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 does Vampiric Touch interact with Resistance/Vulnerability?

As a follow on from Can a Spell like Vampiric Touch drain life from a creature in 0 hp? If I use Vampiric Touch against a creature resistant or vulnerable to necrotic damage, what happens? How much ...
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Does spontaneously mean without preparation?

The bard, the sorcerer, and other classes like the spellthief (Complete Adventurer 13-20) and the favored soul (Complete Divine 6-10) cast spells without preparation. A cleric that channels negative ...
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What is required to be able to sneak attack with a spell or ranged attack?

I'm playing a 3rd level rogue, and I'm looking at at taking a few levels of sorcerer for the Draconic bloodline's claws, and as a prerequisite for the arcane trickster prestige class. Since I'm going ...
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Can I use one of my attacks to cast a cantrip?

In the D&D campaign I am currently participating in, I am playing as a level 5 high elf champion (I actually just reached level 5 at the end of the last session). As a High Elf, I got a free ...
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Does Warding Bond carry over damage type?

The warding bond spell description states: While the target is within 60 feet of you, it gains a +1 bonus to AC and saving throws, and it has resistance to all damage. Also, each time it takes ...
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What does a Simulacrum know?

Somewhat a follow up to this question, when a simulacrum is created it obviously has to know some things (language, basic motor skills, complex motor skills needed to act in combat). It also has the ...
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What's an emanation's point of origin?

The Rules Compendium says, "The point of origin of a spell is always a grid intersection," then later says, "An emanation spell functions like a burst spell, except that the magic continues to radiate ...
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Is it legal to cast a spell with a range of Sight on someone you can see, but without a clear path?

This question stems from the following question about casting a spell through Scrying, and specifically about a comment made on an answer I shared. Can you cast a spell with a range of "Sight" on a ...
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Can a lake of eternal fire be created with the spell blast of flame?

Spells in the creation subschool of the conjuration school have this note: A creation spell manipulates matter to create an object or creature in the place the spellcaster designates.... If the ...
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How does a wizard or bard learn new spells?

So! I didn't find anything in the D&D 5e books about learning spells as an arcane spellcaster. I have a question: As, say, a Wizard levels up and gets new spell slots, does he need to go to a ...
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Do Nondetection and Invisibility protect you from True Seeing?

Nondetection says it hides the target from all divination spells. Invisibility hides you from normal sight. When combining both effects on one target, are they hidden from true seeing?
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Does your spell modifier add to your spell damage?

So I know how to calculate spell DC (8 + proficiency + modifier) and spell attack rolls (1d20 + proficiency + modifier), but I am not clear on spell damage. Namely, do you add your spell modifier (e....
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What is the difference, if any, between “Permanent”, and “Until Dispelled”?

Some spells, such as Forbiddance, say that under certain circumstances, they last "Until Dispelled". Other spells, such as Mordenkainen's Private Sanctum, say that under certain circumstances, they ...
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What happens when I can prepare more spells than I have slots to cast them with?

I am a level 4 cleric with a 20 (+5) wisdom in D&D 5e. This means I have a total of 9 spells I can cast in 1 day. I only have 4 level 1 spell slots and 3 level 2. So if I were to use all those ...
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Does Force Damage Affect Ethereal Creatures?

This passage from the description of the Border Ethereal (DMG p. 48) says that anything made of magical force can affect ethereal creatures: A traveler on the Ethereal Plane is invisible and ...
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Can you use Minor Illusion to create an illusion of a working mirror, i.e. with reflection?

Can you use Minor Illusion to create an illusion of a working mirror, i.e. with a working reflection?
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Does a Readied spell immediately use a spell slot?

The PHB is a bit unclear when it comes to readied spells in combat. If I lose my concentration do I lose the spell slot? What about if the trigger never occurs, do I get the spell slot back?
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Is there a difference between “spell scrolls” and “spells on a scroll” for copying purposes?

Wizards can copy spells to her spellbook as per the PHB and basic rules: "You could discover a spell recorded on a scroll in an evil wizard’s chest, for example, or in a dusty tome in an ancient ...
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Misty stepping from the Iron Bands of Bilarro?

Can a character escape the Iron Bands of Bilarro (DMG p. 177, listed in the SRD as the Iron Bands of Binding) with the misty step spell? To clarify, I am not asking if the bands prevent teleportation. ...
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How much illumination does Create Bonfire provide?

Create Bonfire (XGtE p152): You create a bonfire on ground that you can see within range. Until the spell ends, the bonfire fills a 5-foot cube. Any creature in the bonfire’s space when you cast ...
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Does Finger of Death turn you into a zombie if it drops you to 0hp?

Finger of Death says: A humanoid killed by this spell rises at the start of your next turn as a zombie that is permanently under your command If a player is hit by finger of death and dropped to ...
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Is Ice Knife's explosion damage affected by rolling a critical?

One of the druids in my group have the spell Ice Knife which specifies: Make a ranged spell attack against the target. On a hit, the target takes 1d10 piercing damage. Hit or miss, the shard then ...
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Can a multi-class Bard/Wizard write spells known from Bard, into Wizard spellbook?

Can a multi-class Bard/Wizard write spells known from their Bard class, into their wizard spellbook? e.g. they know the Comprehend Languages as a Bard spell, and want to write it directly into their ...
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How can I get more spell slots for an ultimate magus without resorting to the feat Extra Slot?

I'm planning on a wizard/warmage/ultimate magus build. By level 15 the character'll have caster level 11 in both classes, yet 5 levels remain. I want to save the character's feats for metamagic feats, ...
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Can a naga cast spells even though it has no hands?

