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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.

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How does Share Spells work with animal companions for continuous effects?

Right okay so here's a question I'm hoping someone can provide clarity to under the D&D 3.5 rule set. I've used the PHB, DMG and the 3.0 Rules of the Game Animals Part 4 to research an answer ...
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What are the requirements for a wizard to successfully copy a spell from a scroll into their spell book?

What are the requirements for a wizard to successfully copy a spell from a scroll into their spell book? First, I’m thinking that copying a spell from a scroll is similar to copying a spell from my ...
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Do instantaneous effects overlap? [duplicate]

Premise Two wizards hold an action to cast fireball on the first humanoid that walks through a door. A humanoid walks through the door. Backround DMG errata version 2.0 page 1 Combining Game ...
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What magic items give the owner the ability to possess others like the spell Possession?

Are there any items that allow the wielder to possess another as if casting the spell Possession? Pathfinder or D&D 3.5 items are accepted.
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What is “water” in the context of the spell control water? [duplicate]

What counts as water when casting the spell control water? I'm sure that the answer could be "that's up to the DM", but how does the DM justify this judgement? There's many ways to approach this ...
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Can a Vampire Soul be trapped in a Magic Jar-type spell, and what happens if it's released?

Can a Vampire Soul be trapped in a Magic Jar-type spell, and what happens if it's released? I'm going through this right now in my current adventure. One of my PCs got an amulet that acts as a magic ...
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When during the casting of a spell with a long casting time do you need the target? [duplicate]

When during a casting of a spell with a long casting time do you actually need the target to be present and valid? This was brought up because of the question Is there enough time to Planar Bind a ...
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Can you use two wands to cast one spell?

Basically, in the May 2019 Artificer UA (Unearthed Arcana: the Artificer Returns), the Artificer got two mutually-exclusive ways to enhance a non-magical wand to improve the spells it casts: the Wand ...
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Can the Gate spell draw a creature larger that 20 feet in every dimension through the portal it creates?

The gate spell says: When you cast this spell, you can speak the name of a specific creature (a pseudonym, title, or nickname doesn't work). If that creature is on a plane other than the one you ...
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What are the effects of eating many berries from the Goodberry spell per day?

I wonder the kind of effect that eating many Goodberry in one day can do to a character. The spell description states: [...] the berry provides enough nourishment to sustain a creature for one day....
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How does the Heat Metal spell interact with a follow-up Frostbite spell?

Are there any rules around spells nullifying each other? For example, I cast heat metal on a target's armour in round 1. In round 2, I use a bonus action to make the target take the burning damage ...
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Can a demon summoned by the Summon Greater Demon spell be summoned into and contained by the spell's blood circle?

Can a demon summoned by the Summon Greater Demon spell be summoned into and contained by the spell's blood circle? I'm designing a character who can summon demons and bind them with Planar Ally. The ...
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How do spell slot recovery abilities work with the Variant: Spell Points system?

I am considering using the Variant: Spell Points system from page 288-289 of the DMG. I asked a related question on the overall balance of this rule. This question is more focused on the mechanics of ...
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What is the most real shadow spells can be increased by?

Shadow spells (Shadow Conjuration, Shadow Evocation, etc.) are only some percentage as strong as the real thing. Some things, like Solid Shadows, can make these spells more real. What I want to know ...
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What are the key differences between the Charm Person spell and the Diplomacy skill when trying to make someone friendly?

What are the key differences between trying to change someone to friendly via the skill Diplomacy vs trying to do it with the spell Charm Person? I'm trying to figure out if it makes much sense for ...
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Can a creature with a natural weapon that has reach make an attack through the Antilife Shell spell?

The Antilife Shell spell states: An affected creature can cast spells or make attacks with ranged or reach weapons through the barrier. This suggests that a human could attack with a glaive, since ...
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What is the effect of the Feeblemind spell on Ability Score Improvements?

