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 does the spell command work?

If someone uses the spell command and says "drop" would you drop your backpack as well and all its contents or just whats in your hands?
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How do the Etherealness and Banishment spells interact?

The etherealness spell states: You remain in the Border Ethereal for the duration or until you use your action to dismiss the spell... I am aware that the spell does not allow you to go back and ...
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How game-breaking would a house-rule letting spellcasters prepare new spells at any time be?

Spellcasters that prepare spells have nearly identical rulings when and how they can do so (emphasis mine): You can change your list of prepared spells when you finish a long rest. Preparing a ...
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How far into the Ethereal Plane does the See Invisibility spell let you see?

This question was inspired by comments on this question: "Does the Robe of Eyes extend your vision while on the Ethereal Planes?". Page 48 of the DMG states: The Ethereal Plane is a misty, fog-...
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Can a Magic Mouth spell activate a Mirror of Life Trapping?

In previous editions a Magic Mouth spell could not be used to trigger an object, but in 5e it's not quite as clear. I'm designing a scenario where a crew of thieves enter a Mirror of Life Trapping, ...
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Do the extra spells from the XGtE ranger archetypes expend a spell slot when cast?

In XGtE the Ranger Archetypes are awarded additional spells at specific levels. For example the Monster Slayer archetype receives Protection from Evil and Good at 3rd level. XGtE states The spell ...
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What happens if you Teleport into a wall?

A Wizard casts the Teleport spell, and the DM rolls "Off-Target" such that the destination moves to be in a wall, or other solid obstruction. What happens? Is the Wizard Instantly killed? Shifted ...
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How is the damage divided when using the Elemental Spell metamagic feat with Flame Strike?

How is the damage divided when using the Elemental Spell metamagic feat with Flame Strike? Elemental Spell says: Choose one energy type: acid, cold, electricity, or fire. You may replace a spell’...
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Can you sustain a spell multiple times per turn?

For example, if I sustain the Flaming Sphere spell, I can use it to damage an opponent. Can I sustain it 3 times per turn, to deal damage 3 times?
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Can more than one wizard copy a spell from a spellbook?

In the PLAYER'S HANDBOOK you can copy a spell into your own spellbook. In the DMG (p200) if a spell is copied from a scroll, the scroll is destroyed. If a spell is copied from a spellbook however, ...
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Is this change to the Magic Initiate feat unbalancing?

The Magic Initiate feat states: Choose a class: bard, cleric, druid, sorcerer, warlock, or wizard. You learn two cantrips of your choice from that class's list. In addition, choose one 1st level ...
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Can a Pact of the Tome warlock scribe a scroll from their ritual book that they don't otherwise know?

Say I’m a Pact of the Tome warlock with the Book of Ancient Secrets invocation. I have Detect Magic in my Book of Shadows as a ritual spell. I otherwise don’t know Detect Magic. Can I make a scroll ...
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If a Dragon under the effects of their Change Shape feature is cloned, can the cloned Dragon revert to their true form?

Some dragons have the Change Shape feature. For example, the Ancient Gold Dragon's Change Shape feature reads as follows: Change Shape. The dragon magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast that ...
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Is my soulless catatonic body a valid target for the Imprisonment spell?

I want to cast Magic Jar to transfer my soul into a gem, then possess someone, then cast Imprisonment on my now-soulless body to store it safely and be able to carry it everywhere with me in case my ...
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Can a gem used as the material component for the Magic Jar spell also be used for the Imprisonment spell?

I want to cast Magic Jar to transfer my soul into a gem, then possess someone, then cast Imprisonment (using the Minimus Containment option) on my now-soulless body to store it safely into the same ...
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Would a house rule letting anyone cast their ritual spells as rituals be game-breaking?

By default, there are limited ways for characters in D&D 5E to cast ritual-tagged spells as rituals. Either they choose a class with the Ritual Casting feature, choose warlock with the Book of ...
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What does the Gentle Repose spell do that allows Raise Dead-type spells to work later?

