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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How can a DM make this wish go wrong? [duplicate]

If a player were to wish with this wording: "I wish for my wishes to be fulfilled exactly as I mean them to be, never taxing on me and never causing me to lose anything" Does this cover the ...
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Can Tides of Chaos reset in one turn?

The rules for Tides of Chaos are: Starting at 1st level, you can manipulate the forces of chance and chaos to gain advantage on one attack roll, ability check, or saving throw. Once you do so you ...
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When do you decide variable material components for Restoration in a ring of spell storing?

The Ring of Spell Storing allows you to store any spell by casting it into the ring as the spell would normally be cast, presumably expending any material components required at this time as general ...
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Glyphs of warding size

How big does a Glyph of Warding need to be? Its description says: When you cast this spell, you inscribe a glyph that later unleashes a magical effect. You inscribe it either on a surface (such as a ...
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Impacts of managing all similar spell like Moonbeam or Flaming sphere

A few things really bothers me in this game, one of them is the fact that static area damage spells can work in many different way for seemingly no reason. What I'd call damage timing : When does an ...
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Multiple attacks against unaware targets

Searching for how to handle all surprise scenarios, I still have one question. Say that the PC is sneaking up on enemies/enemy and silent-cast Dissonant whispers. You whisper a discordant melody that ...
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Mythic Racial Ability

In PathFinder-1e by RAW, a Devil with See In Darkness (Su), who also has levels in a mythic class, still seems to be hindered by a mythic darkness spell. Is there a way to be able to make race or ...
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Can someone with Devil's Sight see inside a Fog Cloud spell while a sphere of Darkness remains at the centre of the fog?

Basically, in a session, we had the party come up against a group of Bugbears who attacked the party in an ambush. In a moment of haste, the party's warlock cast Fog Cloud to help obscure against the ...
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What is the interaction between green-flame blade and mirror image?

We are planning an attack on our nemesis. Intelligence efforts indicate that the enemy can use mirror image. I have green-flame blade. As we thought through our tactics the question came up: Would ...
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Does shoving a creature end the effect of the Hypnotic Pattern spell on them?

The Telekinetic Feat (TCoE, p81) says that: As a bonus action, you can try to telekinetically shove one creature you can see within 30 feet of you. When you do so, the target must succeed on a ...
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Misty Step and Manifest Mind Order of scribes [duplicate]

The Order of Scribe's wizard's level 6 feature Manifest Mind (TCoE, p.78) states (emphasis mine): Whenever you cast a wizard spell on your turn, you can cast it as if you were in the spectral mind's ...
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Can I disintegrate my enemy's weapons?

Our party is planning to fight a powerful demon with dual-wielded vorpal weapons (I only have limited knowledge of its stat block, so no spoilers please). Those weapons terrify me. We're planning ways ...
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Can I stack the duration time of Animate Dead?

Animate Dead can reassert control over undead you created. It spells: The creature is under your control for 24 hours, after which it stops obeying any command you've given it. To maintain control of ...
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What abilities does a similacrum of a summoned creature possess?

I was trying to work out the effects of creating a similacrum based on a summoned creature. I had a few questions that I could not resolve. First and foremost was if the abilities of the similacrum ...
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What happens if you use the control water spell on a living creature?

So I was play testing a monster and it was made of water. The character I was using had the control water spell so I am wondering what would happen if I was to use that spell on a living monster such ...
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Repercussions of creating Simulacra of Couatl, Astral Deva, or Dimensional Shambler

Suppose a character gets their hands on a wand of Simulacrum with only a single charge left. This character is wise enough to visit a library before using it so they know the full effects of the spell ...
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Converting Purify Food and Drink to more useful units [closed]

The Situation: The party warlock (Pact of the Tome) has recently acquired the Purify Food and Drink spell as a ritual in his Book of Ancient Secrets. The party has just destroyed a hobgoblin base. ...
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Two instances of Haste with one ending? [duplicate]

If a creature has two instances of Haste cast on it, and the first one ends, does the character suffer of lethargy? Relevant rules I can find: “Combining Magical Effects” (PHB 205). The effects of ...
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How balanced is the UA Draconic Options Nathair's Mischief?

