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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.

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Does the Black Tentacles spell do damage twice at the start of turn to an already restrained creature?

The spell Black Tentacles (listed as Evard's Black Tentacles on PHB p. 238) has the following text: When a creature enters the affected area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, ...
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Does the Wall of Fire spell damage creatures on both sides of the wall?

The spell Wall of Fire has the following text: One side of the wall, selected by you when you cast this spell, deals 5d8 fire damage to each creature that ends its turn within 10 feet of that ...
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Are sorcerers unable to use the Careful Spell metamagic option on themselves?

The sorcerer's Careful Spell metamagic option states the it applies to “other creatures”: When you cast a spell that forces other creatures to make a saving throw, you can protect some of those ...
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Can the Flaming Sphere spell be rammed into multiple Tiny creatures that are in the same 5-foot square?

The text of the Flaming Sphere spell says that "If you ram the sphere into a creature, that creature must make the saving throw against the sphere's damage". Can I ram a Flaming Sphere into multiple ...
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Should a wizard buy fine inks every time he want to copy spells into his spellbook?

PHB says that Wizards should use 'fine inks' for 50 gp for every levels of the spell he want to copy into his spellbook. The problem is that there are no any 'fine inks' in the PHB goods list, just ...
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Does the Compelled Duel spell require a saving throw for “movement” via a spell? [on hold]

Let us assume an enemy spellcaster has failed their first saving throw against the Compelled Duel spell (PHB, p. 224). Thus the enemy "must make a Wisdom saving throw each time it attempts to move to ...
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How does the secondary effect of the Heat Metal spell interact with a creature resistant/immune to fire damage?

This is the description for the spell heat metal: Choose a manufactured metal object, such as a metal weapon or a suit of heavy or medium metal armor, that you can see within range. You cause the ...
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Counterspell Question [duplicate]

Say you are casting fireball at level 5, and an enemy casts counterspell. Can you use your reaction to cast counterspell targeting their counterspell? Alternatively, can I use counterspell on a later ...
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Can the Great Weapon Master feat's damage bonus and accuracy penalty apply to attacks from the Spiritual Weapon spell?

The Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, p. 167) says: Before you make a melee attack with a heavy weapon that you are proficient with, you can choose to take a -5 penalty to the attack roll. If the ...
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Would the Life Transference spell be unbalanced if it ignored resistance and immunity?

I want to create a Abjuration wizard (PHB, p. 115-116) that uses the Life Transference spell (XGtE, p. 160) and the Arcane Ward feature to heal people, but I've heard people saying Life Transference ...
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What are the advantages of casting Flame Strike over Fireball?

Outside of the classes the spells are available to, what is the advantage to using Flame Strike over Fireball in AD&D 1st Edition? Many of the advantages I'm used to seeing later editions (mixed ...
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What would happen if you cast Etherealness while on a demiplane?

Randy the Wizard needs to retrieve a sacred object that has been shifted into a demiplane for safekeeping. Randy knows that there a a number of traps and guards on the demiplane so he plans to use the ...
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How many times does Dangerous Sorcellery apply when the spell rolls several times for damage?

I'm confused regarding the interaction between Dangerous Sorcellery and spells like Magic Missiles. Dangerous Sorcellery: When you cast a non-cantrip spell that deals damage and that doesn't have ...
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How do awakened trees generally behave, according to lore?

Would an tree under the effects of an awaken spell be talking or mostly silent? I know it can at least definitely talk, as the listed effects of an awaken spell are the following: After spending ...
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Can I cast a Magic Initiate spell using my own spell slots if the spell is also in my class spell list? [duplicate]

yes, I know, this question is very similar to others I've found. Can you cast a magic initiate spell using spell slots? The above post concludes that if the caster does not choose their own class, ...
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What methods exist that can eliminate or disperse the fog from the Fog Cloud spell?

The Fog Cloud spell description says: You create a 20-foot-radius sphere of fog centered on a point within range. The sphere spreads around corners, and its area is heavily obscured. It lasts ...
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When the Haste spell ends on a creature, do attackers have advantage against that creature?

