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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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Homebrew DND 5e Spell, review in power, and well... utility

So, I usually design spells without a care in the world for how powerful or weak it might be, since you generally find that out with testing. However, in this particular case it made me wonder, and ...
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Do spells taken by the Magic Initiate feat require material components that cost gold?

Good afternoon, I have a question about the Magic Initiate feat. I am a cleric, I chose the cleric spell Ceremony, however this ritual requires a material component that has a cost (25 gp worth of ...
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How can a Warlock learn Magic Missile?

My DM is starting a campaign using PHB, VGtM, TCoE, and XGtE as our sourcebooks. I'm playing as a Yuan-ti Warlock, while building for my character, I want to add the spell Magic Missile to my known ...
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If my spellcasting focus has the Reach property, does that extra reach apply for spells such as Inflict Wounds? [duplicate]

Inflict Wounds states Make a melee spell attack against a creature you can reach. So if my spellcasting focus is a reach weapon, such as a whip, such that I can make a melee attack at the extra ...
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Incapacitation on Sleep Arrow?

The Incapacitation tag is missing from the Sleep Arrow, while it inherits all the other properties from the spell. It does however say that the target of the arrow is "subject to the effects of a ...
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Can you Drawmij's Instant Summons your Genie's Vessel while you are in it? What happens when you exit?

If you have a level of Genie warlock then your Vessel is "a Tiny object" that "remains in the space you left" when you vanish inside its "extradimensional space". If you ...
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Regarding banishment and force cage

Suppose you are fighting an enemy and you manage to banish it to a safe demiplane. Next turn you cast forcecage around where the enemy was. When banishment ends, what happens with the enemy? Here are ...
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Getting recommended spells in wizard builds [closed]

I've been playing DND 5e for some time and am now looking at optimised wizard builds, starting with suggested online builds. I've noticed that many will say, "get these 5 spells at level 4". ...
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Limiting teleportation in 5e [closed]

I'm playing a 5e warlock with the Fey Touched feat, which I've never done before. My DM is learning the ropes still and I'm trying to play by the book to help him to learn the rules. In a recent ...
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Is a spirit summoned with the Find Greater Steed spell affected by the Divine Word spell?

The Divine Word spell description says: Regardless of its current hit points, a celestial, an elemental, a fey, or a fiend that fails its save is forced back to its plane of origin (if it isn't there ...
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What's the shape of the Control Weather spell? (if any)

We have this rule in the Player's Handbook, p. 204: Spells such as burning hands and cone of cold cover an area, allowing them to affect multiple creatures at once. A spell's description specifies ...
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Does the damage from Thunderwave occur before or after the target is moved

A PC is adjacent to a target which is a Magma Mephit. The mephit does damage to adjacent creatures upon death: Death Burst: When the mephit dies, it explodes in a burst of lava. Each creature within ...
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Dominate Person/Dominate Monster and action order for the dominated creature

A creature fails the saving throw and is dominated by the Dominate Person/Monster spell: Can the caster command a first order to the dominated creature (e.g., 'move closer to me') immediately, or ...
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How does persistent damage work with hardness?

Our group came across animated statues during our recent game, and one of the spells our wizard considered casting was dehydrate, which does 1d6 persistent fire damage. But how does that work with the ...
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Can a Cube of Force be used to end spell effects when entering an area as opposed to being cast into the cube area?

According to the Dungeon Master's Guide P. 160, when using Face 4 of the Cube of Force: "Spell effects can't pass through the barrier." Does this mean that when a character enters an area ...
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Is there a way to change a cantrip spell type to Necromancy in order to fulfil the requirement of the Death Domain Reaper ability for Clerics?

The Death Domain Reaper ability says: you learn one necromancy cantrip of your choice from any spell list. When you cast a necromancy cantrip that normally targets only one creature, the spell can ...
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What spells can I cast while swallowed?

