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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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How does the Gaseous Form spell interact with the grappled and restrained conditions?

Among other things, the Gaseous Form spell allows a creature to pass through small holes, narrow openings, and even mere cracks The spell does not explicitly make the creature immune to the ...
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Just how gaseous is the “gaseous form” of the Wind Walk spell?

The Wind Walk spell allows creatures to assume a "gaseous form" that enables them to fly very quickly: You and up to ten willing creatures you can see within range assume a gaseous form for the ...
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Does casting the Glyph of Warding spell from a spell scroll take 1 action or 1 hour?

Does casting the glyph of warding spell from a spell scroll take 1 action or 1 hour? Say a wizard has a scroll of glyph of warding (GOW). Would they be able to, at time of casting - assuming you can ...
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Can a Valor bard Ready a bard spell, then use the Battle Magic feature to make a weapon attack before releasing the spell?

College of Valor bards (PHB, p. 55) get the Battle Magic feature at 14th level: You have mastered the art of weaving spellcasting and weapon use into a single harmonious act. When you use your ...
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Which “anti-lie-detection” features actually affect Zone of Truth?

D&D 5e has a handful of spells and features meant to protect the user against lie-detection magic. The examples I'm aware of are the Glibness spell and the Mastermind Rogue's Soul of Deceit ...
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As a Bard multi-classing into Warlock, what spells do I get?

My character is a bard and I'm planning on taking a level in Warlock. Do I get the 2 cantrips and 2 spells from the Warlock spell list that a new Warlock character would get in addition to the Bard ...
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Can the Divination spell be used by an NPC to check that PCs plan to hold up their end of a bargain?

Say that an NPC capable of casting the Divination spell has a hostage, and has promised to execute said hostage unless the PCs complete a specific task for them. Would it be valid for the NPC to cast ...
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How does Wild Shape interact with the Animal Soul feat and the Animal Growth spell? [closed]

The druid in my group took the Animal Soul feat. This brought up using Wild Shape with the animal growth spell. I don't think they work together, by the rules as intended - but if they do work ...
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If a wizard casts Fireball indoors, wouldn't that start a fire in most cases?

If a wizard casts Fireball indoors, wouldn't that start a fire in most cases? Everything combustible nearby is engulfed in flames. Fireball The fire spreads around corners. It ignites flammable ...
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Would the Disguise Self spell be able to reveal hidden birthmarks/tattoos (of the person they're disguised as) to a character?

I wanted to know in case I had ever wanted to have an NPC that has a hidden birthmark and I didn't want the players to just guess it. Waybe what I really wanna know is if the illusion in Disguise ...
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If I readied a spell with the trigger “When I take damage”, do I have to make a constitution saving throw to avoid losing Concentration?

Suppose I was playing a wizard. I say to my DM, "I ready my Magic Missile. I cast it when I take damage, at the attacker." When the time comes, do I need to make a Constitution saving throw ...
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What does a spell range of “25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels” mean?

The spell disrupt undead has the text Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels) Does this mean 25 feet at first level, +5 feet at level 3, 5, 7, 9, etc.? or Does it mean 25 feet at first level, +5 ...
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Is this Magnificent Summoning homebrew conjuration spell balanced?

I have been looking at playing a conjuration wizard, but annoyingly the only spells that I am interested in are Unseen Servant and Tenser's Floating Disk neither of which have any real use beyond RP (...
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If you subscribe to JC's ruling, are enemies attacked by a conjured creature considered “targets” of the conjuration spell? [closed]

According to Jeremy Crawford the "Dragon's Breath" spell also targets the creatures hit by the exhalation, and Green-Flame Blade targets two creatures. My understanding is that according to JC, any ...
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Can the Dragon's Breath spell damage enemies with no clear path to the caster?

Can Dragon's Breath spell damage enemies that do not have a clear path to the caster? The PHB page 204 says: To target something, you must have a clear path to it, so it can’t be behind total ...
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Is this homebrew life-stealing melee cantrip unbalanced?

