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Questions tagged [targeting]

The selection of a thing as the origin or recipient of an effect.

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Can you aim for something behind an invisible creature to avoid the disadvantage?

Inspired by the question here. I wanted to ask if someone knows that there is an invisible creature in front of him can the person declare an attack on something behind the invisible creature in order ...
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What happens when you try to target a creature with fire bolt but there is an invisible creature in between?

| Y | - | C | - | T | Y = You C = Invisible Creature T = Target What happens if you cast a firebolt on an enemy but in the line of sight between you and your target there is an invisible ...
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Can I target multiple creatures with a readied spell that can target multiple creatures?

Some spells can have multiple targets, like eldritch blast (at higher levels) or scorching ray. Eldritch blast (PHB, pg. 237) says: The spell creates more than one beam when you reach higher ...
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How do targeting and line of sight for spells work in regards to allies?

I've been wondering on how spells interact with allies: Does your line of sight gets blocked by allies? Can allies stand in the way of your spell? I cannot really find evidence on how the rules ...
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Can an assassin vine entangle more than 1 creature?

I know the assassin vine (from Tomb of Annihilation) can only constrict 1 creature but does it entangle only 1 as well?
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Can you target gases and liquids with the Animate Objects spell?

The animate objects spell description states: Choose up to ten nonmagical objects within range that are not being worn or carried. Medium targets count as two objects, Large targets count as four ...
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Can I cast Darkness in my mouth so I can turn it on/off each round without having to use an action?

I am playing a 5e game, and I had the idea of casting darkness in my mouth, or on a small rock that I then place in my mouth. At the start of each of my turns, I close my mouth. This obscures the ...
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Can a familiar be targeted by the Awaken spell?

Can a familiar obtained by the Find Familiar spell be Awakened, giving it 10 INT and a language?
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Is there any official way to apply a single dose of an injury poison to multiple creatures?

My group and I were discussing a previous game in which a player used a homebrew class to apply a dose of poison to his draconic breath weapon, poisoning everything he breathed on. It was rather ...
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What are the mechanical implications to allowing the caster to choose which effects are dispelled with Dispel Magic?

We have a few questions about dispel magic that arise as a consequence of dispel magic dispelling every effect on a creature. Although situational (>1 negative effect, at least 1 positive effect)1, ...
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Can you cast Planar Binding on a creature that you cannot hear or see?

Most spells state that you "do x to a creature you can see" or "do x at a point you can see within range", but planar binding does not have any such statement. Does this mean that you can cast it on ...
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For the Catapult spell, is a 1/2-pound container holding 3 pounds of materials considered a valid target?

The catapult spell description (EEPC, p. 15; XGtE, p. 150) states: Choose one object weighing 1 to 5 pounds A 0.5-pound container alone isn't eligible to be catapulted because it's too light. If ...
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What would happen if I tried to launch Bigby's Hand with the Catapult spell?

The catapult spell description says: Choose one object weighing 1 to 5 pounds within range that isn’t being worn or carried. The description of Bigby's hand states that it is a Large object with ...
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Scorching Ray - Choosing targets [duplicate]

When casting scorching ray must the caster choose his targets first and then roll each ray to determine if they hit? Or, can they choose one target at a time and see the results of the attack and ...
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What is the proper parsing for targets of a Teleport spell?

The teleport spell says: This spell instantly transports you and up to eight willing creatures of your choice that you can see within range, or a single object that you can see within range, to ...
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If a spell is cast on a moveable creature/object and lasts longer than a round, and the creature/object moves, does the spell move with it?

Recently it has come up at our table on the topic of centering a spell with an extended length, like sickening radiance, on a creature or something else that move. My table & I are unfamiliar with ...
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Is Banishment effectively immune to Dispel Magic?

Suppose my ally has been hit with a banishment spell and sent to another plane. I would like to bring them back by casting dispel magic to end the banishment spell. However, I immediately run into a ...
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Is a spell suppressed or removed when the target temporarily becomes invalid?

Based on Jeremy Crawford's tweet, if a target is under the effect of an ongoing spell, and then the target changes such that it is no longer a valid target, the spell no longer effects them. But does ...
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Can Simulacrum make a (living) duplicate of a dead creature, by RAW?

This is for a fairly absurd situation in which a party member (the cleric) has died and neither of the others can resurrect him, but one of the surviving party members is a wizard that can cast ...
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Can Aid affect enemies?

The spell Aid states (emphasis mine): Your spell bolsters your allies with toughness and resolve. and then Choose up to three creatures within range. Is the first sentence in the spell ...
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What happens if I use Catapult to launch a projectile out of a Tiny Hut?

As the wizard of a party, I plan to use the tiny hut spell to keep everyone safe during long rests on the road. However, the out party might be traveling with a group larger than can fit in the hut, ...
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Are there any issues with creating creatures that can make multi-target melee attacks?

The Issue Looking through plus-sized creatures in the 5e Monster Manual, I am unable to find any monsters that can target more than one creature with a single melee attack. I would think that a ...
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Does a character have line of sight on enemies directly behind them?

When reading the wording for the Word of Radiance cantrip, it says: Each creature of your choice that you can see must pass a Constitution save or take 1d6 radiant damage. Let's say that my ...
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Can Dissonant Whispers target an enemy I can't see and who has total cover?

In my last D&D session I thought I was very clever when, while in ranged combat with an enemy, I ducked behind some large boulders (providing full cover) and then targeted him with Dissonant ...
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Can you use Twinned Spell on Fireball and target the same creature with both attacks? [duplicate]

Can a sorcerer use the Twinned Spell metamagic on the fireball spell and target the same creature with both attacks? Also, if you can target one with both, would it be double damage?
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Can charmed foes be considered “allies”?

