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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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Is a caster of Gentle Repose aware that a creature under the effects of Feign Death is an invalid target?

Alice (a wizard) & Bob (class unspecified), are planning an elaborate prank on Carol (a cleric). Alice casts Feign Death on Bob, and then wails about how he has been slain by a horrible monster/...
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If 2 creatures in range have the Sanctuary spell cast on them, can you repeatedly switch targets between them until you succeed on the save?

The description of the sanctuary spell states: You ward a creature within range against attack. Until the spell ends, any creature who targets the warded creature with an attack or a harmful spell ...
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Spell attacks while hidden

I've had a thought experiment regarding spellcasting, targeting, and hiding. It's known that casting a non-attack spell while unseen is not perceptible by the target, regardless of whether the spell ...
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How could the Awaken spell be cast on highly intelligent plants and beasts?

In D&D 5e, the Awaken spell allows a gain of intelligence and ability: After spending the casting time tracing magical pathways within a precious gemstone, you touch a Huge or smaller beast or ...
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Does the Rune Knight choose the new target for Cloud Rune or does the original target choose the new target?

Quoting from the Rune Knight's Skye (Cloud Rune) In addition, when you or a creature you can see within 30 feet of you is hit by an attack roll, you can use your reaction to invoke the rune and cause ...
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Can you tell if someone transfers Hunter's Mark or Hex after the original target is reduced to 0 HP?

The spells hunter's mark and hex both include this clause: If the target drops to 0 hit points before this spell ends, you can use a bonus action on a subsequent turn of yours to [mark/curse] a new ...
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Can Dream reach a target sleeping in Leomund's Tiny Hut?

Leomund's Tiny Hut spell states Spells and other magical effects can’t extend through the dome or be cast through it. Dream states Choose a creature known to you as the target of this spell. The ...
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What range is used to determine the target of the attack made by the creature affected by a Spectator's Confusion Ray?

The Spectator has an Eye Ray option, Confusion Ray, that says: [The target] uses its action to make a melee or ranged attack against a randomly determined creature within range. Unlike the spell ...
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Does the Hallow spell remove an existing charm/fear/possession effect from creatures that are already in its area when the spell is cast?

Part of the description of the hallow spell includes the following effect (emphasis mine): First, celestials, elementals, fey, fiends, and undead can't enter the area, nor can such creatures charm, ...
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Are there any monsters that can target more than one target/creature?

I noticed that the attacks in Statblocks mention one target (and sometimes one creature). This made me curious. I have been poring over the MM and VGtM, but have not found any monster that can make a ...
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Can you attack a creature behind a Wall of Sand?

Wall of Sand's description reads as follows (emphasis mine): You conjure up a wall of swirling sand on the ground at a point you can see within range. You can make the wall up to 30 feet long, 10 ...
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Does Message allow me to ensure I am talking to a particular person?

Message: You point your finger toward a creature within range and whisper a message. The target (and only the target) hears the message and can reply in a whisper that only you can hear. You can cast ...
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Can Channel Divinity: Preserve Life target swallowed creatures?

I saw this question and was reminded of something that happened in one of my games recently: I, as a Life Cleric, used my Channel Divinity: Preserve Life feature on an ally who had been swallowed (It ...
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How does the Earthquake spell interact with total cover?

The rules on "Area of Effect" state (emphasis mine): [...] A spell's effect expands in straight lines from the point of origin. If no unblocked straight line extends from the point of ...
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Can you cast Mass Cure Wounds on someone who has been swallowed by a creature?

Mass Healing Word and other healing spells specifically say that you have to see someone in order to cast the spells. In contrast, Mass Cure Wounds just says that you choose a point and then choose 6 ...
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How does an attacker's reach interact with the Mounted Combatant feat's ability to force an attack against the mount to target the rider instead?

The second benefit of the Mounted Combatant feat says (PHB, p. 168): You can force an attack targeted at your mount to target you instead. I was playing a campaign, and my DM attacked the ...
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Can the Silence spell be cast on a character or object that can then be moved?

A PC Cleric wants to cast the silence spell on one of the two PC Fighters in their party so that the Fighters can enter a room to kill orcs without having the noise of the battle alarm orcs in other ...
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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 place an ...
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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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