Shield Guardian says :

Wizards and other spellcasters create shield guardians for protection.

So I want to craft a Shield Guardian for my Wizard. The description of shield guardians seems like these items are a trading commodity for wizards. What is the rarity so I can use XGTE crafting rules to create one? I assume I'll have to create the Master's Amulet afterwards.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Related: What is the rarity of an amulet of a shield guardian this is mainly for AL but some rules apply generally. \$\endgroup\$ May 11, 2018 at 3:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Rubiksmoose In AL its unique in normal D&D Next its rare according to D&D Beyond \$\endgroup\$ May 11, 2018 at 19:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ That is indeed what the answer I wrote there says. But I am not sure why you are telling me this? If you think this is a possible answer to your question you can write it as one and post it as an answer. :) \$\endgroup\$ May 11, 2018 at 19:15

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There is no rarity.

The terms for rarity are defined in the Dungeon Master's Guide for magic items. The Shield Guardian is a creature, not an object (items are objects). Therefore there is no defined way to assign it a rarity based on those terms.

But, more importantly...

There are no rules for creating a Shield Guardian.

As of this posting, there are no rules in 5e for creating a Shield Guardian. The rules for crafting in Xanathar's Guide to Everything are for crafting items and magic items, not creatures. This means that creating a Shield Guardian is entirely a matter of DM rulings or homebrew.

For example, it would be reasonable for a DM to look at the rules for the manual of golems magic item in the Dungeon Master's Guide (p. 180-181) for inspiration. The rules list the time and cost to make a particular kind of golem in the Monster Manual, and these expenses increase with the challenge rating (CR) of the golem. The DM could create a manual of Shield Guardians with comparable expenses based on the Shield Guardian's CR 7 in relation to the golems, plus the effort and expense of creating the amulet to control it.


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