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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Does the Mind Blank spell block the Psionic Mind feature of Gem Dragonborn?

The spell mind blank says: one willing creature you touch is immune to psychic damage, any effect that would sense its emotions or read its thoughts, divination spells, and the charmed condition. The ...
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How does Sap Life work on a Dhampir?

The Sap Life feat provides you HP when you damage a living creature with Harm. There is just one requirement, you need to be a living creature. If you have the Dhampir heritage, you are "half ...
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What would happen when you cast the spell Identify on a Genie Warlock's vessel?

As the title suggests: a Warlock with a pact to a genie in D&D 5e has someone cast identify on their genie's vessel. What information would that person get?
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How does the spell Reverse Gravity affect creatures with spider climbing?

I understand that such a question is rather left up to the DM. However that can come as a situation "DM against player" (which is not good but sometimes inevitable). So I'd like to know your ...
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Speeding up spell copying

All that time and money spent on copying spells into one's spellbook! Sure, while the rest of the party is all like woohoo look at that pile of gold we're rich! what will we spend it all on?, but we ...
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What happens after the Clone spell activates?

I have literally never played D&D before. I’ve just been doing some “research”. I’ve been looking at necromantic spells, and I noticed one called Clone. As I understand it, the spell creates a ...
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What are the most and least-common saving throws?

We had a great discussion at my table recently about the frequency of different saving throws, which got me thinking... Inspired by my previous similar question, what are the most and least common ...
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When casting Simulacrum, do you touch the original, or the duplicate, for the entire casting time?

The spell Simulacrum says: You shape an illusory duplicate of one beast or humanoid that is within range for the entire casting time of the spell. The casting time is 12 hours, the range is touch. I ...
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Do spell effects that trigger when you are hit still trigger if they do not penetrate your active Arcane Ward?

I'm specifically wondering about the spells Armor of Agathys, Fire Shield, and Shield, but a general answer would be helpful. For example, if a level 9 Abjuration Wizard/level 2 Warlock multiclass ...
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Distance Restrictions for Unseen Servant

In its description the only mention of the spell Unseen Servant ending due to distance from the caster is found at the end of the description: If you command⁠ the servant to perform a task that would ...
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Does the 'Protection from Evil and Good' spell protect from all listed entities, or just one?

The spell Protection from Evil and Good has the following in its description: Until the spell ends, one willing creature you touch is protected against certain types of creatures: aberrations, ...
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Can a spellcaster use Mage Hand to trigger a trap?

Could you use Mage Hand to trigger a trap, at least sometimes? Based on this well reasoned answer you cannot use Mage Hand to disable the trap, but Unseen Servant can trigger some traps. For example, ...
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Can I target someone who I can see in a mirror?

Inspired by this question, I'm wondering what happens if want to cast a spell that requires me to see the target, I can see my target in a mirror, and have a clear path to them, but I don't have line ...
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Can I cast spells requiring pointing at the target by looking in a mirror?

I am trying to cast a spell, like Message which requires "pointing" at the target, but without looking directly a the target. I think there are two possible situations that could occur: As ...
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Does Fey Ancestry still apply while polymorphed

My elf was polymorphed into a giant ape and had to make a Wisdom saving throw or else be charmed. I know that I make the saving throw with the giant ape's wisdom score but would the elf still get ...
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Which spell's damage benefits the most from Dangerous Sorcery (relatively)?

Dangerous Sorcery adds to the damage of spells that lack a duration, and deal damage. Which qualifying spell has the lowest damage per level on its own, so DS adds the most relative improvement? Any ...
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Can the Mending spell be used on earth?

So I am currently DMing for a party that is attempting an ambush of a caravan. One of the methods they are wanting to try is a trap hole in the road. While I am fine with this, there was some question ...
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What happens if a mage is caught in Antipathy/Sympathy?

