dnd 5e – Non-Magical crystal balls and the scrying spell

The Scrying spell has as its material component

A focus worth at least 1,000 gp, such as a crystal ball, a silver mirror, or a font filled with holy water

The magic item crystal ball says

While touching it, you can cast the Scrying spell (save DC 17) with it.

If using the magic crystal ball to cast scrying, you would not need to use the crystal ball itself as the focus and material component for the spell it allows you to cast, per DMG p. 141:

Some magic items allow the user to cast a spell from the item. The spell is cast at the lowest possible spell level, doesn’t expend any of the user’s spell slots, and requires no components, unless the item’s description says otherwise.

But suppose you actually knew the spell and could cast it yourself. If you did not have a silver mirror or holy water font, could you use a non-magic crystal ball as a material component?

That is, is the spell specifically asking for the magic item crystal ball, or is a non-magic ball of crystal, provided it is worth 1000gp, sufficient?

For reference, on the PHB adventuring gear list, an arcane focus “crystal” is worth 10gp, while an orb (with the same weight of the magic item crystal ball) is worth 20gp.

dnd 3.5e – Overcoming flour or other nonmagical ways to defeat invisibility

I am looking for ideas on how to defeat a flour trap. As a rogue, I rely on sneak attack to really damage my foes. The plan for taking on the BBEG is the party will make me invisible with our wand of Greater Invisibility. However, I know the enemy has set up several flour traps and uses telekinesis to disperse the flour into the air, making invisible creatures immediately visible.

However, flour is tricky. If you get it wet, it does not clean it off. Instead, it only makes it sticky. How could I overcome a flour trap and resume my invisibility? I think my DM is doing this because we have used flour against invisible creatures he’s sent after us, and I think he is hoping we come up with a clever way of defeating it so he can use that same thing in the future. So, I’m not entirely sure I want an answer, lol.

To make this question more specific, we have at our disposal a cleric, a wizard, and a fighter. The cleric can prepare Create Water, but that will not help. Prestidigitation only clears one cubic foot per round, so the greater invisibility will wear off before the flour is entirely cleared. Is there anything that can clean an entire five foot square in a single round?

Edit: At the time of this update, there are two votes to close this because it is “opinion-based”. I am trying to remove any opinion by explaining exactly what the DM has already allowed or disallowed, so there is no opinion left. It is just the situation the party is in. A very narrow situation where they are facing a flour trap to defeat their invisibility. If you have suggestions how this can be narrowed further, it would be appreciated. I would like to avoid this question being closed as “opinion-based”.

Magic Items – The staff of flowers sprouts only harmless and non-magical flowers, but what does that mean exactly?

For those of you unfamiliar with this article:

"This wooden staff has 10 charges, and while holding it you can use 1 charge from the staff with an action and have a flower sprout from a piece of earth or earth within 5 feet of you or the staff itself, unless When you select a particular flower variety, the staff creates a daisy with a mild scent, which is harmless and non-magical and grows or withers like a normal flower. "

But what counts as a harmless or not magic flower? The powder puff, for example, is harmless like a flower, but can be dried and powdered to form an explosive substance. The flower itself is harmless, right? Or is the harmful and / or magical power also restricted?

dnd 5e – Is there a creature that is resistant or immune to non-magical damage, with the exception of clubs, hitting and piercing?

Reading this question, is there any difference between magic damage and non-physical damage?

I was wondering if there is a monster that is resistant or immune to non-magical damage, except for the usual bleeding, pervasive, and disruptive damage. For example, this monster could withstand a fire damage coming from a non-magical source, so using a flashlight may not be as effective as flinging a flashlight fire bolt it.

Is there an example of such a creature?

Any resistance or immunity resistance will suffice. If there is a precedent or tradition from a previous edition that a creature has such resistance / immunity, I would also welcome that information.

dnd 5e – Can a sorcerer make a non-magical weapon with her Pact of the Blade?

In the pact of the blade text the following is read:

… You can turn a magic weapon into a pact weapon by performing a special ritual while holding the weapon. …

That shows me that just magic weapons can be tied this way. Does that mean that a silvered weapon, an adamantine weapon, or even a secular weapon can not be bound that way?

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