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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How does Crown of Stars interact with Greater Invisibility?

Suppose I already have the spell Greater Invisibility cast on me, and then I cast Crown of Stars. From the description of Crown of Stars: Seven star-like motes of light appear and orbit your head ...
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Does a spell with verbal components that is cast because of Contingency take effect in a Silence spell?

I GM a campaign where the main villain is a 20th level wizard called EM (short for Evil Mage), with the spells contingency and dimension door. EM has a contingency spell, set to go off when xe drops ...
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Do the Illusionist's Bracers allow you to concentrate on two cantrips?

Illusionist's Bracers (GGR p178) Says: whenever you cast a cantrip, you can use a bonus action on the same turn to cast that cantrip a second time. However some spells like Create bonfire require ...
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What creatures can you summon with Summon Greater Demon?

If you cast summon greater demon, it says You utter foul words, summoning one demon from the chaos of the Abyss. You choose the demon’s type, which must be one of challenge rating 5 or lower, such as ...
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Is this houserule for upcasting Haste balanced?

Haste is a great spell. I want to make it better at the cost of higher spell slots. Additions to the spell description will be added in italics (except 3rd-level transmutation since the book puts that ...
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What is the timing of a Rod of Absorption's spell-absorbing reaction?

Suppose I have a Rod of Absorption, which has this ability: While holding this rod, you can use your reaction to absorb a spell that is targeting only you and not with an area of effect. The absorbed ...
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How does one handle spells out of combat?

How would you handle a player casting, for example, Charm Person on a high-level wizard out of combat? It has V, S components and my thought is that the wizard, who would be knowledgeable about magic, ...
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What is the origin of “Improved”, “Lesser”, and “Greater” in spell names?

In D&D 3rd and 5th edition, many spells have variants that begin with the words "Lesser", "Greater", or "Improved" attached to the name of the basic variant of the ...
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Eldritch Devil Sight and Darkness spell

Situation: Drow Warlock casts darkness. Moves out of the effect area then uses devil sight to see through the darkness to use ranged combat against enemies. Devil Sight description states "You ...
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Animate Dead and Skeleton Archers

On the skeleton template page, it lists a "Skeleton Archer" Template. This is a CR+0 template. Skeleton (Medium Archer): While not as intelligent or skilled as skeletal champions, skeletal ...
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What is the sound's origin of an audible Alarm targeting a cubic area?

The Alarm spells reads as (emphasis mine) You set an alarm against unwanted intrusion. Choose a door, a window, or an area within range that is no larger than a 20-foot cube. Until the spell ends, an ...
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Can undead created by Animate Dead use magic wands?

One of my players learned the Animate Dead spell. He asked me if he could equip his zombies and skeletons with weapons (Which is possible) or wands. I'm pretty sure that undead can't use any magic ...
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Does Detect Magic make an Arcane Mark placed on an invisible surface glow?

Invisible arcane marks glow when hit by Detect Magic. Usually, how this works is that someone casts Detect Magic on an item and they see this fluorescent drawing on it, marking it as the belonging of ...
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Is this homebrew spell for speaking with the dead balanced when compared to other divination and necromancy spells?

How balanced is the below spell I've created when compared to other divination or necromancy spells? Is it at the right spell level? Is it the right amount of damage/status effects? When creating this ...
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What kind of spells can damage unattended items?

While reading several spell entries I realized that most attack spells have "Targets 1 creature", and most area damage spells only say that "You deal X damage to creatures in the area&...
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Are Heightened effects of spells optional?

Most Heighten effects are purely beneficial, but some significantly alter the effect of a spell. There is an edge case where you may want to use a high level spell slot but get the effect unaltered. ...
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Can the Wish spell change my spell list?

I’m playing a level 20 Bard and this is my first PC. I am not very experienced and I’m not happy with the spells I chose so I would like to change my spell list. I thought the wish spell could help me ...
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How do the Warding Bond and Sanctuary spells interact?

