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Can you cast Speak With Dead on dead undead?

The description of the speak with dead spell says (emphasis mine): You grant the semblance of life and intelligence to a corpse of your choice within range, allowing it to answer the questions ...
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How does the “willing creature” aspect of the Protection from Evil and Good spell work with a creature that's already possessed?

The following scenario happened in an old game; The DM already made a ruling on the issue, which is fine - but I was curious how the "willing creature" aspect of the protection from evil and good ...
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Can a Hunter ranger, can the Horde Breaker feature target a creature within 5 feet of any target attacked that turn, or only the most recent target?

I play a Hunter ranger using longbow attacks in a D&D 5e game. I'm trying to understand how the Horde Breaker feature works. Say there are two targets within 5 feet of each other in one area (...
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Can I make a creature target itself with a Melee Basic Attack?

Hypnotism (Heroes of Fallen Lands p205): Hit: [...] The target uses a free action to make a melee basic attack against a creature of your choice[...] Friendly Fire (Dragon 384): Effect: The ...
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For spells with multiple attack rolls, what happens if there are no targets left?

When are targets picked for spells with multiple "missiles"? tells us that you can (probably) resolve each "beam" or "ray" of, say, eldritch blast or scorching ray one after the other. ...
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Do multiple beams from Eldritch Blast happen simultaneously or not by RAW? [duplicate]

After reading Can you move between the separate attacks of a spell?, I was quite surprised to learn that eldritch blast can be considered to not fire the beams simultaneously. Given that the spell's ...
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Can the Blade Ward cantrip be cast on other people?

Can the blade ward cantrip be cast on other people? On the page I read it on, it said blade ward had a range of 5 feet, but in the description, it used terms that made it seem like it could only be ...
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Can the Continual Flame spell be cast on an opponent's helmet to blind them?

The spell continual flame (p. 227 of the Player's Handbook) is a touch spell. It does not offer any parameters as to what qualifies as a target other than it has to be an object. In theory you could ...
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Can the Immovable Object spell target an object held or worn by an opponent?

The description of the immovable object spell says (Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 187): You touch an object that weighs no more than 10 pounds and cause it to become magically fixed in place. [...
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Can “Friends” be used to make any creature in the universe hostile?

Friends is a cantrip with a range of self that reads (PHB, p. 244): For the duration, you have advantage on all Charisma checks directed at one creature of your choice that isn’t hostile toward you....
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Does the Hex spell require a Clear Path when moved to a second target?

The Hex spell reads (PHB, p. 251): You place a curse on a creature that you can see within range. [...] If the target drops to 0 hit points before this spell ends, you can use a bonus action ...
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How can you selectively dispel spells?

Suppose an enemy have blur and slow cast on them. Can I use dispel magic to end the magical effect blur, without dispelling slow? The above spells are just examples. This question mainly ask about ...
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How does the Evocation wizard's Sculpt Spells feature interact with creatures attached to the target?

The Evocation wizard's Sculpt Spells feature says you can create "pockets of relative safety" in the area of your evocation spells, allowing the chosen creatures to automatically succeed on saving ...
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Does the Death Domain cleric's Touch of Death Channel Divinity option affect both targets of a spell from the Improved Reaper feature?

At 17th level, the Death Domain cleric's Improved Reaper feature (DMG p. 96-97) lets them target two creatures (within 5 feet of each other) instead of one with necromancy spells, given they are ...
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Can the Glamour bard's Mantle of Inspiration feature target the bard themself?

The College of Glamour bard's Mantle of Inspiration feature reads as follows (XGtE, p. 14; emphasis mine): As a bonus action, you can expend one use of your Bardic Inspiration to grant yourself a ...
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Can the Fireball spell be cast on yourself when swallowed by a creature?

This question might be similar to the question "Is it possible for a swallowed caster to cast Fireball outside of a Giant Toad?", but is not a duplicate. In my situation, a homebrew monster swallowed ...
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How large a target can you cast Heat Metal on?

