What mechanics/objects are there in the D&D world to light fire. I'm thinking to literally light some kindling/flaming arrows etc.

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    \$\begingroup\$ -1 for lack of research effort. There are a ton of these throughout the PHB... \$\endgroup\$
    – Icyfire
    Feb 9, 2018 at 19:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm voting to put this ticket on hold - as written, the answer would be a LONG list, and there are no criteria given. Surely you can think of a way to light a fire in DND - what makes that not good enough? What problem are you trying to solve with this question? \$\endgroup\$ Feb 9, 2018 at 19:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SirTechSpec It appears from the text that the emphasis is on mechanical (non magical?) means, however, more detail would be helpful. Good point on the list question, I made some assumptions when I responded that may not be warranted. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 9, 2018 at 23:23

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Tinderbox is a mundane means for lighting a fire

Its in the PHB equipment list, and in the Basic Rules (BR p. 48 / PHB p. 150)
Lower end, right column.

Tinderbox 5 sp 1 lb.
Torch 1 cp 1 lb.
Vial 1 gp —
Waterskin 2 sp 5 lb. (full)
Whetstone 1 cp 1 lb.
(BR p. 48 / PHB p. 150)
Tinderbox. This small container holds flint, fire steel,and tinder (usually dry cloth soaked in light oil) used to kindle a fire. Using it to light a torch—or anything else with abundant, exposed fuel—takes an action. Lighting any other fire takes 1 minute. (Basic Rules p. 50 / PHB p. 153)

If you already have a lit torch, that takes care of your fire arrows.

Depending upon what your party typically carries, you can keep one of these lit to light other things:

Lamp 5 sp 1 lb.
Lantern, bullseye 10 gp 2 lb.
Lantern, hooded 5 gp 2 lb.
(BR p. 48 / PHB p. 150)

Insofar as cantrips, if reusable resources are what you are after, there are a variety but the Druid's produce flame is an all purpose way to light flaming arrows and start fires, and druidcraft has a firestarting feature to it as well.


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