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As a Survivor in Divine Divinity, I was given access to Identify as a passive skill.

The problem I am facing seems to be that I cannot identify any items I've picked up, as it won't let me actually use my ability. Do I need some kind of unmentioned item?

How do I identify my loot?

Note: I do know how to identify with the merchant. I do not know how to identify using my passive skill.

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From what I understand, you don't need to actually do anything to identify items with your skill, as items will be automatically identified if your skill is high enough.

The equipment section in this FAQ describes the different levels of equipment and what level of skill is needed to identify them.

Equipment can make or break your character, especially early in the game.
Equipment has magical strength levels that correspond to non-magical (white) to highly magical (gold). The scale roughly goes like:

        White-gray-blue-green-yellow-gold

To identify gray items you need 1 in Identify skill, blue are 2 in Identify, green are 3, yellow are 4, and gold are 5.

The idea of having items identified automatically is confirmed on this FAQ:

Do I need to identify objects?

Yes, some objects need to be identified. However, if your identify skill level is high enough, they get automatically identified for you.

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Well, that's discouraging. Now I'm thinking I should start over and get a less useless passive. –  Fluttershy Jul 13 '12 at 16:54
    
The consensus seems to be that having identify is a pretty useful skill to have, but being able to identify things at an barter location does kind of make it a lot less useful to me. –  A. Still Jul 13 '12 at 17:29

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