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 a wizard learn spells written in an unfamiliar language using the Comprehend Languages spell?

If a wizard finds a spell book in an unfamiliar language, which he can understand via the Comprehend Languages spell (but not otherwise), can he transcribe these spells in his own spell book?
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Feedback on homebrew Sandstorm Blade spell similar to Shadow Blade

I'm trying to create a homebrew spell that fills a similar niche to the Shadow Blade spell. Goals: Add meaningful decisions with significant tradeoffs, rather than raw strength. Using blade ...
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Can two Cloud of Daggers be cast in the same area by different spell casters?

Quick overview of the situation, the party is 3rd level and the warlock and the bard can now both cast cloud of daggers. We were in a lizardfolk den and they saw us and came running down a 5-foot ...
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What happens when an anti magic field gets close to a polymorphed creature?

I am playing a cleric who has a persistent anti-magic field on him, from which he is excluded. I use the following feats: Persistent Spell Extraordinary Spell Aim This means that if I approach ...
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Can Programmed Illusion respond to its environs, or must it perform the same thing every time?

Programmed Illusion: You create an illusion of an object, a creature, or some other visible phenomenon within range that activates when a specific condition occurs. The illusion is imperceptible ...
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What are the best uses for the spell Dust Devil?

One of my players took Dust Devil as a spell, but in practice, it did not perform as expected. STR save: good, it is a rare save 1d8 bludgeoning damage + 1d8 per spell-slot above 2nd: below average, ...
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Is there a discrepancy between the strength of aura when detect magic is cast comparing a ring of protection to a weapon with an enhancement bonus?

In the SRD it states: Protection This ring offers continual magical protection in the form of a deflection bonus of +1 to +5 to AC. Faint abjuration; CL 5th; Forge Ring, shield of faith, ...
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Would I still be able to cast the Conjure Barrage spell if I was also using the Flame Arrow spell?

Conjure barrage specifies that the ammunition used to cast it must be non magical but I can't find anywhere if an arrow under the effect of flame arrow is considered magical or not. What I mean by ...
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Which occurs first? (late ToA spoilers)

Okay, so, real quick, I will place this here at the very start, if you don't want Tomb Of Annihilation spoilers, please do not read any further. That being said, I'm deep into my blind run of ToA. We ...
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Should I allow a Sorcerer to learn illusory dragon? [closed]

Asking for a sorcerer. God knows where, but they heard the spell "Illusory Dragon" and wanted in. I was wondering if - depending on the kind of character their sorcerer is - it would be okay to let ...
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Does hair count as “body parts” for the Resurrection spell?

John died in a fire inside a house. John's hair was totally destroyed by the fire. His body was extracted and resurrected with the Resurrection spell. Its description says: This spell closes all ...
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Can I cast Haste on myself?

Can my character cast the spell Haste on himself or can it only be cast on another character?
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Can permanency be dispelled when cast on a target other than yourself

The description of the spell permanency reads as follows. (Emphasis mine) This spell makes the duration of certain other spells permanent. You first cast the desired spell and then follow it with ...
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How does Remove Curse affect Bestow Curse

I may be looking too much into this, but I'm having issues interpreting Removes Curse's effect on Bestow Curse. Bestow Curse reads: You touch a creature, and that creature must succeed on a Wisdom ...
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Does energy resistance to cold affect Shivering Touch?

Shivering touch is a spell with Cold descriptor. Does it mean, that it should be affected by resistance to cold energy, thus lowering the Dexterity damage dealt by the spell?
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What are the advantages of taking “Sculptor of Flesh” eldritch invocation over taking Polymorph as a spell?

I think I misunderstand how the eldritch invocations that grant spells "using a warlock spell slot". Sculptor of Flesh Prerequisite: 7th level You can cast Polymorph once using a Warlock spell ...
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What happens when a Wild Magic Surge would have a Sorcerer/Barbarian multiclass cast a spell while raging?

