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Does the corpse's mouth need to be wholly intact for Speak With Dead to work?

The spell Speak with Dead says, in part: You grant the semblance of life and intelligence to a corpse of your choice within range, allowing it to answer the questions you pose. The corpse must still ...
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Does casting detect magic reveal the school of a spell stored in a Glyph of Warding?

In D&D 5e, If one casts detect magic on a glyph of warding with a spell stored in it, does it only reveal Abjuration school, or do you get an undercurrent or hint at the school of the stored spell ...
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How quickly can you dig a pit trap hole with Mold Earth?

The hole for "the simplest of pit traps" consists of "a 10-foot-deep hole" in the ground (Xanathar's Guide to Everything p.114, and Dungeon Master's Guide p.122) because "at ...
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Are thrown Magic Stones thrown weapons for the purposes of Thrown Weapon Fighting Style?

Magic Stone says: "You or someone else can make a ranged spell attack with one of the pebbles by throwing it or hurling it with a sling. If thrown, it has a range of 60 feet. If someone else ...
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Is Revivify Commonly Used? [closed]

As I'm planning out my bard character, I've found myself at a small impasse: I'm stuck between whether I should take Shape Water, a versatile spell I can see myself using quite often, or Revivify, ...
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Mirror Image and vampire charming [duplicate]

Is a mirror image effective against the vampire charm? Does the vampire have to target the right target with his/her gaze? Meaning that if he/she target an image the effect is null. xxx targets one ...
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Casting Leveled Action Spell and Bonus Action Scroll in the same turn? [duplicate]

I'd like to cast Spirit Guardians and Sanctuary (Bonus) in the same turn, but I can't. So I bought some Sanctuary scrolls. Can I cast Spirit Guardians and read a Sanctuary (Bonus) Scroll in the same ...
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Looking for RAW features or items that allow a PC to modify the outcome of a d4+1 that also isn't damage

I'm looking at Time Stop and wondering if there is any way at all to modify the rolled d4+1. I know that Extend Spell doesn't work because the duration is Instantaneous despite the extra rounds it ...
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Can you use the Message cantrip to grant Bardic Inspiration?

I have never chosen Message (PHB, p.259) as a cantrip for my Bard but I wonder whether it could come in handy at times. For instance, if we are setting up a trap and I need to grant Bardic Inspiration ...
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What spells or features can be reasonably used to convey inspiration in place of an instrument for a bard with an action or reaction?

One of the common rulings my DM allows at my table is the usage of any source of music or wordplay to grant Bardic Inspiration, if you have that class feature. For example, I commonly use Minor ...
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What is the maximum amount of reusable spells a character can have at the same time that do not require spell slots to cast?

I enjoy casting spells in D&D, but spell slots have always felt big and important to me. Regardless of the build I make, I always feel some compulsion to save them for a more important and pivotal ...
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If a flying dragon drops you 100ft, can you use misty step to avoid the fall damage? [duplicate]

So to clarify I know in Xanathars fall damage happens immediately, but does it happen on your turn or in this case the dragons turn when it drops you? And to follow up could a player use misty step ...
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Heroism Spell removes Frightened's effect, or does Frightened's effect still exist but is just not effective due to immunity? [duplicate]

In one session, my character got Frightened because he failed a saving throw. Then my friend cast Heroism on my character, but after 1 minute the spell ran out. My question is, after 1 minute will ...
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Do Shadar-kai retain their memory after their death and how do they resurrect (are they born as an infant or as from a Resurrection spell)?

In the book Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, we are presented with the prehistory of the raven queen and the subrace of the Shadar-kai elves. The book says that the Shadar-kai are not afraid of death, ...
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Can Homunculi Wield Weapons?

Say I want to equip my homunculus with a halberd. A homunculus' STR stat is 4, which means it can carry 30 pounds of weight. Since 4 x 15 is 60 lb. for base carrying capacity, divided by 2 for its ...
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What statistics are exactly eligible for polymorph?

