View Full Version : What is Spell In D&D 5th edition

2018-05-11, 05:21 PM
It looks like you dropped some words from the middle of your question.

Also, feel free to ask 5E questions in the 5E forum: http://www.giantitp.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?63-D-amp-D-5e-Next.

2018-05-11, 06:41 PM
A spell is something that you "weave well" of "dust and dew, night and you"

At least in
The Queen of Air and Darkness (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Queen_of_Air_and_Darkness_(novella))
by Poul Anderson

5e D&D has a "spell" as:

"A spell is a discrete magical effect, a single shaping of the magical energies that suffuse the multiverse into a specific, limited expression. In casting a spell, a character carefully plucks at the invisible strands of raw magic suffusing the world, pins them in place in a particular pattern, sets them vibrating in a specific way, and then releases them to unleash the desired effect--in most cases, all in the span of seconds.
Spells can be versatile tools, weapons, or protective wards. They can deal damage or undo it, impose or remove conditions, drain life energy away, and restore life to the dead.
Uncounted thousands of spells have been created over the course of the multiverse's history, and many of them are long forgotten. Some might yet lie recorded in crumbling spellbooks hidden in ancient ruins or trapped in the minds of dead gods. Or they might someday be reinvented by a character who has amassed enough power and wisdom to do so...."

I encourage you to read the rules that I provided links for earlier:

How I first got 5e D&D rules for "free":

1) Had a Library card

2) Checked out the PHB, DMG, MM, and the Princes of the Apocalypse adventure to show my than ten-years-old son (the same age I was when I first read D&D rules)

3) Read them myself (yes I later bought them, I'm not that much of a tightwad!)

If you're in the United States (especially California), if your local public library doesn't have them, I'd be surprised if you can't get an inter-library loan.

Public libraries are AWESOME!

You can get the Starter Set pretty cheap from half-price books, and use the

free Basic rules (http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/basicrules),

and the

Systems Reference Document (http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/systems-reference-document-srd)

which are enough for a great game, read 'em, run Lost Mine of Phandelver from the Starter Set, and your pretty good to go!

2018-05-11, 10:13 PM
Okay, I guess it's time for a class in basics?

A spell is how you do a magic. Magic means somebody that casts a spell, like a Wizard.

For example, one spell is Fireball. A Wizard can cast Fireball (a spell) to make a fiery explosion appear on his enemies.

For example, other spells can be used to heal your wounds. A Cleric is most often responsible for healing with spells.

Each different thing that magic can do is another type of spell. Each different kind of magic user (i.e., spell caster) has access to certain kinds of spells, called a spell list. Those are the magics that a particular class can do.

If you want to do magic, you need to have a spell that does the thing you want to do.

2018-05-11, 10:29 PM

I'm not sure walls of text are gonna help here you guys.


English isn't a language you're fluent in, is it? Perhaps someone can help you find a copy of the rules text in your native language if you tell us what that is.