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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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Can a multiclass character with 1 level of wizard copy any wizard spell they find into their spellbook?

I would say no to both copying and casting Wizard spells above level 1, based on the spellcasting rules under multiclassing on pg 164 of the PHB: You determine what spells you know and can prepare ...
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Who can use magic scrolls?

Not all scrolls are Spell Scrolls. There is a Scroll of Protection. Granted the list of scrolls that NOT spell scrolls is limited to that one scroll. The section on page 200 is specific to Spell ...
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Who can use magic scrolls?

Remember in D&D RAW, specific overrides general. The general rule for scrolls "any creature that can understand a written language can read the arcane script on a scroll and attempt to activate ...
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Can wizards really cast spells in armor?

Yes. Any character who is proficient with a particular type of armor can cast spells while wearing that type of armor with no penalty. There are two primary reasons for this. There are better ways ...
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How do I keep spellcasters from casting while in jail?

There are a number of different strategies one can take (besides the possibly obvious: remove material spell components/focuses/holy symbols/etc.): Make the jail special Suppress sound (e.g., ...
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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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Does a sorcerer's metamagic work for non-sorcerer spells?

Sorcery points are not restricted in which spells they can affect. Other class features similarly work between classes, as the classes merely grant abilities and few of them state that they have any ...
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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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Does a short combat or casting one spell interrupt a Long Rest?

A long rest is interrupted by giving up on it The text is ambiguous, but 1 hour is meant to apply to the whole period of strenuous activity, while the list is there to define what types of activities ...
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Can you cast spells with a Somatic component if you're holding a two-handed weapon?

Taking your hand off the weapon should not require any action expenditure - you are just letting go of it, same as if you dropped it. You can then use your free object interaction to restore your ...
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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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How do I keep spellcasters from casting while in jail?

Going in a slightly different direction: don't go overboard. Most small-time prisons probably have a few minor defenses against spellcasters. They'll have their stuff taken, they'll be behind iron ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Does going outside of range or line of sight after casting a spell have any effect?

Player's Handbook p.203 Once a spell is cast, its effects aren’t limited by its range, unless the spell’s description says otherwise. QED From your example, Heat Metal says: Until the spell ...
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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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