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 the Mage Hand cantrip be used to pull someone's pants down as a prank?

Inspired by Can mage hand be used to trip an enemy who is running away?, and possibly an alternative solution to that problem. My bard is an obnoxious jerk who enjoys a laugh at anyone else's expense....
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Does Heat Metal reroll its damage each time it is caused?

According to the Heat Metal description: Choose a manufactured metal object, such as a metal weapon or a suit of heavy or medium metal armor, that you can see within range. You cause the object ...
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Does the feat Spell Focus increase static save DCs described inside some spells?

Some spells, such as firebrand (Spell Compendium p.93) have additional effects described inside of them frequently that define static save DCs (reflex DC 15 on firebrand's case). Is there any reason ...
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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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What happens if you Teleport into a wall?

A Wizard casts the Teleport spell, and the DM rolls "Off-Target" such that the destination moves to be in a wall, or other solid obstruction. What happens? Is the Wizard Instantly killed? Shifted ...
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If I apply the Careful Spell metamagic to a spell that a creature can choose to fail, and they do, what happens?

Certain spells, like Calm Emotions, allow a character to automatically fail their Saving Throw when resisting the effect: Each humanoid in a 20-foot-radius sphere centered on a point you choose ...
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What are all the officially published spells that let a character choose to fail their saving throw against the spell?

What are all the spells in any officially published sourcebook for 5e where a target is granted the option to deliberately fail their saving throw?
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Can a Sorcerer use the Careful Spell Metamagic option on spells with optional saving throws?

The Sorcerer's Careful Spell Metamagic states: When you cast a spell that forces other creatures to make a saving throw, you can protect some of those creatures from the spell’s full force. To do ...
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I picked the wrong spells as a wizard, how do I recover?

Being a newcomer to DnD (5e), I got invited to a campaign with some friends. It is my first time playing tabletop DnD. Video games like Neverwinter Nights was my only experience with DnD. I now ...
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How to learn Wizard spells without increasing Spellcraft?

I am about to build a Jade Phoenix Mage (Tome of Battle), with Wizard as the base spellcasting class. Wizards need Spellcraft to learn new spells, but it is not a class skill for JPM. I would like to ...
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If the Simulacrum spell is cast on a Divination Wizard that currently has Portent rolls stored, does the Simulacrum also have those Portent rolls?

Essentially, I'm not sure "where" stored Portent rolls "exist" while not in use. The simulacrum spell description says: It appears to be the same as the original, but it has half the creature's ...
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Can a Great Old One warlock use the Awakened Mind feature as a universal translator for Suggestion spells? [duplicate]

Warlocks with the Great Old One patron start out with a universal translator that works on one target within 30 feet - the Awakened Mind feature (PHB, p. 110): Starting at 1st level, your alien ...
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Can you illusion a window out of a solid wall?

Right now I'm designing a dungeon that is actually a ruined castle, but with illusion magic it appears to be restored to its original shape. One of the key parts I need is a window, which is actually ...
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Does the Fireball spell damage objects?

Does a fireball spell do any damage to window glass, for example? It looks like that its wording damages creatures and only causes fire on flammable objects.
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Can I keep the effect of the Algid Enhancment spell if the Mantle of the Icy Soul spell ends?

The description of the Algid Enhancement spell (Frostburn, p. 88) says You energize cold creatures with a surge of coldfire. Creatures with the cold subtype affected by this spell gain a +1 ...
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How long can a readied spell be held before it's lost?

From RAW, it's clear that a character can ready a spell that has a casting time of 1 action and release the spell when the trigger occurs or directly after the trigger finishes:1 Provided, that the ...
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Is it possible to maintain concentration while inside of a Magic Jar container?

If a spellcaster using Magic Jar casts a spell which requires concentration and then returns to the container, can they maintain concentration while in the jar?
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Can you use Minor Illusion to create an illusion of a working mirror, i.e. with reflection?

Can you use Minor Illusion to create an illusion of a working mirror, i.e. with a working reflection?
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What would be the balance implications of a house rule allowing a readied spell to be held indefinitely?

As established by this question, readied spells can only be held until the beginning of your next turn. What would the balance implications be if there were no upper limit on how long the spell's ...
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When affected by the Crown of Madness spell, can I choose what type of melee attack to make?

This question is inspired by this question about grappling/shoving when affected by the same spell. The crown of madness spell states: The charmed target must use its action before moving on each ...
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Can a paladin prepare more spells if they didn't cast any the previous day?

I know this seems like a silly question but it was just a random thought that I had today. I know Paladins only get so many spells a day by preparing them usually when they wake up and pray to ...
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How much additional damage does the spell Firebrand do?

The spell Firebrand (Spell Compendium p.93) states: All subjects hit by the burst in the round the spell is cast or within the area in the following round take 1d6 points of fire damage per two ...
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How does maintaining a Concentration spell work?

There are many spells that have a duration of "concentration", sometimes with a max duration. I understand concentration checks and interruptions, but I can't find specific rules on maintaining a ...
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Does the Beacon of Hope spell maximize the HP regained from any Potion of Healing?

I’m really looking for validation as to how I think this would work. The Beacon of Hope spell description states (emphasis mine): This spell bestows hope and vitality. Choose any number of ...
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Does gaining a proficiency via the Shapechange spell let you add your original proficiency bonus if yours is higher?

For example, if a 17th level character with a +6 proficiency bonus and who isn't proficient in Acrobatics casts the shapechange spell to turn into a Quickling (who have a +6 Dexterity modifier and an ...
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What sorts of objects can you target with the Enlarge/Reduce spell?

The enlarge/reduce spell has the following text specifying its target: You cause a creature or an object you can see within range to grow larger or smaller for the duration. Choose either a ...
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How does line of sight for spells work, accounting for familiars?

