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 does Shadow of Moil interact with Beholder rays?

Shadow of Moil makes the caster heavily obscured. How does this condition interact with save based attacks? For instance, would a warlock with this buff be un-targetable by a beholders eye ray or a ...
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How does 3rd level Jump work on the caster?

As a 1st level spell, Jump enables you cast and jump in just one action. When heightened to 3rd level, and cast on someone else, the target obviously needs a separate to actually move. When the caster ...
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If I cast the Awaken spell on an animal (or tree) and then swap it out to prepare a different spell, do the effects of Awaken continue?

Awaken is a pretty cool spell. As a 9th-level druid, can I cast awaken to get a cool animal or plant friend, and then swap out the spell for some other 5th-level spell while keeping my cool animal or ...
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Does a creature retain the benefits of equipment while affected by the Gaseous Form spell?

The gaseous form spell's description has the following relevant text: You transform a willing creature you touch, along with everything it's wearing and carrying, into a misty cloud for the duration. ...
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Turning checks and desecrate spell

My 3rd-level cleric attempted to turn skeletons in a room with an evil altar and a desecrate spell. I rolled a 12 + 2 for Charisma, for a total of 14. On the Turning Undead table, this gives you up to ...
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Can a wizard cast other spells with somatic components while concentrating on Bigby's Hand?

I noticed a clause in Bigby's Hand that has me pondering... The hand lasts for the spell's duration, and it moves at your command, mimicking the movements of your own hand. Here is the situation: ...
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What are the official options for alternate familiars using the Find Familiar spell?

Other than the options listed under the find familiar spell in the PHB, and the Pact of the Chain warlock, what other official options are available for familiars that can be summoned by find familiar?...
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Can an imp that has shapechanged into a spider be transformed by the spell Giant Insect?

I'm planning to play a drow warlock in D&D 5e, and since there's no official entomancer (Insect-themed spellcaster) class (it exists just as homebrew), I'm trying to make my own version. My ...
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Can you learn the Primal Savagery cantrip via the Spell Sniper feat?

The third benefit of the Spell Sniper feat says: You learn one cantrip that requires an attack roll. Choose the cantrip from the bard, cleric, druid, sorcerer, warlock, or wizard spell list. Your ...
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Can Cure Wounds do damage? [duplicate]

Can the Cure Wounds spell deal damage? Say, my spell casting modifier was -2 and I rolled a 1 on the d8. Would the target actually take 1 damage? If so, what kind of damage would it even be?
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Given the new UA and prior additions, what spells and monster traits now work differently for newer races? [closed]

https://media.wizards.com/2021/dnd/downloads/UA2021_TravelersoftheMultiverse.pdf In the above Unearthed Arcana release, a few of the races are singularly a type other than Humanoid. Specifically, ...
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Does the spell Owl's Wisdom confer other benefits from an increased Wisdom ability, as the other ability buff spells?

All five of the other spells that temporarily buff an ability score explicitly state that the creature gains the other benefits of having an increased ability score. Owl's Wisdom, curiously, does not; ...
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Is there a way to find all Primal spells with a Will save?

When I tried to search AoN (Archives of Nethys) for "Will primal", I got some spells, but it seems the search only looks for the keywords in the body, but not in the header, basically the ...
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Are there any effects that specifically prevent one tradition's spellcasting?

I'm designing an upcoming encounter. The villain of the adventure knows the party well, and intends to create countermeasures against them. They believe the party will consist of two Arcane ...
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Would spells such as Detect Poison and Disease or Detect Magic work through Familiar vision?

If I were to cast a spell on myself such as Detect Magic or Detect Poison and Disease, and then look through the eyes of my familiar, would the spell continue to take effect through the familiar? As ...
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On a self-targeted spell like Spirit Guardians, can the caster change the intersection corner on a grid?

We're using a grid-based combat system for combat. The party cleric is learning the joys of Spirit Guardians, which has a range of Self (15-foot radius): You call forth spirits to protect you. They ...
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Is there any way for a wizard to speed up the casting time of the Planar Binding spell?

