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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How to increase the attack bonus of an Arcane Trickster?

I'm starting to build an Arcane Trickster in Pathfinder. As you can imagine it would be hard to use weapons with a wizard attack bonus. I am already taking two levels of Unchained Rogue which gives ...
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Can you create a Wall of Fire in midair?

In 4E and 5E there seems to be the requirement of a Wall of Fire to be resting on a solid surface. But in 3.5 I did not find such a rule. So: can you create a Wall of Fire in midair?
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Do temporary hit points from the Heroism spell keep a troll alive?

The Troll's Regeneration feature states: The troll regains 10 hit points at the start of its turn. If the troll takes acid or fire damage, this trait doesn't function at the start of the troll's ...
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What are the Stats of spider constructs created by the spell “Stone Spiders”?

The spell Stone Spiders reads: You transform 1d3 pebbles into stone constructs that resemble monstrous spiders. The constructs can be any size from Tiny to Huge as you decide, but all the ...
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Does Antimagic Field suppress all layers of True Polymorph simultaneously?

Imagine that you have cast True Polymorph to turn a medium object into a Helmed Horror with Spell Immunity to Antimagic Field. If you were to then True Polymorph that Helmed Horror into something else,...
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Are Changelings immune to the Polymorph spell?

The Polymorph spell says: This spell transforms a creature with at least 1 hit point that you can see within range into a new form. An unwilling creature must make a Wisdom saving throw to avoid ...
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Can Chill Touch prevent Regeneration?

Can the D&D 5th Edition cantrip Chill Touch prevent regeneration and similar abilities? Do specific forms of regeneration (like a troll's) circumvent this? Chill Touch: You create a ghostly,...
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If you pass through the order of colors in Prismatic Wall one way, do you reverse the order of colors passing through the other way?

I set up a Prismatic Wall and a non-protected creature passes through it, say from left to right. On page 269 of the 5e Player's Handbook, the Prismatic Wall spell reads: When a creature attempts ...
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Does forced movement trigger the effects of the Prismatic Wall spell?

The Prismatic Wall spell says: When a creature attempts to reach into or pass through the wall ... A creature forced through the wall (by whatever means) is not “attempt[ing] to ... pass through ...
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Does the Chaos Bolt spell have to target someone else if the energy would leap to a new target?

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything (p. 151), the spell Chaos Bolt includes the following: If you roll the same number on both d8s, the chaotic energy leaps from the target to a different creature of ...
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If you have a negative spellcasting ability modifier, how much damage does the Green-Flame Blade cantrip do to the second target below level 5?

The description of the green-flame blade cantrip (SCAG, p. 143) says: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon against one creature within the spell'...
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Can you choose to not pull with the Thorn Whip spell?

The 5E Druid spell Thorn Whip has a hit effect that pulls the target (Large or smaller) 10 feet, in addition to dealing piercing damage. I imagine this hit effect as the whip wrapping itself around ...
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Sleep spell too powerful? [on hold]

Here is why I think sleep is too powerful. Form a group of 4 players (fighter, rogue, priest, wizard), all of which level 1. So it's fair to say in order, they would have an average of 12 hp, 8 hp, 9 ...
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What happens when the Immolation spell is cast on a creature immune to fire damage?

I am already aware of these questions: "Does a creature that is immune to all outcomes (conditions, damage, etc.) of an effect still make a saving throw?" "Is a creature immune to a spell's damage ...
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By RAW, does Astral Projection allow you to keep your astral body when you leave the Astral Plane?

This spell honestly has me scratching my head with the way it's worded. Astral Projection states the following: If you enter a new plane or return to the plane you were on when casting this spell, ...
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Does the Freedom of Movement spell prevent petrification by the Flesh to Stone spell?

Among other things, the Freedom of Movement spell prevents an affected creature from being restrained by spell effects: For the duration, the target's movement is unaffected by difficult terrain, ...
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What spells allow characters to see past events?

