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Can I cast the Light cantrip on an 11-foot pole?

The description of the Light spell in D&D 5e says: You touch one object that is no larger than 10 feet in any dimension. Until the spell ends, the object sheds bright light in a 20-foot radius ...
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Shadowfell Shard Order of Operations

Shadowfell Shard: When you use a Metamagic option on a spell while you are holding or wearing the shard, you can momentarily curse one creature targeted by the spell; choose one ability score, and ...
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Can a College of Creation Bard use Bardic Inspiration on their Dancing Item?

Bards have the Bardic Inspiration feature which states: You can use a bonus action on your turn to choose one creature other than yourself within 60 feet of you who can hear you. That creature gains ...
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If there is no other enemy within 5 feet of the initial target of the Green-Flame Blade cantrip, must the fire leap to a friendly creature in range?

When I use the green-flame blade cantrip to attack a creature, then it can bounce the flame to a creature within 5 feet of my target. If there is no enemy within 5 feet of my target, but there is a ...
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Must a night hag be within touching distance of a sleeping humanoid to use Nightmare Haunting?

From the Night Hag statblock (MM, p. 178): Nightmare Haunting (1/Day). While on the Ethereal Plane the hag magically touches a sleeping humanoid on the Material Plane. [...] As long as the contact ...
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If the Tiny Servant spell is cast on a crossbow, can it shoot by itself?

The spell Tiny Servant (XGtE, p. 168) lets the caster create a Tiny creature out of an object: You touch one Tiny, nonmagical object that isn’t attached to another object or a surface and isn’t being ...
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Can you grow or change a feature on the same turn it’s added?

In the game Cozy Town, you pull a card on every turn from the appropriate deck and check it against the town oracle. The oracle then gives a choice of events for what happens in the town this week. ...
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Does the spell Destructive Wave allow choosing hidden creatures as targets?

Many spells where you can select targets specify you must select targets that you can see, for example Seeming: This spell allows you to change the Appearance of any number of creatures that you can ...
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Does the light from Branding Smite persist after the target dies? [duplicate]

The players were exploring Castle Ravenloft. A trap separated the human paladin from the rest of the party and placed him in a deep pit with no light source. In looking for a way out, he accidently ...
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How does the Dimension Door spell interact with a mount summoned by the Find Steed or Find Greater Steed spells?

Find Steed has this sentence (and Find Greater Steed has an equivalent one): While mounted on your steed, you can make any spell you cast that targets only you also target your steed. Dimension Door ...
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How does dispelling a multitarget spell work?

Can a character, whose enemies have a multitarget buff spell (ie. Haste) cast on them, be able to remove the buff spell from all targets or just one target using Dispel magic? If not, what options are ...
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Can the caster of an upcast Etherealness spell dismiss it for the other creatures it targets?

When upcast, the etherealness spell lets you target multiple creatures. The spell's description includes the following termination clause (emphasis mine): You step into the border regions of the ...
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Can the Erupting Earth spell be cast somewhere that isn't on “ground”?

The description of the spell Erupting Earth says: Choose a point you can see on the ground within range. Does the use of the word "ground" limit this spell to floors that would be ...
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What spell targets count for the Graviturgy Magic wizard's Gravity Well feature?

The Gravity Well feature from the Graviturgy Magic arcane tradition for wizards (EGtW, p. 185) triggers "whenever you cast a spell on a creature", and has an effect "if the target is ...
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Can Engulfed creatures be targeted with non-area spells without hitting the transparent or translucent Engulfing creature?

Oozes like gelatinous cubes can use the Engulf ability. If a caster can see an Engulfed creature since the ooze is transparent or translucent, can the caster target the Engulfed creature with a non-...
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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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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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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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What happens to a Chain Lightning spell with invalid primary target and valid secondary targets?

This question asks what happens when a single-target spell has an invalid target. (A target that is not legitimately permissible, not a target that is weak from illness or injury). The answer to that ...
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Can Favored Foe from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything target more than one creature at the same time?

The new Ranger ability, Favored Foe, says: When you hit a creature with an attack roll, you can call on your mystical bond with nature to mark the target as your favored enemy for 1 minute or until ...
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Can “Shield of Faith” counter invisibility?

The wording of Shield of Faith suggests that it can be used to reveal a known but invisible enemy: A shimmering field appears and surrounds a creature of your choice within range (60 feet), granting ...
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Cast shatter on the other side of a wall [duplicate]

I was wondering if you could cast shatter on the other side of a wall or on a point that you can't see. The spell description for shatter says that it is cast on a point that you choose. Other than ...
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Can you summon a spiritual weapon into the bubble created by Bead of Force? Can whoever is inside cast charm person on someone outside the bubble? [duplicate]

The wording for Bead of Force says "Only breathable air can pass through the sphere's wall. No Attack or other Effect can." which obviously means that spells such as firebolt or ray of ...
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Is there a standard way to handle spells that have willing creatures as targets but no ruling for unwilling ones?

Some spells allow to target willing creatures and specify what unwilling ones should do (usually, a saving throw) to avoid the magical effect (see Scatter, for example). Other spells use wording such ...
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What type of targets are valid for Scorching Ray?

Almost all the attack spells in the PHB specific the type of target as either a creature, an object, or a point in space (as per Target section on PHB pg 204). Scorching Ray just says You create ...
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Does an arrow in an invisible creature allow you to see creature for Magic Missle attack?

Dnd 5e Magic Missle requires you to be able to see the target. PHB, pg 257 "Each dart hits a creature of your choice that you can see within range." Therefore you can't target an invisible ...
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Can the Fathomless warlock's Tentacle of the Deeps be attacked?

