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Limiting teleportation in 5e [closed]

I'm playing a 5e warlock with the Fey Touched feat, which I've never done before. My DM is learning the ropes still and I'm trying to play by the book to help him to learn the rules. In a recent ...
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Can you counter a spell through wall of force? [duplicate]

The party wizard has cast a hemispherical wall of force to trap the evil sorcerer and isolate him from the battle. The sorcerer however knows dimension door, and tries to cast it to escape. Can the ...
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What does a player learn when their spell fails for a hidden reason?

(this is effectively this Q&A, but for 5th edition) Sometimes, a player may try to cast a spell on something, or someone, that is not a valid target or cannot be affected by the spell. Whether it ...
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What happens when you target a dead creature with Scrying?

In 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons, the spell Scrying is described, in part, as follows: You can see and hear a particular creature you choose that is on the same plane of existence as you. The ...
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Does being in the same space as a swarm reduce the chance of being hit by an attack?

I'm running the Curse of Strahd adventure for DnD 5e. The party is fighting Baba Lysaga, who already has 3/4 cover, giving her +5 AC as she flies on a skull. I was thinking about adding Swarms of ...
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If a secondary target of the Chain Lightning spell casts Hellish Rebuke as a reaction, who does it target?

In D&D 5e, if the secondary target of the Chain Lightning spell (one of the 3) casts Hellish Rebuke as a Reaction, is Hellish Rebuke resolved against Chain Lightning's first target (the original ...
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Casting a Fireball spell past an illusionary wall from Major Image

Player knew that a illusionary wall (Major Image) was fake. They wanted to centre the Fireball past the illusionary wall to catch a target that had just run thought it. I said, they couldn't as they ...
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How would I deal with an enemy that intends to camp underground until I die from the environment as a level 12 fairy wizard?

This ties in to my previous question, where the answer was that I can't target them with a spell because the ground acts as full cover. The context for this question is that my enemy (another player) ...
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Can I use the Guiding Bolt spell to attack a creature that burrowed underground where I can't see them?

Recently, I was in a 4-player level 12 free-for-all, and one of the other characters transformed into an earth elemental and burrowed underground, meaning I couldn't see them. This is an afterthought, ...
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Can you cast a Wall of Force into water?

In our current game, we are contemplating to cast a wall of force into a canal that is set into a dungeon corridor, to block the flow of water (which is powering some turbine-like contrivances we want ...
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Can the Hold Person spell target an Eladrin NPC?

In D&D 5th edition, can the Hold Person spell affect an Eladrin NPC? The Hold Person spell specifically targets "humanoids". Meanwhile, the (NPC/monster) stat blocks for Eladrin say that ...
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Do hostiles have advantage when attacking friendly affected by self-casted faerie fire? [duplicate]

I have a rather simple question. Suppose I cast faerie fire and a friendly is in the target cube at that time and thus affected, do hostiles have advantage when attacking it? I believe the PHB's spell ...
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What to do when I shoot a target without AC at long range?

I'm creating some D&D 5e homebrew items based on the magic seeds from Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Ages. Similar to the Sling Bullets of Althemone from the Theros handbook, they're sling bullets with ...
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Can a College of Swords bard use the Slashing Flourish option to apply a Smite spell to all creatures in range?

The description of the Wrathful Smite spell says (PHB, p. 289): The next time you hit with a melee weapon attack during this spell's duration, your attack deals an extra 1d6 psychic damage. ...
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What are some use cases for attack rolls that target a location? [closed]

In D&D 5e, a location is effectively a space in a place or a point on a map, as opposed to constituting a discrete object (a location can be a point in midair, for instance). They are defined ...
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If a net is 10×10, can it hit four medium creatures, by RAW?

This whole question assumes that the canonical Net weapon used for immobilizing a Large creature, is 10ft across; if your answer is based on a presumption that a net weapon isn't 10ft across, please ...
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Does casting Dispel Magic on the Illusion created by a Mislead spell also end the Mislead's invisibility?

