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How does the Awakened Spellbook damage type replacement work, exactly?

At 2nd level, an Order of Scribes wizard gets the Awakened Spellbook feature, which includes this benefit: When you cast a wizard spell with a spell slot, you can temporarily replace its damage type ...
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Which version of the red wizard’s circle magic is correct, the text or the example?

Dungeon Master's Guide page 194, Circle Magic feature of the Red Wizard prestige class reads as follows: Circle Powers: The first use of circle magic is to empower the circle leader with the strength ...
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How can my group move on from believing there is a traitor in their midst when there isn't?

My group is playing Curse of Strahd and believe there is a traitor among them when there isn't. What RaW mechanics are there for them to find out who (if anyone) is leaking secrets to the Dark Lord or ...
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Does a spell stored in a Shield Guardian retain maximum damage from Overchannel?

The party evoker has a Shield Guardian. In the last session he hit 14th level and obtained Overchannel. It is clear to me that if he used Overchannel when casting a spell on the Guardian, to be stored ...
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Do the “Master Scrivener” and “Magic Item Adept” features stack?

Does the “Master Scrivener” feature from the Order of Scribes subclass stack with the “Magic Item Adept” feature from the Artificer class when determining the time and gold cost for crafting common ...
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Why use Clairvoyance when Find Familiar is better in every way (except range)?

I'm creating a spy wizard character in 5E. The character needs a 'wire' to tap a room of its visitors' information, and I was comparing two wizard spells, Clairvoyance and Find Familiar. Both have ...
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If a hidden Order of Scribes wizard uses the Manifest Mind feature to cast a spell with an attack roll from the spectral mind's space, what happens?

Say I'm playing an Order Of Scribes wizard with the Manifest Mind feature (TCoE, p. 77-78). My wizard has successfully hidden from an enemy. I've already used Manifest Mind to make my spectral mind ...
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Can a wizard copy a not transcribed spell for later transcription?

The PHB states that a wizard can copy a known spell onto another spellbook. Replacing the Book. You can copy a spell from your own spellbook into another book—for example, if you want to make a ...
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Does recording new spells in the Crystalline Chronicle cost the same as recording them in a typical spellbook?

When using a typical spellbook, a wizard must spend money on materials and ink to record new spells into their book. From the "Your Spellbook" sidebar of the wizard class in the Player's ...
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Is a normal wizard spellbook a magical item?

Apologies in advance if this is a duplicate, I could (to my surprise) not find a question on this (there is only one for Pathfinder). The question is simple: is a normal spellbook in 5e a magical item ...
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Is it possible for a wizard to add a non-wizard spell to their spellbook in D&D Beyond?

There are several magic items that allow a wizard to add non-wizard spells to their spellbook, such as the Astromancy Archive: When found, it contains the following spells, which are wizard spells ...
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Can one wizard prepare a spell that a second wizard wrote in the first wizard's spellbook?

The rules for a wizard are that they can prepare spells that are in their spellbook, and cast ritual spells from their spellbook without preparing them. There is also the cost and time spent to copy a ...
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Is there a functional reason for wizards to live in towers so often?

The concept of wizard towers seems to predate D&D, but has there been a functional reason for this added to D&D? I'm going to be using the answer specifically in 5e, but wizard towers ...
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Does a Rakshasa take damage from the damage bonus granted by an Evocation wizard's Empowered Evocation feature?

The Rakshasa has the Limited Magic Immunity trait: Limited Magic Immunity. The rakshasa can't be affected or detected by spells of 6th level or lower unless it wishes to be. [...] As noted in this Q&...
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Does the start of an adventure count as having had a long rest?

In the near future I'm going to play in a one-shot (DND 5e) and I might want to play a level 4 divination wizard. When I read Portent I saw the following line: When you finish a long rest, roll two ...
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Can Projected Ward prevent Injury Poison?

