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Basically the exact same question as this one, but for 5e (since the other question is about Pathfinder).


A Horned Devil can inflict an "infernal wound" with its tail attack , which essentially causes bleed damage over time (bold only emphasis mine):

Tail. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (1d8 + 6) piercing damage. If the target is a creature other than an undead or a construct, it must succeed on a DC 17 Constitution saving throw or lose 10 (3d6) hit points at the start of each of its turns due to an infernal wound. Each time the devil hits the wounded target with this attack, the damage dealt by the wound increases by 10 (3d6). Any creature can take an action to stanch the wound with a successful DC 12 Wisdom (Medicine) check. The wound also closes if the target receives magical healing.


A monk with the Way of the Open Hand monastic tradition has the Wholeness of Body feature:

Wholeness of Body

At 6th level, you gain the ability to heal yourself. As an action, you can regain hit points equal to three times your monk level. You must finish a long rest before you can use this feature again.

which doesn't explicitly say that it's magical healing, but the implication is that you can do this because of your Ki, which is described as magical under the "The Magic of Ki" section of the monk class (bold emphasis mine):

Monks make careful study of a magical energy that most monastic traditions call ki. This energy is an element of the magic that suffuses the multiverse—specifically, the element that flows through living bodies. Monks harness this power within themselves to create magical effects and exceed their bodies’ physical capabilities ...


So, is a Way of the Open Hand monk's Wholeness of Body ability considered to be magical healing such that it can be used to close an infernal wound?

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    \$\begingroup\$ This is related, and maybe this question is a dupe of this one. Does it answer your question? \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Aug 1 at 15:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KorvinStarmast Definitely related, and definitely helpful. I'm not sure if it's a dupe or not, though, I might leave that up to the community to decide... \$\endgroup\$ – NathanS Aug 1 at 15:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ I am not thinking it's a dupe, but if you felt it was a dupe (as the asker) I'd have closed it. I am of mixed opinion, to be honest, so I'd rather not use the dupe hammer. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Aug 1 at 15:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ It's very closely related and probably functionally a duplicate, since the essential question in both cases is "are a monk's ki abilities Magical?" and that decides the answer to both. The specific case is different though so IMHO it's safe to leave them separate but related. \$\endgroup\$ – Carcer Aug 1 at 15:27
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No, the healing is not magical

Only spells and things which are explicitly described as magic are considered magical. Monk effects mostly come from Ki, which is usually considered a non-dispellable form of innate magic. See this question about whether ki counts as magical for exceptions to the rule and a more in depth analysis of the Monk specifically.

This Sage Advice column from February 2016 and the corresponding section of the Sage Advice Compendium describe what counts as magical (See question "Is the breath weapon of a dragon magical?"):

  • Is it a magic item?
  • Is it a spell? Or does it let you create the effects of a spell that’s mentioned in its description?
  • Is it a spell attack?
  • Is it fueled by the use of spell slots?
  • Does its description say it’s magical?
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    \$\begingroup\$ The Sage Advice Compendium is not errata (i.e. changes to rules/text), but rather a compilation of official rulings (i.e. rules interpretations). You may also want to clarify the phrasing of "Ki, which is (usually) non-magical", given the "The Magic of Ki" section in the monk class description - essentially, ki is part of "the background magic of the universe" rather than something mechanically considered magical for the purposes of other game features. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Aug 2 at 4:28

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