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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Hallow spell blocking familiars/interactions with T1 party

I have a question regarding how a Hallow spell affects a T1 party. The most obvious interaction would seem to be blocking familiars since they are fey, fiend, or celestial. Does the Hallow spell with ...
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Does a creature under the effect of Motivational Speech still get advantage on their next attack if the spell ends for them?

The spell motivational speech (Acquisitions Incorporated, pg. 77) says: For the duration, each affected creature gains 5 temporary hit points and has advantage on Wisdom saving throws. If an affected ...
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How useful is the 5e 'Wish' spell ('Basic Use' version) for spell research?

The 5e Wish spell does, literally, whatever you wish, but for a price. The Basic Use version may be useful for instant spell research without the usual time / gold costs. Logically, one could use this ...
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In D&D 5e is there a spell or ability that mimics the D&D 2e Priest spell Combine?

In 2nd Ed there was a 1st LV spell called Combine. It allowed the caster to combine forces with other casters to increase the effective level of his Turning ability as well as increased his caster ...
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How many turns does it take for an unseen servant to pass a healing potion in combat?

The spell unseen servant reads: Once on each of your turns as a bonus action, you can mentally command the servant to move up to 15 feet and interact with an object. The servant can perform simple ...
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Does Locate Object work on polymorphed equipment?

The spell Locate Object says: You sense the direction to the object's location, as long as that object is within 1,000 feet of you. The spell Polymorph says: The target's gear melds into the new ...
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How many scrolls do I need to keep the spell Disguise Self all the time?

I plan to create a dragonborn wizard disguising as an elf as the society there is racist towards anyone but elves. Constraints: The character is level 1. I can't have any feat. As far as I know, I ...
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How does supernatural light interact with magical darkness, and vice versa?

Let's say a character has the exalted feat Nimbus of Light which makes him shed light: Your radiance sheds light as a common lamp: bright light to a radius of 5 feet and shadowy illumination to 10 ...
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Scribing a scroll with an enhanced Spell-Like Ability

Following up on my previous question regarding the scribing of Spell-Like Abilities, I'd like to know how feats that affect the SLA, such as Intensified SLA, Quicken SLA, etc., affect the scribing. ...
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Is this homebrew exfiltration spell balanced?

Dimensional Anchor 3rd Level Conjuration Casting Time: 1 action Range: self Components: V, S, M (a small, leaden nail worth 5gp) Duration: 1 minute You pound a nail into a point on a stationary ...
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Is there a way (other than using a wish spell) for a Wizard to cast Ranger spells?

Using a wish spell you can duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. However.. That's a pretty high lv spell for gaining the use of a 1-5 level Ranger spell. I couldn't find a version of ...
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Does casting dimension door or compulsion with the magic dagger Bookmark expend your bonus action and your action?

From Tomb of Annihilation, the description of the magic dagger Bookmark (p. 206) says: While you have the dagger drawn, you can use a bonus action to activate one of the following properties: Cast ...
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Can I use the haste action to break free of vines or similar things?

Haste states: Choose a willing creature that you can see within range. Until the spell ends, [...] it gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the Attack (...
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How does Invisibility work if you cast it while observed?

In PF2, undetected and hidden are distinct conditions. A literal reading of the invisibility spell suggests that, upon casting the spell, the caster automatically becomes undetected. Cloaked in ...
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Examples of the “powerful being” and the “attention” they give to an artifact being destroyed by Disjunction

So I was reading the description of mages disjunction trying to look for a way to make mechanics for rulebreaker from FSN and noticed it said that mages disjunction has a 1% chance per CL to destroy ...
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Is there an item that can cast Alter Self?

The 5th level party I DM for just found a Hat of Disguise. Our Rogue (Thief Archetype) is fascinated by the endless possibilities, but slightly put off by the shortcomings of the Disguise Self spell ...
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For the purpose of the Detect Magic and Identify spells, is a magic item that is currently out of power still treated as a magic item?

