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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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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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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Too many magic rings and trinkets

I am a DM, and I have two player's who love +1 Ac Rings, or any kind of ring or trinket to help with AC. Every bit of gold or other item of any value they use it to trade for it. I try not to be mean ...
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How should I give out treasure in Dungeons and Dragons 4e Essentials

I am new to DMing dungeons and dragons and have bought the following products from the essentials line: Red Box Starter Set Heroes of Fallen Lands Heroes of Forgotten Kingdoms I have decided to ...
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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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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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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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How would I make custom items into a set?

Magic Item Compendium introduced us to magic item sets, which as their name implied were thematically-linked sets of magic items that provided bonus benefits for wearing multiple items from that set ...
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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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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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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? [closed]

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 does one trap a magic item?

As a GM, I would like to introduce a "trapped" magic item in one of my next adventures. The idea is that interacting with the item (detect magic, most probably, or touching it for a moment) would ...
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Is an item's Caster Level the Minimum Required Caster Level?

Is an item's Caster Level the Minimum Required Caster Level? For example a Bag of Holding has a CL of 9th Aura moderate conjuration; CL 9th Does that mean a creator has to have a Caster Level ...
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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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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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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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Can you make several of the same potion at once?

The DMG says that brewing a potion takes 1 day. What if my priest prepares 3 slots with the same spell and has 3 times the ingredients? Can he then make 3 potions? Does anyone have an idea about ...
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Does 3.5e have an equivalent of the Psychic Paper from Doctor Who?

Psychic Paper is an item carried frequently by the Doctor in the revival of Doctor Who. The Doctor sometimes uses it as a form of changeable ID, and people see on it what he wants them to see. Using ...
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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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Does a Shadow Veil grant concealment or total concealment when in shadows?

In the writeup for the magic item "Shadow Veil," Magic Item Compendium p. 133, it states "...In addition, while in shadowy areas, you are treated as if you had concealment against creatures lacking ...
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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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Questions Concerning Hazirawn (Hoard of the Dragon Queen - *Spoilers*)

NOTE: This question contains spoilers regarding HotDQ! I'm about to finish up running a playthrough of Hoard of the Dragon Queen. I have a few questions regarding Hazirawn, the magical greatsword ...
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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 the DM have to give me magical weapons?

In the Legend and Lore articles where Mike Mearls explains the design goals of D&D 5e, he mentions in one of them that there will be no assumption that character acquire magical weapons and armor. ...
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Does a mithral rose change your weapon to silver, or add it?

The Mithral Rose, from Mythic Adventures, states that... When wearing the rose openly on his chest, the wearer treats all of his natural attacks, unarmed attacks, and weapon attacks as if they ...
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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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What are the stats for an Armor of Fortification?

According to the D&D 3.5E rules, can anyone confirm whether Armor of Fortification (light) item would correspond to light armor? If so, which light armor...a chain shirt maybe? If not, is armor ...
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Increasing Enhancement Bonus on Specific Magic Weapons

Is there a way within the rules of Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 Edition to increase the enhancement bonus on specific magic weapons. For example if my character had a Mace of Terror (a +2 heavy mace with ...
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Pathfinder: crafting skill bonus items

In Pathfinder, is it possible to create an item using the Craft Wondrous Item feat, that provides a skill bonus to Spellcraft for creating magic items? What would be the most appropriate item and ...
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D&D4 Boots of rapid motion vs Rock Armor

Hello I have a question about some abilities in D&D 4e. Actually I am having the following skill: Rock Armor Daily minor Effect: you assume the rock armor stance. Until the stance ends, you ...
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As a player, how can I get a particular item I want?

first question here. Also very new to RPGs - I've played in two small adventures total. This seems like a basic question to me, but I couldn't find an answer here or on google or on any SRDs. My ...
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Increasing Save DC for new magic items

Paizo PRD: Magic items produce spells or spell-like effects. For a saving throw against a spell or spell-like effect from a magic item, the DC is 10 + the level of the spell or effect + the ...
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Would an armor and shield of light fortification stack?

Lets say we have a character wearing both an armor and shield with the light fortification special ability. If this character is critically hit, are percentile dice rolled twice to negate the critical ...
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Having a hard time understanding the cost of magic enhancements as listed

Can anyone help clear up the costs of magic items? I am looking at some magic items and the costs only say "+1 enhancement cost." For an example I will use the "Flaming" enhancement. Before an item ...
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Foci cost in Shadowrun 5ed

What is the cost of foci in Shadowrun 5ed? In core rulebook p. 318 there is a table of Binding Cost in Karma - you have to synchronize the item to your astral signature. On page 326 there is a table ...
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Do multiple Speed weapons grant multiple extra attacks?

I was asked by a player if Speed weapons granted an extra attack per speed weapon. So if a player dual wields speed weapons do they get two extra attacks. I have always interpreted the rules of speed ...
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What is this aura and cost for this melee rogue magic weapon?

Final Version Ok, thanks everyone, I've decided to scrape the '+1 natural thread range', he will just have to do without (or, as pointed out by just about all of you, pick a rapier instead). I've ...
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How does a dungeon ring work with regard to scrying and teleportation?

One member of the party that I am GMing may put on a Dungeon Ring (prisoner) soon. The jailer does not know them, but might use "Scry" or "Teleport"to find out his lost ring's whereabouts. I don't ...
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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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What is the casting strength limit of an enchanted item?

In the DFRPG book Your Story, under "Enchanted Items" on page 280 it states that: Subsequent enchanted item slots allow you to: Create a new enchanted item with a new effect Add +1 to ...
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Do Transfer Magic and Enchant Magic Item work together?

This is a question concerning 2 different rituals and if they work in conjunction with one another, namely, Transfer Magic and Enchant Magic Item. If I understand the reading of the spells correctly, ...
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How does using this artifact in combat work?

My players have acquired the following artifact in the Vortex glimmer: level 5 artifact that fires a green neural disruption beam at long range. Those struck suffer 2 points of Intellect ...
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Where can I find the formula to determine the PP capacity of a Psicrown?

I am attempting to stat up a psicrown with a custom list of stored powers, for a PF game using DSP's psionics rules. The Item Creation section in Ultimate Psionics covers how to calculate the cost of ...
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What defines a “willing target”?

In context, I'm building a character for a mid-level DnD 3.5 game (actually a replacement for one that was killed) and was considering getting him a Contact Medallion as part of his gear. The item's ...