Antimagic Field Question

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OK, I've never used Antimagic Field before but my cleric has access to it. Looking at the entry there seems to be an inconsistency. The Area field says, "10-foot radius emanation, centred on you," and the description says it surrounds you and moves with you. That being the case, shouldn't Range be "self"? I always understood Range to mean, "the maximum distance from the caster to the centre of the effect, at the time of casting."

In other words, regardless of the way it's written, I assume that the field can only ever be centred on the caster - am I right?
OK, I've never used Antimagic Field before but my cleric has access to it. Looking at the entry there seems to be an inconsistency. The Area field says, "10-foot radius emanation, centred on you," and the description says it surrounds you and moves with you. That being the case, shouldn't Range be "self"? I always understood Range to mean, "the maximum distance from the caster to the centre of the effect, at the time of casting."


That is how range normally works, but there's a secondary meaning: a spell's effect can't extend beyond its range: "A spell’s range is the maximum distance from you that the spell’s effect can occur, as well as the maximum distance at which you can designate the spell’s point of origin. If any portion of the spell’s area would extend beyond this range, that area is wasted." That's why AMF has a 10' range: if it were personal-range, it'd only shut down your own personal magic. The area entry restricts its point of origin to be centered on you (so despite the range you can't center it 10' away), and since it's an emanation it moves with you.

Antimagic Field is actually being entirely consistent on this front. I can't think of any spells that are personal range and yet have an area offhand, but I'm less familiar with the wide range of spells out there than others are; I'd be surprised if a developer didn't slip somewhere and forget that.
In other words, regardless of the way it's written, I assume that the field can only ever be centred on the caster - am I right?


There are some extremely weird ways to get it elsewhere, as I recall, but the overwhelming uses of Antimagic Field are always centered on the caster. Usually you find ways to bypass its effect on yourself - Initiate of Mystra is one of the more powerful (since it basically lets you completely ignore antimagic, including for line of effect), but you can technically do the same sort of thing with Extraordinary Spell Aim or the archmage's Mastery of Shaping (although the spell is still centered on you, you designate the square you occupy as being unaffected by the result; this isn't useful for a lot of spellcasters since AMF also blocks line of effect for your spells, but if you're relying on buffs, it's still pretty potent). It's also occasionally used by warrior-types as a way of evening the odds once they get close to casters, but this kind of has a reputation for cheese (probably because Antimagic Field is one of those things that WotC's development grew to hate as a poorly-designed problematic effect.)

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The answer to that would be both yes and no. In a few fring cases you can get a personal spell to change it's range to something else (usually via a feat or class features), but as the spell is unaltered it's range (as defined as the spells casting range) is personal and the 10 ft. radius is the range of it's effect.

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OK, I've never used Antimagic Field before but my cleric has access to it. Looking at the entry there seems to be an inconsistency. The Area field says, "10-foot radius emanation, centred on you," and the description says it surrounds you and moves with you. That being the case, shouldn't Range be "self"? I always understood Range to mean, "the maximum distance from the caster to the centre of the effect, at the time of casting."

In other words, regardless of the way it's written, I assume that the field can only ever be centred on the caster - am I right?

in this case the spell only make a spherical area of 10 fts radius that move with you, and you are always the center.

Now the range is how far from you the spell can reach, now the spell have a range of personal then can only affect you, then you can only cast it in you but the area are other thing as example if a fireball was a range of Personal when you use it you going to target you with the little ball but when this detonate it hit all creatures in the area of the explosion.

In the same way you was the target of the AMF but as described now you take an aura that dispell all things.
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