If a magic item runs on "Magic Batteries", when the item is out of power, would it be treated as a magic item for the purpose of the identify and detect magic spells? For example, I have a ...
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For a level 10 Swords bard with Crossbow Expert, Sharpshooter, when is it better for DPR to use Greater Invisibility vs. Swift Quiver?

The scene: A 10th-level College of Swords bard (includes Extra Attack). Crossbow Expert. Sharpshooter. 20 Dexterity. Hand crossbow +1. Intelligence is his dump stat so he needs to ask a friend what to ...
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Does the Hallow spell remove an existing charm/fear/possession effect from creatures that are already in its area when the spell is cast?

Part of the description of the hallow spell includes the following effect (emphasis mine): First, celestials, elementals, fey, fiends, and undead can't enter the area, nor can such creatures charm, ...
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Transmutation, polymorph, wild shape, and alternate form

The Pathfinder rules are quite clear on what happens when you combine polymorph effects with size-changing effects. Namely, the size-changing effects do not function while a character is under the ...
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What happens when greater restoration is cast on a creature cursed by an item into being undead?

A little backstory: My group is campaigning into a village that has been usurped by a peasant wielding a jar that "collects" souls to power a Lich's phylactery and it is almost full. The ...
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What does the spell Compelled Duel actually do?

After reading through the description of the spell compelled duel, it seems as though the spell does not actually say what it does with respect to restricting the movement of the target creature. Let'...
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How does the Dimensional Loop's Fold Space ability interact with areas of effect?

The magic item Dimensional Loop (Acquisitions Incorporated, pg. 220) has an ability called Fold Space which says: Choose a space you can see within 60 feet of you (no action required). You treat that ...
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What's a Shadow Weapon's hardness?

The first-level spell shadow weapon creates an illusionary weapon the caster can wield. Consequently, the weapon thereby produced may find itself subjected to all manner of hostile effects by enemies ...
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Scribing a scroll with a Spell-Like Ability

Magic Items A spell prerequisite may be provided by a character who has prepared the spell (or who knows the spell, in the case of a sorcerer or bard), or through the use of a spell completion or ...
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How does Mythic Haste interact with 1 round spells?

Mythic Haste states: Affected creatures gain an additional move action each round. The rules for casting spells state: A spell that takes 1 round to cast is a full-round action. It comes into ...
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Can a quasi-real shadow weapon be broken?

I am building an oracle with the Wrecker curse, which states: Held objects gain the broken condition when you use or equip them but regain their actual condition if employed by anyone else. If a held ...
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How much control does a player have over the Infestation cantrip?

While searching XGE for interesting passages, I took another look at the spell Infestation to better understand it: You cause a cloud of mites, fleas, and other parasites to appear momentarily on one ...
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Does a target affected by the Compulsion spell have to take the Dash action?

The description of the compulsion spell states: [...] Until the spell ends, you can use a bonus action on each of your turns to designate a direction that is horizontal to you. Each affected target ...
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Is it possible for a caster to have 2 castings of Foresight active?

The Foresight spell specifically includes the following caveat: This spell immediately ends if you cast it again before its duration ends. Looking at this, I figured the only way to avoid that issue ...
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Is this homebrew 'Envision' spell balanced?

I am making a Divination Wizard, and looking to try and create a combat useful Divination spell for each level. Envision is my attempt at a level 3 spell. ENVISION 3rd-level Divination Casting Time: ...
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What would happen if you cast Simulacrum on a shapechanger?

While there are many kinds of shapechangers in the D&D universe, such as vampires, lycanthropes (all of them), imps, doppelganger and changelings, there isn't much said about how they interact ...
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Does the Elemental Adept (fire) feat apply to the Flame Strike spell's radiant damage?

I noticed that the Elemental Adept feat states (emphasis mine): [...] when you roll damage for a spell you cast that deals damage of that type, you can treat any 1 on a damage die as a 2. [...] Does ...
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Do Fire Shield of fire and Fire Shield of ice stack? [duplicate]

If I cast Fire Shield for fire and ice, will they stack?
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Can the Hexblade warlock's Armor of Hexes feature be used to cancel a ranged spell attack?

