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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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Has the Simulacrum spell changed since 2nd edition AD&D?

I've been idly scrolling through the questions on Simulacrum & find myself suffering from some serious confusion, from the answers given it doesn't appear to be the same spell I knew at all. As ...
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Can the Polymorph Other spell restore to flesh a character turned to stone by a medusa? [closed]

I have a character turned to stone by a medusa. The mage in the party has a polymorph other spell in her repertoire. Can that be used to restore to flesh (in a different body, I suppose) a person ...
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Does Atavism give more bonuses on top of the Advanced template, or is it just summarizing?

From Druid 4th level spell Atavism: The animal immediately gains the advanced creature simple template. It gains a +2 bonus on all rolls, including damage rolls and special ability DCs, a +4 bonus ...
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How does the Ring of Mind Shielding interact with effects that affect a certain alignment?

The Ring of Mind Shielding, an uncommon magic item (DMG, p. 191), has the following property (emphasis mine): While wearing this ring, you are immune to magic that allows other creatures to read ...
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Is targeting worn magic items considered the same as targeting the wearer?

The spellblade enhanchement says it protects from a spell targeted on the wielder of such a weapon. But what about its items? Say, for example, I have a spellblade that protects me from dispel magic (...
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Does a twinned spell with an XP component cost twice as much XP as the normal spell?

If I cast a spell with an XP component using the metamagic feat Twin Spell (CAr pg. 84), will I have to pay the XP component twice as if I had cast the spell twice? Or is the XP cost unchanged?
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Do the illusory duplicates created by the Mirror Image spell vanish when hit by a non-damaging attack?

The mirror image spell creates 3 illusory duplicates of the caster, and states that an image vanishes if an attack is directed at it and beats its AC. Does that still work if the attack wouldn't ...
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How does the Dwarven Resilience trait interact with the Prismatic Spray spell if the target is struck by two rays and only one does poison damage?

The prismatic spray spell can do different damage types (and status effects) depending on a d8 roll for the target that determines which ray targets each creature in the area of effect. Say the ...
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How specific does a Scrying target's knowledge of the casting have to be to decide to fail?

After reading this question, I remembered an issue I've had with the Scrying spell for some time. Specifically, the spell states: If a target knows you're casting this spell, it can fail the saving ...
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How many damage rolls do you make for the Prismatic Spray spell?

Unlike most spells, prismatic spray (and prismatic wall) can do a number of different damage types depending on dice rolls. But how many different damage rolls would you actually make? Do you just ...
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In an auction, how might magic item collectors in other lands bid remotely?

There is no magic item retail in my world. Instead, common to rare items are often sold at special auctions curated by the Order of the Sphinx, a wizard guild. Typically, the items for sale at these ...
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Which spells are hidden in adventures and other sources?

When it comes to spells in D&D 5e, I had a very good overview. It's not like with subraces or feats, for example, which are scattered across a multitude of official and less official sources. The ...
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Does a target of the Scrying spell know they were targeted?

Does a target of the scrying spell know that they were the target of the spell, either as the spell is being cast or after the target makes their saving throw? The text of the spell seems to leave it ...
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Does the Phantasmal Killer spell actually produce an image that the target can't approach?

The phantasmal killer spell produces an illusion only the target can see and also applies the frightened condition. But the frightened condition prevents the victim from approaching the source of ...
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How does the spell Darkvision interact with races who have darkvision naturally?

Okay, I have a Wood-Elf character that is going to become a Monk that follows the Way of Shadow. A Way of Shadow Monk gets the ability to cast the spell Darkvision (among others) using Ki. I want to ...
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How would mirror image spells stack with each other? [duplicate]

If you cast mirror image on yourself several times, how would that work in combat? I'm thinking you'd have 3 images to start with and as soon one of them gets hit and drops to two images the next ...
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Does advantage on Strength checks grant advantage on grappling?