This question came from trying to understand if you can polymorph someone into an armored sabre-tooth tiger, if that creature has no explicit printed stat block. It's clear that an actual stat blocks, ...
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Can you polymorph to a creature that is wearing armor?

Can you polymorph to a creature that is wearing armor? In game GM polymorphed an NPC to an armored sabretooth tiger (plate armor). Is that legal?. The NPC would turn into a regular sabretooth with no ...
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How do cantrip improvements work when multiclassing? [duplicate]

I'm currently playing a D&D 5e campaign. My character is an Artificer/Cleric multiclass. I was wondering if cantrips work off of a character's class level, or a character's total level, since ...
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Does Contact Other Plane allow the contacted entity to be targeted by other spells such as Sending and Dream?

Relevant text from Contact Other Plane: You mentally contact a demigod, the spirit of a long-dead sage, or some other mysterious entity from another plane. ... you can ask the entity up to five ...
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Spike Growth on man made flooring [duplicate]

Can you cast Spike Growth spell on a normal hardwood or marble floor. if yes, Do you see the spikes or they are 'invisible' and a perception check need to be rolled to detect the area as hasardous ...
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Can a summon monster type spell be made permanent?

Is there a RAW way to summon a monster of some variety and make it permanent? In my scenario I'm thinking of Oozes specifically, in case that makes a difference.
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Can the Faerie Fire spell be oriented in a small space to not affect allies?

Many AOE spells use a point as their origin, and from this point, area is calculated. Faerie Fire doesn't state where spells start. Often, AOE spells are cast in rooms near walls to avoid friendly ...
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Are non-damaging effects obvious in combat without a check?

This question came about in response to a debate relating to this answer, wherein I stipulated that the effects of the Warp Mind spell are not immediately obvious to your allies. The reasoning I had ...
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What is the etymology of Mind Blank?

The spell mind blank protects you from divinations. For most spells, I can figure out how their name reflects what they do: mind fog produces fog that makes your mind foggy; meteor swarm creates a ...
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Is this Visions of Danger spell balanced for level 7?

So I am looking to homebrew a 7th level sorcerer spell because I am not entirely happy that the options match my characters theme. I have seen Visions of Danger in Pathfinder 2e and have made an ...
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Do bonus rolls, like guidance and Bardic Inspiration, affect a passive check? [duplicate]

After reading this question: Bless/Bane and their effects on Passive checks, I want to ask about the general bonus rolls to passive ability checks. The description for passive check is: A passive ...
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Can Warp Mind's effect be mitigated just by hitting your friend?

The Warp Mind spell says the following: You scramble a creature's mental faculties and sensory input. The target must attempt a Will saving throw. Regardless of the result of that save, the target is ...
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What level should this version of Warp Mind be?

I have taken this spell from Pathfinder 2e, where it is a level 7 spell (I think here are 10 levels there though), and converted it into a 5e spell. I think it is still around the correct power level ...
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Is this Electrifying Body spell thematic and balanced? (V2)

Stark Rost, look away! Version 2 of this question. I've omitted most of the redundant discussion from this iteration of the question and instead focused on what changes I made and why. For the ...
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Can a dispelled zombie's remains be reanimated? [closed]

How the animate dead spell works in the video game Baldur's Gate 3 has me wondering: Can I reanimate the remains of a dispelled zombie? Does it remain a zombie (undead creature) after dispelling, and ...
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Does Shielded Arm require a free hand to raise/block?

The description of Shielded Arm reads (emphasis mine): Reinforcing veins of ore run through the target's arm, letting it ward off blows with its bare skin. It can use the Raise a Shield action to ...
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How does an angel's Protective Aura affect its spells and allies' spells?

Angels in Pathfinder 1E all have the Protective Aura supernatural ability: Protective Aura (Su) Against attacks made or effects created by evil creatures, this ability provides a +4 deflection bonus ...
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What is the AoE of Acid Splash?

The description of Acid Splash says (emphasis mine): Range 30 feet; Targets 1 creature You splash a glob of acid that splatters your target and nearby creatures. Make a spell attack. If you hit, you ...
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Ways to expand a Beguiler's spell list?

