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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Can Fabricate create paper and/or ink?

Paper making is extremely simple: The method of making paper is essentially a simple one—mix up vegetable fibers, and cook them in hot water until the fibers are soft but not dissolved. The hot ...
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Can this “Bloody Fervor” effect be ended by a Calm Emotions spell?

In a recently published AL-Legal module contained within Pipyap's Guide to All the Nine Hells (available on the Dungeon Masters Guild), there is a "Bloody Fervor" effect (minor spoilers below) : The ...
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Creating a balanced spell [on hold]

I'm currently playing a level 6 warlock (pact of the seeker) in a campaign right now. I want to develop a new spell in game. This is the spell that I'm trying to create: Name: Xanlin's Secret ...
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Is my Reactive Step homebrew spell balanced?

I've homebrewed a spell that is effectively a combination of shield (in terms of timing) and misty step (in terms of its effect) that I've called reactive step. It's intended for sorcerers, warlocks ...
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Locate Object - confusing? [on hold]

If you use locate object to find a particular type of thing, say, a gold coin, can you have the spell ignore known gold coins you or party members are already carrying? If the spell locates the ...
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Where can you put the Earth that you Mold?

Mold Earth says you can target loose earth and move it up to 5 feet away. However it's not really clear what that means, since the spell has a range of 30 feet. Does this mean you can move the earth ...
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Do you need an empty hand to cast spells?

The Weapon Storm spell has a somatic component1 (CRB p384): [...] This damage has the same type as the weapon and uses the same die size. Determine the die size as if you were attacking with the ...
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What light spells would generate enough light/heat to start a fire with focusing assistance?

Inspired by this question on starting a fire with a magnifying glass, I was curious if there were any spells in 5e core rules (no 3rd party) that would fulfill the requirements? In other words, [...
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Can I use the Cleric spell Light and a magnifying glass to light a fire?

Theoretically, you can light a piece of paper with a heat-emitting light source and a powerful enough magnifying glass as this topic seems to explain. The cleric spell Light allows an object to shed "...
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For the Ring of Shooting Stars, what is the spell save DC of Faerie Fire?

The Ring of Shooting Stars has the following feature: Faerie Fire. You can expend 1 charge as an action to cast faerie fire from the ring. Since it does not specifically state that you use your ...
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Can a character who was True Polymorphed into a Dragon Change Shape back into their original form? [duplicate]

A level 20 character can be changed permanently by True Polymorph into an Ancient Brass Dragon (CR 20). Ancient Brass Dragons have the Change Shape action that says, The dragon magically polymorphs ...
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Does a Lich need spell books to relearn all spells after rejuvenating?

If someone takes the phylactery of a Lich, and carries it off, and then someone else "kills" the Lich, it reappears near the phylactery. But if the Lich is basically a wizard, then wouldn't it have ...
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Can Forest Gnomes secretly converse (like Thieves' Cant) with other Forest Gnomes/Firbolgs/Speak with Animals users via Speak with Small Beasts?

My party has two Forest Gnomes and a Firbolg and they want to use their racial features to secretly communicate. Forest Gnomes have Speak with Small Beasts: Through sound and gestures, you may ...
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Can a wizard copy a wizard spell into their spellbook that they aren't high enough level to cast?

In 5e D&D, can a wizard discern and copy a wizard spell into their spellbook that they aren't high enough level to cast? If they found a dead archmage's book, or stole their own master's, prior to ...
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What counters the outlining effect of the Glitterdust spell?

Aside from the wondrous item called Dust of Darkness how can someone counter the outlining effect of Glitterdust?
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Can you move the Hunter's Mark spell on the same turn that the affected creature dies?

The hunter's mark (and also hex) spell contains the following text: [...] If the target drops to 0 hit points before this spell ends, you can use a bonus action on a subsequent turn of yours to ...
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What happens when the Leomund's Tiny Hut spell intersects solid objects, like the ends of a large wagon?

Unlike in previous editions, in 5e Leomund’s Tiny Hut makes a hemisphere, has been ruled to have a floor, and protects vs attacks — so I’m not sure what happens when the hemisphere intersects solid ...
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Does the Scatter spell actually scatter the targets?

Based on the spell's name, you would think that all of the targets would end up all over the playing field, but per the Scatter spell description: The air quivers around up to five creatures of ...
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Does a resurrected wizard remember their prepared spells?

Imagine that a wizard died in a fire, and their spellbook burned, too. They were in the afterlife for about a month and after that resurrected. They no longer have a spellbook. Do they remember ...
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Do supernatural abilities that “function like spells” satisfy prestige class requirements?

For example, say you have 2 levels in Dweomerkeeper, meaning you have Arcane Sight (Su). Does this count as one of the two required divination spells to take levels in Unseen Seer?
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What happens to parts or materials taken off of (true) polymorphed creatures? [duplicate]

As a DM with a wizard PC dangerously close to asking me that question I figured I'd try and find some primary source on this. Neither True Polymorph nor Polymorph state what happens to bits and ...
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Does casting Inflict Wounds while concentrating on Vampiric Touch also siphon damage?

Vampiric Touch says, The touch of your shadow-wreathed hand can siphon force from others to heal your wounds. Make a melee spell attack against a creature within your reach. On a hit, the target ...
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How does attacking through water work?

Related:How is shooting into water handled? But that's for D&D Next, not 5e, and is for shooting into a presumably fairly deep body of water. A subquestion of: How does animated water work? When ...
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Are there rules specifically applicable to water animated by Shape Water found somewhere other than the spell description?

