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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 a Beast Conclave Ranger (UA) multiclassed w/Wizard benefit from using Speak with Animals to cast Suggestion on their own beast?

Similar to this question about the PHB Beastmaster, I want to know if, as a 3rd level Beast Conclave (Revised Ranger on UA) multiclassed as Wizard 3, I could cast Speak with Animals to enable my using ...
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Can you cast Sanctuary after initiating a grapple without causing the spell to immediately end?

I think it's pretty well established that if you cast Sanctuary on yourself, then initiate a grapple, sanctuary is broken because initiating a grapple is a "special melee attack." However, a situation ...
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How can I get a Hell Hound as a Summon Monster 2 option in PFS, as early as possible?

Hell Hound is listed in the Summon Monster II alternative summoning list. This creature seems nice to be used by my friend who is a True Neutral Unchained Summoner with a focus on actually summoning ...
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Do PCs know about spell levels? [duplicate]

I was reading some lore from the Forgotten Realms and saw something about higher level spell slots (10, 11 and 12) and them being sealed off for mortal beings. So I was wondering if PCs know about ...
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Can a spell cast inside a globe of invulnerability be counterspelled?

If a spell caster is inside a globe of invulnerability and they try casting a spell, can somebody outside of the globe use counterspell to block their attempt to cast that spell? I had though it would ...
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Can the Catapult spell be used to launch objects straight up or at an angle?

Catapult reads: Choose one object weighing 1 to 5 pounds within range that isn't being worn or carried. The object flies in a straight line up to 90 feet in a direction you choose before ...
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Can a multiclass Beastmaster/Wizard benefit from using Speak with Animals to cast Suggestion on their own animal companion?

As a Beastmaster 3 / Wizard 3, I want to use Speak with Animals to enable my using the Suggestion spell on my beast companion, for the purpose of issuing to her a two-sentence set of "marching orders"....
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Does the Catapult spell do damage based on weight or spell level?

I have seen a fair amount of catapult + folding boat questions and it seems like people are just looking for solutions for when players find out that is a thing. However, I am more curious as to ...
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Can you cast True Strike and upon the next turn cast a touch spell through a familar for advantage?

I am rather curious about the interactions between Find Familiar and True Strike in the case of touch spells in D&D 5e. My understanding is that the touch spell can be delivered by a familiar, but ...
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Does the Encode Thoughts spell remove the target thought from memory, or does it create a copy?

The description of the encode thoughts cantrip says (GGtR, p. 47; emphasis mine): Putting a finger to your head, you pull a memory, an idea, or a message from your mind and transform it into a ...
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Can modify memory be used to change a revenant's target?

I am GMing a homebrew story and was trying to think of an enemy that my party could encounter that would be more story driven than just one that gets more dice to hurt them with. I have been ...
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Can I use Rego Mentem guidelines to compel Fae to do my bidding?

Page 151 of the Ars Magica Fifth Edition rulebook gives a level 20 base level guideline for Rego Mentem to give a person a complex command. Can this extend to Fae Creatures with Faerie Might?
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Is using the effect of the Comprehend Languages spell too strenuous to be done as part of a short rest?

The PHB describes a short rest as: A short rest is a period of downtime, at least 1 hour long, during which a character does nothing more strenuous than eating, drinking, reading, and tending to ...
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What damage spells can wizards use at spell level 1-4 that are not evocation/necromancy/divination? [closed]

In a campaign I am playing, I am a wizard who has had a permanent baleful polymorph effect on me, but I didn't take of Hit Dice. I focus on illusion, and for all the amazing things that illusion can ...
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Can a creature travel from the destination of the Teleportation Circle spell back to the source circle?

The teleportation circle spell description states that: You draw a 10-foot-diameter circle on the ground that links your location to a permanent teleportation circle whose sigil sequence you know ...
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Can a creature with a Mind Blank spell active on itself target itself with Encode Thoughts?

Can a creature with an active mind blank spell target itself with encode thoughts? My gut instinct was no. Upon further review, maybe? For context: I am playing a divination wizard in a West ...
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Can a mummy lord cast Planar Ally to escape a bag of holding?

