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Questions tagged [targeting]

For questions about targeting, the process by which something is chosen as the origin or recipient of an effect.

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When you cast a spell with “effect” entry, do you have to have line of effect to every portion of the effect to be created?

When you cast a spell with “effect” entry, do you have to have line of effect to every portion of the effect to be created? Some examples of where it can be relevant: Casting Summon Monster to ...
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Is there any limit to what you can Move beyond weight and the range of your Magic Projection?

My GM and I are on opposite sides of a debate about the applicability of a spell from the Path of Air I have reproduced below: Move Effect: This spell allows the spellcaster to move inanimate ...
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What happens when you cast a spell on yourself with spell turning on?

I have tried looking on the internet and the FAQs but I couldn't find an answer to this. It seems like when you cast a spell on yourself and spell turning is on it gets reflected to yourself...but you ...
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Can you cast Insect Plague into another room with and/or without scrying? [duplicate]

So there's a potential scenario coming up in my game. I've "accidentally" given my players a very fortifiable position that could make a cakewalk of a rather grueling fight if they think to use it. It'...
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Does the Prismatic Wall need to be on the ground?

Looking at the description of prismatic wall, it doesn't say anything about where it has to be placed. It seems to me it could be cast in the air or underwater. Is there any restriction on where you ...
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Can you cast the Grease spell on an item (like a weapon)?

Can you cast the grease spell on an item (like a weapon)?
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What creature do these Alchemical Homunculus actions target?

In the new version of the Artificer UA (found in Unearthed Arcana: Artificer Revisited), there is an alchemical homunculus creature. The homunculus has certain actions it can take including: ...
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Can the Glue Seal spell be cast on a body part of a person?

I had a character tonight that wanted to cast Glue Seal targeted on an enemy wizard's lips. It was the end of a dungeon, the PCs were getting very creative with the uses of their items, their tactics, ...
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What happens when I Twin Life Transference?

The Life Transference spell states: You sacrifice some of your health to mend another creature’s injuries. You take 4d8 necrotic damage, and one creature of your choice that you can see within ...
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How does Feign Death stored in a Glyph of Warding work?

Feign Death seems to be a valid spell to be stored as a spell glyph in a Glyph of Warding. It targets only a single creature and is a 3rd level spell. However, what I am concerned with is the fact ...
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Can you make a Spell Glyph of a spell that has the potential to target more than one creature?

The Spell Glyph section of Glyph of Warding states: The spell must target a single creature or an area. Some spells have the potential to affect "up to X" creatures. The Slow spell, for example, ...
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What happens when you cast Fog Cloud behind a wall?

I'm puzzled by the "a clear path to the target" rule. To target something, you must have a clear path to it, so it can't be behind total cover. This seems straightforward: you can't target a ...
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Is it possible for a swallowed caster to cast Fireball outside of a Giant Toad?

I had a situation last week where my DM and I completely disagreed how the following situation should have been ruled: I'm a Circle of the Moon druid wild-shaped into a Giant toad and I had swallowed ...
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If a Gnome is riding a Dragonborn who is riding a horse, who can be targeted when the horse provokes an opportunity attack?

We have a gnome fighter and a dragonborn bard in our campaign. The gnome sometimes gets in a makeshift sling on the dragonborn's back to shoot arrows at enemies during combat. Thus far I've considered ...
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Can the Arcana cleric's Spell Breaker feature affect multiple people targeted by a mass-healing spell?

Arcana Domain clerics gain the Spell Breaker feature at 6th level. The description (SCAG, p. 126) says: Starting at 6th level, when you restore hit points to an ally with a spell of 1st level or ...
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What happens when I cast Simulacrum while mounted on my magically-found Steed?

Let's say I have a Bard that has learned the Find Steed spell and Simulacrum through the Magical Secrets trait. Find Steed (and Find Greater Steed(XGtE 156)) both specify the following (with slight ...
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Can I cast Nondetection and Divination spells on myself?

I have a simple question: If I cast a nondetection spell on me can I also cast spells like detect magic on myself while I'm under the nondetection effect?
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Can the Magic Missile spell attack objects (like bowstrings)?

I wanna use magic missile (which apparently never misses) to disable bows by attacking the bowstrings. Is this allowed? Or can it only target creatures?
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Can the Meld Into Stone spell be cast on someone else?

I've been puzzled by the usefulness of the spell Meld Into Stone, to a point where I've wondered if it can be cast on someone else other than the caster. The description for the spell seems to ...
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Who is targeted when Scrying's target is ambiguous?

