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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Does a Spell Glyph need to “see” the target to activate?

Let's say you have a Big Baddie Wizard who has preemptively scribed a glyph of warding in his throne room with the following trigger: "when a creature attempts to hit me, cast hold monster on that ...
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Can the tentacle created by Gutsnake be affected by Animal Growth?

In the Spell Compendium, there is a spell Gutsnake that creates a tentacle coming out of the caster's stomach. Then it states: The tentacle created by the gutsnake spell is equivalent to a giant ...
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Can a creature with a Mind Blank spell active on itself target itself with Encode Thoughts?

Can a creature with an active mind blank spell target itself with encode thoughts? My gut instinct was no. Upon further review, maybe? For context: I am playing a divination wizard in a West ...
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Exactly what parts of a weapon-like spell or ability are doubled with a critical hit?

When a weapon-like spell or ability critically hits, exactly what parts do double damage? Here are some examples of such things with increasing levels of complexity: ray of frost (Player's Handbook) ...
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Can a sorcerer/paladin use an animated shield without any casting drawbacks?

My main concern is can I use it without any penalties that are added to holding a shield while casting spells, such an item would become more cumbersome than a weapon when casting but does the ...
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Do emanation spell areas change the rules for spell range?

According to the rules on spell range: A spell’s range is the maximum distance from you that the spell’s effect can occur, as well as the maximum distance at which you can designate the spell’s ...
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Does using Speak with Animals with silent speech allow speaking telepathically to animals?

[Inspired by this question] Ghostwise halfling, a halfling subrace in the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide has the racial ability silent speech. Silent Speech: You can speak telepathically to any ...
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Can banishment work on PCs who have plane shifted to other planes?

If you plane shift to another plane, do you now count as an extraplanar creature for the purposes of spells like banishment?
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How do the areas of effect of spell traps' triggers and spells relate to each other?

I'm a little fuzzy on how spell traps work with being triggered, so let me set up an example: A Fireball trap. It hits a 20ft radius, all targets in that area. Triggered via proximity of the Alarm ...
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What happens if a large vehicle collides with an arcane gate?

If Arcane Gate is cast at a point where a vehicle that is too large to pass through would collide with it should there be damage to the vehicle? Would the gate collapse? What if part of the ...
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Do multiple castings of False Life stack?

The spell False Life gives you a small amount of temporary hit points. If you cast it multiple times, does the temporary HP stack?
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What's the difference between Realistic Likeness and Disguise Self?

I'm making a Kitsune character, and I want her to have the ability to disguise herself as other people. To do this, I can either take a feat in Realistic Likeness ... You can precisely mimic the ...
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Can you vary how far Lightning Lure pulls the target toward you?

In the description of lightning lure (SCAG, p. 143), it says: You create a lash of lightning energy that strikes at one creature of your choice that you can see within range. The target must ...
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Why do attacks function differently to spells? [closed]

In D&D 4E as with many RPGs, characters have a fixed armour value or AC. When attacking, the attacker must roll a die to overcome the target's AC. In 4E offensive magic works the same way: the ...
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Should I allow Prestidigitation to ignite Grease (the game allows the Grease to be flammable)?

In 3.5 Prestidigitation is used mostly as a "flavor" spell. However, I noticed that in Next they added a new use for it. You instantaneously light or snuff out a candle, a torch, or a small ...
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Can an area of effect spell cause damage to the same target multiple times a round? [duplicate]

Yesterday, I asked a question regarding the spell Sickening Radiance. The most upvoted answer satisfied the question, but it also added this small line: Yes, forcefully moving enemies into the area ...
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What's the shortest Small-size humanoid ever published, so I can Alter Self into one?

I'm looking for the shortest official humanoid creature I can transform into with the second level wizard spell alter self. This excludes taking feats or archetypes to get even shorter, of course. ...
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Does an inverted Magic Circle spell prevent a conjured creature from vanishing at the end of its spell's duration?

The Magic Circle spell (which takes a minute to cast but lasts an hour) can be used in an inverted way: When you cast this spell, you can elect to cause its magic to operate in the reverse ...
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How does undead anatomy work?

Here is the description of the undead anatomy spell: Undead Anatomy Here are the general rules about polymorph spells. There are two points that are contradictory in these rules: Which natural ...
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Can you use a weapon & magic at once?

Is it possible to attack with a light one-handed weapon and then cast a spell in the other hand à la two-weapon fighting (just with casting a spell instead of using another melee weapon)? From my ...
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Is it possible for Leomund's Tiny Hut to be lifted?

I've been trying to come up with creative ways to get around Leomund's Tiny Hut and another idea recently came to me. When I first started, I had looked into burrowing creatures that would penetrate ...
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Can you use your reaction while ethereal from the blink spell?

If you have blink active and roll over 11 at the end of your turn, you're no longer on material plane. Are you then able to use your reaction? E.g. During turn, X melee attacks Y then ends turn in ...
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How can the spell blood frenzy be put in an eternal wand?

My barbarian needs more rage, so I'd like to equip the party with an eternal wand of blood frenzy, but an eternal wand can only employ an arcane spell. How can an eternal wand (Magic Item Compendium ...
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Are there methods of adding more touch spells to a Duskblade's spell list?

I want to play a duskblade, because their ability to channel touch range spells presents a way to use spells in melee combat. But their short list of spells (coupled with very few touch range damage ...
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How does orienting a cube-shaped spell work in three-dimensional space?

Can the caster orient the cube any way they like? Can the point of origin effectively be a corner, with the opposite corner pointing any way the caster chooses? This question was tagged as a ...
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Can a sleeping creature make a reflex save?

