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What counts as a target for a spell?

There have already been several questions regarding what counts as a target for a spell; some, such as this Q/A, are regarding glyph of warding as it states: The spell must target a single creature ...
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Is it possible to target 2 allies with the Warding Bond spell using the Sorcerer's Twinned Spell metamagic option?

Is it possible to target 2 allies with the Warding Bond spell using the Sorcerer's Twinned Spell metamagic option?
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Does the Technomancer's Supercharge Weapon spell work on a ship's weapon for the purposes of ship-to-ship combat?

Does the Technomancer's Supercharge Weapon spell work on a ship's weapon for the purposes of ship-to-ship combat?
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Can the Celestial Bloodline Sorcerer's Heavenly Fire power heal a friendly character?

The Sorcerer Celestial Bloodline has this power: Heavenly Fire (Sp): Starting at 1st level, you can unleash a ray of heavenly fire as a standard action, targeting any foe within 30 feet as a ...
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Does the Dispel Magic spell work on the Mirror Image spell?

Looking at both this question about how faerie fire interacts with mirror image and this question about whether you can target the illusory duplicates themselves, I saw that both quote this section of ...
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Can the image from Mirror Image be a target of an attack or effect?

The mirror image spell description says Each time a creature targets you with an attack during the spell's duration, roll a d20 to determine whether the attack instead targets one of your ...
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Can the spell Floating Disk cut objects?

Can the spell floating disk cut objects? The text of the spell doesn't give any restriction on where you can summon the disk, so could you summon it halfway through a lock or door to gain entry?
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Does the target of the Delectable Flesh spell get a save?

I'm playing an evil game and found a wonderful spell, but I am unsure if the target would get a save because they're not the ones affected by it. Delectable Flesh has target of "all creatures in a 15-...
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How does the Melf's Minute Meteors spell interact with the Evocation wizard's Sculpt Spells feature?

The evoker wizard feature Sculpt Spells is worded thusly: Beginning at 2nd level, you can create pockets of relative safety within the effects of your evocation spells. When you cast an ...
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How is the Distort Value spell's surface area determined?

When I cast Distort Value on an object, how big can the object be, can I cast it, for instance, on a almost conical shape which has a small flat top side that is no more than 1 foot, but has an ...
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Can I attack with the Spiritual Weapon spell as an action, and how do I determine the target?

The description of the Spiritual Weapon spell says: ... When you cast the spell, you can make a melee spell attack against a creature within 5 feet of the weapon. ... Does it mean I can attack ...
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Can you cast the Shape Water spell without an existing obvious pool of water?

Can I, say, take an area of soil and use the moisture from it for the spell? Since technically, I can see mud, thereby seeing the moisture. So, can you cast shape water without an obvious pool of ...
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Are there any balance-breaking consequences of house-ruling that the Spider Climb spell can be upcast to affect additional creatures?

I have a broader question that is the root of this question. I thought I'd ask what I would think is a relatively simple question and see if the answers can help me answer the broader question. As ...
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Does a Globe of Invulnerability spell block outsiders from teleporting inside with a spell?

The Globe of Invulnerability spell states: Any spell of 5th level or lower cast from outside the barrier can't affect creatures or objects within it, even if the spell is cast using a higher level ...
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Can I use the Split Ray metamagic feat on the Ray of Exhaustion spell like this?

Does this sequence work? I use the Split Ray metamagic on the Ray of Exhaustion spell With the first ray, I hit enemy A If he does not fail the Fort save, I hit him with the second ray; now he is ...
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Can you twin Nystul's Magic Aura?

This question is very similar to my previous questions here and here, so hopefully I've finally found a spell where this question makes sense. Jeremy Crawford clarified in the 19/JAN/2017 Sage Advice ...
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What specifically counts as “anything” in spell text?

Inspired by this answer to this question about greater invisibility, it occurred to me that certain readings of the spell don't make sense, specifically in relation to this comment. Is it clarified ...
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Can you twin the Light cantrip?

