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 many times do you roll damage for Chain Lighting?

Chain Lightning has the following description: You create a bolt of lightning that arcs toward a target of your choice that you can see within range. Three bolts then leap from that target to as many ...
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What is the class of a spell cast from a staff?

In D&D 5e when a character casts a spell from a staff (e.g. staff of a magi), what is the class of that spell? It is important for items like "+1 to DC for this class spells that you cast&...
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Is this improved Grease spell balanced?

Grease is a very underwhelming spell as it currently stands due to its size and shape (10 ft square) and because the effect is easily overcome. I think this could be a great low level control spell ...
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How much does True Strike improve my DPR?

For simplicity, assume that there are no special effects on criticals, other than a doubling of damage. Without agile is good enough, but it would be welcome. (there are no circumstance penalties, and ...
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Psionic sorcery casting retrained Psionic spells

If an aberrant mind sorcerer casts a spell from the Psionic spells feature, they may use the Psionic sorcery too When you cast any spell of 1st level or higher from your Psionic Spells feature, you ...
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How does Steel Wind Strike interact with Heated Body special trait? [duplicate]

Eddy the mage is facing 3 Azors, which are 15, 25 and 10 ft far away from him. Azors have the special trait Heated Body (emphasis mine): Heated Body. A creature that touches the azer or hits it with ...
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How do I recalibrate this encounter from Red Hand of Doom for 5th Edition D&D?

I'm running D&D3.5e's Red Hand of Doom updated for 5e. So far it has been effortlessly straightforward. I've been keeping the basic combat encounter structures and simply swapping out 3.5e ...
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Does Wind Walk grant stealth benefits due to gaseous form?

There has already been some helpful discussion about whether wind walk in D&D 5e also gives the extra effects associated with gaseous form (Just how gaseous is the "gaseous form" of the ...
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How can a Psionic Manifester get full Bab reliably

I’m currently trying to make a Talshatora Monk/Erudite multiclass work, partially as a challenge and partially because I want to play a psionic Gish. The issue is that, under the constraints i’m ...
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Does True Seeing reveal an Elder Oblex's simulacrum's true form as an ooze?

I'm currently playing in a campaign where we've encountered an Elder Oblex. Before we ventured into its lair I twinned True Seeing onto myself and another party member. Later on it was revealed that ...
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If the Phantom Steed spell ends because the steed takes damage, do you still have 1 minute to dismount? [duplicate]

The spell states: When the spell ends, the steed gradually fades, giving the rider 1 minute to dismount. The spell ends if you use an action to dismiss it or if the steed takes any damage. So, if ...
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When does Shared Nightmare end?

Nightmares domain spell Shared Nightmare can give someone the confused conditon. I am confused (hehe) about their interaction: Confused ends if you take damege and succeed on a DC 11 flat check If ...
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What concerns should I have with allowing a character to hurl bombs with Telekinetic Projectile?

I have a wizard player who wants to use Telekinetic Projectile to hurl bombs. I think this is cool, and would like to allow it, but I'm not sure if it would be too powerful or cause other issues. ...
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Can a simulacrum heal non-hit point damage?

The spell Simulacrum, while open to interpretation on many fronts, is very clear on how to heal (repair) a damaged simulacrum, requiring a complex and costly process and a lab. A complex process ...
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Size alteration while under a spell effect that is a radius centred on you

If I am under the effect of a spell effect that extends in a radius centred on me and then my size is altered to the next larger size category or next smaller size category, is the spell effect radius ...
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Scrying using effects with a range of “sight” [closed]

If you cast scrying to see a creature, and assuming you can target them with spells that have a range of sight (as discussed here), what spells and abilities could you use to affect that creature or ...
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What effect does learning a spell have for a sorcerer?

I've read and reread Learn a Spell several times, and I just don't understand it. For a wizard, it makes sense - the wizard adds the spell to their spellbook. But for both of the other options, I don'...
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How does Hunger of Hadar behave in confined space?

Hunger of Hadar has a curious wording: A 20-foot-radius sphere of blackness and bitter cold appears, centered on a point with range and lasting for the duration. Compare this to Fireball: A bright ...
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House Rule - Upcasting Enlarge / Reduce to extend duration

The party is deep into my 5e-updated classic Greyhawk Giants series. The hill giants and their orc and goblin minions have attacked the Sterish city of Headwater and have taken about a quarter of the ...
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Will the feat Spell Sniper work with the Spell Shadow Blade? [closed]

Will the feat Spell Sniper work with the Spell Shadow Blade? Spell Sniper Prerequisite: The ability to cast at least one spell You have learned techniques to enhance your attacks with certain kinds ...
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Does Astral Projection spell fail if cast while on the Elemental Planes or Material Echo Planes (Shadowfell, Feywild)?

Further to the question: Can there be portals in the Astral Plane that lead to the Elemental Planes , I wanted to ask does Astral Projection spell fail if cast while on the Elemental Planes or ...
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Can a hasted steel defender benefit from its extra actions?

Haste provides an extra action that can be used to Attack (one weapon Attack only), Dash, Disengage, Hide, or Use an Object. In combat, the defender shares your initiative count, but it takes its ...
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When casting Faerie Fire from Ring of Shooting Stars, do you need to maintain concentration? [duplicate]

Ring of Shooting Stars says Faerie Fire: You can expend 1 charge as an action to cast Faerie Fire from the ring. Since it says you cast the spell from the ring, I wonder if you need to maintain ...
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Can there be portals in the Astral Plane that lead to the Elemental Planes?

In the spell description of Astral Projection (PHB pg 215) it indicates the following : Your astral form can freely travel through the Astral Plane and can pass through portals there to any other ...
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Does Heart of the Storm still trigger if the spell was countered?