Can Armor of Hexes be used to cancel a ranged spell attack like scorching ray? Does one ray count as an attack roll because you roll to hit? The Hexblade warlock's Armor of Hexes feature says (XGtE, p....
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Can a lock be frozen to be more easily broken?

Can a lock be cooled enough to make it easier to break? Because in real life cooling metal can make it brittle, and as a player with no lockpicking skills, i need an alternative way to break locks. If ...
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Can you attack a creature behind a Wall of Sand?

Wall of Sand's description reads as follows (emphasis mine): You conjure up a wall of swirling sand on the ground at a point you can see within range. You can make the wall up to 30 feet long, 10 ...
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A way to get out of taking Cloud of Daggers damage?

Suppose Alice, Charlie, and Bob are in combat (in that order). Alice casts Cloud of Daggers centered on Bob. This question explains that Bob takes no damage (yet), as merely creating the area doesn't ...
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Does Message allow me to ensure I am talking to a particular person?

Message: You point your finger toward a creature within range and whisper a message. The target (and only the target) hears the message and can reply in a whisper that only you can hear. You can cast ...
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Rogue sneak attack and what does it mean to be an enemy? [duplicate]

The Rogue can sneak attack if another enemy of the target is within 5 feet of it. What constitutes being an enemy - Hostile intent or hostile actions or just being a passive ally? An ally of the ...
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What Illusion spell would allow me to trick two enemies into fighting each other?

Is there a good spell or combination of spells that will allow me to cause opponents to see their allies as the enemies they are fighting? Either one on one or in groups? The intention is to make ...
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Does the Bestow Curse spell add 1d8 necrotic damage to spells that normally do not deal damage?

The fourth option for the spell bestow curse (PHB, pg. 218) reads: While the target is cursed, your attacks and spells deal an extra 1d8 necrotic damage to the target. Does this extra 1d8 damage ...
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Can an Illusion wizard make invisibility “real”?

If a level 20 Wizard (School of Illusion) casts Invisibility on a creature and then uses its 14th level ability illusory reality to make the invisibility "real", what happens?
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Can I Misty Step off of the ethereal plane?

If I am on the ethereal plane and I can see the material plane, can I cast misty step to teleport back?
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Does a Morkoth's Spell Reflection work against AOE spells like Fireball?

The Morkoth (Volo's Guide to Monsters page 177-178) has a reaction called "Spell Reflection." Spell Reflection. If the morkoth makes a successful saving throw against a spell, or a spell ...
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If the Bestow Curse spell causes me to do extra damage, does the target's death trigger the Necromancy wizard's Grim Harvest feature?

In D&D 5e using a wizard of the School of Necromancy: If I cast bestow curse on a monster, then kill it with a crossbow, would it trigger the Grim Harvest feature due to the extra 1d8 damage? Does ...
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Is this addition to the spell Negative Energy Flood balanced?

In this question I outlined an inconsistency in the RAW interpretation of the spell Negative Energy Flood (XGtE, pg. 163): a size Large or larger creature killed by it rises as a size Medium zombie. ...
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Does a size large or larger creature killed by Negative Energy Flood rise as a medium sized zombie?

The spell Negative Energy Flood (XGtE pg. 163) states: A target killed by this damage rises up as a zombie at the start of your next turn. And also, Statistics for the zombie are in the Monster ...
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Is this Cloud of Mage Hands spell balanced as a 3rd-level wizard spell?

I am creating a new arcane tradition for the wizard in dnd 5e. This arcane tradition is focused on spells that summons Hands, like Mage Hand and Bigby's Hand. Since there are not many "hand" ...
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Can spiritual weapon continue to be used if caster is silenced? [duplicate]

if a cleric is silenced after casting spiritual weapon, can they continue to use their bonus action to move and attack with the spiritual weapon. Or does the cleric need to use verbal means to ...

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