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Does the Scrying spell require you to have a clear path to the target in order to work?

The range of Scrying is "self", so the caster targets him/herself first The spellcasting rules says that the target must be withing range: The target of a spell must be within the spell's range ...
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Does Eldritch Blast travel in a straight line?

Cover is concerned with what is between you and your target, nothing more, so it doesn't matter if eldritch blast shoots straight or wibbly wobbly. The rules for cover state: Walls, trees, creatures, ...
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Can spells be cast through a Wall of Force?

A wall of force blocks magic by granting total cover. Although this is an old question, I discovered a relevant ruling while researching another question, and would like to add it here for ...
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Can I shoot or use spells from one room to another?

Yes, if you have a clear path to the target The rule for targeting spells on page 204 of the PHB demands only that you have a clear path to the target: To target something, you must have a clear path ...
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Do auras require line of effect?

Rules as written, no, auras don't require line of effect. There is a general rule, regarding the area targeted by spells, on page 204 of the PHB: A spell's effect expands in straight lines from ...
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What happens when you cast Fog Cloud behind a wall?

#2 - Fog cloud would appear on the wizard's side of the wall To target something, you must have a clear path to it, so it can't be behind total cover. This gives a broad, general rule that covers ...
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Do Enchantment spells need line of effect?

All spells need a clear path to the target unless they state otherwise 5e has eschewed the term "line of effect" in favor of a stipulation that there must be a "clear path to the target&...
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Does the fact Spirit Guardians has range self, affect whether the area of effect goes around corners?

Areas of effect only go around corners if the description says so. For example, take fireball. The area of effect of fireball spreads around corners because the spell description of fireball says: ...
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Can you cast Sanctuary through total cover?

No 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 area of effect at a point that you can't see and an obstruction,...
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Can a gelatinous cube block line of effect

Likely yes, but there is some ambiguity The size of a normal gelatinous cube is 10 feet to a side, and as a large creature, it occupies a square 10 feet to a side. They are unusual in that respect, ...
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Can I use the Guiding Bolt spell to attack a creature that burrowed underground where I can't see them?

This does not work: the target has total cover. The rules for Total Cover state: A target with total cover can't be targeted directly by an attack or a spell, although some spells can reach such a ...
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Can the Minor Illusion spell be cast without line of sight?

You don't have to see the target but you must have a clear path to it If a spell requires that you must be able to see the target to cast it, it says so. Minor illusion does not say so: You create a ...
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Can spells be cast through a Wall of Force?

Spells may or may not be cast through a Wall of Force. It depends on the spell. A spell effect that physically must travel from the caster to the target cannot be targeted at something on the other ...
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Can the Dragon's Breath spell damage enemies with no clear path to the caster?

Total cover and areas-of-effect care about the point of origin, not the caster Dragon's breath goes through two 'steps'; first the spell is cast on a creature which is targeted by a range of touch. ...
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Is the point of origin for a persistant AoE spell relevant after casting?

It depends on the spell. In general, my reading is that the spell effect comes into existence in the specified area, and any subsequent alterations to the area don't change that. But, it depends on ...
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What happens when you cast Fog Cloud behind a wall?

#2 is correct in this case. The relationship between those two sentences can be resolved as You can't do A. If you try to do A, B happens instead. You can't place the fog cloud behind the unseen wall,...
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Does the Eyebite Spell Work Through a Wall of Force?

In general, 5e rulings are adjudicated first by following exactly what is written, and second (if what is written is unclear or silent on the subject in question) by the GM. So, my answer is: Yes, ...
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Does the Hex spell require a Clear Path when moved to a second target?

It depends on whether your GM thinks you target somebody when you move hex In Chapter 10: Spellcasting there is the "A Clear Path to the Target" section, which states: To target something, you ...
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Under what circumstances does an antimagic field suppress the casting of a spell?

It must be kept in mind that an Antimagic Field only suppresses a spell, it does not dispel it. What I mean by that is that a spell is not destroyed when it passes through an Antimagic Field. Think ...
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Does Eldritch Blast travel in a straight line?

Yes I'll just add some linguistic corroboration to the wording: A beam of crackling energy streaks toward a creature within range. Wordnik defines a beam as: A ray or shaft of light. And a ray as: ...
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Can the Raulothim's Psychic Lance spell hit a creature behind full cover if you utter the creature's name?

Yes, this spell can ignore cover. Here's the general rule for spell targeting, already quoted in the question (PHB, p. 204): To target something, you must have a clear path to it, so it can't be ...
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Can I use Arcane Eye to cast a Fireball past a solid wall?

The fireball will explode on the caster's side of the wall There is no requirement that the caster see the target area (the spell does not specify "that you can see") but there is nothing in ...
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Does the Scrying spell require you to have a clear path to the target in order to work?

In the scrying spell the line "You can see and hear a particular creature you choose that is on the same plane of existence as you." gives you the range. You can use the spell on any creature, ...
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Cover - Line of effect/Line of Sight

These creatures have normal cover The creature in the hole here has normal cover against violet blue and green, and either normal or (DM call) greater cover aginst red and orange. The DM might only ...
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Does the Scrying spell require you to have a clear path to the target in order to work?

This is probably a case where a specific rule (for how you select Scrying's target) overrides a general rule (that you must be able to see your spell's targets). The spell has rules about the target, ...
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Can a spiritual weapon be moved through walls?

It depends on the DM's discretion Normally, the rules on targeting would seem to dictate that you must have LOS to where you want to move the weapon: To target something, you must have a clear path ...
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Do I need a clear path to the target, or just my familiar, when delivering spells with Find Familiar?

You do not need a clear path to the target The familiar delivers the spell as if it had cast the spell. When you Cast a Spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it ...
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Can you move Flaming Sphere to a point you can't see?

As far as I know, you don't even need line of sight to cast Flaming Sphere, lest to move it. Spells usually require a line of effect: When creating an effect, you usually need an unblocked path to ...
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How does line of effect work with spells targeted through the Sentinel Raven's sight, from the UA Raven Queen warlock patron?

The general rule for targeting states: 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. The problem is that, while you (the ...
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