I’m unclear on how much, if at all, the Antipathy/Sympathy spell charms the victim into not wanting to resist. For example, if a wizard were caught in the spell and failed the save, could they ...
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Simultaneously under contradictory Seeming and Disguise Self

Before entering a fortified hobgoblin camp, the party bard cast Seeming on the whole group to make them all appear as hobgoblins, including herself. Later, but still within the eight hour duration of ...
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Can a player use Find Steed to summon a creature in a location they have never seen?

The spell Find Steed has a range of 30ft and describes where your summoned steed appears using the language: "Appearing in an unoccupied space within range, the steed ..." My question has ...
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How do players get a devil's talisman?

The spell Infernal Calling is all about summoning and controlling powerful devils. However, the description also provides a way to basically prevent a devil from getting a saving throw against the ...
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Who makes the charisma save when Scattering out of a Forcecage?

The spell Forcecage is pretty handy for blocking magical teleportation getting the caster out of the cage (except when it's not): If the creature tries to use teleportation or interplanar travel to ...
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Can I smite somebody so hard they pop out the side of a Forcecage?

The relevant part of Forcecage is: [...] creating a solid barrier that prevents any matter from passing through it [...] [...] any creature that is completely inside the cage's area is trapped. A ...
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How does an Unhallow with Deeper Darkness work?

Unhallow says in part, emphasis mine: you may choose to fix a single spell effect to the unhallowed site. The spell effect lasts for 1 year and functions throughout the entire site, regardless of its ...
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Can the Gloom Stalker Ranger's Stalker's Flurry feature be used with the Attack action from the Haste spell?

The haste spell states: Choose a willing creature [...] it gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the Attack (one weapon attack only) [...] action. ...
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Can a Pyromancer Sorcerer deal fire damage to a creature under the effect of Invulnerability?

Can a Pyromancer Sorcerer deal fire damage to a creature that is under the effect of Invulnerability? The spell Invulnerability (XGtE) states: You are immune to all damage until the spell ends. The ...
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What ways are there to damage or reduce the hit points of a creature who is under the effect of the Invulnerability spell?

The spell 'Invulnerability (XGtE)' states: You are immune to all damage until the spell ends. Are there any items/abilities/spells/etc. that can be used to bypass this immunity while the spell is ...
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Does a Shield Guardian concentrate on the stored spells it casts?

The party evoker obtained the shield guardian and amulet available in the published adventure and is considering storing the Greater Invisibility spell in the guardian, with instructions to cast it ...
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What happens when a summoned demon goes out of range?

The spell Summon Greater Demon is quite clear on where your summoned demon appears at. The demon appears in an unoccupied space you can see within range... The wording of this spell is very similar ...
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How do Mind Blank and Foresight interact?

I'm preparing for a level 20 one shot and I'm trying to make a more support focused character. Two higher level support spells I'm eyeing are Mind Blank and Foresight, however the description of Mind ...
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Do the relevant stats of a creature summoned via a "Summon [Creature Type]"-style spell change, if your stats change after you summoned it?

If you cast a "Summon [Creature Type]"-style spell, and then your relevant stats change afterwards, do the summoned creature's stats change as well? Specifically, my character refuses to ...
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Can an Arcane Hand be pushed?

In our last session, the party was in a large ice cavern which the adult white dragon boss monster was attempting to enter through a tunnel that was just wide enough for itself. The party evoker had ...
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When during your movement does Tenser's Floating Disk start to follow you and does it do so exactly?

Let's assume the caster of Tenser's Floating Disk has a speed of 6000ft (for no particular reason), that is more precisely, they can cover 6000ft in 6 seconds. However there are limitations on the ...
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Does truesight see the attacker if they have used Steel Wind Strike?

The spell text of Steel Wind Strike (XGtE, p. 166) states the caster 'vanishes', which some argue means the caster is treated as 'unseen'. If that were the case, does that mean the caster is visible ...
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Does Spiritual weapon set off the Alarm spell?

Related to Does interacting with things inside the area of an Alarm spell trigger it?, still assuming Alarm is cast using the area option, is the caster alerted if a Spiritual Weapon is moved into the ...
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Does interacting with things inside the area of an Alarm spell trigger it?

