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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Owl familiar deliver long distance message?

It is balanced to allow Owl Familiars to deliver long-distance messages (written on paper or tiny objects)? Find Familiar spells explains: Your familiar acts independently of you, but it always obeys ...
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Does Power Word Kill kill druids in wild-shape?

Power Word Kill is a 9th level spell that "compel[s] a creature to die" as long as it has less than 100 hit points. If this is cast on a druid in wild-shape form with less than 100 HP, does the druid ...
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Can you teleport into an antimagic field?

Are you able to use teleportation magic, most notably Dimension Door and (Greater) Teleport, to enter an active Antimagic Field?
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If the Raulothim's Psychic Lance spell "dissipates without effect", is the spell slot consumed?

I was reading the description of the Raulothim's Psychic Lance spell (Fizban's Treasury of Dragons, p. 21) and I was left with a question. Raulothim's Psychic Lance gives the following alternative ...
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Do luck bonuses stack?

I know that usually you pick the highest value bonus of the same type, but I see a lot of D&D threads where people are stacking their luck bonuses. Let's say I cast Divine Favor (You gain a +1 ...
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Does Devil's Sight enable one to see into Hunger of Hadar?

The hunger of Hadar spell (PHB, p. 251) creates a black void of darkness, which cannot be penetrated by light. This means that no one can see in, and those inside cannot see at all, which is a handy ...
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What is the maximum damage you can deliver per day with Glyphs from a Demiplane or Portable Hole?

An exploit to circumvent the movement restrictions of glyph of warding is to cast the glyph on the walls of a demiplane or portable hole. As that space never moves, the glyphs can virtually be carried ...
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What's a simple way to handle the ignition of flammable objects by spells?

A lot of my party's (3rd level) casters have something of a predilection for the Fire Bolt cantrip. Like some other fire-damage spells, Fire Bolt's description specifies that: A flammable object hit ...
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Would the 1st level Burning Hands spell burn down a wooden house/inn?

One of my players seems to think that this spell will cause all sorts of carnage whereas I'm more inclined to say it may cause a bit of a fire and a bit of damage but not necessarily be all-consuming. ...
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Is there a spell for storing items or objects similar to a Find Familiar?

I remember somewhere I watch a spellcaster bamf an item they had in their hand and make it reappear in their hand at will, explaining it's stored in a small plane that only they can access. But I can'...
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Are you considered out of range of spells and weapons when inside the hole of a Portable Hole?

Let’s say you place a Portable Hole against a wall, then walk inside its hole. Then, an evil wizard casts a fireball in the room where you put the hole. Considering you are now in an extra-dimensional ...
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Can a familiar travel any distance?

I (the DM) had this thought that the familiar who belongs to an evil wizard far away from the players was delivering a message to the Bugbear leader of a band of goblins who was under the command of ...
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Can a Glyph of Warding target a creature through a portable hole?

First I would open the portable hole, then cast Glyph of warding inside the hole with the trigger "When I remove an object from the portable hole and it touches another creature that creature ...
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Can the creature created by a Simulacrum spell be affected by healing magic?

Relevant rules for simulacrum: The duplicate is a creature, partially real and formed from ice or snow, and it can take actions and otherwise be affected as a normal creature. And: If the ...
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Can a permanent Teleportation Circle be made on a moving vehicle?

There is a similar question about this for 3.5e, but can a permanent teleportation circle be created on a large moving vehicle? For example, a sailing ship, or a wide portable floor? The spell says: ...
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Now that Simulacrums are constructs, should healing methods that work on other constructs work on them as well?

The simulacrum spell description states the following: If the simulacrum is damaged, you can repair it in an alchemical laboratory, using rare herbs and minerals worth 100 gp per hit point it regains....
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Can the HP granted from the Aid spell, be healed normally on a Simulacrum? [duplicate]

The Aid spell says: Each target's hit point maximum and current hit points increase by 5 for the duration The Simulacrum spell says: If the simulacrum is damaged, you can repair it in an alchemical ...
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What is the maximum number of Simulacra I can have?

Simulacrum seems like a powerful spell; I assume that the duplicate gets all my known spells and spell slots due to this part of the description: Otherwise, the illusion uses all the statistics of ...
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What Traits are determined by the Summon Aberration Spell?

For reference, in a session last night the Warlock of the group had a summoned Beholderkin from the Summon Aberration Spell. A Lair action occurred which could have caused the Beholderkin to have been ...
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Would spells that modify your attack bonus, such as Bless also apply to Spiritual Weapon or Bigby's hand?

Would a spell or ability that affects a characters attack roll bonus be applied to spells that also make 'melee' attacks such as Spiritual Weapon or Bigby's Hand? As per the Bless spell: You bless up ...
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Shield Spell and triggering effects of damage not taken

A Shield spell is cast as a reaction to an attack that hits. It applies its AC bonus against even the attack to which it is a reaction, meaning that it can make that attack that hit, retroactively ...
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Do familiars cast from Find Familiar need to eat and sleep?

The spell find familiar conjures a celestial, fey, or fiend spirit that takes the form of a beast. Do these special beings need food, drink, and sleep? If so, how much of it?
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Can you Dispel a Demiplane?

After reading the answers to this question and attempting to answer this question, I got to thinking about the nature of planes created by the spell demiplane. The part of the spell that especially ...
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How do I figure out how many spells I can prepare at a time? [closed]

I have a lvl 3 paladin with two oath spells which I know are always prepared, but I have also 4 other additional spells, idk how many spells I can have prepared at a time how would I go about ...
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What happens when Wand of Wonder allows you to cast Detect Thoughts on a creature?

Wand of Wonders has an effect that allows you to target a creature with Detect Thoughts, but Detect Thoughts has a range of self. This is obviously an inconsistency, but how to resolve this? Do you ...
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Do untyped penalties from the same source stack?