What happens with the reflex save aspect of Burning Gaze if it is cast on a sleeping ogre with standard stats? Assume the ogre failed the CON save. Since the ogre is sleeping, does the ogre get a ...
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Can the spell Create Undead be used on the remains of a Skeleton that was itself created with the spell Animate Undead, or vice versa?

The rules for the spell Animate Undead specify that "A destroyed skeleton or zombie [animated with that spell] can’t be animated again [presumably via that spell]". The rules for the spell Create ...
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Can Grapple prevent Plane Shift?

If Grapple can prevent Plane shift, who needs to be grappled, and where on their body? As I understand the rules, denying a caster the use of BOTH arms would DEFINITELY prevent casting plane shift ...
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Limits to changing via disguise self spell?

Would a disguise self spell be sufficient for making prehensile hair appear as a bunch of (silent) snakes? "You make yourself [...] look different. [...] You cannot change your creature type (...
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Which components for the Simulacrum spell are consumed?

The components of the simulacrum spell read as follows Components: V, S, M (snow or ice in quantities sufficient to made a life-size copy of the duplicated creature; some hair, fingernail clippings,...
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Can I use Shield Spell to protect me from other attacks than just physicals and magic missiles?

The PHB says that: An invisible barrier of magical force appears and protects you. Until the start of your next turn, you have a +5 bonus to AC, including against the triggering attack, and you ...
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Feeblemind and stat boosting items or spells

When a character is hit by feeblemind and they fail the save, their Int and Cha scores drop to 1. This is clear. What happens if they were wearing a headband which increased either/both stats which is ...
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Does Eyes of the Rune Keeper allow a Warlock to cast other classes' spells from Scrolls?

The rules for Spell Scrolls state that: If the spell is on your class’s spell list, you can read the scroll and cast its spell without providing any material components. Otherwise, the scroll is ...
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Maximizing Assassin damage

I have a plan on how to get a lot of damage out with the assassin from Dnd 5e but I wanted to run the order of actions by you guys to see if it is correct or not. Assassin 17/warlock 3 Apply serpent ...
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How many simulacra can Sansuri's Simulacrum create?

In the adventure "Storm King's Thunder," the players have the opportunity to raid the castle of a cloud giant lady, Countess Sansuri. She is a powerful wizard who has researched a custom version of ...
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Does the Mordenkainen's Private Sanctum spell block summoning creatures into the warded area?

If you secure an area with the Mordenkainen's private sanctum spell and choose the effect: Planar travel is blocked within the warded area. Does this prevent summoning creatures into the area via ...
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Does a character need knowledge of a creature to Polymorph or Wild Shape into it?

Can a character with Wild Shape or casting Form of the Dragon/Monstrous Physique/Elemental Shape/etc. shift into any form (meeting the size requisites) that the player knows of, or do they need ...
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Is a caster aware of a thin sheet of lead blocking detect magic?

Detect Magic in 3.5e can be blocked by 1 foot of stone, 1 inch of common metal, a thin sheet of lead, or 3 feet of wood or dirt. Does a caster know that the detect magic spell is blocked? Is there ...
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Is it possible to harvest parts of elementals summoned by the Conjure Elemental spell?

From the conjure elemental spell description (PHB, pg. 225): The elemental disappears when it drops to 0 hit points or when the spell ends. Can I rip parts off of an elemental before it ...
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Useful spells in 5e for a legal trial? [closed]

I'm DMing an upcoming court battle in a city where magic is commonplace. How would the presence of magic change the court battle system in a fantasy setting? Here's what I've come up with so far: A "...
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When does Flaming Sphere do its damage if the caster delays?

This came up recently, our wizard cast Flaming Sphere, and attacked an enemy with it, knocking him unconscious. The next round he wished to delay his action. When does the flaming sphere do its damage ...
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Is there an “anchor” or “weight” spell?

My campaign calls for a spell that makes an object either immovable or immensely heavy. I haven't found one yet. Is there a spell in the Core Rules or any of the Unearthed Arcana or other expansions ...
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Does the movement from Infestation count as willing?

I know that infestation movement does not provoke opportunity attacks. However, I have a different question: Does the movement caused by the infestation spell trigger the extra damage of booming ...
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How Many Arrows / Bolts Will Bless Weapon Affect?

The spell description says ... Individual arrows or bolts can be transmuted, but affected projectile weapons (such as bows) don't confer the benefit to the projectiles they shoot. ... but doesn't ...
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Clarification on the witch, known spells, patron spells and bonus spells per level

I've played Pathfinder for a few sessions earlier but only with spontaneous casters or melee strikers and only at lower levels. Now we're running a high-level campaign (starting level 12) and I've ...
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Just how gaseous is the “gaseous form” of the Wind Walk spell?

The Wind Walk spell allows creatures to assume a "gaseous form" that enables them to fly very quickly: You and up to ten willing creatures you can see within range assume a gaseous form for the ...
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Hulking hurler is too powerful for campaign, player complains when countered [closed]

I have a PC who is playing as a level 14 hulking hurler who throws rocks that deal 40d6+34 damage [deals 171, 173, and 179 for an example] and is confused when people are thinking that he might be ...
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Do Permanent Spells Remain after a Polymorph?

I'm playing a wizard and I've cast Permanency on Tongues and Arcane Sight. If I Polymorph myself into a Sun Giant, do those spells remain active? Furthermore, if I cast Haste earlier in the round, ...
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Can the skill Craft (cooking) influence magical effects?

Can a cleric use the skill Craft (cooking) when casting create food and water to attempt to create better tasting food and water? Similarly, can a wizard use the skill Craft (cooking) when casting ...
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Overlapping hallow/unhallow effects

The hallow and unhallow spells cancel each other by overlapping. Does this mean the attached spell (e.g. silence) is canceled as well?