I got into an odd debate and now Im wondering exactly how gentle repose is supposed to work in game. So it started when I asked if gentle repose would increase the length of time it was possible to ...
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How does targeting work when casting the Call Lightning spell through Glyph of Warding?

The Call Lightning spell targets an area, then the caster chooses a point in that area and anybody within a 5-foot radius of that point is damaged. Then on each of their turns, the caster can use an ...
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Can True Polymorph create creatures with the Spellcasting feature?

One notable limitation of the Shapechange spell reads as follows: You transform into an average example of that creature, one without any class levels or the Spellcasting trait. However, True ...
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Is there a limit on how long the casting (speaking aloud part of the spell) of Wish can be?

The wording of spell Wish is: "Wish is the mightiest spell a mortal creature can cast. By simply speaking aloud, you can alter the very foundations of reality in accord with your desires..." Is ...
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Does an object count as “being moved” when placed in a Bag of Holding before its wielder moves, and then after moving they take the object out again?

Context The Eldritch Knight in my game is looking for ways to make the spell magic circle be used quickly in battle, since casting it takes one minute. He came up with casting glyph of warding on his ...
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Is the “Find Greater Steed” Spell affected by Barovian Magic Alterations?

So, in Curse of Strahd there's this thing called "Alterations to magic" which causes spells to take an evil turn. For instance, a wizard casting Mage Hand will find himself with an skeletal hand ...
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Do ability scores have any effect on casting the Wish spell?

Is a sorcerer able to cast wish in the same way and as effectively as a wizard can? Recently, I had a friendly argument. I wrote my hypothetical wish somewhere around draconic sorcerer level 3. Being ...
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In what ways can a Non-paladin access Paladin spells?

What different options are available (in the published materials of D&D 5e: rulebooks, UA, etc) for a Non-paladin to access Paladin-specific spells? Notes Only spells that are unique to the ...
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Can you use a melee spell attack with the Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack?

The Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack feature states: You can use your action to make a melee attack against any number of creatures within 5 feet of you, with a separate attack roll for each target....
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Does Swashbuckler's Fancy Footwork apply if the attack was made with Booming Blade?

The Roguish Archetype Swashbuckler (SCAG/XGtE) has the following feature: Fancy Footwork When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you learn how to land a strike and then slip away without ...
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Can either the Nondetection or Mind Blank spells prevent information about oneself being divined from others through the Legend Lore spell?

Can either the Nondetection or Mind Blank spells prevent information about oneself being divined from others through the Legend Lore spell? In this instance, the party was trying to legend lore the ...
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How many spells can a level 1 wizard learn?

I’m kind of new to the game and I want to make a wizard, but I can’t understand the part of the hero’s handbook (pg.29) where it says: “Pick a number of spells from this page equal to 3 + INT” I have ...
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Does the Green Flame-Blade cantrip work with the Zephyr Strike spell?

Does the Green-Flame Blade cantrip work with the Zephyr Strike spell? Specifically, I am unsure as to whether the Zephyr Strike spell (XGtE, p. 171) requires you take the Attack action. Its ...
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Can a character replace their Magic Initiate spells using the Spellcasting feature? [duplicate]

The feat Magic Initiate lets you learn a 1st level spell: You learn that spell and can cast it at its lowest level. Once you cast it, you must finish a long rest before you can cast it again using ...
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Can an ally use your Shadow Blade without it dissipating?

Xanathar's Guide to Everything includes the spell shadow blade, which seems intended to be used only by the caster. It creates an actual weapon (XGtE, p. 164): You weave together threads of ...
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Does the Temple of the Gods spell nullify critical hits?

I am already aware of this other question "Can a Lore bard's Cutting Words feature cancel a critical hit?" And do not believe it answers my question as this spell specifically mentions the d20. The ...
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How to deal with darkness spells and spell-like abilities, such as Darkness or Deeper Darkness?

Every adventurer lurking through dungeons risks getting caught in one of the darkness spells, such as Darkness or Deeper Darkness. Not being able to see anything because of such spells is a sure way ...
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Can my familiar turn me invisible?