I was making a Barbarian/Wild Magic Sorcerer multi-class and realized the following scenario may occur: Rolling a 01-02 on the Wild Magic Surge Table: Roll on this table at the start of each of ...
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If an arrow passes through an illusionary wall of fire created by the Major Image spell, does it reveal it as an illusion?

The Major Image spell description says: You create the image of an object, a creature, or some other visible phenomenon that is no larger than a 20-foot cube. The image appears at a spot that you ...
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Forms of magical forensics, magical investigation and code-breaking using magic

I am currently in the process of writing a D&D 3.5 scenario for my players, and I'm looking at producing a sort of slow burn mystery for them to solve. In the earlier stages the party may (or may ...
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Spirit guardians and iron golems

I have a room with two iron golems. They look like statues of a rider on horseback. They count as a single golem. The party just finished a fight in last room. The cleric keeps spirit guardians ...
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How do the War Caster feat and the Enemies Abound spell interact when an opportunity attack is provoked?

The enemies abound spell states: [...] If an enemy provokes an opportunity attack from the affected creature, the creature must make that attack if it is able to [...] - Xanathar's Guide to ...
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What happens if a character's stats are lowered, reducing the number of spells they can prepare? [duplicate]

What happens if a character's stats are lowered, reducing the number of spells they can prepare? Say a level 1 cleric has a Wisdom score of 18. According to the Spellcasting feature , they can ...
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Is it possible to add bardic inspiration to time stop?

Wondering this because it would be pretty cool if you could make time stop more than 1d4 + 1 and have a really long time stop. Bardic Inspiration Once within the next 10 minutes, the creature ...
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Are unwilling Changeling PCs from “Eberron: Rising from the Last War” now immune to the Polymorph spell?

In the original question Are Changelings immune to the Polymorph spell?, it was decided that because Changelings didn't have the Shapeshifter trait (though the answer should have said Shapechanger), ...
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Is there a way to create a demiplane in the astral plane and not break astral projection when entering the demiplane?

A wizard character wants to create a faux afterlife for a large group of other people. His plan to do so is as follows: Cast Astral Projection to travel to the astral plane with eight other people ...
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Can a Huge (or larger) creature move through the Watery Sphere spell?

The watery sphere spell description says: On a successful save, a creature is ejected from that space to the nearest unoccupied space of the creature’s choice outside the sphere. A Huge or larger ...
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Can you counterspell a spell if you don't know who's casting it?

Related to this question about a spellcaster hiding in a group of spellcasters. The reaction trigger for counterspell is "when you see a creature within 60 feet of you casting a spell". It has a ...
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How do you choose active effects when two instances of the same spell/feature overlap?

There are two slightly different rules when it comes to overlapping game features, one from the PHB (post-errata) and one from the DMG (post-errata): PHB: The effects of different spells add ...
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What happens when multiple Heat Metal spells are cast on the same object?

Suppose that the mages Mary and Merry both cast Heat Metal at 2nd level on the metal armor of an enemy fighter, Fred. Both mages use their bonus action on subsequent turns to continue dealing damage ...
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If a multiclass spellcaster has access to a certain level of spells from one class, can they cast at that level in other classes, too? [duplicate]

If a multiclass spellcaster has access to a certain level of spells from one class, can they cast at that level in other classes, too? Eg, if you have a wizard 5/cleric 2, can they cast 2nd and 3rd ...
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Are these new Instruments of the Bards balanced?

I've decided to homebrew some more Instruments of the Bards, representing a few instruments that are not currently included. The only main thing that's different between each one are the unique spells,...
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Can a monk catch and deflect a magic missile?

What I'm wondering is if I can use my ‘deflect’ ability that I get from being a monk to catch and use a magic missile shot at me?
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Does Heat Metal work on weapons impaled into enemies?

Rogue stabs enemy in the back, leaving the dagger in the enemy. Next round, Druid follows up by casting Heat Metal on the dagger. Is the stabbed enemy affected by the spell? Does he take damage from ...
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Does a Divine Soul sorcerer have access to clerics' Domain Spells?

