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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Does the spell Snowsong move with me once cast?

The area of the snowsong spell (Frostburn, p. 105) is listed as "30-ft. radius centered on you". Does this mean that the spell moves with me once cast? This seems like an amazing spell, but only if ...
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Can a character rest while under the Etherealness spell?

Etherealness lasts for 8 hours and doesn't require concentration: You step into the border regions of the Ethereal Plane, in the area where it overlaps with your current plane. You remain in the ...
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Is the space inside a demiplane considered “outdoors” for the purposes of Control Weather?

The demiplane spell creates a door that leads to another plane of existence: You create a shadowy door on a flat solid surface that you can see within range. The door is large enough to allow ...
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Ending the Levitate spell at a considerable height

If a caster has spent the duration of the Levitate spell moving upward to 2000' how long would it take to float back down again?
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Does a storm sorcerer's Tempestuous Magic stack with the Levitate spell?

On the back of What happens when a Storm sorcerer uses Tempestuous Magic to fly 10 feet straight up? if a Storm Sorcerer uses Tempestuous Magic to move vertically 10' and then casts Levitate on ...
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Does the Voice of the Chain Master invocation allow me to see through my familiar's senses without using an action?

After reading this Sorlock guide and a further discussion in the comments about this topic, it's still unclear to me if the Voice of the Chain Master invocation lifts the requirement of spending an ...
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Is Faerie Fire dispelled by the Darkness spell?

While playing Dnd 5e tonight, I had a small party of players in a room with Darklings in which Darkness had been cast in two locations in the room. It was very dark and the players initially were ...
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How are ghostly warders permitted to pass in and out of their maga's home aegis?

Background We have a magi with a ghostly warder founding a new covenant. One of the first orders of business is to cast aegis of hearth (AM5 p.161). Since the ghostly warder has a might score, our ...
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Are there rules on how to research and create new spells?

I was thinking about making a few new spells for 5th ed D&D. Are there any official guidelines on how to go about doing so? If so where is the information found? Please note: I am interested only ...
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If I cast True Polymorph on my simulacrum and concentrate for the full duration, will casting Simulacrum again still destroy it?

Simulacrum states: If you cast this spell again, any currently active duplicates you created with this spell are instantly destroyed. Does this mean that if I take my simulacrum and permanently ...
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Do I get a bonus d6 to Magic Missile damage if my expert sidekick helps me?

The expert sidekick has the helpful ability (at level 7+): The expert can take the Help action as a bonus action, and the creature who receives the help gains a 1d6 bonus to the d20 roll. If that ...
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Can a caster interrupt another caster from casting Time Stop by readying a Time Stop of their own?

If spellcaster A readies an action to cast time stop as soon as spellcaster B casts time stop, then on spellcaster B's turn they cast time stop, what happens? Who takes extra turns first? Also, can ...
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How do I roleplay animals that are able to communicate thanks to the Speak with Animals spell? [closed]

Unfortunately as the DM, I'm not the creative type, so I'm having trouble with responding as the animal when the ranger uses Speak with Animals. It seems that their only motivations, from insects up ...
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Does greater mage hand satisfy the requirement to access the arcane trickster prestige class?

My character is a spellthief and it has no access to level 0 spells. I'd like to get some levels as an Arcane Trickster, but I only have access to Greater Mage Hand, could it be enough to qualify for ...
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What should happen if you cast the Enlarge spell on an explosive?

My thief player set a bomb and hid with a wizard player who was going to ignite it from afar with magic when the guards got close to it. While they waited the wizard got the bright idea to cast "...
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Is a creature standing in an Antimagic Field subject to the effects produced by Control Weather?

Say, for example, that a person is standing in an Antimagic Field when a nearby disgruntled Druid decides to create a 5 mile radius freezing hailstorm via Control Weather. Would that person be ...
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What range categories exist for spells?