Our Bard had the Feeblemind spell cast on him and failed his save. The battle ended and we gained a level. Feeblemind states that: On a failed save, the creature's Intelligence and Charisma scores ...
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What constitutes a 'safe route' for the Fear spell?

The description of the fear spell says: While frightened by this spell, a creature must take the Dash action and move away from you by the safest available route on each of its turns, unless there ...
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How does the Variant: Spell Points system from the DMG affect game balance?

On page 288-289 of the DMG, there is a "Variant: Spell Points" rule. Below are the best summary paragraphs of the system: In this variant, each spell has a point cost based on its level. The Spell ...
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What corrections (e.g. errata updates) have been made to the official 5e Spellbook Cards, and what errors have not yet been fixed?

The official 5e Spellbook Cards by Gale Force 9 did not include errata rules updates in their original printings, and I'm told they contained some errors as well. Has the most recent printing of these ...
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Can hovering creatures be Entangled?

In my last session, I pit my party against a demilich. The demilich has a movement speed like so: “Speed 0 ft., fly 30 ft. (hover)” During this combat, the party's druid summoned pixies and used one ...
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When does a duration spell end naturally? [duplicate]

If you've cast a spell with a duration of, let's say 1 minute, when does the spell stop after that minute? Is it at the end of the caster's 10th turn? Or is at the start of their 11th turn? Or is it ...
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When Antilife Shell is cast, does it push out creatures within its area? If not, how does it work?

Antilife Shell reads: A shimmering barrier extends out from you in a 10-foot radius and moves with you, remaining centered on you and hedging out creatures other than undead and constructs. So ...
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Does the Detect Thoughts spell work against an Intellect Devourer?

The spell Detect Thoughts has the following limitation on potential targets: You can't detect a creature with an Intelligence of 3 or lower or one that doesn't speak any language. An Intellect ...
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What level is a spell if you cast it without without expending a spell slot?

There are ways to cast spells without expending a spell slot such as: Master Transmuter (PHB 119): Restore Life. You cast the raise dead spell on a creature you touch with the transmuter’s stone,...
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Can I use the Arcane Gate spell as an auto kill? [closed]

The arcane gate spell says the any matter passing through the right side of the one of the portals comes out of the right side of the other portal. So, I noticed that if you put the two portals next ...
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At which level does a Glamour bard cast the Command spell when they activate Mantle of Majesty? [duplicate]

At level 6, Glamour bards gain the Mantle of Majesty feature (XGtE, p. 14): At 6th level, you gain the ability to cloak yourself in a fey magic that makes others want to serve you. As a bonus ...
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When multi-classing, can you always select any spell from either spell list, as long as you have the correct level slots to use it? [duplicate]

Apologies if this is a duplicate (or just common knowledge) but I found it hard coming up with a way to search for this succinctly enough to get a definitive answer and I haven't really played a ...
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Which spells are currently available to shape the terrain? [closed]

After posting these two questions: Which spells are currently available to safeguard a fixed location? How can one create permanent, obedient minions? I'm also interested in a list of all spells ...
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If I cast the Polymorph spell on an ally to assist the group in a fight, will he attack us or fight alongside us? [duplicate]

What happen if I polymorph an ally to assist the group in a fight? Will he end up attacking us, or remember the fact than we are ally and help us? The only relevant part I can find is this: The ...
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If a character possesses a lich's body via the Magic Jar spell, what benefits of lichdom do they get access to?

A good-aligned human king seeks long life and the power to protect his people. They are willing to suffer the cosmetic drawbacks of lichdom, but not the risks and unethical procedures involved. ...
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How can one create permanent, obedient minions? [closed]

After posting this question, I feel like this site could use a list of spells that allow the creation of 100% obedient, permanent minions or the assertion of 100% permanent control over existing ...
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Which spells are currently available to safeguard a fixed location?

After reading this question on how to safeguard an inanimate item, and thinking back on this question of mine, which was closed as too broad, I still think a list of spells that allow creating a very ...
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Is there a spell to protect inanimate objects?