So I (war cleric) and my friend (paladin) want to use warding bond. It says: [...] While the target is within 60 feet of you, it gains a +1 bonus to AC and saving throws, and it has resistance to all ...
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How much Hit Points does casting a two action heightened 2-nd level Heal restore?

Heal You channel positive energy to heal the living or damage the undead. If the target is a willing living creature, you restore 1d8 Hit Points. Two Actions (somatic, verbal) The spell has a range ...
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Can a Rod of Absorption absorb cantrips?

A Rod of Absorption enables the user to absorb incoming single-target spells as a reaction and store those spell levels for later use: While holding this rod, you can use your reaction to absorb a ...
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How much force can the Shape Water cantrip exert?

The Shape Water cantrip never mentions the force it can produce. The only limit I can see is the line: [...] doesn’t have enough force to cause damage. Otherwise there is no limit to the force. ...
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What happens with effects that lasts until end of dead creature’s next turn?

If a spell has a duration that lasts until the end of the caster’s next turn, such as booming blade, and the caster dies before then, is the spell ended when they die or does it continue until when ...
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Can someone under the effect of Join Pasts lie?

Specifically looking at Pathfinder's Join Pasts, which reads: With touches to the targets’ foreheads, you bring them into mental communion. The targets can share thoughts and experiences, but not ...
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Does a golem's magic immunity bypass its opponent's defensive spells?

What happens if, for instance, a Golem tries to grapple a foe that had freedom of movement cast on it? Immunity to Magic (Ex) Golems have immunity to most magical and supernatural effects, except ...
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Is this alteration to the Evocation Wizard's Potent Cantrip balanced?

The Potent Cantrip ability states: Starting at 6th level, your damaging cantrips affect even creatures that avoid the brunt of the effect. When a creature succeeds on a saving throw against your ...
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Can I use Spell Mastery, Expert Divination, and Mind Spike to regain infinite 1st level slots?

So, I was planning on making a divination wizard build in D&D 5e, but something dawned on me. Could I technically cast infinite level 1 spells, by choosing Mind spike as a spell mastery and have ...
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Can a spontaneous caster use higher level slots to cast non-heightened lower level spells?

I'm an Oracle. I've picked up Divine Access (Ragathiel) which adds True Strike to my spell list. I've also added it to my spell repertoire as a 1-st level spell. Since it is not one of my signature ...
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Does the ability check DC of Dispel Magic scale with the slot level or the original level of the spell cast?

We just played our weekly game and one of our PCs cast dispel magic and we got confused with the wording of the DC to dispel. Is the rise in DC based on the spell slot level used or the normal level ...
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Can a Familiar allow you to avoid verbal and somatic components?

if I cast a spell and choose for it to come through my familiar, would I still have to do verbal and somatic components? what about material? would people be able to see the casting? could it still be ...
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Can you carry someone while levitating?

The levitate spell targets: One creature or loose object of your choice that you can see within range \$[\dots]\$ that weighs up to 500 pounds. If you're airborne from casting levitate on yourself, ...
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Flame Blade and Dervish Dance

How does the spell Flame Blade interact with the dervish dance feat? If they do not work together, how balanced would it be to let them work together?
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Can a caster of Dispel Magic just target a specific spell on a creature? [duplicate]

Dispel Magic says (emphasis mine): Choose one creature, object, or magical effect within range. Any spell of 3rd level or lower on the target ends. For each spell of 4th level or higher on the target,...
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Is goblin dog's allergic reaction automatically removed by cure disease?

Goblin dog's allergic reaction states: "Remove disease or any magical healing removes the rash instantly." Does this mean, that you do not need to make a caster level check to remove it, if ...
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Does Calm Emotions prevent you from becoming frightened/charmed for the whole duration after it was cast?

Calm Emotions reads : [...] If a creature fails its saving throw, choose one of the following two effects. You can suppress any effect causing a target to be charmed or frightened. When this spell ...
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Does the spell Feather Fall prevent damage from falling down stairs?