Unlike Arcane Ward, Projected Ward is a reaction triggered by seeing a creature "take damage". Injury Poison exposure is also triggered by a creature taking (certain types of) damage. The ...
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How to balance spellbooks looted from enemy wizards?

I'm running a campaign in Faerun, with Red Wizards as one of the main antagonists. My party includes a wizard. Every time the party kills one of said Red Wizards, they expect to find a spellbook, and ...
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Would a graviturgy wizard's adjust density feature trivialize kraken fights and water encounters?

It wouldn't work on a CR 23 Kraken (MM 193) per se due to the size restriction, but maybe something like a Juvenile Kraken (GoS 239) from Ghosts of Saltmarsh would be susceptible to it. The wording: ...
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Starter spells for Wizard and Cleric in Starter Set sheet [closed]

Just trying to make my first sessions as friendly as possible. Would any have the Wizard and Clerics starter spells in one pdf or sheet for the characters from the starter set, lost mine of phandelver....
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Speeding up spell copying

All that time and money spent on copying spells into one's spellbook! Sure, while the rest of the party is all like woohoo look at that pile of gold we're rich! what will we spend it all on?, but we ...
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Haste's action interaction with Bladesinger's Extra Attack feature and Green-flame Blade/Booming Blade [duplicate]

As a Level 6 Bladesinger Wizard, can you use the extra action granted by the spell Haste to cast a Cantrip? What if that Cantrip has you make a weapon attack as part of the Cantrip, such as Green-...
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Can you use Order of Scribes: Manifest Mind feature to prevent counterspell?

Pretty straightforward question: as per feature's description, I can cast a spell as if I were in the place of my Awakened spellbook. So, using this feature, and being 60 feet from enemy spellcaster, ...
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How does the Haste spell's extra action interact with the Bladesinger's Extra Attack feature and with cantrips that do "one weapon attack only"?

The description of the Haste spell says, in part (emphasis mine): Until the spell ends, [the target] gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the Attack (...
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Are there any game features that allow a wizard to add damage to every spell cast?

Are there any game features that allow a wizard to add damage to every spell cast? Background: In our 5e game, we have play-tested a 3rd-party wizard subclass from MCDM Productions, the Order of ...
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Can a Bladesinger/Echo Knight MC cast attack cantrips through his Echo from his echo's location?

Extra Attack 6th-level Bladesinging feature You can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. Moreover, you can cast one of your cantrips in place of one of ...
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How often do I need to hand out spell scrolls as the DM in order to balance the Wizard's spell list with the Cleric's?

I'm running a campaign for a party that includes two casters: one Necromancy Wizard, and one Cleric. The party hit level 5 last session, and while the Wizard was consulting with me about what new ...
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Is Wall of Ice casting damage and frigid air damage counted by segment or only once?

I am trying to figure out how exactly the spell "Wall of Ice" works. I am DM now and have been playing for a few years, but I have never seen spells of level 6 in action due to most games ...
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Can a Bladesinger attack once but still cast a cantrip with that attack?

Level 6 Bladesinger Wizards have a unique Extra Attack feature: You can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. Moreover, you can cast one of your cantrips in ...
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How does the Bladesinging wizard's Extra Attack feature interact with the additional Attack action from the Haste spell?

The Bladesinging arcane tradition for wizards (TCE) gains the Extra Attack feature at level 6, whose description states: Starting at 6th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you ...
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If the Haste spell is cast on a Bladesinging wizard, can the Bladesinger cast three cantrips in a turn using the Extra Attack feature?

If the haste spell is cast on a Bladesinging wizard, can the Bladesinger cast three cantrips in a turn using the Extra Attack feature? For instance, say I'm a level 6 Bladesinging wizard, with haste ...
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Does a wizard need to attune to the magical spellbooks in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything in order to use them as spellbooks?