So are there any spells to protect items, like a powerful weapon, from being stolen. Like a trap spell or something that paralysis or kills anyone who touches the protected item?
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Does Planar Binding extend the duration of “another spell” after the completion of casting Planar Binding or before the completion?

Planar Binding (PHB 265) has this clause: At the completion of the casting, the target must make a Charisma saving throw. On a failed save, it is bound to serve you for the duration. If the ...
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Is this homebrew Energy Shield spell balanced? [closed]

Is this homebrew spell extension to the shield spell balanced? The spell is supposed to be a more powerful version of the shield spell that produces a shockwave back to the attacker when the enemy ...
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What would be the approximate price to modify the DC on “Goggles of the Golden Sun” from the Magic Item Compendium?

Goggles of the Golden Sun (MIC p. 205) allow a caster to use one of their spell slots to cast fireball. It provides a flat save DC of 14, which is kind of lame. They normally cost 4000 gp. How much ...
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Does the Nystul's Magic Aura spell mask the auras of spells cast after it?

Does the Nystul's Magic Aura spell mask the auras of spells cast after it? Suppose I cast a transmutation spell on an object, then cast Nystul's Magic Aura to make the object appear non-magical, and ...
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Does the sorcerer's Subtle Spell Metamagic option allow you to ignore both Verbal and Somatic components?

This may sound like a basic question, but I'd like to be 100% sure. In D&D 5e, Subtle Spell's description in the sorcerer class description says When you cast a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery ...
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Does an inverted Magic Circle spell prevent a conjured creature from vanishing at the end of its spell's duration?

The Magic Circle spell (which takes a minute to cast but lasts an hour) can be used in an inverted way: When you cast this spell, you can elect to cause its magic to operate in the reverse ...
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Is there enough time to Planar Bind a creature conjured by a 1-hour-duration spell?

Many planar entity conjuration spells, such as Conjure Woodland Beings, last up to exactly an hour, at which point the creature vanishes: A summoned creature disappears when it drops to 0 hit ...
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To what extent may I customize a demiplane?

For example, say I want to cast demiplane and make it zero gravity. Can I do this? The rules do not say anything about the demiplane's gravity so this seems like it could be valid but I am not sure.
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Tricking someone into being the willing target of a spell [duplicate]

Some spells, I believe, require a willing target. Others only allow a save if the target is unwilling. I am wondering if you can tell a target that you are going to cast one spell and then actually ...
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Can more than one creature benefit from multiple Hunter's Mark spells cast on the same target?

The Hunter's Mark spell states: You choose a creature you can see within range and mystically mark it as your quarry. Until the spell ends, you deal an extra 1d6 damage to the target whenever you ...
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How does the Time Stop spell work when being grappled?

If a creature is grappled and then casts Time Stop, are they able to escape from the grapple? Also, if they can escape from the grapple: Since the creature they're grappled by would be under the ...
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Can you summon yourself?

Assume two characters, a summoner and a wizard. (The wizard is, in theory, not necessary, but let us assume them anyway.) The wizard has learned the Path of Creation spell Chimera (Creation 80). ...
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Would Dwarves have advantage on saving throws against the Contagion spell?

Contagion (PHB, p. 227) has always been a powerful spell. It used to be unclear, by RAW, what happened during the three (or more) turns a target was making saving throws. The original spell ...
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How does the Polymorph spell affect procreation?

The Polymorph spell alters the body of one willing target, changing it into a different creature- Potentially from a different type. If someone were to breed whilst under the effect of this spell, ...
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Do ranged weapon attacks against creatures restrained in a Watery Sphere have advantage?

Creatures engulfed by a Watery Sphere are restrained, which grants advantage on all attacks against them. However, they may also be considered underwater, which would impose disadvantage on most ...
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Does a surprised creature obey the 1st-level spell Command?

The description of the Command spell says: You speak a one-word command to a creature you can see within range. The target must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw or follow the command on its next ...