We are preparing for a boss rush against the Demon Lords, and I am hoping to use planar binding on one of them. However, that spell has a casting time of 1 hour, so I am wondering whether there are ...
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If Heat Metal is cast on a shield, could the target be forced to drop it?

I'm wondering if Heat Metal could force a target to drop their shield. The spell description says (emphasis mine): If a creature is holding or wearing the object and takes the damage from it, the ...
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Can the spell Find Traps find traps in legal documents?

The argument presented in this Reddit post is that the spell find traps can be cast on a legal document to find out if that legal document is fair, or if it contains any non-obvious "legal" ...
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Do Warforged have disadvantage on the Con save against the Shatter spell?

Do warforged have disadvantage on the Con save against the shatter spell? As stated in the description of the shatter spell (emphasis mine): A sudden loud ringing noise, painfully intense, erupts ...
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What happens when Witch Bolt misses?

According to the Witch Bolt spell description: Make a ranged spell attack against that creature. On a hit, the target takes 1d12 lightning damage, and on each of your turns for the duration, you can ...
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Increasing number of any-school spells for an Arcane Trickster by a strict RAW reading?

A single-class Arcane trickster typically gains spells in the schools of Illusion and Enchantment. They are permitted a single "any-school" spell at 3rd level (upon choosing the Arcane ...
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What is the earliest my warlock can gain access to the Nondetection spell, preferably without multiclassing?

For mostly thematic reasons, I would like to eventually get my dwarven warlock access to the spell nondetection (she's sneaky, and will hopefully get access to some sort of invisibility soon). It's ...
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Spell Turning vs Ranged touch attacks

The spell Spell Turning states that "Spell turning also fails to stop touch range spells." Does this also apply to ranged touch spells, or specifically spells with a range of touch?
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Can I get a long rest in Leomund's Tiny Hut if I'm underwater and water breathing?

I'm a druid/wizard and our party is trying to do some underwater spelunking. I cast the Water Breathing ritual, so we can all breathe underwater for 24 hours. After a few hours of adventuring we've ...
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Can a bard cast a Bard spell from a spellbook?

In our campaign we found a spellbook containing 3 spells that are on the Bard's spell list: comprehend languages, detect magic and disguise self. If a Bard can cast any Bard spell from a scroll, would ...
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Does the Book of Exalted Deeds' Enlightened Magic benefit apply to cantrips?

The artifact Book of Exalted Deeds (DMG, p. 222) has the following attribute: Enlightened Magic. Once you've read and studied the book, any spell slot you expend to cast a cleric or paladin spell ...
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What bonuses depend on actual size for Form Of The Dragon spells?

The Form Of The Dragon spell (and similar ones) declares that you can choose a smaller size when using a higher level spell (A.K.A. a medium-sized dragon for Form of The Dragon 3 for example). But ...
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If the Life Transference spell's damage is greater than the caster's current HP (i.e. reducing them below 0 HP), how much HP does the target regain? [duplicate]

In D&D 5e, the Life Transference spell (XGtE, p. 160) heals an ally for twice the amount of damage it deals you (the caster). How much HP does the ally regain if the damage you roll is greater ...
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Can you use the Seeking Spell Metamagic on each roll of Scorching Ray?

The Scorching Ray spell reads (PHB, p. 273; emphasis mine): You create three rays of fire and hurl them at targets within range. You can hurl them at one target or several. Make a ranged spell attack ...
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Does the Magic Weapon spell, cast by a Mark of Making Human Barbarian, continue to function while Raging?

The Barbarian 1st level ability Rage states: If you are able to cast spells, you can’t cast them or concentrate on them while raging. And the Variant Human: Mark of Making innate ability Spellsmith ...
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How can hit points lost as a result of casting the Life Transference spell be recovered?

When you "sacrifice" hit points as a result of casting the life transference spell, how can you recover them? A long or short rest?
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How does Melf's Minute Meteors interact with another spell with a casting time of 1 action on subsequent rounds of combat? [duplicate]

The Melf's Minute Meteors spell states (XGE, page 161, emphasis mine): [...] When you cast the spell—and as a bonus action on each of your turns thereafter—you can expend one or two of the meteors, ...
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Flying speed when under Etherealness spell?

