Questions tagged [spells]

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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When someone under the effect of Disguise Self casts Mislead, what does their illusory double look like?

Casting disguise self (a first level illusion spell requiring no concentration) on a target of Self results in being able to: "make yourself [...] look different until the spell ends or until ...
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Does an Enlarge/Reduce spell on a druid affect the beast form if the druid Wild-Shapes?

If a druid (multiclassed into sorcerer) casts Enlarge on himself so that he becomes a Large humanoid (approximately twelve feet tall), and he then Wild Shapes in a brown bear, is the brown bear form ...
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Must a warlock replace spells with new spells of exactly their Pact Magic spell slot level?

The Warlock Pact Magic feature says: The Spells Known column of the Warlock table shows when you learn more warlock spells of your choice of 1st level and higher. A spell you choose must be of ...
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Does Blinking creature loss the benefit on attacking if the opponent can see invisible creature?

You strike as an invisible creature (with a +2 bonus on attack rolls), denying your target any Dexterity bonus to AC. (Blink) If the attacker can see invisible creatures, the miss chance is also only ...
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Can a Swiftblade with Perpetual Options benefit from extra attacks that don't normally stack with Haste?

A 9th level Swiftblade gains the Perpetual Options class feature: Perpetual Options (Ex): At 9th level, you can perform even more actions with the haste spell. Instead of making one extra attack at ...
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What are all of the published "off-label" uses of the Wish spell?

The spell description of wish offers several things you can wish for that are guaranteed to work. Wishing for other things can lead to unforeseen consequences, at the DM's discretion: You might be ...
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Can a creature under the effect of Nondetection be detected by the Detect Magic spell?

Can someone with nondetection be picked up with detect magic? It seems to me that detect magic will sense a magical aura (perhaps abjuration or illusion) since it does not target the creature. Also, I ...
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What exactly happens when I cast Web in midair?

The web spell is a bit special, in that it initially fills a 20-foot cube, but can collapse and/or disappear if the chosen placement does not provide sufficient anchorage: You conjure a mass of ...
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What happens to a flying creature when it is caught in an anchored Web spell?

Suppose I cast web so it is anchored by two trees. A flying creature without hover starts its turn in the web. According to the description of web: You conjure a mass of thick, sticky webbing at a ...
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How many servants can this Vampire summon to “moon” the party?

The city in which my current campaign is based has been recently divided along social lines. An in-universe counterpart of the Twilight series has become the basis of a werewolf vs vampire factional ...
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How can I bind a draconic spirit?

My wizard is fond of summoning or conjuring elementals and binding them using planar binding, keeping them around for a while. Even keeping them a day is awesome, because concentration is not ...
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Is Alter Self strictly better than Disguise Self as at-will invocations?

PHB Page 211, Alter Self You assume a different form. When you cast the spell, choose one of the following options, the effects of which last for the duration of the spell. While the spell lasts, you ...
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Does Faerie Fire's affect objects/creatures partially in the area of effect?

What effect does Faerie Fire have on objects/creatures partially within its 20' cube area of effect? Two simple examples: a 10' pole which is half-in, half-out of the area of effect, or a purple worm ...
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How precise is the location information from the Detect Magic spell?

The Detect Magic spell states that you can sense magic within 30 feet of you. Does this let you know the location of the magic your are detecting? Or are you just supposed to get a yes/no that there ...
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Does the Detect Magic spell allow detection of the invisible sensor from the Scrying spell?

I'm planning on having the BBEG of my campaign cast Scrying on the PCs. Some of them have access to Detect Magic. If he scrys on them while they're using Detect Magic, will they be able to see the ...
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Can the Detect Magic spell sense an object that is followed by Locate Object?

A character used Detect Magic on a non-magical object that was being followed by a Locate Object spell. Does the wizard player sense an aura on it, or not?
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How does Solid Fog work with flying creatures?

...the solid fog is so thick that any creature attempting to move through it progresses at a speed of 5 feet... So that a flying creature would have to reduce its flying speed to 5 feet when it is in ...
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Are there consistent rules or lore guidelines about what creatures cannot be magically put to sleep?

