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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Do I have to be proficient with an Implement to get its properties?

I'm trying to get low-light vision with any magic item that is not a Head slot item. I found Totem of the Night (Adventurer's Vault 2 pg.46). Property: You gain low-light vision. If you already ...
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Can you stack abilities on a weapon or armor?

My group formed when 3.5 came out and they were generally very careful and tactical in building their characters and their gear. We're giving 5th Edition a try but we can't seem to find any rules for ...
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Can a pelt of the beast cause the wearer to assume a form smaller or larger than normal?

The pelt of the beast (15,600; 8 lbs.), among other effects, says that The wearer may take the form of the animal from which the pelt came three times per day as if using beast shape I. The ...
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Do resistances from class/race and magic items stack?

I'm just curious about some details regarding damage resistance in D&D 4e. Do resistance effects granted by class/racial features stack with resistances granted by magical items?
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What level should a one-shot 5-round time travel magic item be?

I had a cool idea for a magic item for D&D 4th edition. Basically it would allow you to take your party's memories of the last 5 rounds and go back to your bodies of 5 rounds ago. It would be a ...
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How can I build a magical Non-Directional Beacon?

I'm trying to come up with the D&D 3.5e world's functional equivalent to a real life Non-Directional Beacon (NDB). Are there any existing spells in D&D 3.5e that can be cast on durable ...
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How does one determine the effects of an aspect mask?

Is the special ability granted by an aspect mask determined by the wearer's level or the creator's caster level? The face-slot item aspect mask (6,500 gp; 2 lbs.) says that This leather mask is ...
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What happens when two Spheres of Annihilation touch one another?

What happens if a Sphere of Annihilation touches another Sphere of Annihilation? I see a few possibilities: They destroy one another The universe turns inside out The effect of hitting one with Gate ...
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Magic weapons add their plus to both attack and damage, and armor to AC, right?

I'm probably going blind. I am looking for somewhere in the PHB that specifies that +1 weapons give the +1 to both attack and damage. I see on page 196 of the PHB that it's explicitly stated that ...
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What are the rules for making constructs other than golems?

If a PC wants to make a golem specifically, the various Manuals of Golems have them covered. That's pretty clear in the rules (Dungeon Master's Guide, page 180). However, there don't appear to be ...
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How much can you fit into a portable hole?

A Portable Hole (DMG I p.264) is described as being 6' in diameter and 10' deep, which translates to over 282 cubic feet or just over 8000 liters of empty space. But unlike the Bag of Holding (DMG I ...
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How long do creatures from a Bag of Tricks last?

For reference, DMG p154 - You can use an action to pull the fuzzy object from the bag and throw it up to 20 feet. When the object lands, it transforms into a creature you determine by rolling ...
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Does magical ammunition stack with a magical weapon?

One of my players has a +1 shortbow, and recently found some +1 arrows. If he fires a +1 arrow from a +1 bow, will the bonus to attack and damage be +1, or +2?
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Can a spellcaster use Wild Arcana/Inspired Spell to craft scrolls?

The Mythic path ability Wild Arcana (and the divine equivalent, Inspired Spell) let you cast any spell on your class list, without having to know that spell. Can a crafter with one of these abilities ...
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Does my longsword +1 add bonuses to casting, if swords are my holy symbol?

So I am playing a Paladin and with help from the DM a suitable god was chosen for the setting. Swords of all kinds are of particular importance to the god, so I was told any type of sword would double ...
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What does a magic weapon's plus apply to?

When a PC finds a +1 weapon, what stat or stats increase by one? For example, in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure in the Starter Set, there is a +1 Longsword. What does it do?
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Can Staves, Metamagic Rods, and Other Slotless Items Be Combined Into a Single Item?

Under the magic item creation rules, can a character create a single item which can function as either a stave or as a metamagic rod or as a Pearl of Power? Would this incur a cost increase/decrease ...
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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 Are the Effects of a Pearly White Spindle Ioun Stone?

This item has the following description: This stone grants the wearer the ability to regenerate 1 point of damage per 10 minutes. Regeneration works like a ring of regeneration. It only cures ...
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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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How to use a wand without being noticed

Let's say a thief wants to use a wand stealthily. Is there any way of using a wand without being noticed? Is a stealth check sufficient? Can he activate the wand under his clothes without being seen? ...
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Can a lower-level spellcaster recharge a staff?

While doing research for another recent question, I ran into two back-to-back lines that seem to contradict each other. From the PFSRD, emphasis mine: Each morning, when a spellcaster prepares ...
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When Calculating Magic Item Cost, Which “Spell Effects” can be combined with which “Special” effects?

I'm reading this table of magic item gold cost formulae, and I'm having a very difficult time understanding it. How do the listings in the "Special" table interact with the listings in the "Spell ...
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Can magic items have permanent enchantments added to them?

If you find a magic item (+1, low power spells, etc) can you then use that item as your basis for crafting a magic item and add new enchantments to it? Like say if I find a +1 sword can I use the same ...
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Can large magical clothing be used by medium size characters?

My PCs found a large cloak of elvenkind. Can a medium person use it, and does it still offer the +5 bonus for stealth? Or can they even cut it into two pieces and use it on two characters? A RAW ...
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Why are staves class-dependent?