I started thinking about a variant of a melee attack cantrip like booming blade that would allow you to regain some lost health. The cantrip I came up with is this: Evocation cantrip Casting time:...
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How would the UA Theurgy wizard's Channel Arcana: Divine Arcana feature work for a concentration spell?

The UA Theurgy Wizard can the apply their Divine Arcana Channel Arcana option to grant themselves a +2 to the attack roll or spell save throw DC of a spell. If they apply Divine Arcana to a ...
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Can I get a paladin's steed by True Polymorphing into a monster that can cast Find Steed?

I am examining niche ways to cast Find Steed. I'm specifically interested in ones that don't require me to take levels in Bard, Thief Rogue, Wizard, or Paladin. I had the idea that I could True ...
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What happens to matryoshka Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansions?

The following situation happened towards the end of our last session(I am the DM): A player cast Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion, so they could take a break to heal up their comrades and rest a bit....
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Does the Darkness spell dispel the Color Spray and Flaming Sphere spells?

The last sentence of the Darkness spell has the following text: If any of this spell’s area overlaps with an area of light created by a spell of 2nd level or lower, the spell that created the light ...
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How precise/Knowledgeable is Discern Location?

The discern location spell says A discern location spell is among the most powerful means of locating creatures or objects. Nothing short of a mind blank spell or the direct intervention of a ...
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Does the Produce Flame cantrip need a free hand?

The description of the produce flame cantrip reads: A flickering flame appears in your hand. The flame remains there for the duration and harms neither you nor your equipment. The flame sheds ...
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Can a Skeleton created by Animate Dead use different equipment? [duplicate]

The description of the Animate Dead spell states: The target becomes a skeleton if you chose bones or a zombie if you chose a corpse (the DM has the creature’s game statistics). Assuming this ...
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Can the Dispel Magic spell stop the effects of divination spells?

Alright, so my question, related to this one is: Could a player use Dispel Magic to end the effect of a divination spell, if detected?
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Does the Detect Magic spell detect any external divination spells?

Suppose a spellcaster NPC is using a divination spell on the party to either spy on them or locate them such as Locate Creature or Clairvoyance or (especially) the Scrying spell. Would a player ...
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Is it possible to Ready a spell to be cast just before the start of your next turn by having the trigger be an ally's attack?

Can the trigger criteria for a readied action be as simple as casting after an ally's attack? If so, are there measures to prevent a pseudo double spell casting like the following example? ...
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Does Flaming Sphere do fire damage and/or radiant damage?

Looking at the Flaming Sphere spell (p. 242 PHB), the spell description uses the phrase “sheds bright light in a 20ft radius”. Can it be inferred that this does radiant damage?
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Does the Barbarian's Danger Sense feature work against invisible spellcasters?

Say a spellcaster under the effect of Greater Invisibility casts a spell at a Barbarian. Does the Danger Sense feature of the Barbarian protect against the spell? You have advantage on Dexterity ...
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How do Bards prepare spells?

My newest character is a lvl 1 Bard with some spellcasting and ritual ability. I would like to know how to prepare spells, as it does not say how to do this in the PHB. Thanks! Edit: Thank you to all ...
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How can the Zone of Truth spell be defeated without the caster knowing?

The Zone of Truth spell contains the following clause: You know whether each creature succeeds or fails on its saving throw. In a scenario of checking someone's loyalty, any countermeasure that ...
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How does the Antimagic Field spell affect the caster of a Zone of Truth's ability to know whether a target succeeded or failed the save?

Wizard Alice casts Antimagic Field on herself around the corner from Paladin Bob. Bob, not realising this, then walks round the corner and casts Zone of Truth on an area containing Alice. Obviously ...
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Does holding a wand and speaking its command word count as V/S/M spell components?

Magical wands need to be held to cast their spells. Does holding the wand count as a material component for the wand's spell? And if a command word needs to be used, is it considered a verbal ...
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Can the Magic Weapon spell be cast on a natural weapon?

My understanding is that Natural Weapons are considered Weapons, for example for the purpose of the Improved Divine Smite ability (see discussion here). Yet, according to Jeremy Crawford it is not ...
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Is this homebrew Wind Wave spell balanced?

