The spell identify provides the following effect when used on an object:

If it is a magic item or some other magic-imbued object, you learn its properties and how to use them, whether it requires attunement to use, and how many charges it has, if any.

That seems like most of the information about any magic item. One specific exception is:

Cursed Items: Some magic items bear curses that bedevil their users, sometimes long after a user has stopped using an item. A magic item's description specifies whether the item is cursed. Most methods of identifying items, including the identify spell, fail to reveal such a curse, although lore might hint at it. (DMG p 138-139)

So - given that restriction, and any RAW others, what is the sum total of information about an arbitrary magic item that would not be revealed by identify?

My specific use case is understanding when Identify can be limited within the rules (since limiting it arbitrarily is frustrating to players).

Subcategories may include:

  • Specific magic items or general categories of magic items that call out restrictions on identify
  • Magic item traits that call out restrictions on identify, like the example of Curses above
  • Spells or effects independent from the magic item being identified (i.e. a spell that has been cast on it, its surroundings, or the caster of identify) that would prevent information about that item from being revealed by identify

closed as too broad by Bloodcinder, Oblivious Sage, Jason_c_o, HellSaint, Sdjz Jun 11 '18 at 16:20

Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer. Avoid asking multiple distinct questions at once. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • \$\begingroup\$ While the answer might be small, the question itself is too broad. The answer to your title is essentially "everything that explicitly states Identify won't reveal this thing", but it seems you want the list of everything that says it. Is it right? \$\endgroup\$ – HellSaint Jun 11 '18 at 16:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yep that's correct. I can see it might be too broad, but my specific use case is understanding when Identify can be limited within the rules (since limiting it arbitrarily is frustrating to players). \$\endgroup\$ – Vigil Jun 11 '18 at 17:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ You may want to ask that directly instead of asking this different question and hoping it answers your real question. (Since there are no answers here yet you could just edit this post; if you do, don’t forget to update the title, too.) \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Jun 11 '18 at 17:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ Vigil I have edited in your comment to clearly declare your use case. Per @SevenSidedDie 's point, please edit/trim the question so that this core problem stands out. (Let's give this a chance to be reopened as not too broad). \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Jun 11 '18 at 18:06