This question is very similar to my previous question here, and is more what I was originally trying to ask. Jeremy Crawford clarified in the 19/JAN/2017 Sage Advice segment of the Dragon Talk ...
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Can you use the Twinned Spell Metamagic on Greater Invisibility?

Jeremy Crawford clarified in the 19/JAN/2017 Sage Advice segment of the Dragon Talk podcast that a spell targets something if it affects that thing. The Twinned Spell Metamagic states: When you ...
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How does Hunter's Mark interact with Black Pudding Split? [duplicate]

After reading this answer about how Hunter's Mark interacts with a Roper, a question occurred to me. In the answer, Rykara uses the Black Pudding as an example of a single monster that could become ...
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How does the Hunter's Mark spell cast on a Roper interact with attacks against its tendrils?

If I cast Hunter's Mark on a Roper and I attack its tendril, do I get the 1d6 bonus damage? Each tendril has its own HP/AC, but it's a part of the Roper's body.
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What methods exist to damage or destroy worn or carried objects?

Most spells/abilities only allow the targeting of creatures rather than objects. Of the few that do allow object targeting, most explicitly except "worn or carried" objects. It ignites flammable ...
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Can the Sickening Radiance spell pass through a Wall of Force? [duplicate]

The spell sickening radiance states: Dim, greenish light spreads within a 30-foot-radius sphere centered on a point you choose within range. Wall of force states: An invisible wall of force ...
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Does the Paladin's Aura of Protection affect only either her or ONE ally in range?

Aura of Protection on PHB p. 85 states: Starting at 6th level, whenever you or a friendly creature within 10 feet of you must make a saving throw, the creature gains a bonus to the saving throw ...
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Can Ogre clerics use Purify Food and Drink on humanoid characters?

Can Ogre clerics use Purify Food and Drink on humanoid characters to cure them as humanoid creatures are regarded as food in Ogre culture? Similarly, can Ogre clerics use Create Food and Water to ...
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Is a Watery Sphere considered an object for the purpose of targeting the Otiluke's Resilient Sphere spell?

One of my casters cast watery sphere on a couple of enemies. A second caster thought they’d combo by casting Otiluke’s resilient sphere on the sphere of water as an object to prevent the enemies from ...
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What are the unintended or dangerous consequences of allowing spells that target and damage creatures to also target and damage corpses?

There have been quite a few questions about corpses and creatures, such as here where it is argued a dead creature is still a creature, here where the opposite is argued, and here where resurrecting ...
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Can you create a noise using Minor Illusion/Thaumaturgy on an area you cannot see?

Can you create a noise using Minor Illusion/Thaumaturgy on an area you cannot see? Just to make it more clear, let's say you are in a house and you know that there is a room on the other side of a ...
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Can you place a web spell on a surface you cannot see?

Situation: target creature is standing on the roof, caster on the ground. The caster stands at such an angle that he can see the head of the target, but not the roof the target creature is standing ...
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What are the unintended or dangerous consequences of allowing spells that target and damage creatures to also target and damage objects?

Inspired by my previous question, I've begun to feel that life might be easier if I just had every spell be able to target both creatures and objects with attacks, and damage objects as well as ...
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Can the Message cantrip be cast to identify whether the target is a creature?

If a Bard has concerns that a statue or corpse is actually a dormant construct or an undead, can they cast the Message cantrip, and target the statue/corpse to determine if either is indeed a creature?...
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Is there a difference between provoking an Opportunity Attack (OA) and being the target of an OA?

Based on this question regarding the interaction of Mounted Combatant and Mobile Feats, there seems to be a possible loophole regarding provoking an OA and being the target of an OA. Does the ...
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How do the Mounted Combatant and Mobile feats interact with opportunity attacks?

In short, when a Mounted Combatant & Mobile feat user redirects an attack from their mount, does that attack fail? Obviously, all the conditions that allow a mobile user to avoid opportunity ...
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Can you cast Hunger of Hadar on an enemy's item and have it move with them?

