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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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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 ...
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How can we change the alignment of our black dragon hatchling?

My fiance is running a campaign and the players have the opportunity to obtain a wyrmling black dragon. Now black dragons are chaotic evil, but the monk of the group believes that it shouldn't be ...
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Which uses of Bonus-Action spellcasting are legal?

Looking at other questions about casting spells as a bonus action has left me trying to keep a lot of information in my head about whether a given combination of spells is legal according to the ...
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Where does a traveler arrive when a planar location's unspecified?

When a creature is successfully targeted by an effect that transports the creature to another plane but no location on that plane is specified, where does the creature arrive? If the plane is the ...
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Are material components with unique attributes unable to be replaced with a component pouch or spellcasting focus?

Banishment requires a specific material component: an item distasteful to the target So does summon greater demon (XGtE, p. 166): a vial of blood from a humanoid killed within the past 24 hours ...
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How do you identify what spell is on a spell scroll?

Are they always unidentified, except for when a Wizard already knows the spell? If the wizard already knows it, is it already identified?
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Does the True Polymorph spell form a creature with equipment?

When a spellcaster transforms an object or creature into a creature using the True Polymorph spell, does that creature form with equipment? Example: if a spellcaster used True Polymorph to ...
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Are cantrips spells?

There are a number of class features that provide benefits to 'spells'. For example, the Eldritch Knight's attacks can give an enemy disadvantage on saving throws from the EK's spells. Do cantrips ...
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Can I sneak attack with Green-Flame Blade or Booming Blade?

Most spells can't be combined with sneak attack because 5e sneak attack specifies a finesse or ranged weapon attack. However, booming blade and green-flame blade require you to "…make a melee attack ...
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Can Hex be Twinned?

Twinned Spell says: When you cast a spell that targets only one creature and doesn't have a range of self [...] To be eligible, a spell must be incapable of targeting more than one creature at the ...
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How to deal with rope trick in particular circumstance

Foreword: As it's my first post here, I can't insert more than a couple of links, so you'll have to find information on some of these feats and spells yourself on d20srd. The Question: Let's say in ...
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Can a spellcaster know why a spell failed?

I just read this answer to Can you Plane Shift to the plane that you're on? and it made me wonder: As a spellcaster, how do I know why spell failed? Is there any roll for it in either Pathfinder ...
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How much fire damage does igniting Grease deal?

The whole idea of casting Grease is not only to knock your opponents prone but — for certain fire trigger happy wizards — to ignite it on fire (fireball as one option) causing potentially extra damage ...
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How do spell slots and preparation work when multi-classing between cleric and bard [duplicate]

I'm planning to play a multi-class bard/cleric character, and I wanted to verify how spell preparation and slots work across the two classes, particularly since they use different approaches for ...
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Can I cast Thunderwave and be at the center of its bottom face, but not be affected by it?

Questions like this and this show that you cast Thunderwave as a cube, and you (the point of origin) stand at one of the cube's faces. From the PHB (emphasis mine): You select a cube's point of ...
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Can you use Dispel Magic on the source of a spell (ie, the caster)?

If a caster is currently concentrating on a spell whose effects are not on the caster, can you cast Dispel Magic on the caster to end the spell?
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Are a Paladin's auras considered magical for the purpose of Anti-Magic Field?

I know in current editions they don't explicitly state that the auras for paladins are based on magic. I haven't ran into this yet, but my question is, does the effect provided from an aura penetrate ...
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How does Wish work with spells that interact with material components?

How does wish work with spells that interact with material components? For example, how does wish work with a spell like leomund's secret chest? Do an exquisite chest and small chest just appear with ...
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Is a pegasus summoned by Find Greater Steed controlled or independent when mounted?

A pegasus is described thusly with regards to mounts: [T]hese wild and shy creatures are as intelligent as humanoids, and so can’t be traditionally broken and tamed. A pegasus must be persuaded to ...
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How do touch spells work in Pathfinder?

You would think touch spells would be fairly straightforward: You cast a spell, you touch someone or several someones, and effects occur. Unfortunately, the touch spell rules contain the following ...
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How does one find new spells?

I am creating a Warlock with the pact of the tome and reading the Book of Ancient Secrets invocation I got a little lost. It says: On your adventures, you can add other ritual spells to your Book ...
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Does the Warcaster feat grant ranged spell attacks in melee range without disadvantage?

An opportunity attack is described this way: You can make an opportunity attack when a hostile creature that you can see moves out of your reach. To make the opportunity attack, you use your ...
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Can True Polymorph be used to transform someone into a shapechanger creature?

The spell clearly says that it does not affect a shapechanger. Shapechangers are not affected by this spell. But has nothing about the opposite. Would that mean that I can change a Goblin into a ...
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Do spellcasters know when a dismissable spell has been broken?

