Items imbued with magic in some way, usually beneficial but occasionally detrimental, such as a cloak which renders the wearer invisible or a hammer which returns to its wielder when thrown.

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What kind of check is disguising a command word activation?

I want to activate a magic item using Command Words. I don't need to disguise the effect or that I used a command word at all. However, I want to disguise what the command word is, such as by saying a ...
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Creating a magic item with two continuous effects I can pick between (or deactivate)

I was working on a magic item belt in Pathfinder. The belt is going to provide the standard boosts to Str/Dex/Con. However, I also want it to have a split property, and I'm struggling with how to ...
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Command word activation questions [on hold]

I was working on a Pathfinder Character build for the whole 20 levels. As a monk you really have no ability with casting spells (with minor exceptions using the new Unchained rules and the one ...
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If I have four hands, is there anything preventing wielding a magic item in each?

I have a player whose character has four arms. They just reached level 5 and now have two magical items — a shield and mace. If they get a third magic item, can they have it in hand at the same time ...
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How does Disguise Self manifest for creatures of very large, very small, or unusually-shaped bodies?

Some magic items, like False Face allow you to change form into a humanoid creature with a specific size, but the only requirement is that the creature has an appropriate slot for the magic item. The ...
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Good items for Sword and Pistol trench fighter using Power Attack and Deadly Aim

I'm playing a level 8 fighter with the archetype trench fighter and using the feat Sword and Pistol. When using feats like Power Attack and Deadly Aim I take around a -7 penalty on all attack rolls. ...
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Sash of the War Champion with no Fighter levels

I was looking at the item Sash of the War Champion and also read This thread But neither really answered my question. If a character with no levels in fighter uses a Sash does it grant them armor ...
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Does casting a spell from an item allow you to apply class abilities that are used when casting a spell?

This question is edited to request additional answers and detail in light of information now available in the DMG. In the released DM basic rules, Lost Mine of Phandelver, Hoard of the Dragon Queen, ...
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Are thought bottles reusable?

I was reading this item on page 150 of Complete Arcane and it does not specify either way. Are these a one time use or a reusable item?
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How can an aristocracy be perpetuated between creatures that can't interbreed?

The 25-year-old human prince of a 50-year-old small nation (total population maybe 100,000 spread out in a rather large valley among settlements no larger than 5,000 creatures each) is looking to ...
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Can my fancy shirt be as tough as that guy's magical platemail?

Not as in armor bonus, but with the enchantment. If my ninja or duelist is wearing a really nice shirt in place of armor, can they have heavy fortification (or any armor enchantment) added to that ...
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Imbuing an item with Owl's Insight

According to the Magic Item Creation Rules, one can add the benefits of a spell to an item continuously for a price of Spell Level x Caster Level x 2,000 gp. There are modifiers for the spell ...
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Does a Rogue using Use Magic Device for a scroll or wand also need to emulate a class feature?

I'm confused about Rogues and Use Magic Device. I've searched the core book and the Internet for the past 4 hours and can't find the answer to my simple question. Since a Rogue doesn't have any ...
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How do you change the alignment of Hazirawn, the magic sword from Hoard of the Dragon Queen?

Well, Gellak the Half-Orc Bard kind of inherited the sword after his friend, Durrash, killed the previous owner and then inconvenient-like got himself killed defending us from a dragon. The thing is ...
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How to handle Legend-of-Zelda-esque magic items without aspect spamming?

I think that one of the reasons that Zelda is a good setting for Fate is because advancement is horizontal rather than vertical. In other words, instead of zero-sum increases to power level as in ...
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Do magic items really cost at least as much to create as they do to purchase?

The table on page 129 of the DMG lists the costs to craft an item. Taking as an example a Common magic items, such as a level 1 spell scroll, the cost is listed as 100 gp. The crafter can only make ...
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What is the spell attack bonus and spell save DC of a Thief using the Use Magic Device feature?