So my group recently defeated a mummy lord and learned a bit too late that they had to find his heart and destroy it. The heart "got away" and they spent a few sessions tracking it down again and ...
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Which is better: casting Witch Bolt, or spamming Fire Bolt?

In a scenario of 5 rounds in level 1, where spell range doesn't matter, and the enemy's AC gives you a hit chance of 50%. Which is better: casting Witch Bolt, or spamming Fire Bolt for 5 consecutive ...
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Does Planar Binding require you to keep concentrating on the summoning spell?

Planar binding states: With this spell, you attempt to bind a celestial, an elemental, a fey, or a fiend to your service. The creature must be within range for the entire casting of the spell. [......
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If a Barbarian/Sorcerer multiclass casts False Life on himself, then rages, will the spell's effect remain active?

In an adventure I am playing, I play a barbarian 1 / sorcerer 1, and I am in a dispute with my DM. My DM says that if I cast False Life on myself, then Rage, the spell's effect will not remain. Page ...
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Resisting beneficial spells [duplicate]

By the general rules, there's some buffing and healing spells that seem to just take effect. For example, Cure Wounds and Enhance Ability merely state "you touch a creature and a thing happens". ...
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Can the Arcana cleric's Spell Breaker feature affect multiple people targeted by a mass-healing spell?

Arcana Domain clerics gain the Spell Breaker feature at 6th level. The description (SCAG, p. 126) says: Starting at 6th level, when you restore hit points to an ally with a spell of 1st level or ...
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What are the effects of a Dispel Magic on a Conjure Elemental spell?

If you cast a "successful" Dispel Magic in the following cases, what are the possible outcomes? An active Conjure Elemental spell, i.e. the caster is maintaining concentration at the time you cast ...
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What happens if I cast Planar Binding on a creature who was brought by a spell that has ended?

Planar Binding states: You attempt to bind a celestial, elemental, fey, or fiend to your service. It must be within range for the entire casting of the spell. At completion, it makes a ...
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Can I carry a bead of Delayed Blast Fireball in a flask and then throw it?

Let's say I am a sorcerer with the Extended Spell metamagic option available, and I choose to cast a delayed blast fireball with 10 sorcery points, which yields a 17h fireball (and more than 10000d6 ...
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If read strictly, can an arcanist get free spells from Greater Spell Specialization?

Greater Spell Specialization is a feat published in Ultimate Magic (2011), three years before the arcanist appeared in the Advanced Class Guide. Unlike a wizard, an arcanist does not expend his ...
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What are the pros and cons of allowing a save each turn against the Levitate spell?

Consider the spell levitate (2nd level), which allows the caster to lift a hostile creature off the ground and hold it in place. It is easy to make the comparison to spells like hold person (2nd level)...
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Does counterspelling as an immediate action allows you to cast another spell the same turn?

I have this doubt. For what I have been reading it seems so, indeed you can counterspell and cast the same turn. So, whoever can counter as an immediate action like the abjurer (counterspell) or the ...
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Can the Fabricate spell create a living bridge?

The spell Fabricate says: You convert raw material into products of the same material. For example, you can fabricate a wooden bridge from a clump of trees... It also says: Creatures or magic ...
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Can the fabricate spell create beer?

Given the raw ingredients, can the fabricate spell create beer if the caster is proficient with and has brewers kit?
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Is Summon Lesser Demons strictly worse than Conjure Animals?

Summon Lesser Demons and Conjure Animals both summon creatures of equal CR (with CA potentially summoning a single CR 2 creature where SLD cannot), however: Conjure Animals summons creatures that are ...
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Is Fabricated food hot?

If a wizard uses the spell fabricate to prepare a feast, would that food be hot? Assumptions are that there is plenty of raw produce available. The wizard is proficient in cooking tools (has ...
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Can a Transmutation Wizard cast ritual transmutation spells to change the active effect of their Stone?

The text for a School of Transmutation wizard's transmuter's stone is as follows (PHB p.119): Each time you cast a transmutation spell of 1st level or higher, you can change the effect of your ...
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Why does Slow not impose an attack penalty? [closed]

I have been struggling with the Slow spell in 5e. RAW it does not affect attacks aside from casting spells, but if Slow is essentially the opposite of Haste, Haste gives an AC +2 as the creature is ...
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How does the Slow spell affect the environment?

