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This tag is for questions relating to devices designed primarily to unpleasantly surprise and generally damage antagonists.

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Can I cast a glyph of warding on myself?

I was thinking about making a Wizard that casts glyphs of warding on his skin (which is a surface) such that any time that I take damage, the source of the damage gets hit with stored fireball spells ...
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Can a PC be untrained in Perception?

Hazards require a secret Perception check to notice them: For hazards with a minimum proficiency rank, roll only if someone is actively searching (using the Search activity while exploring or the ...
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Understanding Trap Detection

Could anyone explain me the following entry: Stealth DC 17 (trained) Is it right that I need to be trained in Perception for this but I do not roll perception but a Seek check? Do I have to on guard ...
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Can a Glyph of Warding target a creature through a portable hole?

First I would open the portable hole, then cast Glyph of warding inside the hole with the trigger "When I remove an object from the portable hole and it touches another creature that creature ...
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Can you Dispel a Magical Trap?

The adventure I am running has the following trap: Continuous Magic Missile Trap: CR 5; Proximity trigger; automatic reset; 3d4+3 damage automatically, each round, no save; Search DC 29; Disable ...
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How does Glyph of Warding work with a Sending spell

In D&D 5e, the Glyph of Warding spell allows you to store a spell that is cast on whoever triggers the glyph. The limits on the stored spell are rather vague: "The spell must target a single ...
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Can a spellcaster use Mage Hand to trigger a trap?

Could you use Mage Hand to trigger a trap, at least sometimes? Based on this well reasoned answer you cannot use Mage Hand to disable the trap, but Unseen Servant can trigger some traps. For example, ...
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Are there any effects that specifically prevent one tradition's spellcasting?

I'm designing an upcoming encounter. The villain of the adventure knows the party well, and intends to create countermeasures against them. They believe the party will consist of two Arcane ...
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What in-game effect does this trap in the D&D vs. Rick and Morty adventure, "The Lost Dungeon of Rickedness", have on a character?

I was playing through the short D&D 5e adventure The Lost Dungeon of Rickedness: Big Rick Energy (from the Dungeons & Dragons vs. Rick and Morty boxed set), and encountered a particular trap: ...
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Can the spell Find Traps find traps in legal documents?

The argument presented in this Reddit post is that the spell find traps can be cast on a legal document to find out if that legal document is fair, or if it contains any non-obvious "legal" ...
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Can a Rogue find an undetectable Trap?

While the title seems to already anwser the question on it's own (there's no way you can detect something undetectable), should that really be the case? Let's check three examples: Collapsing Floor ...
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What and how should I tell about haunts to my players?

Haunts have a lot of details about them, such as specific weaknesses ways to temporarily and permanently disable them details about doing damage to them with anything that damages undead lay on ...
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Is there a minimum size for the Glyph of Warding spell?

How big does a Glyph of Warding need to be? The description of the Glyph of Warding spell says: When you cast this spell, you inscribe a glyph that later unleashes a magical effect. You inscribe it ...
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How can a crafty mid level wizard best protect and trap their lair? [closed]

In a campaign I'm running, the players have recently had some magic items stolen from them by a wizard and his goons. The party tracked down the wizard to his lair in a system of caves. The wizard has ...
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When you find a trap, what do you know about it?

All I could find about this subject is in Detecting a Hazard: When characters approach a hazard, they have a chance of finding the trigger area or mechanism before triggering the hazard. Anyone who ...
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Making pit traps more interesting [closed]

I'm currently running the Barrowmaze campaign, which has many 10'x10'x10' pits, often in corridors, so there's no way around them. When reading the campaign, I thought they would be quite interesting, ...
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Can the alarm spell be detected by mundane means such as a normal perception check?

