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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Does casting a spell with the Concentration Tag prevent you from casting any spell, or just spells that also have the Concentration Tag? [duplicate]

My DM and I were discussing this, and he asked me to search for it/post it here. I looked around, but couldn't really find anything that discussed this issue specifically. The description of ...
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Should I take the Magic Initiate feat for my Eldritch Knight fighter? [closed]

My Eldritch Knight fighter is about to level up and get an Ability Score Improvement. I have 10s in Cha and Wis, and a 13 in Int. Should I take the Magic Initiate feat? If so, what spells should I ...
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What level should this homebrew spell be? (Conjure Insect Swarm)

I'm attempting to design a spell. I think I have the base mechanics mostly covered, I just need to determine what level this spell might be to be balanced. Primary Question: What level should this ...
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What damaged a creature that is in an antimagic field from which it is excluded?

I read a lot about this topic, more precisely I base myself on what is stated here: Does the feat Extraordinary Spell Aim affect the creature's space or the creature? (and other linked discussion) ...
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What spells could cure a stroke?

Last session an NPC suffered a significant stroke, with the typical symptoms of partial paralysis of one side of the body, drooping face on that side, slurred speech, and so on. However, a stroke ...
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Can a question be mentally overwritten in Zone of Truth?

Zone of truth's spell description includes (emphasis mine): An affected creature is aware of the spell and can thus avoid answering questions to which it would normally respond with a lie. Such a ...
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Can a Sorcerer use the Silence spell and the Subtle Spell Metamagic to silently cast the Knock spell?

The knock spell has a verbal spell component and states: [...] When you cast the spell, a loud knock, audible from as far away as 300 feet, emanates from the target object [...] I'm wondering if ...
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Does casting Beast Sense on a creature with truesight let you see as if you had truesight?

In D&D 5th Edition, if you use the Beast Sense spell on a creature with truesight, do you see as if you had truesight?
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Is a counterspell ineffective against the wrong spell?

I had this idea in my campaign to rob a magic store. Logically, it makes sense that the owner of said store knows counterspell. What I plan to do is to take out the components of fireball but not ...
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Under what circumstances does a phantom steed take a minute to disappear?

The description of phantom steeds includes (emphasis mine): When the spell ends, the steed gradually fades, giving the rider 1 minute to dismount. The spell ends if you use an action to dismiss it ...
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What happens when a permanent True Polymorphed creature drops to 0? [duplicate]

Assume that a creature was True Polymorphed for the entire duration of the spell and is thus permanently transformed. When said creature drops to 0, does the creature revert to it's previous form or ...
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How do you work with spells in homebrew subclasses on D&D Beyond?

I'm trying to create a homebrew subclass on D&D Beyond, but I can't seem to figure out how to make spells work. There are different places for an added list of spells and actually adding spells, ...
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Can you keep using Shapechange after dropping to 0HP?

Can you use Shapechange again after dropping to 0 HP? This might sound strange, but I belive that, according to RAW, you can keep using Shapechange even after getting dropped out of the previous form ...
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How does Phantom Steed behave in combat?

The description of the 3rd-level Wizard ritual spell Phantom Steed reads: The creature uses the statistics for a riding horse, except it has a speed of 100 feet and can travel 10 miles in an hour, ...
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Does the Detect Magic spell detect itself?

If I cast detect magic in a circle around myself, can I see the aura of my own spell and thus know where it ends?
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If an item produces the effect of a spell, can I dispel it?

Some magic items, like a Potion of Growth or Oil of Slipperiness, produce the effect of a spell. For example: When you drink this potion, you gain the "enlarge" effect of the enlarge/reduce spell ...
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Can the Detect Magic spell detect an Antimagic Field spell?

This is a duplicate of this question, but for a different gaming system; Pathfinder v1 vs DnD 5e. Also relevant, but slightly different is this question about intersection. So the gist is, a wizard ...
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Can lethargy from haste spell's ending be dispelled?

