ever, has devised a new method of movement. Our party Warlock cast Levitate on herself, after tying a rope around her waist and handing it to another party member. That party ...
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How does Magical Inspiration interact with Magic Missile

If you hit a creature with multiple missiles (which occur simultaneously and therefor use only one damage roll by the simultaneous damage rule), would you add the bonus to the damage taken to the ...
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In Critical Role Campaign 2, did Caleb keep a stock of pearls for casting Fortune's Favor?

According to this spreadsheet compiled at Crit Role Stats, Caleb cast fortune's favor 36 times over the course of Campaign 2. Notably, fortune's favor has material component: a white pearl worth at ...
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Chain Lightning and Expansive Spellstrike

Expansive Spellstrike allows for using spells that can "target a creature or that [have] an area of a burst, cone, or line (abiding by any other restrictions of Spellstrike)" with ...
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Can you use silvery barbs to get advantage on a saving throw?

The description of the spell says 1 reaction, which you take when a creature you can see within 60 feet of yourself succeeds on an attack roll, an ability check, or a saving throw So it sounds like ...
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When do you receive the benefit to not leaving traces with Pass Without Trace?

Pass without Trace says: A veil of shadows and silence radiates from you, masking you and your companions from detection. For the duration, each creature you choose within 30 feet of you (including ...
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