Normally flying up or down does not give or cost extra movement, as covered here. However, Etherealness spell (duration 8 hours) states the following: You remain in the Border Ethereal for the ...
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Experience with character utilizing Darkness

I have an idea for a character who would often use the Darkness spell in combat - with either a Warlock's Devil's Sight or a Sorcerer's Shadow Magic to remain unaffected. That way the character would ...
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Teleporting an enemy away to their doom using Gate

I was the DM for a group of guys for whom I directed Pathfinder's Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path. Everything went fine, the players saved the world and all of that wonderful stuff (which is ...
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What are all of the published "off-label" uses of the Wish spell?

The spell wish offers several things you can wish for that are guaranteed to work. Wishing for other things can lead to consequences, at the DM's discretion: You might be able to achieve something ...
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Can Energy Fusion be used to enhance a cantrip?

Energy Fusion states: You fuse two spells together, combining their energy types. If the next action you use is to Cast a Spell that deals acid, cold, electricity, fire, or sonic damage, select a non-...
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What happens to a lich's control of undead when they are destroyed, but their soul and phylactery are still intact?

Normally, according to the answer to this question, when a person dies, their spell effects are still in place. When a character with undead controlled by animate dead or command undead dies, I ...
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Casting Hunter's Vision on an invisible Hunted Prey

Hunter's Vision negates concealment and the automatic hidden condition from darkness and invisibility, but what if your Hunted Prey is already hidden or concealed when you cast the spell? Hidden ...
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What spell level should this homebrew spell have? (gain resistance to one damage type, but vulnerability to another)

Name: Morph Exterior Level: 3 School: Transmutation Casting Time: 1 action Duration: Concentration, 1 minute Range: Self Components: V S M (a piece of obsidian, a sycamore tree branch, or a sample of ...
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Double Spirit Shroud with Death Domain

The ability from the Death Domain Cleric is Improved Reaper: Starting at 17th level, when you cast a necromancy spell of 1st through 5th level that targets only one creature, the spell can instead ...
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Does casting Counterspell on one's own turn contradict the '1-non-cantrip-spell per turn' rule?

I've read both the question Casting multiple spells in a single round and the question Is it possible to cast multiple spells per turn? about using multiple spells on my turn. I know there are plenty ...
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How many items can you make with Fabricate?

I have always been under the impression that fabricate was only ever able to make one item, out of one or more different materials. Although the spell says: You convert raw materials into products of ...
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Do the Circle of the Land druid's Circle Spells stack with your normal druid spells, or do you have to switch out?

In DnD 5e, regarding the Circle of the Land specific spells from the Druid class. I have already prepared spells from the Druid class spell list, but not a Circle. The Circle spells that are listed, ...
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For the Conjure Fey spell, who chooses the CR, whether it's a beast or fey, and the actual creature - the player, or the DM?

The description of the conjure fey spell says (emphasis mine): You summon a fey creature of challenge rating 6 or lower, or a fey spirit that takes the form of a beast of challenge rating 6 or lower. ...
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Can I use Fabricate and a horse to create burger patties and/or sausages?

I know it’s odd, but it came up recently as my character, using the cloak of useful items, created a horse. The party has no use for it, and we are trapped in a mountainous area where horses cannot ...
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How do the Spirit Shroud and Green-Flame Blade spells interact?

The description of the spirit shroud spell says (emphasis mine): any attack you make deals 1d8 extra damage when you hit a creature within 10 feet of you. The description of the green-flame blade ...
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How can I increase the damage of my cantrips?

Dangerous Sorcery does not work: When you Cast a Spell from your spell slots, if the spell deals damage and doesn’t have a duration, you gain a status bonus to that spell’s damage equal to the spell’...
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Would a vampire behind a Wall of Force be damaged by magically produced Sunlight?

I'm researching ahead of the (potentially) final battle in Curse of Strahd (as the DM) One of the tactics the party is discussing is trapping Strahd in a wall of force, and then exposing him to the ...

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