How does the slow spell actually work in D&D 5e? The description states: "You alter time around up to six creatures of your choice in a 40-foot cube within range." Is this talk about their ...
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What components would be in a general cutting spell?

The spell I have in mind is extremely similar to 'diffindo' in Harry Potter. The user gestures across a path a short distance away, and as if by an invisible knife, a minor linear cut is made across ...
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Does a failed Locate Creature foil Nystul's Magic Aura?

Context An evil wizard has used True Polymorph to make one of their minions resemble the king. As a precaution against diviners, the wizard also casts Nystul's Magic Aura, "Mask", for 30 days, which ...
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Does the Create Water spell need to be cast on a vessel that would be filled by it?

The Create Water spells reads: In an open container, you can create up to 10 gallons of drinkable water. You may also produce a rain that falls within a 30-foot cube and extinguishes open-air ...
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What form of movement is granted by Levitate cast on yourself?

Levitate is a spell that allows the caster to control the elevation of a target. To quote the rules: You can change the target’s altitude by up to 20 feet in either direction on your turn. If you ...
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What does the wand of wonder mean when it says “as if you had cast” vs “you cast”?

One of the effects of the Wand of Wonder is: You enlarge the target as if you had cast enlarge/reduce. If the target can't be affected by the spell, or if you didn't target a creature, you become ...
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What is so great about Anyspell?

I have seen it rated gold in many guides, but no reasoning was provided. Sure, you can cast Invisibility or Glitterdust now, but it is once per day, using a 3rd level slot, and you need to have ...
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If a Knowledge cleric uses an action to end Read Thoughts' effect early and cast Suggestion, does Suggestion fail if target is more than 30 feet away?

A cleric of the Knowledge Domain who has reached level 6 has access to Channel Divinity: Read Thoughts: At 6th level, you can use your Channel Divinity to read a creature's thoughts. You can then ...
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If I wanted to fix my poor eyesight, should I use arcane illusion or just some clerical healing?

So say I was an adventurer with poor eyesight and wanted to see. Should I consult a cleric to heal my eyes or should I go to a wizard and get glasses with some kind of illusion spell effect that ...
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What does “centered on yourself” mean in the Wild Magic Surge table?

There are many results on the Wild Magic sorcerer's Wild Magic Surge table (PHB, p. 103) that says "centered on yourself". For instance: 07–08: You cast fireball as a 3rd-level spell centered on ...
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What are the ramifications of a caster changing the ability of a forced saving throw?

There was an Unearthed Arcana release including a Wizard subclass called Lore Mastery. The development of this subclass was largely abandoned, although some of its features inspired a later UA ...
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Can casting the Meld into Stone spell before I hit the ground save me from falling damage?

If I am falling a great height and manage to cast meld into stone before hitting the ground (which happens to be stone, such as a cavern floor), would I suffer falling damage? Consider the fall to be ...
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Which beast should I choose to most effectively remove an enemy from a fight using the Polymorph spell?

A common battle tactic among mid-level spellcasters is to remove one big enemy from the fight using polymorph to transform them into a harmless beast. However, the question inevitably arises: what ...
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Is upcasting the Chromatic Orb spell (for fire damage) at 2nd level ever better than casting Scorching Ray?

Is upcasting the chromatic orb spell (PHB, p. 221) for fire damage at 2nd level ever better than casting scorching ray (PHB, p. 273)? I am mainly asking this since both are attack roll based fire ...
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Could Swift Quiver provide silvered/adamantine ammunition?

As I understand it, silvered (PHB p. 148) and/or adamantine (XGtE p. 78) weapons or ammunition do not automatically count as magical. There is no text describing them as magical, and they are not ...
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What's a good site for sorting spell on class lists [closed]

I am currently counting and comparing all of the known spells of classes, and have hit a brick wall with Arcane Trickster Rogue and Eldritch Knight Fighter. What Site can sort spells down to type ...