Inspired by this Q&A: How to handle falling down stairs? Feather fall says: Choose up to five falling creatures within range. A falling creature's rate of descent slows to 60 feet per round until ...
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Does fire shield damage trigger if cloud rune is used

If a wizard cast fire shield and is later hit by a melee attack, then a fighter uses cloud rune to switch targets. Would the fire shield still do damage? Fire Shield Whenever a creature within 5 ...
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In D&D3.5, how do Magic Jar and Alter Self interact?

In D&D3.5, how do Magic Jar and Alter Self interact? Suppose I am a normal human wizard, and I cast Magic Jar, then possess a huge zombie (assume the zombie has been awakened, and is definitely a ...
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if you use Enhance Ability: Cat's Grace on a creature that rolls initiative, does that creature lose the better roll when the spell ends?

Let's say the caster uses Enhance Ability and chooses Cat's Grace on themselves and rolls a 13 and a 16 with advantage on initiative, so they take 16. If the caster then loses Enhance Ability in-...
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How would a druid protect their campsite for the night?

I am currently playing a level 6 Circle of the Shepherd Druid, and planning how they would deal with having to spend time in a dangerous area overnight. A wizard would use all sorts of rituals to set ...
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In D&D 3.5, how does Awaken Undead interact with Bloodhulks?

D&D 3.5's Monster Manual 4 introduced "Bloodhulks", three new kinds of mindless undead which are not templated from a base creature. The Spell Compendium has the most updated version of ...
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When can a magical effect be targeted with the dispel magic spell?

Inspired by the following: Can Dispel Magic be used on a specific magical effect without removing other spells? The dispel magic spell states: Choose one creature, object, or magical effect within ...
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Can Dispel Magic be used on the confusion caused by Yeenoghu's flail?

During tonight's game, the party's wizard became confused because of a failed save against Yeenoghu's flail, which had the effect of: The target must succeed on a DC17 Wisdom saving throw or be ...
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Can Plane Shift be used to transport from mordenkainen's magnificent mansion to the same plane the mansion was created? [duplicate]

The text of Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion (mmm) states: You conjure an extradimensional dwelling in range that lasts for the Duration. Plane Shift states: You and up to eight willing creatures ...
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Is a Wild Shaped druid effectively immune to the Detect Thoughts spell?

For standard usage of the Detect Thoughts spell, "If the creature you choose has an Intelligence of 3 or lower or doesn't speak any language, the creature is unaffected" (PHB, pg 231). ...
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Whats the damage of a colossal non-magical longbow under the effects of shrink item and a medium arrow?

What is the damage of a Colossal non-magical longbow when under the effects of shrink item spell? Now, your standard medium longbow does 1d8 and weights 3 pounds. Scaling it up 4 size categories means ...
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How does an Animated Undead Defend Itself Against Hostile Creatures?

From the spell Animate Undead, If you issue no commands, the creature only defends itself against hostile creatures. A zombie is as smart as a mastiff while a skeleton is as smart as an ape. What ...
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Do you have to see the person, the armor, or the metal when casting heat metal?

If someone covers his metal armor with cloth, can the armor be the target of heat metal? Does the interpretation of the rules that disallows using heat metal to target armor covered by a garment ...
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Can Arcane Abeyance allow you to cast a spell longer than one action in one action?

I recently did this in a campaign of mine and it... ruffled the DM's feathers to say the least. Arcane Abeyance is a 10th level Arcane Tradition for the Chronurgy Wizard that allows the caster to ...
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Is there a magic/mechanic that could cause an item to disappear/teleport/planeshift on death?

I am running a 5e campaign where my players may encounter the Xanathar. Being the murdering hobos that they are, they may eventually successfully kill him since he is just a normal beholder stat ...
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Does the Mind Sliver cantrip's effect on saving throws stack with the Bane spell?

The cantrip mind sliver from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 108) has a secondary effect that subtracts 1d4 from the target's next saving throw: [...] subtract 1d4 from the next saving throw it ...

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