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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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If a Shadow Magic sorcerer replaces Darkness with another spell, can they still cast it?

The Shadow Magic sorcerous origin learns darkness as an extra known spell. They also gain additional ways of casting darkness. When you reach 3rd level in this class, you learn the darkness spell, ...
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Can Xanathar Ranger subclasses replace their archetype spells on level up?

Xanathar's ranger subclasses are the only subclasses in the game that give free spells to a learned-spell caster (besides Divine Soul Sorcerer's Affinity spell). As rangers can replace a spell that ...
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How great is the purifying power of Purify Food and Drink?

I had a game in which there was temple for a local god. One of the practices of the temple was to make sure that the river that flowed through the town was clean. They managed this by doing what the ...
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How does the Green-Flame Blade cantrip's damage stack with the Arcana cleric's Potent Spellcasting feature?

I am aware from the Sage Advice that potent spellcasting adds damage to both the first and second enemy when using green-flame blade. What I want to clarify is that this means that the second ...
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Can you tell the difference between plane shift and invisibility?

Should/could a creature tell the difference between an enemy gone invisible and an enemy that switched to the ethereal plane? For example when someone uses blink, would an enemy NPC continue attacking ...
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Impeded spells requiring Spellcraft skill checks on the planes

In follow up to this question Magic Items that produce impeded magic spell effects I would also like to know how an impeded spell or spell like ability can be cast/produced on a plane which impedes ...
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Does the PHB+1 character-building limit in Adventurers League include spells?

I’m thinking of trying out a Hexblade Warlock in Adventurers League, which limits players to PHB+1 for character-building. The problem I have with this is that the Hexblade is from Xanathar's Guide ...
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Can a cantrip be cast using a higher level slot?

Specifically, I'm thinking Shocking Grasp as L1, to trigger Heart of the Storm (Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide): […] whenever you start casting a spell of 1st level or higher that deals lightning ...
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Can you create an illusion of empty space?

I've been thinking of various ways for a crafty Illusionist/Rogue to 'hide in plain sight' by essentially creating the cover that they want to hide behind. Ideas include things like: Create a wall ...
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Can you cast silent image around someone, blinding them if they fail their save? [duplicate]

I am playing as a Warlock with the Misty Visions Eldritch Invocation. I see a group of enemies, and I cast Silent Image to create a 15 x 15 rock in the space(s) that they are occupying. If they ...
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Casting spells through a familiar [duplicate]

As a warlock with the invocation Voice of the Chain Master, under what conditions, am I able to cast spells through my familiar if they only require a verbal component?
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Can an object created by Silent Image be visibly hollow?

I am envisioning a scenario where you create a 15 x 15 room or building viewed through a door to have an interior. Does the object created by Silent Image have to appear as a solid object? Or could ...
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Can you use the Catapult Spell with Ammunition and Weapons?

Can I use the Catapult spell from the Elemental Evil Companion to launch ammunition (like bolts, arrows, and sling stones) and weapons within the weight requirements? Would the damage still be ...
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If the caster of Secluded Grimoire dies, is the hidden spellbook lost forever?

If an NPC casts Secluded Grimoire, hiding his spellbook in the Ethereal Plane, and then dies, is the spellbook lost forever?
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Does the warlock's Gift of the Ever-Living Ones eldritch invocation change how the Vampiric Touch spell behaves?

The warlock's Gift of the Ever-Living Ones (XGtE p. 57) eldritch invocation is described as follows: Whenever you regain hit points while your familiar is within 100 feet of you, treat any dice ...
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Can the Detect Magic spell sense magic items inside a Bag of Holding?

My group has a bag of holding. Inside the bag is an item that is enchanted, but they don't know this. If one of them casts detect magic, will they sense this enchanted item inside the bag of holding, ...
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Arcanist's Magic Aura vs Divination / Divine Intervention

The Arcanist's Magic Aura can give false information about any divination spells. I was wondering if you can use it on someone so that when he asks something from a god (Divination), you can just ...
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How does the Fire Ball spell's damage work?

The text of the fire ball spell (p. 144 of the core rulebook) is: Fire balls automatically hit their target. If a fire ball is fired into a group, it will hit 1D3 creatures per level of the caster....
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Does the spell Silent Image allow you to cast an image of an empty room, hiding the room's occupants? [duplicate]

I am a warlock in a place I am not supposed to be in. I hear someone walking toward the area I am in. I am unsure if they are already close enough to tell that the door is open. I cast Silent Image ...
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Is this homebrew “Mask of Illusion” spell balanced?

The goal of the following spell is to cause observers to think that the target is an illusion. For example, you could cast this spell on yourself while entering a sleeping dragon's lair and if the ...
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What level and class should have access to this homebrew ability-swap spell?

A friend of mine sent me this spell for Dungeons & Dragons 5e from somewhere: Swap 3rd level transmutation Casting Time: 1 action Range: 30 feet Components: V, S, M* Duration: ...
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Can a character cast Bless on themselves?

Last night during a game session, one of the players cast Bless, and requested to target himself as well as 2 party members. On review of the PHB for spell casting and ranges, it was not specified if ...
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Does the Wall of Stone spell need support or not?

The description of wall of stone states: The wall doesn't need to be vertical or rest on any firm foundation. It must, however, merge with and be solidly supported by existing stone. (PHB 287) ...
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Are a Paladin's auras considered magical for the purpose of Anti-Magic Field?

I know in current editions they don't explicitly state that the auras for paladins are based on magic. I haven't ran into this yet, but my question is, does the effect provided from an aura penetrate ...
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Can you use a simulacrum to bypass the 33% chance of not being able to cast wish again?

