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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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Does the damage of the Chaos Bolt spell against the first target resolve before it jumps to another creature?

How is the damage of the chaos bolt spell (XGtE, p. 151; GGtR, p. 67) applied? It may sound straight forward, but I've read the spell's description about twenty times now and it doesn't specifically ...
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Can a Spell Focus or Component Pouch be used with a spell that has costless consumed components?

Spellcasters do not always need to provide the literal materials when casting spells with costless components, that's what pouches and foci are for. A character can use a component pouch or a ...
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Do I need to be proficient with Alchemy Supplies to cast Healing Elixir?

Healing Elixir is a new spell from Unearthed Arcana Starter spells for my character (fighter 4 warlock 2) I am concerned because Alchemy Supplies is listed under the material components for the spell....
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Is it possible to have a scroll which casts a spell at higher than its spell list level?

I know that, by default, magic items cast spells of the lowest level possible for that spell. However, is there any specific way by the rules to have a scroll that casts a spell at a higher level ...
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At what level are Spell Scrolls used?

I look for information that I have not found in the PHB or in the DMG. With what level are the spells of a scroll cast? Example: a level 20 wizard with a scroll of Magic Missile. At what level does ...
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Spellcasting services profit for a PC with healing spells on different caster levels

One of my player is playing a Healer (a class similar to cleric, but based mainly on healing spells from Miniatures Handbook) and he would like to run a business selling spellcasting services. He ...
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Can you take fall damage falling into water under the effects of the Water Walk spell?

The water walk spell states that it "grants the ability to move across any liquid surface [...] as if it were harmless solid ground". If you fall off a cliff with water walk active on you and the ...
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How much damage does a creature take for spending its entire turn inside a Wall of Fire?

The conditions for when wall of fire deals damage, after the initial casting, are as follows (emphasis mine): One side of the wall, selected by you when you cast this spell, deals 5d8 fire damage ...
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Does Chill Touch combine with a natural touch attack?

In Pathfinder, a lich has a natural touch attack that deals negative energy damage. If a lich casts Chill Touch and touches an enemy, does he deal his normal touch attack damage plus the 1d6 damage ...
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What spells can be used to damage a Rakshasa before L7 slots are available?

I've been looking for the most effective ways to damage a Rakshasa as a spellcaster, before L7 slots become available. After reading the 3 questions below, Is a Rakshasa immune to Animate Objects? ...
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How does the spell Time Stop interact with delayed damage AoE spells?

I'm preparing to play a certain, popular lich and am going through possible spell combos that he would use on the players. One in particular I want to use is Time Stop + Cloudkill + Chain Lightning (...
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Can a Reaction Cantrip be used as an action and bonus action? [closed]

I have a character in my most recent campaign. He is a homebrew race that weakens all checks and rolls in sunlight (unless properly covered), but gives +1AC and the Fire Bolt Cantrip. His scenario: ...
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How Message (and other “traveling” spell) range calculated? [duplicate]

The message description states that it has 120 ft range and The spell doesn't have to follow a straight line and can travel freely around corners or through openings. Suppose the caster and target ...
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Does the target of Message know the caster's location?

Suppose someone casts Message while hiding from the target. Would anything be revealed about the caster's location? Message (Player's Handbook entry) has a verbal component other than the message ...
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What kind of action is the Investiture of the Erinyes' beckoning?

While the spell is in effect, the subject can beckon a creature it can see clearly, forcing it to approach unless the creature succeeds on a Will save against the spell's save DC. What kind of action ...
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Does the Light cantrip cast shadows?

This issue came up in our game the other night. I made an on-the-spot adjudication, but I want to look into it further. I've always worked on the assumption that by RAW light does not cast shadows. ...
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Can characters, or at least Sorcerers, actually change out cantrips?