I've recently become unreasonably annoyed by sleep effects and how the game seems to handle them. There is a story tied to this: I play a level 11 bard in our bi-weekly 5e game. Our party was recently ...
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Would a group of creatures floating in Reverse Gravity have any chance at saving against a fireball?

I have a character with reverse gravity and fireball at their disposal. Would floating creatures affected by reverse gravity get a chance to make a dex save against fireball if they have no flying ...
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Can I benefit from a feat effect while polymorphed?

If I have polymorphed into a creature can I use the effects of my feats? For example: If I have Alert do I still get a plus 5 to initiative? If I have the Grappler feat can I still pin a creature ...
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How would Snowcasting and Mastery of Elements interact?

Mastery of Elements The archmage can alter an arcane spell when cast so that it utilizes a different element from the one it normally uses. This ability can only alter a spell with the acid, cold, ...
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How does the Enlarge/Reduce spell interact with the Oversized Weapons rule when you Enlarge a Medium size creature with a medium weapon to Large size?

The Enlarge option of the spell (PHB, p. 237) says about the weapon: "The target's weapons also grow to match its new size. While these weapons are enlarged, the target's attacks with them deal ...
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How much does the Enlarge/Reduce spell increase weapon damage? [duplicate]

If we enlarge a character with the Enlarge/Reduce spell, he grows with the weapon We have a rule for interacting with larger weapons on p.278 of the DMG. Which says that enlarged weapons have double ...
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Does casting Mislead within enemy eyesight reveal the illusion to be false?

When you cast Mislead, you become invisible while an image appears where you were standing. Invisibility causes you to be impossible to see without magical means, but it does not cause you to be ...
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How does the Flock of Familiars spell interact with the Pact of the Chain class feature for Warlocks?

I am wondering if this interpretation of the interaction between the Pact of the Chain feature and Flock of Familiars is correct. Pact of the Chain (emphasis mine) states: You learn the Find Familiar ...
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Can Commune predict the indefinite future?

The spell: Commune 5th-level divination (ritual) ... You contact your deity or a divine proxy and ask up to three questions that can be answered with a yes or no. You must ask your questions before ...
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Does shillelagh require actual wooden weapons?

From the PHB entry for shillelagh: Components: V, S, M (mistletoe, a shamrock leaf, and a club or quarterstaff) The wood of a club or quarterstaff you are holding is imbued with nature's power. For ...
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Does Dispel Magic end the spell for everyone affected or just the target?

An opposing Cleric casts Bless on 3 of its allies who then immediately move around the battlefield to start attacking. Concerned that the buff will create an issue, I cast Dispel Magic on the nearest ...
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To cast Find the Path, can a caster substitute an object from the location they wish to find with a component pouch?

The components of the 6th level spell find the path are the following: V, S, M (a set of divinatory tools - such as bones, ivory sticks, cards, teeth, or carved runes - worth 100 gp and an object ...
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Is this homebrew "Shimmering Barrier" spell balanced?

I'm trying to make a spell based on a scene from the Dungeon and Dragons movie where a spellcaster protects a group of people around him with some sort of magical barrier: Shimmering Barrier 2nd ...
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What are the limitations on the Shape Water cantrip?

I have been having a discussion regarding the Shape Water cantrip from the Elemental Evil Player's Companion. A friend and I are trying to come to an accurate view of how this spell actually functions....
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Is there any in-game reason for Inflict xx Wound to be necromancy school?

I reviewed the spells and found this interesting fact: Cure xxx wounds are channelling positive energy (likely via positive energy plane), so is conjuration; inflict xxx wounds are channelling ...
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Can a druid using wild shape and Natural Spell be counterspelled?

I have a level 9 human druid with the Natural Spell feat selected. Since I live most of the time in animal shape, I would like to know: Is another caster able to counterspell me while I'm in natural ...
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Can a Bard use the double created by Mislead to perform?

