Questions tagged [spells]

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What would happen if you cast true polymorph in a creature affected by the Enlarge/Reduce spell? [duplicate]

Partially inspired by this answer, what size of an object could you create with True Polymorph if the target was affected by Enlarge/Reduce? And what size would the object be after Enlarge/Reduce ...
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Magic Missile vs damage thresholds

The Dungeon Master's Guide has the following rule for objects (p.246): Damage Threshold. Big objects such as castle walls often have extra resilience represented by a damage threshold. An object ...
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Does the spell Earth Tremor require loose stone?

The condition for the second effect of Earth Tremor reads (emphasis mine): If the ground in that area is loose earth or stone Loose earth is adequately explained in this question referencing the ...
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Does Augury account for feelings as well as actions?

Today as a DM I ran into my first player casting the augury spell. By casting gem-inlaid sticks, rolling dragon bones, laying out ornate cards, or employing some other divining tool, you receive an ...
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Would it be balanced to increase the Spell Level of Hypnotic Pattern?

To me, Hypnotic Pattern seems quite strong for a 3rd Level Spell. The main reason I think so is that it can affect a huge number of targets, and a creature that fails the saving throw will not get ...
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Are the instructions given in the “Planar Binding” spell part of the casting time, or can instructions be amended during the spell duration?

The Planar Binding spell is a 5th level abjuration with verbal, somatic and material components and a casting time of 1 hour that allows the target a Charisma saving throw. If the target fails the ...
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Can the target of a “Planar Binding” spell be forced to perform an obviously harmful or suicidal command?

The Planar Binding spell has no text excluding "obviously harmful" or "suicidal" instructions. On the other hand, all of the following spells do have such text: Command (1st level enchantment), ...
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Is it possible for the target of “Planar Binding” to unintentionally violate an instruction? [closed]

If an entity fails its Charisma check against "Planar Binding", is it possible for it to unintentionally violate the instructions, or does the magic of the spell make it impossible for this to happen? ...
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Does the target of “Planar Binding” experience an irresistible compulsion?

If the target of Planar Binding fails its Charisma saving throw, it "must follow your instructions to the best of its ability". How does the target experience the "must" portion of the effect? Do ...
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How does the target of “Planar Binding” subjectively experience the effects of the spell? [closed]

If the target of Planar Binding fails its Charisma saving throw, it "must follow your instructions to the best of its ability". How does the target experience the effects of the spell? What is the ...
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What can be done to a Scrying sensor?

The spell scrying states: On a failed save, the spell creates an invisible sensor within 10 feet of the target. You can see and hear through the sensor as if you were there. The sensor moves with ...
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Can a Gargantuan creature be shoved into a Demiplane using the Polymorph spell and then released into a different plane of existence?

For context, my party is going to face a Gargantuan (20 by 20 ft. or larger) creature with obscene levels of health. The polymorph spell description says, in part: This spell transforms a creature ...
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How does the spell Siphon work for a caster who is both spontaneous and able to cast prepared spells?

If I have a multiclassed spellcaster (both spontaneous and able to cast prepared spells), can I use Siphon (Complete Scoundrel, p. 102) to regain one or more spell slot/s of any class I wish? Or Is ...
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As a GM, how do you decide when a creature has discerned an illusion for what it is? [closed]

Many illusion spells, such as minor illusion and silent image have a clause that reads: If a creature discerns the illusion for what it is, the illusion becomes faint to the creature. The ...
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Can a Human use the Disguise Self spell to appear like a Grung?

Can a Human use the Disguise Self spell to appear like a Grung? I want to pretend I'm the grung goddess Nangnang, and I thought of using Disguise Self to make that illusion. My party will support me ...
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Does the Detect Evil and Good spell see through a Night Hag's Etherealness?

I'm in a weird spot with my D&D 5e campaign, where my party is taking on a night hag. They are level 5 adventurers. They have no access to the see invisibility spell currently, since the only ...
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Does the Moonbeam spell's damage get re-rolled each turn?

