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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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Resisting Zone of Truth [on hold]

I'm playing a traitor in a large party during the next campaign. Both the DM and I are working out the details but we can't seem to come up with a solution to the Zone of Truth which is a 2nd level ...
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What's the permanent cure for madness or insanity?

I'm in a (formerly GURPS 4e with Dungeon Fantasy) DFRPG game on RPoL, and a question has come up concerning an NPC that my group rescued from a very odd curse (or wish backfire, we think). The end ...
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What happens if you are holding an Iron Flask with a demon inside and walk into an Antimagic Field?

What happens if you are holding an Iron Flask with a demon inside and walk into an Antimagic Field? Do the magical powers of the Iron Flask stop, releasing the demon? Also, would the demon then be ...
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Does the Mind Blank spell prevent the target from being frightened?

Does the mind blank spell prevent the target from being frightened by magical means, such as from the effect of a spell, or by nonmagical means, such as from a monster's Frightful Presence? Do those ...
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Can a Necromancer reuse the corpses left behind from slain undead?

I’ve recently been doing some builds for Necromancers for a one-shot we’ll be doing. I have been struggling to find anything that mentions how to keep up with all of the corpses you will need for the ...
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Is a creature that stands in a bonfire from Create Bonfire affected twice in one turn?

If a caster casts the Create Bonfire cantrip and creates a bonfire in the square a creature is occupying, and the creature either chooses to stay in a square occupied by the bonfire or is forced to ...
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Does gaining an extra domain increase a wizard's spell slots?

Complete Divine on Extra Domains says that when a creature that casts arcane spells gains a domain then If she is a spellcaster who keeps a spellbook as a wizard does, then she must find or ...
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When a Cleric spontaneously casts a Cure Light Wounds spell, will a Pearl of Power recover the original spell or Cure Light Wounds?

Assume a cleric has converted one of their first level spells into cure light wounds, and it was the only spell they have expended. When they use the pearl of power to recover the spell, what is ...
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What spells are affected by the size of the caster?

What spells in the Player's Handbook and Xanathar's Guide to Everything are affected by the size of the caster? For context, I'm playing a kobold sorcerer in my D&D campaign, and have recently ...
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Can a mage in Body of Air cast a spell that doesn't require gestures?

A mage PC in the play-by-post Dungeon Fantasy campaign I'm playing in cast Body of Air on herself, in order to rise above a brewing combat. She then tried to cast Stone Missile, but the GM commented ...
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Can an item resist the Identify spell?

I had found a book (called "The Book of Dreams") that was covered in human skin. I used Identify but it didn't work. Can an item resist this spell? The book is magical. The DM said Identify did ...
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How are Fiends, Celestials, dragons, etc. affected by the Antimagic Field spell?

How are Fiends, Celestials, dragons, etc affected by the antimagic field spell? I assume they can walk into them. Do they lose abilities, take damage, etc?
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Can a College of Swords bard use a Blade Flourish option on an opportunity attack provoked by their own Dissonant Whispers spell?

Consider this scenario: a College of Swords bard uses dissonant whispers on a creature within 5 feet of him while he is holding a melee weapon. The creature fails the save and has to immediately use ...
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What happens to a creature that changes size inside of Otiluke's Resilient Sphere?

If one was to reduce a creature, making them smaller and then casting Otiluke's Resilient Sphere around them, what would happen when reduce has ended? Would the creature get crushed by the sphere due ...
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Do you waste sorcery points if you try to apply metamagic to a spell from a scroll but fail to cast it?

To cast a spell from a scroll that is on your list but of a higher level you can cast, you need to make a spellcasting ability check (wasting the spell scroll on a failure). What happens if a low ...
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Does grappling negate Mirror Image?

Inspired by What happens if I try to grapple an illusory duplicate from the Mirror Image spell?, what happens if I successfully grapple the wizard, rather than targeting one of the duplicates? Is the ...
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Does the Sleep spell put a warlock with Aspect of the Moon to sleep?

