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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Is the body of a Lich a valid target for Animate Dead or Create Undead?

Are lich corpse and or other undead bodies/corpses, valid targets for the spell animate dead or create undead?
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Does a Druid using Aquatic Escape drop to Int 1?

The Spell Aquatic Escape (Druid 1, Complete Scoundrel p. 95) reads: You take the form of a Diminutive fish. Use the statistics for the toad (MM 282) except for the following changes: Add the aquatic ...
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Can a permanent teleportation circle be made by multiple casters?

Teleportation Circle allows a caster to cast the spell every day for a year to make a permanent circle in a location. Does it require the same caster to do this every day? Or could two casters take it ...
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Does Hero's Feast make a party immune to the 9th level spell Weird? [duplicate]

The text of Weird seems to imply that the frightened condition is a prerequisite for the target to take damage. Hero's Feast makes a party immune to the frightened condition. Would this mean that ...
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Can you replace Mage Hand with another cantrip after taking the Telekinetic feat and still benefit from the increased range?

If an Artificer who knows the cantrip "Mage Hand" takes the "Telekinetic" feat, and then later exchanges "Mage Hand" for another cantrip after they level up, do they keep ...
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How do summons interact with soul-affecting effects?

For reasons of my own, I need a trapped soul for at least a couple of hours. The exact type of soul doesn't matter: so long as I have a soul in a "jar" for, say, 8 hours, I'm good. I'm a ...
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Does Animate Rope remove magical properties of a magic rope?

Animate rope can be used on a magical rope like an Iron Rope or a Rope of Knots - that's pretty clear. It just has to be a "nonliving rope-like object." A Rope of Knots is not living. But if ...
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Is the Fire Shield a damage-dealing spell for the purpose of the Imbued Wood Focus (Fernian Ash)?

The Fire Shield spell (PHB, p. 242; emphasis mine) states: [...] In addition, whenever a creature within 5 feet of you hits you with a melee attack, the shield erupts with flame. The attacker takes ...
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Does a Moon Sickle's bonus healing apply to each roll of Healing Spirit?

I was going through the description for Moon Sickle from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, and it states in the second paragraph (emphasis mine): When you cast a spell that restores hit points, you can ...
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Geas beyond the Grave

I vaguely recall the following being possible. A geas or geas variant spell with the effect that if the subject of the spell dies with the objective unresolved, the spell would turn the subject into ...
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Can I use Metamagic transmutation on Chaos Bolt?

Was wondering if it is possible to use metamagic to transmute the damage type of chaos bolt. Sorcerer Metamagic gives a number of options for modifying spells, Transmuted Spell reads: When you cast a ...
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Does the Earthquake spell knock prone at the end of every turn, not just your own?

The Earthquake spell creates an area of intense tremors. Creatures within the area are knocked prone: When you cast this spell and at the end of each turn you spend concentrating on it, each creature ...
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Can the beam effect of Moonbeam beam hit through a Wall of Force? [duplicate]

(This question keeps getting closed. I'm new to the website, so I'm not sure why. The first time I didn't provide enough details, fair. but the second time the dude that closed it simply misunderstood ...
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How does Death Ward interact with the Oath of Redemption paladin's Emissary of Redemption feature?

Does Death Ward affect the amount of damage taken or does it affect how that damage affects a redemption paladin's HP? For instance, if a redemption paladin who has 2 HP and death ward active takes an ...
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Can moonbeam cast through a wall of force? [duplicate]

Moonbeam states that: A silvery beam of pale light shines down in a 5-foot-radius, 40-foot-high cylinder centered on a point within range. Until the spell ends, dim light fills the cylinder. There ...
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Stone shape through a creature

We had an encounter with a bunch of flesh golems. The party knew already that magic that allows spell resistance failed against them. The cavern corridors they were in had a width of 15 feet at the ...
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What happens when a bard riding a found steed casts Time Stop, or, does Time Stop target the entire universe?

