Questions tagged [spells]

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Can Dispel Magic remove the curse imposed by Bestow Curse?

Bestow Curse states in the spell description that Remove Curse can... remove the curse. We also have the mention in the description of Greater Restoration that states that the spell can remove a curse....
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Can I choose not to control a Dominated person?

I'm not a bad guy, really I'm not. It's just that, once in a while I need a spy and I don't really have time to ask nicely. On the evil scale of "doesn't write his mother" to "actively tries to ...
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Paladin's Find Steed was True Polymorphed

The paladin in the party I DM for uses the Find Steed spell to summon a saber toothed tiger mount (I'm a nice DM). The spell says: You summon a spirit that assumes the form of an unusually ...
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Does a concentration spell still require concentration when triggered by Contingency?

Does a spell that normally requires concentration, but which is cast with and triggered by Contingency, still require concentration once it begins? Part of the reason I ask is in comparison with a ...
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Can you use Magic Initiate to cast a spell you already know, and still learn another spell?

I have a wizard PC who wants to gain the feat Magic Initiate and use free 1st level spell to use mage armour once a day. He already knows Mage armour, so: Can he use the Feat to gain a free casting ...
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Does Mystic Arcanum take up a spells known slot?

For levels where you get a new mystic arcanum, the warlock leveling table also shows that you get one more spell known. Are they the same spell, or is the spell you get from mystic arcanum a different ...
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How do you decide who will be contacted by Contact Other Plane spell

Contact Other Plane says: You mentally contact a demigod, the spirit of a long-dead sage, or some other mysterious entity from another plane. Does the caster decide whom they are contacting? Do ...
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Does Lightning Lure trigger Polearm Master's opportunity attack?

I know there is language about opportunity attacks that says: You also don’t provoke an opportunity attack when you teleport or when someone or something moves you without using your movement, ...
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How does the Sanctuary spell stack with the College of Glamour bard's Unbreakable Majesty feature?

The College of Glamour bard's Unbreakable Majesty feature (XGE, p. 14-15) has a similar effect to the sanctuary spell, although it requires a Charisma save instead of a Wisdom save. If someone ...
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Can a +1 weapon with a total of +10 bonus-worth of enchantments benefit from Greater Magic Weapon?

If a player crafts a sword with only a +1 enhancement bonus but +9 worth of other bonuses, can that weapon receive the benefit of Greater Magic Weapon to increase its enhancement bonus to +5? ...
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Does Mirror Image stack with Blur?

If you have the effects of a Blur and a Mirror Image spell on you at the same, do your mirror images gain the 20% miss chance of Blur?
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Can a Wizard learn to cast Cure Light Wounds from a bard scroll?

If a bard were to scribe Cure Light Wounds into a scroll, would it be possible for a Wizard to write it into his spellbook given that it's the arcane version of the spell? I know about Can a Sorcerer ...
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How much does Otiluke's Resilient Sphere weigh?

For the purposes of moving ORS, when it says: The sphere is weightless and just large enough to contain the creature or object inside Does it mean that the creature and the sphere becomes ...
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Can you cast 2 spells at the same time?

This question is prompted by both Sage Advice and this similar Pathfinder question. Let's use the scenario from Sage Advice: Can you cast a reaction spell on your turn? You sure can! ...
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Does dispelling with an opposing spell require a check or save?

In Pathfinder there are a few spells that are effectively polar opposites, and as such have the text “counters and dispels [opposite]”. The rules for counterspelling are spelled out fairly well, but ...
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Is there a way to detect Modified Memories?

In D&D 5E, is there a way to detect if someone has had their memories tampered with via the spell Modify Memory? In 3.5E, you could pick up on this with Detect Magic. According to the 3.5 SRD, ...
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Can Skeletons be put to sleep?

There seems to be some debate over whether or not Skeletons can be put to sleep by way of the Sleep spell in 5e. Can they or not?
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Does the Blink spell break grapples?

If I am grappling someone while I have the Blink spell activated, does that person travel with me or is the grapple broken?
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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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Some concentration spells give you a special action. Does the War Caster feat let these be used instead of opportunity attacks?

Some concentration spells give you a special action. Does the War Caster feat (PHB, p. 170) let these be used instead of opportunity attacks? For a specific example, the dragon's breath (XGtE, p. 154)...
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Can I use the Fast Hands bonus action to control Mage Hand?

My character is a level one high elf rogue, so I picked mage hand as his high elf cantrip. When he gets to level three, I plan on picking the Thief archetype. Can he use the fast hands bonus action ...
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Is this homebrew life-stealing melee cantrip unbalanced?

I started thinking about a variant of a melee attack cantrip like booming blade that would allow you to regain some lost health. The cantrip I came up with is this: Evocation cantrip Casting time:...
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Do creatures charmed by Charm Person/Animal Friendship attack your allies?

Does an affected creature still consider your allies as hostile? Animal friendship states: the beast must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw or be charmed by you for the spell's duration. If you or ...
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How does true polymorph interact with class feature companions? [closed]

How does true polymorph work with the companion from the rangers beast master and warlocks pact of the chain class options? Beast Master Can it be true polymorphed into a large CR 1/4 creature? Can ...
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Can a Summoner Cast the Summon Monster Spell With His Eidolon Out?

I have Summon Monster IV on my spell list. Do I have to dismiss my eidolon before casting the spell, or can I cast it even with my eidolon out? I remember you couldn't have the eidolon and summon ...
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Can a Large creature enter Leomund's Tiny Hut from below?

