Detect Magic

Level: Brd 0, Clr 0, Drd 0, Sor/Wiz 0
Components: V, S
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 ft.
Area: Quarter circle emanating from the character to the extreme of the range
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute/level (D)
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

The character can detect magical auras. The amount of information revealed depends on how long the character studies a particular area or subject:

1st Round: Presence or absence of magical auras.

2nd Round: Number of different magical auras and the strength of the strongest aura.

3rd Round: The strength and location of each aura. If the items or creatures bearing the auras are in line of sight, the character 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 confuse or conceal weaker auras.

Aura Strength: An aura’s magical power and strength depend on a spell’s functioning spell level or an item’s caster level.

Aura Strength
StrengthFunctioning Spell LevelItem Caster Level
Dim0-level or lingering auraLingering aura
Moderate4th–6th6th -11th
OverwhelmingArtifact or deity-level magicBeyond mortal caster

If an aura falls into more than one category, detect magic indicates the stronger of the two.

Length Aura Lingers: How long the aura lingers depends on its original strength:

Length Aura Lingers
Faint1d6 minutes
Moderate1d6 X 10 minutes
Strong1d6 hours
Overwhelming1d6 days

Note: Each round, the character can turn to detect things 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. Outsiders and elementals are not magical in themselves, but if they are conjured, the conjuration spell registers.

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