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Can Locate Object find the orb of a Scrying sensor?

The Scrying spell states (emphasis mine): On a failed save, the spell creates an invisible sensor within 10 feet of the target. You can see and hear through the sensor as if you were there. The ...
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What can spells cast into a Shield Guardian target?

There is already this question clarifying that you cannot cast spells with a range of self on the Shield Guardian, as you need to be able to target the guardian with the spell. It is clear that you ...
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How does the sorcerer's Distant Spell Metamagic option interact with an upcast Hold Person spell?

Hold Person is a spell that upcasts as follows: When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 3rd level or higher, you can target one additional humanoid for each slot level above 2nd. The humanoids ...
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When is a spell "on" a target for the purposes of Dispel Magic?

Suppose my character is currently under the effects of the Heat Metal spell (targeting his breastplate) and is also caught by the Entangle spell (i.e., I was in the Entangle area of effect when it was ...
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Chain Lightning and Expansive Spellstrike

Expansive Spellstrike allows for using spells that can "target a creature or that [have] an area of a burst, cone, or line (abiding by any other restrictions of Spellstrike)" with ...
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Can I successfully cast the Message cantrip targeting a familiar creature in range when I have no idea where they are to "point toward"?

This came up last night in-session, and RAW, I do not believe the verbiage of the Message Cantrip matches RAI. The issue arises due to the fact that the spell seems to be two spells in one. You point ...
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What mechanics allow you to target an Unseen Servant?

It appears that the spell unseen servant creates a shapeless force that is neither an object nor a creature. Because it does not fall into either of those categories, what mechanical options are there ...
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Can See Invisibility and Dispel Magic detect a target affected by Sequester?

Sorry if it's dumb, but my reading of sequester (PHB, 274) suggests that it prevents any locate X spell (target) from detecting the target, as well as scrying (PHB, 273) and clairvoyance (PHB, 222) ...
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How does the target of Telepathy become aware that it has been cast so they can decide if they are a "willing creature"?

Without warning, a wizard casts telepathy targeting a friend who is on a different continent. You create a telepathic link between yourself and a willing creature with which you are familiar. How is ...
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If the Mizzium Apparatus magic item replaces a spell you cast, do you get to pick a new target?

The Mizzium Apparatus magic item allows you to try and cast spells you don't know. However, there's a check and if you fail that check, you instead cast a different random spell from the table. Does ...
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Do summoning spells target the caster? [duplicate]

Many spells have a range of self, in which case the caster is a target. However, summoning spells don't have a range of self, but nonetheless have some sort of effect on the caster, in that they are ...
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Can you cast the Rope Trick spell when you are in the air?

The rope trick spell description says: You touch a length of rope that is up to 60 feet long. One end of the rope then rises into the air until the whole rope hangs perpendicular to the ground. At ...
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What spells can damage objects?

I know that only specific spells can damage objects (fire bolt, fireball, shatter, etc.). Is there a list of possible spells that could target an object? I found this list of spells that can target ...
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Who can False Attacker apply to?

False Attacker is a rogue talent that lets me attempt a Bluff check as an immediate action (opposed by the target’s Sense Motive or Perception check, whichever has a higher bonus) before rolling ...
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Can you prevent players using cantrips to tell whether a creature is disguised as an object?

As it is established in the question below that there is some distinction between a cantrip that targets a creature and targeting an object: What happens when a caster targets an object that looks ...
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Do spell effects that trigger when you are hit still trigger if they do not penetrate your active Arcane Ward?

I'm specifically wondering about the spells Armor of Agathys, Fire Shield, and Shield, but a general answer would be helpful. For example, if a level 9 Abjuration Wizard/level 2 Warlock multiclass ...
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Can I target someone who I can see in a mirror?

Inspired by this question, I'm wondering what happens if want to cast a spell that requires me to see the target, I can see my target in a mirror, and have a clear path to them, but I don't have line ...
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Can I cast spells requiring pointing at the target by looking in a mirror?

