In our recent campaign we came across an Immovable Rod.

Its official description states:

This flat iron rod has a button on one end. You can use an action to press the button, which causes the rod to become magically fixed in place. Until you or another creature uses an action to push the button again, the rod doesn't move, even if it is defying gravity. The rod can hold up to 8,000 pounds of weight. More weight causes the rod to deactivate and fall. A creature can use an action to make a DC 30 Strength check, moving the fixed rod up to 10 feet on a success.

There are no physical dimensions in regards to size and weight given (e.g. is it a 500mm bar that weighs 1 kg?).

Is there any official description of the physical dimensions of the Immovable Rod, or is it up to the DM's discretion?


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Rods are given a general description on page 139 of the DMG:

A scepter or just a heavy cylinder, a magic rod is typically made of metal, wood, or bone. It's about 2 or 3 feet long, 1 inch thick, and 2 to 5 pounds.

That gives you a general idea and you as DM can narrow it down to where you'd like it to be within those bounds.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Hmm I think that fits the bill for than anything, I was thinking it would be about the same length as a riding crop or something as pposed to a quarterstaff. Very helpful thank you. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 3, 2017 at 13:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ Honestly, I'm surprised it's so big, too. Never looked it up! \$\endgroup\$
    – NotArch
    Commented Aug 3, 2017 at 13:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ 2-3 feet isn't that long. 2 feet is only 60 cm. 3 is 91. A quarterstaff is between 6 and 9 feet long. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 3, 2017 at 15:54

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