Does a Divine Soul sorcerer have access to the spells that are linked to the different cleric domains, as if they were a part of the cleric spell list?
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Can a multiclassed Evocation wizard/rogue use the Overchannel feature on the Shadow Blade spell and maximize Sneak Attack dice as well?

A level 14 Evocation Wizard with 3 levels in Rogue, uses their Overchannel ability on a 5th level Shadow Blade spell and lands an attack against a creature dealing 4d8 + Dexterity modifier + 2d6 sneak ...
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Can the Fortress spell be dispelled?

Does Dispel Magic work against the Mighty Fortress spell? My GM and I couldn't decide what to do.
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Would the Slow spell block a Hunter ranger from using Volley or Whirlwind Attack?

The Slow spell includes this rule for any creature affected by it: Regardless of the creature's abilities or magic items, it can't make more than one melee or ranged attack during its turn. A ...
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Can you cast healing word with charisma as a paladin cleric multiclass if healing word is prepared as cleric? [duplicate]

I am going to play a life domain cleric paladin multiclass with high charisma. Since life domain cleric already has healing word as a prepared spell, can I cast it with my charisma or do I need to ...
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Spell Sniper and Melee Spell Attacks With Range

The first benefit of the Spell Sniper feat says (PHB, p. 170; emphasis mine): When you cast a spell that requires you to make an attack roll, the spell’s range is doubled. Spells: ...
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How does the Hide from Undead spell interact with the effect of an Invisibility Purge spell?

Take a group of adventurers trying to get the drop on a lich or any other intelligent undead. They decide to use the spell hide from undead to get into position. What they don't know is that the ...
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Do you take damage a second time if you start your turn in the square of a Blade Barrier spell?

The spell blade barrier (PHB, p. 205) reads Any creature that passes through the wall takes 1d6 points of damage per caster level (maximum 15d6), with a Reflex save for half damage. If you ...
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Would the Disguise Self spell benefit Stealth checks made to hide?

The Disguise Self spell description says "You make yourself [...] look different until the spell ends". So, assuming a woodlands setting, and your "different" includes basically turning yourself into ...
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What happens when the Enlarge/Reduce spell is cast to reduce the size of a creature that has its hands and feet tied up to trees around it?

The Enlarge/Reduce spell indicates that when you enlarge a creature and there is not enough space available, it just grows to the maximum possible size given the space available. This effect seems to ...
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Does casting Tongues on the tarrasque (a language-less monstrosity) let it understand language?

Tongues description: This spell grants the creature you touch the ability to understand any spoken language it hears. Moreover, when the target speaks, any creature that knows at least one ...
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Does Mage Hand require line of sight to summon?

I've seen many questions asked about whether or not you need to be able to see your Mage Hand in order to control it. However, can Mage Hand be summoned through a wall or other such obstruction? Mage ...
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What does it take to use a scroll?

Using a scroll doesn't take any material components. Instead, these were used up when scribing the scroll. However, other than that the book isn't exactly clear on what one must provide in order to ...
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Do wings and tails count as limbs for Alter Self?

I'm creating a winged, tiefling, warlock, illusionist type character, but I've come across a possible hindrance. Although it won't matter until later, I've noticed that Alter Self has a restriction ...
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Does the Detect Magic spell show a glowing outline around an invisible creature?

We were playing a game, and I had cast Detect Magic to more easily find which coffins to loot. Within the 10 minutes, our party was attacked by an Invisible Stalker. I used my action to try to see the ...
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Would it be game-breaking to allow casting spells at a higher level to increase the save DC for that spell instead of increasing damage?

There are a number of spells that include a section on "At Higher Levels." The actual effect varies from spell to spell; longer duration, more targets, summon better creatures, etc. I am specifically ...
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How can a rakshasa deal with sleeping when relying on the “Disguise Self” spell?

Rakshasas are good infiltrators because of their at will disguise self. But they should sleep sometimes. The problem is that this spell lasts for only one hour. They have no any special wording ...