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Does a cantrip spell like Spare the Dying work with Glyph of Warding?

From the text of Glyph of Warding (PHB, p.245) the spell glyph version of the spell allows you to store a spell that is 3rd level or lower. Can you store a cantrip like Spare the Dying in the glyph, ...
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Does casting detect magic reveal the school of a spell stored in a Glyph of Warding?

In D&D 5e, If one casts detect magic on a glyph of warding with a spell stored in it, does it only reveal Abjuration school, or do you get an undercurrent or hint at the school of the stored spell ...
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How quickly can you dig a pit trap hole with Mold Earth?

The hole for "the simplest of pit traps" consists of "a 10-foot-deep hole" in the ground (Xanathar's Guide to Everything p.114, and Dungeon Master's Guide p.122) because "at ...
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How long does it take to set up a Hunting Trap? How does it work?

Can you affix the heavy chain to an immobile object when you use your action to set a Hunting Trap (PHB p. 152), or is it just the opening of the teeth that takes an action? The text says: When you ...
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How do I run stealth and perception? Passive perception vs active perception

I'm a new dm and I want to introduce some ambush style encounters in my game. I told my players recently that I will not ask them if they want to be steathly when moving around a dungeon because I ...
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How long does a haunt stay neutralized?

How long since been reduced to 0 hp does a haunt stay neutralized? I tried reading upon the rules multiple times, but failed to see the part where it says this specifically.
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Does a Wand of Secrets still point to a revealed secret or sprung trap?

If a secret door has been found or a trap sprung already and then a Wand of Secrets is used nearby either of those, does the Wand of Secrets still point to them? Or does it know they are no longer a ...
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Wail of the Banshee Trap vs Bard's countersong

The party have just set off a Wail of the Banshee Trap. Can a Bard's Countersong be used to mitigate the effects. The bardic music had not been started before setting off the Trap. My feeling is it ...
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Zero Cost High-Level Snares

I am currently building a kobold alchemist with the Snarecrafter archetype. I’ll be taking the Snare Setter ancestry feat at level 1 which in turn grants the Snare Crafting feat. Snare Crafting reads ...
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How do Triggered effects handle whether they hit?

Triggered can be added to effects of any range, Close, Ranged, or Perception, and possibly also Area effects. Normally, Close and Ranged attacks require an attack roll to hit. If one is trying to ...
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Who decides when you roll or take a passive perception check (especially for traps)?

I'm about to start playing DnD 5e with my family. I'm the DM and I'm totally new. I've read the PHB and have decided to do Grammy's Country Apple Pie as the first campaign. In the campaign, 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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Glyph of Warding and Tempest Cleric

If I used a Glyph of Warding, used the Explosive Runes option, and set the damage type to lightning, could a Tempest Cleric use their Channel Divinity to maximize damage? (Yes I know I would have to ...
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How does Glyph of Warding work with Eldritch Invocations?

I was trying to build a character for my next D&D campaign, and the question came up in my mind while picking spells for my bard/warlock multiclass. For an example: I have the "Eldritch Sight&...
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Am I correctly understanding how the Barbarian's Danger Sense feature works?

I've heard a lot about how a Rogue's specialty is disarming traps, even going as far as online DMs suggesting Rogues always use the Investigation action to watch for those traps. And while I do not ...
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How to create a magic trap on fabric?

I have a concept for my game and haven't had much luck find anything saying that you can't have a magic trap on fabric. I'm thinking a tapestry but wanted to confirm that here. The spell I would like ...
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Does Revivify work on trapped souls?

Nearly all the resurrection spells state that your soul has to be free and willing to be revived. The DMG on page 24 further states that A soul can't be returned to life if it doesn't wish to be, so ...
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I have the Blackstaff. How can I be resurrected?

I am playing in a homebrewed setting, not Waterdeep. My DM had my character find the Blackstaff on the body of the leader of a slave owning city where we helped the rebelling slaves. It is modified at ...
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What is the maximum damage you can deliver per day with Glyphs from a Demiplane or Portable Hole?

An exploit to circumvent the movement restrictions of glyph of warding is to cast the glyph on the walls of a demiplane or portable hole. As that space never moves, the glyphs can virtually be carried ...
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Can 'Symbol of Death' triggering conditions be based on something other than the triggerer?

Symbol of Death (and the dozen or so spells based on it) have very flexible triggering conditions, saying, You can also set special triggering limitations of your own. These can be as simple or ...
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If the activation of a Glyph of Warding triggers additional Glyphs of Warding, who is the target of the additional spell glyphs?

Here is the scenario: My players are in a room. They have opened a box which triggered a glyph of warding. There are 5 other glyphs scattered around the room, each of which are triggered by the ...
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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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