I’m playing a grappling Eldritch Knight, and wanted to know if advantage on Strength checks (from the enlarge/reduce spell) would make my grapple check - which is an Athletics check - have advantage.
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Which Elementals can a Conjuration (summoning) spell summon?

Based on the note to Hey I Can Chan's answer here. Both Summon Monster and Summon Nature's Ally list Elemental(small) in their level 2 versions (and larger elementals for higher spell levels). Are ...
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Is Protection from Evil and Good supposed to be that pricey?

Protection from Evil and Good has a material component of holy water or powdered silver and iron, which the spell consumes So, to make use of this spell we have to spend holy water (or powdered ...
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What do I do about a game-breaking ruling on how summoning works?

I'm playing in a 5e campaign, and one of the other players convinced the DM to let him summon animals inside of other animals - for example, summoning a wolf inside of a cow. The player has exploited ...
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In Adventurers League, does Magic Initiate let you take a spell that is not in your PHB+1?

In Adventurers League, does Magic Initiate let you take a spell that is not in your PHB+1? We know that "Feats and spells gained by advancement are subject to PHB+1", but in this case Magic Initiate ...
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A Rogue That Can Heal Themself [closed]

If I was a rogue that wanted to be prepared, and just know a few healing spells, could I? Would I be able to be taught by a cleric buddy? Could I take just one lesson at a magic school? Is it ...
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Does a sahuagin's Blood Frenzy trait give advantage on Spiritual Weapon's attack roll?

Sahuagin have the Blood Frenzy trait: The sahuagin has advantage on melee attack rolls against any creature that doesn't have all its hit points. If a Sahuagin casts spiritual weapon, does the ...
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Can you cast a bonus-action spell, then Ready a leveled spell on the same turn?

In D&D 5e, a spellcaster (we’ll use cleric as an example) can cast a spell as a bonus action and one as an action on the same turn, but one must be a cantrip - for example, in the same turn, a ...
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Is the wings of flurry spell broken, when compared to other strong 4th level spells?

Relevant parts of the spell. Evocation [Force] Level: Sorcerer 4, Range: 30 ft. Area: 30-ft.-radius burst Saving Throw: Reflex half Spell Resistance: Yes wings that strike at ...
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Is there a way for a Bard to learn one more known spell?

Looking at the Bard progression table, Bards begin at level 1 with 4 spells known, and then gain (on average) 1 new known spell per level, until they cap at level 18. I'd like to know if there is a ...
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How to roll damage for a fireball against multiple opponents?

A fireball is cast and is about to deal 8d6 damage to five different opponents. Do you roll 8d6 one time and each of the five opponents takes that damage (subject to saves), or do you roll 8d6 for ...
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What are the limits of the Flood option of Control Water?

Control water's Flood option lets you: cause the water level of all standing water in the area to rise by as much as 20 feet.  If you do raise the water level above the apex of its container (say ...
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Is there a spell that can stop a ship?

There is a ship that needs to be stopped from sailing away without sinking it. The ship is large (2 masts), is in deep water and has a gust of wind item. I am looking for spells up to a lvl 4 slot, ...
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Does Conjure Minor Elementals let the caster choose which elemental to summon?

Does conjure minor elementals, with respect to the restriction on its CR, let the caster choose which elemental to summon? If no, is it determined randomly?
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Does the Spell Sniper feat affect the size of a spell's area of effect?

Would the Spell Sniper feat affect the width of the lightning bolt spell, which is normally 100 feet long and 5 feet wide? Would it also increase the explosion range of fireball and such spells?
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How do wizards acquire sanctified spells?

The Book of Exalted deeds states This section begins with a list of sanctified spells, which are available to any class that prepares spells rather than casting them spontaneously. Book of ...
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Can the Minor Illusion spell be cast without line of sight?

Can minor illusion be cast without line of sight? For example, could you cast it behind a wall or through a closed door? Or do you need to see where it’s being manifested? I can't seem to find any ...
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Realistically, does Leomund’s Tiny Hut allow for indefinite long rests in a dungeon?