Do spell casters know how long their spells are active, and can they tell at a glance? Specifically lets talk about blindness/deafness, as I know its a permanent duration and dismissable. Does the ...
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In 5e, are saving throw results detected by the opposing party?

Pathfinder makes it very clear that Succeeding on a Saving Throw: A creature that successfully saves against a spell that has no obvious physical effects feels a hostile force or a tingle, but ...
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How can you cast a spell at a caster level much higher than 20 in Pathfinder?

Certain spells such as Mass Cure Critical Wounds have level-based effects with caps that are higher than 20 (in this case, 40). How is it possible to cast such spells and have the higher-than-20 cap ...
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Can a demilich use its spell-like abilities on itself?

The demilich, an epic monster originally from the Epic Level Handbook for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition and nominally updated to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 by the SRD and Conversion Book, has the ...
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Would it be possible to grab my Spiritual Weapon and make a melee attack with it?

If I cast spiritual weapon, would it be possible to grab it and make a melee attack with it? Of course the attack would take my action and I would have to use my strength modifier to hit because I am ...
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What level is a spell if you cast it without expending a spell slot?

There are ways to cast spells without expending a spell slot such as: Master Transmuter (PHB 119): Restore Life. You cast the raise dead spell on a creature you touch with the transmuter’s stone,...
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Is it possible for a swallowed caster to cast Fireball outside of a Giant Toad?

I had a situation last week where my DM and I completely disagreed how the following situation should have been ruled: I'm a Circle of the Moon druid wild-shaped into a Giant toad and I had swallowed ...
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Do your spells end when you die?

I linked to this answer in a 5e question, attempting to bring support for the idea that, if you cast an open-ended spell, like Magic Mouth, it could remain after you die. Someone pointed out that, as ...
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Do Fireballs generate explosive force?

My reading of the rules concerning Fireball and Delayed Blast Fireball in 5e work it out to be something along the lines of "the caster picks a point in space, and when the spell goes off (or after ...
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Are there critical hits for spells?

According to PHB p.194 you always score a critical hit on any attack roll. Does this rule also apply to magical attacks, e.g. the inflict wounds spell?
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Does the Daylight spell hurt Vampires?

My PCs have a spear which is able to cast the Daylight Spell. Would this have any effect on Vampires in the spell radius like regular Sunlight would or would it just be considered Bright light for the ...
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What happens if you cast Counterspell on a creature that is not casting a spell?

Inspired by this question. Here's the scenario: A party member wants to fool an enemy into thinking that they are casting a spell. They take out components, do hand gestures, and starting chanting ...
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How can one establish communication with intelligent creatures lacking language?

The ice toad (Frostburn 140-1) is a magical beast with an Intelligence score of 6 yet no language. Beyond being conceptually annoying and making me feel bad for the handful of aberrant genius ice ...
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Can the Shield spell be used against Shocking Grasp?

A few attacks, such as the Shocking Grasp cantrip, can prevent reactions on a target when they hit it. A few "defensive reactions", such as the Shield spell (+5 to AC including against attack roll), ...
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(How) Can a Rogue use Use Magic Device to cast spells from Scrolls?

Thief Rogues can get the Use Magic Device feature at 13th level, which lets them ignore all class, race, and level requirements on the use of magic items. Spell scrolls are an unintelligible cipher ...
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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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Can you maintain concentration on a spell from another plane?

Here are two scenarios: A powerful enemy caster is concentrating on some high-level offensive spell (Incendiary Cloud, Earthquake, etc.)--one PC casts Banishment and the caster fails the save. Can ...
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How to decide what creatures are summoned?

The Conjure Woodland Beings spell says You summon fey creatures that appear in unoccupied spaces that you can see within range. Choose one of the following options for what appears. One fey ...
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Can I use Silent Image as an adjacent enemy for Sneak Attack?

Sneak attack says: You don't need advantage on the attack roll if another enemy of the target is within 5ft of it, that enemy isn't incapacitated, and you don't have disadvantage on the attack ...
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Can I use Silent Image to create the illusion of a torch that illuminates the area?

Assume the players are in an area of natural darkness (no magic involved). Can I use silent image to create a bright illusion such as a torch or maybe a miniature sun to illuminate our way? A good ...
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Can Phantasmal Force knock and hold someone prone?

Phantasmal Force states: You create a phantasmal object, creature, or other visible phenomenon of your choice that is no larger than a 10-foot cube and that is perceivable only to the target ...
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How to identify a spell being cast?

My players want to be able to identify a spell being cast by another spellcaster like it was possible in 3.5 with the Spellcraft skill. So are there any rules, spells, feats, class features or ...
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Is a creature immune to a spell's damage type immune to the spell's other effects?

I'm thinking about creatures immune to necrotic damage, for example, and Chill Touch's effect (on a hit, prevents gaining hit points). RAW, I'm leaning towards no, but wanted to confirm.
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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 ...