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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, and [spellcasting] for questions specifically about the process of spellcasting.

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Can a caster Deliberately Fail Wrest Resources to produce adamantium?

This is a request for a viability check on a spell combo to mass produce adamantium. My questions are: Is this viable? Am I missing any negative consequences not accounted for? Is there a way to ...
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How can a sword-swinging PC immediately animate a killed foe?

I'd like a PC in my campaign to slay his foes by using a melee or ranged weapon like a sword or spear then have those foes rise immediately to join him in the fight as zombies or some other kind of ...
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Can Ogre clerics use Purify Food and Drink on humanoid characters?

Can Ogre clerics use Purify Food and Drink on humanoid characters to cure them as humanoid creatures are regarded as food in Ogre culture? Similarly, can Ogre clerics use Create Food and Water to ...
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How does the spell Remove Curse interact with a Sword of Vengeance?

One of my players recently acquired, and become attuned to, a cursed Sword of Vengeance. The descriptive text for this item says: This sword is cursed and possessed by a vengeful spirit. Becoming ...
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Do Familiars provoke Attacks of Opportunity when delivering touch spells?

Now looking online I found this: If the master is 3rd level or higher, a familiar can deliver touch spells for him. If the master and the familiar are in contact at the time the master casts a touch ...
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What happens if you throw a magical creature through an antimagic field [on hold]

Inspired by this question and especially the comment on the accepted answer that states: Ok, so once a spell is successfully cast, the rules governing all the above cases could be summarized as: ...
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Does Antimagic Field suppress or prevent petrification from Flesh to Stone?

Inspired by this question and in particular, this answer. I'm focusing on a specific effect; petrification. For the flesh to stone spell, the process of becoming petrified goes through this sequence:...
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Is Charm Monster obvious to bystanders? [duplicate]

Is Charm Monster (or similar magic) obvious to bystanders that the spell is being cast? I've looked at a number of sources, for example I've looked at the "Sage Advice Compendium" which reads: Do ...
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How do spells that require an ability check vs. the caster's spell save DC work?

Some spells for a wizard state that they need an ability check vs. spell save DC (SSDC). I'm not understanding how this is supposed to work. If the spell says a creature can see through the effect if ...
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Can Homunculi, Undead or Other constructs be used to cast Occult Rituals?

Can a wizard craft a small army of proxies to cast Occult Rituals for him? Primary Caster Proxy - Homunculus? Occult spells can be used by non-spellcasters, and instead the hit dice of the "primary ...
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Does the Eldritch Knight's Eldritch Strike feature impose disadvantage on a saving throw against a spell cast before the attack?

Consider the following scenario: A level 10 Fighter with the Eldritch Knight (EK) archetype (PHB, p. 74-75) is facing a single opponent, and has hold person as a spell available. EK attacks with ...
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Do any charm spells stop working when the caster is in an Antimagic Field?

The question is: Which charm spells (Charm Person, Suggestion, Geas, Dominate,...) are affected when the caster of the charm is in an Antimagic field, what if somehow the effect became permanent ...
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Can a spell prepared with Alternate Spell Source benefit from Divine Metamagic?

Say a Cleric 3/Wizard 2/ Mystic Theurge 5 with Divine Metamagic and Alternate Spell Source prepares Blessed Aim as a arcane spell. Divine Metamagic states: As a free action, you can take the ...
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Synaptic Static - when to roll the d6?

The description of the synaptic static spell (XGtE, p. 167) reads: After a failed save, a target has muddled thoughts for 1 minute. During that time, it rolls a d6 and subtracts the number rolled ...
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If the Dragon's Breath spell is cast on a familiar, does it use the wizard's DC or familiar's DC?

XGE has a spell that lets anything that breaths spew magical energy from its mouth for 10 rounds called Dragon's Breath (p. 154). Part of it reads: Each creature in that area must make a Dexterity ...
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Would Banishment be a viable option to temporarily get rid of a Phase Spider?

