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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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Do spellcasters know that the Lesser and Greater Restoration spells can cure madness?

The lesser restoration spell description states: You touch a creature and can end either one disease or one condition afflicting it. The condition can be blinded, deafened, paralyzed, or poisoned. ...
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For the purpose of magic immunity, does Counterspell target the caster or the spell?

In the MM it states that the rakshasa is immune to magic of 6th level or lower. Does this include the counterspell spell or does counterspell target the spell and not the creature?
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How big is the area affected by Earth Tremor

I am looking to choose spells for my Sorceror, and I found Earth Tremor in XgtE. Range: 10 feet You cause a tremor in the ground within range. Each creature other than you in that area must make a ...
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How can you destroy a mage hand?

We are playing through B1 "In Search of the Unknown", a basic rules D&D adventure from 1978, using 5e rules. In the module there is a pool of clear acid that has a bronze key clearly ...
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How does Wall of Force grant cover?

Which mechanic of wall of force gives cover to creatures on either side of the wall? It grants attributes similar to cover. It specifically states cover-like effects against physical and astral ...
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Commune with Nature as a barbarian

My barbarian has reached 10th level which says she can cast Commune with Nature as a ritual. The PHB says one of the animals I chose for my totem spirit or aspect of the beast appears to convey the ...
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Does the enlarge/reduce spell change a target’s weight?

So my party came up with an idea for how they would start the siege on the goblin camp. Their thought was to cast reduce on the gnome barbarian, tie him to an arrow and shoot him over the wall, then ...
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Will it break Counterspell if the trigger becomes "perceive" instead of "see"?

The trigger for counterspell is originally: which you take when you see a creature within 60 feet of you casting a spell For a player character that is blind, I want to change it to this: which you ...
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How can a party move 10,000 pounds of gold?

The party has found the Vault of Dragons from the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist module. They've managed to play two of the BBEGs against each other and have neutralized the 'enemy' factor of the module, ...
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How does Glyph of Warding work with a Sending spell

In D&D 5e, the Glyph of Warding spell allows you to store a spell that is cast on whoever triggers the glyph. The limits on the stored spell are rather vague: "The spell must target a single ...
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How to balance spellbooks looted from enemy wizards?

I'm running a campaign in Faerun, with Red Wizards as one of the main antagonists. My party includes a wizard. Every time the party kills one of said Red Wizards, they expect to find a spellbook, and ...
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Can a creature take turns as normal if they are inside an Antimagic Field while another creature casts Time Stop?

Time stop is a spell that stops time for other creatures, allowing one creature to take multiple turns in a row. It says: You briefly stop the flow of time for everyone but yourself. No time passes ...
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Can Enemies Abound cast by a fiend affect creatures in Hallow?

Imagine a fiend casting Enemies Abound on a creature within a Hallowed area Enemies Abound A creature automatically succeeds if it is immune to being frightened. On a failed save, the target loses ...
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How to make the enemy attack me?

I created a character with a high AC, Shield Block and Toughness to be tough, then took Champion Dedication and Retributive Strike to discourage the enemy from hitting my team mates. Still, I finish ...
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Can the Minor Illusion cantrip create a taxidermy look-alike of a creature?

The Minor Illusion spell description states: You create a sound or an image of an object within range that lasts for the duration. (...) If you create an image of an object--such as a chair, muddy ...
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What does a player learn when their spell fails for a hidden reason?

(this is effectively this Q&A, but for 5th edition) Sometimes, a player may try to cast a spell on something, or someone, that is not a valid target or cannot be affected by the spell. Whether it ...
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Conjure Animals Control Range

I've got a question on the Conjure Animals spell. I was DM'ing a game, and a player used it. They summoned their creatures within 60' of themselves, and then directed them to attack the bad guys. The ...
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Does Possess Object have the size limitation?

Posses Object is a spell that shares some features with both Magic Jar and Animate Objects and is written very strangely. https://aonprd.com/SpellDisplay.aspx?ItemName=Possess%20Object Key parts being:...
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Can minor illusion or prestidigitation create a spyglass that works?

Can I create a lens that will function as a magnifying glass or spyglass with Minor Illusion by using the illusion as a focus to warp or bend light as a lens might? Alternatively, can Prestidigitation ...
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Is a dead creature's body considered an "object"?

I never really gave this much thought until this question brought it up: Is a dead creature's body considered to be an object? And is it still a creature? My initial reaction was that it would not ...
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What happens when you target a dead creature with Scrying?

In 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons, the spell Scrying is described, in part, as follows: You can see and hear a particular creature you choose that is on the same plane of existence as you. The ...
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Does Locate Object work on polymorphed equipment?

The spell Locate Object says: You sense the direction to the object's location, as long as that object is within 1,000 feet of you. The spell Polymorph says: The target's gear melds into the new ...
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Aasimar bonus damage plus "Save for half"-spell

Aasimar subraces (VGM and MPMM) have abilities that proc when they damage a creature. As an example, here's MPMM Aasimar Radiant Soul ability: Two luminous, spectral wings sprout from your back ...
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Can Meld to Stone be used with Offensive Spells?

Suppose my character is locked in a jail cell with several of their worst enemies, none of whom have any spell-casting abilities. (Assume the character has retained their holy symbol for spell-casting....
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How would a druid protect their campsite for the night?

