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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.

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Do light and darkness from spells turn around corners?

Does light or darkness radiated from objects targeted by spells such as Light, Darkness, Daylight and similar turn around corners (act like spread-like emanation)? Or do obstacles block such effects, ...
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Is it possible to counterspell the revised Artificer?

February 2019's Unearthed Arcana gave us a revisited version of the Artificer class, a magic user whose magic is stored and accessed through items instead of invocations or eldritch power. In the ...
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Do the Bite of the X spells from Spell Compendium allow the target to cast spells and wield weapons?

Spell Compendium has several "Bite of the X" spells, such as Bite of the Weretiger, that grant enhancement bonuses to physical attributes and give the caster natural attacks. Some include text such as ...
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For a 1-action spell, do I need to take a turn to ready the spell before I can cast it, or can I cast it immediately?

I am still very new to all of D&D 5e's rules. Let's say I have a wizard that knows fireball; he has the spell prepared and has an available spell slot. Basically, assume ideal for everything. Do ...
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Do Hexblade warlocks choose their spells from the Hexblade spell list or the warlock spell list?

Since a warlock hexblade is a subclass (i.e. a special kind of warlock) in D&D 5e, does he choose his spells from the Hexblade spell list? Or can he choose from either the warlock or hexblade ...
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What are the implications of the Fabricate spell on the environment?

No, I'm not talking about magical pollution. Specifically, I mean how with Fabricate you Choose raw materials that you can see within range. (120 ft) Nothing about needing materials to occupy ...
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How and when are the raw materials used in the Fabricate spell converted into the item(s)?

Fabricate has a casting time of 10 minutes. If I was fabricating a pile of wood, feathers and stone into a pile of arrows, is it a pile of material up until the very end of the 10 minutes when it ...
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Can you use a beast's innate abilities while polymorphed?

I'm just getting access to the Polymorph spell this level, and I'm curious about beasts with innate capabilities. Swarm of Cranium Rats (CR5) are probably the strongest example: Innate Spellcasting ...
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Undead tripping an illusory pit trap--how will they react?

My PCs have cast a Silent Image over an open pit trap. There will be undead following them who will trip the trap--only, will the trap really be tripped if the illusion of the floor remains despite a ...
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Can a caster concentrate continuously for as long as the GM allows or is there a game-defined limit?

I enjoy illusion spells as they can be quite potent depending on one's creativity. I want to encourage the use of them in situations like this, but I want to be fair and follow RAW as much as possible....
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Does the Prismatic Wall need to be on the ground?

Looking at the description of prismatic wall, it doesn't say anything about where it has to be placed. It seems to me it could be cast in the air or underwater. Is there any restriction on where you ...
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Does lightning bolt trigger wrath of the storm? [duplicate]

A enemy wizard cast lightning bolt while within five feet of a tempest domain cleric. The cleric inquired if the lightning bolt triggers the wrath of the storm feature since the enemy wizard was "...
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Is there a low-level alternative to Animate Objects?

I am playing a lvl-4 halfling druid with a background as a woodworker craftsman. I would like to be able to carve small wooden creatures, and then animate them. The 5th-level spell Animate Objects ...
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Can the Grease spell force multiple saves?

The description of the grease spell states: A creature that enters the area or ends its turn there must also succeed on a Dexterity saving throw or fall prone. What about a creature that enters ...
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How does the Open Hand monk's ability to prevent a target hit by Flurry of Blows from taking reactions work?

The Way of the Open Hand monk's Open Hand Technique states: Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you can manipulate your enemy’s ki when you harness your own. Whenever you hit a ...
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Can you cast the Grease spell on an item (like a weapon)?

Can you cast the grease spell on an item (like a weapon)?
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Determining the Spell DC of a spell cast via Staff

Rule #1 Excerpt from "Using Staves" [Magic Items -> Staves -> Using Staves][1] says Staves use the wielder’s ability score and relevant feats to set the DC for saves against their spells. Unlike ...
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What happens if a wizard reaches level 20 but has no 3rd-level spells that they can use with the Signature Spells feature?

At level 20, a wizard gains the Signature Spells feature. This allows them to choose two 3rd-level spells, and from then on they always have those spells prepared and can cast them once each without ...
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What happens if a druid uses Share Spells to share a spell that blocks extraordinary abilities with their companion?

Yesterday my druid used Share Spell to cast Primal Form (Spell Compendium, p. 161) on her brown bear companion for the nice earth form damage reduction. But after re-reading the spell, we started to ...
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What happens to the target of a Reduce spell if they are in a small container when the spell wears off?

Let's say that a Medium-size creature is targeted with the reduce part of the Enlarge/Reduce spell, and therefore reduced to a Small size, before being locked inside a container only just about large ...
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Another Dream Question! [closed]

5th level Dream! Its a fun and creative spell. Though how creative can one be? What activities can the messenger and or the target of Dream do while under the affects of the spell? Can they cast ...
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Can the Glue Seal spell be cast on a body part of a person?

I had a character tonight that wanted to cast Glue Seal targeted on an enemy wizard's lips. It was the end of a dungeon, the PCs were getting very creative with the uses of their items, their tactics, ...
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Can I use a mote from Crown of Stars to attack and also cast Eldritch Blast on the same turn?

The PHB delineates the circumstances under which 2 spells could be cast in a turn. My 15th-level Warlock knows Crown of Stars. The spell says it costs a bonus action to attack with a mote, which to ...
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Does the damage from the Dream spell only apply on a failed save?

The 5th-level spell Dream at first glance seemed really flavorful, but now it looks like an absolute nightmare after a second comb through. Is the damage from the spell tied to the save? Or does it ...
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Can you share a component pouch with another creature?

