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Questions tagged [spells]

Specific manifestations of magic that can be generically called "spells". Use [magic] for more generic questions about magic.

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What is the source of the “spells do only what they say they do” rules interpretation principle?

Every time somebody asks a question like "can I use X spell for doing Y" the answer is usually "no" because spell descriptions are very short in 5e, and usually they don't explicitly say a spell can ...
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Can a multiclass Wizard copy any Wizard spell they find into their spellbook?

The Wizard includes the following feature: Copying a Spell into the Book. When you find a wizard spell of 1st level or higher, you can add it to your spellbook if it is of a level for which you ...
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Do Cantrips use your character level or class level?

Cantrips seem to be the only type of spell that cares only about your class level. However, in the multiclassing section they are not mentioned, does this mean that cantrips use your character level, ...
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Is a dead creature's body considered an “object”?

I never really gave this much thought until this question brought it up: Is a dead creature's body considered to be an object? And is it still a creature? My initial reaction was that it would not ...
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Does going outside of range or line of sight after casting a spell have any effect?

Does going outside the range of the spell or breaking line of sight between the caster and target break concentration or otherwise affect control over the spell? For example, a Heat Metal spell has a ...
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Is there “flavor text” in D&D 5e spells?

Is there any evidence, in the rules or from developer comments, that parts of the description of a D&D 5e spell is “only flavor text” and should be ignored for determining what happens in-game? ...
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Can I use a spell with a casting time of “Bonus Action” as my action?

I get that some spells are "especially swift" to cast and thus have a casting time of "Bonus Action". But is there any reason I couldn't cast such a spell as my Action? Does it make a difference if ...
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What happens when a caster targets an object that looks like a creature with a spell that targets only creatures?

There are many spells which explicitly target creatures: Choose one creature within range The target creature is normally supposed to make a saving throw in this case. What happens when the ...
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Living forever in D&D (via spells)?

I was thinking of a way for a humanoid (PC or NPC) to live forever in a D&D setting, but through rather "common" and reproducible means, such that they will be available to many. By this logic I ...
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Is Moonbeam amazing, or are we doing it wrong?

PHB pg. 261, Moonbeam: When a creature enters the spell's area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, it is engulfed in ghostly flames that cause searing pain... On each of ...
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Counterspelling a counterspell

My party went up against two wizards. Wizard NPC 1 cast a spell, and Wizard PC used their reaction to Counterspell to try to block it. Wizard NPC 2 counterspelled Wizard PC. I have two questions about ...
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Does casting a spell from an item allow you to apply class abilities that are used when casting a spell?

This question is updated to request additional answers and details in light of information now available in the Dungeon Master's Guide. In the released DM basic rules, Lost Mine of Phandelver, Hoard ...
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Can spells be cast through a Wall of Force?

The spell description of wall of force is silent on the question of whether spell effects can pass through the wall. The semi-relevant part of the description states: Nothing can physically pass ...
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Can a spell be prepared once and cast multiple times?

Our group had some confusion about preparing spells for a Wizard and Cleric. The rules say that you prepare a number of spells from your list and that you tick off spell slots when you cast a spell. ...
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Can you permanently True Polymorph into yourself?

Can a character true polymorph into itself (possibly after transforming into some other form first)? Possibly to prevent aging, cure wounds, or alter their original body in some way? Or as a means of ...
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It is commonly said that epic spellcasting in D&D 3.5e is broken. What are some examples of broken epic spellcasters?

It is commonly said that epic spellcasting in D&D 3.5e is broken. What are some examples of broken epic spellcasters? Available options I've read about include things like chain-gating solars to ...
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Would striking someone at 0 hit points with an entire Magic Missile spell automatically kill them?

Assuming the target is able to be hit and does not have immunity to force damage, would firing all three missiles at a target with 0 hit points inflict three guaranteed death saves ergo death? ...
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What Are Freedom of Movement's Limits?

What conditions and effects does the spell freedom of movement [abjur] (PH 233) overcome? I want a fair, reasonable, and consistent method to determine what spells and conditions are overcome by the ...
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Can a multi-class spellcaster have one thing be two different focuses?

In my group, I have a Cleric 1/ Bard 1 character. He bangs on his engraved shield (cleric focus) to turn it into a war drum (bard focus). What are the rules concerning if a player can have two ...
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Does Mirror Image affect spells that have no attack roll?

I have two questions concerning the mirror image spell. If I am under the effect of mirror image and was targeted by a spell like blight, do I roll a 1d20 to determine whether myself or an image was ...
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How does Mage Armor interact with Unarmored Defense?

If a character with the Unarmoured Defence class feature casts Mage Armour, what is their AC? Do they choose which 'base' AC they take, or do they stack somehow? Is there rules text that explains ...
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What is the meaning of 'permanent' in description of True Polymorph?

Following on from this question: Can I True Polymorph a goblin into adamantine (and then forge him into a sword?) Casting True Polymorph on an unwilling creature (relevant parts included only): ...
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Does the Spirit Guardians spell stack with multiple casters?

Recently played with a group, where 3 of their clerics would cast spirit guardians, claiming monsters in the area had to make 3 wisdom saves for 3d8 damage each, potentially adding up to 9d8 damage ...
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Does order matter when casting a cantrip with a casting time of a bonus action and another spell?

When casting a spell as a bonus action, you can't cast another spell on the same turn except a 1-action cantrip - can the order be "reversed"? Can you cast a cantrip first as a bonus action, then any ...
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Can Telekinesis be used to manipulate liquids?

