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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Can you bond a different spirit by re-casting Find Steed?

Find Steed allows you to summon a spirit that assumes the form of a steed, creating a long-lasting bond with it. You can't have more than one steed bonded by the spell. It also says: You can also ...
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Could a plasmoid gain 10' range with a touch spell using Shape Self?

The Plasmoid's Shape Self ability reads, in part: As a bonus action, you can extrude a pseudopod that is up to 6 inches wide and 10 feet long or reabsorb it into your body. As part of the same bonus ...
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Is this Soul Swap spell balanced?

The 9th spell level is a home to many of the spells from comics, movies and fairy tales, because they would be game breaking if they were available early on. We get the Merlin-and-Mim duel inspired ...
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When is Split Shot beneficial?

Split Shot seems very weak, if I spend a class feat and an action, I expect a big benefit. You fragment a ranged spell into a pair of smaller shots. If your next action is to Cast a Spell without a ...
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How can I make an ageless warlock?

I'm trying to make my warlock character ageless, is there any option to prevent death by aging without divine intervention or a Wish spell? I've seen What magic extends life or grants immortality?, ...
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While wearing an Amulet of Proof Against Detection and Location, can I cast Divination spells with a range of Self? [duplicate]

Consider the situation: I am wearing an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location, giving me the following effect: While wearing this amulet, you are hidden from divination magic. You can't be ...
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Can Alter Self give you hands on extra limbs?

Can the Change Appearance option of alter self be used to give a four-armed creature hands on those other arms? You transform your appearance...You can make yourself appear as a member of another ...
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Does the 'surface thoughts' aspect of Detect Thoughts allow a character to know what spells another creature has prepared?

Before a spellcaster can use a spell, he or she must have the spell firmly fixed in mind... (PHB, CH 10, Spellcasting, Known and Prepared Spells) A question came up in play last week along these ...
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Is a Reincarnated creature the same creature for the purpose of Scrying?

My pathfinder party have found themselves with a significant (100k Platinum) bounty on their head placed by one of the villains of the campaign. The bounty is a form of blackmail in an attempt to ...
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When summoned creatures are "defending themselves from hostile creatures" on a turn without commands, does this include taking Actions of any type?

The descriptions of many "Conjure ..." spells (e.g. Conjure Animals pp.225 PHB) contains text like this: If you don't issue any commands to them, they defend themselves from hostile ...
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At what level does the Sleep spell stop being effective?

Answering this homebrew question reminded me of the peculiar nature of the sleep spell -- on level one, it is an absolute beast: common opponents like kobolds or goblins have around half a dozen hp, ...
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How to effectively deal with advanced "remote control" tactics in dungeons?

D&D 5e comes with a number of spells and abilities that allow characters to scout ahead without any risk for life and limb. For example: As a wizard or warlock, you can have a familiar, and with ...
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Holy Water Elemental?

I'm playing an 11th-level Cleric and I just picked up the Bowl of Commanding Water Elementals in my game after a crazy encounter. During our downtime, I was thinking of using the ceremony spell to try ...
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Why would I prepare or cast Seal Fate?

Seal Fate is a 4th level spell, which gives the target weakness 2 for one type of damage. The save determines the duration: Critical Success The target is unaffected. Success The target gains ...
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Pearly White Aeon Stone + Spirit Link

Spirit Link: While the duration persists, you gain no benefit from regeneration or fast healing. The Pearly White Spindle does not use any of these phrases: When you invest this aeon stone, it ...
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How far does Ice Knife Spread on a large creature

The spell ice knife states: You create a shard of ice and fling it at one creature within range. Make a ranged spell attack against the target. On a hit, the target takes 1d10 piercing damage. Hit or ...
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Are there spells which cause hidden creatures to make a sound?

Inspired by this question about a homebrew spell, I was wondering if there are any official spells or abilities which cause either a target creature or creatures within an area to involuntarily make ...
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Dangerous Sorcery and persistent damage

(inspired by this answer) Dangerous Sorcery: When you Cast a Spell from your spell slots, if the spell deals damage and doesn’t have a duration, you gain a status bonus to that spell’s damage equal ...
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Is my homebrew Hiccupera spell any good?

I have designed this spell: Hiccupera transmutation cantrip Casting Time: 1 action Range: 60 ft Components: S, M (a spoonful of sugar) Duration: Concentration, up to 10 minutes Classes: Druid, Bard, ...
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Does the Wizard's Spell Mastery spells need to be prepared as a Wizard or can they be "known"?

At 18th level, a Wizard gains the feature Spell Mastery. It reads: At 18th level, you have achieved such mastery over certain spells that you can cast them at will. Choose a 1st-level wizard spell ...
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Does your hit die include your Constitution modifier for purpose of Wither and Bloom?

The wither and bloom spell says, in part: one creature of your choice in that area can spend and roll one of its unspent Hit Dice and regain a number of hit points equal to the roll plus your ...
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What effects not mentioned in its spell description does Greater Restoration cure?

The Greater Restoration spell cures many conditions in the worlds of D&D 5e. According to the spell description, these include: One effect that charmed or petrified the target One curse, ...
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Are there any non-concentration spells that consume a costly nonmagical component, besides True Seeing?

As per the title, limited to any official material published by WotC that isn't still in UA stages. I've scoured the wizard spells as best as I'm able and have only come up with True Seeing so far. ...
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Can you Misty Step past a Wall of Force? [duplicate]

A Wall of Force is invisible. Misty Step allows you to Teleport up to 30 feet to an unoccupied space that you can see. Can you Misty Step past a Wall of Force?
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Spell Targeting, Or: Can I use the fire bolt cantrip as a flare gun? [duplicate]

This is intended as a very general question on spell targeting but let's focus on a very specific example. The fire bolt cantrip description states: You hurl a mote of fire at a creature or object ...
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Do I and the target have to wear the platinum rings at casting time of Warding Bond?

