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For questions about the wizard, a traditional character class in RPGs that learns and casts arcane magic through study.

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Does a Wizard's Familiar grant advantage on every roll?

We're a new group playing DnD 5e. Three of us have no prior experience (and I'm one of them, never played the earlier editions) whilst two of us have some to good experience with other editions. I'm ...
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How does an Fighter (Eldritch Knight) 20 compare to a Fighter 10/Wizard 10 for both damage dealt and durability?

With the release of the PHB we have the Eldritch Knight fighter archetype as an innate, class-driven way for the fighter to compete with the wizard in the AoE department. This prompted a discussion ...
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If I stole a spellbook from a wizard, could I learn spells with it?

So I have this character idea: a rogue who wanted to be a wizard, but didn't have enough money to go to a wizard school. And I was thinking, if he stole a wizard's spellbook, what could he do with it? ...
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As a Theurgy wizard with the Life Domain, can I use the Preserve Life feature?

If I choose the Theurgy subclass (from Unearthed Arcana: Wizard Revisited) as a wizard and pick the Life Domain for my Divine Inspiration, will the Channel Divinity: Preserve Life feature work for me ...
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Can a glass eye be an Arcane focus?

Let's say a player's wizard character has lost their eye in some event and replaced it with a glass eye. Would they be able to use that glass eye for an Arcane focus while it is in their head?
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Can an arcanist choose an Arcane discovery in place of a feat, or must it be with the exploit?

I've had a fierce discussion with a friend regarding the Arcanist. He insists that for everything he counts as both a sorcerer and a wizard, in regards to qualifying for it. Feats, etc. I am ...
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Which is more powerful, an arcanist or an exploiter wizard?

For playing in Pathfinder Society, I'm trying to decide whether to play either a level 1 Arcanist or a level 1 Wizard with the archetype Exploiter wizard. While still adhering to Society guidelines, ...
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Can a War Magic wizard get multiple Power Surges with one casting of Dispel Magic?

I was looking over wizard subclasses for a new character, when I read a Reddit comment that says if a War Magic wizard casts dispel magic on an object affected by multiple spells, they get a Power ...
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Can a Sorcerer/Wizard prepare spells from another person's spellbook? [duplicate]

Sam is a level 8 sorcerer that takes 1 level of wizard for his 9th level. He now has a wizard spellbook and all that. Walter the level 9 wizard has a thought. Walter hands Sam his own spellbook for a ...
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Does the Evocation wizard's Empowered Evocation feature increase the damage of the Booming Blade cantrip?

Does the School of Evocation wizard's 10th-level Empowered Evocation feature increase the damage of the booming blade spell?
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How does a Divination Wizard's Portent work when they are not sure if/what roll the target may be making?

What happens if you try to use a Portent die on a roll when the target is not in fact making a roll in the first place? For example: An enemy casts a spell on my ally (from out of sight, so I can't ...
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Do Arcane Ward's starting hit points include the INT modifier once or twice?

An abjuration wizard's Arcane Ward states: [...] The ward has hit points equal to twice your wizard level + your Intelligence modifier. So how many hit points is this supposed to be? \$ (2 \times ...
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What is the number of Temporary HP you get from Wizard's Arcane Ward? [duplicate]

I'm playing D&D 5e as a DM for about a 3-4 sessions now and the math involved in the Wizard's ability Arcane Ward is a little unclear to me. All of my players just reached level 2 and one of the ...
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Potent Cantrip with Toll the Dead vs Evasion

I've been allowing the party's big bad enemy (a tenth-level wizard) to essentially always do damage with toll the dead. Even against the party's monk and rogue which have Evasion. And my group is ...
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What is the purpose of the Evocation wizard's Sculpt Spells feature?

The School of Evocation wizard's 2nd-level Sculpt Spells feature says: The chosen creatures automatically succeed on their saving throws against the spell, and they take no damage if they would ...
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Which class is better for being able to contribute to battle when out of spell slots, Wizard or Warlock?