The rules for the haste spell state the following: When the spell ends, the target can’t move or take actions until after its next turn, as a wave of lethargy sweeps over it. --- Player's ...
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Can the Programmed Illusion spell cause damage or blindness?

For the spell Programmed Illusion, is there a maximum volume? Minor Illusion can go as high as a scream, which is only a cantrip while this is Level 6. Would it be possible for Programmed Illusion ...
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How weak can the Conjure Animals spell be, in terms of the CR of the creature(s) summoned?

If the caster chooses "one beast of challenge rating 2 or lower", well, one tiny little CR 1/8 insect is that. Is that legal, or even a good idea, for the DM to choose? There is already a question on ...
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How to find out what spells would be useless to a blind NPC spellcaster?

This question: What are the drawbacks of a blind spellcaster? doesn't really touch on all the spells that are off-limits to a blind spellcaster. As established in this question (Do you need line of ...
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Can I cast Passwall to drop an enemy into a 20-foot pit?

Can I cast Passwall under an enemy to drop them into a 20-foot pit? If so, does said enemy get any saving throw to avoid the effect?
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How does a Death Domain cleric's Touch of Death feature work with Touch-range spells delivered by familiars?

My player is playing a Death Domain cleric. They have the Channel Divinity option Touch of Death (DMG, p. 97), which deals extra necrotic damage on a hit with a melee attack. They also have the find ...
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Can you cast Mage Armor on multiple recipients? [on hold]

Can you cast Mage Armor on more than one creature at a time? I haven't found anything that says either way.
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Does Double Move allow you to cast spells or activate abilities that require swift or standard actions without changing weapon set up?

Can a character that, for example, holds a weapon in each hand, use its move action to sheathe one of them, cast a spell (a divine spell with the Quicken Spell metamagic feat which is a swift action) ...
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Can Oracles use CHA mod for casting javelins from Holy Ice?

The text of the javelins option from Holy Ice refer to using the WIS mod plus the BAB for each javelin attack. Can Oracles apply their CHA bonus instead?
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Does polymorph use a PC’s CR or its level?

I was discussing the spell with my DM relating to this question Can a Wizard polymorph low-level PCs into over-powered beasts? about the polymorph spell. According to Polymorph's description, The ...
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Prepare & Use in a day [closed]

I'm still confused. Also, I am playing 2nd Ed, if that matters. Let's say I am level 1 cleric with agriculture sphere and with modifiers get 3 level 1 spells. So, tonight I choose 3 different spells ...
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Is there any way for a ranger to be able to cast the Protection from Evil spell?

I'm working on a build, and wondering if I can get early entry to Prestige Paladin via Ranger. One of the requirements is the ability to cast protection from evil, so I was wondering if there's a way ...
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How long does the line of fire that you can create as an action using the Investiture of Flame spell last?

I have always interpreted the Investiture of Flame spell as having a flamethrower effect, similar to Aganazzar's Scorcher, but one of my players pointed out a different interpretation. Here is the ...
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How many people can fit inside Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion?

The description of the magnificent mansion spell says: It contains sufficient food to serve a nine-course banquet for up to 100 people But can it only house 100 people or can you bring in as many ...
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Is dropping concentration on a spell considered “affecting a creature” for the purpose of the Blink spell?

While under the effects of Blink and on the Ethereal Plane, can you drop a concentration spell to affect a creature on the Material Plane? The description of Blink says, "You can only affect and be ...
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What happens to Concentration spells while Blinking? [duplicate]

I regularly see blink praised as a particularly good defensive third-level spell because, unlike many spells with persistent effects, it does not require concentration. It does, however, state that "...
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How can an NPC send a cry for help that is seen and heard?

This is somewhat related to How can I send messages over long distances? However, that is for D&D 5e, and my question is for Pathfinder. I have a story hook idea and could use some assistance ...
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Making attacks through a cage-shaped Forcecage

A PC traps an enemy inside a cage-shaped Forcecage: A prison in the shape of a cage can be up to 20 feet on a side and is made from 1/2-inch diameter bars spaced 1/2 inch apart. How should ranged ...
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How does “Know Age” work with bones?

