Reveal magic makes the hidden auras of magic visible, much like the spell detect magic. Unlike detect magic, this spell causes all magic in the effected area to glow for all to see, not just the caster.[1]

Reveal magic is an uncommon spell in the Realms.[1]


When cast over an area, this spell causes all magical radiations to glow with a bright light about equal to torch light. The caster can effect a radius of several feet around them, depending on their skill level with magic. Intensity and type of magic cannot be determined.[1]


Dagsumn of Waterdeep created the most common version of this spell. Dagsumn sold the spell to the Watchful Order of Magists and Protectors for guild membership and a large amount of gold. Dagsumn would freely sell a copy of the spell to anyone for five hundred gold coins.[1]


Reveal magic is known to the drow, though the drow version requires the material component of a pinch of yellow powder.[2]

Reveal magic is known to the elves and requires a somatic component of a small, subtle hand gesture or a flick of the caster's fingers. A soft, blue glow will then show any magic at work.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). “Campaign Guide”. City of Splendors (TSR, Inc), p. 85. ISBN 0-5607-6868-1.
  2. Elaine Cunningham (September 1996). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (TSR, Inc), p. 57. ISBN 978-0786905140.
  3. Elaine Cunningham (May 2007). The Best of the Realms III ("Games of Chance"). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 311. ISBN 978-0-7869-4288-6.