Questions tagged [spells]

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Can I use one of my attacks to cast a cantrip?

In the D&D campaign I am currently participating in, I am playing as a level 5 high elf champion (I actually just reached level 5 at the end of the last session). As a High Elf, I got a free ...
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Does Warding Bond carry over damage type?

The warding bond spell description states: While the target is within 60 feet of you, it gains a +1 bonus to AC and saving throws, and it has resistance to all damage. Also, each time it takes ...
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Is it legal to cast a spell with a range of Sight on someone you can see, but without a clear path?

This question stems from the following question about casting a spell through Scrying, and specifically about a comment made on an answer I shared. Can you cast a spell with a range of "Sight" on a ...
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What's an emanation's point of origin?

The Rules Compendium says, "The point of origin of a spell is always a grid intersection," then later says, "An emanation spell functions like a burst spell, except that the magic continues to radiate ...
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Can a lake of eternal fire be created with the spell blast of flame?

Spells in the creation subschool of the conjuration school have this note: A creation spell manipulates matter to create an object or creature in the place the spellcaster designates.... If the ...
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Is it possible for a swallowed caster to cast Fireball outside of a Giant Toad?

I had a situation last week where my DM and I completely disagreed how the following situation should have been ruled: I'm a Circle of the Moon druid wild-shaped into a Giant toad and I had swallowed ...
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Does Gentle Repose extend the time limit for casting Revivify?

The spell revivify returns a creature to life "that has died within the last minute." [PHB 272] The spell gentle repose "effectively extends the time limit on raising the target from the dead, since ...
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What happens if you cast Counterspell on a creature that is not casting a spell?

Inspired by this question: Can Minor Illusion/Silent Image be used to make it look like you're about to cast other spells, to waste enemy Counterspells or Dispels? Here's the scenario: A party ...
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Does the Daylight spell hurt Vampires?

My PCs have a spear which is able to cast the Daylight Spell. Would this have any effect on Vampires in the spell radius like regular Sunlight would or would it just be considered Bright light for the ...
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Can you retrain the Magic Initiate spell using the Spellcasting feature?

This question got me thinking about the mechanics of the Magic Initiate feat when you have class levels in the class into which you were inducted. Among the classes you can pick with this feat are ...
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What is the difference, if any, between “Permanent”, and “Until Dispelled”?

Some spells, such as Forbiddance, say that under certain circumstances, they last "Until Dispelled". Other spells, such as Mordenkainen's Private Sanctum, say that under certain circumstances, they ...
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What happens when I can prepare more spells than I have slots to cast them with?

I am a level 4 cleric with a 20 (+5) wisdom in D&D 5e. This means I have a total of 9 spells I can cast in 1 day. I only have 4 level 1 spell slots and 3 level 2. So if I were to use all those ...
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Does Force Damage Affect Ethereal Creatures?

This passage from the description of the Border Ethereal (DMG p. 48) says that anything made of magical force can affect ethereal creatures: A traveler on the Ethereal Plane is invisible and ...
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Is there a difference between “spell scrolls” and “spells on a scroll” for copying purposes?

Wizards can copy spells to her spellbook as per the PHB and basic rules: "You could discover a spell recorded on a scroll in an evil wizard’s chest, for example, or in a dusty tome in an ancient ...
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Does a character suffer negative effects from using a Wish spell cast from a magic item?

One of my characters recently received the luck blade magic item with 2 wishes in it. The description of the luck blade (DMG, p. 179) states: Wish. The sword has 1d4–1 charges. While holding it, ...
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Misty stepping from the Iron Bands of Bilarro?

Can a character escape the Iron Bands of Bilarro (DMG p. 177, listed in the SRD as the Iron Bands of Binding) with the misty step spell? To clarify, I am not asking if the bands prevent teleportation. ...
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How real is the illusion created by the Mirage Arcane spell?

The Mirage Arcane spell description says the illusion has tactile elements. What exactly does this mean? If I create a structure, will it be 'tactile' enough to stand on the second floor of? If I make ...
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Do you need to be able to see the Mage Hand to use it?

One of the characters is an Arcane Trickster who has Mage Hand. She's been pretty creative in using the spell, and I wanted to know what restrictions the spell had. The PCs were in a castle and were ...
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How can I get more spell slots for an ultimate magus without resorting to the feat Extra Slot?

I'm planning on a wizard/warmage/ultimate magus build. By level 15 the character'll have caster level 11 in both classes, yet 5 levels remain. I want to save the character's feats for metamagic feats, ...
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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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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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Can a naga cast spells even though it has no hands?

The rules on somatic components are clear: A somatic component is a measured and precise movement of the hand. You must have at least one hand free to provide a somatic component. A naga generally ...
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Can I get creatures stuck in the ground with Mirage Arcane + Illusory Reality?

Say I were to make a pit within the bounds of Mirage Arcane. Suppose I make the pit real with Illusory Reality and a creature falls into the pit. Then Illusory Reality's duration ends. Would the ...
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Is there a difference between a plane of existence and an extradimensional place?

Is there a difference between a "plane of existence" and an "extradimensional" place? In particular: can the telepathy spell (PHB, p. 281) connect two characters, one inside the extradimensional ...
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Can spells that target weapons be cast on magically created temporary weapons?

A creature casts a spell that creates a magical effect that's a weapon.1 Can such a weapon be the target of a spell that targets a weapon?2 That is, is the magically created weapon effect ...
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Can you affect multiple targets with multiple Warding Bond casts?