I started playing a Lurker in the Deep warlock (from UA: Sorcerer and Warlock), and have now updated it to a Fathomless warlock (TCoE, p. 72) due to the recent update. In a session, we encountered a ...
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How does the Hunter ranger's Horde Breaker feature interact with the Mounted Combatant feat's ability to redirect an attack to the rider?

Roger is a Hunter ranger that has chosen the Horde Breaker option for the Hunter's Prey class feature (Player's Handbook, p. 93): Once on each of your turns when you make a weapon attack, you can ...
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Does Arms of Hadar hit the caster?

The text is unclear to me. Tendrils of dark energy erupt from you and batter all creatures within 10 feet of you. I assume I'm a creature within 10 feet of me, so am I also a target of this spell? ...
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Can the Way of Mercy monk's Flurry of Healing and Harm feature be used on one target multiple times in the same turn?

With the release of Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, the Way of Mercy monk has been slightly reworked from the playtest version (in UA 2020: Subclasses, Part 1). Now I have a question about the new ...
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What is the difference between a spell with a range of “Self” and a spell with a range of “Self (XYZ)”?

There are a number of spells with a range of "Self", and a number of spells with a range of "Self (XYZ)" where XYZ is some modifier. Is the range of Self consistent between these ...
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Does “a point you choose” include any movable surface?

I read somewhere that spells like Darkness and Silence, where the effect of the spell spreads from a point I choose within range, can be cast on the surface of a moveable item. But after extensive ...
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If an Artillerist artificer casts a spell through their arcane firearm, how is the damage bonus applied to multiple-target spells?

The Artillerist artificer has the Arcane Firearm feature, which says in part (ERLW, pg. 60): When you cast an artificer spell through the firearm, roll a d8, and you gain a bonus to one of the spell'...
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Does the Spirit Guardians spell hurt friendly creatures if they were not visible at the time the spell was cast?

The description of the spirit guardians spell says, in part (emphasis mine): When you cast this spell, you can designate any number of creatures you can see to be unaffected by it. An affected ...
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Is there a way for my ally to cast “target: you” spells on me?

Many useful buff spells have "target you". Is there a way to have them target someone else (via a metamagic or something)? Yes I'm aware that I can target my familiar with such spells. That'...
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Can Detect Thoughts distinguish thoughts between multiple targets?

The situation is quite simple: You cast detect thoughts, and you have two targets within your cone that both fail their will saves. Does the caster immediately know which thought belongs to which ...
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What are the spells that have a target other than self (and a target entry) for Ocular spell eligibility that aren’t already touch/rays?

I asked the question Does Ocular spell make every eligible damage spells have a critical chance since it becomes a ranged touch attack (ray)? and I realized it was a bit hard to find spells that were ...
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Can Warforged be targeted by the Clone spell?

The clone spell's components include, among other things (PHB, p. 222): at least 1 cubic inch of flesh of the creature that is to be cloned However, warforged do not have flesh as other humanoids do ...
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Would the Sacred Flame cantrip hurt a person whom the target is holding as a hostage/human shield?

An enemy had grabbed a friendly NPC and was using him as a hostage and standing behind him as cover. The (new) DM seemed to be implying that the archers in our party would risk shooting the friendly. ...
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What happens when a Scrying target teleports away, or moves through a portal?

As the title says, I am unsure on the RAW or RAI of what would happen if a target who is being scried upon were to use the Teleport spell, or some other instant travel spell, for intraplanar only ...
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What happens if a part of the ocean is zapped by the Witch Bolt spell?

From what I read, the witch bolt spell (PHB, p. 289) will only hit the target. But will it hit anything else - for example, a creature swimming within 10-15 feet of the strike location? The reason for ...
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Darkness Point of Origin on an Object [duplicate]

If the Darkness spell is cast on a point that is on the end of a 10 foot pole or a glaive or some other large object, does the center of the sphere stick to that end or does it emanate from the "...
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How exactly do cylinder spells and effects “ignore obstructions” in their areas? Or what kinds of obstructions they can realistically ignore?

So, Spell descriptions on Area entry says: When casting a cylinder-shaped spell, you select the spell’s point of origin. This point is the center of a horizontal circle, and the spell shoots down ...
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Is there no way to have a single casting of the Feather Fall spell affect a whole group of people who decide to jump off a cliff during combat?

I couldn't find an answer to this in my reading of the source books nor on Stack Exchange. My players were engaged in an encounter in which enemies were able to manipulate air to "gust" them ...
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Can Mordenkainen's Faithful Hound be made mobile by casting it on a mobile surface?

The description of the Mordenkainen's faithful hound spell says, in part: You conjure a phantom watchdog in an unoccupied space that you can see within range, where it remains for the duration, until ...
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Can I choose to forgo an attack roll when still targeting a creature? [duplicate]

Suppose you use a spell like steel wind strike which allows you to target up to five different creatures and at the end of the spell you are allowed to teleport into 5ft of any of those targets. Now ...
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Does a sentient magic item count as a creature for the purpose of spells like Scrying?

I'm curious if a sentient magic item can be counted as a creature for spells such as Scrying.
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Is it possible to stop someone from moving with Immovable Object by targeting their clothes?

So, my D&D group is in a major fight, and the artificer cast Immovable Object on the coat of an enemy. What we ruled was that it held him immobile and his clothes (not himself) couldn’t move. I ...
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Does a spell cast from a Glyph of Warding with a range of Self have infinite effective range?

This question is asked under the assumption that the DM will allow spells with a range of "Self" to be stored in a glyph of warding1. The top answer to "What are the targeting range ...
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Can a targetted Dispel Magic end a spell with a duration of concentration?

There are only a handful of spells with a duration of concentration. While these spells are active, can the caster be subject to a Targeted version of Dispel Magic that does not aim at a spell, but ...

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