The PHB states that: You can try to move an object that weighs up to 1000 pounds and later on: You can exert fine control on objects with your telekinetic grip, such as manipulating a simple ...
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How much should NPCs charge for spells cast as services to PCs?

As the title suggests, I need to know how to compute the appropriate cost for spells that NPCs provide as services (components included) to the party. My search has come up with the following: ...
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Casting multiple spells in a single round

In the PHB page 202 under the bonus action heading it states: You can't cast another spell during the same turn, except for a cantrip with a casting time of 1 action. This seems to state that if ...
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How does wizard & cleric spell preparation and casting work? [closed]

In 3.X wizards had spellbooks, while clerics had their entire spell list, but they both memorized/prepared spells every day from those lists, and had a certain number of slots for preparing spells in. ...
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Do you have to cast Shield prior to your opponent's attack roll?

The entry for Shield says that the reaction is triggered by being hit by an attack, which would tend to imply that you can wait to see if your opponent actually succeeds on their attack roll (...
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Can a concentration spell be cast without actually concentrating on it for an “instant” effect?

The book says: Concentration Some spells require you to maintain concentration in order to keep their magic active. If you lose concentration, such a spell ends. So what happens if, for example, ...
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Does a spellcaster know when their spell has no effect?

Suppose a cleric casts Zone of Truth on a captured enemy. Unbeknownst to them, the enemy is a raksasha. Zone of Truth says (PHB, p. 289): You know whether each creature succeeds or fails on its ...
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How loud/obvious is a wizard casting a spell?

Some spells have somatic and vocal components, that's well known. How loud must a wizard talk? How obvious/wide should his gestures be? Some spells that would be awesome would be fairly limited if ...
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Does magic missile hit silent image's illusory creature?

Magic missile says: You create three glowing darts of magical force. Each dart hits a creature of your choice that you can see within range. Silent image says: You create the image of an object,...
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Is there a spell managing program/app for D&D 3.5e? [closed]

I'm playing a necromancer wizard in a D&D 3.5e game via Roll20. I've found that it's very tedious to manage and choose my spells because I have to look in the list of the wizard/sorcerer spells ...
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Does a bard have to play a musical instrument when using it as a spellcasting focus?

At my table I have ruled that 'to use as a spellcasting focus' does not imply 'to play'; since the sorcerer can simply point a wand, it seems like an undue burden that the bard should have to use both ...
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How does Empowered Evocation work with Magic Missile?

Empowered Evocation (PHB 177) reads: Beginning at 10th level, you can add your Intelligence modifier to the damage roll of any wizard evocation spell you cast I have an evoker with a 16 ...
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Does Burning Hands really require touching thumbs?

The D&D 5E spell Burning Hands has verbal and somatic components, and is described like this: As you hold your hands with thumbs touching and fingers spread, a thin sheet of flames shoots forth ...
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Is there a rule for how to handle creative use of spells?

During a fight in a semi-flooded room, one of my players wanted to use Shocking Grasp on the water: Lightning springs from your hand to deliver a shock to a creature you try to touch. Make a melee ...
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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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Can a spell be cast through (semi) transparent things?

Abby, the little gnome illusionist, ran to the nearest window. Grabbing the windowsill, she stood up on tiptoe, getting her chin on it. Unfortunately, the rough, tinted glass hinders what could be ...
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Can you dispel a magic effect you can't perceive?

Discussions about Dispel Magic seem to imply that as long as you can perceive a magic effect in range of the spell, you can try and dispel it. See Can dispel magic end a darkness spell? and this ...
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Can a spell be readied to trigger when its intended target comes into view?

Can I ready witch bolt, for instance, with the condition of attacking "the first goblin to come out of the cave" if I cannot see the goblin at the time of my (Ready) action? To be perfectly clear: at ...
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The verbal component of 'Suggestion'

In a recent game the verbal component of 'Suggestion' came up. I had assumed that the verbal component was just me saying the words and was added to mechanically stop me from casting it in magical ...
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Can True Polymorph be dispelled or reversed?

My interpretation of True Polymorph is that, once made permanent, it could not be undone (except perhaps with a Wish spell, god-level magic, another casting of True Polymorph, or some similar ability)....
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Can you make an unwilling creature willing? In other words, what defines “willing”?

Going through the spells, I see the phrase "Willing creature" used to determine who you can cast some spells on. I don't ever see a proper definition of what a willing creature is, but I would assume ...
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What does it mean when a spell “counters and dispels” another?

In 3.x, some spells state that they "counter and dispel" other specific spells. Does a spell used in either of these ways still have it's normal effects? Does this depend on the specific 3.x system ...
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Do transmutation spells change the type?

When I use a spell like Form of the Dragon, does my type change? Would I get the type dragon (and lose the type humanoid) for the duration of the spell? I ask, because I want to know if changing form ...
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Can you perform a reaction to somebody else's reaction? [duplicate]

Imagine Wizard A tries to cast fireball. Wizard B casts Counterspell as a reaction to try to nullify said fireball. Can Wizard C cast counterspell as a reaction to nullify Wizard B's counterspell? ...
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Does every magic rod, wand, crystal, orb, and staff count as an arcane focus?

The various magic rods, wands, staves, etc. in the DMG all have certain abilities. But do they also count as arcane foci for the purpose of not needing material components for all your other spells?
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Is it possible to cast multiple spells per turn?

Never had an issue with spellcaster scaling until today. A player in the group claims he can cast Eldrich Blast twice on his turn. Once as an action, and a second time as a bonus action since it is a ...