The material components of Warding Bond are (emphasis mine) *- (a pair of platinum rings worth at least 50 gp each, which you and the target must wear for the duration) Since the description clearly ...
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Can Temple of the Gods be cast on a small floating area at sea?

Players want to cast Temple of the Gods on a small floating square at sea. (It involves the shape water cantrip, but I want to put that aside for this question). The spell says it requires to be cast ...
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Who holds the bond when the Warding Bond spell is cast through a familiar?

The text of the spell Find Familiar states (emphasis mine): when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. The spell Warding Bond's ...
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Can someone using a Detect Magic spell see a Subtle Spell being cast?

Can someone who has a detect magic spell up see someone (for example, a Sorcerer) casting a spell that has the Subtle Spell metamagic applied to it? Specifically, would the detector see the school of ...
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When using Telekinesis to lift an object, do you need to use your action to keep it in the air on subsequent rounds?

Telekinesis enables you to move an object up to 30ft in any direction, including upward. Once I have lifted the object up, on subsequent rounds do I need to use my action to keep it in the air? I can ...
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Can you use your bonus action to move, but not attack with, a spiritual weapon?

I realized something curious about the wording of spiritual weapon: As a bonus action on your turn, you can move the weapon up to 20 feet and repeat the attack against a creature within 5 feet of it. ...
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What spells are maximized on the Plane of Shadows?

The Plane of Shadows has the Enhanced Magic trait, with the effect that: Spells with the shadow descriptor are enhanced on the Plane of Shadow. Such spells are cast as though they were prepared with ...
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How to handle dispel magic on split objects from True Polymorph?

True Polymorph allows you to turn a creature into an object permanently, but you still can undo it with dispel magic or similar means and see through the change with true seeing. Otherwise, the object ...
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Moonbeam's Ghostly Light vs Invisibility

What happens when Moonbeam targets an area that contains an invisible creature? Moonbeam says When a creature enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, it is ...
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Is there a value limit on the objects True Polymorph creates?

True Polymorph has the option to transform a creature into an object that can not be larger than the creature. What about the object's value? Wish has a limit of 25,000 gp for on label use. Could ...
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True Polymorph + True Seeing = True Death? [duplicate]

The premise is 5e D&D, setting is FR, all published sources that aren't from another setting are valid, no UA, no 3rd party. I'm the sort of caster player that looks for the funky, outside uses of ...
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Can a Magic Jar-possessed body level up?

I was looking over the Magic Jar spell, and there are lots of ways to simulacrum and cheese and clone shenanigans. But I haven't seen this question yet and I was wondering... Simulacrums specifically &...
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Writing text anyone can understand as a Wizard

I'm playing D&D 5th Edition. I'm a wizard 8 / artificer 2 with access to 5th-level spells. For the purposes of this question, I can cast any spell that is in the wizard spell list that's 5th level ...
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Can I animate water with Shape Water to follow (and contain) an aquatic creature?

For example: I have primal companion "Beast of the Sea" that has only 5ft. speed on land, but 60ft. swim speed. The second effect of "Shape Water" says: You cause the water to ...
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Do either truesight or x-ray vision see through a prismatic wall?

We were fighting Vecna himself, and at one point had a prismatic wall up between us and Vecna. The prismatic wall says it creates "a vertical, opaque wall." Vecna's powers include truesight, ...
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Can anyone cast Guidance from a Pendant of the Occult?

Can a Fighter with a Pendant of the Occult invested cast Guidance, even if he normally does not have the Cast a Spell activity?
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In general, is an AOE's "or" inclusive or exclusive? [duplicate]

A few AOE spells use the wording "...when first entering the area ... or ending it's turn there". The question is, is this "or" inclusive, (A creature that enters and remains for ...
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Can I keep concentration on a spell and an ability that works like concentration? [duplicate]

I'm playing a ranger with the astral drifter background. The background gives me the magic initiate feat and I took hex, a concentration spell. The ranger has the optional feature of favored foe that ...
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When you use the Clone spell, will the command of Undead minions transfer to the clone?

I am currently playing in 5e campaign and a question came up regarding the transferable of command of undead servants. My Necromancer wants to live forever but not be a lich, so naturally the idea is ...
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Does Spare the Dying count as "stabilizing" or not?

The Healer's Kit says: As an Action, you can expend one use of the kit to stabilize a creature that has 0 Hit Points Whereas the cantrip Spare the Dying says: You touch a living creature that has ...
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Is Mind Sliver + Pact of the Chain Investment of Chain Master pseudodragon game breakingly OP?

The spell Mind Sliver's text says: You drive a disorienting spike of psychic energy into the mind of one creature you can see within range. The target must succeed on an Intelligence saving throw or ...
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Is Reaving Dispel strictly better than Greater Dispel Magic?

I've seen Reaving Dispel listed as a strictly superior (i.e. always better) replacement for Greater Dispel Magic, provided that you don't care about the spell slot cost difference. Having read the ...
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Could Locate Object be used to locate a portal?

The spell locate object states: "Alternatively, the spell can locate the nearest object of a particular kind, such as a certain kind of apparel, jewelry, furniture, tool, or weapon." I'm ...
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When using Air Walk and you're knocked out, do you fall?

Yes, the title is heavily inspired by the similar PF2 question about the Fly spell, with the difference that air walking is more walking than flying. While Air Walk is on... The subject can tread on ...
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Is a Phantom Steed affected by terrain?

The Phantom Steed spell describes a quasi-real mount (emphases mine): A Large quasi-real, horselike creature appears on the ground in an unoccupied space of your choice within range...The creature ...
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