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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Ice knife against objects also Ice Knife explosion damage when it misses [closed]

I know that the Ice Knife spell specifically states "the target creature", but it doesn't make a lot of sense given how the spell works. Why could I not throw it at a barrel, or the ground for that ...
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Does the Echo Knight fighter's Unleash Incarnation feature add another attack to the additional Attack action from the Haste spell?

The Echo Knight fighter's Unleash Incarnation feature says (EGtW, p. 183): Whenever you take the Attack action, you can make one additional melee attack from the echo’s position. If the haste ...
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What aspects of a Shield Guardian's protection are negated by Antimagic Field?

A Shield Guardian is bound to a master by an amulet: Master's Amulet. Every shield guardian has an amulet magically linked to it. [...] A shield guardian's solitary focus is to protect the amulet's ...
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If someone is using multiple Illusion effects, how do they layer?

Say if someone is using a Hat of Disguise, the Rogue ACF Mimic, Alter Self Spell, and a Disguise Self Spell? Which effect would be seen?
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What “a shapechanger” means in the Polymorph description?

The Polymorph spell does not work on "shapechangers": The spell has no effect on a shapechanger or a creature with 0 hit points. This answer assumes the word "shapechanger" means the specific ...
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The Suggestion component on 5E's Guards and Wards: Does it fire only once?

One of the options within the Guards and Wards Spell is the ability to place a Suggestion spell that says, "You select an area of up to 5 feet square, and any creature that enters or passes through ...
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Can the hat of disguise be used repeatedly against the same creature for new effective disguises?

I'm trying to get a better understanding of the workings of the hat of disguise (Dungeons Master's Guide 258) (1,800 gp; 0 lbs.). If a creature that interacts with the illusory disguise created by ...
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Can a Familiar wake another creature from Sleep?

Can you use your Familiar to wake another creature that is affected by the Sleep spell? Or the Eyebite spell? It seems like an extremely powerful use of an already overpowered Spell, negating a 6th-...
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Does wall of force allow the caster to essentially end encounters with one spell?

I've been looking at wall of force and it looks really overpowered to me. It just seems like a get-out-of-almost-any-fight free card. If I'm reading it right, you could escape almost any fight by ...
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Does a character with the Sentinel feat whose opportunity attack hits an enemy, forced to move by Dissonant Whispers, have to stop the enemy?

The first benefit of the Sentinel feat (PHB, p. 169-170) says: When you hit a creature with an opportunity attack, the creature’s speed becomes 0 for the rest of the turn. Situation: A ...
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What level of exhaustion will a Revivified creature have?

The Revivify spell description says: You touch a creature that has died within the last minute. That creature returns to life with 1 hit point. This spell can’t return to life a creature that has ...
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What happens when the Dominate Monster or Geas spells end?

Dominate Monster and Geas allow to control a person (in different ways) and make then do things that you want, with some constraints. The spell descriptions do not say what happens when the spells ...
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Do spells with the Attack trait have a range increment?

From Core Rulebook, p. 279: Range: Ranged and thrown weapons have a range increment. Attacks with these weapons work normally up to that distance. Attack rolls beyond a weapon’s range increment ...
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What happens if 2 wizards cast Secret Chest on the same chest?

In my game, in which I play a wizard, I have met an NPC wizard who is willing to let me learn Leomund's Secret Chest from her spellbook. This got me wondering what would happen if I learned the spell ...
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When are verbal commands issued to conjured animals?

I’m losing a lot of actions with my (Druid) conjured animals, especially when there are lots of actions, and the battle is fluid. So many things change during a turn, so that my verbal command, ...
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Can the Gaseous Form spell be used to expand the area affected by the warlock's Cloak of Flies eldritch invocation?

The warlock's Cloak of Flies eldritch invocation (XGtE, p. 56) says: As a bonus action, you can surround yourself with a magical aura that looks like buzzing flies. The aura extends 5 feet from you ...
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Are there instances where a character can cast a non-cantrip spell while having no spell slots available and they later suffer negative consequences?