The Alarm spell in the PHB reads as follows: You set an alarm against unwanted intrusion. Choose a door, a window, or an area within range that is no larger than a 20-foot cube. Until the spell ends, ...
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Passive Perception and Traps [duplicate]

My question is this: should passive or active perception be used for spotting traps? If you use passive, then the DM knows ahead of time whether or not a PC will spot a trap as no die roll is involved ...
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What does it cost to construct a hazard?

Oftentimes in a campaign, the PCs will want to construct (or take ownership of) a structure in order to use it as a fort or base of operations. Or maybe they want to build a dungeon of their own for ...
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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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If I twinned spell cast Glyph of Warding as a spell glyph, can I store two different spells, or does it need to be the same one?

I have a sorcerer wizard. He wants to use twinned spell metamagic to cast glyph of warding as a spell glygh, twice on two different surfaces. Spell Glyph. You can store a prepared spell of 3rd ...
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Is there a way to discern if the magic of an item is a "trap" or a "property" of the item?

To put things into context: We just entered the final room of a dungeon and we found some magic items strewn about in the room and some others inside a tomb. Our sorcerer used Detect Magic to know if ...
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Can multiple castings of Glyph of Warding be used to activate multiple "Smite" spells on the same triggering attack?

Suppose a character has cast multiple Glyph of Warding spells, each with a different "Smite" spell (such as Searing Smite and Thunderous Smite). Assume the character somehow has access to ...
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Are Glyphs of Warding harder to find in dim light / light obscuration?

The glyph created by the spell glyph of warding is hard to see: The glyph is nearly Invisible and requires a successful Intelligence (Investigation) check against your spell save DC to be found. If ...
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Overcoming flour or other nonmagical ways to defeat invisibility [closed]

I am looking for ideas on how to defeat a flour trap. As a rogue, I rely on sneak attack to really damage my foes. The plan for taking on the BBEG is the party will make me invisible with our wand of ...
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How to fast play Traps/Loot/Hidden treasure [duplicate]

As new players, we ran our first dongeon and the session left me a bitter taste. Some part lasted a long time without being usefull, those parts were when we were searching for treasures or traps. ...
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Can Thaumaturgy be used to create an effect which triggers later?

I’m wondering about possible uses for the Thaumaturgy cantrip. Can it be cast on something that has a triggering action for it to go off? An example of what I am meaning is a shop owner casts it ...
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What is the equivalent of Skull Trap or Glyph of Warding in Savage Worlds?

I am converting Return to the Keep on the Borderlands into a Savage Worlds test. Mainly because that adventure is very localized and has all the basic role-playing elements (Hack and Slash, Intrigue, ...
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When I cast Glyph of Warding, can I use Wish to supply the second spell?

Assuming I do not have access to a second 9th level spell for that day (such as via a Boon, a scroll, or an item), when I cast glyph of warding at a lower level than 9th, can I use wish to supply the ...
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Can I gain additional Glyphs of Warding if I know it from multiple traditions?

The description of glyph of warding states that: The maximum number of glyphs of warding you can have active at a time is equal to your spellcasting ability modifier. What happens if I know the ...
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Does a Glyph of Warding have its own agency or a limited omniscience in the game?

Does a Glyph of Warding have its own agency or a limited omniscience in the game? The case of the nasty Drow, invisible evil Sprite and the blue Orc. Some specifications for the trigger of a Glyph of ...
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Can you store Hex in a Glyph of Warding?

Can you store Hex in a Glyph of Warding? If a Cleric multi-classes and takes one level in Warlock, would they be able to use Glyph of Warding to store a Hex spell? Spell Glyph. You can store a ...
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Can you use a Glyph of Warding and Plant Growth to set up a semi-permanent effect in an area?

Can you use a Glyph of Warding and Plant Growth to set up a semi-permanent effect in an area? Background I am a Cleric/Druid in one of the campaigns I play in and the setting is an area with very ...
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How do tinker's tools interact with the ability to disarm traps?

Similar to this question, I am curious about what tinker's tools can do, and how it interacts specifically with thieves' tools. In Xanathar's Guide to Everything (p. 84), there is this image, of ...
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How does the shared damage from the Great Old One Warlock's Thought Shield feature interact with indirect sources of psychic damage?