The Mislead spell has two effects: It creates an illusory copy of the caster that lasts for the duration (concentration, up to 1 hour), and it makes the caster invisible (same conditions as the ...
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If you're mounted and forced to make a melee attack, do you attack your mount?

I'm a new DM running a 5e combat encounter in which the NPC attacker is mounted on a Riding Horse. One of the players' characters has just cast Confusion, which indicates that Each creature in a 10-...
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Can I shoot or use spells from one room to another?

Can I shoot or use spells from one room to another? I can see my opponents through an open door that is between the rooms. My DM told me I could not do that.
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Can someone target a square rather than a creature and how does that work?

In Pathfinder 2, most weapons are obviously design to directly target a foe, but for those that can deal splash damage you may be tempted in some situations not to target any foe in particular and ...
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Does Chain Lightning deal damage to its original target first?

When Chain Lightning deals damage, does it deal damage to all targets at once, or does it's original target takes damage first? I ask this question because after damage was taken concentration checks ...
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Clarification on spells that require the caster to see the target vs those that don't [duplicate]

Some spells like Command specify that you need to see your target: You speak a one-word command to a creature you can see within range. Some other spells like Animate Objects don't specify that you ...
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When and how can targets be chosen for concentration spells such as Fly or Invisibility?

Spells like fly or invisibility have a casting time of 1 action and a range of touch. The spells are worded so that you touch a creature and they can either fly or become invisible with limits up to ...
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How easy is it to pinpoint someone's location when you can't see them?

Let's say a Darkness spell is casted on a specific point: Magical darkness spreads from a point you choose within range to fill a 15-foot-radius sphere for the duration. The darkness spreads around ...
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Can a Tricksy fey from the Summon Fey spell place a cube of darkness partially on an enemy, so allies can still target what’s visible at advantage?

The summon fey spell (TCoE, p. 112) summons a fey spirit marked by a chosen mood, which determines the secondary effect of its Fey Step bonus action (after teleporting 30 feet). For the Tricksy mood, ...
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Does the Wish spell allow me to cast a lower-level spell (that normally targets a willing creature) on an unwilling creature?

Wish allows casting a lower-level spell 'without meeting its requirements'. A major restriction to many spells is that it can only be cast on a willing creature. Can I use wish to avoid this ...
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Is a container full of objects a valid target for the Enlarge/Reduce spell?

In the last session, my party and I had to rob the major of a city. We needed to retrieve a particular object that proves his actual corruption by the local thieves' guild. We managed to get into the ...
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Can a familiar be resummoned on the other side of a door? [duplicate]

There is a thread about Conjure Elemental not being able to be cast on the other side of a wall due to targeting rules. Does this also apply to bringing a familiar from its extradimensional space? Or ...
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Can you move Flaming Sphere to a point you can't see?

Let's say you are outside a room and the door is open. You cast Flaming Sphere inside, on a square you can see through the door and then move away so you no longer have vision of the sphere. On the ...
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Can a bard who takes Contingency at 14th level use Spell Glyphs to Contingency-Revivify the party?

Here's the premise- Upcast your glyph of warding as a 7th level spell slot, select spell glyph. Trigger for glyph is "When [Desired Party Member] touches this glyph." Cast Contingency->...
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Found Greater Steed and Mislead

The same bard who was using a Hat of Disguise on her Found Greater Steed is now thinking of picking up Mislead. I agree with the accepted answer on the previous question, that when Find Greater Steed ...
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Is a "clear path to the target" needed for non-spell effects?

The PHB (p.205) specifies the general rule that a "clear path to the target" is required to cast a spell. The rules on cover (p.196) tell us that total cover prevents an attack or a spell. ...
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Wall of Fire - Melee Attack with Reach

A huge creature, having melee attacks with a 15-foot range, can attack a target (the red target in the picture) on the opposite side of the wall of fire without necessarily going through the wall. In ...
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Underground Combat - Melee Attack with Reach

About combat possibilities with a creature remaining underground (0 feet away from the surface, as in the picture). Can a huge monster, with the burrow speed to stay completely underground, having ...
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Can meteor swarm trigger in the air?

