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    Hi,
    When I read some spells like stonskin or some monsters, I can read a resistance to non magical damage for bludgeoning, slashing...
    But if a warrior use a 1 hand sword +2 of fire (1d6), what type of damage does the sword ,?
    1D8 slashing non magical?? + 2 magical + 1D6 fire magical or not ????
    Thx for u reply
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    Quote Originally Posted by saerdryl View Post
    Hi,
    When I read some spells like stonskin or some monsters, I can read a resistance to non magical damage for bludgeoning, slashing...
    But if a warrior use a 1 hand sword +2 of fire (1d6), what type of damage does the sword ,?
    1D8 slashing non magical?? + 2 magical + 1D6 fire magical or not ????
    Thx for u reply
    If the sword is enchanted (= magical weapon), the damage dealt by it is considered magical, the 1d8 slashing and the +2 bonus, however special damage (such as elemental, necrotic, poison..etc) does not fall under the magic damage banner but its own.

    i.e. Some beings might have resistance to non magical weapons but will be affected by fire damage and other beings might have resistance to non magical weapons but will have immunity to fire damage. The above two will be treated differently because the fire damage is considered separate to the magical damage (slashing) done by the sword, even though the fire is created via magic in the in-game fiction.

    So go forth and slay evil beasties with confidence that they will be hurt on a successful hit.

    EDITED: Corrected by @dave2008
    Last edited by Sadras; Thursday, 31st January, 2019 at 01:29 PM.

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    If the sword is magical (+1 or otherwise) all the slashing damage is magical. In your example: 1d6 +2 slashing damage plus 1d6 fire damage; the 1d6 +2 (+ ability mod) is considered magical and the 1d6 is fire damage (there is no "magical" fire damage, it is just fire damage).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadras View Post
    If the sword is enchanted ALL damage dealt by it is considered magical, the d8 slashing, the +2 bonus as well as the 1d6 fire.

    So go forth and slay evil beasties with confidence that they will be hurt on a successful hit.
    I disagree, the fire damage is just fire damage. It may be produced by fire, but 5e does not distinguish between "magical" fire damage and fire damage.

    For example: a balor has resistance to non-magical damage (b,p, & s) and immunity to fire. The weapon in the OP would inflict all of its slashing damage, but non of its fire damage on the balor. They are separate things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave2008 View Post
    I disagree, the fire damage is just fire damage. It may be produced by fire, but 5e does not distinguish between "magical" fire damage and fire damage.

    For example: a balor has resistance to non-magical damage (b,p, & s) and immunity to fire. The weapon in the OP would inflict all of its slashing damage, but non of its fire damage on the balor. They are separate things.
    You're right!
    Will EDIT above post to concur.
    Last edited by Sadras; Thursday, 31st January, 2019 at 01:44 PM.
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