Questions tagged [spells]

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Does the Cone of Cold spell freeze the creature solid, or just freeze them in an ice block?

The spell Cone of Cold states: A creature killed by this spell becomes a frozen statue until it thaws. By "statue", does it mean the body is frozen solid, or that it is frozen inside a block of ...
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Can the spell Alter Self allow a kenku to speak normally?

The Alter Self spell says (emphasis mine): Change Appearance. You transform your appearance. You decide what you look like, including your height, weight, facial features, sound of your voice, hair ...
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Does a familiar/steed/greater steed keep its memories from before it was summoned/made to change form?

When casting/recasting find familiar, find steed, or find greater steed does the resulting creature retain memories from its previous life as a spirit or the creature you had it as before? For ...
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Can I make an exact copy of myself and my equipment using True Polymorph on a simulacrum?

More wizard shenanigans! If I create a simulacrum of myself and true polymorph the sim into me, assuming the simulacrum has the same CR/level as I do, can I essentially create an exact copy of myself ...
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Would it be balanced to allow Enlarge/Reduce to double its effect when upcast?

The enlarge reduce spell currently has no listed advantage to being upcast. It also seems relatively rare to find 5e mechanics that are able to stack with this spell, allowing you to grow/shrink even ...
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Can a wizard learn a spell from a divine scroll?

Straight forward question, is a wizard able to learn a spell and add it to their spellbook when the scroll is divine. This comes up because the wizard technically has to UMD a divine scroll even if ...
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How should Thaumaturgy's “three times as loud as normal” be interpreted?

This may be a bit of a silly question, but it came up during playing and left me wondering. The spell description states that your voice booms "three times as loud as normal", but it leaves open how ...
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What does “familiar” mean in the Sending spell text? [duplicate]

The Sending spell text says: You send a short message of twenty-five words or less to a creature with which you are familiar. What is meant by “Familiar” here? Should caster know this creature's ...
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Can you create water inside someone's mouth?

We just finished the latest session and one of my characters gain access to the spell Create & Destroy Water. The Create and Destroy Water spell says: You create up to 10 gallons of clean water ...
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Warpriest + Paragon Surge + Eldritch Heritage [ Arcane Bloodline ]

I have this PC that came up with this combo: Half-elf Warpriest cast Paragon Surge to select Eldritch Heritage [ Arcane Bloodline ] to have the bonded item, so he can cast any spell from the cleric ...
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What is the source of the fear in the Hallow spell's extra Fear effect?

When using the "Fear" extra effect of the hallow spell, the spell says that affected creatures are frightened whilst in the spell's area. With regards to the frightened condition: is the source ...
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Can a readied action be taken after a spell is cast, but before it deals damage?

This question evolved from discussion in the comments from another Q/A: "Can you use Shape Water on Tidal Wave?". I've become unsure about how spells with a duration of "instantaneous" work. ...
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Can you use the Shape Water spell to control the water generated by the Tidal Wave spell?

Is it possible to use the Shape Water spell to control the water generated by the Tidal Wave spell?
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Can you use the Dimension Door spell to teleport while carrying a dead body?

The description of the Dimension Door spell includes: You can bring along objects as long as their weight doesn’t exceed what you can carry. You can also bring one willing creature of your size or ...
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What level and class should have access to this homebrew ability-swap spell?

A friend of mine sent me this spell for Dungeons & Dragons 5e from somewhere: Swap 3rd level transmutation Casting Time: 1 action Range: 30 feet Components: V, S, M* Duration: ...
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Is the Levitate spell supposed to basically disable a melee-based enemy?

We are a group of new players. I feel that I miss some important properties of the levitate spell, as it proved extremely powerful in the last encounter in Cragmaw Castle in The Lost Mine of ...
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Can a character use the Misty Step spell to stab someone without attacking?

One time, my sorcerer and my warlock were fighting. The warlock then used their Pact of the Blade and Hexblade ability to summon a rapier as an action, then as a bonus action used misty step to ...
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Can a Simulacrum reproduce?

The spell Simulacrum begins as follows: You shape an illusory duplicate of one beast or humanoid that is within range for the entire casting time of the spell. The duplicate is a creature, ...
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When casting the Alarm spell, does the caster need to explicitly specify which creatures to ignore?

