Questions tagged [spells]

For questions about specific manifestations of magic that we generically call "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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Can the player and the illusion from the spell Mislead act in parallel?

The description says that you can use your action to make the illusion move or gesture in whatever way you command it. Does this mean that either the player or the illusion does effectively nothing? ...
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Can you cast message on a familiar/animal?

In my D&D campaign, there is an animal that has been tracking/following us. I suspect it to be a familiar of the big bad we may be fighting, but it has only watched us from a distance. If I cast ...
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What level would a weaponised version of Vortex Warp be?

In a campaign I recently misread the wording in the Vortex Warp spell, and was fighting a mounted knight. I used the spell to whip the horse out from under him and have it appear 90ft in the air above ...
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Where can I find a current list of touch-range spells?

I'm planning on making a wizard character that uses Find Familiar, so I need a list of current touch range spells (Unearthed Arcana included). Where can I look to find a list of touch-range spells?
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Are Goodberries affected by the Life domain class features?

How are Goodberries affected by the cleric class features from the Life domain, if at all? I read somewhere that the Life domain's healing bonuses apply to each berry created by the spell — do they? ...
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D&D 5e: Does the same spell prepared for different levels count as multiple prepared spells or the same prepared single spell?

I couldn't find an answer to this in the player's handbook that explains whether the same spell prepared at different levels implies that multiple spells are prepared: For example, if a level 4 cleric ...
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Does the caster of a tiny hut know whom it affects?

I DM for a party that includes a bard and a warlock, both of whom can cast tiny hut. In a typical dangerous area long rest, the bard casts tiny hut to include the entire party, and then the warlock ...
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How would one go about excavating a god's arrow buried into desert sand 40 ft deep?

This is my first DND campaign and I'm one of the players. Our truly fabulous DM has created a majestic homebrew of a campaign and world. We're at one point in the story where we found an old ...
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Can the Echo Knight's Echo's size dictate what it can grapple?

This question assumes your table rules that the echo of the echo knight can grapple. Purely RAW, I would not ask this. Say you are a medium creature and you want to grapple something gargantuan, like ...
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How does Armor of Agathys interact with getting temporary hit points?

The spell Armor of Agathys states: You gain 5 temporary hit points for the duration. If a creature hits you with a melee attack while you have these hit points, the creature takes 5 cold damage. Now,...
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Can the Mage Hand cantrip block or catch a thrown object?

Specifically, if someone lobs a bead from a necklace of fireballs, can mage hand block or catch the bead before it reaches the target?
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Does a Protean Scourge's simulacrum retain the ability to split up and recombine?

The simulacrum has less HD than the original creature, but to what extent does it retain the original creature's abilities? The Protean Scourge (Monster Manual III, p. 126) has the Split ability the ...
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Do Nondetection and Invisibility protect you from True Seeing?

Nondetection says it hides the target from all divination spells. Invisibility hides you from normal sight. When combining both effects on one target, are they hidden from true seeing?
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Which of these versions of Witch Bolt is more balanced against other 1st level spells?

I'm of the opinion that Witch Bolt kinda sucks. A hot take, to be sure. So I have two possible alternate versions. Which one is better at Actually being a spell someone would want to take and use ...
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Can someone who uses their action to break free from the Rime's Binding Ice spell's ice formations use their movement on that very same turn?

Someone who fails the save for Rime's Binding Ice is "hindered by ice formations for 1 minute, or until it or another creature within reach of it uses an action to break away the ice. A creature ...
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Can I trigger both Conduct Energy and Bespell Strikes from the same spell?

Bespell Strikes adds 1d6 damage to a Strike after casting a Spell: Requirements Your most recent action was to cast a non-cantrip spell Conduct Energy adds 1 damage per weapon die after any activity ...
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What range must a spell cast "on" a Shield Guardian have?

The "Spell Storing" ability of the Shield Guardian says: To do so, the wearer must cast the spell on the guardian. The spell has no effect but is stored within the guardian. This seems to ...
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Psychic Blades from Illusionary Fog

If attacking from an illusionary fog created by Silent Image using the Soulknife's Psychic Blades would that reveal the fog to be an illusion to onlookers? Physical objects like an arrow or dagger ...
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What does a Simulacrum know?

Somewhat a follow up to this question, when one creates a simulacrum, it obviously has to know some things (language, basic motor skills, complex motor skills needed to act in combat). It also has ...
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Can you Dispel a Demiplane?

After reading the answers to this question and attempting to answer this question, I got to thinking about the nature of planes created by the spell demiplane. The part of the spell that especially ...
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Can the illusion created by the Silent Image spell change size?

The description of the silent image states: You can use your action to cause the image to move to any spot within range. As the image changes location, you can alter its appearance so that its ...
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What literally happens when the Bane spell is cast?

In-universe, what is the spell bane actually doing when cast? So for roleplaying and describing what happens most spells are self-explanatory, like fireball. We can describe the fireball in multiple ...
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Can a Blinded caster with Blindsight use spells that require them to see the target?

The situation I have in mind is the following: An epic battle ensues between a Young Green Dragon (caster variant) and a Purple Worm. The Purple Worm swallows the dragon; meanwhile, the dragon has ...
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Casting a Fireball spell past an illusionary wall from Major Image

Player knew that a illusionary wall (Major Image) was fake. They wanted to centre the Fireball past the illusionary wall to catch a target that had just run thought it. I said, they couldn't as they ...
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Does Revivify work on trapped souls?

Nearly all the resurrection spells state that your soul has to be free and willing to be revived. The DMG on page 24 further states that A soul can't be returned to life if it doesn't wish to be, so ...
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Can a Shield Guardian have a familiar?