The wording of METEOR SWARM, a 9th level spell, starts with: Blazing orbs of fire plummet to the ground at four different points you can see within range. Each creature in a 40-foot-radius sphere ...
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How do I rationalize to my players that the Mirror Image is completely useless against the Beholder rays? (also non-attack spells)

Some context: We're running Dragon Heist and the party is brainstorming on a smart combo game plan to fight the Xanathar himself. In this question I've clarified why in our encounter and generally it ...
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Are golems immune to indirect spells?

Golem Antimagic is not that clear: A golem is immune to spells and magical abilities other than its own Grease is however cast on the ground, not on the golem: Area All solid ground in the area is ...
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While wearing an Amulet of Proof Against Detection and Location, can I cast Divination spells with a range of Self? [duplicate]

Consider the situation: I am wearing an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location, giving me the following effect: While wearing this amulet, you are hidden from divination magic. You can't be ...
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Spell Targeting, Or: Can I use the fire bolt cantrip as a flare gun? [duplicate]

This is intended as a very general question on spell targeting but let's focus on a very specific example. The fire bolt cantrip description states: You hurl a mote of fire at a creature or object ...
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Can Temple of the Gods be cast on a small floating area at sea?

Players want to cast Temple of the Gods on a small floating square at sea. (It involves the shape water cantrip, but I want to put that aside for this question). The spell says it requires to be cast ...
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Who holds the bond when the Warding Bond spell is cast through a familiar?

The text of the spell Find Familiar states (emphasis mine): when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. The spell Warding Bond's ...
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Who does the Hellish Rebuke spell target when the Warding Bond spell has been cast?

The description of the warding bond spell says, in part (emphasis mine): This spell wards a willing creature you touch and creates a mystic connection between you and the target until the spell ends. ...
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By a strict reading of RAW: does Revivify work?

Given the following two facts, through a strict RAW reading (a DM of course can and likely should handwave this issue), is a typical corpse a valid target of Revivify? Creatures are Objects. ...
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If the Raulothim's Psychic Lance spell "dissipates without effect", is the spell slot consumed?

I was reading the description of the Raulothim's Psychic Lance spell (Fizban's Treasury of Dragons, p. 21) and I was left with a question. Raulothim's Psychic Lance gives the following alternative ...
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What happens when Wand of Wonder allows you to cast Detect Thoughts on a creature?

Wand of Wonders has an effect that allows you to target a creature with Detect Thoughts, but Detect Thoughts has a range of self. This is obviously an inconsistency, but how to resolve this? Do you ...
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What counts as a "specific effect" of the Guards and Wards spell if the Dispel Magic spell is cast on it?

The description of the Guards and Wards spell says: Guards and wards creates the following effects within the warded area. Corridors. Fog fills all the warded corridors, making them heavily obscured. ...
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Can climbing up a tree prevent a creature from being targeted with Magic Missile?

Is climbing treated the same as movement in a combat round? Will my Magic Missile still work, with all the monsters up a tree? It's a scenario about being attacked in a dense forest, by monsters ...
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Does the caster of a tiny hut know whom it affects?

I DM for a party that includes a bard and a warlock, both of whom can cast tiny hut. In a typical dangerous area long rest, the bard casts tiny hut to include the entire party, and then the warlock ...
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Do you choose targets as part of the casting of a spell, or as part of the effect of it? [duplicate]

When casting a spell, do you select targets at the time of casting the spell or when the spell's effects take place? For an example of when the distinction might matter, consider casting a single-...
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Can spells that target creatures affect (damage) the layers of a Prismatic Wall spell?

I know that spells, in general, state what they can target - which is often only creatures. Spells which can target other things like objects (as in Fire Bolt) or magical effects (as in Dispel Magic) ...
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