The other day one of my spellcasters conjured Leomund's tiny hut so his team could sleep in peace: A 10-foot-radius immobile dome of force springs into existence around and above you and remains ...
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Can the Find Familiar spell resummon the familiar behind a barrier?

The PHB (p. 240) states as part of the Find Familiar spell that: As an action while it is temporarily dismissed, you can cause it to reappear in any unoccupied space within 30 feet of you. Say the ...
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How do multiple castings of Hex affect a creature?

How do multiple castings of Hex affect a creature? This question has two parts related to the same spell and game mechanic. Scenario 1: The Three Warlocks walk into a tavern and spot their arch-...
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Can an ally charge your Staff of the Magi before a long rest by casting a bunch of spells at you?

The Staff of the Magi allows you to absorb spells cast at you to replenish its charges. Considering that the description doesn't say that it has to be cast by a hostile person, is it possible for, ...
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Does your spell save DC change on spells cast before you change your spell save DC?

While reading through the symbol spell I noticed that the spell technically could stay on forever, and during this time the caster could get stronger and thus gain a higher spell save DC. When ...
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Can a magic rod be used as a quarterstaff?

Can a magical rod, more specifically, the Rod of the Pact Keeper, double as a quarterstaff? Rod of the Pact Keeper (DMG Pg. 197) Rod, uncommon (+1), rare (+2), or very rare (+3) (requires ...
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Storing long casting time spells in a glyph

The spell glyph of warding states: Casting time: 1 hour [...] You can store a prepared spell of 3rd level or lower in the glyph by casting it as part of creating the glyph [...] If you ...
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Can you benefit from Horde Breaker if you attack as part of Booming Blade or Green Flame Blade?

The booming blade and green-flame blade cantrips from the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide both have the particularity of including a single melee weapon attack as part of their casting. Several ...
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Can you move a levitating target 120 feet in a single action?

The levitate spell contains the following text: ...you can use your action to move the target, which must remain within the spell's range. The spell's range is 60 feet. Levitate doesn't seem to ...
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Does the Tempest domain's Destructive Wrath maximize ongoing damage from a twinned Witch Bolt?

I have a multiclass tempest cleric/sorcerer. If I twin Witch Bolt and then use Channel Divinity: Destructive Wrath, which allows me to deal max thunder or lightning damage, are both bolts impacted? ...
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Can the Meld Into Stone spell be cast on someone else?

I've been puzzled by the usefulness of the spell Meld Into Stone, to a point where I've wondered if it can be cast on someone else other than the caster. The description for the spell seems to ...
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If the DM rolls initiative once for a group of monsters, how do end-of-turn effects work?

A wizard rounds a corner to find two kobolds brandishing their weapons. Roll initiative! The DM determines that neither side is surprised. The DM then makes a single initiative roll (10) for the two ...
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What is the casting level of magic items? eg, Javelin of lightning

I notice there are a lot of similar questions about, but none for 5e. So, a high level sorcerer is inside a Globe of Invulnerability cast at 6th level. Suddenly, they are hit by the lightning strike ...
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Question regarding spellcraft: Learn a spell

Browsing the PHB, I noticed the 3rd entry of the spellcraft skill's usages: 15 + spell level: Learn a spell from a spellbook or scroll (wizard only). No retry for that spell until you gain at ...
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Does the Scatter spell actually scatter the targets?

Based on the spell's name, you would think that all of the targets would end up all over the playing field, but per the Scatter spell description: The air quivers around up to five creatures of ...
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Does Channel Divinity / Turn Undead break sanctuary?

RAW for Sanctuary breaking are as follows: If the warded creature makes an attack or casts a spell that affects an enemy creature, this spell ends. Is channel divinity "casting a spell"?
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How many attacks can I make after using greenflame blade as a bonus action?

I am playing a dual wielding 5th Fighter/2nd Paladin/5th Sorcerer with blade mastery that has chosen the magic initiate feat (warlock: greenflame & booming blade for cantrips and Hex for 1st level ...
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Does fire shield negate invisibility?

Since fire shield makes you glow and invisibility only extend to things you're wearing or carrying. People can more or less see you. Does it then cancel out invisibility? Fire shield: Thin and ...
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Why would I use Scorching Ray?

I have a level 3 light domain cleric. I have both the 1st level spell Guiding Bolt and the 2nd level spell Scorching Ray. When I use a 2nd level spell slot with Guiding Bolt the damage is 5d6 and ...
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Are creatures outlined by Faerie Fire concealed by Obscuring Mist?

Faerie Fire: A pale glow surrounds and outlines the subjects. Outlined subjects shed light as candles. Outlined creatures do not benefit from the concealment normally provided by darkness (though a ...
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Is acid splash automatically a critical hit against an unconscious creature?

For Critical hits, the PHB states When you score a critical hit, you get to roll extra dice for the attack's damage... for acid splash ... A target must succeed on a Dexterity saving throw... ...
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What are the drawbacks of a blind spellcaster?

I want to create a blind archmage villain, and I'm trying to find all the handicaps that his blinded condition would come with. My first impression is that "if you can see the target" spells are all ...
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Without home brew, are there ways of carrying illusions?

I'm playing an illusionist wizard that is going to be level 11 soon. As the ability of a level 6 illusionist wizard states: Malleable Illusions: Starting at 6th level, when you cast an illusion ...
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Can a wizard change his spell school? [duplicate]

Are there any rules to facilitate a character who wants to change his emphasis within the same class? My specific issue now is a wizard who has figured out that the spell school he began with is not ...
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Can a Polymorphed creature grapple?

My confusion comes from this part of the polymorph spell: The creature is limited in the actions it can perform by the nature of its new form, and it can't speak, cast spells, or take any other ...

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