The SRD gives us a helpful list of possible ranges for spells: Personal, Touch, Close, Medium, Long, Unlimited, and Range Expressed in Feet. However, this is clearly not a comprehensive list of all of ...
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Does Time Stop apply a magical effect on only the caster, or does it affect everyone else too? [duplicate]

If the answers to this question are anything to go by, time stop seems to be a surprisingly nuanced spell, but one basic disagreement that's appeared in the comments has been that one camp thinks time ...
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How large a target can you cast Heat Metal on?

I was running a game and the party was trying to flee from a flying Illithid raiding skiff. It was made of metal and had two Illithid crew members on the deck. The bard in the party cast Heat Metal on ...
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Do you still roll saves against effects suppressed by the Calm Emotions spell? [duplicate]

The Calm Emotions spell says: ...suppress any effect causing a target to be charmed or frightened. When this spell ends, any suppressed effect resumes, provided that its duration has not expired in ...
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If a caster readies Time Stop and casts it as a reaction during another creature's turn, what happens to that creature's turn?

Imagine Tim and Charlie are in combat. Tim takes the Ready action to cast time stop, with some trigger specified that should occur on Charlie's turn. Charlie takes his turn, triggers Tim's readied ...
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If the Power Word Kill spell is cast on a Polymorphed creature, what happens?

I have read that the polymorph and power word kill spell combo can be annoying for DMs but I'm confused on why it works. In the description for the polymorph spell it states: The transformation ...
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How can a BBEG activate or deactivate anti-magic tiles on its turn?

My players will be fighting a BBEG tonight that they will have no choice but to face in its lair. Part of the lair design is that each tile in the room is anti-magic and I wanted the BBEG to be able ...
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Can a creature take turns as normal if they are inside an Antimagic Field while another creature casts Time Stop?

Time stop is a spell that stops time for other creatures, allowing one creature to take multiple turns in a row. It says: You briefly stop the flow of time for everyone but yourself. No time passes ...
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Can undead characters use healing spells as normal to heal other characters?

I've been trying to create a character (a Skeleton Bard using this homebrew race option) and I know that there are some spells that cannot heal the undead. But what about the other way around? As a ...
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If you cast a cantrip as a bonus action, can you also cast a cantrip as your action?

The rule in the PHB is fairly clear on casting a cantrip and a spell: if the spell is a bonus action, you may cast a cantrip as an action. My question concerns the two bonus-action cantrips, magic ...
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Can my familiar use the additional action from the Haste spell to attack?

The haste spell (p. 250 of the Player's Handbook) grants an extra action that can only be used to take one of a limited set of action. One of those options is the Attack action. If I cast the haste ...
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Can a familiar impede an opponent in some way?

I know a familiar from the find familiar spell can take the Help action which provides advantage. Is there any way for the familiar to use its action to impede an enemy in order to make their attacks ...
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Can UA Lore Mastery's Spell Secrets feature change the damage type of a spell that does not deal damage immediately?

For UA Lore Mastery, Spell Secrets states the following: At 2nd level, when you cast a spell with a spell slot and the spell deals acid, cold, fire, force, lightning, necrotic, radiant, or thunder ...
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Does the Immovable Object spell allow me to make an impenetrable shield by making an object immovable and using it as cover?

The description of the immovable object spell says (Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 187): You touch an object that weighs no more than 10 pounds and cause it to become magically fixed in place. ...
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What happens when the target of Ensnaring Strike enters the Ethereal Plane?

Ensnaring Strike states the following (abridged for brevity): The next time you hit a creature with a weapon attack before this spell ends, a writhing mass of thorny vines appears at the point of ...
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Are there any balance issues with familiar from the Find Familiar spell to be of the elemental creature type (instead of celestial, fey, or fiend)?

The spell find familiar allows a character to summon a familiar, which is a spirit of creature type celestial, fey or fiend. From the spell's description (PHB, p. 240): You gain the service of a ...
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How does the Immovable Object spell (from Explorer's Guide to Wildemount) work?