Last night, I DMed a game with only two players, and neither of them had any prior experience with D&D. All in all, it went great, but towards the end, they got into some serious trouble and the ...
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Can Create Bonfire be placed in a way that affects multiple squares? [duplicate]

The Create Bonfire cantrip creates a bonfire which "fills a 5 foot cube". It deals comparable damage to other cantrips, making one assume it's meant to only deal it (reliably) to a single target. But, ...
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Why do some statblocks in Eberron: Rising from the Last War reprint the standard description of one of their spells under “Actions”?

In Chapter 6: Friends and Foes from Eberron: Rising from the Last War, many of the creatures with spell lists include the note (see "Actions" below) after a single spell (two spells in one case). ...
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Does Shadow of Moil heavily obscure you against an opponent with Truesight?

Shadow of Moil is a 4th-level necromancy spell with the following description (XGtE, p. 164): Flame-like shadows wreathe your body until the spell ends, causing you to become heavily obscured to ...
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How “gradually” do the effects of the Control Weather spell fade?

The control weather spell description (PHB p. 288) states that "When the spell ends, the weather gradually returns to normal." While it gives a specific duration for each tier of effect, it leaves ...
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Are victims of the spell Stinking Cloud able to move out of it?

The pertinent part of the spell description for Stinking Cloud that has me curious is: Each creature that is completely within the cloud at the start of its turn must make a Constitution saving ...
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Do Bloodline bonus spells known need to be added to the class that qualified you for the feat?

Bloodline feats (e.g. Air Bloodline) grant additional spells known, and require you to be a spontaneous arcane caster. But are these spells-known only added to the class that qualifies you for the ...
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Does Charm Person break if the charmed person's minions are attacked?

I'm trying to clarify with my players what is the effect of charm person on a very particular situation: Combat starts, player engage some zombies in battle and kill one of them via arrows. Fighter ...
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Are there any ways to regain the ability to cast Wish after suffering the 33% chance to never be able to cast it again?

Are there any ways to restore your ability to cast Wish after suffering from the stress described in the final paragraph and losing your ability to cast it? From the description: The stress of ...
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Do I have to keep the spells I get from my subclass?

I am pretty new to D&D. So far I have been a pure melee class player, just because my first DM advised that they are easier to play. Now I am trying to make a spellcasting character for a first ...
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Can the Fireball spell be cast on yourself when swallowed by a creature?

This question might be similar to the question "Is it possible for a swallowed caster to cast Fireball outside of a Giant Toad?", but is not a duplicate. In my situation, a homebrew monster swallowed ...
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Can I move Hunter's Mark to a new target while in Wild Shape?

Following up on: Are the attacks of a Wild Shaped druid considered weapon attacks?, and Can you move the Hunter's Mark spell on the same turn that the affected creature dies? Context My druid/...
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How to tell a statue from a petrified creature in 5e?

How can a character investigate whether a lifelike statue is a statue or a petrified creature? Do permanent spells like Flesh to Stone, or anything causing the Petrified status (in particular a ...
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Are the attacks of a Wild Shaped druid considered weapon attacks?

Context My character is a druid 3 / ranger 2. I'm considering taking Hunter's Mark as one of my ranger spells, but I'm not sure whether it would trigger while attacking in Wild Shape. The spell says: ...
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When using a smite spell cast on a previous turn, can you use your bonus action to apply another smite spell to the same attack?

Essentially this comes down to an order of operations question when it comes to concentration, in Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. Say you have a smite spell cast on the previous turn, and you are ...
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Would it harm game balance to allow the Haste action to be used to drink a potion?

The haste spell specifies: [The target] gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the Attack (one weapon attack only), Dash, Disengage, Hide, or Use an ...
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Can you use the Resonant Utterance (Onomancy) Feat with cantrips?

The info I found on D&D Beyond says this: Using a Resonant: You can use one Resonant when you cast a wizard spell with a spell slot and speak the true name of one creature targeted by the spell....
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How fast would a Tenser's Floating Disk descend if I pulled it over a hole covered by a plank and then removed the plank so that the disk falls?

