Identify DnD 5E Spell

Hello spellcasters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 49th episode of our first level spell series. Let’s take a look at today’s episode with identify dnd 5e spell perfect for you know kind of just known what’s on. This is an incredibly popular one has been in d&d for a super long time and is super useful in so many ways.

Probably one of the most useful first level spells. It currently usable by the bard, wizard and the new artificer class which kind of hooked me a little bit but i’ll get into that in a later article. In any case it is found in the players handbook as well so we should all have access to it. That being said, let’s take a look at its mechanics.


  • Level: 1st
  • Casting Time: 1 Minute Ritual
  • Range/Area: Touch
  • Components: V, S, M *
  • Duration: Instantaneous
  • School: Divination
  • Attack/Save: None
  • Damage/Effect: Detection

Your cast time is one minute and it can be ritual casted for an additional 10 super good would always recommend doing that. I don’t really imagine a whole lot of situations where time is that important. The range is touch and the duration is instantaneous. The components are somatic, material and verbal. If you’re curious about that material component it is actually a pearl worth at least a hundred gold piece and an owl feather.

You have to have that pearl since there’s a monetary value attached to it means it will not be substitutable by a spell component pouch anything like that. It is not consumed in the spell though so that’s good at least. For the school you’ll be looking at divination which makes a lot of sense for this.

The effect at a glance is as followed: touch an object and learn its properties and how you can use it. Pretty cool. You can also cast this spell on a creature and learn what spells are affecting it. Also super cool, not a lot of people know about that last part but super useful. With that out of the way let’s take a look at the description here.


In this Identify 5E you need to chose one object which you can touch obviously throughout the casting of the spell. But if it is a magic item or else some of the other magic-imbued object and even you do learn its properties and also how to use them, like whether it does requires Attunement to use, and also how many charges that it actually has, if any.

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You do learn whether any of the dnd 5e spells are affecting the item and what they’re. Suppose, if the item had been created by a spell, and you learn which spell has created it. If you instead touch a creature throughout a casting, and you learn what spells, if any, are affecting it currently.

Really cool stuff, god do i love this one. It is a staple in almost any wizard’s arsenal if you can ritual cast and you have access to it there’s no reason not to pick identify as far as i’m concerned. One member of your party should always be able to cast this.

It just takes a lot of the guesswork out of items between this and detect magic it’s a pretty solid build for discovering things and knowing what they are. The ability to affect creatures is also super cool once again not a lot of people know about that but it is the case with the spell. Super useful you know a ton of ways as well. That being said, let’s take a look at some alternative uses here.

Alternative Uses

So, you could definitely use identify to infiltrate and extort and get the most bang for your buck out of shops. Simply touch an item verify it is what it is or learn a new property about it and then downplay the value of significance of it to get yourself a great deal.

If you decide to go the other route you end up becoming a shopkeeper in some right or another and you take things in on trade you can use this to verify that quite effectively as well and put your own kind of value on it.

Really cool stuff, i really love this spell. Outside of that you can also take your newfound abilities to a more practical level or a more medical level at the very least. Imagine using this to diagnose magical conditions, i really do like it. The only downside is it mentions that it has to be a spell, so certain conditions won’t have as much of an impact on it but if it is arcane and nature you should be able to figure it out fairly easily. I really like this one, i really do.

Attributes Of DnD 5E Identify

Casting Time1 minute
ClassesBard, Wizard
ComponentsV S M
MaterialA pearl worth at least 100 gp and an owl feather
TargetOne object that you must touch throughout the casting of the spell

That being said, if you guys have any cool uses or anything like that please put it down in the comments down in the description i really do appreciate it. Be sure to include stories, interesting adventures or just general thoughts i really do appreciate it once again. That being said, i hope you all have a great day and as always happy casting.

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