Hunger of Hadar (PHB, p. 251) reads: A 20-foot-radius sphere of blackness and bitter cold appears, centered on a point with range and lasting for the duration. When casting it, would the wording ...
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Do the beneficiaries of the Pass Without Trace spell change depending on who is in the 30-foot radius throughout the duration?

The pass without trace spell description reads: A veil of shadows and silence radiates from you, masking you and your companions from detection. For the duration, each creature you choose ...
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When during the casting of a spell with a long casting time do you need the target? [duplicate]

When during a casting of a spell with a long casting time do you actually need the target to be present and valid? This was brought up because of the question Is there enough time to Planar Bind a ...
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Can a genie use its Plane Shift ability on unwilling creatures?

A Genie has the SP ability of a limited plane shift. A genie can enter any of the elemental planes, the Astral Plane, or the Material Plane. This ability transports the genie and up to eight other ...
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Tricking someone into being the willing target of a spell [duplicate]

Some spells, I believe, require a willing target. Others only allow a save if the target is unwilling. I am wondering if you can tell a target that you are going to cast one spell and then actually ...
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Can more than one creature benefit from multiple Hunter's Mark spells cast on the same target?

The Hunter's Mark spell states: You choose a creature you can see within range and mystically mark it as your quarry. Until the spell ends, you deal an extra 1d6 damage to the target whenever you ...
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If an attacker targets a creature with the Sanctuary spell cast on them, but fails the Wisdom save, can they choose not to attack anyone else?

The Sanctuary spell reads: [...] any creature who targets the warded creature with an attack or a harmful spell must first make a Wisdom saving throw. On a failed save, the creature must choose a ...
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If you subscribe to JC's ruling, are enemies attacked by a conjured creature considered “targets” of the conjuration spell? [closed]

According to Jeremy Crawford the "Dragon's Breath" spell also targets the creatures hit by the exhalation, and Green-Flame Blade targets two creatures. My understanding is that according to JC, any ...
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Can the Magic Weapon spell be cast on a natural weapon?

My understanding is that Natural Weapons are considered Weapons, for example for the purpose of the Improved Divine Smite ability (see discussion here). Yet, according to Jeremy Crawford it is not ...
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Does the Eyebite Spell Work Through a Wall of Force?

Does the Eyebite spell work through a Wall of Force? Or is it blocked by Full Cover, even if the target can be seen? This question is similar to this, but contrarily to Gaze effects the spell Eyebite ...
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Are sorcerers unable to use the Careful Spell metamagic option on themselves?

The sorcerer's Careful Spell metamagic option states the it applies to “other creatures”: When you cast a spell that forces other creatures to make a saving throw, you can protect some of those ...
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Can you cast Mage Armor on multiple recipients? [closed]

Can you cast Mage Armor on more than one creature at a time? I haven't found anything that says either way.
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Does a Familiar I’m carrying turn invisible with me if I cast Greater Invisibility on myself?

What happens if I have a Familiar (from the Find Familiar spell) hidden in a coat pocket (not a pocket dimension, just a regular pocket), and I use the Greater Invisibility spell on myself? Would it ...
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Can I cast the Scrying spell to see from places I've only seen using the Scrying spell?

The scrying spell allows you to place an invisible sensor anywhere you've seen before. You can see and hear through the sensor as if you were there Imagine this scenario: I've seen the top of a ...
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Can you cast a spell on someone in the Ethereal Plane, if you are on the Material Plane and have the True Seeing spell active?

A creature is on the Material Plane and can perceive someone on the Ethereal Plane using the True Seeing spell. Can that creature cast a spell that only requires that they see the character on the ...
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Can the Protection from Evil and Good spell be used on the caster?

Can the protection from evil and good spell be used on the caster? It doesn't say anything about it in the descripton but I know that some spells prevent them from being used on the spellcaster.
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Can an Ancestral Guardian Barbarian use Spirit Shield to reduce damage against themselves?

If a level 6 Path of the Ancestral Guardian Barbarian is hit by an attack, can he use his reaction to Spirit Shield himself? The Spirit Shield feature (XGtE, p. 10) says: Beginning at 6th level, ...