Detect Magic

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NameDetect Magic
SchoolDivination
LevelAdp 0, APeace 0, Arc 0, Beguiler 0, Blg 0, Brd 0, Clr 0, Drd 0, Duskblade 0, HB 1, Hlr 0, Hoard 1, Shu 0, Sor/Wiz 0, Wuj 0
ComponentsV, S
Casting Time1 standard action
Recharge TimeGeneral
Range60 ft.
AreaCone-shaped emanation
DurationConcentration, up to 1 min./level (D)
Saving ThrowNone
Spell ResistanceNo
VersionSRD
SourcesSystem Reference Document on page 219
Short Description

Detects spells and magic items within 60 ft.

Medium Description

Round 1: Detect presence of magic aura. 2: Number of auras and max power. 3: Power and location of each aura. School: Spellcraft DC 15+spell level or 15+1/2 CL for nonspell.

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You detect magical auras. The amount of information revealed depends on how long you study a particular area or subject.

1st Round: Presence or absence of magical auras.

2nd Round: Number of different magical auras and the power of the most potent aura.

3rd Round: The strength and location of each aura. If the items or creatures bearing the auras are in line of sight, you can make Spellcraft skill checks to determine the school of magic involved in each. (Make one check per aura; DC 15 + spell level, or 15 + half caster level for a nonspell effect.)

Magical areas, multiple types of magic, or strong local magical emanations may distort or conceal weaker auras.

Aura Strength: An auras power depends on a spells functioning spell level or an items caster level. If an aura falls into more than one category, detect magic indicates the stronger of the two.

 Aura Power
Spell or Object Faint Moderate Strong Overwhelming
Functioning spell (spell level) 3rd or lower 4th - 6th 7th - 9th 10th+ (deity-level)
Magic item (caster level) 5th or lower 6th - 11th 12th - 20th 21st+ (artifact)

Lingering Aura: A magical aura lingers after its original source dissipates (in the case of a spell) or is destroyed (in the case of a magic item). If detect magic is cast and directed at such a location, the spell indicates an aura strength of dim (even weaker than a faint aura). How long the aura lingers at this dim level depends on its original power:

Original Strength Duration of Lingering Aura
Faint 1d6 rounds
Moderate 1d6 minutes
Strong 1d6x10 minutes
Overwhelming 1d6 days

Outsiders and elementals are not magical in themselves, but if they are summoned, the conjuration spell registers.

Each round, you can turn to detect magic in a new area. The spell can penetrate barriers, but 1 foot of stone, 1 inch of common metal, a thin sheet of lead, or 3 feet of wood or dirt blocks it.

Detect magic can be made permanent with a permanency spell.

Source Copyright: System Reference Document Copyright 2000-2003, Wizards of the Coast, Inc.; Authors Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams, Rich Baker, Andy Collins, David Noonan, Rich Redman, Bruce R. Cordell, John D. Rateliff, Thomas Reid, James Wyatt, based on original material by E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.

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