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My Wizard is conjuring a piece of the sun. How will this affect my setting?

This could go a number of ways, depending on how you rule it. I'll address the problems first. What is an Object? First and foremost, you have to consider what the definition of an Object is. The ...
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What is the purpose of the Evocation wizard's Sculpt Spells feature?

Sculpt Spells exists so you do not hurt your friends When you cast a spell with an area of effect, everyone in the area is affected, including your friends / allies. Sculpt Spells lets you create &...
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How many copper coins fit inside a cubic foot?

You can only transmute one coin at a time Other answers have given you good estimates of the number of coins that will fit in a cubic foot, but that doesn't matter for your purposes, because you're ...
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Can one enter Leomund's Tiny Hut from below?

Right now it has a floor RAW is undefined, because dome is undefined Dome and hemisphere are not defined in the spellcasting section (PHB p201), unlike cone and sphere. A hemisphere might be something ...
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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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I picked the wrong spells as a wizard, how do I recover?

Change how you play your wizard so those are the right spells With the spells you've listed you can play an effective wizard but it will likely require changing up your play style. Let's look at some ...
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How are Fighters Linear but Wizards Quadratic?

Breadth of Option Unexpected monster rears out of the darkness, clearly well beyond the battered party's ability to handle? Wizard teleports home. Fighter manages to kill the thing half to death ...
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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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Can a paralyzed creature targeted by an Evocation Wizard's Sculpt Spells feature actually succeed a Dex save?

While these are two contrary rules exceptions, and therefore ambiguous, from a story perspective, Sculpt Spell is intended to represent the evoker guiding their damaging spell to avoid the target, so ...
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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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Is there an in-universe reason why each wizard uses different notation in their spellbook?

It’s how real-world alchemists did things Which is likely something that Gygax—and Vance, assuming Vance’s novels also including writing spells down—would have known. There are famous alchemists. ...
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Counterspelling a counterspell

Is there any defense against this? There are several, but none of them are great: Bring more wizards. Put yourself within range of the first wizard, but out of range of the second. Make them want to ...
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Will allowing a wizard to cast spell without preparation be unbalanced?

Yes, this is overpowered Your instinct to suggest the Sorcerer Class was a good one. This ability is going to give the Wizard so much versatility there will be almost no situation he cannot solve ...
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Can a Wizard cast Shield in reaction to a stealth attack?

Depending on the context of the encounter, the following quote from the PHB, page 189, might be relevant: Surprise If you're surprised, you can't move or take an action on your first turn of the ...
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How does wizard & cleric spell preparation and casting work?

Things are different now. The Wizard and Sorcerer from prior editions have now combined into one class, called... the Wizard. Also, the Cleric picked up the same mechanics. (Meanwhile, something ...
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What is the purpose of the Evocation wizard's Potent Cantrip feature?

The Feature does not only apply to Evocation Spells The feature you are talking about says the following: Starting at 6th level, your damaging cantrips affect even creatures that avoid the brunt of ...
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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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How to destroy a spellbook when the wizard dies?

Thanks to the resources of his organization, this wizard has a contingent fireball cast upon the spellbook. (This makes use of the 6th level contingency spell). The contingency spell is keyed to go ...
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Does a Wizard's Familiar grant advantage on every roll?

Not exactly. The rules on Working Together in order to give advantage are as follows: A character can only provide help if the task is one that he or she could attempt alone. For example, trying ...
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How are Fighters Linear but Wizards Quadratic?

Strictly speaking, it’s not actually true The terms “linear” and “quadratic” come from mathematics. Linear growth is one in which the rate of change is constant. Notably, this means that no one level ...
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Potent Cantrip with Toll the Dead vs Evasion

The Rogue and Monk would take half damage Your argument seems sound. Since the Evasion feature specifies Dexterity saving throws, but Toll the Dead requires a Wisdom saving throw, Evasion simply doesn'...
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Why does the Starter Set wizard have six spells in their spellbook?

While this might not be the case in the Starter Set you are looking at, in the official rules (the full Player's Handbook), 1st-level wizards (PHB 114) are granted a spellbook containing 6 spells. ...
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Can a Wizard cast Shield in reaction to a stealth attack?

You've already stated the key point: 1 reaction, which you take when you are hit by an attack or targeted by the magic missile spell. So what you need to understand here is that the Shield spell ...
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How can I curtail abuse of the Illusion wizard's Illusory Reality feature?

When you cast an illusion spell of 1st level or higher, you can choose one inanimate, nonmagical object that is part of the illusion and make that object real. You can do this on your turn as a bonus ...
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To What Extent Can The Keen Mind Feat Replace a Wizard's Spellbook?

Things you can do, by the book: Everything you listed except scribe a new spell. Source: PHB pg. 114 That actually requires you to write down the spell, and has a material cost associated with it ...
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Does a resurrected wizard remember their prepared spells?

There are no hidden rules The rules for dying don’t say you lose your prepared spells. The rules for Resurrection don’t say it either. So you don’t lose them; those spells stay prepared.
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Can a spell be prepared once and cast multiple times?

Yes. In 5e, prepared spells remain available as long as they're prepared. From the D&D Basic Rules (e.g. from the cleric's or the wizard's Spellcasting feature): Casting the spell doesn't remove ...
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Do wizards' spells gained per level just appear in their spellbook?

Yes, as soon as the wizard levels up, those two spells are found in one of his spellbooks and he can prepare them the next time he prepares his spells. They do not require time or money to scribe, ...
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Is there a functional reason for wizards to live in towers so often?

There is no functional reason, it's a trope You have tagged your question specifically for dnd-5e and dungeons-and-dragons. 5e does not have any functional rules mechanics (that I am aware of) that ...
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Does a Wizard copying a spell count as one of their two new spells for a level?

Copied spells and the two free spells are separate Note the full wording1 of the Learning Spells of 1st Level and Higher section (emphasis mine): Each time you gain a wizard level, you can add two ...
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