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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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If someone charms an abjuration wizard and then damages their Arcane Ward, does the charm spell end?

The charm person spell charms the target "until you or your companions do anything harmful to it". An wizard of the School of Abjuration has a ability called Arcane Ward, which can prevent damage to ...
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How does Spiritual Weapon work against Mirror Image?

So let's say that a Cleric and a Wizard are in combat, and the Wizard wins initiative. In the first round, the Wizard casts Magic Missile, and then the Cleric casts Spiritual Weapon. In the next round,...
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Does wishing a spell glyph into existence also require casting the stored spell?

Suppose I want to use wish to cast an 8th-level glyph of warding (for free) and store a spell in it. Do I still need to supply the spell to be stored by casting it using another one of my spell slots? ...
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Can a time element be part of the description of the recipient in the Animal Messenger spell?

My Druid wants to warn any unsuspecting travelers from taking a shortcut that leads to a hazard that the party is dealing with. Can he use animal messenger to do it? The animal messenger spell ...
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How do I make it difficult to dispel a teleportation circle?

Based on the question How hard is to dispel spell that was made permanent by casting it every day for a year with different spell slots?, it follows that a simple casting of dispel magic could ruin a ...
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What happens if a target of Hex/Hunter's Mark drops to 0 HP, but then regains HP somehow?

Both Hex and Hunter's Mark are spells that let you, as long as you maintain concentration, move them onto a new target if the target drops to 0 HP: If the target drops to 0 hit points before this ...
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What are racial bonus feats that are gained from polymorph?

I am trying to determine what exactly constitutes a racial feat for the polymorph spell. The spell states that in many ways it functions like alter self, which states You acquire the physical ...
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Do two simultaneous castings of Guidance increase the likelihood of a better outcome?

The guidance cantrip says the following (PHB, pg. 248): You touch one willing creature. Once before the spell ends, the target can roll a d4 and add the number rolled to one ability check of its ...
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Are enemies with immunity to the Poisoned condition unaffected by Contagion?

After the 2018 PHB errata, the spell contagion now inflicts the Poisoned condition upon a successful melee spell attack. The relevant spell text is below, with updated portions highlighted in bold: ...
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What exactly happens when I cast Web in midair?

The web spell is a bit special, in that it initially fills a 20-foot cube, but can collapse and/or disappear if the chosen placement does not provide sufficient anchorage: You conjure a mass of ...
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Would a teleporter also teleport a mage hand?

I, the DM, made a trap that when touched, casts teleport on the creature or object that touched it to move them to a new area. The players suspected the trap, and experimented with objects first and ...
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Is it possible to smite with ranged weapons using either Branding Smite or Banishing smite?

Most of the paladin's smite spells start out with The next time you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack... or The first time you hit with a melee weapon attack... Neither Branding smite ...
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Are material components with unique attributes unable to be replaced with a component pouch or spellcasting focus?

Banishment requires a specific material component: an item distasteful to the target So does summon greater demon (XGtE, p. 166): a vial of blood from a humanoid killed within the past 24 hours ...
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Does Elemental Affinity let you add your Charisma modifier to the damage of cantrips?

The Draconic Bloodline sorcerer's 6th-level feature, Elemental Affinity, lets you add your Charisma modifier to the damage when you cast a spell. Does this count with cantrips such as fire bolt?
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How hard is to dispel spell that was made permanent by casting it every day for a year with different spell slots?

Mordenkainen's Private Sanctum, Teleportation Circle, and possibly other spells have text like: You can create a permanent teleportation circle by casting this spell in the same location every day ...
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Can I conjure a Teleportation Circle in the ocean to teleport a mass of water to another point?

Is it possible to conjure a magic teleportation circle, where one point is deep in the ocean, and the other point is wherever I want (like in front of my enemies)?
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Would increasing the persistent damage of Witch Bolt be unbalanced?

