# Does a bag of holding burst if brought into the space created by Rope Trick?

A bag of holding has a special caveat:

Placing a bag of holding inside an extradimensional space created by a Handy Haversack, Portable Hole, or similar item instantly destroys both items and opens a gate to the Astral Plane.

Now, the 2nd level spell Rope Trick says:

(...) At the upper end of the rope, an invisible entrance opens to an extradimensional space that lasts until the spell ends.

The extradimensional space can be reached by climbing to the top of the rope. (...)

Is it safe to bring a bag of holding inside the rope trick extradimensional space?

• Related: portahole+portahole, bag+bag, devouring+holding, mansion+mansion, quiver+any of the above, and probably a whole lot more. – nitsua60 Aug 9 '19 at 23:24
• @nitsua60 we might need to make a canonical target for these item interactions. – Mindwin Aug 12 '19 at 13:09
• The thing is, each seems a little bit different. Like A has this clause, but B has a slightly different one, and C doesn't have anything.... They almost feel like a tag collecting them ([bag-tastrophe], for instance) is the "right" thing, but that's a step I'm not going to be the one to take =) – nitsua60 Aug 12 '19 at 13:59

## No the bag will not burst, because Rope Trick is not an item

The key word in the caveat you cite is "item":

Placing a bag of holding inside an extradimensional space created by a Handy Haversack, Portable Hole, or similar item instantly destroys both items and opens a gate to the Astral Plane.

The two examples the text gives are also items.

However, the extradimensional space created by Rope Trick is created by a spell, not an item, and so does not fall under that clause.

There are many spells that generate extradimensional spaces (such as Mordenkainen's Magnificient Mansion)--if the designers intended the Bag of Holding to explode when it entered such spaces, they could have easily made the text refer to any extradimensional space, or used spells as examples.

• Title/body mismatch makes 'yes' or 'no' weird. – Please stop being evil Aug 9 '19 at 22:10

Yup, it does open a gate to the Astral Plane, according to Mike Mearls:

If I cast rope trick and intentionally throw a bag of holding into it, can I get to the Astral Plane?

You do indeed purchase a gate to the astral with that move

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If historical canon from previous editions is desired, the official D&D 3e FAQ (p.33) stated:

Note you can freely go plane hopping with portable holes, bags of holding, and the like. Spells that produce their own extradimensional spaces, such as rope trick, pose no danger to occupants who may be using portable holes, bags of holding, and the like.

• This answer could use a little elaboration on how this information about a past edition can be applied to 5e - does anything in 5e indicate that such a ruling would make sense (or not) in 5e? – V2Blast Aug 9 '19 at 22:56