While it can be easy to see how the Great Old One Warlock's Thought Shield feature interacts with spells that deal psychic damage or special attacks from psionic creatures, I'm not sure how to rule "...
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Can multiple castings of Glyph of Warding be stored in different objects at the same time?

Glyph of Warding looks like it is going to be a very fun and useful spell once I learn it, but in its description I don’t see any mention of whether is can be cast multiple times to store spells in ...
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Can an unseen servant trigger traps?

If I tell it to walk ahead of me, stomp on the floor (for pressure plates and covered pits), and swing a stick up and down (for trip wires), does it weigh enough to trigger most traps? Put another ...
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Falling after being Knocked Prone on a Slope

I'm setting up a trap for my players. They will be entering a tunnel with a rather steep section - steep enough to require climb checks to avoid falling but not so steep it can't be counted as "...
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When performing an Investigation check to look for traps, do you activate any traps if you roll under the DC?

When performing an Investigation check to investigate traps, do you activate the traps if you roll under the DC? If you are, for instance, checking out the floor looking for pressure plates and roll ...
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What are the targeting range limitations of Glyph of Warding?

Glyph of warding states, in part: When the glyph is triggered, the stored spell is cast. If the spell has a target, it targets the creature that triggered the glyph.If the spell affects an area, ...
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What happens if you store the Simulacrum spell in a Glyph of Warding spell?

I'm looking at the option of storing Simulacrum in an 8th-level Glyph of Warding. My question is how it will determine what creature gets duplicated. Simulacrum says: You shape an illusory ...
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Can you work with another caster to store their spell in a Glyph of Warding spell you cast?

Can you work with another caster to store their spell in a Glyph of Warding spell you cast? Say you are a Wizard, level 15+. You can cast 8th level spells, and so can your level 15+ Cleric friend. ...
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Can I return my ability to cast Wish by using the Glyph of Warding spell?

The description of Wish in the Player's Handbook says that if you use it to do anything other than duplicating another spell, you suffer stress, one of the results of which is: There is a 33 ...
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At what area and distance can a character detect a trap?

At what area and distance can a character detect a trap when actively searching? And on which with passive. Hypothetically. Suppose that in front of the character is a corridor 30 squares long and 3 ...
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How does targeting work when casting the Call Lightning spell through Glyph of Warding?

The Call Lightning spell targets an area, then the caster chooses a point in that area and anybody within a 5-foot radius of that point is damaged. Then on each of their turns, the caster can use an ...
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What skills in 5e give trap knowledge (i.e. the equivalent of Dungeoneering in 4e)?

4e had a skill called Dungeoneering which was used for recognizing hazards and knowledge of some monsters. This skill doesn't exist in 5e. Clearly Perception and Investigation can be used to find ...
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Where is the rule for moving slowly when searching for traps that’s referenced by Dungeon Delver?

I'm having trouble finding the rule for one of the bulleted items for the Dungeon Delver feat: You can search for traps while traveling at a normal pace, instead of only at a slow pace. I ...
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Can you cast multiple copies of the same spell by nesting multiple Glyph of Wardings?

Is it possible to store a Glyph of Warding in a Glyph of Warding spell? And so on, so that it casts X times spells on a triggering effect? Why? For example, I could trigger 4 level 3 Glyphs of ...
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Can I combine Demiplane, Glyph of Warding, Simulacrum, and Wish to have unlimited clones and spells?

My intention here is to combine these four spells to let me amass an essentially infinite number of Spells through infinite Simulacrum whilst maintaining RAW and RAI rules. Please note why my ...
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How does Life Transference work with Glyph of Warding?

Suppose I am a wizard and cast a Glyph of Warding on a surface, utilize the Spell Glyph feature, and input the Life Transference spell. Does this combination work by RAW? Would I take damage and the ...
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