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Why do Warlocks only have spells up to 5th level? What's the correct progression for their slots?

The book is correct. For the reason why level 6-9 spells exist for the warlock when their Pact Magic slots cap at 5, check the Mystic Arcanum class feature on PHB p.108. Mystic Arcanum At 11th level, ...
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Does Wish just give another spell slot?

There are some other benefits that aren't as obvious. First of all, you gain access to many spells that are either not known/prepared or appear on other class spell lists. Possibly more potent, ...
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Is a 1st-level spell cast using a 4th-level slot a 1st-level spell, or a 4th-level spell?

The spell is a 4th level spell. (PHB, p.201) Casting a Spell at a Higher Level When a spellcaster casts a spell using a slot that is of a higher level than the spell, the spell assumes the higher ...
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What is a spell slot in-lore, and how does it justify the limits on casting spells?

Spell slots represent the caster's mental limits D&D 5th edition's Player's Handbook, p. 201, under Spell Slots, describes them thusly: Regardless of how many spells a caster knows or prepares,...
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Can you cast a spell learned from the Magic Initiate feat using spell slots?

Only if one of your classes matches the feat For example, if you are a Cleric then you can use a spell slot to cast the 1st level spell learnt from the Magic Initiate (Cleric) feat. If you are not a ...
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What happens when I can prepare more spells than I have slots to cast them with?

There is a big difference between 'Spells Prepared for the Day' and 'Spell Slots.' The spells you prepare is the library of options you have to pick from when you go to cast a spell. A Spell Slot is ...
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Does Wish just give another spell slot?

The basic use of Wish is flexibility: It can duplicate any spell of 8th level or lower. You don't need to have it prepared and it doesn't even need to be in your class's spell list!
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I don't get the spell slot system for D&D 5e's Warlocks

Spell slots are the fuel you spend to cast spells. For now, think of cantrips as being totally separate from spells. All spellcasters, including warlocks, have a list of spells they can cast, ...
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What is a spell slot in-lore, and how does it justify the limits on casting spells?

As you noted, according to the PHB: Regardless of how many spells a caster knows or prepares, he or she can cast only a limited number of spells before resting. Manipulating the fabric of magic and ...
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Can a Wild Magic Barbarian restore a 7th(+) Level Warlock's spell slots?

While not a RAW answer, I would consider how the pearl of power works and has been errata'd over time in this scenario. The original text of the item read: You can use an action to speak this pearl's ...
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Multiclass Warlock/Sorcerer: How do spell slots recover?

Your spell slots recover based on the class feature that allows your spellcasting. The language in the multiclassing section only mentions how you cast spells, not how you recover them. Note that ...
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Can a spellcaster use spell slots above their normal limit if their ability scores allow bonus spells of that level?

No. From 3.5 SRD: The Basics – Abilities and Spellcasters: Abilities And Spellcasters The ability that governs bonus spells depends on what type of spellcaster your character is: Intelligence for ...
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Can a Sorcerer use Sorcery Points to create spell slots higher than he can cast?

Yes. The sorcerer's Flexible Casting class feature allows the sorcerer to expend 6 points to create a level 4 spell slot and the sorcerer can use that slot to cast a lower-level spell that he knows....
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What happens if you cast Find Familar as a 9th-level spell?

The spell effect would be unchanged. In DnD 5e spells only do what they say that they do or to put it another way - 'there are no secret rules'. Any spell can be cast using a higher level spell slot ...
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Can you cast a spell at a higher level, even if it doesn't have an "At higher levels" entry?

Yes, you can cast any spell of 1st level or higher using a higher-level spell slot. The Spellcasting feature for every class that has it, such as the cleric or the wizard, includes the following ...
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Can I cast cantrips using spell slots to get a more potent effect?

No, you cannot. Slots can only be used on Level 1+ spells. like most spells can a known cantrip be cast at a higher spell slot lvl. Aka sacred flame lvl 1 for 2d8 radiant dmg No, since cantrips don'...
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How can I get better at identifying the "right time" to use my spell slots?

This is a matter of perspective. This is mostly my play experience, I love playing casters and have played each of these styles. In the end, pick a style that feels good and stick with it. Knowing ...
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Is a 1st-level spell cast using a 4th-level slot a 1st-level spell, or a 4th-level spell?

4th. PHB Page 201 says When a spellcaster casts a spell using a slot that is of a higher level than the spell, the spell assumes the higher level for that casting.
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Do warlocks regain all their spell slots on a short rest?

Yes, warlock spell slots return on a short rest In fact, warlock spell slots return on a short or long rest, not just short rests, as detailed on PHB page 107 under the Spell Slots section of the ...
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Do Cleric's domain spells add slots?

The domain spells do not count against your number of prepared spells per day; they are extra, and always prepared (PHB, p. 58): Once you gain a domain spell, you always have it prepared, and it ...
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How does the November 2018 PH errata change the usage of multiclass spell slots to cast spells?

It doesn't Multiclassing has its own set of rules that define what spell slots you have, and this overrides the spell slots mentioned in the wizard class section. The errata you mention was added (I ...
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Does using Wish to cast a 7th-level spell use a 7th-level spell slot as well as the 9th-level one for Wish?

No. Wish uses a 9th level slot for any casting, and one of its canonical uses is to duplicate any spell (of 8th level or lower). Consider the case of a 19th level Wizard who, for one reason or ...
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Does reapplying Hex cost a spell slot?

The answer lies in the text you've quoted: If the target drops to 0 hit points before this spell ends, you can use a bonus action on a subsequent turn of yours to curse a new creature. So when you ...
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If you have the ability to cast a spell without a spell slot, can you cast that spell using a spell slot?

No, you can't cast it using a spell slot. Spells you can cast because of your race aren't spells you know, and thus can't be spells you prepare. Per the PHB (p. 201, "Known and Prepared Spells"): ...
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Does re-casting Witch Bolt use up another spell slot?

The Action provided by Witch Bolt is not "Recasting" the spell The first cast allows me to recast it until the target exits the spell range, moves into full cover, or I cast something else. ...
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Does trying to charm an uncharmable creature cost a spell slot?

Yes, it does There are no caveats in the rules for casting a spell that ends up not affecting a creature. The rules on spell slots just state that when a character casts a spell, he or she expends a ...
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Do monsters with a Spellcasting trait get spell slots back after a long rest?

Spell slots recover on a long rest The rules have a parenthetical supporting this The spellcasting rule for monsters states the following (Monster Manual, p. 10; emphasis mine): [...] A monster with ...
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When casting a spell using Twinned Spell does it use one or two spell slots?

Using Twinned Spell only uses one spell slot. This is because you are not casting two spells, rather you are making a single spell hit more than one target. "...target a second creature in range ...
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How can a PC cast Elemental Weapon using a spell slot higher than 5th level?

There are several class options with access. Although Paladins can cast it at 5th level maximum, the fact that they can't cast it at 6th level is irrelevant for this answer, since the 5th and 6th ...
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Can you cast a racial spell if you do not have access to the spell slot required?

Yes! A drow's darkness spell does not use spell slots (PHB, p. 24, emphasis mine): When you reach 5th level, you can also cast the darkness spell once per long rest. That's easy enough to overlook ...
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