Somebody who has cast Alarm is sleeping inside the area (they didn't choose the window or door option) of the spell, which is "[...] no larger than a 20-foot cube.", and the spell also ...
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How does the caster of Steel Wind Strike interact with Forcecage?

The spell Steel Wind Strike (XGE, p. 166) says: You flourish the weapon used in the casting and then vanish to strike like the wind. Choose up to five creatures you can see within range. Make a melee ...
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Does the caster of Steel Wind Strike trigger effects based on the position they attack from or to?

The spell Steel Wind Strike (XGE, p. 166) says: You flourish the weapon used in the casting and then vanish to strike like the wind. Choose up to five creatures you can see within range. Make a melee ...
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Can a Temporally Shunted character use any remaining actions for its turn?

As an example of the sort of action I'm talking about, at 7th level, when an Arcane Archer misses an attack, they can spend a bonus action to redirect their arrow with Curving Arrow: [...] you can ...
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Does an Arcane Archer fighter's Piercing or Seeking Arrow pass through a Wind Wall spell?

The spell Wind Wall is pretty handy for deflecting projectiles: Arrows, bolts, and other ordinary projectiles launched at targets behind the wall are deflected upward and automatically miss. But the ...
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Is there any reason Temporal Shunt couldn't be house ruled to cover Grapple, Shove, Arcane Shots etc.?

The reaction for Temporal Shunt is taken: when a creature you can see makes an attack roll or starts to cast a spell But Grapples, Shoves and some Arcane Shot options of the Arcane Archer don't make ...
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Which of Mirror Image or Sanctuary trigger first when targeted, and are duplicates included?

If both Mirror Image and Sanctuary are on the same creature, do I determine if a duplicates is hit before or after the effects of sanctuary happen? Mirror Image says: Each time a creature targets you ...
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Does Lightning Arrow work with an Arcane Archer's 'Piercing Arrow'?

The Arcane Archer arcane shot abilities 'Piercing Arrow' (and incidentally 'Seeking Arrow', which causes far fewer issues) say: When you use this option, you don’t make an attack roll for the attack. ...
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Can I throw dynamite from inside the effects of sanctuary?

If not dynamite, then something similar like a bomb from the DMG. Both have a similar rules text: As an action, a creature can light a [stick of dynamite/bomb] and throw it at a point up to 60 feet ...
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Can a wizard with the Artificer Initiate feat upcast a Cure Wounds spell that they learn using the feat?

The description of the Artificer Initiate feat states, in part (TCoE, p. 79): You’ve learned some of an artificer’s inventiveness: You learn one cantrip of your choice from the artificer spell list, ...
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Which conditions, if any, prevent or impede the afflicted caster from being able to attack with Spiritual Weapon?

The relevant text for Spiritual Weapon is: You create a floating, spectral weapon within range that lasts for the duration or until you cast this spell again. When you cast the spell, you can make a ...
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How does ‘Pocket Dimension’ work?

Specifically, when cast without adding Time 2 (so time would flow normally), it seems intuitively that anything in the pocket dimension would effectively be frozen in place, making it the equivalent ...
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How does the Haste spell's extra action interact with the Bladesinger's Extra Attack feature and with cantrips that do "one weapon attack only"?

The description of the Haste spell says, in part (emphasis mine): Until the spell ends, [the target] gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the Attack (...
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Does truesight + the Detect Magic spell defeat the Nystul's Magic Aura spell?

Suppose I suspect that an object is magical. I cast Detect Magic, but I see no magic aura on it. However, I'm still suspicious, and now I begin to suspect that the aura has been hidden by Nystul's ...
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Does the Swift Quiver spell let you make 2 extra attacks with a bonus action on the same turn you cast it?

Swift Quiver takes a bonus action to cast, then it lets you use a bonus action to make two attacks. So the turn you cast it, you use your bonus action just to cast it, then you need another bonus ...

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