I am trying to cast a spell, like Message which requires "pointing" at the target, but without looking directly a the target. I think there are two possible situations that could occur: As ...
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Do other sources of invisibility make worn or carried items invisible?

The spell Invisibility makes the target invisible as well as making their worn/carried items invisible, but there are many abilities in the game (for instance, the monk's 18th level ability Empty Body)...
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Can a player use Find Steed to summon a creature in a location they have never seen?

The spell Find Steed has a range of 30ft and describes where your summoned steed appears using the language: "Appearing in an unoccupied space within range, the steed ..." My question has ...
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What counts as full cover for a seeking arrow?

The the Seeking Arrow Arcane Shot option of the Arcane Archer says: [...] When you use this option, you don’t make an attack roll for the attack. Instead, choose one creature you have seen in the ...
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How does an Unhallow with Deeper Darkness work?

Unhallow says in part, emphasis mine: you may choose to fix a single spell effect to the unhallowed site. The spell effect lasts for 1 year and functions throughout the entire site, regardless of its ...
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Does the Dragon's Wrath Slumbering quality include the target? [duplicate]

I have a question about the newly released Dragon's Wrath Generic weapon variant in Fizban's Treasury of Dragons, that includes this specific line of text Whenever you roll a 20 on your attack roll ...
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How does the caster of Steel Wind Strike interact with Forcecage?

The spell Steel Wind Strike (XGE, p. 166) says: You flourish the weapon used in the casting and then vanish to strike like the wind. Choose up to five creatures you can see within range. Make a melee ...
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Which of Mirror Image or Sanctuary trigger first when targeted, and are duplicates included?

If both Mirror Image and Sanctuary are on the same creature, do I determine if a duplicates is hit before or after the effects of sanctuary happen? Mirror Image says: Each time a creature targets you ...
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Can a conga line of creatures cursed by the same Shield of Missile Attraction transport ammunition instantaneously across the globe?

Let's say I have a single Shield of Missile Attraction: Whenever a ranged weapon attack is made against a target within 10 feet of you, the curse causes you to become the target instead. Let's say I ...
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Can a single Shield of Missile Attraction curse an indefinite number of creatures?

The description of the Shield of Missile Attraction says, in part (emphasis mine): This shield is cursed. Attuning to it curses you until you are targeted by the remove curse spell or similar magic. ...
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Does Cloud of Daggers affect the caster?

New to 5e and this has been a painful rabbit hole coming for 3.5. I have a pc who wants to cast cloud of daggers centered on himself as a sort of shield to protect himself from melee attackers. I said ...
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Can the Raulothim's Psychic Lance spell hit a creature behind full cover if you utter the creature's name?

The spell Raulothim's Psychic Lance (Fizban's Treasury of Dragons, p. 21) can hit a creature without having to see it, so long as the caster utters the name of the target: You unleash a shimmering ...
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For the Raulothim's Psychic Lance spell, do only true names work, or do pseudonyms work too?

I think the rules for Raulothim's psychic lance are pretty vague. The spell description states (FToD, p. 21): You unleash a shimmering lance of psychic power from your forehead at a creature that you ...
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Twinned counterspell against multiple reactions [duplicate]

Wizard uses Magic Missiles on two opponents. Both opponents are using the Shield. The sorcerer uses Twinned spell on counterspell to counter the Shield. Can a sorcerer do that? I'm not sure if ...
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Can moonbeam cast through a wall of force? [duplicate]

Moonbeam states that: A silvery beam of pale light shines down in a 5-foot-radius, 40-foot-high cylinder centered on a point within range. Until the spell ends, dim light fills the cylinder. There ...
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What happens when a bard riding a found steed casts Time Stop, or, does Time Stop target the entire universe?