Jimothy Page is a level 20 bard. He learned the spell find greater steed with his 10th level Magical Secrets, and with his 18th level Magical Secrets, he selected time stop. Find greater steed has an ...
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If a divine caster casts (greater) anyspell is it a divine spell or an arcane spell?

Pretty straightforward. The (greater) anyspell spells, from the Spell domain, let you cast "any arcane spell" up to a certain level. But if the caster is a divine caster, is the spell cast ...
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Can each Sending Stone in a pair cast Sending once per day?

Sending Stones allow their bearers to cast sending to send messages to one another. However, it is unclear to me if a Sending Stone pair can cast sending only once, or twice in a day: Once sending is ...
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What happens if you cast polymorph on a spawn of Kyuss

A spawn of Kyuss is clearly a single creature but is infested with worms, and the worms are the real threat. If you cast polymorph on the creature, is the polymorphed creature still infested with ...
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Best way to allow a warrior to use their slashing weapons underwater

Our party needs to go underwater. Our party also includes a warrior who is heavily specialized into a pair of +1 keen gold great scimitars, which deal slashing damage and thus take substantial ...
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What is considered 'ground you can see' as target of a spell like Create Bonfire? Can it be ground overgrown by plants after casting Plant Growth

What is considered 'ground you can see' as target of a spell like the cantrip Create Bonfire? For example, can you see and thus target ground in: an area overgrown by 1' of dense grass (you don't see ...
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Can a Conjured Elemental become hostile towards a caster and/or their companions if the caster maintains concentration?

If "Yes", under what conditions can this happen? Conjure Elemental is a D&D 5e spell available to Wizards and Druids and can be found on p. 225 of the PHB. The spell description states: ...
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When firing a weapon with the artificer infusion "Returning Weapon" via catapult, does it come back to your hand after the spell's conclusion?

I'm playing a level 2 Artificer for a campaign with some friends. If I use the "Returning weapon" infusion on a hand-axe and shoot it out via the catapult spell (since a hand-axe weighs ...
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Are there any spells (for any class) that grant other characters fire damage resistance?

I'm playing a Phoenix Soul sorcerer in a campaign, and in trying to stay true to my theme I'm picking up a lot of fire-based spells. Most of them are of course damage dealers, but I'm having a harder ...
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Is the sensor created by Scrying tangible? [duplicate]

The spell scrying states: ... the spell creates an invisible sensor within 10 feet of the target. You can see and hear through the sensor as if you were there. The sensor moves with the target, ...
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Is a non magical darkness creating spell balanced? [closed]

I'm thinking of making the spell a level 1 copy of either fog cloud, but with darkness rather than fog. Or darkness, but with non magical darkness. The purpose of this spell would be to use with gloom ...
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How does it work if you halve something twice? Multiplicative or Additive? [closed]

Basically I'm a Wizard and I have Slow, which "halves the targets speed". My Cleric friend has Spirit Guardians, which also halves targets' speed. Im curious whether the targets speed would ...
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Does the 30 ft. by 5 ft. stream of acid from the Tasha's Caustic Brew spell last for the duration?

Does the 30 ft. by 5 ft. stream of acid from the Tasha's caustic brew spell last for the spell's duration? Or does only the acid that coats the spell's targets last for the duration (or until scraped ...
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If a target affected by the Slow spell uses the Metamagic option Quickened Spell when casting a spell, does that spell take effect on the same turn?

The Slow spell affects spellcasting: 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 creature’s next ...
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Slowed Action Surge

When affected by the Slow spell: An affected target’s speed is halved, it takes a -2 penalty to AC and Dexterity saving throws, and it can’t use reactions. On its turn, it can use either an action or ...
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If you lose all Temporary HP from the Tenser's Transformation spell, does the spell end?

If you lose all Temporary HP from the Tenser's Transformation spell, does the spell end? I played a game where I used an item that has the effects of the Tenser's Transformation spell. I know the ...
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What spells/effects will cause a creature to "willingly move"?

As the title says, I'm looking for spells/effects that will cause creatures to move, like one of the effects from the Confusion spell. This is different than "forced movement" like a push/...
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Can a cloned Order of Scribes wizard use their subclass features for replacing their spellbook?