I'm researching specifically the Arcana Domain cleric feature, Spell Breaker (SCAG, p. 126): Starting at 6th level, when you restore hit points to an ally with a spell of 1st level or higher, you ...
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What do you have to target to dispel Magic Jar with Dispel Magic?

Magic jar has a duration of "Until dispelled", but dispel magic targets... one object, creature, or magic effect within range Magic jar involves multiple things (a container, yourself, a creature, ...
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Can you cast Geas on yourself?

I'm pretty sure there's no RAW reason why this spell can't be cast on oneself. Is this the case? As an example, could a recovering alcoholic cast geas on themselves to refrain from drinking?
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If a spell has material components that are normally consumed, would casting that spell on an invalid target still cause them to be consumed?

This question piqued my curiosity and prompted me to wonder about this issue: "Can True Resurrection be used to raise a creature whose body is still intact, but not within the range of touch?" (...
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How does an upcasted Banishment function on creatures with different distastes?

The banishment spell requires "an item distasteful to the target" as a material component. The spell can be upcasted to affect multiple creatures. What happens when the different creatures you ...
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Do I choose the target or the ally for the Help action?

When I use the Help action, do I choose the monster to distract (and then the next ally to attack gets advantage) or do I choose the ally and the monster (so that only his attack against that target ...
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When I teleport a container (e.g. a chest or bag), do the contents go with it? [duplicate]

The teleport spell allows one to teleport an object: This spell instantly transports you and up to eight willing creatures of your choice that you can see within range, or a single object that you ...
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Do I need to be able to see invisibility to target an invisible Wall of Force with Disintegrate?

The text for Disintegrate says: A thin green ray springs from your pointing finger to a target that you can see within range. The target can be a creature, an object, or a creation of magical force,...
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Can I cast Slow on an invisible target?

The following situation occurred yesterday during our session: The sorcerer was stalking a guy he wanted to kill. They were in the middle of a city, so the sorcerer waited for an opportune moment to ...
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Must a creature be able to hear the caster's whisper to be targeted by dissonant whispers?

Dissonant whispers says: You whisper a discordant melody that only one creature of your choice within range can hear, wracking it with terrible pain. The target must make a Wisdom saving throw. I ...
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If you're listening to a voice recording, can you hear me?

Many abilities require a target that can hear you. Does listening to a recording of your voice allow an ally to count as hearing you and/or your performance? For example, if you are a bard and cast ...
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Can you still Target Allies with a spell if you have the Status Spell in effect and are blinded?

I was wondering if you could target an ally while being blinded if you had the Status spell on them. Status When you need to keep track of comrades who may get separated, status allows you to ...
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Can Drawmij's instant summons be dispelled without access to the sapphire?

The spell Drawmij's instant summons is cast on both a sapphire (the material component of the spell) and an object (the target of the spell) that is to be summoned by crushing the sapphire. Normally,...
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Can tremorsense be used to target already-cast spells?

Specifically spiritual weapon and flaming sphere. The scenario is a (10th-level or higher) Circle of the Moon druid casting a spell, then using Elemental Wild Shape to transform into an earth ...
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Can you target an illusion from Major Image with Magic Missile? [duplicate]

Can you target an illusion from Major Image with Magic Missile? The spell major image has been used to create the illusion of a creature. A character does not know it is an image and attempts to ...
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Can Magic Missile be used to target Mirror Image illusions?

When casting Magic Missile, can I choose to have the missiles target each of the three illusions from a Creature concentrating on Mirror Image, thus destroying them? Or do I have to target the caster ...
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Can a Fireball be cast at the air to bypass cover?

I was sitting here, thinking to myself, "How does one hit multiple enemies that are behind total cover and low to the ground?" Fireball states that it targets "a point you choose within range", and ...
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What is considered a creature when using Magic Missile? [duplicate]

Last night when I was DMing I had an NPC wizard who had Magic Missile. The description states “each dart hits a creature of your choice”. In this instance what would be considered a creature? The ...
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What happens if the original target of chain lightning evaded?

If a rogue is targeted by chain lightning and successfully evades the spell (with evasion) what happens to the other three bolts?
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Can you be affected by your own area of effect spells?

For example, the AOE (area of effect) spell "Cloudkill": When a creature enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, that creature must make a Constitution saving ...
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Can I cure a Spawn of Kyuss in an Antimagic Field with Lesser Restoration?

If I cast lesser restoration on a Spawn of Kyuss, who is within an Antimagic Field (as per the spell), from outside the Antimagic Field, what happens? A Spawn of Kyuss has the Worms trait which says: ...
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Can magic aura target an illusion?

I (a player) want to put illusory walls into a dungeon, but do not want them to appear to detect magic and possibly detect secret doors. The issue is that illusory wall does not "create" anything as ...
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Would Spawn of Kyuss worms infesting a Paladin die?

At third level, Paladins gain the feature Divine Health: By 3rd level, the divine magic flowing through you makes you immune to disease. (PHB, p. 85) There's a monster in Volo's Guide To Monsters ...
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Can a charmed person harm their charmer with Burning Hands?

If a creature is under the condition Charmed, can they cast the spell Burning Hands and orient the cone such that their charmer is within the area of effect? The argument I've seen for "yes" is that ...
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Does a spell persist if it is cast on an object, and the object changes into a creature?

Does a spell persist if it is cast on an object, and the object changes into a creature? For example, spells like Light or Darkness, are linked to a movable object but can't be cast directly onto a ...