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I've been having a bit of an argument with another DM lately over whether the Artificer's Repair infusions can effect inanimate objects.

From my understanding, RAW the repair spells are only meant to effect creatures with the Construct subtype, not "constructs" in the general sense of "anything constructed".

Am I correct in thinking that Repair Damage spells are only supposed to "heal" construct characters and not capable of repairing an inanimate object such as a door or wagon?

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By the official rules, yes, you are correct: “Construct” refers to “Construct-type creatures.”

I would say that there is no harm in allowing repair light damage et al. to repair objects as well, but I would houserule that specifically; there are likely cases where reading “Construct” as including constructed objects will cause problems.

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You're Correct

The spell repair light damage [trans] (ECS 114) says, in part,

When laying your hands upon a construct that has at least 1 hit point remaining, or a living construct with –9 or more hit points, you transmute its structure to repair damage it has taken.

A construct "is an animated object or artificially constructed creature" (MM 306). A living construct "is a created being given sentience and free will through powerful and complex creation enchantments... [and] combine[s] aspects of both constructs and living creatures" (ECS 23).

What that DM's describing is the effects of either the spell mending [trans] (PH 253) or make whole [trans] (PH 252) or another similar spell.

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