Would the Arcane Archer's Arcane Shot (Xanathar's Guide to Everything ch. 1; link requires access to XGtE in D&D Beyond), made using a nonmagical bow and a nonmagical arrow, count as a magical attack for purposes of overcoming a monster's resistance or immunity to damage from nonmagical attacks?


Only the effect applied by Arcane Shot overcomes non-magical resistance

As per the description given:

Arcane Shot

Once per turn, when you fire an arrow from a shortbow or longbow as part of the Attack action, you can apply one of your Arcane Shot options to that arrow.

And the options themselves:

Arcane Shot Options

The options are all magical effects. If an option requires a saving throw, your Arcane Shot save DC equals 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Intelligence modifier.

The options themselves are magical effects; therefore, they are the only part of the attack that overcome non-magical resistance. Arcane Archer later gets a 7th-level feature, Magic Arrow, that allows you to make your attacks magical for the sake of overcoming resistance.

See also this post on determining what is and is not a magical effect.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Deleted my earlier comment upon realizing that the Magic Arrow feature makes all arrow shots magical. But I wonder if it can be argued that the Arcane Shots themselves are considered magical prior to level 7. \$\endgroup\$ – mdrichey Jun 26 '19 at 6:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ @mdrichey That's what i've specified in my answer - you "apply" one of your Arcane Shot options to your attack, and it states that just the option is a magical effect. Not the shot itself. Only damage done by the Arcane shot effect ignores non-magical resistance. \$\endgroup\$ – Whambulance Jun 26 '19 at 6:31

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