Jimothy Page is a level 20 bard. He learned the spell find greater steed with his 10th level Magical Secrets, and with his 18th level Magical Secrets, he selected time stop. Find greater steed has an ...
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What is considered 'ground you can see' as target of a spell like Create Bonfire? Can it be ground overgrown by plants after casting Plant Growth

What is considered 'ground you can see' as target of a spell like the cantrip Create Bonfire? For example, can you see and thus target ground in: an area overgrown by 1' of dense grass (you don't see ...
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Can the Light cantrip be cast on the Tiny spectral object manifested by a Scribes wizard's Manifest Mind feature?

I'm waffling on some interpretations regarding the Order of Scribes wizard subclass in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, and would really appreciate some second opinions. Most of the features seem ...
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Is a creature that is not on the ground affected by the Sleet Storm spell's risk of falling prone?

The spell sleet storm on page 276 in the Player's Handbook says, in part: The ground in the area is covered with slick ice, making it difficult terrain. When a creature enters the spell's area for ...
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Can an imp that has shapechanged into a spider be transformed by the spell Giant Insect?

I'm planning to play a drow warlock in D&D 5e, and since there's no official entomancer (Insect-themed spellcaster) class (it exists just as homebrew), I'm trying to make my own version. My ...
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Would spells such as Detect Poison and Disease or Detect Magic work through Familiar vision?

If I were to cast a spell on myself such as Detect Magic or Detect Poison and Disease, and then look through the eyes of my familiar, would the spell continue to take effect through the familiar? As ...
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If Heat Metal is cast on a shield, could the target be forced to drop it?

I'm wondering if Heat Metal could force a target to drop their shield. The spell description says (emphasis mine): If a creature is holding or wearing the object and takes the damage from it, the ...
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Does Fire Bolt require that you can see the creature in order to target it? [duplicate]

Fire Bolt makes no mention of seeing the creature in order to target it in the spell text . Fire Bolt says "creature or object within range". Ray of Frost has very similar language - no ...
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Do alternate forms of vision count as being able to see for the purposes of spells that require the target to see the caster?

Certain spells require the target to be able to see the caster. Is a creature that uses blindsight considered able to "see" the caster? What about if they're seeing the caster via darkvision ...
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Is there a saving throw if you cast Scrying and target a location you've seen? [closed]

The scrying spell description states: You can see and hear a particular creature you choose that is on the same plane of existence as you. The target must make a Wisdom saving throw [...] However, ...
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Found Steed and removing a Hat of Disguise

I don't regret allowing the party Bard to take Find Greater Steed as a Magical Secret, but I am starting to realize it may be a perennial source of questions. In our last session, the Bard summoned ...
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Is a found Steed allowed an independent destination and creature when targeted by Dimension Door?

This question asks whether a creature summoned by Find Steed or Find Greater Steed can be brought with the caster when the caster uses Dimension Door. I agree with the accepted answer, which says that:...
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Can you grapple or shove a non-creature?

The rules for grappling and shoving clearly apply to creatures: Grappling. When you want to grab a creature or wrestle with it, you can use the Attack action to make a special melee attack, a grapple....
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Difference in targeting requirements between Scrying and Sending

Sending says (emphasis mine): You send a short message of twenty-five words or less to a creature with which you are familiar. The creature hears the Message in its mind, recognizes you as the sender ...
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Can you target yourself with the third benefit of the Telekinetic feat to act as a "Disengage" by moving you away from an enemy?

The third benefit of the Telekinetic feat states (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, page 81): As a bonus action, you can try to telekinetically shove one creature you can see within 30 feet of you. ...
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Can the Scrying spell target a location on another plane?

The description of the scrying spell states: You can see and hear a particular creature you choose that is on the same plane of existence as you. [...] Instead of targeting a creature, you can choose ...
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How does the School of Enchantment wizard's Split Enchantment feature affect the Crown of Madness spell?

The party's enchantress is about to hit level 10 and will soon have access to the School of Enchantment wizard feature Split Enchantment (PHB, p. 117): Starting at 10th level, when you cast an ...
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Can Primal Savagery be used as a reaction with the War Caster feat?

My druid player has just taken the War Caster feat, which states (from the PHB): When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to cast a spell ...
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