Nathair's Mischief is a spell from the relatively new UA Draconic Options, p 6. How balanced is it in its current iteration when compared to similar options published in non-playtest material and does ...
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Are there any effects in the game that would cause a necromancer to lose control over the undead he created with animate dead?

Animate Dead says: The creature is under your control for 24 hours, after which it stops obeying any command you've given it. To maintain control of the creature for another 24 hours, you must cast ...
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Empower maximized intensified spell. How do they all stack

If I have a spell that has all 3 of these metamagics applied, how do they stack? Shocking grasp for example. 5d6, does it turn into 10d6 from intense, then is maximized for 60+5d6 (empowered) Or are ...
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How much HP is healed by a Life Transference cast by an Abjuration Wizard who has an Arcane Ward up? And can the damage it causes be taken by another?

Life Transference was introduced in Xanathar's Guide to Everything (Page 160) and allows a caster to take necrotic damage to heal another for double the damage taken. Unique in being the only healing ...
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If there is no other enemy within 5 feet of the initial target of the Green-Flame Blade cantrip, must the fire leap to a friendly creature in range?

When I use the green-flame blade cantrip to attack a creature, then it can bounce the flame to a creature within 5 feet of my target. If there is no enemy within 5 feet of my target, but there is a ...
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What happens when meld into stone is cast through a familiar's touch?

Meld into stone is a touch-range spell that melds the caster with the stone that he or she touches for the duration of the spell. When the spell ends, the caster exits the stone at the place entered. ...
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Multiple instances of the spell of Animate Dead and bonus action scope

If you cast Animate Dead, that allows you to use a bonus action to command any creature you made from "this spell". Do multiple instances of the effects created by the spell named Animate ...
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Which spells are “on the sorcerer spell list” for an Aberrant Mind or Clockwork Soul sorcerer?

Some magical items, such as spell scrolls, work only if a given spell is on the caster's spell list. For example, the description of a spell scroll states: A spell scroll bears the words of a single ...
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How does oracle's burden interact with the god-meddled curse?

Oracle's Burden makes The target creature suffers all the hindrances and none of the benefits of your oracle’s curse class feature. The God-Meddled Curse does Bizarre side effects occur whenever ...
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Do warlocks require alchemist's supplies to cast healing elixir? [duplicate]

I play a Celestial Warlock in a campaign we just started, who took healing elixir (link to Unearthed Arcana document) as one of his first spells to support our party. I plan to expand into Divine Soul ...
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How do Resurrection spells work with someone who has died of old age?

In a campaign I run, one of the characters faces the real danger of succumbing to a curse that will add enough age to them that they would easily exceed their race's life expectancy. The curse ...
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Can I Help my Bigby's Hand shove a creature off of a ledge?

Situation Lore Bard, level 10, Magical Secrets choices are Bigby's Hand and Wall of Force. Known opponents include giants (Frost and Hill). We are in mountainous terrain. I suspect that we'll have ...
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Is Zone of Truth not always easily defeated?

I had a very interesting discussion with my players on the effects of the Zone of Truth in D&D 5e. They have committed a murder / killing in self defense and will be tried for it and we talked ...
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If spiritual weapon allowed you to use spells with it would it be broken? Yes, but if I put this limit on it would it still be?

I am toiling with a spiritual weapon-based subclass homebrew idea. In the base game, the way you would use spiritual weapon would be alongside a cantrip or weapon attack. This is because you can't use ...
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Can mage hand to fly up over floor to 10-20 feet?

