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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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Can the Alter Self spell grant you a tail or otherwise stop partway through a transformation into another race?

The alter self spell (PHB, pp. 211-212) includes the following on changing your appearance: Change Appearance. You transform your appearance. You decide what you look like, including your height, ...
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Do objects illuminated by the Light cantrip have to stay within a certain distance of the caster to remain lit?

Is the light cantrip limited by distance? Can you or another player cast light on an arrow/bolt, then shoot that at, say, a tree to cast light on an area a bit further away?
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If I have Haste cast on me, does it reduce the casting time for my spells that normally take more than a turn to cast?

If I'm a wizard and I have Haste cast on me, can I perform the incantation twice as fast? Slow has a similar stipulation that spells with casting time of 1 action take twice as long, and presumably a ...
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How does the spell Slow affect freefall?

The description of the Slow spell says: You alter time around up to six creatures of your choice in a 40-foot cube within range. An affected target's speed is halved... It alters time around ...
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Can I combine Divination spells with Arcane Eye?

Can I use spells like See Invisibility or True Seeing to enhance my use of Arcane Eye? If yes, do I need to cast those spells on the eye or myself?
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Will bloody skeleton remain under control after being destroyed?

Animate dead allows you to create a bloody skeleton variant instead of a regular skeleton, which has the Deathless (Su) ability. Deathless (Su) A bloody skeleton is destroyed when reduced to ...
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Does the Resurrection spell consume material components if the target isn’t willing to be resurrected?

If my party tries to resurrect someone using the spell resurrection but the target refuses to come back to life, is the diamond (worth 1000 gold) needed to cast the spell consumed anyway?
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Can a spell being cast via a magic item be considered to be more than one class' spell at the same time?

Can a spell being cast via a magic item be considered to be more than one class' spell at the same time? Specifically, items phrased along the lines of "While holding it, you can use an action [...] ...
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Is there a limit on the “detection range” of Glyph of Warding's trigger?

The conventional usage of a glyph of warding spell, exemplified by the "explosive runes" variant, is something like a magical land mine: step on or near it and it explodes, dealing damage in a small ...
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Does Confusion cast via the Dreadful Word invocation count as a warlock spell?

From the answers over on the question of "What makes a spell being cast considered to be a {class} spell?", the implication is that something is a 'class spell' if it is on that class' spell list. ...
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Can I use a Magic Jar to share a body?

Magic Jar says You can attempt to possess any humanoid within 100 feet of you that you can see ... The target must make a Charisma saving throw. On a failure, your soul moves into the target's ...
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Can I use my Magic Jar to move over into my matured Clone early?

Let's say I have a matured Clone and a Magic Jar. Can I use the Magic Jar to pop over into the Clone whenever I want?
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How does a spell glyph work when the stored spell has a range of “touch”?

Suppose I want to set up an "emergency restoration station" by storing a greater restoration spell inside a spell glyph created by glyph of warding. The idea is that if anyone gets affected by any ...
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Can the versatility of Feign Death be increased by combining it with Lesser Restoration and/or Freedom of Movement?

Feign Death put[s the target] into a cataleptic state that is indistinguishable from death. For that purpose, the target is blinded and incapacitated, and its speed drops to 0. However, the ...
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What happens when someone with a mature clone is turned into a vampire?

If someone casts Clone on themselves and allows the clone to mature, then subsequently is turned into a Vampire, does the soul flee the now-vampiric undead body to activate the clone, leaving the ...
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How does Feign Death stored in a Glyph of Warding work?

Feign Death seems to be a valid spell to be stored as a spell glyph in a Glyph of Warding. It targets only a single creature and is a 3rd level spell. However, what I am concerned with is the fact ...
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Can a creature have simultaneously a magical and a psionic contingency?

Can a creature have in operation at the same time both the 6th-level Sor/Wiz spell contingency [evoc] (Player's Handbook 213) and the 6th-level psion/wilder power psionic contingency [clairsentience] (...
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What happens if a mage dies with multiple clones?

Imagine that a PC has created multiple clones, through the casting of clone, each matured. What happens when that PC dies and declares his soul willing to go to each clone? I understand that the ...
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What is the maximum number of spells a character can have? [closed]

What is the largest amount of spells one character can have at one time? This includes Multiclassing, feats, Background, and Races. The character does not have to be functional in any way. It just ...
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Can you make a Spell Glyph of a spell that has the potential to target more than one creature?

The Spell Glyph section of Glyph of Warding states: The spell must target a single creature or an area. Some spells have the potential to affect "up to X" creatures. The Slow spell, for example, ...
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What happens to someone who dies before their clone has matured?

Consider the clone spell in D&D 5e. It allows you to grow a new body for a living creature (a process taking 120 days) provided you have a sample of their flesh. At any time after the clone ...
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How does a cleric gain new spells? [duplicate]

Looking in the phb it is not clear how a cleric gains spells. A wizard, for instance, can pick up 2 new spells per level increase and may find others that can be copied into a spell book. The phb ...
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What are the restrictions on preparing spells following a long rest? [duplicate]

For spell casting classes like clerics, druids and wizards they can change their prepared spells following a long rest. Does this have to be immediately following a long rest with nothing in between ...
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Can you store a Spell Glyph with a spell scroll of a prepared spell?

This is a follow-up to a previous question of mine (Can you store a Spell Glyph with a spell scroll of a non-prepared spell?) where it was established that you do need to have a spell prepared in ...
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Restorative Touch vs Slow

The Restoration subdomain of the cleric's Healing domain grants a supernatural ability called Restorative Touch: You can touch a creature, letting the healing power of your deity flow through you ...
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Do the Beast Sense and Beast Bond spells work on creatures from Conjure Animals?

