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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Without a magic item economy, what is gold for?

PHB page 144, Equipment, Wealth, Selling Treasure Magic Items. Selling magic items is problematic. Finding someone to buy a potion or a scroll isn’t too hard, but other items are out of the realm ...
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Is possible to Chain-Activate Pearls of Power?

I will start a campaing in a few days and my players are on the "Character Building" mode for this week, and they are asking me a lot of really creative questions regarding possible builds. That's ...
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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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Can players use crafting to improve beloved magic items instead of churning gear?

I'm all about the story, and as such, I've always been a fan of long-term attachment between players/characters and their special (usually magic) items. But with D&D 4th edition, it seems the ...
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Are there rules for Intelligent Items with Class Levels?

So the DM gave me the option of giving this intelligent lance various abilities, including a homebrew version of a Psicrystal's Self-Propulsion and Flight abilities. He also gave me the option of ...
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Repurposing magic items in crafting

Suppose that in the course of an adventure, you come across some magic or otherwise special item (magic, or has special properties, or both); for instance, you find a necklace of resistance, or an ...
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Does the Vanguard Weapon property only trigger when used to make the attack?

This question is in response to my answer for Do Properties of magic weapons stack when using Two-Weapon Fighting? which I deleted because of contention. In short I suggested that weapons, such as ...
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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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Can magic items that deal fire damage function underwater?

From the DMG p93: Spells or spell-like effects with the fire descriptor are ineffective underwater unless the caster makes a Spellcraft check (DC 20 + spell level). If the check succeeds, the ...
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Item Creation Without Experience Points

Suppose you're playing an RPG with item creation rules that require you to spend experience points as part of creating the item, such as D&D or Numenera. Suppose further that your gaming group has ...
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Can a cat familiar open a potion bottle by itself?

My character has a Cat familiar (lvl 16) with an INT of 11 and a DEX of 15. Previously our DM has ruled that the Cat can retrieve a potion from the characters Heward's Handy Haversack. The question ...
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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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Can a wizard use wands and scrolls of spells from his prohibited schools of magic?

Can a wizard use wands and scrolls of spells from his prohibited schools of magic? i.e: Can an abjurer who banned evocation and enchantment use a wand or scroll of fireball (an evocation spell) ...
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Determining the caster level for magic weapons?

In response to a question about a melee rogue magic weapon, I noticed I have a question myself about the requirement for creating magic items, or magic weapons in this case. For an example, lets use ...
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Can weapons have multiple energy enchants?

I have a friend who wants to put Flaming and Shocking on a bow to get some extra damage. All the enchants say is upon command they activate. If the enchants have the same command would they both ...
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Can nonweapons have magic weapon special abilities?

In this question, Comments suggested that a creature with feat Improved Unarmed Strike that wanted magic weapon special abilities for his unarmed strike get a pair of masterwork gloves, have them ...
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Do the Manuals and Tomes allow you to exceed 20 in an ability score? And can they be stacked?

I am looking at items like Manual of Bodily Health, Tome of Clear Thought, etc. Quoting from Manual of Bodily Health If you spend 48 hours ... your Constitution score increases by 2, as does ...
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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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Can a potion affect others?

When an imbiber is the target of a spell effect because he consumed a potion, is only the imbiber the target of that spell's effect, no matter the spell's usual target entry? The section on Creating ...
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Applying an Intelligence-boosting Headband to an Animal to teach language?

If you gave an animal a Headband of Vast Intelligence, thus raising its intelligence beyond 2, would that allow it to learn to understand new languages (and speak if it's a thrush for example)? ...
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What can I do when I accidentally gave out an overpowered item?

In our last game, the players worked their way through a series of fiendish traps into a high security vault, where they recovered a Staff of the Magi. After the game I looked at the stats, and ...
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How to balance a very-low magic campaign

Recently, my players and I got kind of bored with the fact that Pathfinder relies heavily on magic items than martial prowess for fighting classes. I realize and accept the fact that spellcasters are ...
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How to make magic items more interesting?

We all read about the little person finding a magical ring and the GM basing his whole plot on that little ring. That was a cool example of a MacGuffin. Earthdawn has a system in which characters ...
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In Which we add Loots to Fate Core

Loot is a pretty fun part of some RPGs. Not the math-tuning loot that keeps characters’ weapons and armor at the required values, but the remarkable and empowering loot that lets them do new things ...
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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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Should I allow a Wondrous Item on level 1 character creation?