I was running a game and the party was trying to flee from a flying Illithid raiding skiff. It was made of metal and had two Illithid crew members on the deck. The bard in the party cast Heat Metal on ...
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How do I handle targeting and areas of effect in 3-D?

I'm totally OK with regular grid and counting squares for purposes of movement, spell and weapon targeting, and determining areas of effect. Area shapes neatly match with measurements made square-by-...
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Can Transport via Plants be used to teleport people to you?

My party had the idea of using Transport via Plants to bring people to the druid, but I'm a bit unsure if that's possible. This spell creates a magical link between a Large or larger inanimate ...
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Can you hit an unlocated and unseen target by throwing a weapon at it after casting True Strike and Guided Shot?

I've recently been discussing a combo found in this chapter of Harry Potter and the Natural 20. If needed, ctrl+f for "I am not walking in that" for the start of the encounter. The relevant part is ...
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Does casting a spell with a long casting time require the target to stay in range and line of sight the whole time?

When casting a spell with a casting time greater than an action, do range and line of sight need to be maintained for the entire time? For instance, does a cleric casting Prayer of Healing need the ...
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Would it be better to target a rider or mount with a banishing arrow?

I’ve an Arcane Archer character who chose the Banishing Arrow option for the Arcane Shot feature. In our campaign we often come across hobgoblins riding worgs. If I wanted to really put a thorn in ...
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What happens if an Arcane Archer fighter's Banishing Arrow hits a mounted combatant?

I’ve an Arcane Archer character who chose the Banishing Arrow option for the Arcane Shot feature. In our campaign, we often come across hobgoblins riding worgs. I’m having trouble interpreting what ...
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Are there any spells that can damage a creature in another creatures stomach?

Under Casting a Spell > targets there is the following section: A Clear Path to the Target To target something, you must have a clear path to it, so it can't be behind total cover. If you ...
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How does Collector's Vessel from Unearthed Arcana interact with Ranged: Self spells?

Collector's Vessel, the Noble Genie Warlock Patron's first level ability from Unearthed Arcana, can let a warlock link themselves with another creature, enabling them to cast spells from the bound ...
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How does the tactician psionic class's Collective ability work?

The tactician's Collective ability (Advanced Psionics Guide, p. 53) states, in part: A tactician can manifest certain powers through his collective. If a tactician power specifies one or more ...
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Can the Fey Wanderer Ranger be targeted by a creature affected by its Misty Presence?

Wizards of the Coast recently (in February 2020) released a new set of subclasses for playtesting in Unearthed Arcana: Subclasses, Part 3. Described in this document is the Fey Wanderer ranger's 15th-...
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Blinded + casting a spell with a bonus action + Find Familiar

Here's the setup: My familiar is adjacent to a target. I use my action to use my familiar's senses. I'm now blinded and deafened. I use a bonus action to cast a touch spell. My familiar uses its ...
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Do I need a clear path to the target, or just my familiar, when delivering spells with Find Familiar?

Here's the setup: My familiar is adjacent to the creature I want to target with my touch spell, and is within 100' of me. Both the target and my familiar are around a corner, and I do not have a ...
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When a spell asks for targets, can I choose the same target multiple times?

When a spell has multiple targets, can I choose the same target multiple times? Is there any general rule I can refer to? An example of ambiguity is the spell Steel Wind Strike: You flourish the ...
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Does Evasion work against effects that don't target an area?

At 7th level, rogues gain the Evasion feature: Beginning at 7th level, you can nimbly dodge out of the way of certain area effects, such as an ancient red dragon’s fiery breath or an ice storm ...
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How much room is needed for the Call Lightning spell?

The description of the Call Lightning spell says: A storm cloud appears in the shape of a cylinder that is 10 feet tall with a 60-foot radius, centered on a point you can see within range directly ...
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Can the spell Arcane Lock be used on objects like books or backpacks?