I had to make a call today and I'm wondering how this scenario should've gone down The map was a U-shaped hallway; the party was on the lower left of the U, with the enemies on the upper right. The ...
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Does the Reduce option from the Enlarge/Reduce spell cause a critical hit to do 2d4 less damage?

The rule for critical hits states: When you score a critical hit, you get to roll extra dice for the attack’s damage against the target. Roll all of the attack’s damage dice twice and add them ...
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Can the Wizard's “Spell Blending” Arcane Thesis be used to convert spell slots of one tradition to another?

For example, if a Wizard takes Cleric Multiclass Archetype feats to gain Cleric spell slots, can he use the Spell Blending Arcane Thesis to transform the Cleric spell slots into Wizard spell slots of ...
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Which meaning of “must” does the Slow spell use?

The word "must" can have two different meanings, both of which are showcased in the crown of madness spell which states: The charmed target must use its action before moving on each of its turns to ...
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Can one wildshape to escape from the Hold Person spell?

A person who is subjected to the Hold Person spell, presuming they fail their save, is paralyzed. This means they can only take purely mental actions. Furthermore, the target of Hold Person must be ...
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What counts as “humanoid” for the target of the Enlarge Person spell?

I know that similar versions of this question have been asked, even by me. The line in question of the enlarge person spell says: Target one humanoid creature The glossary/common terms doesn't ...
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Can a character using a polymorph spell be targeted by Enlarge Person?

After looking over Shifter for a build, I noticed that they use the same class feature (Wild Shape) as a Druid. Wild Shape depends on Beast Shape (among other similar spells), which is a spell of the ...
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Can you sustain a spell multiple times per turn?

For example, if I sustain the Flaming Sphere spell, I can use it to damage an opponent. Can I sustain it 3 times per turn, to deal damage 3 times?
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If the Shillelagh cantrip is applied to a club with non-standard damage dice, what is the resulting damage dice?

Let's suppose, for the sake of argument, this weapon exists in a campaign: Unusual Club of Unusualness Simple Melee Weapon (Club), rare Weight: 2 lbs. Damage: 2d4 bludgeoning ...
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If a Dragon under the effects of their Change Shape feature is cloned, can the cloned Dragon revert to their true form?

Some dragons have the Change Shape feature. For example, the Ancient Gold Dragon's Change Shape feature reads as follows: Change Shape. The dragon magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast that ...
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Can you grapple/shove when affected by the Crown of Madness spell?

The crown of madness spell states: The charmed target must use its action before moving on each of its turns to make a melee attack against a creature other than itself that you mentally choose... ...
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Can more than one wizard copy a spell from a spellbook?

In the PLAYER'S HANDBOOK you can copy a spell into your own spellbook. In the DMG (p200) if a spell is copied from a scroll, the scroll is destroyed. If a spell is copied from a spellbook however, ...
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Can a warlock choose a lower-level spell upcast at a higher level for their Mystic Arcanum class feature?

A player asked me if they could use their 17th-level Mystic Arcanum (Warlock class feature) to select the 6th-level spell "Mass Suggestion" cast at 9th level (to always make the suggestion last a year ...
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Can a warlock choose an upcast spell as a Mystic Arcanum? [duplicate]

Can a warlock choose an upcast spell as a Mystic Arcanum? For example, say I have a warlock and want to be able to summon bheur hags using Conjure Fey. This is slightly problematic due to bheur hags ...
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How does spell levelling work with multiclassing? [duplicate]

Suppose I am a level 10 rogue and take a level of sorcerer, giving me the firebolt cantrip. Normally, on a successful hit, the target takes 1d10 fire damage. Furthermore, the description says: This ...
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Does maintaining a spell with a longer casting time count as casting a spell?

The section on "Longer Casting Times" states: When you cast a spell with a casting time longer than a single action or reaction, you must spend your action each turn casting the spell... In trying ...
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How does Mind Blank affect the Zone of Truth spell?

The Archmage NPC casts Mind Blank on itself before entering combat per the MM. Mind Blank is powerful enough to foil a Wish spell to gain information about or affect the mind of a target, per the PH. ...
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What happens when Polymorph is cast on a creature already affected by Polymorph?

What happens when a caster casts Polymorph on a creature that is already Polymorphed by a different caster?
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Can multiple characters have the same familiar using the Find Familiar spell?

Is there anything RAW that would prevent two different characters using the Find Familiar spell from intentionally gaining the service of the same familiar spirit? I am aware that if 1 familiar was '...
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If someone uses the Command spell and says “drop”, what happens?

If someone uses the spell command and says "drop", would you drop your backpack as well and all its contents, or just what's in your hands?
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How to find an NPC spellcaster to cast Raise Dead on a person?

TL:DR Where can I find a spellcaster to cast Raise Dead? Where's the nearest large city to Sandpoint in Golarion? Any other avenues to bring someone back from the dead? My group is running through ...
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Do the extra spells from the XGtE ranger archetypes expend a spell slot when cast?

In XGtE the Ranger Archetypes are awarded additional spells at specific levels. For example the Monster Slayer archetype receives Protection from Evil and Good at 3rd level. XGtE states The spell ...
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How do my spells work when multi-classing Ranger and Druid?

Okay, I've been reading through posts online and the multi-classing rules over the last couple of hours. And good lord, either I'm an idiot (highly likely) or this stuff is tough. Anyway: In a ...
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Can a Magic Mouth spell activate a Mirror of Life Trapping?

In previous editions a Magic Mouth spell could not be used to trigger an object, but in 5e it's not quite as clear. I'm designing a scenario where a crew of thieves enter a Mirror of Life Trapping, ...