Haste description says: When the spell ends, the target can’t move or take actions until after its next turn, as a wave of lethargy sweeps over it. Can this lethargy effect be dispelled using ...
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Would an anti-magic field block targets of Dragon's Breath spell user?

Consider someone has dragon's breath cast on them. Until the spell ends, the creature can use an action to exhale energy of the chosen type in a 15-foot cone. What happens if this creature exhale ...
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What happens when you pick up an item while affected by the Enlarge/Reduce spell?

The enlarge/reduce spell states: [...] If the target is a creature, everything it is wearing and carrying changes size with it. Any item dropped by an affected creature returns to normal size at ...
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Can you defeat a Gargantuan monster from the inside? [duplicate]

This was something me and my friends were wondering about for a while, and we're not sure if it would work or not. Disclaimer; all of us are novices and only just started playing about half-a-year ago....
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Does Mordenkainen's Private Sanctum prevent Devil's Sight from working?

I could compare it to this question about whether the Devil's Sight invocation allows one to see into Hunger of Hadar, but that question has an easy answer, due to the 'blinded' condition it affects ...
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Using Catapult spell with alchemist fire bottle can you deliver both 3d8 bludgeoning damage as well as the alchemical fire damage?

Using Catapult spell with alchemist fire bottle can you deliver both 3d8 bludgeoning damage as well as the alchemical fire damage?
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If Ability Rip leaves you with 0 HD and 0 Class levels, what happens?

Ability rip causes its target, should they lack supernatural abilities, to permanently 2 class levels, or 2 HD if you've no class levels (what happens if you have exactly 1 class level is addressed ...
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What happens if you have one class level and are Ability Ripped?

A level 1 bugbear rogue is targetted by the spell ability rip (Serpent Kingdoms 155). What happens? The bugbear has no supernatural abilities, so it should lose 2 class levels, but it only has 1. ...
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Can an unseen servant trigger traps?

If I tell it to walk ahead of me, stomp on the floor (for pressure plates and covered pits), and swing a stick up and down (for trip wires), does it weigh enough to trigger most traps? Put another ...
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What determines what type of spell casting focus I may use for a spell I obtained outside of my class spell list? [closed]

My intention for this is to allow my 5th level Alchemist Artificer to cast Toll the Dead through their Tools as is required to get the bonus from Alchemical Savaant. At 5th level, you develop ...
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Does regenerate or any other spell halt the dying process of a flail snail who has lost all it's tentacles?

Scenario The party happens across a Flail snail being mobbed by some bugbears (Random encounter). They killed the bugbears and the Flail snail started wailing (All of its tentacles were severed and ...
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Is Absorb Elements cast before or after a save? Is it cast before or after damage?

I was wondering where on "the stack" I can cast Absorb Elements. Is it when I get targeted, when I get hit, after I fail a save, or after the damage is rolled?
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Does the Arcane Archer's Piercing Arrow pass through Walls of Force and Forcecages?

The following is within the scope of Dnd Adventurers League play. The Arcane Archer martial archetype of Xanathar's Guide to Everything alllows you to select the "Piercing Arrow" Arcane Shot option : ...
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Can a wizard learn spells written in an unfamiliar language using the Comprehend Languages spell?

If a wizard finds a spell book in an unfamiliar language, which he can understand via the Comprehend Languages spell (but not otherwise), can he transcribe these spells in his own spell book?
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Feedback on homebrew Sandstorm Blade spell similar to Shadow Blade

I'm trying to create a homebrew spell that fills a similar niche to the Shadow Blade spell. Goals: Add meaningful decisions with significant tradeoffs, rather than raw strength. Using blade ...
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Can two Cloud of Daggers be cast in the same area by different spell casters?

Quick overview of the situation, the party is 3rd level and the warlock and the bard can now both cast cloud of daggers. We were in a lizardfolk den and they saw us and came running down a 5-foot ...
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What happens when an anti magic field gets close to a polymorphed creature?