Some People (myself included), feel that Witch Bolt is sub par. I was thinking of changing it so that increasing the spell level also increases the persistent damage, as well as the initial damage. ...
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What happens if a delayed blast fireball detonates inside an antimagic field?

Say a wizard casts a delayed blast fireball and leaves it to charge up instead of detonating it immediately. Another wizard casts antimagic field and moves so that the fireball bead is inside of the ...
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Is there any way to fake/conceal your identity when casting Sending?

I'm playing in a campaign that involves an interdimensional hub of sorts, wherein adventuring parties are given missions and teleported across space/dimensions to the location. Upon completion, in ...
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Does a Firbolg’s Hidden Step count as a spell or cantrip?

I am making a Firbolg Druid, and I was wondering if the racial feature Hidden Step (Invisible as a Bonus Action) counts as a Spell or a Cantrip? I can’t find anything that specifically says. I want to ...
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Casting a spell as an action also blocks me from casting a spell as a bonus action? [duplicate]

The spellcasting rules say: A spell cast with a bonus action is especially swift. You must use a bonus action on your turn to cast the spell, provided that you haven't already taken a bonus action ...
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How can I make a spell very hard to dispel?

I'm asking as a player. We are at a part of the campaign where the enemy wizard/sorcerer always has dispel magic prepared. As a support wizard, I find that the enemy caster always dispel the buff I've ...
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Can a Pearl of Power be used to cast Identify?

My group recently located a Pearl of Power on their adventures. The campaign setting is not always a place where spell components are easy to come by. As a consequence, the players have asked me if ...
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Can a permanent teleportation circle be dispelled?

Teleportation circle (PHB, pg. 282) can be made permanent, as the spell description says: You can create a permanent teleportation circle by casting this spell in the same location every day for ...
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Is this homebrew Copy spell balanced? [closed]

A player created this homebrew copy spell: Copy 2nd-level conjuration Components: V, S, M (an amount of coins equal in worth to the (unenchanted version of) the copied item) Casting ...
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Can an Unseen Servant create a distraction that grants you advantage on attack?

Whether via the Help action or the Use an Object action or just ordinary interaction with an object, can an Unseen Servant distract your enemy so as to grant advantage to your attack on that enemy? ...
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Does Antimagic Field block line of effect for spells?

Consider a 100 foot long, 10 foot wide corridor. The middle 10 feet of the corridor are under the effects of Antimagic Field. A wizard at one end of the corridor wants to cast, say, Blindness/Deafness ...
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About Ice Assassin (Frostburn) spell [closed]

The Simulacrum spell has the following description: You can't create a simulacrum of a creature whose HD or levels exceed twice your caster level. Is also the spell of Ice Assassin (Frostburn) the ...
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What Enchantment wizard spells would synergize well with a Beast Master ranger's animal companion? [closed]

I'm just getting into my first character, and planning on eventually multiclassing Beast Master ranger and Enchantment wizard. What enchantment wizard spells would synergize well with a Beast Master'...
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What spell list must dragons use, if any?

The Monster Manual describes a Variant rule for Innate Spellcasting for dragons in p. 86. The book does not specify a specific class for the spell list, so which spell list do they use? Possible ...
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Can the Simulacrum of a Level 10+ Cleric attempt a Divine Intervention? [duplicate]

Clerics get the Divine Intervention feature at level 10. Beginning at 10th level, you can call on your deity to intervene on your behalf as an action. Describe the assistance you seek, and roll ...
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Which form(s) does the Shadow's Strength Drain attack affect when cast on a Wild Shaped, Shapechanged, Polymorphed or True Polymorphed character?

The Shadow's Strength Drain attack states: Strength Drain. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 9 (2d6 + 2) necrotic damage, and the target’s Strength score is reduced by ...
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What happens to lightning spells underwater?

As the old adage goes "water and electricity don't mix" because in real life water has impurities in it that make it super conductible. So what would happen in D&D if, for instance, a sorceress ...
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Is it possible to eat an object affected by Allfood while in combat? If so, how is the damage handled?