Say the moonbeam spell is cast, a creature starts its turn within the beam of light, and the radiant damage is rolled. The creature then moves out of the beam. On the caster's turn, they move the beam ...
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Does making an attack with a previously cast Spiritual Weapon spell cause the Invisibility spell to end?

Suppose a character casts the spiritual weapon spell one round, then casts the invisibility spell the following round. Does using the bonus action from spiritual weapon to attack count as making an ...
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Can you cast Speak With Dead on dead undead?

The description of the speak with dead spell says (emphasis mine): You grant the semblance of life and intelligence to a corpse of your choice within range, allowing it to answer the questions ...
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How does the “willing creature” aspect of the Protection from Evil and Good spell work with a creature that's already possessed?

The following scenario happened in an old game; The DM already made a ruling on the issue, which is fine - but I was curious how the "willing creature" aspect of the protection from evil and good ...
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Do genies suffer the side effects of the Wish spell?

In the section on genies in the Monster Manual (p. 141), it says that noble genies can grant wishes. The "Variant: Genie Powers" sidebar (p. 144) details this variant rule, but doesn't mention ...
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Why do all subclasses only use spells from the Player's Handbook? [closed]

Some of the subclasses from classes like the sorcerer, cleric, warlock, paladin and druid gain addditional spells based on the subclass that they choose. These sometimes involve spells that aren't ...
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Can True Polymorph grant Legendary Resistance?

Can True Polymorph grant Legendary Resistance? From the Monster Manual: "If a creature assumes the form of a legendary creature, such as through a spell, it doesn’t gain that form’s legendary ...
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Can the tongues spell decipher writing (directly or indirectly)?

The description for tongues states, This spell grants the creature touched the ability to speak and understand the language of any intelligent creature It makes no special mention of understanding ...
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Can you wield the Staff of Defense and a shield, and have their AC bonuses stack with the Mage Armor spell?

The staff of defense from the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set campaign (p. 53) is a magic staff that grants +1 to AC when attuned. As a magic staff, it also functions as a quarterstaff, which has ...
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Does a Staff of the Magi Fireball penetrate Globe of Invulnerability?

Globe of Invulnerability reads, in part (emphasis mine): Any spell of 5th level or lower cast from outside the barrier can't affect creatures or objects within it, even if the spell is cast using ...
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If a Cleric uses holy water in a spell, does the flask eventually get used up?

e.g. the Bless spell calls for "a sprinkling of holy water" Is the flask essentially unlimited for Bless, or is there a conversion of X sprinklings in 1 flask?
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Is it possible to use warlock's Hideous Blow in barbarian's rage?

According to the Complete Arcane book, warlock invocations are not spells. Barbarian rage description in PHB1 says: While raging, a barbarian cannot use any Charisma-, Dexterity-, or Intelligence-...
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Do you have to have seen a tree in person to use it as a destination for the Transport via Plants spell?

The transport via plants spell description says, in part: You must have seen or touched the destination plant at least once before. If you used scrying on someone and saw a plant that could be ...
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Can the Shield spell be cast in response to being hit by an invisible enemy?

Let's say I have a PC with the shield spell. I'm not surprised, and an invisible enemy hits me with an attack. My DM has not yet told me the attack roll number, so I am in a position to cast shield if ...
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Does the “higher level spell slot” clause in Globe of Invulnerability do anything?

The spell "Globe of Invulnerability" says, in part: Any spell of 5th level or lower cast from outside the barrier can't affect creatures or objects within it, even if the spell is cast using a ...
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When would someone in a Sculpt Spell's 'pocket of safety' take damage?

According to an Evocation Wizard's Sculpt Spell class feature, they can create pockets of safety that allow the chosen creatures to: ...automatically succeed on their saving throws against the ...
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Can you execute your ready action in the same turn it was readied? [duplicate]

Is it possible for a spellcaster to ready a fireball when he is out of view, move into line of sight and release it in the same turn , without giving the opposing spellcaster the chance to ...
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How specific is a clerics “time to meditate” to get their spells back

in the cleric page on the SRD it says Clerics meditate or pray for their spells. Each cleric must choose a time at which she must spend 1 hour each day in quiet contemplation or supplication to ...
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Can a wizard under the effects of Feign Death issue telepathic commands to their familiar?