I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this, but the more I read into Leomund’s tiny hut, the more it looks like it’s a spell designed entirely around taking free long rests in dungeons, or ...
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Are spells removed from class lists in the Spell Compendium effectively removed or just an oversight?

Even though I know there's a controversy to whether or not use Spell Compendium as a unerring and definitive errata, in my playgroups we tend to do so with some exceptions. Now we are facing a issue ...
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If you have the War Caster feat and cast Booming Blade as a reaction, does it count as an opportunity attack for the UA Blade Mastery feat?

The third benefit of the Blade Mastery feat (from Unearthed Arcana: Feats) says: You master the shortsword, longsword, scimitar, rapier, and greatsword. You gain the following benefits when using ...
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Does the Protection from Evil and Good spell give an undead disadvantage to attacking itself?

If a zombie attempts suicide by attacking itself while under the effect of a protection from evil and good spell, would it have disadvantage on the roll to kill itself?
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Is there any in-text justification for limiting Reserves of Strength?

Dragonlance Campaign Setting has a feat called Reserves of Strength. This is the complete text of its benefit: When you cast a spell, you can decide to increase your caster level with that spell by ...
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Which spells improve damage infinitely with caster levels?

I've been looking for spells that have no upper limit damage based on caster level for my Warlock use with his Craft Staff feat. For example, Flame Strike (Clr 5/Drd 4) has the upper limit of 15d6 ...
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Can the Alter Self spell simulate bioluminescence?

I had an idea that my Draconic Bloodline sorcerer would use the Dragon Wings feature before casting alter self to basically look like an angel. But I thought the look wouldn't be complete without a ...
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Do multiple cases of reduced HP from Harm need to be cured individually?

If you fail your save against Harm, it will reduce your maximum HP for an hour or until it is cured via some kind of cure disease effect. You unleash a virulent disease on a creature that you can ...
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Do steeds summoned with Find Greater Steed have other options than the usual control rules during mounted combat?

During mounted combat, I understand there are two possible options: You can control your mount, in which case your mount cannot make an attack, or You can opt to leave it independent (and controlled ...
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What are the effects of Pact Magic and Spellcasting being stacked on the same character?

I have a lvl. 4 Divination Wizard who, for RP purposes, will be multi-classing into a Hexblade Warlock. However, I'm unsure how their mutual magic abilities will work together afterwards. They're both ...
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Are temporary hit points counted when considering total damage? [duplicate]

For some damage like a vampire's bite attack or the harm spell, your maximum HP is reduced based on the damage taken. What happens if some or all of that damage is absorbed by the target's temporary ...
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Could casting the Harm spell on a creature with Bestow Curse cast on it drop it below 1 HP?

The harm spell states it cannot drop the target below 1 HP. But what if the caster had previously cursed them using bestow curse with the curse causing them to take extra damage? Could that extra ...
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Does casting a spell that scares/lies to an enemy count as “affecting them” for the purpose of Sanctuary?

Sanctuary is a spell with the following clause: If the warded creature makes an attack, casts a spell that affects an enemy, or deals damage to another creature, this spell ends. The bolded part ...
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Could the Banishment spell be used to separate an NPC from an aberration growing inside it? [duplicate]

Backdrop: A horror-themed campaign that heavily draws upon the Lovecraft mythos, using the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition ruleset. Situation: The party has encountered a story arc inspired by the ...
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Is a pregnant creature considered a single entity for spells such as Banishment?

Using the D&D 5e RPG system. We'll use a Brown Bear and the spell Banishment as an example. What, if anything, occurs when you attempt to cast such a spell on a creature that is currently pregnant?...
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How would Banishment on a gelatinous cube affect an engulfed creature? [duplicate]

If a creature is engulfed by a Gelatinous Cube and a character casts Banishment (or similar teleportation/planar magic) on the Cube, would the engulfed creature be affected even though the spell ...
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Can a sandman bard steal prepared spells that have already been cast?

Can a sandman bard use the bardic performance stealspell to steal a spell from an allied druid if the druid has already cast the spell?