Related: Can certain classes replace cantrips with other spells when they level up? How to allow cantrips to be changed It seems that everyone has agreed that once learned, a spellcaster can not ...
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Using shillelagh with polearm master [duplicate]

If a character with the shillelagh spell and polearm master feat can they use a d8 for their second attack with a quarterstaff? Shillelagh For the duration thereafter, you can use your ...
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Can the Sleep spell take effect later once the Hit Point threshold is crossed?

A party attacks a creature with a lot of hit points and someone casts Sleep. The creature resists the spell because it has more hit points than what was rolled by the caster for the sleep spell, but ...
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How can we end the imprisonment spell in Gromph's Outer Sanctum in Out of the Abyss?

Warning, spoilers for Out of the Abyss below. In Out of the Abyss, on pages 206-207, there is a trapped secret door described as follows: Grin (an NPC described on page 162) is a Drow Mage and only ...
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Does the subsequent automatic damage from the Witch Bolt spell trigger the necrotic damage from Hex?

PC casts hex (PHB, p. 251) on an enemy. Then he casts witch bolt (PHB, p. 259) and succeeds. Next turn, he automatically deals 1d12 lightning damage from witch bolt. Does hex's 1d6 necrotic damage ...
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Does True Seeing work through Scrying?

Some wise guy decided to cast Scrying on me while I was standing in a truly excessively bright place such that I had to cast True Seeing to see my own hands. The sensor was blinded immediately as a ...
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Does the Fear spell work with an Oath of Conquest paladin's Aura of Conquest?

Oath of Conquest paladins emanate an Aura of Conquest starting at 7th level (XGtE, p. 38): Starting at 7th level, you constantly emanate an aura while you're not incapacitated. The aura extends 10 ...
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Are all magical staves and wands spellcasting foci? [duplicate]

Are magical items such as: Staff of Frost DMG page 202 Staff of Power DMG page 202 Wand of Fireballs DMG page 210 Wand of the War Mage +1 DMG page 212 Considered to be foci usable ...
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Does Arcane Eye transmit information if the caster moves to a different plane?

The description of arcane eye states that the eye created by the spell "can't enter another plane of existence." PHB p. 214. Consider this scenario: a warlock casts arcane eye (perhaps using the ...
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Spellcasting with focus and shield [duplicate]

Warlock with Wand +1 and shield (hexblade, he has proficiency in shields) A spellcaster must have a hand free to access a spell's material components—or to hold a spellcasting focus—but it can be ...
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Can a spell deal non-lethal damage? [duplicate]

So the rules, to my knowledge, say that a melee attack can be non-lethal. Does this mean that a spell like Inflict Wounds or Primal Savagery can be non-lethal? As for ranged spells, I imagine a ...
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Can I stop previously cast spells from affecting me by moving into a Globe of Invulnerability?

If I have spell effects on me (say, haste and bless cast by other casters) and move into the radius of a globe of invulnerability, do those spell effects stop affecting me? Globe of invulnerability ...
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Does the Absorb Elements spell combine with a sorcerer's Distant Spell metamagic option?

According to the answers to the question "Is a melee spell attack also a melee attack?", a melee spell attack is a melee attack. Meaning that if I were to cast absorb elements after being hit by a ...
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Easiest wizard/sorcerer spell access for an undead swordsage?

We're playing 3.5 gestalt, and I have an undead unarmed swordsage (with a drop of totemist). Now he wants access to some spells, most notably Greater Mighty Wallop. Is there any way to leverage a ...
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Is it possible to “precast” a spell?

I'm very new to DnD and tabletops in general. I'm just learning about the game and its rules. What I want to ask is if it's possible to "precast" a spell? What I mean is; suppose a spell requires a ...
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Is this “Superior Darkvision” spell balanced?

The spell would read as follows: Superior Darkvision 2nd-level transmutation Casting Time: 1 action Range: Touch Components: V, S Duration: 1 hour You touch a willing creature to ...
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Does a Globe of Invulnerability protect against the Magic Weapon spell?

Consider a scenario where a party of adventurers encounter a lich. The party is armed with mundane weapons which can't hurt the lich so the spellcasters begin casting magic weapon. The lich casts ...
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What happens when the Cloudkill spell runs into a wall?