The Beast Sense and Beast Bond spells, as their names imply, require the target to be of type "beast." Now looking to the Conjure Animals spell, its description says: You summon fey spirits that ...
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How can a PC cast Elemental Weapon using a spell slot higher than 5th level?

In the PHB, the Elemental Weapon spell has a stronger effect when cast using a spell slot of 5th level or higher, with a 7th-level slot described as providing the strongest effect. However, in the PHB ...
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When is a spell cast?

Some spells have implications "when the spell is cast again", such as mage hand or imprison no longer applying to the previous target. A wizard character is arguing that the simulacrum he has ...
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What does “as if you were a single-classed member of that class” mean for spells known and spell slots?

Introduction I am currently building a multiclass spellcaster, and came across this question: Can a multiclass Wizard copy any Wizard spell they find into their spellbook? This discussion appears ...
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Can staggered creatures still make extra attacks from the haste spell?

Let's suppose a player gets staggered just like being target of the staggering critical feat for 3 rounds. But then she is hasted by a party member. The question is: could she make the extra haste ...
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Is the ability to telepathically communicate with a Familiar only one-way?

The most recent PHB errata clarified that the Steed generated by Find Steed can communicate telepathically with its summoner. In the next-to-last paragraph, "communicate with it" is now "...
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Can Mage Hand be renewed and moved to continuously carry a torch?

If a character needs two hands to hold a weapon (e.g. Heavy Crossbow), can they cast the Mage Hand cantrip to carry a torch for them since the torch weighs less than 10 pounds? I'm specifically ...
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Would it harm game balance to allow the Haste action to be used to Ready one of its allowed actions?

Normally, haste grants the following benefit: [The target] gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the Attack (one weapon attack only), Dash, Disengage,...
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Does “flat” damage count as a “damage roll”?

Hexblade's Curse has several bonuses applied to when an enemy suffers a damage roll from you. Does damage from something like Armor of Agathys, or an unarmed strike, count as a "damage roll", despite ...
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What happens when you cast Fog Cloud behind a wall?

I'm puzzled by the "a clear path to the target" rule. To target something, you must have a clear path to it, so it can't be behind total cover. This seems straightforward: you can't target a ...
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Can Bones of the Earth crush creatures?

The 6th level spell "Bones of the Earth" reads as follows: You cause up to six pillars of stone to burst from places on the ground that you can see within range. Each pillar is a cylinder that has ...
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Are expensive material component costs too specific?

Reality Revision requires a crystal worth 25,000 gp. Wish requires a diamond worth 25,000 gp. "Grand Jewels" in the treasure tables peak at 5,000 gp. Perhaps there is a work around for Reality ...
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Can a PC cast cantrips without being in a spellcasting class?

I am a new player creating a rogue tiefling which gives me the thaumaturgy cantrip. From my understanding you can't cast spells or cantrips without being something like a wizard. Can I cast this ...
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Can an Actual Cognizance Crystal be used as Reality Revision's Material Component?

From Reality Revision: Manifesting reality revision requires channeling psionic power through specially-treated crystals similar to cognizance crystals that cost 25,000 gp. Does "same" overpower "...
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Jorasco's Blessing and spellcasting ability [duplicate]

The Mark of Healing Halfling has Jorasco's Blessing, which is described as You know the cantrip spare the dying. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for this. Spare the dying has no mention of ...
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When are the material components for Forbiddance consumed?

The components section for forbiddance says: V, S, M (a sprinkling of holy water, rare incense, and powdered ruby worth at least 1,000 gp) This does not explicitly state that the spell consumes ...
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Would the spell Purify Food and Drink remove physical hazards like bone shards from otherwise normal food?

In a session of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure, our characters were sitting down to a campsite meal provided by the chuck wagon. Being aware that they were being hunted/stalked, the cleric of ...
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Is a Medium-sized Paladin allowed to use a summoned Mastiff as their mount?

The Paladin spells Find Steed (Player's Handbook pg.240) and Find Greater Steed (Xanathar's Guide to Everything pg.156) list the following creatures that are valid targets to be summoned as mounts: ...
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How does the Misty Step spell interact with a mount?

While riding a mount, would you be able to cast misty step and have the mount teleport with you? Or would the mount be left where you cast the spell? And, if it was used with a mount from find ...
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If I use Extend Spell on Lesser Vigor, does it extend the maximum number of rounds it can last?

Lesser Vigor lasts for 10 rounds + 1 round/level, up to 15 rounds. If I use Extend Spell on it, is the limit still 15 rounds?
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Do you have to be attuned to an Instrument of the Bards in order to cast the spells granted by the item?

Do you have to be attuned to an Instrument of the Bards in order to cast the spells granted by the item? It is a bit unclear from the item's description if you need to be attuned in order to cast ...
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Is it possible for a swallowed caster to cast Fireball outside of a Giant Toad?

I had a situation last week where my DM and I completely disagreed how the following situation should have been ruled: I'm a Circle of the Moon druid wild-shaped into a Giant toad and I had swallowed ...
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How loud or flashy are verbal and somatic spells? [duplicate]

I was trying to cast prestidigitation on a guard behind his back and my DM said that he would definitely know I did it because the verbal part of the spell would be in a loud voice. He also said that ...
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Does Incorporeal Subtype protect against the divine damage from Flame Strike?

So my party encountered wraiths the other day for the first time and the Favoured Soul used Flame Strike, also for the first time. I was a bit stumped by the half "divine" damage as I've never seen it ...
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How can a frightened creature affected by the Fear spell attack the spellcaster normally?

Someone said he read somewhere on this site, that if the creature can't run away (dash safely) then there is no effect and they can then move up and lash out at the caster as they would normally. Yet ...