I am playing a cleric who has a persistent anti-magic field on him, from which he is excluded. I use the following feats: Persistent Spell Extraordinary Spell Aim This means that if I approach ...
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Can Programmed Illusion respond to its environs, or must it perform the same thing every time?

Programmed Illusion: You create an illusion of an object, a creature, or some other visible phenomenon within range that activates when a specific condition occurs. The illusion is imperceptible ...
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What are the best uses for the spell Dust Devil?

One of my players took Dust Devil as a spell, but in practice, it did not perform as expected. STR save: good, it is a rare save 1d8 bludgeoning damage + 1d8 per spell-slot above 2nd: below average, ...
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Is there a discrepancy between the strength of aura when detect magic is cast comparing a ring of protection to a weapon with an enhancement bonus?

In the SRD it states: Protection This ring offers continual magical protection in the form of a deflection bonus of +1 to +5 to AC. Faint abjuration; CL 5th; Forge Ring, shield of faith, ...
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Would I still be able to cast the Conjure Barrage spell if I was also using the Flame Arrow spell?

Conjure barrage specifies that the ammunition used to cast it must be non magical but I can't find anywhere if an arrow under the effect of flame arrow is considered magical or not. What I mean by ...
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Which occurs first? (late ToA spoilers)

Okay, so, real quick, I will place this here at the very start, if you don't want Tomb Of Annihilation spoilers, please do not read any further. That being said, I'm deep into my blind run of ToA. We ...
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Should I allow a Sorcerer to learn illusory dragon? [closed]

Asking for a sorcerer. God knows where, but they heard the spell "Illusory Dragon" and wanted in. I was wondering if - depending on the kind of character their sorcerer is - it would be okay to let ...
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Does hair count as “body parts” for the Resurrection spell?

John died in a fire inside a house. John's hair was totally destroyed by the fire. His body was extracted and resurrected with the Resurrection spell. Its description says: This spell closes all ...
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Can I cast Haste on myself?

Can my character cast the spell Haste on himself or can it only be cast on another character?
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Can permanency be dispelled when cast on a target other than yourself

The description of the spell permanency reads as follows. (Emphasis mine) This spell makes the duration of certain other spells permanent. You first cast the desired spell and then follow it with ...
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can a monster smell you? [closed]

hey I have a game where we had the hut up but a monster ram walk around the hut and said it could smell us? the monster has like really good senses its smell is really high so the monster will find ...
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How does Remove Curse affect Bestow Curse

I may be looking too much into this, but I'm having issues interpreting Removes Curse's effect on Bestow Curse. Bestow Curse reads: You touch a creature, and that creature must succeed on a Wisdom ...
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Does energy resistance to cold affect Shivering Touch?

Shivering touch is a spell with Cold descriptor. Does it mean, that it should be affected by resistance to cold energy, thus lowering the Dexterity damage dealt by the spell?
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What are the advantages of taking “Sculptor of Flesh” eldritch invocation over taking Polymorph as a spell?

I think I misunderstand how the eldritch invocations that grant spells "using a warlock spell slot". Sculptor of Flesh Prerequisite: 7th level You can cast Polymorph once using a Warlock spell ...
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What happens when a Wild Magic Surge would have a Sorcerer/Barbarian multiclass cast a spell while raging?

I was making a Barbarian/Wild Magic Sorcerer multi-class and realized the following scenario may occur: Rolling a 01-02 on the Wild Magic Surge Table: Roll on this table at the start of each of ...
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If an arrow passes through an illusionary wall of fire created by the Major Image spell, does it reveal it as an illusion?

The Major Image spell description says: You create the image of an object, a creature, or some other visible phenomenon that is no larger than a 20-foot cube. The image appears at a spot that you ...
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Forms of magical forensics, magical investigation and code-breaking using magic

I am currently in the process of writing a D&D 3.5 scenario for my players, and I'm looking at producing a sort of slow burn mystery for them to solve. In the earlier stages the party may (or may ...