The wizard at my table does not have any available attunement slots and just discovered an Alchemical Compendium. We are trying to determine if he could use the spellbook only for the spells contained ...
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Can Minor Conjuration create an object that weighs less than the original?

Conjuration wizard's feature Minor Conjuration states: Starting at 2nd level when you select this school, you can use your action to conjure up an inanimate object in your hand or on the ground in an ...
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What exploits would be available if arcane recovery were not limited to 5th level slots?

The party wizard is about to level to 11th. As I go over her new features, I notice for the first time that although she will now get back six levels of slots when using arcane recovery, there is a ...
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What is the most amount of election fraud I can commit using necromancy?

I have deemed the ignorant masses of several nearby regions to be unfit to rule themselves. Unfortunately, they've established a democracy to determine leadership of their region and continuously ...
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Can a cloned Order of Scribes wizard use their subclass features for replacing their spellbook?

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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How do the Order of Scribes wizard's subclass features interact with the Simulacrum spell?

I'm waffling on some interpretations regarding the Order of Scribes wizard subclass in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 77-78), and would really appreciate some second opinions. Most of the features ...
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If a Scribes wizard uses the Manifest Mind feature to cast the Mage Hand spell from the mind's space more than 30 feet away from you, what happens?

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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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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Do the criteria that cause the Enchantment wizard's Hypnotic Gaze feature to end early also apply to the initial effect (i.e. within 1 round)?

The School of Enchantment wizard's level 2 feature, Hypnotic Gaze, can incapacitate a creature until the Wizard's next turn: Starting at 2nd level when you choose this school, your soft words and ...
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How does the temp HP from the Conjuration wizard's Durable Summons feature interact with the Find Familiar spell?

The description of the find familiar spell states (emphasis mine): You gain the service of a familiar, a spirit that takes an animal form you choose. [...] [...] As an action, you can temporarily ...
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What is the purpose of the wizard's spellbook, from a mechanical standpoint?

I'm still fairly new to DMing, and the wizard's spellbook is constantly breaking my mind. While I think I finally understand how it is working, I wonder why it is in the game to begin with. And I don'...
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What are common spell materials that can't be replaced by a focus?

I want to stock a roadside magic shop, whose owner has been murdered, with some stuff that might help my spellcasters, a druid and a wizard, cast up to level 4 spells. I know that gems are pretty ...
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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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Is this Generalist wizard balanced compared to the official subclasses?

Is this Generalist Wizard balanced compared to the official wizard subclasses? The intent is to make a wizard that, instead of focusing on any particular school or application, just gains more ...
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How would losing their spell book affect an NPC wizard-sorcerer multiclass?

I’m currently DMing a long-running campaign and trying to plan a small quest to save their wizard NPC friend from an evil-wizard’s abandoned lab. My initial thought was to have him lose his spell book ...
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If you change your Wizard subclass from Chronurgy Magic to something else, do you retain the subclass-specific dunamancy spells you've learned?

For reference, Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 8) adds official (optional) mechanics for changing your subclass. It states, in part: [...] With your DM’s approval, you can change your subclass ...
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Understanding how to play a wizard

I apologize in advance, as I fully admit that this post is asking for the community to help me overcome some of my reading comprehension problems. However, with the success I have had with this ...
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When casting True Polymorph on myself, what is the challenge rating of my new form?

I'm a level 18 wizard. The Creature into Creature option of true polymorph states: If you turn a creature into another kind of creature, the new form can be any kind you choose whose challenge rating ...
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Wizard/Arcane Trickster learning 2nd level spells [duplicate]

I am a 3rd level Rogue/Arcane Trickster considering multiclassing into a Wizard. I understand, however, that this may cause some issues with my higher level spells and just want to make sure I don't ...
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Can Magic Jar posses zombie bodies?

The Animate Dead spell and Magic Jar both need a "humanoid body" to target. Can I target a zombie with Magic Jar? Or can I target only a non-zombie humanoid dead body with Magic Jar?
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