The Storm Sorcerer has an ability called Heart of the Storm: At 6th level, you gain resistance to lightning and thunder damage. In addition, whenever you start casting a spell of 1st level or higher ...
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Was Summon Succubus errataed at some point?

The Summon Succubus spell for Wizard, printed in Dragon 385, seems to have some issues that my group is trying to figure out. Specifically, we've found two versions of the Intrinsic Nature, and they ...
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How to deal lightning damage with a tempest domain cleric?

Tempest domain clerics get the following feature at 6th level: Thunderous Strike. At 6th level, when you deal lightning damage to a Large or smaller creature, you can also push it up to 10 feet away ...
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Does Soulseeker work on undead?

Soulseeker can lead you to the location of a soul, and fails if the target soul is still alive or has been destroyed. But what if the soul belongs to an undead creature, such as a vampire, or, of ...
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How can I identify which spells are incompatible with Merciful Spell?

The answers to this question indicate that the Merciful Spell feat can't be used on Summon Monster spells, since they don't deal damage directly. This raises the question of which other spells are ...
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Can I enchant a necklace with the equivalent of a healing potion?

I know nothing of magic items really, especially custom ones, so I'm just going to describe an ideal scenario and I'd love some help in how something like it could be achieved, please! Am looking for ...
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How to determine if an animal is a familiar or a regular beast?

As a player (or DM) might use a familiar as a spy, are there ways, magical or otherwise to detect that a cat is a familiar, or just a house cat? I've read the answer to Are familiars considered ...
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Does Enervation bypass Evasion only when Enervation is upcast?

Enervation, a 5th level spell from Xanathar's Guide to Everything, has the following text: The target makes a Dexterity saving throw. On a successful save, the target takes 2d8 necrotic damage, and ...
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Mythic Black Tentacles vs. Freedom of Movement

My group has a question about Mythic Black Tentacles vs. Freedom of Movement. For reference: The important parts... From Black Tentacles: The tentacles can grapple creatures that are immune to ...
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Can a rogue use the Steady Aim optional class feature with attack spells? [closed]

Can a rogue use the Steady Aim optional class feature (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, p. 62) with attack spells?
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Is there a spell, ability or magic item that will let a PC identify who wrote a letter?

In my campaign my players are working for a secretive organisation, and gets their orders through a magical scroll that lets them send messages back and forth. There are two copies of the scroll, and ...
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Does a Ring of Mind Shielding affect the dream spell? [duplicate]

The party warlock recently acquired a ring of mind shielding in Tales from the Yawning Portal The party patron is a spellcaster who is in a city distant from them. She is about to contact them via ...
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Does Form Control change your available options with Wild Shape?

The Wild Shape feat gives you the Wild Shape order spell, which lets you turn into various forms that are found in polymorph spells. Precisely, Wild Shape grants you the forms in Pest Form on 1st ...
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Can a DND 5e “find familiar” fey creature put asleep with a “sleep” spell? [closed]

A fey creature conjured by a "Find Familiar" spell relates somehow to the racial trait "Fey Ancestry" of elves, which says: You have advantage on saving throws against being ...
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Can a warlock willingly limit the use of its magic power? [closed]

A warlock's pact magic spell slot levels power up by character level in DnD 5e. Must I burn the whole warehouse by using Burning Hands or can I limit range and power? Essential question if wood and ...
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Customizing Your Origin and Reincarnate

The druid spell Reincarnate says "The reincarnated creature recalls its former life and experiences. It retains the capabilities it had in its original form, except it exchanges its original race ...
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Best spells or powers for punishing anyone too close to me

I have a character with a reach of 20-25 feet depending on the buffs I have operational, with a specialty in grappling. The goal is to grab enemies and drag them to my space—and have my space, or ...
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Does Elemental Affinity apply to Create Bonfire? [duplicate]

Elemental Affinity Starting at 6th level, when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ancestry, add your Charisma modifier to that damage. At the same time, you ...
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Can a caster cast a sleep spell on themselves?

This question was asked for version 2E and the answer was yes. It's an interesting scenario as the caster is being attacked by multiple low hit point creatures. Can the caster cast sleep on themselves?...
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Blood transcription and multiple uses

Can the spell Blood Transcription be used multiple times on the same dead caster? How many spells can you gain temporary knowledge of at once?
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Can I use Zephyr Strike outside of combat to increase my running speed?

The spell Zephyr Strike, from XGE, has the following text: You move like the wind. Until the spell ends, your movement doesn’t provoke opportunity attacks. Once before the spell ends, you can give ...
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How does absorb elements work with pre-existing resistances

So I've looked around and can't find an answer that quite fits what I'm wondering. For example, if I were to already have fire resistance, and I get hit with a red dragon's fire breath, would casting ...
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Does Elemental Adept ignore Absorb Elements

Scenario: A sorcerer with Elemental Adept (Fire) casts Fireball at a wizard, who uses their reaction to cast absorb elements. The wizard claims that his spell protects him and he takes half damage (or ...
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I'm a lvl10 sorcerer: should I plan for Spell Sniper + Eldritch Adept to get a powerful cantrip? [closed]

I'm currently a level 10 Tiefling Sorcerer, playing my first game of D&D (5e). I'm mostly selecting spells for boon'ing party members, with a couple of save-or-suck spells in reserve + simple ...
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Polymorph and Subtypes with Supernatural special qualities

Suppose an Aasimar wizard turns 7th level and picks up the Polymorph spell. They turn into a Hound Archon. The Hound Archon has the Archon subtype, which includes supernatural special qualities. Does ...
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Command spell cast twice (PF2e)

Inspired by this question, and by the fact that it almost happened in a recent session. What happens if a target fails against two different Command spells that give different commands (say, approach ...

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