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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, and [spellcasting] for questions specifically about the process of spellcasting.

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Can Harm reduce you to below 1 HP if you fail the save?

The spell description for Harm says: Harm charges a subject with negative energy that deals 10 points of damage per caster level (to a maximum of 150 points at 15th level). If the creature ...
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Do the beneficiaries of the Pass Without Trace spell change depending on who is in the 30-foot radius throughout the duration?

The pass without trace spell description reads: A veil of shadows and silence radiates from you, masking you and your companions from detection. For the duration, each creature you choose ...
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Can a PC Necromancer maintain undead with the Animate Dead spell if they were originally raised with the Danse Macabre spell?

Since the casting time of Danse Macabre is more favourable to a higher level Necromancer, it would be more efficient to raise undead with Dance Macabre and then maintain them with Animate Dead. Is ...
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What are the limits for passing through mass with the Etherealness spell?

The Etherealness spell states: You ignore all objects and effects that aren't on the Ethereal Plane, allowing you to move through objects you perceive on the plane you originated from. When ...
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How does the Blink spell work on moving vehicles?

During a combat that takes place on top of a moving vehicle (let's say a bus moving at 60 feet per round), What happens if you use the spell blink? The blink spell description states that: At the ...
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Can the Levitate spell be used to cause damage by slamming a creature?

One of my players suggested using the levitate spell as a weapon in our last session. Following his logic, he’ll levitate an enemy 20 feet up and then slam it into a wall or the ground or keep ...
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How does dismissing my familiar from the Find Familiar spell interact with the Flock of Familiars spell?

In the wording of the Flock of Familiars spell (Lost Laboratory of Kwalish, p. 57), we find: You temporarily summon three familiars – spirits that take animal forms of your choice. Each familiar ...
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What if the Levitate spell's load is exceeded after it's cast?

What happens if you are a spellcaster and you use the levitate spell to float up somewhere, but your load suddenly increases over the levitate spell's weight limit? Such as by grabbing onto another ...
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Can I summon an otherworldly creature with the Gate spell without knowing its true name?

Can I summon an otherworldly creature with the gate spell without knowing its true name? For example, say I cast gate and say Orcus's name. Assuming he didn't veto the gate opening, would this summon ...
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How do the rules handle dropping an extremely heavy object from far up to create an explosive effect? [duplicate]

The situation is as follows: Boris is a 13th level Illusion Wizard. Boris and his party have proximity to BBEG's hideout city and want to do as much damage as possible to both the city (buildings &...
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How does attacking a target affected by the sleep spell work? [duplicate]

The sleep spell description says: Starting with the creature that has the lowest current hit points, each creature affected by this spell falls unconscious until the spell ends [...] So an ...
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Can a wizard copy a spell without first identifying it?

Let's say a Wizard finds a trove of spell scrolls. Rather than spending an hour per scroll identifying and then additional time and money copying it into their spellbook, can they simply copy the ...
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What can modify the area or shape of a Wall of X spell?

Summarizing the question into parts here. I am looking for abilities that do one of the following regarding walls. Increasing the size of the wall Changing the shape of a wall Allow for the moving of ...
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Does Feeblemind prevent items that raise intelligence from functioning? [duplicate]

From Feeblemind's spell description, On a failed save, the creature’s Intelligence and Charisma scores become 1. The spell's effects are listed as "Instantaneous", which leads me to my question: ...
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Can a character with the War Caster feat call a bolt with Call Lightning instead of making an opportunity attack?

One of my players has a 6th level druid character, and he asked me if, as long as he had the War Caster feat, he could invoke an active Call Lightning spell and use a reaction to call down a new bolt ...
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What happens when a Levitating creature teleports higher into the air?

For example, assume a spellcaster has cast levitate on themselves, and further casts dimension door to a point 500 feet straight up in the air. Do they stay levitating at their new height? fall back ...
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Must a warlock replace spells with new spells of exactly their Pact Magic spell slot level?

