What I'm wondering is if I can use my ‘deflect’ ability that I get from being a monk to catch and use a magic missile shot at me?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Just to be perfectly clear, do you mean Magic Missile the spell, or a ranged attack with a magical ammunition? \$\endgroup\$ – black_fm Nov 27 '19 at 9:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ @black_fm Though I'm guessing on OP's behalf, the OP did put the [spells] tag on this question originally, so that's a good argument for this being about the magic missiles spell. \$\endgroup\$ – NathanS Nov 27 '19 at 9:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes I did mean the spell magic missile, oh and @NathanS good job for answering on my behalf using the tags, good work 👍 \$\endgroup\$ – Furiousmonk907 Nov 28 '19 at 7:22

No, you can't. Magic Missile is not a Ranged Weapon Attack.

The text of the Monk ability Deflect Missiles states the following:

Starting at 3rd level, you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack.

A Ranged Weapon Attack is an attack that is both a Ranged Attack and a Weapon Attack; Magic Missile is neither. In fact, it's not an Attack at all, since it automatically hits. As a result, Deflect Missiles does not apply to Magic Missiles.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Ok thx for telling me I was just wondering \$\endgroup\$ – Furiousmonk907 Nov 27 '19 at 8:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ The system's been clarified; feel free to edit your answer if needed and then undelete it. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Nov 27 '19 at 9:05

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