The phrasing of the invocation from XGtE pg. 56 is: You no longer need to sleep and can't be forced to sleep by any means. (emphasis mine) To me this phrasing sounds like it is specifically ...
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Are taxidermied creatures valid targets for the Animate Dead spell?

Are you able to turn a taxidermied creature into an undead? Say our necromancer has the spell prepared and sufficient onyx on them, and is walking through a hunting lodge with trophies of the hunt ...
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What is the duration of the spell Creation when used to create non-precious metals?

I was looking at the description of the spell Creation in 5th Ed, and saw a gap. It lists the duration for "Precious Metals" but not for other metals. I thought it might be the same as stone and ...
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Do undead still count as corpses?

Do undead still count as corpses for the purposes of spells that target corpses? Lets look at a specific example, Resurrection. Now, Resurrection functions like raise dead, except that it can bring ...
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Can an Unseen Servant create a distraction that grants you advantage on attack?

Whether via the Help action or the Use an Object action or just ordinary interaction with an object, can an Unseen Servant distract your enemy so as to grant advantage to your attack on that enemy? ...
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Can you use Vicious Mockery to win an argument or gain favours?

Though I know that RAW states that Vicious Mockery is initiated through a "string of insults", my question is about what would happen if you used it elsewhere than a tavern brawl or the like. As a ...
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Can a spiritual weapon be moved through walls?

Reading How does a Spiritual Weapon interact with illusions of creatures when it is moved? made me wonder - can a spiritual weapon be moved through walls? The description of the spell reads (emphasis ...
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Using Enlarge Person for Non-Humanoid creatures

Enlarge Person has at first glance an arbitrary restriction of only being usable on humanoid or monstrous humanoid creatures. This is especially prominent given that the SRD lacks any spell with the ...
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Are undead and creatures immune to charm excluded from the HP count of Sleep?

From the spell description: Sleep (...) Creatures within 20 feet of a point you choose within range are affected in ascending order of their current hit points (ignoring unconscious creatures). ...
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Does the Darkness spell block vision?

In discussing this question, I came to realize that the real question was whether Darkness blocks vision or merely creates "darkness". Per the wording of the spell: Magical darkness spreads from ...
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How does a Spiritual Weapon interact with illusions of creatures when it is moved?

The description for spiritual weapon states that (emphasis mine) You create a floating, spectral weapon within range that lasts for the duration or until you cast this spell again. When you cast ...
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Is the Darkness Spell visible? [duplicate]

Just to be very clear, this question is very much related to, but distinct from a previous question I asked a few years ago: Does Darkness cast a shadow? - I still am not quite satisfied with ...
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Is it okay for a cleric of life to use spells like Animate Dead and/or Contagion?

I'm a returning player that's new to D&D 5th edition, but I have played AD&D and 3.5e. I've read the core material for 5th. I'm wondering if it's against the class / sub-class make up to use ...
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Is escaping from a cage-shaped Forcecage really as ridiculously easy as it seems?

The spell Forcecage allows you to create a prison in the shape of either a cage with bars, or a closed box. Escaping the Forcecage is (obviously) meant to be difficult: A creature inside the cage ...
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Hideous Laughter: What actions are available?

Ah Tasha's Hideous Laughter, or simply Hideous Laughter in Pathfinder. My monster's fell fast and hard to this spell last night, and though it was a wonderful victory for the PCs, I'm now filled with ...
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What happens if I try to grapple an illusory duplicate from the Mirror Image spell?

A grapple attempt is an attack - a special melee attack: When you want to grab a creature or wrestle with it, you can use the Attack action to make a special melee attack, a grapple. If you're able ...
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Would using a lower-leveled spell for the a Warlock's Mystic Arcanum feature impair balance?

I confess I find myself underwhelmed by the 8th level spells available for a Warlock's Mystic Arcanum feature, especially if you e.g. have one or more bards in the party (as I do). (Maddening ...
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How do Stylized Spell (Metamagic) and Rakshasa Bloodline Arcana interact?