The Warlock Pact Magic feature says: The Spells Known column of the Warlock table shows when you learn more warlock spells of your choice of 1st level and higher. A spell you choose must be of ...
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Can a ring of spell storing and access to Find spells produce an endless menagerie?

This is looking at what appears to be a somewhat bizarre rules exploit, and attempting to determine if it is, in fact, viable under the rules. Premise We have a Bard who likes having friends - a lot ...
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Enhance Ability on multiple targets: same effect for everyone? [duplicate]

Enhance Ability can be "upcasted" (cast using a higher spell slot) to target more creatures. Does the caster choose which effect to apply for each target, or are the same effects applied to each ...
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Why does the Starter Set wizard have six spells in their spellbook?

One of the characters in the Starter Set is a 1st-level high elf wizard with an Int mod of +3. How does this character have 6 spells? I understand that one is a ritual, but it has 5 more and not 4? ...
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Is this homebrew “Cactus Grenade” cantrip balanced?

I am currently homebrewing a set of "brawler" races, modeled after the nonhuman, humanoid characters in Brawl Stars. For one race, I've made a homebrew cantrip, Cactus Grenade. Is it balanced? ...
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What is the limit to a Glyph of Warding's trigger?

So, say you are a wizard 15/warlock 2. You have the Lance of Lethargy invocation, which pushes an enemy you target with eldritch blast and hit back 10 feet. Say you put a demiplane entrance ~5 feet ...
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How does ability damage interact with the Possession spell?

Let's say that a wizard casts possession on a bugbear. Now, this bugbear has spent some time in questionable places and has contracted both Filth Fever and Mindfire, the first being a disease causing ...
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Movable Teleportation Circle? [duplicate]

Say a wizard makes a permanent teleportation circle (ptc) on a wooden platform. Then has the barbarian pick up and carry said platform to another location would it still work?
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What spell do I need to be my own rock band?

In Pathfinder, I created a level 10 bard, and I want to be my own rock band outside battle. My bard already have a huge performance in singing and playing numerous instruments. I took Ghost Sound to ...
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Can another caster teach ritual spells to a Warlock with Book of Ancient Secrets? [duplicate]

Wizards, for example, are explicitly stated to copy spells from scrolls, and can only learn spells from scrolls. However, the Eldritch Invocation Book of Ancient Secrets is very general about how ...
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Can the Conjure Barrage spell stack with the Disarming Attack or Trip Attack Battle Master maneuvers?

I'm new to D&D 5e. I was thinking that someone with the Martial Adept feat (which gives them 2 of the Battle Master fighter's combat maneuvers) could use their superiority die to make a thrown ...
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What is and is not “personality” for the purpose of Polymorph?

It's well understood that "___ Polymorph" spells overwrite pretty much everything in a stat block (or character sheet) with numerical functionality, including languages, proficiencies, and named ...
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If a character has cast the Fly spell on themselves, can they “hand off” to the Levitate spell without interruption?

Suppose a character has cast fly on themselves, and wishes to switch to levitate to prevent themselves from taking fall damage if they lose concentration. What happens if they cast levitate while in ...
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How does Share Spells work with animal companions for continuous effects?

Right okay so here's a question I'm hoping someone can provide clarity to under the D&D 3.5 rule set. I've used the PHB, DMG and the 3.0 Rules of the Game Animals Part 4 to research an answer ...
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What are the requirements for a wizard to successfully copy a spell from a scroll into their spellbook?

What are the requirements for a wizard to successfully copy a spell from a scroll into their spellbook? First, I’m thinking that copying a spell from a scroll is similar to copying a spell from my ...
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Do instantaneous effects overlap? [duplicate]

Premise Two wizards hold an action to cast fireball on the first humanoid that walks through a door. A humanoid walks through the door. Backround DMG errata version 2.0 page 1 Combining Game ...
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What magic items give the owner the ability to possess others like the spell Possession?