I am currently playing a level 6 Circle of the Shepherd Druid, and planning how they would deal with having to spend time in a dangerous area overnight. A wizard would use all sorts of rituals to set ...
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How does Death Ward interact with Band of Loyalty?

Band of Loyalty: If you are reduced to 0 hit points while attuned to a Band of Loyalty, you instantly die. These rings are favored by spies who can’t afford to fall into enemy hands. Death Ward: ...
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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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Why does Forcecage have two forms?

If we accept that there is no way to escape a Forcecage spell by physical/nonmagical means, even when the "cage" form with gaps between the bars is used, as many people have argued, ...
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Can I move an Arcane Eye in and out of an Antimagic Field?

An Antimagic Field is a 10-foot-radius invisible sphere which suppresses the magical effects on objects and creatures, prevents spell casting inside its AoE and spells with an AoE (e.g., Fireball) can'...
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Is a concentration spell suppressed when the caster is in Antimagic Field?

Antimagic Field, PHB, page 213: Spells and other magical effects...are suppressed in the sphere and can't protrude into it...While an effect is suppressed, it doesn't function, but the time it spends ...
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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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Homebrew spell acting as one-way mirror

Yesterday I was thinking that, in many cases, the line of sight is an important strategic element of ranged combat, so I was wondering if it could make sense for my wizard to create a new spell that ...
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Does Shadow Step work in concert with Find Familiar?

Shadow Step, the Way of Shadows Monk's 6th level feature, reads: At 6th level, you gain the ability to step from one shadow into another. When you are in dim light or darkness, as a bonus action you ...
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What ways can a pure martial get Find Familiar at level 1?

I want to have a familiar on a character of a class without access to Spellcasting or Pact Magic features, and I want this to occur at level 1. The way I know how to do it is with a feat that gives ...
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Wand with Melee Spell for noncaster

In a DND 5e campaign, my party has received a Wand of Shocking Grasp. It's currently in the hands of a non-caster. Shocking Grasp is a touch melee spell. I have 2 questions: When the spell is cast, ...
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Is there a way to see through fog cloud [duplicate]

I'm trying to make a ranger Kenku who makes fog clouds in fights and then shoots them through the enemys throughout the fog but I don't know how I would go about seeing through the fog.
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Can you recall a soul from Hades with Raise Dead?

Raise Dead (and other resurrection spells) all have a variant of this clause: Raise Dead: If the creature's soul is both willing and at liberty to rejoin the body, the creature returns to life ...
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Wall of Force: how you can entrap moving creatures?

RAW there is no saving throw for the 5th level spell Wall of Force. My question is: Can this spell entrap creatures when they are moving in the sky/on the ground/in the water? IMVHO the rule spells do ...
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How much healing does the Moment of Renewal spell provide?

The Moment of Renewal spell targets up to 6 creatures and says (emphasis mine): The targets experience a day's worth of recovery in an instant. Any detrimental effects that would be gone after 24 ...
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How to get access to a specific single spell, regardless of list?

I'm an Arcanist. I want to be able to use Paragon Surge, but I'm not a half-elf, nor can I qualify for being one in any way. I know there's Clerical version of Paragon Surge that works for any race (...
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Meld into Stone and its interaction

As a feat for my Tempest Domain Cleric, I will pick Metamagic Adept (Distant Spell). Looking through spells that would benefit most from this feature, I became curious about Meld into Stone, as it ...
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Does the Encode Thoughts spell remove the target thought from memory, or does it create a copy?

The description of the encode thoughts cantrip says (GGtR, p. 47; emphasis mine): Putting a finger to your head, you pull a memory, an idea, or a message from your mind and transform it into a ...
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Which spells can affect an opponent permanently? [closed]

Permanently meaning in a way that does not wear off after some time by itself, or that is not removed by long rest. It would be possible to undo the effect with another spell, like Dispel Magic, ...
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What is the alchemical laboratory required to heal a simulacrum?

The simulacrum spell says: If the simulacrum is damaged, you can repair it in an alchemical laboratory, using rare herbs and minerals worth 100 gp per hit point it regains. What else is needed ...
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The Magic Circle spell requires powdered silver and iron worth at least 100 gp to cast it; how much powder is that?

The component for casting Magic Circle is 100 gold pieces worth of Powdered Silver and Iron (or Holy Water, which we are not discussing here). 100 gold pieces is equivalent to 1000 silver pieces. At ...
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If a character's body is affected by the Forbiddance or Private Sanctum spells, would it prevent the Astral Projection spell from working?

Both the Forbiddance and Mordenkainen's Private Sanctum spells prevent planar travel in the area of the spell, but does that prevent Astral Projection? More specifically: Can I cast effectively Astral ...
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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 produce ...
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How can a wizard create a permanent teleporter?

Teleport traps and teleport rooms are classic tropes for both dungeons and wizard towers. You enter the room, you get teleported. In old school dungeons typically without a saving throw, and sometimes ...
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What happens when a Wall of Force spell is created in the area of a (previously cast) nonphysical spell such as Moonbeam or Stinking Cloud?

The description of the moonbeam spell states, in part: A silvery beam of pale light shines down in a 5-foot radius, 40-foot-high cylinder centered on a point within range. Until the spell ends, dim ...
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What specifically can’t the Wish spell do?

Other than what’s described in the text of the wish spell, are there any things that wish specifically cannot do? The one example I know involves ​​mind blank: Until the spell ends, one willing ...