A 13th level Rogue with the Thief archetype has the following feature: Use Magic Device By 13th level, you have learned enough about the workings of magic that you can improvise the use of ...
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Does the Sword of the Planes have a basis in the rules for its GP cost for its abilities?

As per the SRD: This longsword has an enhancement bonus of +1 on the Material Plane, but on any Elemental Plane its enhancement bonus increases to +2. (The +2 enhancement bonus also applies on the ...
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What benefits can a character with no domains bestow with a wand of ceremony?

The 1st-level cleric spell ceremony is complex: first, the caster takes 8 hours casting the spell then for 1 hour grants 2 creatures a benefit depending on the picked ceremony—either funeral, holiday ...
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Can Ability Score increases caused by magic items qualify me for feats?

As far as I know, only a player character's non-temporary ability scores are considered for taking feats, taking prestige classes, etc. Meanwhile, any ability bonus that comes from spells, or magic ...
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How can I reward a character that doesn't want magic items?

So I've got a campaign where one of the characters, a fighter, severely distrusts magical items. The party level is 6+, and it seems difficult to figure out a way to compensate this character in ...
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Legendary Items in Pathfinder Hero Lab Editor

My DM has introduced Legendary Items that provide different perks as the character levels up. I'm trying to re-create those items using the Hero Lab Editor but I'm a bit iffy when it comes to ...
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Must a magic tattoo's slot match the slot of the base item?

Based on the Inscribe Magical Tattoo item creation feat's description, it seems like one should be able to make almost any normal magic item into a tattoo equivalent simply by doubling the cost. ...
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How does the 5th edition handle enhanced magic focuses

I am currently using a Wizard and I just got my hands on a +4 dagger. More specifically the Rabbit Slayer from Dragonlance (ed.: a 2e item). Question 1: According to official rules can it be used as ...
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How long till I can use the property of a magic item again?

I was reading about how you can "activate" the animated shield and it will float for a minute or so. My question is: how long till I can use this item's property again? And is it the same for every ...
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When dual wielding with one cursed weapon, which attacks get the penalty? [closed]

If a character is dual-wielding short swords and one is cursed, does the second attack occur at −2, or is the curse satiated for that turn once the cursed sword is used?
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Does every magic rod, wand, crystal, orb, and staff count as an arcane focus?

The various magic rods, wands, staves, etc. in the DMG all have certain abilities. But do they also count as arcane foci for the purpose of not needing material components for all your other spells?
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Can characters help one another to activate a scroll, even when having different spellcasting abilities?

A character can help someone to complete a task, giving them advantage to an ability check, but it has to be something they could do by themselves, right? Imagine a cleric and a fighter (Eldritch ...
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What's up with the Manual of the Golems cost in 5e?

So I just gave my party a Manual of the Golems (Flesh). They were really excited to be able to create a slave until... One of them pointed out that they don't have a caster with two 5th level spells ...
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Can weapon special abilities that don't say they're passed on to ammunition be added to ranged weapons?

Certain weapon special abilities in D&D 3.5 can sensibly be applied to melee or ranged weapons yet are not listed in the random roll table for magical ranged weapons, only melee, and do not state ...
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How should I distribute the Strength increments on a weapon I'm designing? [closed]

I designed a new weapon for one of my players (a warrior). The weapon provides several effects that level up with the character, but the main one is to take his Strength to 30 at level 20. There is an ...
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Does a Healer's Healing Hands ability apply when creating magic items?

The Miniatures Handbook has the Healer class. One of its class features is Healing Hands. This ability allows a Healer to apply their Charisma modifier to Cure spells. For instance, a level 5 ...
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Do you need to wield a magic weapon or implement to benefit from its properties?

If a magic weapon or implement has a property that does not explicitly include the word 'wield', does a character need to wield it to gain its benefits, or is simply holding it sufficient? Seems like ...
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In DnD 5e's lower magic approach, how would the mages of Thay's magic item business work out?