The 5th level spell Scrying allows you to attempt to magically spy on a creature. The caster doesn't even need to have met the creature to attempt this. What happens when the target the caster has ...
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How do the Crag Cat and Chain Lightning spell interact?

The Crag Cat (SKT, p. 240) is a CR 1 creature that has the unique feature of Spell Turning: The cat has advantage on saving throws against any spell that targets only the cat (not an area). If the ...
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What happens when a Shadow Blade on which Darkness has been cast disappears?

The darkness spells states the following: If the point the darkness spreads from is an object you're holding or one that isn't being worn or carried, the darkness comes from and moves with the ...
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Does the Hunter ranger's Stand Against the Tide feature require the new target to be within reach of the first enemy?

The Hunter ranger's 15th-level feature, Superior Hunter's Defense, lets them choose one of three features to gain at that level. One of these options, Stand Against the Tide, says: When a hostile ...
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Can Chain Lightning and similarly worded spells target worn or carried equipment?

Chain lightning can specifically target objects and does not specify that the object must be unattended; spells like fireball or lightning bolt do. Does this mean its secondary targets can be objects ...
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How does the Prismatic Wall spell handle an AOE?

Would the indigo layer of a prismatic wall spell (in a spherical shape) block the effect of a fireball, if it had radius bigger than the radius of the wall, cast outside the wall but centered/targeted ...
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Is targeting worn magic items considered the same as targeting the wearer?

The spellblade enhanchement says it protects from a spell targeted on the wielder of such a weapon. But what about its items? Say, for example, I have a spellblade that protects me from dispel magic (...
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In the descriptions of monster action options, what's the difference between “one target” and “one creature”?

Something I have been wondering about since I started DM'ing: in the Monster Manual, most actions specify "one target", while some have "one creature". Example with Ghouls & Ghasts: Bite ...
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Does casting a spell that scares/lies to an enemy count as “affecting them” for the purpose of Sanctuary?

Sanctuary is a spell with the following clause: If the warded creature makes an attack, casts a spell that affects an enemy, or deals damage to another creature, this spell ends. The bolded part ...
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Could the Banishment spell be used to separate an NPC from an aberration growing inside it? [duplicate]

Backdrop: A horror-themed campaign that heavily draws upon the Lovecraft mythos, using the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition ruleset. Situation: The party has encountered a story arc inspired by the ...
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Is a pregnant creature considered a single entity for spells such as Banishment?

Using the D&D 5e RPG system. We'll use a Brown Bear and the spell Banishment as an example. What, if anything, occurs when you attempt to cast such a spell on a creature that is currently pregnant?...
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In a 2-vs-1 fight, can a spellcaster cast Dragon's Breath on their ally while charmed by the enemy?

5e rules designer Jeremy Crawford stated the following in a tweet about the dragon's breath spell: Dragon's breath has two sets of targets: the creature you give the breath weapon to and the ...
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Can a Sorcerer twin a spell to hit a creature with two heads with both attacks?

During our campaign this weekend we encountered an Ettin named Oinkers Boinkers. It had two heads (one head was Oinkers, the other was Boinkers), each with a different personality and it acted like ...
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How is “targeting” a spell defined for the Order Domain cleric's Voice of Authority feature?

The Order Domain cleric's 1st-level Voice of Authority feature gives one ally a bonus attack. If I use an area-of-effect spell that includes them, does it count as targeting them? If so, would I ...
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Is “all targets must be within an X-unit diameter (circle)” equivalent to “all targets must be within X-units of each other”?

Several spells—or up-leveled versions of spells—have language such as this (charm person At Higher Levels from the Player's Handbook): The creatures must be within 30 feet of each other when you ...
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What happens if a target of Hex/Hunter's Mark drops to 0 HP, but then regains HP somehow?

Both Hex and Hunter's Mark are spells that let you, as long as you maintain concentration, move them onto a new target if the target drops to 0 HP: If the target drops to 0 hit points before this ...
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Does casting Call Lightning under an existing storm extend its effective range?

Call lightning ordinarily creates a cylindrical storm cloud with a 60-foot radius, and this cloud then defines the effective range within which the caster can call down lightning bolts: ...choose a ...
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Can I cast cloudkill inside of a building while I'm outside of it?

If I cast a spell like cloudkill that says: You create a 20-foot radius sphere of poisonous, yellow-green fog centered on a point you choose within range. Am I able to cast it inside of a building ...
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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 ...