It has come to my attention that the text of Warding Bond, the legal target(s) of Warding Bond, and the rules as written for target's and spell casting and such; leave it possible that Warding Bond ...
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Do bonuses of the same type stack?

My group and I have a question about stacking enhancement effects of spell and items. For example: A fighter got ogre power gauntlets +2; in a fight, the wizard cast Bull's Strength on him, which ...
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Does the Dispel Magic spell work on magical weapons?

Does casting dispel magic on a plain +1 sword make it no longer +1? Also does dispel magic work on a dragon slayer longsword such that it is no longer +1 and no longer does extra damage against ...
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How does the size of a cube area of effect work?

I was wondering what exactly does X-foot cube mean in a spells range description. Let's look Thunderwave for example. It says: A wave of thunderous force sweeps out from you. Each creature in a ...
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How can a barbarian rage more often without taking levels or feats?

Barbarian is frequently cited as an excellent 1-level- or 2-level-long class. When the wizard can use the 2nd-level spell rope trick [trans] (PH 273) to make the adventuring day 15 min. long, a lone ...
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To maximize a combo with True Strike, which is the most damaging spell with attack roll?

True strike says: You extend your hand and point a finger at a target in range. Your magic grants you a brief insight into the target's defenses. On your next turn, you gain advantage on your first ...
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Best way to get Guidance of the Avatar on a Factotum?

I currently have a level 5 factotum with Knowledge Devotion and a bunch of skill points in Iajutsu Focus, and have just become aware of the spell Guidance of the Avatar. This looks like the perfect ...
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What is a spell slot in-lore, and how does it justify the limits on casting spells?

Spell slots are something that we, as players, expend when we want our spellcasting PCs to cast a spell. It is a resource to limit how many powerful spells we can cast in a day. But for our characters ...
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What is a radius on a square grid?

So last night, my D&D group ran into an interesting question. The spell Entangle says: Area: plants in a 40-ft radius spread. We (like a lot of people, I think) play D&D on a square grid, ...
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Did Spirit Guardians just wipe out the Orc army?

I have a cleric who wants to ride a war horse (movement speed 60', dash speed 120') with a spell cast on himself. Controlling a mount does not appear to cost an action, you simply decide if you are ...
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How big is a 50 gp diamond?

The material requirement for the spell chromatic orb is a diamond worth at least 50 gp, but in the Dungeon Master's Guide a diamond is listed under the 500 gp gem list. How small would a diamond be ...
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Is there a lore-based reason for verbal components in arcane spellcasting?

Somatic components are addressed more or less in the PHB with: The caster plucks directly at the strands ofthe Weave to create the desired effect and Whenever a magic effect is created, the ...
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What happens to a polymorphed character if he is shorn as a sheep?

So I'm playing a wild magic sorcerer and rolled a 78 on my Wild Magic Surge, polymorphing me into a sheep after my unsuccessful wisdom save. My friendly companion now wants to shear me, but I will ...
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Is a concentration check required when temporary hit points absorb all the damage?

A spellcaster with 6 temporary hit points is hit for 3 damage. Do they have to make a concentration check?
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How does Augury work exactly?

I am the DM for a party that started to rely more and more on the augury spell, casting it as a ritual at least daily, because it has shown them the 'right' path on multiple occasions in the past. ...
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Can a mundane shield be used with Mage Armor?

Mage armor: You touch a willing creature who isn't wearing armor, and a protective magical force surrounds it until the spell ends. The target's base AC becomes 13 + its Dexterity modifier. The ...
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Can you cast a 9th level spell if your multiclass spell slots have 9th level spell slots? [duplicate]

Say I play a Cleric 14/Paladin 6. I have the spell slots of a lvl 17 spellcaster, but can I cast the 9th level spells of the Cleric, or am I limited to 7th? Would this also work with other classes ...
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Is a creature aware that a Hex or Hunter's Mark spell has been cast on it?

Both spells have a verbal component when casting them, but they can both be cast from 90 feet away, possibly from stealth or while the creature is distracted, so it may not notice the casting. I'm ...
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Can you apply metamagic to a Wished spell?

The wish spell enables you to emulate any spell of 8th level or lower. Can a sorcerer apply a metamagic effect to the emulated spell by spending the appropriate number of sorcery points (provided ...
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What happened to the Permanency spell? [closed]

As the title asks, I'm curious about why the permanency spell isn't in 5e. It's not in the PHB, DMG, or any forum page on the interwebs. It's been incorporated into various spells like true polymorph ...
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How long do a spellcaster's prepared spells stay prepared?

I realised today that an assumption I was making, that spellcasters who prepare a spell list must do so every day, might not be true in fifth edition. The rules are very clear about how long it takes ...
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Shillelagh and Polearm Master Interaction

Shillelagh imbues a quarterstaff with magic for a minute. This allows a caster to attack with the quarterstaff using his casting ability. Polearm Master allows a player who attacks with a ...
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How exactly does the Dispel Magic spell work with multiple effects?

There has been a lot of debate in my D&D group about the specific wording of Dispel Magic which was not resolved by the D&D Sage Advice Compendium: Choose one creature, object, or magical ...
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Does a countered spell cost a spell slot?

When a spell caster is interrupted by a counterspell, does the countered spell use a spell slot? The spell description reads, in part: You attempt to interrupt a creature in the process of casting ...
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How can we change the alignment of our black dragon hatchling?

My fiance is running a campaign and the players have the opportunity to obtain a wyrmling black dragon. Now black dragons are chaotic evil, but the monk of the group believes that it shouldn't be ...

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