Inspired by this question and this one, I want to know if you can cast Simulacrum and have that simulacrum cast Wish for you so that you yourself never have to take that 33% risk of not being able to ...
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Does a paladin's Divine Sense feature negate the Mirror Image spell?

My players went up against a homebrew creature I made, it was a fallen angel that could cast Mirror Image. Our paladin had the idea to use his Divine Sense ability to be able to tell which Image was ...
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How does spell that you can cast “spontaneously” granted by the Channel the Gift spell work?

I am wondering about the casting time of the spell granted by channel the gift when you target yourself and if it should count as a spell like ability: If you target yourself with this spell, you ...
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If the Wish spell fails due to a nonstandard wish, do you suffer the 33% chance to be unable to cast Wish ever again?

The spell Wish states: You might be able to achieve something beyond the scope of the above examples. State your wish to the DM as precisely as possible. The DM has great latitude in ruling what ...
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Can you concentrate on a special ability while also concentrating on a spell?

There exist several abilities that have the text similar to, this effect lasts while you maintain concentration (as if you were concentrating on a spell). One such example is the Bard College of ...
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Can you use the Wish spell to duplicate a 9th-level spell?

In the description of the wish spell, it states that: The basic use of this spell is to duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. But it also states: You might be able to achieve ...
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Why, from a lore perspective, are druids the only class who can cast the Flame Blade spell?

I am only really familiar with D&D 5e, and whatever of D&D 3.5e I was exposed to whilst playing NWN2 some number of years back, but as far as I am aware, only druids have the spell flame blade ...
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Would an Antimagic Field set off a Sphere of Annihilation?

I'm curious if a Sphere of Annihilation would survive an Antimagic Field, because at first you would assume that, based on the spell's entry, A 10-foot-radius invisible sphere of antimagic ...
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How are Wishes for things of similar power to Wish's listed effects granted?

The spell Wish allows you to do one of three things: (1) The basic use of this spell is to duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. [...] (2) Alternatively, you can create one ...
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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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Is there a way to increase a creature's size category twice?

The Enlarge/Reduce spell can make a creature one size category bigger. Considering that two spell effects of the same nature cannot stack at the same place and time (you can't cast two Enlarges on ...
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What are the grappling rules for the caster of the spell Entangling Staff when it successfully grapples a creature?

The spell Entangling Staff (Spell Compendium p.83) states that once you are grappling from the effect of the spell: If your grapple check succeeds, your quarterstaff's vines constrict your foe, ...
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Can a Simulacrum cast Wish?

This question was provoked by a discussion in the comments of my answer to this question: What is the maximum number of Simulacra I can have? (the discussion itself has now been removed). The wish ...
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Can the Wish spell kill?

The Wish spell is a super powerful spell, that can do many things. But if I say,"I wish that this dragon is dead!" or something like that, does it die? The spell description does not say in favor or ...
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Can I use Divine Intervention or Wish to regain Wish?

After reading this question on what happens to Sorcs who lose the ability to cast wish, I started wondering if there are ways for them to regain that ability. I figured a Divine Intervention is ...
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How to balance wish?

So, the 5e Wish spell is effectively the "win the game" spell. I mean, one could wish that all evil in the world is gone, that the dark gods be destroyed, that reality itself unravel. Yeah, there are ...
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Wishing for a spell

So I am a very new DM, I have been playing for like 2 months. I was wondering if a person found a scroll of wish, could they use wish for a spell to cast that their character would keep? One of my ...
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Is a Dwarven Thrower's Returning property affected by the Antimagic Field spell?

The antimagic field spell states: [...] A magic weapon's properties and powers are suppressed if it is used against a target in the sphere or wielded by an attacker in the sphere. If a magic weapon ...
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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 ...
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Will an Antimagic Field on a target of a “Haste” spell trigger the wave of lethargy?

Haste is an incredibly useful buff in this edition: +2 AC, doubled movement rate, advantage on Dex saving throws, and a "cunning action" like free action that can even be used to Attack. It's a ...
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Do you know that Detect Magic is being suppressed if it intersects with Antimagic Field?

If you cast detect magic and it is suppressed by an anti-magic field, do you know that the spell was suppressed or does it give no feedback whatsoever? The exact scenario that came up was something ...
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Is it possible to affect targets with spells from the other side of an anti-magic field?

Suppose a short, 5'x5', 20' long open corridor separates two rooms, with no other features besides that inside the corridor was the source of an active Antimagic Field. If your Wizard cast Magic ...
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Why can't the “Variant: Imp Familiar” be found with the Find Familiar spell?

The Find Familiar spell describes a familiar The Find Familiar spell description explains what a "familiar" is. It describes its properties — acts independently, can't attack, can deliver spells, can ...
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Speed of a Tenser's floating discmobile

So Tenser's floating disc "follows you so that it remains within 20 ft" if you are more than 20 ft away. So let's get a bit of carpentry skill together, and (whilst keeping the total weight under 500-...
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Does casting a spell from an item allow you to apply class abilities that are used when casting a spell?

This question is updated to request additional answers and details in light of information now available in the Dungeon Master's Guide. In the released DM basic rules, Lost Mine of Phandelver, Hoard ...
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Can you work with another caster to store their spell in a Glyph of Warding spell you cast?

Can you work with another caster to store their spell in a Glyph of Warding spell you cast? Say you are a Wizard, level 15+. You can cast 8th level spells, and so can your level 15+ Cleric friend. ...