Why can any player use a wand, but magical staves have class limitations? Is there a mechanical reason for it (like balance), or is it purely for flavor / game design?
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How am I supposed to award magic items so that PCs aren't over/under-powered?

I'm a noob DM. In previous campaigns, I've only given out magic items as rewards for completing quests, but players complained that they didn't have enough control over what items they wanted to use, ...
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Handy Haversack vs. Bag of Holding

The Bag of Holding (DMG pg.153) is an uncommon magic item and has a significantly greater volume than any of the pouches (or even all combined) of Heward's Handy Haversack (DMG pg.174), which is rare. ...
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Who can use magic scrolls?

I'm confused about who can use scrolls in 5e. In the DMG, p139 under MAGIC ITEM CATEGORIES: SCROLLS it states "any creature that can understand a written language can read the arcane script on a ...
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What are the designers' reasons for making the stat boosting items provide odd-numbered stats?

There are a number of magic items in the DMG that set a stat to a certain number if it's not already higher than that number, like the Headband of Intellect, which sets your Intelligence score to 19 ...
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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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Cursed items are being Identified too easily

Spellcraft in Pathfinder lets you ID magical/cursed items, and the Identify spell adds 10 to your Spellcraft skill. One of my PCs — in this case a level 8 wizard — has a stupidly high INT, ...
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Does the enhancement bonus on armor apply to armor class?

If I have a chain shirt with spell resistance 19 (+5 bonus), does that +5 apply to armor class along with the +4 from the chain shirt?
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How many scrolls can I have deciphered at once?

My sorcerer has 4 CL 3 scrolls of Fireball. I know that he cannot use them before deciphering them and this can be done in advance. Can he decipher all of them before a battle? How long before he ...
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How can I build a self-propelled ground vehicle using the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition magic rules as written?

For example, could characters build a simple self-propelled, steerable wagon using either magic spells or magic items to rotate and guide the wheels, with rules as written from Dungeons & Dragons ...
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How do I make adventurer-resistant door opening counters?

This question is in partial research for a magical surveillance state inspired from two different sources, Potter and the Natural 20 and Doc Smith's lensman series. Functionally speaking, there must ...
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What is the duration of a spell from a magic item?

In my case I have a Celestial Armor (CL5) and a Celestial Shield (CL7) The armor lets me fly once per day (as the spell) and the shield gifes me feather fall once per day and because I have both I ...
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What are some good combos with Come and Get it?

An off-action close burst attack would be nice imo, but I can't find any I can use. I'm a fighter/multiclass rogue.
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Can wizards learn spells that are not on their class list?

Aside from multi-classing and taking the Magic Initiate feat I know you are generally limited to the class list. But what about scrolls? It says in the PHB that you can learn spells that are found ...
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How do you handle the cost increase for magic items with multiple effects?

In the DMG for D&D 3.5 on page 285 there is a chart for estimating the cost of new magic items. Under the section "Special" there is an attribute titled "Multiple Different Abilities". This ...
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What's a good item or spell for creating a magical surveillance state?

The mayor of Generic Fantasytown wants a means to monitor his town (population 4,000, perhaps 1 mi. (1.64 km) square). The townsfolk are cowed and submissive, fearing their mayor but fearing even more ...
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What inspired the Ioun Stone?

While looking over the rules for Ioun Stones a question came to mind. What inspired the Ioun Stone? It is present in nearly all editions of D&D, and also made it into Pathfinder. This ...
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Dislocation enchant, does it stack with Splitting enchant?

The party Rogue has a new bow: +1, +3 Splitting, +1 Fire, +2 Greater Dislocation 3/day, +8000 Vanishing 1/day and a Quiver with +1 and Keen. He has the feats Multishot, Opportunist, Savvy Rogue, ...
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Hand of the Mage with +2 Wisdom

Ok, I haven't been in touch with magic item creation in a while. So what would a hand of the mage further enchanted with +2 Wisdom cost? Assuming I have an enchanter capable and willing to do the ...
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Does the Ring of Animal Friendship allow a save?

The description for the Ring of Animal Friendship says that it "affects an animal as if the wearer had cast charm animal". However, no save is listed, and there is no clarification given to whether ...
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Pathfinder Equivalent of Infinite Scrollcase?

Is there an equivalent of the Infinite Scrollcase from Magic of Eberron in Pathfinder. In particular I'm looking for an item that stores multiple scrolls and allows a caster to more easily access the ...
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How does Hazirawn work in Hoard of the Dragon Queen? [Spoilers]

NOTE: This question contains spoilers regarding Hoard of the Dragon Queen! I'm about to finish up running a playthrough of Hoard of the Dragon Queen. One of my player's characters prefers ...
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Where can I find the stats for a magic item that produces magically delicious spices?

I remember reading somewhere about a magic jar that produced an inexhaustible supply of spices that magically made anything cooked with them taste fantastic. It didn't change the mechanical effects of ...
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Stacking Manual of Quickness of Action +

Can I stack the bonus of two or more Manual of Quickness of Action +5? I didn't find nothing saying that it's not okay, but it's kind of overpower this item if you can stack and have tons of ...
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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, ...