In RAW, Mage Hand is "A spectral, floating hand appears at a point you choose within range". But what is it "floating"? Can hand fly up to 10-20 feet over the floor? With payload (...
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Question about Guards and Wards confusion effect

The 6th level Sorcerer/Wizard spell Guards and Wards features a confusion effect, quoted from the text it states: Confusion Where there are choices in direction—such as a corridor intersection or ...
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Can you Heighten the fear spell to level 2 or level 4? What happens when you do?

Really, the fear spell is just an example and this can be generalized to other spells, but let's look at this spell in particular. Cast at 1st level, fear targets 1 creature, and, looking at its ...
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Would DnD 5e style heightening unbalance the game?

Non-damaging spells like Fear, Slow and Haste increase the target count when heightened. However, not linearly as Hold Person or Blindness does in DnD 5e (+1 target / level) but quite randomly: Fear ...
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Homebrew review of “Artistic Muse” transmutation spell

The spell is an attempt to give more freedom to the player and allow for better RP without giving OP tools or weapons. It is directed toward high fantasy settings with very common magic. The idea ...
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Does a player character automatically know the cost of their spell components?

I have seen powerful spells that require a material component that costs a fair number of gold pieces. If a character chooses one of these spells, do they know what the cost is?
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Iron Flask and spell-summoned creatures

If I'm a wizard on the material plane and I cast Summon Lesser Demons, then capture one of the demons with an Iron Flask, what happens to the captured demon when the spell ends one hour later? Does it ...
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If I cast the Levitate spell on another creature, how much control do I have over the target's height in the air?

If I cast levitate on a creature, then stop concentrating on the spell while the creature is in the air, the creature would slowly float down to the ground, according to the spell description. Say I ...
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A way that allows a magic user to teleport a party without travelling with them

I am trying to work out a way for an NPC wizard to teleport the players to another location on the same plane, but without using a teleport circle and without having to travel with them himself. This ...
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When can you “resist” a dimensional lock?

The spell Dimensional lock has the following description: You create a shimmering emerald barrier that completely blocks extradimensional travel. Forms of movement barred include astral projection, ...
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Do either the Squeeze spell or the compression ability allow you to stay in a smaller space while standing still?

In Pathfinder, there are two abilities that allow moving through spaces that are too small without taking penalties. One is the squeeze spell; the other is the compression ability which some monsters ...
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Does Tenser's Transformation force damage work vs. Rakshasa?

Within D&D 5e rules system, Rakshasa has "Limited Magic Immunity" that makes it immune to level 6 spells and lower unless it wishes to be affected. Tenser's Transformation buffs the ...
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Does the speed of the Fly spell increase based on bonuses to my land speed?

Fly gives you a speed based on your land speed: The target can soar through the air, gaining a fly Speed equal to its Speed or 20 feet, whichever is greater. My base speed is 25, I have Longstrider ...
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Does an enemy have to make the save against the Spirit Guardians spell if the caster moves within 15 feet of the enemy? [duplicate]

Does the Spirit Guardians spell trigger its saving throw if you, as the caster, close the 15-ft. gap? Or only when the enemy uses its movement to come into the spell's radius? Spirit Guardians says: ...
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When an NPC is under the effect of Dominate Person, can they cast spells under orders?

If a PC casts dominate person on an NPC, can they (the PC) require the NPC to cast spells? Some of the spells I had in mind were fireball, dominate, etc.
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How do I deal with instant-solution spells like Comprehend Languages?

I'm DM-ing an upcoming campaign and am considering banning or nerfing spells like Comprehend Languages because they can be used to instantly solve potentially interesting problems like reading an ...
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How does Whirlwind Strike interact with True Strike?

I have a Barbarian with Runescarred dedication. He is hasted and casts true strike and then makes a whirlwind strike. Whirlwind strike takes 3 actions but is essentially one strike (from feat name and ...
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Does Nondetection block all Divination magic or only scrying? [duplicate]

In 5e, the wording of the spell is "The target can't be targeted by any divination magic or perceived through magical scrying sensors." Does this mean that Divination spells such as Guidance ...

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