In a fight against a phase spider on the Material Plane, would the banishment spell be a viable option to temporarily keep a phase spider out of the fight? According to the banishment spell, the ...
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Can a GM prohibit players from using external reference materials (like the PHB) during play?

I have recently started playing D&D 5th edition. All of the players are new except for the GM, who has played before, but it is his first time being a GM. I am playing a Wizard character, and I ...
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Is a mushroom a plant for the purposes of Speak With Plants?

In real life, fungi are not plants; they are their own separate kingdom (I'm no biologist, so here's a quote from Wikipedia, for what it's worth): These organisms are classified as a kingdom, fungi,...
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What are the unintended or dangerous consequences of allowing spells that target and damage creatures to also target and damage corpses?

There have been quite a few questions about corpses and creatures, such as here where it is argued a dead creature is still a creature, here where the opposite is argued, and here where resurrecting ...
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Is a creature in a Wall of Water trapped in ice when hit by Ray of Frost?

In 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons, I am playing a Sorcerer where I have set myself the rule that I can never take fire spells and instead take weaker spells and try to make the most of them with ...
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What happens when you cast the same spell on the same target twice?

I cannot find any rules text that states what happens if you apply two spells to the same target that would then overlap in effect - e.g., let us presume two spells of Weight Increment (Earth 10) are ...
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How can a warlock learn from a spellbook?

I'm playing a 6th-level Tiefling Warlock in D&D 5e. On a recent journey, I acquired a spell book that has something to do with a slithering trapper. How do I add this to my list of spells?
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Is a Watery Sphere considered an object for the purpose of targeting the Otiluke's Resilient Sphere spell?

One of my casters cast watery sphere on a couple of enemies. A second caster thought they’d combo by casting Otiluke’s resilient sphere on the sphere of water as an object to prevent the enemies from ...
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Does the Blink spell continue working if the caster is knocked unconscious?

The first part of the description for Blink reads: Roll a d20 at the end of each of your turns for the duration of the spell. On a roll of 11 or higher, you vanish from your current plane of ...
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Can Hunter's Mark be moved after Silence has been cast on a character?

Situation: In a battle sequence our Paladin (Oath of Vengeance) has successfully cast Hunter's mark, later in the battle our Wizard cast Silence. We know that Hunter's Mark requires V (verbal) ...
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Is there a canonical behavior for the behavior of an object that would have its weight/mass reduced below 0?

There is a level 10 spell in the Path of Air that "reduces the weight of an object by 60 pounds" (+20 lbs per added effect). What happens if you cast this spell on an object that weighs, e.g., 59 lbs?...
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Does a Paladin's Steed use the Ranger's animal companion mechanics? [duplicate]

Does a Paladin's steed, when not using it as a mount, attack and perform other tasks through your command, like a Ranger's animal companion? I'm under the impression that a Paladin's steed works like ...
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Does the Legion of Sentinels illusion spell work on Oozes?

I recently had players fight a Brown Pudding in my game, then the Thief/Beguiler of the group casted a Illusion spell called Legion of Sentinels (PHB2 p. 116). A headbutting ensued with him about the ...
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What are the requirements for a wizard to successfully copy a spell from a scroll into their spellbook?

What are the requirements for a wizard to successfully copy a spell from a scroll into their spellbook? First, I’m thinking that copying a spell from a scroll is similar to copying a spell from my ...
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Can you place a web spell on a surface you cannot see?

Situation: target creature is standing on the roof, caster on the ground. The caster stands at such an angle that he can see the head of the target, but not the roof the target creature is standing ...
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I've been swallowed and the creature has been Baleful Polymorphed; what happens?

Related question but different game (D&D 5e): What happens when a creature that has swallowed another creature is polymorphed? We went into the water and a 5x4 creature attacked us. It had grab ...
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Can you create a noise using Minor Illusion/Thaumaturgy on an area you cannot see?

Can you create a noise using Minor Illusion/Thaumaturgy on an area you cannot see? Just to make it more clear, let's say you are in a house and you know that there is a room on the other side of a ...
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If I animate a corpse made real by the Illusory Reality ability, does it become an illusion after 1 minute?