My level 6 druid was swallowed by an unknown creature - maybe a Remorhaz? It's unclear, since it seems sensitive to fire damage, so not the typical Remorhaz. But something similar. I'm currently a ...
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Turning Misty step into a reaction to dodge spells/attacks

My wizard player wants to create a spell. I want to let him do it, as they are nearing the end of the current campaign and I think its a cool way to spend character downtime to research and create a ...
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Would the command spell fail if the commanded action becomes directly harmful later on, but initially appears benign?

The command spell has the stipulation that the spell has no effect if your command is directly harmful to the target it. Say the Initiative order goes: pc1 pc2 mob1 Pc1 casts command on a mob with ...
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Does concentrating on a different spell end a concentration spell’s effect?

Some smite spells for paladins have additional on-going effects for a mob hit by them. i.e wrathful smite causes a mob to be frightened until they succeed a wisdom save or until the spell ends. The ...
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Does the Cube of Force only block ranged spell attacks when using Face 4 "Spell effect" blocking? [duplicate]

I'd like to understand the Cube of Force's applications and restrictions when it comes to Face 4: "Spell effects can't pass through the barrier" (DMG page 160). I take this to mean that it ...
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D&D 3.5 Shadow Magic / Shadow Conjuration: Can an illusionist create a quasi-real shadow of ANY monster? Or only those on the summon monster lists?

An illusionist can make figments (images with sound) of pretty much anything, but if he wants to do real damage he must use Shadow Magic / Shadow Conjuration. In this area a Shadowcraft Illusionist ...
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Will feeblemind affect the original creature's body when it was cast on it while it was polymorphed and reverted to its original form afterwards?

I tend to think that the original body should not be affected by the spell since casting polymorph on an already-feebleminded creature temporarily assumes the game statistics of the beast. ...
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Homebrew spell to improve familiar link before combat

Yesterday I was thinking that the standard actions required to manage the familiar (to see and hear from her, to dismiss and recall her into the pocket dimension, etc) are quite a burden in combat, so ...
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Would Eldritch Blast using a Dexterity Save instead of Spell Attack be appropriate for a low-confidence player?

Often a DM may invite a friend who is not as familiar, nor confident, with the rules of the game, particularly all the special conditions that come with ranged-attacks (weapon or spell). Other ...
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Is the "natural disease" phase of Contagion magical?

The contagion spell afflicts the target with a disease for 7 days if they fail 3 saving throws while poisoned by the spell: At the end of each of the poisoned target’s turns, the target must make a ...
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What do Detect Magic and Identify reveal about the target of a "basic" Wish? [duplicate]

Suppose I cast wish, duplicating the effect of sympathy, targeting a rock. If someone later casts detect magic, what school of magic would they detect on the rock (e.g. Conjuration or Enchantment)? If ...
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Can a character cast and be under the effect of multiple Invoke the Amaranthine spells?

Can a character cast two (or more) Invoke the Amaranthine spells to gain a total of four (or more) dice to use? Or is this not possible due to Combining Magical Effects rule? Here is the spell: You ...
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Time stop and ready action

A spellcaster casts a Time stop that lasts 5 rounds (he knows how many rounds of time stop he has) and proceeds to buff himself for 4 rounds. He then does the "ready action" standard action ...
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Fireball or fire spells vs. Sleet Storm

Sleet storm says: Until the spell ends, freezing rain and sleet fall in a 20-foot-tall cylinder with a 40-foot radius centered on a point you choose within range. The area is heavily obscured, and ...
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Does casting Heat Metal on a creature's weapon inside a Wall of Water incur full damage?

An NPC is casting Heat Metal on a longsword wielded by a PC inside a Wall of Water. The description for the Wall of Water spell states (emphasis mine): Any ranged weapon attack that enters the wall’...
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How can you destroy a mage hand?

We are playing through B1 "In Search of the Unknown", a basic rules D&D adventure from 1978, using 5e rules. In the module there is a pool of clear acid that has a bronze key clearly ...
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Will it break Counterspell if the trigger becomes "perceive" instead of "see"?