Background The wizard in my campaign has a personal quest to stop the 'dark magic' that destroyed his home town. However his character knows very little of the details of exactly what happened. He ...
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How to counter high-level players using scry and teleport / How to maintain intrigue?

So, my Eberron campaign has gotten to the point where the players are level 18, and they are resolving many of their issues by scrying on their enemies, and simply teleporting to them in moments of ...
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Interaction between casting spells and the Attack action

For spells like flame arrows, lightning arrow or absorb elements, the spells are cast before making an attack, yet they deal damage when an attack hits. Flame arrows would deal 1d6 fire damage, ...
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Are there any spells that enhance ranged attacks, as the “blade cantrips” do for melee attacks?

I was looking though the spell lists and noticed that (as far as I could tell) there are no ranged variants to improving ranged attacks, as the "blade cantrips" do for melee attacks (e.g. booming ...
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Would it be imbalanced to allow these melee-enhancing cantrips to be used with ranged attacks?

The green-flame blade and booming blade cantrips both use the following wording: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon I was wondering what the ...
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Can a character with the War Caster feat cast a Touch/5-foot range spell instead of making an opportunity attack with a reach weapon?

This is a follow-up to an answer to a question about War Caster & Reach weapons. It is not the accepted answer, but it is the most upvoted one by a large margin so let's stipulate that yes, a War ...
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My Villain scrys on the party, but I forgot about the sensor!

DM here. My BBEG scrys on the party once per day, and I have my Rogue make wisdom saving throws (which she usually fails). My party are still fairly new to D&D so they never guess that she's ...
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How to know if a spell can be stored in a Shield Guardian? [duplicate]

The Shield Guardian has the following feature: Spell Storing. A spellcaster who wears the shield guardian's amulet can cause the guardian to store one spell of 4th level or lower. To do so, the ...
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Do you die on another plane if you reached that plane via Astral Projection?

Inspired by this question. I'm not sure that I understand how the Astral Projection spell works. The description states the following: You and up to eight willing creatures within range project ...
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How much does someone absorb from the Sleep spell if they can't be put to sleep? [duplicate]

How much would someone absorb from the sleep spell if they can't be put to sleep? The spell states This spell sends creatures into a magical slumber. Roll 5d8; the total is how many hit points of ...
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Can Gated Fiends/Celestials Die Permanently?

I am specifically trying to reconcile the wording from the DMG, p.47, with what I know of how planar creatures works. Traveling through the Astral Plane by means of the astral projection spell ...
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If a Thief Rogue casts True Polymorph (Object into Creature), does the creature move on both of their turns from the Thief's Reflexes feature?

The Thief Rogue's Thief's Reflexes feature states: When you reach 17th level, you have become adept at laying ambushes and quickly escaping danger. You can take two turns during the first round of ...
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For the purpose of magic immunity, does Counterspell target the caster or the spell?

In the MM it states that the rakshasa is immune to magic of 6th level or lower. Does this include the counterspell spell or does counterspell target the spell and not the creature?
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Can you store a casting of Counterspell in a Shield Guardian?

Would you be able to store a casting of counterspell inside of a Shield Guardian? Their Spell Storing trait states: A spellcaster who wears the shield guardian's amulet can cause the guardian to ...
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Can you cast the Fireball spell to target a point such that its area affects an opponent next to you but not yourself?

I'm playing a 7th-level cleric in D&D 5e. My DM is questioning my way of targeting the fireball spell. Can I cast the Fireball spell to target a point such that its area affects an opponent next ...
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Monsters with Telepathy or Magic Hearing/Speaking [closed]

I am running a campaign and one of the players is a Druid. After beating a specific wizard, I want to give the party an item that will allow at least one of them to communicate with her while wild ...
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If a Shadow Magic sorcerer replaces Darkness with another spell, can they still cast it?

The Shadow Magic sorcerous origin learns darkness as an extra known spell. They also gain additional ways of casting darkness. When you reach 3rd level in this class, you learn the darkness spell, ...
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Can Xanathar Ranger subclasses replace their archetype spells on level up?