Is this homebrew spell balanced? Wind Wave 1st-level evocation Casting Time: 1 action Range: Self (15-foot cone) Components: V, S Duration: Instantaneous A wave of powerful air ...
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What is the DC of a Grease effect put in place by the Oil of Slipperiness?

The Oil of Slipperiness states: Alternatively, the oil can be poured on the ground as an action, where it covers a 10-foot square, duplicating the effect of the grease spell in that area for 8 ...
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Can an Area of Effect spell cast outside a Prismatic Wall extend inside it?

The Indigo layer of a Prismatic Wall states: While this layer is in place, spells can't be cast through the wall By comparison, a Globe of Invulnerability states: Any spell of 5th level or ...
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What do you get when making a Simulacrum of a True Polymorphed creature?

The Simulacrum spell states: You shape an illusory duplicate of one beast or humanoid that is within range for the entire casting time of the spell. The duplicate is a creature, partially real and ...
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Can I cast Stretch Weapon well before the battle?

The casting time (1 swift action) suggests it is meant to be cast during encounters. However, can I cast it in the morming, and use it in the first attack of the first encounter of the day? Stretch ...
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Is there a way to read Illusory Script apart from truesight?

I have a letter my players found on some dead cultists containing orders/etc. hidden with Illusory Script. Is there a way of them finding out what is written on the letter apart from having truesight ...
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Does the Eyebite Spell Work Through a Wall of Force?

Does the Eyebite spell work through a Wall of Force? Or is it blocked by Full Cover, even if the target can be seen? This question is similar to this, but contrarily to Gaze effects the spell Eyebite ...
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Why does Mind Blank stop the Feeblemind spell?

Jeremy Crawford wrote the following: The mind blank spell is meant to protect you entirely from the feeblemind spell. Yet, according to the description of Mind Blank, the spell only protects ...
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Can a Bard use the Spell Glyph option of the Glyph of Warding spell and cast a known spell into the glyph?

If you read the description of the "Spell Glyph" option of the Glyph of Warding spell, it says you cast a spell that you have prepared into the glyph. Bards can learn this spell, but they don't ...
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Does the damage from the Absorb Elements spell apply to your next attack, or to your first attack on your next turn?

The description of the absorb elements spell says: The spell captures some of the incoming energy, lessening its effect on you and storing it for your next melee attack. [...] Also, the first ...
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What happens if the item that created a magical effect ceases to exist?

Let us assume that I have an item bearing two charges of Imitate (Creation 30) as an Automatic Spell (Prometheum Exxet). Using one charge of Imitate, I duplicate the object. Using the charge of ...
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If a single attack does multiple types of damage, which type does the Absorb Elements spell give resistance to?

If my character is attacked by a Flame Tongue Maul for example, which does an additional 2d6 fire damage on top of its 2d6 bludgeoning, and then I use my reaction to cast the Absorb Elements spell, do ...
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Can conjured creatures act in the round they're conjured in?

Specifically, if someone casts the Create Homunculus (Creation 26) spell, could the homunculus created thusly act immediately? Taken to extremes, this could well set up a budget grey goo scenario: ...
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How does the mezzoloth's “1/day” Cloudkill spell work?

I'm fairly new to D&D 5e, but I have played some Pathfinder and 3.5e, so I have some experience with D&D. We are playing our current game in 5e by the rules as written. Our DM had our party ...
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Will the paladin's Cleansing Touch or the Arcana cleric's Spell Breaker feature end the Feeblemind spell?

The Feeblemind spell provides a list of things that can end the spell, but it may or may not be exhaustive. Can the effects of the spell be ended by the Paladin's Cleansing Touch feature or the ...
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Does Bleed damage break the Fascinate effect?

I'm running an arena combat game online with occasional PVP. One of my players just got hit by euphoric cloud and is fascinated. He is currently bleeding from a previous attack and wants to know if ...
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Does Feeblemind produce an ongoing magical effect that can be dispelled?

Feeblemind has a duration of instantaneous. However, it also produces an ongoing effect, and the spell's text describes when this effect ends (emphasis added): At the end of every 30 days, the ...