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How to prevent a single-element caster from being useless against immune foes, as a DM?

You don't If you don't use immune foes when you were planning on doing so then you are invalidating this players choice, and taking away the agency they showed during character creation. You will ...
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Do 10 second turns/60 second rounds make spellcasters horrible?

Yes and No. But mostly Yes. It makes spellcasters worse, by making some spells worse. In particular, the spells you mentioned, i.e., spells that rely on a Duration. Notably, however, other spells are ...
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How to prevent a single-element caster from being useless against immune foes, as a DM?

Multiple Roles You indicated that the player has an interest in picking utility spells when a suitable lightning based spell is not available. I recommend steering the players towards spells whose ...
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Can the Wish spell be used to allow someone to be able to cast all of their spells at will?

That would be very powerful. Let's compare the effect with the other things Wish can do: You grant up to ten creatures you can see immunity to a single spell or other magical effect for 8 hours You ...
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Can a Wizard cast a Ritual Spell as many times as they want during the day?

The limit is 142 times Each ritual adds 10 minutes and most spells take 6 seconds1, there are 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day so 144 lots of 10 minutes, lose just under 15 minutes for the ...
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Can you cast a spell just before the end of a long rest?

Yes, you can do this That's how it goes. Spell slots are regained at the end of a long rest, and there's no rule forbidding spellcasting during a long rest. It's effective and somewhat cheesy, but ...
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When exactly can a caster stop concentrating on a spell?

You can end concentration at any time (no action required). As it says above, you can end it at any time, no action required. It means you don't need to use a reaction, so you can elect to just end ...
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Frequency of cantrips outside of battle

About the Rules You are correct that even if you can do something as much as you want, it still takes time to do. Something that takes your action in combat should not be do-able more frequently than ...
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The Genie warlock patron's Expanded Spell List adds the Wish spell as a 9th-level Mystic Arcanum option. Do they suffer stress from using Wish?

You still suffer. Wish says: The stress of casting this spell... Mystic Arcanum says: You can cast your arcanum spell... You are still casting wish so the consequences apply. There are no secret ...
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Do I understand the difference between the two versions of Symbol, and why would anyone ever choose the second one?

The idea is that the surface option doesn’t move. When the spell describes the surface option, the idea is that you are inscribing the glyph on an immovable or mostly immobile surface: such as 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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Can a concentration spell be cast without actually concentrating on it for an "instant" effect?

No. Casting a concentration spell immediately breaks any existing concentration. One of the rules clarifications in Xanathar's Guide to Everything (pg. 5) addresses this issue directly: As soon as ...
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What is the difference between 1/3, 1/2, and full casters?

"1/X Caster" is shorthand for how quickly a character gains "spellcaster levels" (and with them, more spell slots) The progression for each of these spellcaster types looks like ...
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Is counterspelling a warlock different?

The warlock 'upcasts' naturally Warlocks don't have the options to choose what level of spell slot they use to cast a spell, as other casters do. Their Pact Magic feature assigns a single spell level ...
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Am I using my high level spells wrong?

What they mean Your friend is concerned that once you need to fight more than one or two encounters per (in-game) day, you will be frustrated not to have spells available to you. Action Economy is ...
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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 happens if a caster is surprised while casting a spell with a long casting time?

The caster continues casting the spell. Taking the same quotes from @Xirema's answer, we have the following for casting spells with a long casting time: Certain spells (including spells cast as ...
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Can a wizard use spells from his spellbook without preparing them?

Only if it is a ritual, and is cast as one A wizard must prepare a list of spells they have available to cast. Available spells do not depend on being in or out of combat, but are simply the spells ...
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Is it possible to upcast ritual spells?

Ritual spells can't be cast at higher levels unless you spend a spell slot The rules for rituals state that: The ritual version of a spell takes 10 minutes longer to cast than normal. It also ...
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When a spell asks for targets, can I choose the same target multiple times?

Only if the spell says so There are spells that can direct multiple attacks against the same target, but they use different language. Instead of saying to choose a number of targets, such a spell ...
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What are the impacts of permitting casters to concentrate on 2 spells?

The Dungeon Master's Guide strongly recommends against this. Dungeon Master's Guide, p.263: Beware of adding anything to your game that allows a character to concentrate on more than one effect at ...
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What happens if a caster is surprised while casting a spell with a long casting time?

Rules as Written, the Spellcaster would lose the spell This is relatively straightforward. The rules for spellcasting state unambiguously that a caster casting a spell with a long casting time must ...
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How does class balance change when I remove spellcasting?

Ok, as you've focused down the question, let's look at class by class balance. As you stated in the question, Wizards and Sorcerers are obviously useless now--and classes that already had no or only ...
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Without Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, how to make Drow cleric competitive?

You can't, and it's not that bad. As you've noted, you aren't playing to optimize while others are. But in the end, that difference is going to be minimal. They will start with a higher modifier by ...
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Are warlocks able to abuse short rests to cast long-duration spells without consuming spell slots?

You're correct. Your analysis is correct--a warlock can cast some long-duration spells by effectively spending hours instead of spell slots. This is not unbalanced (for a single-classed warlock). ...
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If a Wizard fails to copy a spell from a Spellbook, when can they try again?

A wizard can never fail, he copies exactly what he means to. The rules for copying spells from sources other than spell scrolls say: When you find a wizard spell of 1st level or higher, you can add ...
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Do out-of-combat spells use spell slots?

Yes, they do. As described in the basic rules for spellcasting: When a character casts a spell, he or she expends a slot of that spell's level or higher, effectively "filling" a slot with ...
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What can a ranger 1/paladin 1 do with their spell slots?

You have no spell slots. Even if you add before dividing and (1+1)/2 = 1, you have no spell slots. This is because the multiclassing rule that grants Combined spell ...
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Haste spell: what does "one weapon attack only" mean?

You are correct in assuming that the additional action is restricting use of the extra attack class feature. The "one attack only" stipulation is preventing the use of the extra attack feature in the ...
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