I'm waffling on some interpretations regarding the Order of Scribes wizard subclass in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, and would really appreciate some second opinions. Most of the features seem ...
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What is the history of the Toll the Dead spell?

The thematics of the Toll the Dead cantrip (XGtE, p. 169) have always seemed... strange to me: [...] the sound of a dolorous bell fills the air around [the target] for a moment. The spell seemingly ...
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Can a simulacrum prepare different spells?

Inspired by this question about a Simulacrum copy using a spellbook, I started wondering how locked into their initial state a Simulacrum copy would be (when I was wondering exactly how useful a ...
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Is revivify a trap/unbalanced/impossible to use? [closed]

In the past I've often ran a cleric, and our team always just plays the low levels, retiring around level 5-6 and starting over then. I have noticed however that I take revivify each time, and make ...
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If a spell is centered on a point, does suppressing the spell at that point suppress the whole spell?

Some area spells are centered on a point, such as fog cloud: You create a 20-foot-radius sphere of fog centered on a point within range. Another example is the darkness spell: Magical darkness ...
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Can a line start from an adjacent square?

The below picture is from page 456 of CBR. Even after reading the sections Areas and Line, I am still unsure where the caster can place a line. Position A is obviously fine for the caster, but what ...
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Would a Sending spell work on a Petitioner?

If the caster of a Sending spell knew the target in life - and succeeded in contacting someone on another plane - could the spell function if the target became a Petitioner ?
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Scribes Wizard Feature Questions - Features with Simulacrum

I'm waffling on some interpretations regarding the Order of Scribes wizard subclass in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, and would really appreciate some second opinions. Most of the features seem ...
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If a Scribes wizard uses the Manifest Mind feature to cast the Mage Hand spell from the mind's space more than 30 feet away from you, what happens?

I'm waffling on some interpretations regarding the Order of Scribes wizard subclass in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, and would really appreciate some second opinions. Most of the features seem ...
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Can the Light cantrip be cast on the Tiny spectral object manifested by a Scribes wizard's Manifest Mind feature?

I'm waffling on some interpretations regarding the Order of Scribes wizard subclass in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, and would really appreciate some second opinions. Most of the features seem ...
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When is it better to choose Hideous Laughter over Cause Fear as a Great Old One TomeLock?

I'm trying to decide between Cause Fear and Hideous Laughter for my Dwarven Great Old One TomeLock who has just reached second level. I've chosen a non-melee build for my character, (trying to avoid ...
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Is a creature that is not on the ground affected by the Sleet Storm spell's risk of falling prone?

The spell sleet storm on page 276 in the Player's Handbook says, in part: The ground in the area is covered with slick ice, making it difficult terrain. When a creature enters the spell's area for ...
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Approximately how much damage should a concentration spell do each round to be balanced against instantaneous damage spells?

The DMG (p. 283) provides a table for approximate damage for single target and multiple target spells by level: Spell Level One Target Multiple Targets Cantrip 1d10 1d6 1st 2d10 2d6 2nd 3d10 4d6 ...
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Does the Hunter's Mark spell work with pebbles that have the Magic Stone spell cast on them?

The Magic Stone spell creates pebbles that can be used to make a ranged spell attack by hurling or firing from a sling. Hunter's Mark requires a 'weapon attack' to take effect. Jeremy Crawford has ...
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How does Undead warlock 'Grave Touched' interact with aoe [duplicate]

I am confused about how the undead warlock's Grave Touched ability interacts with spells like Fireball. The text for Grave Touched reads as follows In addition, once during each of your turns, when ...
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How does Shadow of Moil interact with Beholder rays?

Shadow of Moil makes the caster heavily obscured. How does this condition interact with save based attacks? For instance, would a warlock with this buff be un-targetable by a beholders eye ray or a ...
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How does 3rd level Jump work on the caster?

As a 1st level spell, Jump enables you cast and jump in just one action. When heightened to 3rd level, and cast on someone else, the target obviously needs a separate to actually move. When the caster ...