I've been considering using the Mislead spell to do some snooping around as a bard. The full spell description is here: You become invisible at the same time that an illusory double of you ...
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Why would I ever cast True Strike?

One of my players has complained several times that True Strike is a useless spell. The effect of True Strike is: On your next turn, you gain advantage on your first attack roll against the target, ...
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Clarification Needed: Mechanics of 'Girallon's Blessing' Claw Attacks and Damage Calculation

Regarding the spell "Girallon's Blessing" from the Spell Compendium, I'm seeking clarification on how the attacks and damage are resolved. Suppose my character has a Strength modifier of +3, ...
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Is the illusory double created by the Mislead spell tangible?

Mislead You become invisible at the same time that an illusory double of you appears where you are standing. The double lasts for the duration, but the invisibility ends if you attack or cast a spell. ...
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Do the claw weapons of Girallon's Blessing count as natural weapons?

Inspired by this question: Do the claw weapons created by Girallon's Blessing (Spell Compendium, p. 106) count as natural weapons? Are these claw weapons eligible to benefit from, say, a +1 Necklace ...
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Can the "Anyspell" spell be used effectively by a spontaneous divine caster with the Spell Domain?

I'm planning to play a Cleric with the Variant Class "Spontaneous Divine Caster." I'm considering choosing the Spell Domain, and I want to know if the spell "Anyspell" (and its ...
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Does casting Dispel Magic on the Illusion created by a Mislead spell also end the Mislead's invisibility?

The Mislead spell has two effects: It creates an illusory copy of the caster that lasts for the duration (concentration, up to 1 hour), and it makes the caster invisible (same conditions as the ...
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Is there a grand scheme at work for buying worship?

This involves two player characters: A wealthy cleric and a sorcerer with detect thoughts. They are cooperating whereby the cleric is giving gold to NPCs for free, simply asking them to pray to a god ...
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A question about paladin oath spells

So, I'm making a Devotion paladin. What spell slot level would I use for, say, Lesser Restoration (which is received at level 5)?
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Explain Like I'm 5 How Oath Spells Work (D&D 5e)

What the title says. I genuinely cannot, for the life of me, figure out how they work. What spell slot would a level 8 Devotion Paladin use for Sanctuary? It says 3rd level, but I don't know if that's ...
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Is this Order of Scribes wizard combo with the Elemental Bane and Faithful Hound spells a legal exploit?

So I'm playing an OOS wizard in a 3/4 shot game. I really like the replace damage type feature for the interesting flavour it can provide to battles, but when looking at the spell list, I stumbled ...
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Can the illusory copies from Mislead move through walls?

Can the intangible illusory copies obtained by casting mislead move through walls? If the illusory copies cannot move through walls, what would happen if an illusory copy tries to push someone else?
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How misleading is Mislead?

The text for Mislead states (emphasis mine): You become invisible at the same time that an illusory double of you appears where you are standing. … You can use your action to move ...
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How are "enemies" defined for spells in Exalted 3e?

There are a couple of spells that refer specifically to enemies in Exalted 3e. Death of the Obsidian Butterflies (P. 472) for instances states that "She rolls (Perception + Occult) as an ...
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Can the spell "Final Sacrifice" be used on the homunculus from the spell "Shadow Spy?"

Context I am playing a 4th-level Tangible Dream (Emotional Acceptance) Psychic, preparing for the 5th level. Weighing my options, Shadow Spy + Final Sacrifice could really put an immediate end to a ...
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Would it be unbalanced to let a 5e Cleric cast Enlarge/Reduce?

Playing D&D 5e. The Cleric (Tempest domain) in my players' 4th-level party (Cleric, Ranger, Rogue, Warlock) spotted Enlarge/Reduce and has taken a liking to it for hijinks of the Enormous Half-Orc ...
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Can you alter how Spiritual Weapon moves?

We recently had a situation at our table where we had to chase down a mob of Goblins. One of the clerics had cast Spiritual Weapon and found quickly that it was not very helpful as the spectral weapon ...