Questions tagged [spells]

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What spells or magic items are available to detect lies?

I'm playing through Storm King's Thunder, and came across an unusual magic item: Gavel of the Venn Rune The Gift of Truth feature for this item says: Whenever a creature utters a lie while within the ...
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Can the Mold Earth spell dig more than two holes?

My DM and I have differences of opinion on the mold earth cantrip. He says that after you dig 2 holes and try to dig the 3rd hole the first hole will go back to his initial state base on the shape ...
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Can Shatter destroy bones created by Wall of Bones?

Shatter spell specifically targets non-magical objects. Wall of Bones, on the other hand, creates a wall of Bones that disappears after a certain time, unlike Wall of Stone which is an instantaneous ...
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What happens when Restrained creatures are removed from the area of effect of Entangle?

The victims of an Entangle spell are Restrained and cannot move themselves; but can be moved by others. I had always assumed that moving them out of the Area of Effect of the spell would free them; ...
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Allowing Allies to free one from Entangle and Web

Among spells that restrain creatures, most require those restrained to free themselves while others expressly allow allies to free them (either directly or by using the Help action to assist the ...
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How does Magic Jar interact with Find Steed?

The description of the Find Steed spell states: ...While mounted on your steed, you can make any spell you cast that targets only you also target your steed. The Magic Jar spell is a "Self"...
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Is this homebrew Misty Hook spell balanced?

In a game I play, my GM allows a lot of custom homebrew (with approval), including spells. A situation has come up where my sorcerer is trying to make a version of Misty Step pulling a nearby creature ...
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Can minor illusion or prestidigitation create a spyglasss that works?

Can I create a lens that will function as a magnifying glass or spyglass with Minor Illusion by using the illusion as a focus to warp or bend light as a lens might. Alternatively, can Prestidigitation ...
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What is the interaction between Empowered Spell and Booming Blade or Green-Flame Blade?

Can you reroll the damage dice that come as part of the melee weapon attack? That is, is the melee weapon attack part of the damage for the spell? Empowered Spell reads: When you roll damage for a ...
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Can multiple castings of Glyph of Warding be used to activate multiple “Smite” spells on the same triggering attack?

Suppose a character has cast multiple Glyph of Warding spells, each with a different "Smite" spell (such as Searing Smite and Thunderous Smite). Assume the character somehow has access to ...
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What are the ways to heal after casting a levelled spell as an action in the same round?

Context Following this question, I am looking for ways to heal (self and/or others) in the same round after casting Beacon of Hope from a Ring of Spell Storing. I was looking for an abilty like a ...
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Can you Wish for a Glyph of Warding with an 8th Level Spell? [duplicate]

If you have access to Wish, you can use this spell is to duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. You don't need to meet any requirements in that spell, including costly Components. The spell ...
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Is there any way for the Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer’s Elemental Affinity to improve Eldritch Blast, or is the Sage Advice Compendium just wrong?

The Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer’s elemental affinity ability says: Starting at 6th level, when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ancestry, you can add your ...
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How does Spell Sniper affect spells that allow ranged spell attacks on subsequent rounds? [duplicate]

The spells Crown of Stars, Storm Sphere, and Wall of Light all allow you to make ranged attacks on subsequent rounds. Wall of Light Until the spell ends, you can use an action to launch a beam of ...
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Where on the plane does a creature ejected from demiplane go?

The spell Create Demiplane states that As a standard action, you may eject a creature from your demiplane. [...] An ejected creature goes to the closest plane to your demiplane (usually the Astral ...
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Can you cast two spells from a Ring of spell storing during the same round using an action and a bonus action?

So I just got acquainted with the existence of Rings of spell storing. I was wondering: If I had Beacon of Hope and Sanctuary stored in it, could I use the ring to cast both spells on the same turn? ...
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Does Green Flame Blade and Sweeping Attack combo cause the bonus effect of GFB to hit again?

I was theory crafting and came across the combination of Green-Flame Blade with the Battlemaster Fighter's Sweeping Attack maneuver. I understand that just fine. What I am unclear on is this: I cast ...
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Can the Staff of the Woodlands be subject to an Awaken spell?

A Staff of the Woodlands can take the form of a healthy tree (60 feet tall / 5-foot-diameter trunk / branches spread 20-foot radius). The Awaken spell can give sentience to a tree, potentially turning ...
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Are Glyphs of Warding harder to find in dim light / light obscuration?

The glyph created by the spell glyph of warding is hard to see: The glyph is nearly Invisible and requires a successful Intelligence (Investigation) check against your spell save DC to be found. If ...
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Snare spell: when do creatures get an Intelligence Check to spot it?

The description of the snare spell says the trap it creates is near invisible, but can be discerned: This trap is nearly invisible, requiring a successful Intelligence (Investigation) check against ...
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What is the AC equivalent of mirror image?

It is suggested (by the DMG) to account for defensive options by assuming increased AC, e.g. +2 AC for magic resistance. I would like to give some of my monsters the spell mirror image as part of a ...
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Can a caster use a readied spell to counterspell a lower (less potent) version of the same spell? [duplicate]

I have a scenario that will likely never happen, but I am curious in how it would work. First, the preliminary, Combining Magical Effects: The effects of different spells add together while the ...
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How much damage can the targets of Sculpt Spell still take? [duplicate]

Recently, I had to make a ruling that did not completely sit with me. The party's Evocation Wizard tried to cast a fireball on top of the party and claimed that due to their Sculpt Spells ability, ...
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Do you lose concentration on a Readied spell when you use your reaction for something else?

The War Wizard gets the Durable Magic feature at 10th level which states: [...] While you maintain concentration on a spell, you have a +2 bonus to AC and all saving throws. The Ready action states: ...
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Do readied spells take effect?