A wizard has a summoned familiar within 100 feet that is currently idle and has Feign Death (PHB, p. 240) cast on them by another PC. Would the wizard still be able to issue telepathic commands to ...
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Do 2 instances of the Booming Blade spell stack on the same creature, in terms of the damage it takes if it moves willingly? [duplicate]

I'm creating a NPC for a campaign that is a sorcerer using a longsword and the booming blade spell (SCAG, p. 142). With the Metamagic option Quickened Spell, this NPC can cast booming blade twice per ...
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Are the “power word” spells an attack, and how do they interact with mirror image?

Mirror Image (p260 PHB) Says: Each time a creature targets you with an attack during the spell's duration, roll a d20 to determine whether the attack instead targets one of your duplicates.... ...
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Are the Power Word spells especially easy to identify?

There are various high level spells named "Power Word: X". They are all verbal-only spells (except Power Word: Heal), and tend to have the following text in them(...except Power Word: Heal): You ...
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How do short-duration buffs work when used to buff rolls for longer-duration actions?

How do buffs with short durations (let's say guidance, which has a duration of up to 1 minute) work when used to buff rolls for longer-duration actions (such as a heal check to treat disease, which ...
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Can spellcasters try to make it difficult to identify what spell they're casting?

How to identify a spell being cast? discusses how to identify a spell. This question seeks to discover whether there are steps a spellcaster could take during casting to make this identification more ...
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Spell that mimics tha bag of holding [closed]

is there a spell that mimics a bag of holding? i got this idea from reading american gods, where the character "Mad Sweeney" can take small-ish objects (mostly coins but he has put bigger objects ...
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Do persistent area-effect damage spells break Compelled Duel?

Situation: Paula the Paladin and her friend Severus the Sorcerer are fighting a monster. Severus casts cloud of daggers (PHB, p. 222) in front of (but not in contact with) the monster: You fill the ...
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Does a Wall of Force inhibit a Paladin's Aura of Protection?

If an enemy caster placed a Wall of Force between a Paladin and their ally, is the Paladin's Aura of Protection inhibited while the Wall of Force is up? The description for Wall of Force says that "...
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Is moving between separate attacks of the same spell unbalanced?

As stated in this question, you can't move between attacks when casting spells like Eldritch Blast as per RAW. My question is, if a GM would allow this to happen (cast a beam to a creature, move, and ...
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How can an entity bound by Planar Binding be prevented from betraying the caster?

Consider Marissa, a 17th level neutrally-aligned Sorcerer with Charisma 20 who knows the Wish spell. A foolhardy incubus, Bob, attempts to seduce her, and Marissa casts Wish to duplicate Planar ...
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How does a Circle of the Shepherd druid's Mighty Summoner feature interact with the UA spell Summon Bestial Spirit?

Our DM has allowed us to play-test the summoning spells which appear in Unearthed Arcana 2020: Spells and Magic Tattoos. I'm playing a druid, and have added the 2nd-level spell Summon Bestial Spirit (...
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Can the Shillelagh cantrip be active on two clubs at the same time?

My Druid uses two clubs. Can I have the shillelagh cantrip active on both clubs at once?
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Is there a way to get more than 3 mirror images from levels 1-10? [duplicate]

The Mirror Image spell (PHB, p. 260) grants you 3 duplicates. Combining Magical Effects (PHB, p. 205) says casting the same spell multiple times does not combine them. Is there a low level way (...
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What happens when a party member uses a healing spell on an unconscious PC who has spell resistance?

The Spell Resistance (Ex) ability reads, in part: The possessor does not have to do anything special to use spell resistance. The creature need not even be aware of the threat for its spell ...
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For spells with multiple attack rolls, what happens if there are no targets left?

When are targets picked for spells with multiple "missiles"? tells us that you can (probably) resolve each "beam" or "ray" of, say, eldritch blast or scorching ray one after the other. ...

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