A shield guardian has the Spell Storing trait: Spell Storing. A spellcaster who wears the shield guardian’s amulet can cause the guardian to store one spell of 4th level or lower. To do so, the ...
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How can a group find out how to break Imprisonment?

Mario the Magic Plumber was captured by a big dragon named Bowser one thousand years ago. He used Imprisonment on him and made him sleep for one thousand years. Only the kiss of a real princess could ...
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What is the upper limit for the size of an object that True Polymorph can change?

For changing an object to a creature, true polymorph says: Object into Creature. You can turn an object into any kind of creature as long as the creature's size is no larger than the object's size ...
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How does the Scrying spell interact with Stealth?

If someone targets a creature with a Scrying spell, I'm assuming the target's current Stealth check doesn't matter, since the spell states you just see the target. You can see and hear a particular ...
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Could Locate Object be used to locate a portal?

The spell locate object states: "Alternatively, the spell can locate the nearest object of a particular kind, such as a certain kind of apparel, jewelry, furniture, tool, or weapon." I'm ...
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Is a Phantom Steed affected by terrain?

The Phantom Steed spell describes a quasi-real mount (emphases mine): A Large quasi-real, horselike creature appears on the ground in an unoccupied space of your choice within range...The creature ...
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Can Polymorph allow access to extra spells? Or can it generally grant spells?

Could you switch out your current spells with other spells? Or can something with no ability of magic be polymorphed into a creature capable of using magic?
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How does the Haste spell's extra action interact with the Bladesinger's Extra Attack feature and with cantrips that do "one weapon attack only"?

The description of the Haste spell says, in part (emphasis mine): Until the spell ends, [the target] gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the Attack (...
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Help with a homebrew spell. Is this defensive spell balanced?

I'm trying to create a few spells for an Illusionist I'm currently playing. I could use some help refining the wording used as well as prevent any broken mechanics or introducing an unbalanced spell ...
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Does Spiritual Weapon stay until the end of its duration if the caster goes unconscious?

Spiritual Weapon does not require concentration and only has a duration of a minute. When my cleric was knocked unconscious the on-the-fly decision was to keep the weapon waiting around until the end ...
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Do either truesight or x-ray vision see through a prismatic wall?

We were fighting Vecna himself, and at one point had a prismatic wall up between us and Vecna. The prismatic wall says it creates "a vertical, opaque wall." Vecna's powers include truesight, ...
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Is there a value limit on the objects True Polymorph creates?

True Polymorph has the option to transform a creature into an object that cannot be larger than the creature. What about the object's value? Wish has a limit of 25,000 gp for on-label use. Could True ...
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If you center the Cloudkill spell on yourself, does the fog expand outward from you on subsequent turns?

The description of the cloudkill spell says (emphasis mine): You create a 20-­foot-­radius sphere of poisonous, yellow‑green fog centered on a point you choose within range. The fog spreads around ...
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Does the radius of the Spirit Guardians spell depend on the size of the caster?

The spirit guardians spell description states: You call forth spirits to protect you. They flit around you to a distance of 15 feet for the duration. Certain other spells like antilife shell state: ...
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How big is the area of effect for the Ice Knife spell's explosion, when the spell targets a Large creature?

The description of the ice knife spell states (emphasis mine): You create a shard of ice and fling it at one creature within range. Make a ranged spell attack against the target. On a hit, the target ...
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Is this lesser version of Life Transference balanced?

My ("plain vanilla" dnd 5e) wizard is now near level 8, and I was thinking to equip him with a straightforward reduced version of "Life Transference". The purpose of this is merely ...
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At what level does the Sleep spell stop being effective?

Answering this homebrew question reminded me of the peculiar nature of the sleep spell -- on level one, it is an absolute beast: common opponents like kobolds or goblins have around half a dozen hp, ...
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Did I just find a new build? 5 weapon attacks at lvl 6

According to this - Is it possible to Twin Spell Dragon Breath or Booming Blade? We can Twin the booming blade spell Now if I pick 2 lvls in Fighter to get action surge 3 lvls in Sorcerer to get ...
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Can you cast Sanctuary through total cover?

Sanctuary says: You ward a creature within range against attack. Until the spell ends, any creature who targets the warded creature with an attack or a harmful spell must first make a Wisdom saving ...
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Can a Familiar aid a Rogue's Sneak Attack?

A Rogue character with the Arcane Trickster archetype chooses Find Familiar as her non-enchantment, non-illusion, 1st level spell. How does that creature interact with the Sneak Attack feature? From ...
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How does the Fireball spell's area of effect work when cast in a corridor or small room?

The fireball spell is clearly described as a sphere with a 20-foot radius. In most cases, that is applied at ground level, since that's where most creatures are. (We can actually see an example of the ...
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Does Mage Hand work with Spare the Dying?

If you order your mage hand to be touching someone, and then next turn ready spare the dying, so if the person your mage had is touching falls to 0 hp, will they live?
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As a DM, how can I use Power Word: Kill without ruining my players' fun?

I'm currently designing an encounter with a lich for my 13th-level party. They've cruised through more level-appropriate combat encounters, and they like to come up with creative ways around difficult ...
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How can I effectively use the Darkness spell in a party not every member of which has True Sight?

My character in a 5e campaign (High Elven Arcane Trickster 13/Divination Wizard 2) recently helped out a celestial who in return granted him True Sight and the ability to cast the Darkness spell at ...
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Does a simulacrum have a soul?

Inspired by this question about healing a simulacrum with magic jar. We know a simulacrum is a creature, but does it have a soul? Is that part of what is considered a creature's features and ...

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