The Mesmerizing Tattoo for example applies penalties to an opponent when specific conditions are met, like using Hypnotic Stare on them or targeting (only) them with an Enchantment spell. I know there ...
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Does Phase Bolt allow Spellstrike to reduce the target's circumstance bonus to AC?

My Magus takes Phase Bolt as a cantrip. They use it with Spellstrike. My target has Raised a Shield for a +2 circumstance bonus to their AC. Do I Spellstrike against their AC with or without their ...
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What spells and effects are covered by "advantage on saving throws against being charmed" from the Fey Ancestry trait?

Elves and Half-Elves have the Fey Ancestry trait, which states You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed. What spells and effects are covered by this? Only Charm Person? Enchantment ...
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If I scribe a scroll of a spell I know, and then give it to another caster, is it cast as a caster of my level or of the level of the one casting it?

I am a 6th level Warlock, meaning all of my known spells are cast as if 3rd level. If I then write a scroll of one of my known 1st-level spells and hand it to an allied spellcaster, when they use it, ...
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How intercompatible are B/X and AD&D 1e spells?

What balance issues would/could arise if AD&D spells are transferred into a B/X game? I'm only considering those spells which don't already exist in B/X and I'm not considering adding in the ...
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How can I preserve medieval transportation tropes for the PCs in a world with travel magic?

The problem: Overland travel spells and magic items disrupt the value of several fantasy elements that I don't want to sacrifice in a campaign, such as mounts (and the classes that make use of them), ...
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How does the spell Black Tentacles work?

I have trouble interpreting how exactly the spell "Black Tentacles" works. Is the following sequence correct: The caster casts the spell and chooses the area For every creature in the area, ...
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Was a "divine wish" spell ever mentioned in any published game materials?

Official or unofficial materials. Not necessarily a spell available to players; it could be a creature or item ability. Various people from the AD&D 2nd edition up to Planescape (primarily 90's) ...
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Raulothim's Psychic Lance vs. Cube of Force layer 4?

The Raulothim's Psychic Lance spell (FToD, p. 21) has the targeting rule: You unleash a shimmering lance of psychic power from your forehead at a creature that you can see within range. Alternatively,...
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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 is the highest level spell ever published by TSR or WotC for any edition of D&D?

What is the highest level spell ever published by TSR or WotC for any edition of D&D, and what source might it be found in?
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Is a teleportation circle’s shimmering portal always open?

There is some disagreement regarding the status of a shimmering portal for a permanent teleportation circle. My understanding is that the permanent circle has a permanently open shimmering portal. ...
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What is the nature of a demiplane's walls?

The demiplane spell creates a demiplane that appears to be an empty room 30 feet in each dimension, made of wood or stone. Are these walls actually made from wood and stone? Can a character chip off a ...
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Where do you end up when you cast Dimension Door from an extradimensional space?

There are a number of limited, extradimensional spaces, for example the ones created by demiplane, a bag of holding, or a portable hole. Say you are in a closed portable hole, bag of holding or ...
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Have the requirements for building a portal changed?

The Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting is the only source I'm aware of for the feat Create Portal (34). The feat is untouched by errata and has as its only prerequisite the feat Craft Wondrous Item (PH ...
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Do the effects spells like Freedom of Movement or Foresight continue to affect a player if they Polymorph, Shapechange, or Wild Shape into a new form? [duplicate]

Do the effects if spells like Freedom of Movement or Foresight continue to affect a player if they Polymorph or Shapechange into a new form in 5th edition DnD? Hello, as stated above I am wondering if ...
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By what in-game logic is there no market for wizard spells? [closed]

Finally, the equipment tables make no mention of spell scrolls, so they cannot be bought by default. The real reason magic items and spells cannot be bought by default is of course that D&D is an ...
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How to dispel high caster level spells of epic casters?

In our epic campaign we have now found an issue with dispel magic. dispel magic greater (PH 223) allows to make a dispel check (1d20 + your caster level, maximum +20) against the DC (11 +spells caster'...
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What is the origin of the Contact Other Plane spell?

Contact Other Plane is an unusual spell in that it carries the risk for the caster to go temporarily insane, a rider retained through all editions of the game. Similar spells, such as Divination do ...
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Does Lightning Arrow work with an Arcane Archer's 'Piercing Arrow'?

The Arcane Archer arcane shot abilities 'Piercing Arrow' (and incidentally 'Seeking Arrow', which causes far fewer issues) say: When you use this option, you don’t make an attack roll for the attack. ...
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Does Harness Divine Power use Channel Divinity?

The Harness Divine Power optional feature from both the Paladin and Cleric class in Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything says the following: You can expend a use of your Channel Divinity to fuel your ...
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If a sentient item such as Blackrazor maintains concentration on a spell but does not have a Constitution score, can its concentration be broken?

Some sentient items in D&D have spellcasting capabilities. For example, the description of the sentient magic greatsword Blackrazor says (DMG, p. 217): Blackrazor can cast the haste spell on you ...
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Which spells can affect an opponent permanently? [closed]

Permanently meaning in a way that does not wear off after some time by itself, or that is not removed by long rest. It would be possible to undo the effect with another spell, like Dispel Magic, ...
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How many hit points can a druid generate per day from Aid with Wild Shape?

Alice is a 2nd level druid with 10 hit points. She receives the benefit of an Aid spell, bumping her to 15 max and current hit points. She then has a run-in with a couple of goblins, who hurt her for ...
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What are reliable non-concentration spells for Contingency?

Contingency used to be powerful in older editions, and has been limited in 5e with tighter conditions on what can be put into it: Choose a spell of 5th level or lower that you can cast, that has a ...

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