The rules for readying spells says the following: When you ready a spell, you cast it as normal but hold its energy, which you release with your reaction when the trigger occurs. I saw this argument ...
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Can movement spells that don't specify they are teleportation bypass Forcecage?

Forcecage states: A creature inside the cage can't leave it by nonmagical means. If the creature tries to use teleportation or interplanar travel to leave the cage, it must first make a Charisma ...
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Multiple casting of Stinking cloud at same time

If multiple casters cast Stinking cloud targeting the same area, will a character who enters that area save multiple times? I know that effect does not stack, but if he has to save multiple times, in ...
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Can you cast the Leomund's Tiny Hut spell upside down?

Can you cast the Leomund's tiny hut spell upside down? The description of the tiny hut spell says that the hut forms "above" the caster, but all descriptions of the spell pay special ...
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Can I use the Immovable Object spell to fly?

Immovable Object states: You and the creatures you designate when you cast this spell can move the object normally. This seems to imply that you can choose to move the object or let it remain ...
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What happens to a spell cast by a target affected by the delayed effect of the Slow spell when he saves?

Part of the description of the Slow spell says: If the creature attempts to cast a spell with a casting time of 1 action, roll a d20. On an 11 or higher, the spell doesn't take effect until the ...
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Can you designate a creature you haven't met for Illusory Script?

A military general wishes to deliver important instructions to an allied leader who is a long distance away. To safeguard the message from being read by enemy spies during delivery, the general ...
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What is the verbal component of the Dissonant Whispers spell?

This was thought up while reading the following question: Increase the range of Dissonant Whispers The dissonant whispers spell has only Verbal components and states: [...] You whisper a discordant ...
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Is this homebrew variant of Leomund's Tiny Hut a problem?

I am playing a wizard with the spell tiny hut. The DM came up with the idea of having Strahd change the spells in my spell book, just slightly. This makes a little sense because my current character ...
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Increase the range of Dissonant Whispers

I have a level 10 bard, who is looking to make some assassinations during the course of the campaign. Dissonant whispers has the nice property of only the target hearing the whisper itself. However, ...
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Is there a work around for Counterspell and Identifying a spell both using a reaction?

In order to Identify a spell being cast (XGtE p85) a character can use their reaction to identify a spell as it's being cast, This is a problem because Counterspell (PH p228) also requires a ...
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Are there any spell level restrictions, above 3rd, for an Arcane Trickster Rogue without multi-classing?

When leveling a pure-bred (non-multi-classed) Rogue, at 3rd level you can chose the Arcane Trickster Archetype; and you are only allowed to choose 1st level wizard spells. You know three 1st-level ...
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Can a simulacrum cast Magic jar?

Suppose you are a High level Wizard with acess to both simulacrum and magic jar. There is a lot of discussion if the simulacrum has or doesn't have a soul, and if that interferes in the use of magic ...
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Can Polymorph be cast on a Familiar?

Can Polymorph be cast on a Familiar? What a creature can be polymorphed into depends on the creature's level or CR, of which a familiar has neither. Unless you use the CR of the form the familiar has ...
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Can a sorcerer with Spell Sniper use Distant Spell to cast a touch-range spell requiring a melee attack roll from a range of 60 feet?

Our use case spell will be inflict wounds (available to evil divine soul sorcerer): Make a melee spell attack against a creature you can reach. On a hit, the target takes 3d10 necrotic damage. The ...
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Are there published effects of Consecrated (not Hallowed) Ground?

Consecrated Ground, as distinct from Hallowed Ground, likely exists The paladin's divine sense ability, and the detect good and evil spell, presuppose the existence of both consecrated and desecrated ...
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Interaction between Subtle Spell, Initiative and Alert Feat

I'm running a game and I'm trying to gank a few of my players with an NPC Sorcerer with Subtle Metamagic. However, one of the players has the Alert feat which states he cannot be surprised. Can I cast ...
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Does the Mind Spike spell end if the target foes out of range? [duplicate]

Mind Spike says On a failed save, you also always know the target’s location until the spell ends, but only while the two of you are on the same plane of existence. DnD Beyond lists this having a ...
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Do familiars get death saving throws?

Do familiars summoned by the Find Familiar spell get to utilize Death Saving Throws, or do they die immediately when they reach 0 hit points?
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Dismissal, Banishment, and Curse of Strahd

Background In Curse of Strahd, the NPC has the spell Dispel Evil and Good. It has the following feature, similar to the spell Banishment: Dismissal. As your action, make a melee spell attack ...
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Can Unseen Servant be used as a contingency?

Can I give my Unseen Servant an order that requires a specific circumstance to initiate? For example can I say: "Follow me and pour this potion in my mouth if I fall prone?" The servant can ...
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What does Axiomatic Mind do?

The Modrons have the following trait: Axiomatic Mind. The [modron] can't be compelled to act in a manner contrary to its nature or its instructions. What does this mean? It sounds to me like ...
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How is the food and water from Create Food and Water presented?

The spell create food and water says: You create 45 pounds of food and 30 gallons of water on the ground or in containers within range, enough to sustain up to fifteen humanoids or five steeds for 24 ...
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Can an animal messenger wait around to deliver its message?

The animal messenger spell allows you to send an animal messenger to a specified location to deliver a message to a specified individual. What happens if the animal arrives at its destination and the ...
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Can Unseen Servant be used for cover if carrying a large shield?

Does an Unseen Servant holding a shield (or other object within its weight allowance) and ordered to walk in front of you offer cover? If so, is it 1/2 cover or 3/4 cover?
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Are there any melee alternatives to Power Word Kill?

The 9th Level Enchantment spell Power Word Kill outright kills any creature with less than 100 hitpoints. I've had a look, but I can't see anything that would be similar via any melee action of feat, ...