Having recently had to endure a nosy little halfling, my wizard is considering going ham with Arcane Lock. The spell states that casting it locks a closed door, window, gate, chest, or other ...
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Can you cast Magic Missile at a Living Darkness spell?

Thanks to this question: Is it possible to launch a magic missile at the darkness? We know it is not possible to cast Magic Missile at an area affected by a Darkness spell, as that area is not a ...
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How can I hit what I can't see? [closed]

In reference, and expansion on, This Question How does one tell where that point in the air is. Meaning If I target a place above a wall, and there just so happens to be a Mountain behind it, How do I ...
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What happens when a Slowed character casts a spell on a target that moves out of sight?

William the Wizard is under the effects of the Slow spell, which states: If the creature attempts to cast a spell with a casting time of 1 action, roll a d20. On an 11 or higher, the spell doesn't ...
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Are creatures affected by the Slow spell if the character who cast it does not know their exact location?

We had a little problem last session. Here's the scenario: there are enemies in the area of a darkness spell that the PC has never seen but has heard. He casts the spell slow on the area that includes ...
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Can or can you not target an undead creature with the Atonement spell?

I have some undead PCs playing my game, and think it would be an interesting if they were given the option to atone instead of being outright destroyed if/when they run into a cleric of high enough ...
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Can a spell Conjure Elemental be used to make an elemental appear on the other side of a closed door?

The spell states : You call forth an elemental servant. Choose an area of air, earth, fire, or water that fills a 10-foot cube within range. Blockquote So lets say a party is standing in ...
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Can I cast Haste on myself?

Can my character cast the spell Haste on himself or can it only be cast on another character?
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Can you counterspell a spell if you don't know who's casting it?

Related to this question about a spellcaster hiding in a group of spellcasters. The reaction trigger for counterspell is "when you see a creature within 60 feet of you casting a spell". It has a ...
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Can a creature without its own will (e.g. zombies, golems) be a “willing creature” when controlled?

In D&D 5e it appears that willing creature is defined by consent. Zombies, skeletons, and golems all essentially have no will, but while they are under the control of someone, can they be willing ...
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Can the Deathlock Mastermind's Grave Bolts be used to attack a single target twice?

In Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (p. 129), the Deathlock Mastermind has the following attack: Grave Bolts. Ranged Spell Attack: +6 to hit, range 120 ft., one or two targets. Hit: 18 (4d8) necrotic ...
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Can you Attack of Opportunity yourself?

As far as I'm aware, you do threaten your square: Most creatures of Medium or smaller size have a reach of only 5 feet. This means that they can make melee attacks only against creatures up to 5 ...
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Can you target specific spells with the Greater Dispel Magic spell? How many?

Greater Dispel Magic works as Dispel Magic for the Targeted Dispel option. This functions as a targeted dispel magic, but it can dispel one spell for every four caster levels you possess, starting ...
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Can you cast Animate Dead on someone under effect of Feign Death?

The Feign Death spell (PHB, p. 240) says: For the spell’s duration, or until you use an action to touch the target and dismiss the spell, the target appears dead to all outward inspection and to ...
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Can Nystul's Magic Aura's False Aura option be used on creatures?

This question was inspired by a question on whether detect magic can sense feign death. I believe it would, which raises the question of how you could foil detect magic in this case. The obvious ...
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Which spells can be cast across Pathfinder's Wall of Force?

The Wall of Force spell description says, "Breath weapons and spells cannot pass through a wall of force in either direction". But what exactly does this mean ? Specifically, Can I cast a Fireball ...
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Can you use the Administer First Aid skill on yourself?

The Administer First Aid skill has the text: perform first aid on an adjacent creature Which seems to imply that you can’t use this skill on yourself, as the target must be another creature, but I ...
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Would webs catch fire if Fire Bolt is used on a creature inside of them?

When using the Web spell it states that: The webs fill a 20- foot cube [...]. The webs are flammable. Any 5-foot cube of webs exposed to fire burns away in 1 round If Fire Bolt is cast on a ...

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