The rules on somatic components are clear: A somatic component is a measured and precise movement of the hand. You must have at least one hand free to provide a somatic component. A naga generally ...
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What happens if a Rainbow Servant takes levels in Mystic Theurge?

When a Rainbow Servant hits level 10 they gain access to all nondomain Cleric spells. All spells that do not appear on any other spell list they have are cast as Divine spells. This means that, if ...
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Do bonuses of the same type stack?

My group and I have a question about stacking enhancement effects of spell and items. For example: A fighter got ogre power gauntlets +2; in a fight, the wizard cast Bull's Strength on him, which ...
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Does the Dispel Magic spell work on magical weapons?

Does casting dispel magic on a plain +1 sword make it no longer +1? Also does dispel magic work on a dragon slayer longsword such that it is no longer +1 and no longer does extra damage against ...
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Can spells that target weapons be cast on magically created temporary weapons?

A creature casts a spell that creates a magical effect that's a weapon.1 Can such a weapon be the target of a spell that targets a weapon?2 That is, is the magically created weapon effect ...
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Can you affect multiple targets with multiple Warding Bond casts?

It has come to my attention that the text of Warding Bond, the legal target(s) of Warding Bond, and the rules as written for target's and spell casting and such; leave it possible that Warding Bond ...
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How can a barbarian rage more often without taking levels or feats?

Barbarian is frequently cited as an excellent 1-level- or 2-level-long class. When the wizard can use the 2nd-level spell rope trick [trans] (PH 273) to make the adventuring day 15 min. long, a lone ...
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Can a multiclass character use either of its spellcasting modifiers for spells?

Can a multiclass character use either of its spellcasting modifiers for spells? When character multiclasses into multiple classes that can cast spells, which modifier do you use for casting the spell?...
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Spell Area of Effect Range

I was wondering what exactly does X-foot cube mean in a spells range description. Let's look Thunderwave for example. It says: A wave of thunderous force sweeps out from you. Each creature in a ...
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To maximize a combo with True Strike, which is the most damaging spell with attack roll?

True strike says: You extend your hand and point a finger at a target in range. Your magic grants you a brief insight into the target's defenses. On your next turn, you gain advantage on your first ...
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Best way to get Guidance of the Avatar on a Factotum?

I currently have a level 5 factotum with Knowledge Devotion and a bunch of skill points in Iajutsu Focus, and have just become aware of the spell Guidance of the Avatar. This looks like the perfect ...
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Can sacred flame target someone that is behind total cover?

One of the rules for targeting spells in the Player's Handbook says that spells must have a clear path to the target: A Clear Path to the Target To target something, you must have a clear path ...
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How big is a 50 gp diamond?

The material requirement for the spell chromatic orb is a diamond worth at least 50 gp, but in the Dungeon Master's Guide a diamond is listed under the 500 gp gem list. How small would a diamond be ...
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Is there a lore-based reason for verbal components in arcane spellcasting?

Somatic components are addressed more or less in the PHB with: The caster plucks directly at the strands ofthe Weave to create the desired effect and Whenever a magic effect is created, the ...
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What is a radius on a square grid?

So last night, my D&D group ran into an interesting question. The spell Entangle says: Area: plants in a 40-ft radius spread. We (like a lot of people, I think) play D&D on a square grid, ...
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Speed of a Tenser's floating discmobile

So Tenser's floating disc "follows you so that it remains within 20 ft" if you are more than 20 ft away. So let's get a bit of carpentry skill together, and (whilst keeping the total weight under 500-...
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Can a mundane shield be used with Mage Armor?

Mage armor: You touch a willing creature who isn't wearing armor, and a protective magical force surrounds it until the spell ends. The target's base AC becomes 13 + its Dexterity modifier. The ...
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Is a creature aware that a Hex or Hunter's Mark spell has been cast on it?

Both spells have a verbal component when casting them, but they can both be cast from 90 feet away, possibly from stealth or while the creature is distracted, so it may not notice the casting. I'm ...
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How to allow cantrips to be changed

The wizard in my game has requested the ability to change out his cantrips similarly to his higher level spells. His justification is that every other wizard spell is memorizable, so having fixed ...
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Why can't the “Variant: Imp Familiar” be found with the Find Familiar spell?

The Find Familiar spell describes a familiar The Find Familiar spell description explains what a "familiar" is. It describes its properties — acts independently, can't attack, can deliver spells, can ...
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Did Spirit Guardians just wipe out the Orc army?

I have a cleric who wants to ride a war horse (movement speed 60', dash speed 120') with a spell cast on himself. Controlling a mount does not appear to cost an action, you simply decide if you are ...
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What happened to the Permanency spell? [closed]

As the title asks, I'm curious about why the permanency spell isn't in 5e. It's not in the PHB, DMG, or any forum page on the interwebs. It's been incorporated into various spells like true polymorph ...
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Shillelagh and Polearm Master Interaction

Shillelagh imbues a quarterstaff with magic for a minute. This allows a caster to attack with the quarterstaff using his casting ability. Polearm Master allows a player who attacks with a ...
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How *exactly* does Dispel Magic work with multiple effects?

There has been a lot of debate in my D&D group about the specific wording of Dispel Magic which was not resolved by the D&D sage advice column: Choose one creature, object, or magical ...
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Can a PC cast additional spell using Action Surge?

Can a spellcasting Fighter use the Action Surge ability to cast two spells (not cantrips) in one turn? Answers to this question assume they can not, however, nothing in the rules explicitly restricts ...
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Does a countered spell cost a spell slot?

When a spell caster is interrupted by a counterspell, does the countered spell use a spell slot? The spell description reads, in part: You attempt to interrupt a creature in the process of casting ...