Which options exist for a Beguiler in an E6 campaign to expand their spell list? I'm aware of the Beguiler’s own class feature Advanced Learning the feat Arcane Disciple from Complete Divine and the ...
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Can a College of Swords bard use the Slashing Flourish option to apply a Smite spell to all creatures in range?

The description of the Wrathful Smite spell says (PHB, p. 289): The next time you hit with a melee weapon attack during this spell's duration, your attack deals an extra 1d6 psychic damage. ...
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Can Wind Wall block a Cone of Cold?

Wind Wall says: "The strong wind keeps fog, smoke, and other gases at bay." Cone of Cold says: "A blast of cold air erupts from your hands." Given Cold of Cold is cold air, and air ...
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Is there a statement from Gygax on the origin of the Unseen Servant spell?

Poul Anderson's Three Hearts and Three Lions is is cited in Appendix N of the original Dungeon Master's Guide as one of the inspirations for D&D, and is an influential source that contributed to ...
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What would happen if somebody raises someone whose soul has become a demon?

Assuming there's a party fighting that demon, they failed to kill it and let it escape several times. The spellcaster comes up with the idea that they can just resurrect that demon's original creature'...
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In D&D 3.5, are there any spells that can do simple work?

As the title says... are there any spells that can do simple work, such as pulling on a rope or turning a capstan? The work would be simple and constant, and would require no decisions other than to ...
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How does the Dream Spell manipulate the target?

One of my players uses the Dream spell regularly as pretty much a visual telephone. He casts it to contact people he wants/ needs to talk to, who are otherwise unavailable due to distance. This has ...
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Is this Thaumatology: Ritual Path Magic casting cost calculation correct?

I'm looking at the example spells in Thaumatology: Ritual Path Magic and the very first example, Air Jet, seems to have an error in the calculation of casting cost. I'm aware that SJG sources often ...
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Can a lvl 20 CoC Bard waive the spell cost to cast and sustain the spell, Imprisonment, for six hours?

The relevant quotes are as follows: Performance of Creation. Also at 3rd level, as an action, you can channel the magic of the Song of Creation to create one nonmagical item of your choice in an ...
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Can the current HP of a damaged Construct/Simulacrum be increased by spells or class features that don't specify "Healing"?

As of the 2018 PHB errata, the creature generated by Simulacrum is a construct. Constructs cannot be healed by many spells or features, such as Cure Wounds or a Paladin's Lay on Hands (that ...
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How can an unwilling Elemental planar ruler be drawn into the Material Plane?

Gate would normally be the answer, but if the planar ruler is unwilling, they would prevent this spell from opening near them: You conjure a portal linking an unoccupied space you can see within ...
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Does Blinking creature loss the benefit on attacking if the opponent can see invisible creature?

You strike as an invisible creature (with a +2 bonus on attack rolls), denying your target any Dexterity bonus to AC. (Blink) If the attacker can see invisible creatures, the miss chance is also only ...
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How does Solid Fog work with flying creatures?

...the solid fog is so thick that any creature attempting to move through it progresses at a speed of 5 feet... So that a flying creature would have to reduce its flying speed to 5 feet when it is in ...
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Can the Detect Magic spell sense an object that is followed by Locate Object?

A character used Detect Magic on a non-magical object that was being followed by a Locate Object spell. Does the wizard player sense an aura on it, or not?
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How much does the Enlarge/Reduce spell increase weapon damage? [duplicate]

If we enlarge a character with the Enlarge/Reduce spell, he grows with the weapon We have a rule for interacting with larger weapons on p.278 of the DMG. Which says that enlarged weapons have double ...
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How would Snowcasting and Mastery of Elements interact?

Mastery of Elements The archmage can alter an arcane spell when cast so that it utilizes a different element from the one it normally uses. This ability can only alter a spell with the acid, cold, ...
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Would a group of creatures floating in Reverse Gravity have any chance at saving against a fireball?

I have a character with reverse gravity and fireball at their disposal. Would floating creatures affected by reverse gravity get a chance to make a dex save against fireball if they have no flying ...
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