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Could an undead in 3.5e D&D such as a skeleton benefit from wearing magic items like rings of protection?

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Undead can benefit from magic items like any other creature.

The only exceptions would be items that have conditions they don't meet or do things that don't apply..like CON bonuses. They could technically wear items boost their immunities but it would be a waste in most circumstances (poison/disease/etc).

Turn/Rebuke resistance would obviously be a great resistance to stack!

Caveat: for command activated items they must be able to activate and skeletons would generally be unable to activate voice triggers.

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Any trigger that requires choice, or conscious awareness of the item even, wouldn't work. They don't have any consciousness or free will to do that with. –  SevenSidedDie Mar 1 '13 at 0:02
    
@SevenSidedDie, Good point! However, not 100% accurate across the board as there are some "intelligent" undead who would be able to activate them. (Normal Skeletons & Zombies do not qualify which is what the original question used as an example) –  Ben-Jamin Mar 1 '13 at 0:29
    
Yeah, I meant specifically skeletons and just forgot to say. A vampire would do just fine. –  SevenSidedDie Mar 1 '13 at 1:33
    
We can probably just go with "Anything with an Int score higher than 2", no? –  Cthos Mar 1 '13 at 2:11
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Pg 62 Libris mortis- Awaken Undead - Grant sentience to mindless undead minion. –  Drew Mar 1 '13 at 21:07
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