Xanathar's ranger subclasses are the only subclasses in the game that give free spells to a learned-spell caster (besides Divine Soul Sorcerer's Affinity spell). As rangers can replace a spell that ...
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How great is the purifying power of Purify Food and Drink?

I had a game in which there was temple for a local god. One of the practices of the temple was to make sure that the river that flowed through the town was clean. They managed this by doing what the ...
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How does the Green-Flame Blade cantrip's damage stack with the Arcana cleric's Potent Spellcasting feature?

I am aware from the Sage Advice that potent spellcasting adds damage to both the first and second enemy when using green-flame blade. What I want to clarify is that this means that the second ...
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Can you tell the difference between plane shift and invisibility?

Should/could a creature tell the difference between an enemy gone invisible and an enemy that switched to the ethereal plane? For example when someone uses blink, would an enemy NPC continue attacking ...
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Impeded spells requiring Spellcraft skill checks on the planes

In follow up to this question Magic Items that produce impeded magic spell effects I would also like to know how an impeded spell or spell like ability can be cast/produced on a plane which impedes ...
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Does the PHB+1 character-building limit in Adventurers League include spells?

I’m thinking of trying out a Hexblade Warlock in Adventurers League, which limits players to PHB+1 for character-building. The problem I have with this is that the Hexblade is from Xanathar's Guide ...
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Can a cantrip be cast using a higher level slot?

Specifically, I'm thinking Shocking Grasp as L1, to trigger Heart of the Storm (Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide): […] whenever you start casting a spell of 1st level or higher that deals lightning ...
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Can you create an illusion of empty space?

I've been thinking of various ways for a crafty Illusionist/Rogue to 'hide in plain sight' by essentially creating the cover that they want to hide behind. Ideas include things like: Create a wall ...
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Can you cast silent image around someone, blinding them if they fail their save? [duplicate]

I am playing as a Warlock with the Misty Visions Eldritch Invocation. I see a group of enemies, and I cast Silent Image to create a 15 x 15 rock in the space(s) that they are occupying. If they ...
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Casting spells through a familiar [duplicate]

As a warlock with the invocation Voice of the Chain Master, under what conditions, am I able to cast spells through my familiar if they only require a verbal component?
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Can an object created by Silent Image be visibly hollow?

I am envisioning a scenario where you create a 15 x 15 room or building viewed through a door to have an interior. Does the object created by Silent Image have to appear as a solid object? Or could ...
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Can you use the Catapult Spell with Ammunition and Weapons?

Can I use the Catapult spell from the Elemental Evil Companion to launch ammunition (like bolts, arrows, and sling stones) and weapons within the weight requirements? Would the damage still be ...
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If the caster of Secluded Grimoire dies, is the hidden spellbook lost forever?

If an NPC casts Secluded Grimoire, hiding his spellbook in the Ethereal Plane, and then dies, is the spellbook lost forever?
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Does the warlock's Gift of the Ever-Living Ones eldritch invocation change how the Vampiric Touch spell behaves?

The warlock's Gift of the Ever-Living Ones (XGtE p. 57) eldritch invocation is described as follows: Whenever you regain hit points while your familiar is within 100 feet of you, treat any dice ...
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Can the Detect Magic spell sense magic items inside a Bag of Holding?

My group has a bag of holding. Inside the bag is an item that is enchanted, but they don't know this. If one of them casts detect magic, will they sense this enchanted item inside the bag of holding, ...
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Arcanist's Magic Aura vs Divination / Divine Intervention

The Arcanist's Magic Aura can give false information about any divination spells. I was wondering if you can use it on someone so that when he asks something from a god (Divination), you can just ...
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How does the Fire Ball spell's damage work?

The text of the fire ball spell (p. 144 of the core rulebook) is: Fire balls automatically hit their target. If a fire ball is fired into a group, it will hit 1D3 creatures per level of the caster....