Are there any items that allow the wielder to possess another as if casting the spell Possession? Pathfinder or D&D 3.5 items are accepted.
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What is “water” in the context of the spell control water? [duplicate]

What counts as water when casting the spell control water? I'm sure that the answer could be "that's up to the DM", but how does the DM justify this judgement? There's many ways to approach this ...
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Can a Vampire Soul be trapped in a Magic Jar-type spell, and what happens if it's released?

Can a Vampire Soul be trapped in a Magic Jar-type spell, and what happens if it's released? I'm going through this right now in my current adventure. One of my PCs got an amulet that acts as a magic ...
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When during the casting of a spell with a long casting time do you need the target? [duplicate]

When during a casting of a spell with a long casting time do you actually need the target to be present and valid? This was brought up because of the question Is there enough time to Planar Bind a ...
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Can you use two wands to cast one spell?

Basically, in the May 2019 Artificer UA (Unearthed Arcana: the Artificer Returns), the Artificer got two mutually-exclusive ways to enhance a non-magical wand to improve the spells it casts: the Wand ...
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Can the Gate spell draw a creature larger that 20 feet in every dimension through the portal it creates?

The gate spell says: When you cast this spell, you can speak the name of a specific creature (a pseudonym, title, or nickname doesn't work). If that creature is on a plane other than the one you ...
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What are the effects of eating many berries from the Goodberry spell per day?

I wonder the kind of effect that eating many Goodberry in one day can do to a character. The spell description states: [...] the berry provides enough nourishment to sustain a creature for one day....
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How does the Heat Metal spell interact with a follow-up Frostbite spell?

Are there any rules around spells nullifying each other? For example, I cast heat metal on a target's armour in round 1. In round 2, I use a bonus action to make the target take the burning damage ...
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Can a demon summoned by the Summon Greater Demon spell be summoned into and contained by the spell's blood circle?

Can a demon summoned by the Summon Greater Demon spell be summoned into and contained by the spell's blood circle? I'm designing a character who can summon demons and bind them with Planar Ally. The ...
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What is the most real shadow spells can be increased by?

Shadow spells (Shadow Conjuration, Shadow Evocation, etc.) are only some percentage as strong as the real thing. Some things, like Solid Shadows, can make these spells more real. What I want to know ...
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What are the key differences between the Charm Person spell and the Diplomacy skill when trying to make someone friendly?

What are the key differences between trying to change someone to friendly via the skill Diplomacy vs trying to do it with the spell Charm Person? I'm trying to figure out if it makes much sense for ...
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Can a creature with a natural weapon that has reach make an attack through the Antilife Shell spell?

The Antilife Shell spell states: An affected creature can cast spells or make attacks with ranged or reach weapons through the barrier. This suggests that a human could attack with a glaive, since ...
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What is the effect of the Feeblemind spell on Ability Score Improvements?

Our Bard had the Feeblemind spell cast on him and failed his save. The battle ended and we gained a level. Feeblemind states that: On a failed save, the creature's Intelligence and Charisma scores ...
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What constitutes a 'safe route' for the Fear spell?

The description of the fear spell says: While frightened by this spell, a creature must take the Dash action and move away from you by the safest available route on each of its turns, unless there ...
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What corrections (e.g. errata updates) have been made to the official 5e Spellbook Cards, and what errors have not yet been fixed?

The official 5e Spellbook Cards by Gale Force 9 did not include errata rules updates in their original printings, and I'm told they contained some errors as well. Has the most recent printing of these ...
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Can hovering creatures be Entangled?

In my last session, I pit my party against a demilich. The demilich has a movement speed like so: “Speed 0 ft., fly 30 ft. (hover)” During this combat, the party's druid summoned pixies and used one ...
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When does a duration spell end naturally? [duplicate]

If you've cast a spell with a duration of, let's say 1 minute, when does the spell stop after that minute? Is it at the end of the caster's 10th turn? Or is at the start of their 11th turn? Or is it ...
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When Antilife Shell is cast, does it push out creatures within its area? If not, how does it work?

Antilife Shell reads: A shimmering barrier extends out from you in a 10-foot radius and moves with you, remaining centered on you and hedging out creatures other than undead and constructs. So ...