I have joined a campaign and am now choosing a class. So far my character is a Half-Elf with the ability scores: STR 12 (+1) DEX 18 (+4) CON 16 (+3) INT 17 (+3) WIS 10 (+0) CHA 18 (+4) The ability ...
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As a Bladesinger, can I get the arcane keyword on my basic attacks?

I'm starting a Bladesinger character. Is there any way to add the arcane keyword to a weapon so that I may use the White Lotus feats with my basic attacks?
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Can an Abjuration Wizard's Arcane Ward only absorb damage from one attack using Projected Ward?

The School of Abjuration wizard's Projected Ward feature (PHB, p. 115) says: Starting at 6th level, when a creature that you can see within 30 feet of you takes damage, you can use your reaction to ...
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How do wizards acquire sanctified spells?

The Book of Exalted deeds states This section begins with a list of sanctified spells, which are available to any class that prepares spells rather than casting them spontaneously. Book of ...
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Can a multiclassed Wizard/Sorcerer use the Twinned Spell metamagic option on Simulacrum?

Consider a Wizard 13/Sorcerer 7 multiclass, who happens to have the Twinned Spell metamagic option: When you cast a spell that targets only one creature and doesn’t have a range of self, you can ...
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Does the Abjuration wizard's Improved Abjuration feature apply when casting sufficiently high-level spells from scrolls?

Inspired by this question on how to improve the chances of casting spells from scrolls. Improved Abjuration, the School of Abjuration wizard's 10th-level feature, states (PHB, 115): Beginning at ...
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Is there any way for my wizard to learn just sword proficiency?

Can a wizard learn a single weapon proficiency (similar to how they can learn a tool set or language, which use Training rules), or are costly and over-blown options like multi-classing, feats, or ...
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Can Bardic Inspiration be used on a roll replaced by Portent?

A creature with a Bardic Inspiration die can roll it to add the result to an ability check, saving throw, or attack roll, while the Divination wizard's Portent feature overrides the roll before the ...
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How can I help/encourage a wizard player with their bookkeeping?

One of my players is playing their first caster in 5e and chose a wizard. Unbeknown to them, the wizard class comes with a fair amount of bookkeeping both in long rests and downtime with their spell ...
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By using Misty Step with Spell Mastery, can a wizard effectively increase their travel speed?

So, one of my players has recently asked me if they could use misty step with the wizard's Spell Mastery feature to effectively increase their travel speed by 30ft/6 secconds. Effectively doubling ...
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Can Yew Wands be used as a focus for both druids and wizards?

As I was developing a level 4 character for a 5th edition D&D campaign I was playing with my friends, I settled on a multi-class character using the Druid and Wizard classes. When I went to choose ...
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Can an abjuration wizard willingly dismiss their Arcane Ward or allow an attack to bypass it?

I play an abjuration wizard, and I recently encountered a situation where I wanted to take damage (in order to get a saving throw to permanently end an aboleth's charm effect that was only temporarily ...
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Does the Aid spell permanently increase HP for Necromancy wizards with the Inured to Undeath feature?

The aid spell increases your current and maximum HP, but only for the duration of the spell. However, the School of Necromancy wizard's 10th-level Inured to Undeath feature (PHB, p. 119) says: ...
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Now that my wizard is a dragon, can I do the following things? [closed]

In a campaign as a wizard at 17th level, I have accomplished turning into an adult gold dragon with variant innate spell casting. My DM and I agreed the dragon can cast spells, but then the following ...
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Is it possible for 2 (or more) wizards to share a spell book?

I have a party idea where a group of eager to learn young apprentices leave their masters tower after getting impatient with his method of teaching. But they only remember to take one spell book, and ...
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How many spells does a Wizard start off with?

I'm creating a Mage in AD&D 2e for fun, and want to know how many spells my character starts off with at first level. I know that there is Table 21: Wizard Spell Progression, but my Dad and I ...
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Should non-human transmuter wizards be allowed?

I recently joined a group about to start a new adnd-2e campaign. As I am new to D&D in general, I only learned after the fact that I made a mistake during character creation, resulting in a ...
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Can the Minor Illusion spell hide the “visibly magical” nature of an object conjured by the Minor Conjuration feature?

