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Identify - DnD 5e stats


  • Casting Time: 1 minute
  • Classes: Bard, Wizard
  • Components: V S M
  • Duration: Instantaneous
  • Level: 1
  • Material: A pearl worth at least 100 gp and an owl feather
  • Name: Identify
  • Range: Touch
  • Ritual: Yes
  • School: Divination
  • Target: One object that you must touch throughout the casting of the spell

You choose one object that you must touch throughout the casting of the spell. If it is a magic item or some other magic-imbued object, you learn its properties and how to use them, whether it requires attunement to use, and how many charges it has, if any. You learn whether any spells are affecting the item and what they are. If the item was created by a spell, you learn which spell created it.

If you instead touch a creature throughout the casting, you learn what spells, if any, are currently affecting it.

The SendingStone review

Identify is an essential spell for Bards and Wizards that enables them to determine the magical properties of an object or identify spells affecting a creature. Though it requires a pearl and an owl feather worth at least 100 gold pieces, the spell only takes a minute to cast and has an instantaneous duration. Identifying magical objects is vital in a campaign, as it helps the players understand their capabilities and can reveal potential traps or vulnerabilities. While the spell may not seem powerful, it is an invaluable tool that can save lives and reveal secrets.

Identify is D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) 5th edition content, but other TTRPGs may have their own version such as a Identify Pathfinder edition. Want to use Identify in a VTT (virtual tabletop)? Try out SendingStone for free today!

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