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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can you put a Sphere of Annihilation into a Bag of Holding without tearing a hole in reality?

As long as you can fit a Sphere of Annihilation into a Bag of Holding without touching it (and costing you your Bag), could you put the Sphere into the extradimensional space of a Bag of Holding and ...
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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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Pricing items as a DM

I seem to be struggling with pricing items that players can purchase. In particular magic items such as scrolls/potions ect. I read the rules and have scoured the internets to try figure it out but ...
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Deck of Many Things vs. Forced Dream

Is there a mechanical reason why a creature who activates the Magic of Eberron psionic power forced dream (104-5) can't reset his turn to before he drew a card from the deck of many things (DMG ...
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How do masterwork armours work (e.g. Feyleather, Starleather)?

In D&D 4e, there are superior "masterwork" versions of armour types, like "feyleather" for leather armour or "wyrmscale" for scale armour. They have a higher armour bonus, but a minimum ...
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Is there an item that prevents expending a power on a miss?

I know that some powers have the Reliable Keyword. Is there an item that prevents me from expending a power on a miss? I've read my share of books, but it is just too many books.
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What can a player do to force down a flying creature?

Dakeyras' answer in this thread got me thinking about how a player would/could counter an enemy that used hovering flight to its full advantage. What specific items/powers/etc. can a character use to ...
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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 do vampire (monsters) take sunlight damage?

This isn't a question about the vampire class - it's about vampire monsters, e.g. Master Vampire or Elder Vampire Spawn. In both of those monsters, it says they are damaged by direct sunlight: ...
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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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Does Surge Crystal's effect apply before or after Chaotic Surge's 1d4 roll?

My question is about the Surge Crystal, a psionic item from Psionics Augmented Vol 1 from Dreamscarred Press. The item itself is a headband-slotted item which grants the wearer a +1, +2 or +3 surge ...
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How can market price of magic items be calculated from crafting price?

How would you calculate the market price of a magic item when only the crafting price is given? Some books like Magic Item Compendium give market prices, I know, but other books still have magic items ...
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How to effectively protect a VIP in the streets?

A diplomat of a foreign country resides in the current city. Now he wants to go from the townhall to some event a couple of blocks down the street. How would you protect him, in case a group of highly ...
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Encounter powers, magic item powers and immediate reactions

Been fooling around with my artificer character, who has Eldritch Fusillade Expertise, which among other things states the following: "Draw or stow a wand and load crossbow as free action." Now a ...
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What do the effects of these potions mean?

In Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium there are a few healing potions. However, the text on their power is downright confusing, contradictory, and poorly written. Here is Potion of Cure Light ...
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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 ...