I'm starting a new 3.5 campaign, using only the 3 core books for character creation, and starting all my players off at level 1. One of my players has written a (rather good) backstory for his ...
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How can I attain eternal youth through alchemy?

Back in the second edition of AD&D, potions of Youth and Longevity were valuable, both to GMs as plot devices, and as a useful way for players to compensate for the variety of supernatural effects ...
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Do Boots of Teleportation allow you to take allies with you?

Boots of Teleportation says: Any character wearing this footwear may teleport three times per day, exactly as if he had cast the spell of the same name. The spell says (highlighting mine): ...
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How does identifying a scroll work?

The way the rules are spread across the book for this confuses me. Here are the methods I consider with corresponding DCs when applicable: Read Magic spell (automatic) Spellcraft check DC 20 + Spell ...
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How should I hand out magic items in D&D 3.5e?

So, I started running a standart 3.5 campaign (magic average) with four PCs several weeks ago, and as I am a rookie DM and quite an inexperienced player myself, I am starting to wonder when and in ...
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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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What's the best magic item for punching monsters in their stupid faces?

My character, a barbarian with the feat Improved Unarmed Strike,1 occasionally eschews his greataxe and punches monsters. After reading this 2009 thread and this 2009 thread, I don't know what works ...
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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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Fair replacement rule for D&D 4e item creation?

My group is very dissatisfied with the item creation rule in D&D 4e. Specifically the fact that it costs exactly as much to create an item as it does to buy it. The problem is: The economics ...
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Gauntlet that provides benefits of Monkey Grip?

I remember reading about gauntlets that had an effect what somewhat like Monkey Grip (Complete Warrior feat). The thing was that the wording was off just a bit. How I read it, and my DM agreed, was ...
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Do 'Seeking' ranged weapons work against nonconcealment miss chances? (3.5)

The phrasing in the DMG seems (to me) to indicate Seeking weapons would work against any miss chance, including Entropic Shield or Blink. Is there disagreement regarding this?
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Does the “Wild” armor enhancement preserve both bonuses and penalties?

Wild: The wearer of a suit of armor or a shield with this ability preserves his armor bonus (and any enhancement bonus) while in a wild shape. Armor and shields with this ability usually appear ...
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How do I price a sword that absorbs other weapon's abilities?

I've always been a big fan of giving PCs in my games non-standard equipment, but now that I need to calculate their full GP cost (to calculate how much their equipment is worth) it's giving me nothing ...
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House rules for making specific components matter for spells, magical and mundane item creation? [closed]

I started getting back into D&D edition 3.5 a few weeks ago as a DM. I do not like the generalizations in which are written into the magical item creation. I am trying to make a more specific ...
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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 an Immovable Rod be carried in a Bag of Holding?

If an Immovable Rod is made to stay still, and a Bag of Holding is placed around it such that the Rod is closed entirely in the nondimensional space, does the Bag hang on the Rod, or does the Rod move ...
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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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What is implied by a temporary ability bonus?

What is implied by a "temporary ability bonus"? I've noticed this wording on all of the stat boosting items in the core book. Treat this as a temporary ability bonus for the first 24 hours the ...
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How would one create a bag of coin-changing?

I was chatting with a friend about Dungeons and Dragons, and he had mentioned that in 4th edition, there is an item that converts coins to different denominations. In the campaign that I am running, ...
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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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Mechanics for implementing Earthdawn magic items in D&D 4e

I'm a big fan of the Earthdawn take on magic items. When you find a magic item, in order to use it you need to learn some of it's history, and spend legend points (Eathdawn XP) to bind it to you. As ...
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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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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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Does magic armor automatically resize?

I tought I was pretty sure this is not the case, but some discussion has arisen and I'm not so sure anymore. What I know: Most magical objects in the game auto-resize when worn by creatures of ...
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Wish on a scroll: Who suffers the consequences?

If I create a scroll with the Wish spell and an other person uses it to do anything that would trigger the penalty (anything that is not replicating an 8th or lower level spell causes necrotic damage ...