A character used Detect Magic on a non-magical object that was being followed by a Locate Object spell.

Does the wizard player sense an aura on it, or not?


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The object has no magic aura.

The target of Locate Object is the caster, not the searched object: the range of the spell is Self, the spell is affecting the caster, not the object.

The text of Detect Magic says (emphases mine):

For the duration, you sense the presence of magic within 30 feet of you. If you sense magic in this way, you can use your action to see a faint aura around any visible creature or object in the area that bears magic, and you learn its school of magic, if any.

When Detect Magic is active, one may see a faint aura around the caster of Locate Object, since the caster is bearing the magical effects provided by the spell.

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    \$\begingroup\$ While this is still probably RAW, the spell being range "self" by no means guarantees it is not detectable; Scrying has a range of "self", and it creates a sensor which is definitely detectable. A DM might reasonably rule that all long-distance divination effects work similarly. \$\endgroup\$
    – Dragonfang
    Aug 23, 2023 at 17:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Dragonfang That spell creates a magical effect that is external to the caster: it is a different case. The spell description states that the sensor is clearly detectable under specific circumstances. \$\endgroup\$
    – Eddymage
    Aug 23, 2023 at 17:11

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