DnD 5e makes magic items much less common than previous editions. Also, the Forgotten Realms are the assumed background even in the Core Rules. One of the most interesting groups in Faerun are the ...
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How to use passive bonuses from weapon enchantments?

Basically, how do I have to hold/store/whatever the items to get whatever passive bonuses they grant. For example, Eager and Warning provide passive initiative bonuses. I think one of these actually ...
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How much Truecolor Dye would I need to color a whole cloak for a medium creature? [closed]

I'm wondering how much Truecolor Dye one would need to color an entire cloak to be worn by a medium creature. The item description says that one vial is enough to coat a square foot of material—but ...
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How can I model corrupting items in FATE?

The One Ring from Lord of the Rings has the property that it corrupts (or tries to corrupt) those around it. They desire its power and do things that they normally wouldn't to get at it. I was ...
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When adding a new ability to a magic weapon, does the crafter need to meet only the prerequisites of the addition?

The Adding New Abilities paragraph in the magic items rules, gives the example of turning a +1 longsword, to a flaming +1 longsword, costing only the difference between a plain +1 weapon and a +1 ...
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Can the “Transformative” special ability be added to any (or even 'every') magic weapon found as treasure? [closed]

Reading the Adding New Abilities paragraph in the magic items rules, it seems that any melee magic weapon the party find can gain the Transformative special ability. All it takes is finding a crafter ...
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What is a “spellcaster” for the purpose of magic item attunement?

Several wands and other magic items in the DMG cite "spellcaster" as an attunement requirement, specifically "requires attunement by a spellcaster" while others list multiple spellcasting classes ...
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What is the maximum skill bonus that can be crafted into a magic item?

So, I know that a weapon enchantment caps out at +10 or 200K GP value. But what about skill increasing items? It seems pretty cheap to get a +10 ring of Jump. (10,000 GP) But I remember reading ...
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Adding spells to enchanted weapons

So, quick and simple. D&D 3.5 for relevance Can you enchant a 1/day spell onto a pre-enchanted weapon. If so, is it a cost increase, or + increase? Lets say I have a +3 longsword. I go out and I ...
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Sleeves of Many Garments. Multiple uses? Swarmsuit?

In my campaign, one of my players utilized Sleeves of Many Garments. These go for 200gp, and can become any kind of mundane clothing, and say that the clothes revert afterwards. The player utilized ...
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Can Sleeves of Many Garments become Authoritative Vestments?

Can Sleeves of Many Garments transform the wearer's clothes into Authoritative Vestments? The description states "Any other non-magical set of clothing", and the Authoritative Vestments are a Channel ...
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How can I equip a psion shaper without being reduced to clothless poverty?

Here's the story: All I wanted to do was make an honest-to-god no cheese robot-building psion. But to make a very mediocre creature that deals a whooping 1d6 + 9 damage with an attack at level 9 I ...
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In Hoard of the Dragon Queen, can Hazirawn influence or control its wielder?

I have a question about Hazirawn. Since the sword can talk and is neutral evil. Can it influence the wielder, or control him/her eventually?
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How do you learn the number of charges on a wand?

My players have come across a cache of wands in my Pathfinder campaign. Some of the wands have 50 charges while some have less. At the moment I've house ruled that Detect Magic will only state if a ...
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Can I change the alignment of my intelligent item?

I am a chaotic neutral ranger who has a belt of physical might that I dropped a lot of gold to have my sorcerer make for me. He rolled a natural 20 so the GM imbued it with sentience and rolled that ...
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Is there errata for continuous magic item pricing?

The price guidelines for magic items with use-activated or continuous spell effects are as follows: Spell level × caster level × 2,000 gp 2 2 — If a continuous item has an effect ...
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Is arbitrarily high ability score increase via Tomes and Manuals practically feasible?

According to "Do the Manuals and Tomes allow you to exceed 20 in an ability score? And can they be stacked?" you can stack their use to increase an ability score multiple times, even beyond 20. So in ...