Can a wizard with a component pouch share their component pouch with another spellcasting player character?
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Is there a weight limit to Feather Fall?

I was curious if there's a weight limit to feather fall in either spell or enchanted item. From what I've read there isn't, but I'm not sure if it'd be up to the DM's discretion or if there is/was a ...
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When do I have to declare that I want to twin my spell?

When do I have to declare that I want to use the Twinned Spell Metamagic on my spell: before the attack roll, after the attack roll or after the DM tells me if it hits or not? Also do I lose the ...
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Does the Dispel Magic spell end the control of undead granted by the Animate Dead spell?

There has been a lot of discussion about dispelling undead creatures, but according to the Sage Advice Compendium, dispel magic does not work this way: Can you use dispel magic on the creations of ...
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Does Levitate cancel (horizontal) inertia?

According to the description of the levitate spell: Levitate allows you to move yourself, another creature, or an object up and down as you wish. A creature must be willing to be levitated, and ...
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What happens when I Twin Life Transference?

The Life Transference spell states: You sacrifice some of your health to mend another creature’s injuries. You take 4d8 necrotic damage, and one creature of your choice that you can see within ...
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How do I determine the rarity/level of a unique magic item or spell?

I am planning on making several new magic items and spells, as well as allowing my players to make some. As far as I know, the rules in the DMG only describe the relevant spell levels for spells ...
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Monster Spells per day [closed]

I was just looking up the Barlgura and stumbled on the 1/day casts for entangle, phantasmal force. Does that mean that once per day it is able to cast either spell (like a spell slot it can use once ...
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Can you have more spells known of a certain spell level than you have spell slots of that level?

For instance, the sorcerer's Spellcasting feature (PHB p. 101) says: Spells Known of 1st Level and Higher [...] The Spells Known column of the Sorcerer table shows when you learn more sorcerer ...
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Can the “Friends” spell be used without making the target hostile?

Friends is a strange spell because it tells you how to roleplay the targets reaction without exception. However, it also give a reasoning for the reaction. When the spell ends, the creature ...
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When a familiar delivers a Touch spell, who should be Helped? [duplicate]

Picture this situation. Myself and a friend are a pair of casters, both with familiars. My friend's familiar has just gotten in position next to an enemy we're fighting, and I know he intends to use ...
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Is there a way to store 9th-level spells in a Glyph of Warding or similar method?

Are there any methods to store spells of 9th level at a location, preferably in a manner that can be triggered in a manner similar to glyph of warding? Magic items could be accepted as the answer as ...
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Does an Eldritch Knight's Weapon Bond protect him from losing his weapon to a Telekinesis spell?

Eldritch Knight fighters have the ability to bond with a weapon, a ritual which gives the following property (PHB, p. 75): Once you have bonded a weapon to yourself, you can't be disarmed of that ...
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What senses are available to a corpse subjected to a Speak with Dead spell?

When someone uses Speak with Dead on a corpse, the spell says that you can ask the corpse up to five questions. Asking implies that the corpse can hear you. What I want to know is whether or not the ...
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Does Swift Quiver end early if you run out of arrows after being cast?

The 5th level ranger spell swift quiver (PHB, pp. 279-280) says (bold italics emphasis mine): Components: V, S, M (a quiver containing at least one piece of ammunition) You transmute your ...
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Does using repeat spell on hunter's mercy work?

Hunter's mercy is a spell that appeared in several sources, the version we are using is the spell compendium one. This transmutation makes a bow strike true. Your first hit with a bow (not ...
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How to not let the Identify spell spoil everything?

I am currently DMing a campaign where there is a wizard with the Identify spell, the bane of my existence. Identify allows him to learn the properties of literally every single item the party ...
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Can the generic teleport Action available to some monsters be used to move through transparent, total cover?

Many monsters have access to the Action, teleport. MM, various statblocks Teleport. The [creature] magically teleports, along with any equipment it is wearing or carrying, up to [distance] ...
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As a Good Basic Fantasy Cleric, can I cast reverse spells?

In Basic Fantasy, I am a good cleric. I'm just wondering if I can still cast reverse spells. For example, I know I can cast the spell "Bless", but can I also cast "Bane"?
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If I cast Silent Image on a boat, does the illusion move with the boat? [duplicate]

If I cast Silent Image on a boat, does it move with the boat or do I have to use an action to make it move with the boat? The situation is this, my party is floating down a large river and I want to ...
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How often can spells be cast from a Rod of Alertness?

One of the features of the Rod of Alertness allows the wielder to cast a number of spells: While holding the rod, you can use an action to cast one of the following spells from it: detect evil and ...
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Can I benefit from cover against an effect that destroys that cover? [duplicate]

The wall of ice spell creates a destructible wall, with each 10-foot section having 30 hit points: The wall is an object that can be damaged and thus breached. It has AC 12 and 30 hit points per 10-...
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Can I benefit from a feat effect while polymorphed?

If I have polymorphed into a creature can I use the effects of my feats? For example: If I have Alert do I still get a plus 5 to initiative? If I have the Grappler feat can I still pin a creature ...
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How do I fight with Heavy Armor as a Wizard with Tenser's Transformation?

Tenser's Transformation is a rather unique, gish-y spell that lets wizards toss their spellbooks aside and take up arms like their Fighter counterparts. One aspect of this spell that disappoints me ...
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Can a persistent spell cast using the Sorcerer's Metamagic Twinned Spell affect both spells?

The description for the Sorcerer Metamagic Twinned Spell says: When you cast a spell that targets only one creature and doesn’t have a range of self, you can spend a number of sorcery points equal ...
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How does spell upgrades work? [duplicate]

This might be a noob question but one just needs to be on the required character level to get the "upgrades" on spells or on the required class levels? As in eldritch blast upgrades at 5th level ...