The description of the immovable object spell (Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 187) says: You touch an object that weighs no more than 10 pounds and cause it to become magically fixed in place. ...
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Can the Heat Metal spell target the Infernal War Machines from the Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus adventure?

I'd like to know if I can use the Heat Metal spell in the Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus module and target an Infernal War Machine. And more specifically, what happens about this part of the ...
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Can I Hold a Dispel Magic spell to counter Counterspell? [duplicate]

Recently, when fighting wizards and spell casters, I've taken to a little trick of using my Action to Hold Action. With this Held Action I have readied a Dispel Magic with a trigger of a spell being ...
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Does the Bard Spell Fugue have any effect at the moment of cast?

On the Spell Compendium (p 86) there is the spell Fugue, which has interesting language to describe its effect. The spell description starts with: Creatures that fail their save become affected by ...
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How does the Sending spell work if you are deceived in being familiar?

Heavily related to this question... But I don't think it's a duplicate. The sending spell states: You send a short message of twenty-five words or less to a creature with which you are familiar. ...
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Do I know if Sending succeeds when it goes across planes?

The Sending spell in 5e states: You can send the message across any distance and even to other planes of existence, but if the target is on a different plane than you, there is a 5 percent chance ...
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If you cast a spell with a focus component and a long duration, does it end if the focus component goes missing?

I can't seem to find a good example outside of 3rd party materials right now and pending GM or Dev input I figured I'd ask here. The example I'm specifically looking at is the Dart Gun I spell from ...
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Does a ranged casting distance include touch?

Can a ranged cast also count as a touch if done right next to it? Where this came up: My wizard player wants to have their owl familiar cast floating disk so the wizard can sit on the disk and have ...
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What is the AC of a Human with 16 dex combined with the spell Armor?

The Spell Armor (Unearthed Arcana p.51-52) states: The caster creates ,a magical field of force which serves as if it were leather armor (AC 8). If the spell is cast upon a person already ...
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Can Prestidigitation create medical gloves?

The spell Prestidigitation can: You can create a non magical trinket...that can fit in your hand and that last until the end of your next turn. Some plastic medical gloves "could" fit into your ...
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What effect would 90 gallons of rain falling on 30 sq ft have?

Create or Destroy Water can create 10 gallons per upcast-level of rain in a 30 ft cube, up to a total of 90 gallons. It can also be cast so it falls as rain. It looks like that would produce a ...
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Is there a spell that allows you to divine what happened “here”?

My Queen walks into a room full of bodies. One survivor, a small noble she's never met before, tells her a story about what happened to the prisoners she expected to find here. Fortunately, she's a ...
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Magnificent Mansion in another Magnificent Mansion [duplicate]

Okay so serious question, I had to stop a session short because my players were arguing. what would happen if you use Magnificent Mansion while already in a Magnificent Mansion. My players argued it ...
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How can our party move a very large ship? [closed]

Our party found a large sailing ship (about 60 feet long) that we want to claim as our own. However, it is landlocked. What spells or other methods are there to facilitate moving a very large object ...
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Is this replacement for Animate Dead balanced?

I am building a Circle of Spores druid and do not feel like animate dead would fit well in the party that I am joining, so I am looking to re-flavour it to be more plant based. I will probably add a ...
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Would a feat that allows the Mirror Image spell to be cast once per short rest be balanced?

I was thinking of homebrewing a feat with my DM, but before I start I wanted to know if it would even be balanced at all for feat that would give any character (such as a barbarian) the spell mirror ...
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What are the Limits of the line of sight requirement in spells? [duplicate]

As wizard, would it be possible to use your familiar's line of sight as your own for spells such as Mirage Arcane which has a range of sight? Would You be able to use a telescope or spyglass to use ...
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Can Transport via Plants be used to teleport people to you?

My party had the idea of using Transport via Plants to bring people to the druid, but I'm a bit unsure if that's possible. This spell creates a magical link between a Large or larger inanimate ...

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