How fast would a Tenser's Floating Disk descend if I pulled it over a hole covered by a plank and then removed the plank so that the disk falls?
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Is there more information on the spell Galder's Tower available from previous editions?

I'm playing 5e, and planning my 3rd level spell acquisitions. I came across the spell Galder's Tower. The spell description says: You conjure a two-story tower made of stone, wood, or similar ...
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Can the Tree Stride spell be used on a transformed Staff of the Woodlands?

The transformation ability of the Staff of the Woodlands says: Tree Form. You can use an action to plant one end of the staff in fertile earth and expend 1 charge to transform the staff into a ...
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Does breaking concentration of the slow spell break its effects immediately? [duplicate]

On your turn, you break the concentration of an (enemy) slow spell with your weapon attack. When exactly does the spell stop affecting you? At the same moment that the enemy spellcaster loses the ...
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How can a lich imprison a player character during combat?

According to Monster Manual (page 203), "A lich must periodically feed souls to its phylactery [...] using the imprisonment spell." But looking at the Lich's stat block on Monster Manual page ...
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What happens when a caster's soul returns to his polymorphed body by the effect of Magic Jar?

Consider the following sequence of actions: A caster casts Magic Jar and his souls travel to the chosen container The caster manages to possess an NPS's body. The caster's class features are retained ...
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Does the target choose which side they move to for Wall of Ice?

The description for Wall of Ice states "If the wall cuts through a creature's space when it appears, the creature within its area is pushed to one side of the wall and must make a Dexterity saving ...
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Can three summoned hags form a coven?

It is possible, with DM Approval, for high level player character to summon a trio of hags (either a trio of Sea Hags from a single Level 8 Casting of Conjure Woodland Beings, or a trio of higher CR ...
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Does haste's extra attack get triggered when you cast haste on yourself?

My question here is what is the right combination of the answers from these two questions: Does Extra attack stack with haste? Can you get an extra attack after casting a spell whilst hasted? ...
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How does one make Grow-Light® via spell casting?

Growing stuff underground can be a challenge - even if one finds ready sources of water. The key problem seems to be lack of readily accessible sunshine in The Underdark. Question: what spells work ...
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Does Mirage Arcane spell allow everyone to see everything and let the (real) sunshine in?

The spell Mirage Arcane allows for a cubic mile of terrain modification. Can this be used so one can see everything? Excerpts of Interest The Illusion includes audible, visual, tactile, and ...
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Is the container used for Magic Jar still a “nonmagical object”?

I would like to understand if the container used to cast Magic Jar should be considered as a magical item and can't be used for other spells/abilities that require a "nonmagical object", such as True ...
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How does the spell Earthquake interact with a mounted PC, if the mount is knocked prone?

If you are on a mount and it is knocked prone, do you automatically get knocked prone too? To set the scene, I am mounted on my Warhorse when an evil NPC casts Earthquake below where we stand. My ...
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Do you get the extra attack from a Haste spell you cast on yourself with 1 round duration?

A rogue PC in my campaign has just picked up the Trapsmith prestige class and gained spellcasting this way. He picked Haste as one of his first spells. Now I wonder: His current caster level is 1. If ...
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If I stop concentrating on Summon Greater Demon just before its full duration, could the demon stick around up to an extra 35 seconds?

Part of the description of the summon greater demon spell states (XGtE, p. 166): If you stop concentrating on the spell before it reaches its full duration, an uncontrolled demon doesn't disappear ...
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Can you choose to automatically succeed on a saving throw you make because of a spell you cast?

Can you choose to automatically succeed on a saving throw you make because of a spell you cast? For instance, if I am trying to intimidate someone by casting earthquake centered on myself, do I also ...
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How can I be effective as a low level human magic-user in a boss battle against a more powerful magic-user?

First of all I'm a human magic-user level 2: Except for the spell sleep and charm person and some other spells that were useful for X situation out of combat, (Enlarge person, Mount etc.) I could ...