I realize this is a very strange and seemingly useless question, but hear me out on this. I've recently been assessing more creative uses of spells that seem useless in combat but may be made useful ...
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Is it possible to harvest parts of elementals summoned by the Conjure Elemental spell?

From the conjure elemental spell description (PHB, pg. 225): The elemental disappears when it drops to 0 hit points or when the spell ends. Can I rip parts off of an elemental before it ...
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Filling spell lists for non- Core Books base classes!

I write with a serious problem regarding spell lists for classes such as: Witch, Shugenja, Shaman, ...and many other base classes that were added outside of core rulebooks (countless basically). ...
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How much total damage is dealt in this grappling scenario?

I'd like to preface this question with the info that our campaign has ruled that grapple attempts can be initiated from any melee attack including the touch attack granted when casting a harmful touch ...
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Do the Illusionist's Bracers make warlocks unbalanced? [closed]

The Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica book introduces a magic item called the illusionist's bracers: While wearing the bracers, whenever you cast a cantrip, you can use a bonus action on the same ...
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How many spells does a Wizard start off with?

I'm creating a Mage in AD&D 2e for fun, and want to know how many spells my character starts off with at first level. I know that there is Table 21: Wizard Spell Progression, but my Dad and I ...
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Is it possible for 2 (or more) wizards to share a spell book?

I have a party idea where a group of eager to learn young apprentices leave their masters tower after getting impatient with his method of teaching. But they only remember to take one spell book, and ...
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Are there spells that heal both me and my allies based on the damage dealt to our enemies?

I would like to create a character in D&D 5e similar to World of Warcraft's Shadow Priest. Specifically one aspect of the Shadow Priest; when he does damage, it heals other players nearby. I was ...
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Can I summon a flail snail or invisible stalker with Conjure Elemental?

The conjure elemental spell says: You call forth an elemental servant. Choose an area of air, earth, fire, or water that fills a 10-foot cube within range. An elemental of challenge rating 5 or ...
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Can I cast Elemental Body while Wild-Shaped?

I have a level 13 Druid with access to the Cloud (Air Domain). My level 7 domain spell is Elemental Body IV (Air). Can I cast that while I am in a Wild Shape? Or does polymorph rules prevent that?
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Is the AC of a Mirror Image Duplicate fixed at Point of Casting?

The spell Mirror Image states the following: A duplicate's AC equals 10 + your Dexterity modifier. However - if you were to cast Mirror Image, and then change your DEX (e.g. by equipping/...
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Is there any difference between doing the Wisdom save against the Command spell when it's cast and doing it on the target's turn?

(This question is inspired by the question: When do enemies save against the Command spell?.) I understand that the DM is thinking that the resisting part of the spell come on the target's turn, ...
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How can my wizard cast Levitate, Invisibility and Magic Weapon and have them all active at the same time before a battle? [duplicate]

As I understand the Fifth Edition rules, my player character may only have one spell that requires concentration active and in place at a time. Levitate, invisibility, and magic weapon all require ...
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Does Disguise Self make parts of you invisible?

Part of the disguise self spell says: If you use this spell to appear thinner than you are, the hand of someone who reaches out to touch you would bump into you while it was seemingly still in ...
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When do enemies save against the Command spell?

I play a Glamour bard with the Mantle of Majesty feature (XGtE, p. 14). The feature lets me cast command on a creature as a bonus action. My DM and I currently are arguing about when the enemy gets ...
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How can one use the Shape Water cantrip offensively? [closed]

The shape water cantrip description says: You choose an area of water that you can see within range and that fits within a 5-foot cube. You manipulate it in one of the following ways: You ...
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Can I cast a spell as a reaction when a creature enters the reach of my quarterstaff if I have the Polearm Master and War Caster feats? [duplicate]

The Polearm Master feat (PHB, p. 168) says: While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, quarterstaff or spear, other creatures provoke an opportunity attack from you when they enter the reach ...