If, as a multiclassed wizard/druid, I have an imp familiar from the find familiar spell and I wild shape into a rat, can the imp hold me and turn invisible?
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How many Hit Dice of undead does an acquired scroll of Animate Dead raise?

Animate dead is one of the few spells which has a variable cost to its casting, as it's based entirely on the amount of HD you are going to raise with the casting, which is partly dependent on the CL. ...
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Can you copy a Tiny Hut spell onto a Medium-sized mount from the Find Steed spell?

Tiny hut is a "self"-target spell that allows the target (typically one's self) to exist in the hut with up to 9 other Medium creatures. Find steed allows spells that only target yourself to be ...
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Can the witch hex “Gift of Consumption” be combined with Fortitude (Harmless) spells?

The description of the Gift of Consumption (Su) hex says: The witch curses a creature to share any effects that target her vitality. Whenever the witch is exposed to an effect that requires her ...
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Can an Evocation Wizard that casts Wish to duplicate Chaos Bolt add their Intelligence modifier to the damage?

The Evocation Wizard gets the Empowered Evocation feature which states: Beginning at 10th level, you can add your Intelligence modifier to one damage roll of any wizard evocation spell you cast. ...
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Does climb speed from other sources stack with the climb speed from the Spider Climb spell?

Spider climb doesn't say how your base climb is affected, so I’m confused. Does it stack, does the larger amount override the smaller, or does spider climb just overwrite it, period? For example a ...
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Can you really not grapple/shove using the Haste spell's Attack action? [duplicate]

The haste spell's description states: it gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the Attack (one weapon attack only), Dash, Disengage, Hide, or Use an ...
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Does the Haste spell's hasted action allow you to make multiple unarmed strikes? Or none at all?

The Haste spell states that you can take the Attack (one weapon attack only), Dash, Disengage, Hide, or Use an Object action. (emphasis mine) But we know that "weapon attacks" and "melee weapon ...
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Could this aspect of the environment in Out of the Abyss cause this effect for a person inside the area of the Leomund's Tiny Hut spell?

We are playing the Out of the Abyss campaign. I'm using spoiler tags to hide this general detail about the campaign from potential players. Could environmental aspect (A) cause effect (B) for a ...
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Is there any way without multiclassing for a Warlock of the Fiend to learn the Blink spell?

As the title implies, I'm wondering if there is any way for a Warlock of the Fiend to learn the spell Blink preferably without multiclassing. I have some plans with the spell but as far as I have been ...
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Bardic abilities requiring concentration with respect to the Melodic Casting feat

According to the feat Melodic Casting in Complete Mage on page 44 it states: ...In addition, you can cast spells and activate magic items by command word or spell completion while using a bardic ...
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Can you use the Seeking Spell metamagic feat with the spell Fireball?

The Seeking Spell metamagic feat says: In order to benefit from this feat, the selected spell must have a range greater than touch and target one or more creatures, or it must require the ...
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Does Stone Golem skin count as “a point on a stone surface” for the Passwall spell?

Is it possible to create a passwall through the Stone Golem body with the Passwall spell?
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How does the Split Ray metamagic feat apply to the Light of Lunia spell?

I stumbled across the Light of Lunia spell in the Spell Compendium (p. 132), and was wondering how exactly Metamagic would apply to it. Split Ray in particular interests me, as I would love a way to ...
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Can you use the Prestidigitation cantrip to replace bathing and washing your clothes while wearing them?

Can you use the Prestidigitation cantrip to replace bathing and washing your clothes while wearing them? I'm so sorry, but this was brought up and we had a 30-minute discussion in game; inquiring ...
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What comes first: A Berserker Barbarian's Retaliation attack or a Concentration Check?

Let us assume there is a Berserker Barbarian who is currently concentrating on a smite spell such as wrathful smite. Because they are concentrating on a spell the following applies: Whenever you ...
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When does the Shocking Grasp spell actually start preventing the target from taking reactions? [duplicate]

I have now asked my "real" question (one whose answer effectively answers this question) here ("Are getting hit and taking damage simultaneous events"). The shocking grasp spell's description states:...