Are you familiar with the moonbeam spell? There’s several like it: blade barrier, cloudkill, cloud of daggers, Evard’s black tentacles, forbiddance, sleet storm, spirit guardians. What do they all have in common? They all share tricky little mechanic, underlined in red below:
Do you think this spell takes effect when you cast it?
You might be surprised to find that it doesn’t!
D&D Sage Advice clarifies that spells with moonbeam’s “enter” wording are not intended to proc when they’re cast (or moved onto a creature):
For most spells, this distinction only matters on the first round, since their area can’t be voluntarily moved like moonbeam. Spirit guardians will follow you around, since they’re centered on self. Cloudkill will drift away from you at 10 feet per round. The rest are stuck in place. But moonbeam can be dropped directly on to a new location every turn by spending your action.
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