Both mechanisms are all about lying on what you are casting. Bloodline Arcana: Add half your sorcerer level to the Spellcraft DC for others to identify spells you cast. If their checks fail by 5 ...
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What is, or should be, the Magic Resistance required to resist the Fuse spell?

The Fuse spell states, in its Added Effects block, “+5 to the MR and +5 to the maximum Presence affected”. However, nowhere in the text I have in front of me (taken from the basic sourcebook in ...
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Does the Prismatic Wall need to be on the ground?

Looking at the description of prismatic wall, it doesn't say anything about where it has to be placed. It seems to me it could be cast in the air or underwater. Is there any restriction on where you ...
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How real are illusions?

The PCs this week tried to do something that stumped me, and I am sure this question has been asked before. Caught between a rock and a hard place, the PCs decided that they would cast an illusion ...
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How does the Tomb of Levistus warlock invocation interact with the Freedom of Movement spell?

Tomb of Levistus is an eldritch invocation for warlocks from XGtE, p. 57 (emphasis mine): As a reaction when you take damage, you can entomb yourself in ice, which melts away at the end of your ...
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Does Truesight encompass Detect Magic's awareness?

The description of Truesight says: A monster with truesight can, out to a specific range, see in normal and magical darkness, see invisible creatures and objects, automatically detect visual ...
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Can Polymorph end spells that require the target to be humanoid?

There are several spells that require the target to be "humanoid" such as Hold Person, Dominate Person, etc. However, if the target is Polymorphed after that spell has been successful, then what ...
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How does the Shield spell interact with the Barkskin spell?

I am wondering what the ruling would be on a creature under the effects of the Barkskin spell that then casts the Shield spell as a reaction. Barkskin states: Until the spell ends, the target’s ...
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What happens to the secret message at the end of the duration of the Illusory Script spell?

The illusory script spell allows one to hide a secret written message that either appears unintelligible or appears to be an unrelated message to anyone other than the intended recipient(s). The spell ...
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Can I cast Shillelagh on a Bo Stick?

In Advanced D&D 1st Edition the spell Shillelagh reads This spell enables the druid to change his own oaken cudgel into a magical weapon which is +1 to hit and inflicts 2-8 hit points of damage ...
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Can a familiar from the Find Familiar spell deliver a touch spell with a long casting time?

One of the features of the find familiar spell is to deliver spells with a range of "touch" cast by the wizard: Finally, when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the ...
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Is there any limit to what you can Move beyond weight and the range of your Magic Projection?

My GM and I are on opposite sides of a debate about the applicability of a spell from the Path of Air I have reproduced below: Move Effect: This spell allows the spellcaster to move inanimate ...
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How does Spiritual Weapon interact with Illusions?

There were two Silent Images mimicking a fight between a seemingly helpless woman and a harpy at quite some distance. The PCs (good souls that they are) decided to save the woman, and as soon as able ...
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When you cast a spell with “effect” entry, do you have to have line of effect to every portion of the effect to be created?

When you cast a spell with “effect” entry, do you have to have line of effect to every portion of the effect to be created? Some examples of where it can be relevant: Casting Summon Monster to ...
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Can magical intensities damage energy?

Let's say I'm fighting somebody who can only be damaged by energy, and because of either an oversight or rampant pacifism, all I have are the Create [Intensity type goes here] spells to attack with. ...
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Are the Conceal Spell and Cunning Casters feats for hiding spellcasting meant for use in a certain context, or intended for general use?

I am making a liar character. He has False Priest archetype, Rashasa bloodline, Charisma pumped up as far as I could and as his first feat racial Realistic Likeness. So far so good. Now, sometimes ...
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Does a Grease spell affect the caster?

Does a grease spell affect where the caster is standing, or the caster in general when cast on itself? I've read of some rules about AOE spells not affecting the point of origin or something... but ...