The trigger for counterspell is originally: which you take when you see a creature within 60 feet of you casting a spell For a player character that is blind, I want to change it to this: which you ...
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Can Enemies Abound cast by a fiend affect creatures in Hallow?

Imagine a fiend casting Enemies Abound on a creature within a Hallowed area Enemies Abound A creature automatically succeeds if it is immune to being frightened. On a failed save, the target loses ...
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Does Possess Object have the size limitation?

Posses Object is a spell that shares some features with both Magic Jar and Animate Objects and is written very strangely. https://aonprd.com/SpellDisplay.aspx?ItemName=Possess%20Object Key parts being:...
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What does a player learn when their spell fails for a hidden reason?

(this is effectively this Q&A, but for 5th edition) Sometimes, a player may try to cast a spell on something, or someone, that is not a valid target or cannot be affected by the spell. Whether it ...
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Conjure Animals Control Range

I've got a question on the Conjure Animals spell. I was DM'ing a game, and a player used it. They summoned their creatures within 60' of themselves, and then directed them to attack the bad guys. The ...
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What happens when you target a dead creature with Scrying?

In 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons, the spell Scrying is described, in part, as follows: You can see and hear a particular creature you choose that is on the same plane of existence as you. The ...
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Aasimar bonus damage plus "Save for half"-spell

Aasimar subraces (VGM and MPMM) have abilities that proc when they damage a creature. As an example, here's MPMM Aasimar Radiant Soul ability: Two luminous, spectral wings sprout from your back ...
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How does Death Ward interact with Band of Loyalty?

Band of Loyalty: If you are reduced to 0 hit points while attuned to a Band of Loyalty, you instantly die. These rings are favored by spies who can’t afford to fall into enemy hands. Death Ward: ...
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Homebrew spell acting as one-way mirror

Yesterday I was thinking that, in many cases, the line of sight is an important strategic element of ranged combat, so I was wondering if it could make sense for my wizard to create a new spell that ...
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Does Shadow Step work in concert with Find Familiar?

Shadow Step, the Way of Shadows Monk's 6th level feature, reads: At 6th level, you gain the ability to step from one shadow into another. When you are in dim light or darkness, as a bonus action you ...
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Is there a way to see through fog cloud [duplicate]

I'm trying to make a ranger Kenku who makes fog clouds in fights and then shoots them through the enemys throughout the fog but I don't know how I would go about seeing through the fog.
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Wall of Force: how you can entrap moving creatures?

RAW there is no saving throw for the 5th level spell Wall of Force. My question is: Can this spell entrap creatures when they are moving in the sky/on the ground/in the water? IMVHO the rule spells do ...
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How much healing does the Moment of Renewal spell provide?

The Moment of Renewal spell targets up to 6 creatures and says (emphasis mine): The targets experience a day's worth of recovery in an instant. Any detrimental effects that would be gone after 24 ...
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Meld into Stone and its interaction

As a feat for my Tempest Domain Cleric, I will pick Metamagic Adept (Distant Spell). Looking through spells that would benefit most from this feature, I became curious about Meld into Stone, as it ...
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What ways can a pure martial get Find Familiar at level 1?

I want to have a familiar on a character of a class without access to Spellcasting or Pact Magic features, and I want this to occur at level 1. The way I know how to do it is with a feat that gives ...
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The Magic Circle spell requires powdered silver and iron worth at least 100 gp to cast it; how much powder is that?

The component for casting Magic Circle is 100 gold pieces worth of Powdered Silver and Iron (or Holy Water, which we are not discussing here). 100 gold pieces is equivalent to 1000 silver pieces. At ...
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Is there a naming map for the Pathfinder 2e remaster?

As part of the remaster, Pathfinder 2e has renamed many spells and magic items, for example magic missile is now called force barrage, baleful polymorph is now cursed metamorphosis and hat of disguise ...
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Does Extend Spell Metamagic affect duration specified in spell description?

Some spells have duration as secondary effect of the spell, Some spells have both tagged duration and secondary duration within spell description. My question is: does this kind of in-description-...
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