Questions tagged [spellcasting]

For questions relating to the process of casting spells within a game. Including, but not limited to: spellcasting mechanics, improving likelihood of success when casting a spell, interrupting the casting of a spell, and mechanics surrounding spellcasting attributes (when applicable by system).

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Do you choose targets as part of the casting of a spell, or as part of the effect of it? [duplicate]

When casting a spell, do you select targets at the time of casting the spell or when the spell's effects take place? For an example of when the distinction might matter, consider casting a single-...
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If a player casts a spell of unlimited duration and retrains out of it, does the spell remain active?

I have a Bard with a couple months of downtime. He wants to cast a second level Lock on the party's locked bag and then train into a different spell. My instincts say that a character probably needs ...
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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 party will soon be negotiating with an enemy; if they are smart, they will make sure that it happens at a neutral location. One of the enemy's henchmen can cast Symbol, and he would like to bring ...
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What's the difference between Innate and At-will spell casting in D&D 5e

The Monster Manual references both these ideas but it's not clear to me whether these are interchangeable terms or if there's some difference between them. In FoundryVTT both options are provided but ...
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If the activation of a Glyph of Warding triggers additional Glyphs of Warding, who is the target of the additional spell glyphs?

Here is the scenario: My players are in a room. They have opened a box which triggered a glyph of warding. There are 5 other glyphs scattered around the room, each of which are triggered by the ...
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Can a familiar cast Simulacrum?

While working on backstory elements for a noble character, I was trying to come up with a way to conceptualize a ploy to usurp the noble using a simulacrum. The ingredients were surprisingly at the ...
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What's a reasonable Green Hag Coven encounter for a party of 3 level 8 PCs?

Novice DM trying to make my bad guys intimidating. My party is fighting a Hag Coven and I want to make this fight pretty hard without killing anyone hopefully. So three Green Hags (Coven Variant) are ...
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What ways are there to cast spells faster?

Some spells take significantly longer than an action to cast, but can be cast much quicker than that under some conditions: Wish (1 action). Duplicates a spell of 8th level or lower. A Chronurgy ...
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Casting long-casting-time spells undetected

The objective is to cast a long casting time spells like Tiny Hut or Private Sanctum that can give you a battlefield advantage. For example Tiny Hut allows your team to have a position from which you ...
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Is casting unused spells in the morning legit?

Our group has a habit of casting spells in the morning before ending our long rest, to use unused spell slots, we call it "casting down" spells. Typcial spells we cast are those with longer ...
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Will making changes to verbal component rules break game balance?

The goal of verbal components is to prevent casters from rashly casting spells like Charm Person (as the NPCs would immediately notice it) and let prison guards debilitate a caster by gagging them. ...
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Why shouldn't one make changes to concentration in homebrew?

It's not hard to find homebrew-review questions on this site that propose changes to how concentration works. Every time I have proposed such a homebrew, regardless of how limited the change to ...
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What are the odds of being able to disrupt a spellcaster?

What are the chances that the opponent is able to get their attack in to disrupt a spellcaster as a function of casting time and weapon speed? Assume the opponent will hit, and use this summary of the ...
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Can a bladesinger use vampiric touch with his multi-attack after the initial casting?

During the initial casting it's a levelled spell so I believe he can't at first, but after the spell takes effect you can use the attack without expending a spell slot does that make it count as a ...
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What combination of initiative rolls need to occur to disrupt spellcasting with a melee attack?

What initiative roll conditions need to occur for a successful melee attack to disrupt spell casting? E.g. Wizard is casting a spell that takes X segments to cast. What combinations of initiative ...
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