To better explain my question, the process follows as such step by step (assuming the caster is of a level to cast and use all proposed abilities): Spellcaster casts Major Image to create a corpse on ...
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How many souls does a multiheaded creature have? [on hold]

How many souls does a multiheaded creature have? Ettins have multiple heads. Does one resurrection spell revive both heads of the Ettin? What happens if one head is willing to be revived and the ...
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Can I use the Clone spell to create bodies, then raise them as undead?

My thought process here is that Clones do not have souls and are not creatures that have a consciousness. They’re essentially empty shells that breathe and are waiting for me to die. My idea, step by ...
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Can I combine Demiplane, Glyph of Warding, Simulacrum, and Wish to have unlimited clones and spells?

My intention here is to combine these four spells to let me amass an essentially infinite number of Spells through infinite Simulacrum whilst maintaining RAW and RAI rules. Please note why my ...
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Why use the Conjure Minor Elemental spell when its results are so unpredictable?

The conjure minor elemental spell states: You summon elementals that appear in unoccupied spaces that you can see within range. You choose one the following options for what appears: One ...
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Are there any rules for identifying what spell an opponent is casting?

I was reviewing the Counterspell spell in 5e and it is cast as a reaction when "you see a creature within 60 feet of you casting a spell". Obviously the spell is incredibly useful if you actually ...
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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 the spell Freedom of Movement allow a character to escape a Forcecage spell?

If a Warlock with the Trickster's Escape (Eldritch Invocation XGtE) uses his power to cast Freedom of Movement, would that allow him to escape a Forcecage?
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How high off the ground can you fly with the Fly spell?

The fly spell says that you have 60 feet of fly movement. Is there a "default height" for flying? Can you fly 5 feet off the ground? 10? 20? In your first turn can you fly 60 feet into the sky? ...
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How do I determine the DC for Dispel Magic?

I'm fairly new to the game and just ran a first session with my group. I know that you typically have to match or beat a DC in order to "save" or "succeed." When it comes to things like Dispel Magic,...
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When must the wizard choose to overchannel?

The Evocation specialist wizard's overchannel ability says: When you cast a wizard spell of 5th level or lower that deals damage, you can deal maximum damage with your spell. Does the "that deals ...
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Is there a magic item I can use mythic points on to then cast the mythic version of that spell?

Is there a way, say casting a spell from a scroll or whatever, that I can then spend a mythic point and cast the mythic version (assuming I know the mythic version). It sounds like a staff might work?...
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Is Overchanneling announced before or after determining if a spell hits? [duplicate]

School of Evocation Wizards in 5E gain Overchannel at level 14. It states: When you cast a wizard spell 1st through 5th level that deals damage, you can deal maximum damage with that spell. The ...
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Would casting banishment on a Revenant permanently send it away to another plane?

In my campaign I'm being chased by a revenant and I'm about to reach level 7. I was thinking of taking banishment to cast on the revenant. The spell states that it brings creatures native to my plane ...
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How many gallons of mayo does one need to pour on the ground to replicate the Grease spell?

Full disclosure - the following is a silly question. The Grease spell states: Slick grease covers the ground in a 10-foot square centered on a point within range and turns it into difficult ...
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Does the Sharpshooter feat work on spells cast through a ranged weapon being used as a spellcasting focus?

I'm asking as a player: Does the Sharpshooter feat's 3rd clause (-5/+10) work on spells cast through a ranged weapon being used as a spellcasting focus? Specifically, does the Sharpshooter feat work ...
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Can a bard cast Vicious Mockery without passersby thinking it's an attack?

So vicious mockery is, to my understanding, the bard insulting a target, and the target taking psychic damage, and gaining disadvantage. The flavor, as I understand it, is that they're so insulted ...
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Does the Invisible Blade's Unfettered Defense feature work if you're under the effect of the Mage Armor spell?

The Invisible Blade's Unfettered Defense feature (CW 46) says: An invisible blade benefits from an increased survival instinct during combat. Because of this sixth sense, he adds 1 point of ...