There is a lot of information missing from the second bullet point of the Shape Water spell that it seems to me is essential to running the spell as a DM, and consequently essential to understanding ...
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When running animated water as a creature, how can I get stats quickly?

A subquestion of How does animated water work? When a player conjures a creature formed of animated water, for example a Small horse, I find it works best to model that animated water as a CR0 ...
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How should I handle attempts to make creatures with Shape Water?

A subquestion of How does animated water work? Often players, encouraged by Shape Water's statement that they can give water any combination of simple shapes and cause it to animate as they wish, ...
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How does animated water work? [duplicate]

The spell Shape Water lets a caster animate some water. While the effect is limited to 'simple shapes', lasts an hour, and acts according to your direction, nearly nothing else about the effect is ...
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When do objects take damage from being inside the Whirlpool option of the Control Water spell?

The control water spell allows you to create a whirlpool which includes the following in its description: [...] The first time each turn that an object enters the vortex, the object takes 2d8 ...
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Can creatures outside a Leomund's Tiny Hut use ammunition that was fired from inside the hut to attack creatures inside the hut?

I've not seen comments on this interpretation, so what can anyone tell me about enemies picking up arrows shot out of the hut and shooting them back in (albeit at obscured creatures inside)? Do those ...
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Can a Glamour Bard use the Enthralling Performance ability while casting Motivational Speech?

Can the following two mechanics work together or are they mutually exclusive or require something else? I am the DM. Both the player at my table and I don't agree or understand if it's possible to ...
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How does the UA Lore Mastery Wizard's Alchemical Casting feature interact with the Spell Sniper feat and the Sorcerer's Distant Spell Metamagic?

This question comes from recent discussion in the question "What is the maximum distance you can cause damage from?" The Unearthed Arcana Lore Mastery Wizard gets the Alchemical Casting feature which ...
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Spell Feedback: Death Themed Spells for a Bladesinger

I'm working on a death themed Bladesinger. She died early on to a crit and since being brought back she's been touched by death. I've been working on a few death/melee spells to work with her and I'd ...
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Which, if any, parts of the Locate City Bomb are dubious by RAW?

The “locate city bomb” is a somewhat-notorious example of theoretical optimization, turning a minor 1st-level divination into something quite similar to a nuclear blast that kills everything for miles ...
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While riding a mount summoned by Find Steed, when does the caster choose whether the mount is controlled or independent?

Other Q&As on RPG.SE have discussed the by-now-familiar rules for mounted combat, including the differences between controlled and independent mounts. See, e.g., When can you choose to control a ...
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What other spells can power the Locate City Bomb?

The locate city bomb is a series of metamagic feats you can apply to a the locate city spell to do high damage over a very wide area. Typical process: Cast locate city from Races of Destiny. ...
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Can Resilient Sphere contain multiple creatures?

As a DM, I want to know if there are any loopholes to allow more than one creature to fit inside Otiluke’s Resilient Sphere, Rules as Written. Here is the scenario: A party of four Medium creatures ...
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How can I cast spells in melee without provoking Attacks of Opportunity?

Now I know that casting a spell with Somatic or Material component does trigger an Attack of Opportunity. So how can I cast Vampiric Touch1 on a Fighter without provoking? The spell has range of touch,...
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Do magic staves require the wielder to have the spells on their list in order to cast them?

All of the magic staves in the 5E DMG simply state that the wielder can use an action and expend 1 or more of its charges to cast one of the spells from it. Literally none of them require the spell to ...
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Is a magic item that treats spells of one school of magic as if upcast one level higher overpowered?

I'm toying with the idea of giving a player a magic rod. This rod would allow him to treat all Necromancy spells as if upcast one level higher than the spell slot expended while the rod is held, if ...
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Is the Summon Woodland Beings spell (to summon pixies) broken?

As a DM I want to be fair and not just never allow a druid the chance of summoning pixies, but it seems so broken. At one point I had four PCs and two NPCs all running about as dinosaurs. I'm hoping ...
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Do familiars reproduce? If 'yes', what kinds of offspring result?

The spell Find Familiar summons a simple yet common creature of the caster's choice (like a cat, rat, raven or weasel). Such a creature's organs all function healthfully, including eating and sleeping....
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Does a familiar act on its own initiative count?

In campaigns in which I participate a familiar is controlled by the player in normal situations; the DM takes over the familiar if the PC orders his familiar to do something very dangerous, gives it a ...
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Can you target specific spells with the Greater Dispel Magic spell? How many?

Greater Dispel Magic works as Dispel Magic for the Targeted Dispel option. This functions as a targeted dispel magic, but it can dispel one spell for every four caster levels you possess, starting ...
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Can a player travel to the Feywild with the Etherealness spell?

I read the Planar Travel section (p. 301 in the PHB) and it read, Etherealness allows adventurers to enter the Ethereal Plane and travel from there to any of the planes it touches - the Shadowfell, ...
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Is delaying the effect of a Wish spell considered a ''greater effect''?

Let's say I cast Wish to duplicate the effect of revivify and I want it to take effect when I was supposed to act as if I haven't died (initiative order). In the spell description: A wish can ...
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Does flying or hovering make creatures immune to the Earth Tremor spell?

The description of the earth tremor spell says: You cause a tremor in the ground within range. Each creature other than you in that area must make a Dexterity saving throw. On a failed save, a ...