In the D&D 5e PHB, on page 211 there is a 1st level spell called Alarm. In the description, it has a sentence: When you cast the spell, you can designate creatures that won't set off the alarm. ...
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Would every head of a Hydra be affected by the Dragon's Breath spell?

I'm a DM setting up a oneshot. I have an idea to spice up combat a bit by giving a hydra a breath weapon. So far, the least homebrew option I've thought of is to have an enemy spellcaster cast dragon'...
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How do the Haste spell and Turn Undead interact?

There are a few features like Turn Undead which state: A turned creature [...] also can’t take reactions. For its action, it can use only the Dash action or try to escape from an effect that ...
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Is a creature's bonus action available while affected by Turn Undead?

There are a few features like Turn Undead which state: A turned creature [...] also can’t take reactions. For its action, it can use only the Dash action or try to escape from an effect that ...
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Would a 6th-level Aasimar Celestial-patron Warlock be able to add twice their Charisma mod to the damage of the Eldritch Blast spell?

Aasimar (at least Scourge and Protector) get an ability that allows them to add their level in radiant damage to any damage roll they make, and the Celestial Warlock gets to add their Charisma ...
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Does the Scrying spell require you to have a clear path to the target in order to work?

The section "A Clear Path to the Target", on page 205 of the PHB states "To target something, you must have a clear path to it, so it can’t be behind total cover." The description of the Scrying ...
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Can the Tasha's Hideous Laughter spell affect a deaf creature?

Can a target with the deafened condition be affected by the Tasha's Hideous Laughter spell? The spell states "a creature of your choice", so I was just wondering if they needed to be able to hear or ...
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Do Area of Effect spells reveal hidden or invisible enemies?

As a question that came up from this discussion about whether Mind Blank foils all attempts to gain information about the target, can area of effect spells be used to reveal enemies? In the example ...
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Does the Enemies Abound spell make you your own enemy?

The enemies abound spell states: [...] On a failed save, the target loses the ability to distinguish friend from foe, regarding all creatures it can see as enemies until the spell ends... Does the ...
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How much does the Identify spell tell me about a Deck of Many Things?

When cast on a magic item, the Identify spell tells you, among other things, "its properties and how to use them". If I cast this spell on a Deck of Many Things, how much do I learn about it? ...
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Can an invisible creature with the Mind Blank spell cast on it be seen by a creature with the True Seeing spell cast on it?

True Seeing is a divination spell that states: For the duration, the creature has truesight [...] While Mind Blank states: Until the spell ends, one willing creature you touch is immune to ...
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Does the Freedom of Movement spell prevent petrification by the Flesh to Stone spell?

Among other things, the Freedom of Movement spell prevents an affected creature from being restrained by spell effects: For the duration, the target's movement is unaffected by difficult terrain, ...
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Can you attack yourself while affected by the Enemies Abound spell?

The enemies abound spell (XGtE, p. 155) states: [...] On a failed save, the target loses the ability to distinguish friend from foe, regarding all creatures it can see as enemies until the spell ...
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When does the Spike Growth spell's area of effect become visible?

The spike growth spell description states: [...] When a creature moves into or within the area, it takes 2d4 piercing damage for every 5 feet it travels. The transformation of the ground is ...
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Would it be unbalanced to add Geas to the warlock spell list?

On page 287 of the Dungeon Master's Guide, it says, under "Changing Spell Lists": Be cautious when changing the warlock spell list. Since warlocks regain their spell slots after a short rest, they ...
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What spells are there that prevent instant death from damage?

I'm currently playing a Witch in a Kingmaker game. After having to be resurrected twice, there's a lot of things that are making me question my character as a whole. While I don't get hit often, ...
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Does a simulacrum'd creature's statblock include its personality and knowledge/memories? [duplicate]

Basis: In the clone spell, it states clearly that The clone is physically identical to the original and has the same personality, memories, and abilities, but none of the original’s equipment. ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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What are the grappling rules for the caster of the spell Entangling Staff when it successfully grapples a creature?

The spell Entangling Staff (Spell Compendium p.83) states that once you are grappling from the effect of the spell: If your grapple check succeeds, your quarterstaff's vines constrict your foe, ...
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Does the effect of the spell Entangling Staff deal varying constriction damage dice based on weapon size?

The spell Entangling Staff (Spell Compendium p.83) causes the caster's quarterstaff to grow vines and constrict opponents. The relevant section reads: If your grapple check succeeds, your ...