Cloudkill has an interesting property where the area of effect moves on its own. The spell states: The fog moves 10 feet away from you at the start of each of your turns, rolling along the surface ...
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How does the Spell Compendium change the healer spell list?

The healer class from the Miniature's Handbook has on its spell list the close wounds spell. The Spell Compendium doesn't list the close wounds spell as a healer spell. Should a healer that's in a ...
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Would it be balanced to allow the darkvision spell to target multiple creatures when cast with higher-level spell slots?

The Darkvision spell, by default, can target only one creature and gains no benefit from upcasting (= using a spell slot higher than the spell's level). You touch a willing creature to grant it the ...
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Can a spell scroll be upcast using a higher-level spell slot?

For example, 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. A dart deals 1d4 + 1 force damage to its ...
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How to make upcasting equivalent to using a higher level spell? [closed]

In general, damage-dealing spells do not seem worth upcasting; the damage just doesn't scale very well. This is probably by design, because no one would bother casting higher level spells if an ...
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How does the Banishment spell interact with other spells that trigger when entering a space?

I had a game where I had a Paladin and two Warlocks. Paladin and Warlock A casted two spells (Moonbeam, and Toxic Cloud) that both trigger when a creature enters or starts their turn in the area of ...
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How does the Prismatic Wall spell handle an AOE?

Would the indigo layer of a prismatic wall spell (in a spherical shape) block the effect of a fireball, if it had radius bigger than the radius of the wall, cast outside the wall but centered/targeted ...
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Can I find out if anyone is within a boundary with a Intelligo Corpus Spell?

For example, could I use a Intelligo Corpus spell with a range of personal, duration of instant, a target of boundary, and a Intelligo Corpus base level of 5 to know if someone is within my boundary ...
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Is there a spell that allows you to turn cloth into metal or stone?

Is there a spell that lets the user transform cloth into metal or stone for a short amount of time? If not, is there one that transforms it permanently before another spell can reverse it? ...
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What happens if you cast a resurrection spell on a corpse possessed by a dybbuk?

The Dybbuk is a monster from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (p. 132) that can possess humanoid corpses if they're intact. What happens if someone then casts any resurrection spell on the humanoid? Is ...
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Can an Adventurers League character or party reimburse a PC for casting revivify?

The Situation One PC just died. Fortunately, another PC is a cleric that has revivify prepared, an unused 3rd-level spell slot, and 300gp of diamonds they purchased before the session. They cast ...
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Can you count as your own enemy? Using Bane with Reflective Fear for infinite reflections

The Dread Witch prestige class (Heroes of Horror) has a nifty little ability called Reflective Fear: Reflective Fear (Su): At 5th level, any fear effect against which you successfully save is ...
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Can you prevent a Vampire from using Misty Escape with the Moonbeam spell?

I'm wondering about what will happen if a vampire is dropped to 0 hit points, transform into mist, then fails the moonbeam saving throw. Misty Escape: When it drops to 0 hit points outside its ...
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How many spells do druids know?

My friends are in a campaign right now, and I made a druid. When we were leveling him up to level 5 like the other PCs, we just gave him however many spells he had spell slots of, which just doesn't ...
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How to spend unused divine spells?

As a lawful neutral cleric of Wee Jas / Ruby Knight Vindicator, I can spontaneously cast only Inflict spells. Unlike Cure spells, they are useless after combat, and unless something with stellar AC ...
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Does True Seeing automatically detect the illusions from Weird? [duplicate]

The weird spell creates illusions in the minds of those it is cast upon (unless they make their save). The true seeing spell gives truesight, which grants the automatic detection of visual illusions ...
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If someone casts Vampiric Touch on a creature with necrotic absorption, does the caster take damage?

Leaving aside the question of if there's any way in the manual for anyone to have necrotic absorption in 5e (which as far as I know isn't the case), and given the text of Vampiric Touch as follows, ...