In our campaign we're discovering items from an ancient civilization that nobody knows about, so we're digging around in search for clues about these people. We already know that they lived up to 600 ...
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How do spell lists change if the party levels up without taking a long rest?

I'm playing in a D&D 5e campaign with a bard and a wizard. Our most recent session ended while we were in the middle of exploring a dungeon. The DM informed us that we leveled up from 4 to 5. ...
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Does a Familiar I’m carrying turn invisible with me if I cast Greater Invisibility on myself?

What happens if I have a Familiar (from the Find Familiar spell) hidden in a coat pocket (not a pocket dimension, just a regular pocket), and I use the Greater Invisibility spell on myself? Would it ...
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What happens if I Blink while my Familiar sits on my shoulder?

My lizard Familiar (from the Find Familiar spell) is often sat on my shoulder. If I use the Blink spell, would it shift with me to the Ethereal Plane, or would it be left behind and splat to the ...
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Is this homebrew spell that briefly mind-controls an enemy and then paralyzes it for a round balanced?

I've given the following spell to a PC in the party: Blood Puppet 2nd-level necromancy Casting Time: 1 action Range: 60 feet Components: V, S Duration: 1 round Choose a living ...
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Can I cast the Scrying spell to see from places I've only seen using the Scrying spell?

The scrying spell allows you to place an invisible sensor anywhere you've seen before. You can see and hear through the sensor as if you were there Imagine this scenario: I've seen the top of a ...
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Can you cast a spell on someone in the Ethereal Plane, if you are on the Material Plane and have the True Seeing spell active?

A creature is on the Material Plane and can perceive someone on the Ethereal Plane using the True Seeing spell. Can that creature cast a spell that only requires that they see the character on the ...
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When casting a spell using a magic item, is the casting itself visible?

Some magic items allow you to cast spells using them, even if you are normally unable to cast such spells, such as the Wand of Magic Missiles or the Helm of Telepathy. When you cast a spell with such ...
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If a sorcerer casts the Banishment spell on a PC while in Avernus, does the PC return to their home plane?

I wanted to make it difficult for the party to leave Avernus and return to their home plane, but I have realized that one of the party members could just use the banishment spell a number of times to ...
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What is the formula behind each level spell slot progression that I can use in a spreadsheet?

I have been trying to find a way to find the formula behind spell slot progression on the multiclass caster table, to add a spell slot table to this sheet with the best example being on the last table ...
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Magic Circle: What doesn't fall under “non-magical means”?

Magic Circle has the following effect on creatures of a specified type: The creature can't willingly enter the cylinder by nonmagical means. If the creature tries to use teleportation or ...
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Is this homebrew Spiritual Inquiry spell, an adjustment of Speak with Dead to be lower level, balanced as a 1st-level spell?

I feel as though necromancers have little undeath-related spells below 3rd level. Only necrotic damage. I wanted to change that. While it is relatively simple to extrapolate up and down in spell ...
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For creatures that have a death burst ability, is it triggered if they are summoned and reduced to 0 HP?

Certain creatures have a death burst ability that applies when they die eg. steam mephits. If the creature is only present on the battlefield due to a spell like conjure minor elementals, does the ...
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What spell level should this homebrew After-Image spell be?

I came up with a cool spell idea, but I'm unsure of what level it should be. Here's the spell: After-Image 4th-level conjuration Casting Time: 1 reaction, which you take when you would be ...
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Can the Protection from Evil and Good spell be used on the caster?

Can the protection from evil and good spell be used on the caster? It doesn't say anything about it in the descripton but I know that some spells prevent them from being used on the spellcaster.
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If the Wish spell duplicates an Abjuration spell, does it charge the Arcane Ward? [duplicate]

Inspired by the title of this other question... An Abjuration Wizard gains the following feature: Arcane Ward Starting at 2nd level, you can weave magic around yourself for protection. When you ...