A Wizard who chooses the School of Conjuration at level 2 can use Minor Conjuration (PHB, p. 116) to conjure a smallish non-magical item that they have seen before such as a hammer, a gem, gold coin ...
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Does replacing Metamagic with a delayed Arcane Tradition have glaring balance issues?

In an answer to a related question, linksassin suggests an untested variant rule to apply some wizard flavor to the sorcerer class. I've attempted to formalize this approach and want to verify that I ...
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How can my necromancer become a Lich?

My RAW Necromancer (pure Wizard) wants to become a Lich. What's the surest path to becoming one? He is OK to change alignment and spend lots of coins, but not to worship any god or sell his soul ...
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Can an Illusion wizard use Illusory Reality to create a sun?

An idea came to mind while playing a game that involved vampires to create an illusionary sun or something that creates sunlight so that they fight while in sunlight. So if a 14th-level wizard were to ...
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Can a paralyzed creature targeted by an Evocation Wizard's Sculpt Spells feature actually succeed a Dex save?

Say a friendly barbarian is currently paralyzed. Part of the description of the paralyzed condition says: The creature automatically fails Strength and Dexterity saving throws. Its friend, the ...
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Will allowing a wizard to cast spell without preparation be unbalanced?

A wizard complained that preparing spells every long rest seems a very tedious task, and asked me if he could trade his ability to copy new spells with the ability to cast any spells he knows without ...
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Can a familiar with low intelligence report back to its master what it observed when it was more than 100 feet from its master?

According to the Find Familiar spell description, ...the familiar has the statistics of the chosen form... and While your familiar is within 100 feet of you, you can communicate with it ...
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What can a level 10-12 Necromancer do and bring to a party? [closed]

What can a level 10-12 Necromancer do and bring (by himself) to a party? Just asking in general because I'm new to D&D and want to see my necromancer fight hordes of goblins and/or other monsters ...
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What are the benefits of playing an Invoker?

I am about to start a campaign in D&D. I play the second edition with my friends, and unfortunately the AD&D book for the second edition does not offer a lot of information regarding the ...
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Can an Abjurer wizard use the ability Projected Ward without summoning the Arcane Ward before?

Can an abjurer wizard use the ability Projected Ward without summoning the Arcane Ward before? If yes what would happen to the Arcane Ward after using the Projected Ward ability if it has still some ...
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Can a Magus learn Wizard spells by conducting independent research?

By the rules of non-downtime Independent Research: Independent Research A wizard can also research a spell independently, duplicating an existing spell or creating an entirely new one. The ...
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Is there a limit to how many spells you can add to your spellbook per day?

Basically I was able to purchase seven scrolls of lower level spells (two first, three second, two third) that would be useful to my wizard. Assuming an hour per spell, could I scribe them in all in a ...
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Does polymorph cancel bladesong?

A wizard is fighting with his bladesong active and decides to cast polymorph upon himself. Will bladesong still be active in the new form (let’s take a giant ape for example)?
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What are the properties of Minor Alchemy materials when used with spells that require special materials?

Consider this Part 2 from What happens to objects, changed while transmuted using Minor Alchemy, after they revert? This is regarding the School of Transmutation wizard's Minor Alchemy feature (PHB, ...
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Can wizards learn spells that are not on their class list from scrolls?

Aside from multi-classing and taking the Magic Initiate feat I know you are generally limited to the class list. But what about scrolls? It says in the PHB that you can learn spells that are found ...
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Why doesn't Acid Arrow go against Spell Resistance?

I've seen and understand that Acid Arrow doesn't go against Spell Resistance, as shown here. But I have no clear idea for a basis of why this would be the case? Even if you were flinging the dart that ...
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Can a Raven familiar learn additional languages?

This is a more specific version of this question which asks, in the general sense, if you could use ranks in Linguistics to teach a language to a familiar. There is some text that seems to suggest ...
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When Smokesight is shared, whose magically created smoke can one see through?

The wizard focused school smoke includes the Smokesight ability (emphasis mine): Smokesight (Su): You can see normally through natural fog and smoke, as well as any fog and smoke that you (but not ...