I read the Dragon of Icespire Peak campaign book, and saw that the Charm of the Storm has to be refueled by nonmagical (in the sense that a spell that deals lightning damage can't be used, and similarly a dragonborn's lightning breath weapon) lightning energy striking the lightning rod 3 times. I thought, would a spell that changes the weather to a thunderstorm count as 'natural'?


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That works (and it doesn't specify non-magical).

The altar recharges when the lightning rod on the roof (see area T8) is struck by three bolts of lightning from a storm and channels that energy down into the altar. Lightning from other sources doesn’t count.

It doesn't actually specify "non-magical," just that it must be "bolts of lightning from a storm." As long as you have something that counts as a storm — magically encouraged or otherwise — its lightning bolts would suffice to recharge the altar.

Lightning Bolt doesn't work, but it's not because it's magical: it's because it's not originating from a storm. A dragonborn's breath weapon also doesn't work, whether or not it's from a book that classifies it as magical, as it's originating from a dragonborn rather than a storm.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Pay attention that a dragonborn's breath weapon is not magical. \$\endgroup\$
    – Eddymage
    Commented May 4, 2023 at 8:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ @NautArch Yes, but by the way is written it seems that Shivers consider the breath weapon magical, which is not. \$\endgroup\$
    – Eddymage
    Commented May 4, 2023 at 11:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Eddymage Since Fizban (I think) there are dragonborns whose breath weapon is specifically called out as being "magical" in their description, unlike their PHB counterparts. \$\endgroup\$
    – anon
    Commented May 4, 2023 at 13:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Pepijn Oh, you're totally right! But those are optional rules, maybe it is better to specify it in the answer... \$\endgroup\$
    – Eddymage
    Commented May 4, 2023 at 14:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ Tweaked the last paragraph to separate out the variably-magical dragonborn breath. \$\endgroup\$
    – Shivers
    Commented May 4, 2023 at 17:33

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